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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,700 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Nissan Pathfinder brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 032012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


There was a recall on the driver side strut tower due to server rusting. The dealership repaired that area. I was hearing a noise from the front right passenger side and found out that the rust had damage to that strut tower. My ABS and brake lights finally come on and I had S lost of brake fluid. The strut tower colapse severing the right front brake line. The dealer inspected it and said that they would not repair this. I, M not sure why the left front strut tower would be covered and the right front in not. I had leased this vehical and when the lease expired we purchased the car outright. We heard about the recall when I had one remaining payment on the car. Now with the car paid in full it is no longer safe to drive.

- Mahwah, NJ, USA

problem #5

Jul 132010


  • 101,500 miles
While traveling at a speed of less than 30 mph in the left turn lane I heard a loud grinding noise that felt like the gears stuck. The car then suddenly and without warning, revved up, speed forward with the steering wheel locked to the right. The steering and brakes were non responsive, and I had no control. My car, at a high rate of speed, crossed three additional lanes striking a telephone pole(actually split the pole in 2 places), transformer, fire hydrant, and finally rolling down a hill where it came to rest in a parking lot. There was fire from the power lines touchin and water gushing from the fire hydrant at the same time. My father was two cars ahead of me and witnessed the entire accident. We had just left from getting the annual emissions checked on our vehicles and had traveled less than a mile towards home, when the accident occurred. I was told by the paramedics that they never saw anyone walk away from an accident this severe. I suffered whiplash, minor cuts and a 2nd degree concussion but this malfunction could have resulted in the death of me or someone else.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #4

Apr 072009


  • miles
Vehicle lunges forward when stepping on brakes, sometimes, like stepping on gas pedal. Very dangerous.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 162004

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30 miles


2003 Pathfinder with only 14,000 miles. Bought new. Front brake judder leading to steering wheel vibration.

- Barnehat, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 102003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,667 miles
Consumer took vehicle to dealer five times for brake problems. When depressing the brake pedal vehicle pulsated and made a rubbing noise. Dealer rotated and replaced the rotors, ABS actuator, and the whole braking system.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #1

Jun 272003

(reported on)


  • miles
Problems with brake system. Steering wheel shakes when brakes are applied.. when the brakes engaged, the vehicle vibrated and pulsated at speeds above 20 mph. The rotors were turned twice, however the problem continued.

- Scottsdale , AZ, USA

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