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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
99,867 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (4 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
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2008 Nissan Xterra transmission problems

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 302015


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I was just informed by the Nissan dealer that my Nissan must have transmission replaced as well as radiator due to a defect and engine coolant that leaked into transmission. Brought it in because of rough shifting and jerking during driving when automatic transmission shifts upwards. after researching I found this: NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2008 Nissan Xterra

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2008 Nissan Xterra, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

Transmission Failure (ATF contamination)NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP12004 Status: OPEN

Date Opened:June 11, 2012 Date Closed:Pending Recall:possible recall

Component(s): Power Train Power Train:Automatic Transmission Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Control Module (Tcm, Pcm) Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Cooling Unit And Lines Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Torque Converter

Summary: ODI received a petition requesting investigation of transmission damage attributed to contamination by engine coolant.The source of the contamination is a cracked ATF line that runs through an engine coolant chamber in the radiator.ODI has received (512) five-hundred-twelve consumer complaints between August 2005 to May 2012 regarding transmission problems.A copy of the petition will be placed in the public file.ODI will review its content and related field data to assess whether a safety defect investigation is warranted.Referenced VOQs are listed on a separate page.

NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #DP12004 ยป

GOING ON 3 YEARS AND STILL RESEARCHING ??????????????????????????????????????

- , Kenosha, USA

problem #5

Mar 012012

Xterra 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

I noticed some shuddering when the xterra would shift into overdrive. The problem was intermittent. Hind sight revealed the engine not warming up while idling. Turns out the radiator had a leak and the coolant was mixing in with the transmission fluid. Local dealer said I had to replace both the radiator and transmission. I was 6,000 miles out of warranty. I called Nissan and asked for an extension on the drive train warranty. After several weeks I was denied coverage based on my lack of loyalty ( I only have one Nissan) and I don't frequent the dealer service center on a regular basis. I then find out that this is a common problem with 2005 Xterras. I don't think I'll be buying a Nissan after this.

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Jun 102013

Xterra 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Okay so I am sick to my stomach sitting here reading everyone's post. I am a 20 year old student who is fresh out of school who purchased a 2008 Xterra to try and build my credit. I thought I had a great car and all and now after I have had my car not even a YEAR Nissan dealership is telling me it will cost $9,000 altogether to fix it with me paying 3,000. I "politely" told them to shove it up theirs. I am hoping to fix the problem by dropping a new radiator in it and flushing the transmission. You would think the dealership would warn you of this when you make a purchase. I work hard for my money where in the hell do they think I can pull 3,000 bucks from. That is all...just ranting about it. My advice is AVOID NISSAN AT ALL COST. that is all.

- , Lilesville, NC, USA

problem #3

May 012013

Xterra X 4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,200 miles


I just found out that I am a victim of the dreaded manufacturing defect where the transmission cooler leaks and the fluids mix, killing the transmission. I took apart the old radiator and was able to blow bubbles with it through the leak into some water. Nissan needs to extend the mileage for this problem soon.

- , Spokane, WA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I have a 2008 Xterra, with 75,000 miles and a few months ago, I noticed it was overheating, Took it to mechanic, he said it was the Thermostat, so we replaced it. Recently, I have noticed that I don't have the same acceleration power I used to, and the car has started to overheat again. It shudders while idling and while accelerating, the heater doesn't work, and after being parked for a while, I notice a brown fluid on the ground under radiator. I had been unaware of Nissans problems until yesterday, when I received the class action letter. I am wondering if this could be what is wrong with my xterra, as most of what I am reading seems to be older models. Can anyone tell me if they experienced these symptoms before their cars were so severely disabled?

- , Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #1

Jul 062012

Xterra SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

Coolant leaked into transmission it will cost $5700.00 I dont have the monies to pay

- , Buckeye, AZ, USA

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