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:
77,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 042015


  • 112,000 miles


As I was turning left onto a highway and in the intersection, my vehicle died. Had to be pushed through the intersection while traffic was being held back in 5 lanes. The gas tank registered an eighth tank of gas but it was, in fact, out of gas. I had to have this repaired at a repair shop because I was not near a dealer. I never received a recall notice(campaign id# pc 042, NHTSA# 10V-075) but found out later there was one on certain VIN numbers with my make and model vehicle. The dealer claims it should be covered but Nissan says this VIN # is not covered. Regardless, I had the described problem with the make and model vehicle that has this problem and I could have been killed. Perhaps they need to add more VIN #'s to their recall list and get on the same page as their dealers. This was an expensive repair for me to absorb. I was to leave on a road trip in 2 days. Thankfully it happened before I was traveling.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 262014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The fuel gauge displayed that the fuel tank was empty when there was fuel present in the tank. The dealer diagnosed that the fuel tank shells malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 022015


  • 110,000 miles
The gas gauge no longer works. I had it connected to diagnostics and was told the sending unit is bad(no longer works).

- Adger, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 302014


  • 98,000 miles
In preparing to travel, I went to fill up my gas tank. Upon getting back into my vehicle and turning it on my gas gage dropped to "0" and the fuel light and check engine light went on, indicating that the tank was empty, and who knows what else was wrong. I contacted Nissan and was issued a case number, and made an appointment with the Nissan dealership near my home. On 10/1/14, I brought my vehicle in, described incident to service clerk. They explained that they thought it was the fuel sender float and would do a diagnostic test. They confirmed that was indeed the issue. I was charged for the diagnostic testing and quoted over $400 to replace the part. Since I had no choice, I paid for the testing, but did not have the part replaced. Over a month later, I'm still dealing with this issue. I found that the usdot had issue a recall in 2010 for 2006 -2008 Nissan Xterra's. my vehicle is a 2008 model, purchased in October 2007.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 082011


  • 65,000 miles
I am drive in hwy my light fuel on when I sure we have gas many times happen after.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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