hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
127,030 miles

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problem #6

Mar 092018


  • 127,700 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact noticed a fuel odor near the fuel tank, but did not observe any fuel leaking from the vehicle. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 127,700.

- Beloefonte, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 292014

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 96,480 miles
The first time while driving the Pathfinder in regular driving conditions, the engine stalled at approximately 30 mph. To restart the engine I had to put the transmission in neutral and turn the key all the way off and then restart the vehicle.the second time this happened I was driving again the same day, cruising along at about 50 mph in traffic, and the engine died again with no warning. The instrument cluster showed all the typical "dummy lights" after the engine failed the first two times. When we parked the Pathfinder we could smell gas at the rear passenger door on the drivers side. We took the Pathfinder to the shop for repair. Fuel smell was corrected by installing a fuel pump seal and the fuel pump system was reseated, and reinstalled after an incorrect installation by a previous mechanic. After receiving the Pathfinder back fro our shop, the engine died again while sitting in a parked position running in an idle state. No instrument cluster lights came on when engine died this time (the 3rd time), no check engine or codes displayed. Then while driving again at 50 mph in normal driving conditions the engine died again, no indication of electrical issues, no flashes in headlights, interior lights, no flux in the HVAC fan, nothing. Tachometer dropped to zero with no other indication the engine died, no vibration, no jerking. I put the transmission in neutral, shut of the key, and try to restart with no success. I coasted the car to the side of the road and turned the key off and removed it from the ignition and then re inserted it to restart the Pathfinder. Again, no check engine lights, no codes, nothing to indicate a problem. I purchased this car used only days ago 11/30/2014, and it has spent everyday in the shop trying to resolve this issue. It has only 96540 original miles on it, and is a very clean vehicle

- Holland , MI, USA

problem #4

Sep 152014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, fuel would spew back out of the fuel filler tube due to corrosion. The contact was made aware of recall NHTSA campaign number: 07V435000 (fuel system, gasoline). The dealer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Milford, CT, USA

problem #3

Feb 042014


  • 181,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder.the contact stated that there was a fuel leak under the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the fuel filler line was corroded and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 181,000 and the current mileage was 181,500.

- Townsend, GA, USA

problem #2

Nov 192013


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while refueling the vehicle, fuel started to leak. After inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the filler neck was completely corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 152,000.

- Leominster, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 162012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
I recently brought up to the attention of Nissan a problem I've been experiencing with my car. The "check engine service" light is on and it just doesn't turn off. Let me explain. When I first notice the problem, around 6 months ago, I took the car to a dealer. However, just to hook up the car to the computer of the dealership is over $100. Not to get fixed, just to hook up. I think that's outrageous. So I took it to 2 different places, a local mechanic and autozone, both equipped with computer hook ups, capable of "reading" Nissan codes. At first, the code indicated a problem with the "R" valve timing solenoid, which I proceeded to change. However, the light continued on. I took it back, and now it was the "L" side, which I also changed. These two changes cost me $500. But the light continues on. Now is giving codes for the cam/crank sensor, dirt build up, the ivt control solenoid open or shorted. At this point is when I contacted Nissan. I was assigned a case number (11149465) and eventually talked to a [xxx], 800/343-6913, ext 458103. She indicated that there was nothing they could if I did not take the car to a Nissan dealer. They still would charge over $100 just to connect to the computer. This is in addition to the monies already spent. This is a problem that other owners of Nissan vehicles have experienced in the past (Pathfinder, 2002) and problem. That I had been taking the car to the dealer for the regular maintenance check up since I bought it new, which could be easily verified. That the car has less than 60,000 miles.however, that was Nissan final position. I can provide the bill paid and diagnosis. This problem is, and has been, a headache for us owners, not to mention the expense and time commitment. All I was requesting was to get this problem finally solved, without incurring in additional expenses and unnecessary waste of time. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jenkintown, PA, USA