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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,150 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012015


  • 140,000 miles


Vehicle front brakes overheat. When driving downhill at any rate brakes will soften continuously until having to pull over for fear of safety. When brakes were checked by dealer they stated that they were at 75% and should be working fine. Every time I brake going down hill I feel softness in brakes. Brakes also will start to smell after braking downhill.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

problem #3

May 012015


  • 134,000 miles
4WD and brake light comes on feels like air in the line. Pedal goes to floor

- Colver, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 152015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that the brake pedal traveled to the floor without any warning. The contact had to cautiously release the brake pedal for the vehicle to come to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for further inspection. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 07E105000 (service brakes, air) and 07V528000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Mt Holly, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 102012


  • 88,600 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that he noticed a film of oil on the rear brake shields. Later while utilizing the emergency brake, the brake failed to engage and the vehicle rolled down a hill. The contact then attempted to lock the brakes by driving the vehicle at 10 mph and putting the vehicle in neutral, then pulling the emergency brakes but to no avail. The contact notified two separate dealers and neither offered any assistance. The contact believed that the rear axle assembly was leaking gear oil from the right and left hand axle seals. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 88,600.

- Whitehall, MT, USA

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