Notes: While the 2008 has fewer reports of coolant leaking into and killing the transmission than years past, the problem still exists. And for that reason alone, this SUV is not worth your time.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,796 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 162010


  • 53,330 miles


The vdc and slip light are constantly on when the battery has either died, or has been disconnected. Once the battery is disconnected the vdc is off and the slip system is off as well. After the battery was disconnected once again the vdc, slip system, and now my air bag light is now constantly flashing and illuminated. I've researched this problem and there are hundreds or thousands that have this same problem. In the owners manual it gives you a very vague description of how to reset this light. I've taken it to the manufacture to be reset, they say it's the vehicle's steering angle sensor that has to be reset, everytime you disconnect the battery, battery dies, alternator goes out, etc. It's $100+ everytime you have to have it reset. Surely this malfunction in their electrical system is not safe, especially if it means now my airbags won't deploy.

- Mountain Home Afb, ID, USA

problem #2

Oct 082008


  • 9,000 miles
Multiple Nissan dealers are unable to repair a safety problem on my car after 4 attempts. Vehicle dynamic control and ABS fail warning lights continue to come on randomly. Occasionally they go off for a period of time but the first 4 events lights remained on until the dealer worked on the car. Nissan is stalling in addressing vehicle buyback or any solid resolution. I am stuck with a car I cannot drive safely at this time, and have asked Nissan to take it back since they cannot fix it in over a year.

- Boulder, CO, USA

problem #1

Aug 292008


  • 57 miles
2008 Nissan Xterra, chronic failures of the vdc traction control system, also causing failures in ABS and air bags 7 repair attempts since purchased new 6 months ago including computer reprogramming, battery replacement, steering angle sensor adjustments, replacement of air bag control module and replacement of ABS control module. These failures cause total failure in multiple electronic safety systems representing a serious threat to life or bodily harm. Multiple incidents - the date below represents date of brand new purchase which was the day of the first malfunction for me. The dealership noticed a malfunction at the time of the pdi (but did not disclose this at the time of sale to my great outrage).

- Prince George, 00, USA

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