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

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problem #1

Oct 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I was completely stopped at an atm waiting for my turn, I had been stopped for serveral minutes. Suddenly, my car revved up and accelerated forward fast, brakes were engaged. I tried turning to avoid the truck ahead of me. Struck the truck, went over a curb, down an emabnkment where I struck a tree, and ended up in a different parking lot where the Nissan Pathfinder finally came to a stop. At no time did my foot leave the brake pedal. Had car towed to dealer. They contacted Nissan in san diego and were instructed to not have anyone touch the car until they flew out an engineer and possibly a lawyer. Ten days later, the engineer finally arrived. He stated several times that I would be "lucky" if he was able to compile, analyze, and present the findings to the Nissan legal team within the next 5 days. Shockingly, I received a call from Nissan Consumer Affairs in san diego not 2.5 hours after I left the shop here in Utah (where the engineer still was and had not visited the crash site yet to document it) stating they had determined that they were not responsible for the accident. Based on the time frame, I can not imagine that the engineer had even returned to san diego, let alone developed the 4-5 rolls of film he took and analyzed/compiled everything and presented it to the legal team. As mentioned, the crash was a result of a malfunction with the Nissan. I was completely stopped for a priod of time prior to this occuring. This is not the first time a Nissan Pathfinder has done this (as well as other models of their cars/trucks/SUVS). The NHTSA has numerous documents of this occuring. What can I do as a consumer as I am terrified to put my family back in that car and worry about the threat this car may pose to other individuals.

- Sandy, UT, USA