Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

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4.2

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,981 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 012007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

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

RPM's jump from 2.5K to 4K randomly and repeatedly when driving on a level and smooth road at 65 mph. Sometimes RPM's stay at 4K at 50 mph when it should be 2K.

- Milpitas, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 252005

Pathfinder 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,653 miles
I was on my way to work mileage at 88000 on the Pathfinder when the vehicle started to jerk and took it to my mechanic and he told me the planetarium on the transmission was shot now I need to rebuild or get a new one and this is not the only 1998 vehicle I been hearing a lot of complaints about this year Pathfinder transmission.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #11

Jan 152005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns 1998, Nissan Pathfinder. Transmission malfunctioned at 114,000 miles on vehicle. The filter had been changed three times, and she also changed the transmission fluid. A ring gear and a bunch of metal shavings was found in the pan.

- Como, MS, USA

problem #10

Dec 022003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,805 miles

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

Automatic transmission failure.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #9

Oct 242003

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,350 miles
The automatic transmission failed on my car. After traveling from philadelphia to queens NY approaching a stop light I slowed down while doing so the SUV suddenly made a loud grinding noise and the engine reved very high however the output of the vehicle was only at a crawl. I imediately pulled over to the side of the road and shifted to park the loud grinding noise could be heard again only louder. This car was my first new purchase I routinely service it at the dealership, and now at 78,000 miles am found stranded in NY trying to replace the transmission. I have been researching the Pathfinder only to find that the whole transmission is susceptible to over heating which cause metal deterioration in the trans itself. Why haven't we heard of a recall yet! how long can this problem continue?

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,950 miles
Transmission drive causes a big clunking noise when in drive position, it happens when stopping or starting. Nissan dealer indicated that repair is only done to vehicles under 60K miles even though they recognized it is a known defect. ****dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****755943.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #7

Mar 212002

(reported on)

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Securing pin inside of transmission came loose. Damaged gears on vehicle, and would not go into reverse. Please add VIN.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 011998

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Martinsvil, VA, USA

problem #5

Aug 011998

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission failed.

- Santa Moni, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 201999

(reported on)

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The consumer stated that dearlership changed her vehicle from four- wheel drive to two- wheel drive without her permission. The problems is the vehicle cannot pull on hills, and the anti-lock brake system doesn't kick in on dry or wet pavement.

- Newport, CA, USA

problem #3

Aug 221998

Pathfinder

  • miles

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

Rolls backwards freely while in drive, has loud banging like someone crashed into back end when starting or stopping and while driving

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 221998

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission design allows for movement/rolling backward when vehicle is in gear.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 221998

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission drive train faulty causing clunking noise as per service bulletin.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

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