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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,500 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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2002 Nissan Pathfinder brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 292004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


- December 2003, brakes became 'soft' when applied - experienced problem intermittently. - January 30, 2004 - brakes failed while traveling at a speed of 25 mph - January 30, 2004, took vehicle to an indepedent service station - service personnel stated that they... "experienced intermittent brake failure, that the ABS was engaging, and that caused the pathfiner to loose brakes... that the brakes went all the way to the floor... allowing no control over the brakes." - February 2, 2004, Pathfinder towed to Nissan dealer for diagnosis - Nissan dealer kept vehicle until February 9, 2004. - Nissan dealer stated that my Nissan Pathfinder was driven by various service personnel, and thatthe brakes seemed normal. - Nissan dealer stated... "not sure if brakes will fail again." - Nissan consumer representative advised that I pick the vehicle up from the Nissan dealership and drive it... "although she (Nissan consumer reprepresentative ) was concerned that the brake failure I experienced was a serious safety concern."

- Brookings, SD, USA

problem #1

Oct 242003

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
After 12 months of driving brake pedal began to respond differently after depressing it on some occasions, not on others. Steering wheel began to shake noticeably when brakes were depressed at highway speeds. At low speed, brakes failed entirely, causing rear end collision, then, they began to work again. No consistency or pattern determined whether brakes would fail to respond or when they would respond unusually. Diagnostic tests initially showed no overt problem with ABS when the brakes were responding normally.

- Catonsville, MD, USA

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