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3.6

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,363 miles

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1995 Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems

transmission problem

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1995 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #17

Jul 062010

Pathfinder

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact was driving 60 mph when the vehicle independently shifted into second gear before decelerating and becoming unresponsive to acceleration attempts. All of the warning lights were illuminated on the instrumental panel as the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and it was towed to the dealer. The dealer advised that radiator fluid was leaking into the transmission and both components would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was then contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 78,000.

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #16

Feb 022010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan path finder had a problem with the radiator that led to the transmission failing. They new about this problem for a while and so do all the dealers and transmission shops. The did nothing and now only cover it to 80K.

- Hampstead, NH, USA

problem #15

Aug 182007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163 miles
Transmission will bogg down and gradually build up speed and also will not change gears.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #14

Dec 222003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Automatic trans/ no reverse have had numerous problems with trans now no reverse. Warning no signs of things to come, just drove from point a to point B (about 1/2 a mile) and reverse was gone. Have discussed this problem with several other 1995 Pathfinder owners and they have had the same problems.

- Snow Camp, NC, USA

problem #13

Nov 251999

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Engine knocking when started cold. Transmission will not go into reverse. **** dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****724554.

- Washington Crossing, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 012003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 189,000 miles
My 1995 Nissan Pathfinder's transmission has had to be replaced do to failure of Nissan in the design of the cooling tubes. After contacting several transmission shops I was told this is a problem affecting all Nissan transmissions up to yr 98. That is when Nissan fixed the problem by making the cooling tubes larger diameter. They should have had a recall on this but did not. The reverse gear is the first one to burn out. If you can get 125K on any of these transmissions you are very lucky. The transmission shops say to make it over 150K is a miracle. I made it to 189K. Make Nissan recall this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Shohola, PA, USA

problem #11

Dec 122001

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #10

Jan 242002

(reported on)

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
ABS warning light on almost always. Had front and rear brakes replaced soon after purchase in Oct. '99. Same problems with mannifold as many others are reporting. Pass. Door lock does not work with key. Anti-theft alarm goes on when trying to start in very cold conditions. Pulls to the right frequently evn after having it checked for problems. Also beginning to have problems with gear shifting. When turning wheels to exit or enter a driveway in drive or reverse often there is a very loud grinding sound, a freind with a Nissan pickup has the same problem. When asking the dealer about it, they reported it is nothing to be worried about- "they all make that sound".

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

problem #9

Mar 032001

(reported on)

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Transmission changes slow and it getting worse had it looked at at my mech. He told me then that there was a recall on the tansmission at one time I want to know if there is and how I can get this fixed

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #8

Mar 012000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Manifold gasket leaking (I also owned a '91 Pathfinder that had to have each manifold gasket replaced twice). Several transmission parts req'd replacement as well as the computer that drives the transmission.

- Santa Cruz, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 202000

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Right exhaust manifold replaced, then 40000 or so miles later bolts broken on both the right and left manifold. Reverse in the transmission did not work, had to replace the complete transmission. Drivers sunvisor is bad design, you have problems seeing when it is down.

- Corinth, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 152000

(reported on)

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission does not go into reverse. Dealer has inspected the vehicle.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 011999

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Bought vehicle in Nov. '98. Had to replace transmission in or around April '99. Was told by several people that Nissan was having a problem with their transmissions that year. Dealership replaced with a new transmission only because we had purchased an extended warranty. On August 7, the transmission once again failed only after a little over a year. We thought it was still under warranty so we had it towed to the same dealership. Was told that the warranty had expired. They said they would pull transmission to see if they could tell what it was. In the meantime, I started calling other places to check on pricing. Was told that the transmission had some kind of bolt (?) or something that was a defect in their transmissions but were still knowlingly replacing these transmissions without correcting that problem. We bought a Nissan because we trusted the reliabilty of the make. Now we are going to be around $2,000 out, plus sitting on the side of the road for a couple of hours and the inconvienience (we were to take our vacation this week, now we can't). If this site is not the correct place to make this kind of complaint I apologize for taking up your time. I think there should be some recourse for us. We do not have a lot of money and this will greatly set us back which was the purpose of going with a Nissan.

- Asheboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Feb 012000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 95 Nissan Pathfinder will not go into the reverse gear. The dealer service person says it could be a solenoid switch. They were not certain of this. I have found several other people who own Pathfinders have encountered this problem. It is not an isolated incident.

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #2

Jan 282000

(reported on)

Pathfinder

  • miles
Consumer states when traveling in bad weather conditions when the four wheel drive is needed. Vehicle pulls to the right, causing poor control of vehicle. Consumer has contacted the dealer, dealer has yet to determine the cause of the problem.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Mar 021995

Pathfinder

  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

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