This is a cool looking car and has a lot of power but if your looking for a reliable SUV this is not the one. Constantly there is somthing that needs to be repaired. Expect to spend thousands on repairs such as transmission/radiator cross contamination, rear diff faliure, timing chain whine and tensioner, rough idle, etc. All at or below 100,000 miles. If those major repairs have been done then you have got a great car!
Research SMOD before buying this year model. If it's been taken care of, or has not happened, just put in a new radiator and you should be good to go for quite some time. Timing chain guides tend to start wearing out around 125k and is an expensive endeavor. Other than that, I've had no problems. Never been stranded by this vehicle, and love the abilities.
2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Great off road-- weak spots are exhaust muffler will leak top rear seam to destroy the wiring harness and whatever else the hot gases hit---check the u-joints frequently---do regular maintanence and things will go good
2008 Nissan Xterra Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 6M)
Great vehicle but i had a bad experience with the muffler developing a hole a the top back seam, which damaged the wiring harness to the wheel sensor and the right wheel seal. This cause d the need for a new 1/2 axle and sensor and wiring (not cheap). This was made worst because the heat shield above the muffler was not designed long enough to protect the wiring etc. I since have fabricated a longer heat shield.
I purchased mine in 2009 with 17000 Miles on it. Today I am at 174000 miles and still going strong. Not best fuel economy but with 4wd, that is what you expect. Only repairs have been bad bearings on front. Aside from that all routine maintenance. Just replaced the full suspension recently and the ride is much better now. The older it get, the move vibrations you feel, but mainly over 70 mph. Really vibrates after 80 mph, tried wheel balancing several time, breaks and alignments, but i think it is just its age now. Would recommend the truck, but am hoping they redesign soon before i buy another car. I am looking at 4 runners due to much better fuel economy on 4wd versions.