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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,267 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 082011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 19,265 miles


Today, with just over 19,000 miles on my 2008 Xterra, I had to replace my front brake pads and rotors. Both rotors were badly grooved especially on the inside surface and the inside pads were nearly completely worn. I had just had the vehicle inspected 2 months ago at my Nissan dealership and they reported no problems. It makes me wonder how my inspection was really done and also the quality of the parts that Nissan is using in it cars, as I have owned several cars and have never had to replace break pads much less rotors under 20,000 miles. I also experienced the difficulties with the tire pressure sensors. Two of them had to be replaced due to leaking air. I also had readings of low pressure when the tires had just been inflated to the proper setting and the light refused to turn off. After several days I took it to the dealership and they said my tires were just under inflated. I did not believe their explanation.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 182010


  • 17,535 miles
On an '08 Nissan Xterra S with only 17,000 miles, the right front inner brake pad was completely worn down and made metal to metal contact with rotor, ruining the rotor. The vehicle was pulling badly to the right when the brakes were applied. Only the inner pads were affected, the outer brake pads looked like new, showing that the brake caliper was stuck on the bracket. Took to dealer and they told me that the 2 inner pads, left and right, were stuck in the bracket, which stops the caliper from floating or moving. At 17,000 miles this should not happen and is a potentially dangerous problem. Nissan has refused to repair under warranty and refuses to acknowledge that my invoice says "both inner pads stuck in calipers".

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #1

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

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