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:
62,800 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra suspension problems

suspension problem

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2008 Nissan Xterra Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 042015


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that while at the dealer having a tire rotation performed, the technician noticed that the rear passenger axle bearing shaft and seal were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 37,000.

- Philadelpia, PA, 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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