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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.

2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,521 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jan 122007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 48,000 miles

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

Heater blows cold when idle, heater blower doesn't always work, fuel gauge reads empty when full.

- Hickman, NE, USA

problem #21

Oct 092009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Fuel gauge not working, radiator fluid leaking into transmission damaging transmission, front passenger seatbelt getting stuck.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #20

Apr 272011

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the fuel gauge does not display the proper fuel level. The contact had the vehicle inspected by the dealer who stated the fuel sending unit was failing. The failure caused the check engine light to illuminate on the instrument panel. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 93,000 and the current mileage was 95,000.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #19

Aug 012008

Pathfinder

  • 70,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge indicated that the fuel tank was empty although it was full. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they were aware of the problem but offered no other assistance. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the fuel gauge was defective. The vehicle was repaired in 2008 under warranty but the failure occurred again. The vehicle was not repaired again. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was approximately 150,000.

- Miramar, FL, USA

problem #18

Aug 282010

Pathfinder

  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the fuel gauge malfunctioned. The fuel gauge displayed a half tank of gasoline and the actual fuel in the vehicle could be significantly lower. The contact noticed a recall for the fuel system but due to the year of the vehicle the contact was unable to receive a remedy repair. The contact stated that the manufacturer should open the recall to later models since the parts were the same in the models that have been recalled. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Hampton, GA, USA

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problem #17

Nov 202009

Pathfinder

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when refueling the fuel tank, the fuel level gauge would not read the accurate amount of fuel in the vehicle until fifty miles later. The check engine light would illuminate during the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel gauge would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000 and the current mileage was approximately 87,000.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #16

Jun 282010

Pathfinder

  • 64,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the vehicle was filled with gasoline fuel and when the vehicle was started, the fuel level gauge indicated the fuel tank was empty. The contact spoke with the dealer who advised the vehicle was not under recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure miles were 64,000.

- York, SC, USA

problem #15

Dec 212009

Pathfinder

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. He stated the fuel sensor gauge would fail whenever the vehicle was refueled. The dealer advised the fuel sensor gauge would need to be replaced at the contact's expense. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 63,000.

- New Bedford , MA, USA

problem #14

Jun 012010

Pathfinder

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge would read inaccurate fuel levels. The gauge would read that the fuel tank was full when it was empty and empty when full. The dealer advised that the fuel sending unit was defective. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 83,000 and the current was unknown.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #13

Jun 022010

Pathfinder

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 40 mph the vehicle starting shaking as if she was driving over a grooved pavement. She drove home a parked the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and she was told that the transmission and radiator needed replacing because they were leaking fluids. The cost for the repairs was $5,900. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact stated the gas gauge had previously stopped working and she paid for the repairs. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #12

May 232010

Pathfinder

  • 88,000 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 30-40 mph, the transmission began making a shuddering noise. The contact pulled over to inspect the vehicle and then took it to a local mechanic who stated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge stopped functioning at 50,000 miles. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000. The current mileage was 88,562.

- Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #11

Nov 022009

Pathfinder

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the vehicle was reading inaccurate fuel levels. The fuel level indicator would read empty fuel levels when the fuel tank was full with gasoline. After traveling approximately 50 miles, the indicator would reset itself and then the failure would recur. The dealer advised bringing the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 46,000 and the current mileage was approximately 61,000.

- Parrish , AL, USA

problem #10

Jun 072010

Pathfinder

  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder xe. The fuel gauge displayed that the fuel level was full; yet, the fuel tank was empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the vehicle could repaired for $500. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and the contact is waiting for a response. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #9

Mar 172009

Pathfinder

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge did not indicate the correct amount of fuel that was actually in the fuel tank. Even when the contact filled the fuel tank, the gauge would display that the vehicle was either empty of half full. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the fuel sensor was replaced and the contact was informed that the problem occurred with other models. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000. The current mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 012009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after pumping gas, the fuel gauge indicated that the tank was still empty. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but no repairs had been made at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. The current mileage was approximately 51,000. Updated 12/02/10 updated 12/07/10

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #7

Jun 092009

Pathfinder

  • 135,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact observed while driving 40 mph the fuel gauge displayed an inaccurate reading, as a result of the vehicle running out of fuel. The fuel tank was empty, and the fuel gauge indicated the fuel level was ┐full┐. the failure occurred erratic. The authorized dealer was notified of the malfunction. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Mt Airy, MD, USA

problem #6

Feb 102009

Pathfinder 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,987 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 20 mph, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge indicator illuminated, which meant that there was no gasoline in the tank. However, she had recently filled up the vehicle with fuel. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and it was determined that the fuel sensor failed. The fuel system sensor was reset. A couple of weeks later, while accelerating from a stop, the vehicle shut off. The contact was able to shift into park and restart the vehicle. When the vehicle was restarted, the contact noticed that the service engine indicator was illuminated. The vehicle has not been inspected by a technician to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer would not provide compensation because there were no recalls available. The failure and current mileages were 53,987. Updated 4/23/09 updated 04/28/09.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #5

Mar 242008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
Fuel gauge becomes inaccurate after it reaches half of the tank. For example, I may start off on a full tank and when the gauge reaches halfway, it drops all the way down and I become unaware of what remaining gas is left. As I became more aware of the problems, I started researching and noticed that this is a common problem that owners are having with their Nissan Pathfinder.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 162007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,467 miles
I filled my tank up one day and after getting in the vehicle it showed empty on the tank and the service engine light came on. I found out it was a fuel sending unit that went bad. I was at 38,000 miles on the Nissan Pathfinder and the warranty was up conveniently. The bill for fixing this is over $400. I have not fixed it yet because I know there is gas in there and it drives fine, but my wife goes hay wire about it every time she fills up the tank and it still shows empty. I wish Nissan would send a recall or technical service bulletin to get this fixed for free. I sounds like there are many problems of this same nature.

- Idaho Falls, ID, USA

problem #3

Mar 012007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
My fuel gauge and miles until empty gauge are both shot. They work once in a while, but most of the time the dte reads 0 and the gas gauge is on E. also my service engine soon light has been on since this problem started at approximately 60,000 miles. There are 3 complaints the same as this one and being that my 2 year old vehicle is no longer under warranty, I am forced to pay $400 to correct this problem when it is obviously happening to others. Hopefully a recall will come out for this malfunction.

- Ishpeming, MI, USA

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