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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
90,779 miles

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 162014


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift into reverse and drive. The contact mentioned that the transmission fluid spilled into the radiator and the engine warning indicator was illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or independent mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 128,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 132013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 83,431 miles
Transmission failure due to design defect known to the manufacturer.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #2

Oct 142013


  • 76,684 miles
I have antifreeze and transmission fluid leaking into each other (tranny have antifreeze and radiator have tranny fluid in it ) fluid is milky and now my transmission is starting to slip.

- Riverside , RI, USA

problem #1

Mar 152011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2004 Pathfinder with 75,000 miles. My wife was driving around March 15 when my engine began to produce a loud knock. She immediately pulled over and called a tow truck. She had the vehicle towed to Nissan dealer. The knock was still there. They investigated and stated the we needed a new engine. A simple internet search will find numerous reports of this happening on Altima, Sentra, and Pathfinders because the screws were not properly locked at the factory, making this a manufacturers defect. Something that should have been dealt with by issuing a mandatory service. My vehicle is currently undrivable for fear of further damage, as we await a response from Nissan North America on what action, if any, they will do to investigate.

- Greenville, NC, USA

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