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:
47,006 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra fuel system problems

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #8

Dec 012015

Xterra 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2008 Nissan Xterra. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle fuel gauge inaccuracy issues. The consumer stated she ran out of gas on the highway, even though the tank read a quarter tank remaining.

- Westborough, MA, USA

problem #7

Feb 092014

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I received a warranty notification letter around 2011, stating that Nissan was providing the highest levels of product quality and customer satisfaction. This letter stated that Nissan was extending the warranty for the fuel sending sensor that can malfunction and incorrectly give a wrong reading on the fuel level. They where extending the new vehicle limited warranty for 36 months/ 36,000 miles to 72 months 72,000 miles. So I put the sticker and letter in my warranty booklet. I called the Nissan dealership and gave them my VIN number and they stated that my vehicle was not part of the "campaign recall" and you dont need to do anything further. So it is now 2014, 3 years later and what happens........ the fuel sending sensor is broken, I spoke to the dealer again on 2-17-2014, and again they stated to me that my VIN number was not part of the campaign recall and when I showed them my letter, they stated to me that yes it was under warranty at the time of receiving the letter.....but they said to me in 2011 that no need if you dont have a problem your vehicle doesnt need to have this replaced....... so I got told wrong twice once when you get the letter unless it is broken then they wont fix it.....and now that it is broken my VIN number is not part of the "campaign recall" sad that Nissan does this.....they should honor this recall for all VIN numbers that show this problem. I bought this vehicle new from the dealer and will not give out $600 for them to replace an $80 part. I wish more people complain so this goes to recall. Without fixing this you cannot pass inspection for your car. At the time of receiving the letter they should have fixed it but it wasnt broken. 3 years later they wont fix it my VIN is not part of campaign recall"???"

- Weaverville, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 252011


  • 57,400 miles
Service engine soon light came on while driving on residential streets. Had code checked. Code listed as P0462. Cleared code then restarted car. Upon starting car none of the gauges worked only the tachometer and speedometer worked. Fuel, temperature, oil, odometer, trip odometer and all warning lights to include turn signal indicators did not work. Upon driving gauges would regain power, but the fuel gauge did not function properly. Took vehicle to dealer. Seems that my VIN was not included in the recall # 10V075000, even though the exact recall repair was done to my car to fix this issue. While the fuel gauge now works, none of my other gauges work. I was told the combo meter that controls my cluster of gauges would need to be replaced. There were no issues with my vehicle until the service engine soon light came on. My vehicle should have been included in the recall stated above, and I find it highly suspect that all of my gauges go out at the exact same time, but according to Nissan these are two separate unrelated issues. I have had to pay $488 to repair what should have been covered under the recall, and now need to pay an additional $590 to repair my gauges. My vehicle should have been included in the recall for other 08 Nissan Xterras.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 012011

Xterra 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


I have an 08 Nissan Xterra the vdc/slip/engine/tire pressure/ and air bag lights are on. The engine seems to be stalling at take off. The fuel indicator is no longer working and had made attempts to get this fixed and the dealership said it wasn't on my vehicle. I don't think the Nissan dealership is handling their responsibility to fix these vehicle. There is so much going wrong with my vehicle for it to be three years old. The engine stalling seems to be at low speeds and is potentially the most dangerous.

- Chatsworth, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 022010


  • 14,000 miles
Our Nissan Xterra was recalled for the fuel gauge defect in March 2010. It is now November 2010 and neither the dealer nor Nissan usa have been responsive to our response to their recall. We have contacted the dealer three times, and Nissan usa once without any results.

- St Augustine, FL, USA

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problem #3

Jun 202010


  • 45,000 miles
Fuel sending unit failure high level sensor high current.

- Brewster, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 202010


  • 57,000 miles
Fuel sensor on my 2008 Nissan Xterra is broken. I have no way of knowing how much gas is in my tank. It has occurred over the past few months. Sometimes the tank will read empty or other value. The dealer will not repair under a warranty, even though the car is less than 3 years old! I am paying out of pocket to repair the vehicle at the dealer.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 132008


  • 11,648 miles
The gas gauge reads about 1/8 of a tank and my truck runs out of gas before the low fuel light comes on. They fixed the problem each time but then a few weeks later I ended up having the same problem, the diagnosis was the fuel sending unit they replaced that and they also replaced the fuel pump on the last 2 occasions. I have had this problem 3 times since 06/13/08 the most recent time was on 07/23/08.

- Beachwood , NJ, USA

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