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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,835 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra drivetrain problems

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #3

Oct 292012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles


I own a 2008 Nissan Xterra (4X4 4.0L 6cyl 5 speed automatic transmission) with vehicle mileage of 114K. Im the sole own of the vehicle. In late October of 2012 I had to have the radiator replaced along with the transmission, due to the a interior crack in the radiator causing the coolant to leak into the lines of the transmission fluid. This resulted into complete disaster, as my vehicle was not shifting properly, the transmission began to slip in which the transmission had to be replaced along with the radiator. The two mixed fluids inside the transmission appeared coffee mixed with cream like, the color was a creamy/light brownish inside the transmission. I'm writing to you in hopes this can assist towards the on going investigation and in hopes of a reimbursement with my total repair costs& rental costs, or a vehicle replacement. I hope my story helps the hundreds of others who have similarly been affected in the costly matter. Thanks

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 062012

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I was driving at 65 miles ph and suddenly my car slowed down to 40 miles ph and I was very lucky noboday was riding my butt I had to exit the hwy and pull over.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 092011


  • 96,500 miles
The cooling system is contaminated w/oily substance, transmission fluid. Trans. Is making loud noises, jumps out of gear @ hwy speeds, drive train making a 'rumbly' grinding sound, car dangerously pulls down very quickly to much lower speed when pressure released from accelerator.

- Stephens City, VA, USA

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