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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,800 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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2001 Nissan Pathfinder body / paint problems

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 182011


  • 154,000 miles


On braking, right front tire started to shake and steering well was almost ripped from hands. Mechanic put on lift and right rear a arm attachment point was totally rusted out. Upon inspection left front was ready to go as well. Frame has numerous rust holes in it. 10 yr old car can not be repaired.

- Freeville, NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 312011

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 213,000 miles
2001 Nissan Pathfinder severely rusted at drivers front strut tower, separating the strut from the frame.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #3

Sep 042010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the driver side front strut tower failed and separated. The steering shaft broke as a result. The failure occurred while another driver was turning at 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the strut tower separated. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer at the time of the complaint. Upon inspection of the vehicle, it was determined that not only had the strut tower rusted at the bottom, but the lt frame rail had rusted and essentially disintegrated where it was supposed to be joined to the strut tower. Without the support, the remaining welds on the strut tower were unable to hold it in place. Updated evoq 10/15/10 updated 11/12/10. Updated 01/13/11 up[dated 02/10/11 updated 03/14/11 updated03/25/11

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 012006

Pathfinder 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The car wobbles back and forth like riding a boat in ruff waters. This is a structural issue and 2 different auto repair men have not yet figured out what is causing it.

- Sunland, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 162002

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle roll over which involved a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. It was the consumer's opinion the vehicle did not possess substantial weight which was necessary to prevent roll over situations, the vehicle lacked the necessary height to width ratio as well as the necessary mass to maximize the survivability and prevent or substantial decrease in the chance of a roll over.

- Albertson, NY, USA

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