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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.

2.3

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,154 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles

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

2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to technical service bulletin recommended that fuel level sending unit be replaced and requests assistance for repairs. The consumer stated he took the vehicle to the dealer, because the instrument panel fuel gauge was giving an incorrect reading. He explained to the dealer, the instrument panel showed the vehicle had approximately one-quarter tank of fuel, when in fact the fuel tank was empty and the service engine light had illuminated. He also pointed out to the mechanic, that due to the inaccuracy and erratic movement of the fuel gauge reading, it could stall, at any time a resent an unsafe condition of the vehicle and compromise the life and safety of his passengers. After a careful review was conducted by the Nissan technician, it was determined that the problem was due to the fuel sending unit malfunctioning, which was discovered earlier by Nissan, in which a technical service bulletin was issued. Nissan denied the consumers request to have the fuel sending unit replaced free of charge, because the vehicle was outside of the new vehicle limited warranty. The consumer stated Nissan has since issued a safety recall regarding the fuel sending unit and extended the primary warranty.

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 012009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While parked, the contact noticed the check engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. In addition, the fuel gauge would not provide an accurate reading of fuel levels. The failure recurred intermittently but over time, the fuel gauge failed completely. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxiliary tank) that but was advised by the manufacturer that the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder was not included in the recall. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics. The mechanic advised that the fuel tank sending unit would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000. Updated 03/22/12 per the Nissan dealership, who performed the diagnostic, the failed component was the exact component that was covered in the campaign 10V07500 recall for the 2006-2008 model years. The claim was denied because the current mileage was beyond the level of the extended warranty. Updated 04/13/12

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #11

Dec 012009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
First time- transmission failed- new one installed under extended warranty- has gone bad again last week- they tell me the coolant is leaking into the transmission and has ruined it, the gas tank needs replacing, new radiator, new catalytic converter, new U-joints for the second time. My extended warranty has expired- they are telling me that I need $8000 worth of repairs to fix the problems. That is more than the vehicle is worth with 155,000 miles on it!!! please help.

- Only, TN, USA

problem #10

Jun 152010

Pathfinder

  • 114,000 miles

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

The molded fuel tank shell has deformed, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. This is the same condition and parts that are on the 2006 Pathfinder. Nissan issued a recall to replace the fuel level sending unit inside the fuel tank with a new one that has a modified float arm.on the 2006 and 2008 year models of Pathfinder but not the 2005. The recall notice issued was NHTSA campaign id no: 10V075000. How can this condition be acceptable for the 2005 model and considered unsafe for later year models?

- Portland, ME, USA

problem #9

Jan 122010

Pathfinder

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not function properly. The vehicle ran out of fuel because the gauge indicated that the vehicle did contain fuel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that this vehicle used the same fuel sensor as the 2006 model but the vehicle was not included in recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline:storage:auxillary tank). The failure mileage was approximately 95,000. The current mileage was approximately 102,000.

- Shelbyville, IN, USA

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problem #8

Jul 282007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge gave incorrect readings and would indicate that there was fuel in the fuel tank when it was empty; when full, it would indicate that the tank was empty. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in any related recalls. He called the manufacturer who verified that the vehicle was not included in any recalls. The failure mileage was approximately 56,000. The current mileage was approximately 101,000. Updated 07/01/10 the consumer stated the vehicle ran out of gas, even thought he tank read 1/2 tank full. Updated 07/06/10.

- Oak Creek , WI, USA

problem #7

Jun 012009

Pathfinder

  • 65,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at speeds of 55 mph, the contact noticed the fuel level indicator reading fuel levels at empty after she had filled the fuel tank moments prior to the failure. In addition, the check engine warning light remained illuminated on the instrument panel. The failure mileage was 65,000 and the current mileage was 72,000.

- Belleair, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 272010

Pathfinder

  • 52,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact observed an inaccurate reading after gasoline was added to the fuel tank to its capacity level; however, the fuel gauge displayed less than half full. The authorized dealer stated that the vehicle was not covered under the recall defect; although, there was a recall related to the defect for the 2006 and 2007 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 52,500. The current mileage was 52,700.

- Centereach, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 102009

Pathfinder

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE. The contact stated that the fuel level indicator would fluctuate constantly, reading inaccurate fuel levels. Most recently, the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that there were no recalls and that any repairs made to the vehicle would be at the owners expense. The manufacturer was contacted and provided no assistance. There were no repairs made to the vehicle. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 90,526.

- Millville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 152010

Pathfinder

  • 37,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle would exhibit problems with the fuel system. The dealer confirmed that there was a defect in the fuel tank shells. The contact inquired about NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank) which she believed applied to her vehicle. The dealer stated that the failure in her vehicle was exactly as described in the recall campaign; however, upon contacting the dealer, she was told that her VIN was not included. Any repairs would be at the owners expense. The current mileage was 39,000 and the failure mileage was 37,000.

- Maspeth, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 182010

Pathfinder

  • 38,500 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at speeds of 55 mph, the contact noticed that the fuel level indicator displayed empty although there was gasoline in the vehicle. The dealer advised the contact that there were no recalls related to the failure and any repairs would be made at the owners expense. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 38,500 and the current mileage was 38,530.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #2

Mar 222009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact was driving approximately between 30-40 mph. A warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The fuel gauge displayed "empty". the failure occurred at any fuel level capacity. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. Vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on three separate occasions. The failure was contributed to the fuel gauge sending unit. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunction at this time. The failure mileage was 40,000. Updated 05/11/10. Updated 6/1/10 the consumer stated a recall was issued for the 2006 models and up, however the 2005 was not included. The consumer stated the same part was used for the 2066 and newer models. Updated 07/07/10.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 262010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact was driving 30 mph when he noticed that the vehicle fuel sensor was not working. The fuel gauge indicated that the vehicle was empty; although, gasoline was added to the capacity. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who repaired the sensor at her expense although she had owned the vehicle for one month. The contact stated that the failure was directly related to an existing fuel sensor recall. The manufacturer was notified and stated that her VIN was not related to the recall. The failure mileage was 89000 and the current mileage was 90400. Updated 4/7/2010 updated 06/01/10.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

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