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1998 Nissan Pathfinder repairs by problem area

Engine (61%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (12%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (7%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (7%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (5%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 41 repairs.
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1998 Nissan Pathfinder repair cost distribution

$2500+ (8%)

$1000 - $2499 (14%)

$500 - $999 (19%)

$100 - $499 (44%)

< $100 (14%)

Chart based on 36 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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1998 Nissan Pathfinder

Engine not specified

Nissan in British Columbia, Canada
Apr 2013 - Jun 2013
Jun 2013

146320 mi

C $5500
Engine running very rough, stalling at idle when warm, running extremely rich. Replaced MAF, IACV, TPS, spark plugs, wires, distributor, cleaned throttle body, replaced all intake manifold gaskets from the head-up as well as the TB gasket. 
Nissan in Manitoba, Canada
Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
Jun 2014

241180 mi

C $124
Engine flooded while offroading and hydro-locked. Towed back to shop and repaired. 
Nissan in New Jersey, United States
Aug 2010 - Jan 2012
Sep 2010

199000 mi

US $1200
Jun 2011

199000 mi

US $600
Brakes failed due to rear wheel cylinders. Had to completely replace both front rotors, front pads, rear hardware, rear drums, and rear shoes. Needed complete brake system flush. Also front right abs/wheel sensor replaced.  
Nov 2011

201500 mi

US $300
Evap. Charcoal Canister, Purge Check Valve. Sunroof was leaking acquired one via- salvage yard, and now windshield leaks. 
Jan 2012

204000 mi

US $260
Driver Side Caliper & Passenger Side Caliper Needed to be replaced after new master cylinder, wheel cylinders, pads, rotors, shoes, and drums were just replaced. 
Nissan in New Hampshire, United States
Jun 2011 - Oct 2012
May 2012

204100 mi

US $220
OBDII Code for EVAP Canister. Replaced EVAP Canister and Purge Control Valve. 
Oct 2012

207000 mi

US $110
Replaced knock sensor. Couldn't remove intake manifold , stuck on studs, so mounted new sensor on top of intake plenum. (Google for YouTube video of procedure). Plan on finishing this weekend. Also, the rear bolt thread stripped. Helicoiled 
Nissan in Connecticut, United States
Dec 2012 - Apr 2013
Jan 2013

170000 mi

US $1008
Water pump replaced, radiator hoses also replaced. 
Nissan in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Feb 2011

161200 mi

C $300
coolant leak found. told was head gasket leak, decided to sell not repair 
Nissan in South Carolina, United States
May 2010 - Apr 2013
Jun 2010

121000 mi

US $1500
fixed cracked exhaust manifold. valve cover gaskets. 
Jan 2012

US $350
Exhaust piping engine to catalytic converter and converter to muffler. 
Nov 2012

146000 mi

US $850
Evaporative canister 

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door

6-cylinder manual 4WD

Nissan in Oregon, United States
Aug 2009 - Jan 2011
Sep 2009

155000 mi

US $325
Lower Rear sway bars replaced...bushings were worn Both cv joint boots torn...had entire short axles replaced on both sides..no cv noise was present..although boots appeared to have been torn for some time 
Oct 2009

156000 mi

US $13
Leaking Clutch Slave cylinder. Came on suddenly. Replaced and all works great now. 
Sep 2010

162000 mi

US $200
Mass Air Flow sensor failing, was replaced 
Nov 2010

164000 mi

US $523
Car stalled while driving. Failed Distributor. Replaced with New one. 

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 4WD

Nissan in Ontario, Canada
Jun 2011 - Mar 2013
Feb 2012

181040 mi

C $600
Harmonic Balancer failure. 
Nov 2012

189600 mi

C $950
Cat back...everythign replaced 
Nissan in Quebec, Canada
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Dec 2009

114080 mi

C $80
Faulty tension pulley replaced 
Jan 2010

114700 mi

C $480
The damper pulley broke and everything driven by the 2 belts ceased working. The damper pulley is composed of 2 parts joined by a rubber piece. The exterior part got loose and fell off. 
Nissan in Manitoba, Canada
Sep 2009 - Nov 2010
Oct 2010

120280 mi

C $200
Flex pipe broke and resulted in massive leak. Was replaced with OEM parts and is no longer a concern. 
Nissan in Ontario, Canada
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Sep 2009

106020 mi

C $400
Seized caliper. 
Nissan in New Jersey, United States
Jul 2009 - Jul 2012
Dec 2009

82000 mi

US $400
CV Joint Boot tore 
Jan 2010

83000 mi

US $1700
Replaced alternator 
Jun 2012

109000 mi

US $600
Exhaust system rusting out 
Nissan in New York, United States
Jun 2010 - Jun 2013
Jun 2011

141000 mi

US $500
Replaced front brake pads & rotors, rear brake shoes. Replaced 2 front CV shafts due to torn rubber boots, all expected normal maint. items, nothing was failing, rotors were warped. 
Jul 2011

142000 mi
Windshield cracked due to rust in bonding area from faulty previous windshield replacement. National glass chain payed for all costs, including cost of rental car while repair being done. 

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Nissan in California, United States
Feb 2010 - Jul 2014
Nov 2011

265000 mi

US $110
Vehicle would not start intermittently. Complete power failure. Suspect old electrical connections. Clean, polished replaced battery cables. If problem reoccurs, replace electrical harness. 
Apr 2012

268300 mi

US $150
Aug 2012

271700 mi

US $2800
Missing ignition. Replace defective fuel injector. Replace timing belt (first time), water pump, oil gaskets, overhead gasket 
Jan 2014

269700 mi

US $2900
Vehicle required rack and pinon repair and replacement. replace gaskets, seals, oil leaking 
Nissan in South Carolina, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Aug 2010

221300 mi

US $1000
Replaced transmission last summer after reverse went out, approx. $1000 for rebuilt tranny and  some leaking seals. 
Jun 2011

231000 mi
Leaking valve cover gaskets. 

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