really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,350 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace timing chains, tensioners (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2008 Nissan Frontier engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 142018

Frontier DE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles


Need help, timing chain is still whining after replacing it. I believe that it has defective parts.And how does the recall affect me..?

- larry burnett 58, Burlington, US

problem #3

Aug 042013

Frontier SE 4.0L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Started hearing noise coming from engine on start up similar to noise of a supercharger. Found out what noise was and issue's with Nissan timing chains. Took vehicle into Nissan dealership with under 60,000 miles on odometer, was told warranty would not be honored due to being out of time limit. Discussed with service writer that this was a wear issue of a known problem that results in mileage not age of vehicle.

Filed complaint recently with Nissan, which was turned down.

- Russ J., Green Cove Springs, US

problem #2

Nov 012016

Frontier SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,600 miles

My 2008 Nissan Frontier has been carefully maintained since new. The first owner (17,000 miles) owned a Nissan dealership. I live in a different town and have taken it to our local Nissan dealer exclusively for all its regular maintenance issues. I have all the service slips since new to prove it. Today I took it in for its 60,000 mile maintenance. I have been hearing a whining noise from the engine for a little while and asked them to look into it. I expected to hear that a bearing had gone bad somewhere. Instead, they just told me that the timing chains were failing and that it would cost $2,140 to repair. Timing chains are something that should last the life of the car and should be covered by warranty. While looking into this tonight, I discovered that there is an ongoing class-action lawsuit for this very issue.

- William R., Mars Hill, NC, US

problem #1

Oct 202015

Frontier Crew Cab V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,610 miles

high pitched whining noise in the front part of the engine replace 1 primary and 2 secondary timing chains/tensioners 1) $1473 to replace timing chain system @ 53,610 miles 2) Nissan had issued a Service Bulletin NTB09-128 revealing a knowledge of the issue on at least 3 models over a 5 year period of time 3) Called Nissan Consumer Affairs to check on reimbursement since Nissan knew it was a problem. In fairness, they responded within 24 hrs. only to take less than 1 minute to deny the claim 4) Wrote 3 letters (1 per month) to Nissan Consumer Affairs until they contacted me again today 1/13/2016 only to deny the claim once again.

I've owned only Nissan trucks since 1984 and been very happy with their products and quality. I bought this truck new in 2008 and only had 53,610 miles when this issue came up. I'm thankful I heard the noise and had it fixed before the chain(s) seized and caused major engine damage or even a wreck. I would have thought I had an uncommon problem (bad luck) if it hadn't been documented via the Service Bulletin. Nissan acknowledged the issue via the service bulletin that covered at least 3 models over a 5 year time span. They now refuse to accept any type of responsibility. A quick internet search reveals several class action lawsuits concerning the timing chain issue. I'm very unhappy with Nissan's lack of product support on what was clearly a quality assurance problem. I will most likely not buy (nor recommend) a Nissan product anytime in the foreseeable future.

- Barry T., Madison, AL, US

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