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Nissan Pathfinder Problems and Repair Histories

690 TrueDelta members own a 2000 or newer Nissan Pathfinder. 273 of these members (39.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 578 repairs to Nissan Pathfinders--an average of 0.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently Nissan Pathfinder problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the Nissan Pathfinder problem descriptions below.

Don't infer Nissan Pathfinder problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Nissan Pathfinder repairs by problem area

41% of the Nissan Pathfinder repairs were to the engine, 12% to the transmission, 8% to the brakes, 13% to the suspension, 19% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 578 repairs.

Nissan Pathfinder repair cost distribution

Of the Nissan Pathfinder repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 13% cost less than $100, 44% between $100 and $499, 20% between $500 and $999, 20% between $1000 and $2499, and 4% more than $2500.

Chart based on 270 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten Nissan Pathfinder problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

266-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008 14000    
14000 410 15,000 mile service, and radio not working correctly (TSB was issued for this). 
16000 0 Over a month since the radio was ordered and it still has not come in. Part department of dealership has been very helpful in explaining the situation. 
36000 0 TSBs for radio software update and AC hose due to water leaking into the right front compartment. 
 

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

270-horsepower 4.0L V6 5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in Pennsylvania, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2008    
7 Fuel filler door spring missing. Dealer had part in stock. Had to remove door from body to repair. 
77000  

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Nissan Pathfinder in Florida, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 76000    
76000 400 Fan clutch replaced. 
76000 215 Rear brake cylinders replaced and new pads put on 
 

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in Minnesota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 88000    
90000 1300 Replaced bad pwr steering hose, which was not faulty, and ended up replacing pwr steering pump as well. 
93000 730 Replaced battery myself due to low voltage and car not wanting to be jumped. Car started and ran for about 30 miles, then died. Needed new alternator to the tune of $730 installed at dealer. Aftermarket alternator was only 100 bucks cheaper. 
 

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2001.5 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008 82000    
84000 1200 Replaced shock absorbers and rear springs. The ride and handling had deteriorated progressively for the past 6 months. Rear ride height was improved by at least 3 " with new springs. I consider this normal wear and tear for 83,000 miles. Rear exhaust resonator fell off. It had rusted through at the joint where it connected to the main muffler. Repair shop told me this is a common failure on Pathfinders. Radiator was replaced. I noticed a faint smell of coolant while working on the front suspension. No leaks were apparent. After replacing radiator, the engine temp gauge was reading much lower temperature. The radiator core was partially clogged. 
98000 0 The driver's seat power mechanism broke and jammed the seat in the forward position. Second time, a common failure on the Pathfinder. Repair would cost $400.00 parts plus $150.00 in labor. I installed an aftermarket Recaro seat to end this problem. 
 

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2001.5 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder in New Brunswick, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 75640    
76260 0 Burning excessive oil. Low compression on 3 cylinders. Truck requires new motor. 
 

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder

Engine not specified

Nissan Pathfinder in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 106000    
107000 1372 All six Ignition coils had to be replaced, was told by the mechanic to have all of them replaced at the same time to save labor cost in the future. 
 

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2008 97000    
97000 160 Exhaust Pipe between 1 muffler and 2nd muffler split at weld. Pads and redid rotors. 
135000  

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder 4dr SUV

240-horsepower 3.5L V6 4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range

Nissan Pathfinder in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Oct 2007 114080    
115320 480 Broken front coil springs, one wound off the spring perch. Purchase all new springs and installed on all corners of the truck 
123160 500 COIL PACKS REPLACED. ALL 6 
125240 500 ball joints rear shocks ay brendlinks 
 

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Nissan Pathfinder in Ontario, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2008 42160    
47120 620 suspension - strut braces making noise 
48360 1200 Mass air flow sensor, O2 sensor, updated software for ecm 
57040 1280 Suspension waggle on hitting bumps, unstable in crosswind or headwind.  
60760 980 corrosion on rims causing slow air leaks, tires near end of service so replaced tires and rims. 
 

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