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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
100,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. use heat or some other fuel water absorber (1 reports)
1997 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012004

Pathfinder V8

  • Manual transmission
  • 100,000 miles


Car has worked great. I lived in Denver (5280 ft. altitude). Car would start fine in Denver, and even in -15 Degree weather or colder. However, when traveling to a ski resort (i.e. Vail, or others) with a higher altitude, the car would refuse to start after sitting about 4-5 hours. It would start again at the resort after 1-2 hours, but after 4-5 wouldn't start. Tried jump-starting, alternator and battery were fine. Eventually after pumping the gas and turning it over for several minutes it FINALLY started! This happened 3-4 times, each time ONLY at a different ski resort.

I mentioned this curious problem to a clerk at Auto-Zone and he suggested using HEAT or some other fuel "water absorber" type of product as a fuel additive with a tank of fuel. I tried it and every time since it starts without a problem at the resort. I have owned the car for over 5 years and this is the only problem I've really had with the car.

- , Fairfax, VA, USA

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