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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
45,680 miles

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

suspension problem

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 102008

Pathfinder

  • 140,000 miles

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

Vehicle is a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder wobbles side to side at high speeds, very bumpy suspension otherwise. Replaced shocks and struts, as well as all tires, but problem remains. Nissan has posted a service bulletin about a similar problem.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #16

Mar 252008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,568 miles
I have a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. I experience very "heavy" side to side swaying of the vehicle at speeds greater than 55 mph. I have looked on the internet at other blogs and noticed that many other owners experienced the same condition. Nissan is aware of the problem and has issued a tsb, (ntb98-001 )but has not issued a recall, no doubt due to the cost of the repair, which was just quoted to me by the local dealership at $1,400 (and two days in the shop). The problem, according to Nissan and other consumers online, is the control arm bushing (front and rear) and other connecting parts. This is a very unsafe design error and should be recalled at the expense of Nissan, not the consumer.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #15

Jan 012007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 40 mph or greater, the rear of the vehicle sways left to right. The dealer stated that the rear struts and tires needed to be replaced. The dealer made the replacement, however, the failure persisted. The dealer inspected the vehicle, but was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The vehicle was taken to a different dealer and they stated that the rear upper and lower control arm needed to be replaced along with a wheel alignment and front brakes. As of July 19, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage is 89,500 and failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 02/01/08.

- Mohnton, PA, USA

problem #14

Jan 012005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

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

I own a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving on the highway the suspension failed by swaying back and forth. It felt as though the car will roll over. Death, personal injury, and property damage was clearly foreseeable. In order to stop the sway, I needed to decelerate. However, as I continued to drive the suspension failed and the vehicle swayed. Due to the continuous nature of this failure I had included the number 999 below in the number of failure fields to denote that he failure was continuous. January 1, 2005 as the incident date to indicated that this was an ongoing failure of the suspension.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 132006

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 138,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at speeds of 60mph or more, the vehicle violently shakes as if there may be a loss of control. The vehicle was seen by an independent repair shop for the suspension, but the mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle is scheduled for inspection at an authorized dealership.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

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problem #12

Aug 222004

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
First noticed problem while driving on the highway when the car suddenly started to rock from side to side. This problem seemed to get worse and was noticed even at lower speeds. Replaced front and rear suspension components and problem still exists.

- Marlborough, MA, USA

problem #11

Oct 242003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

While driving 35 mph, another vehicle suddenly stopped in front of the consumer's vehicle which caused the consumer to veer off the road and hit a curb. The vehicle's axle broke and was towed to the dealership for analysis. The brake system resulted in a complete lost of control of the vehicle. The vehicle pulled to the right, the accelerator pedal would stick, there was a rattling/buzzing sound upon acceleration, the brakes slipped, and the accelerator did not respond at times. Prior to the incident the struts leaked and the left front stabilizer bar was replaced.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #10

Oct 242001

Pathfinder

  • miles
When driving at 50mph or higher if vehicle hit a pump or uneven patch on freeway vehicle sways and rocks, making driver unable to control steering.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 072001

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Suspension causing vehicle to sway violently when going 50mph.. consumer states the tires wore out at 20,000 miles, the shocks and struts were replaced at 42,000 miles, consumer was informed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle after complaining about the vehicle swaying, however the vehicle was taken to another shop and the trailing arms were replaced which then corrected the problem, also the power steering fluid was leaking, the muffler was replaced due to rust and the exhaust manifold was cracked due to stress, the front differential pinion seal was leaking, the center cap that goes on the stock wheels on the front seat was installed.

- Victoria, MN, USA

problem #8

Jul 032001

Pathfinder

  • miles
At speeds above 45 mph vehicle for no reason suddenly begins to rock rapidly from side to side. First encountered when driving vehicle back to Maine. When arrived in Maine had front struts and rear shocks replaced. Problem continues. At highway speed if you even slighly release the accelerator pedal to slow down or coast, vehicle immediately begins to rapidly rock side to side. Called Nissan, they noted no one has reported incident. Have since downloaded service bulliten # ntb98001, date 9804, NHTSA item # SB600088- component suspension. Staes in part "... may exhibit excessive play in front/rear suspension." Please advise what service bulliten refers to. What rights does service bulliten provide to the consumer" how do I obtain correction from manufacturer? what became of issue following the service bulletin. Has NHTSA received similar complaints"

- Winthrop, ME, USA

problem #7

Apr 212000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles

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

Just notice this problem at about 66,000miles vehicles wobbles side to side at acelleration 55-70mph and continues if you hit a dip, bump in the road don't know what is causing this problem need help many people have complained but Nissan doesn't either.

- Fort Campbell, KY, USA

problem #6

Apr 152001

Pathfinder

  • miles
Consumer took the vehicle in for a front end alignment when mechanic with national and battery discovered that front strut was blown, and that was causing misalignment. Both front struts had to be replaced at the same time. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 162000

(reported on)

Pathfinder

  • miles
When driving at approximately 25-70 mph vehicle swayed back and forth which could cause loss of vehicle control. Consumer has replaced tires/ struts/ shocks, and did wheel alignment, but defect kept occurring.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 052000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Vehicle vibrates & rocks side to side between 60-70mph. Warranty has expired. Consumer will contact the manufacturer.

- Edmonds, WA, USA

problem #3

Jul 221999

(reported on)

Pathfinder

  • miles
Vehicle experiences problems with suspension system which has caused premature wear of the tires, unable to be rectified after several attempts. Mjs

- Rio Piedras, PR, USA

problem #2

Sep 021998

Pathfinder

  • miles
Misalignment, causing tires to wear out. Also, running board affects steering, causes poor handling of vehicle.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #1

Jul 041997

Pathfinder

  • miles
Consumer was driving vehicle at 65 mph and was cut off. She turned the wheel to avoid impact, and the vehicle turned over. The front passenger was in a reclining position with restraints and was ejected from the vehicle and killed. The rear passenger was injured.

- Bayswater, NY, USA

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