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CarComplaints.com Notes: While there are fewer "radiator leaked into transmission" complaints for the 2008 model year, they are starting to pile up. Buyer beware.

Nissan has extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles. However the average mileage for transmission failure for earlier model years is 95,000 miles, which conveniently (for Nissan) is just past the limit of their extended warranty. Owners beware.

2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,939 miles

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #17

Feb 132013

Pathfinder

  • 158,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the fuel gauge was not showing an accurate reading. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the fuel sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Madison, FL, USA

problem #16

Aug 152013

Pathfinder

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving various speeds, the check engine warning light illuminated. Additionally, the fuel gauge reading fluctuated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the floater was stuck in the fuel tank. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #15

Sep 222014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 51,700 miles
Vehicle threw a code (P0463 - fuel gauge sending unit) indicating the fuel gauge sending unit is malfunctioning. This is a problem which Nissan North America is aware of however failing to correct on many vehicles. Failure of the fuel gauge sending unit has many possible severe symptoms including, but not limited to: 1) failure of the fuel gauge to properly indicate levels of fuel, 2) failure of the fuel gauge in its entirety and/or 3) failure of the sending unit to properly function while in vehicles are in use potentially causing affected vehicles to shut down while in motion. Also a know problem with radiator leaking into automatic transmission which resulted in class action lawsuit against Nissan North America. Settlement was reached in which Nissan offers to pay for any and all repairs only if malfunction occurs, however when malfunction occurs it can be a significant safety issue affecting the performance of the impacted vehicle.

- Bryn Mawr, PA, USA

problem #14

Jun 032013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 99,300 miles

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

Fuel gauge does not register correctly, have no way of knowing how much fuel in vehicle, causes sensor light to show up, and car will not pass inspection, there was a recall on this, but as others have stated mine wasn't one of them. Also had problem with transmission on this car, which again mine wasn't one of them, but we had a 100,000 mile warranty provided by the dealer on this. If really seems to me, how do they know what Nissan are defective, and what ones aren't if the problem is happening to so many of us. We had Nissan since 2000, but no longer and never again. I gave this vehicle to my son, and now he has to pay for the repair, as car will not pass inspection.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #13

Nov 272013

Pathfinder

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge failed to display the accurate reading fuel levels. On one occasion while driving at 65 mph, the fuel tank displayed full when the fuel tank was actually empty causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 96,488.

- Whittier , CA, USA

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problem #12

Nov 012013

Pathfinder

  • 70,000 miles
I have been noticing the fuel gauge does not read correctly. It gets down close to 1/4 tank and then will stay there. The read out on the information screen will report "0 miles to empty". this leaves me not knowing the amount of fuel left in my tank, and fearful of running out of gas and/ or causing an accident. I have a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder SE V-8 model. It started in the fall 2013 when gas gauge started reading sporadic fuel levels.

- Colchester, VT, USA

problem #11

Apr 162014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 111,000 miles

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

Upon driving on the high way with 3/4 reading on the gas gauge the gas gauge needle suddenly dropped to empty. Until I got it fixed I was unable to determine how much gas was in the vehicle.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #10

Apr 052014

Pathfinder

  • 71,908 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, the fuel gauge displayed incorrect fuel levels and fluctuated intermittently. The contact also mentioned that the engine warning light illuminated. The manufacturer was contacted and informed the contact that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 71,908.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #9

Dec 162013

Pathfinder

  • miles
We purchased a used 2008 Nissan Pathfinder from campbell/nelson on hwy 99 edmonds Washington a couple years ago. We were not told the gas gage did not work found out by nearly being stuck without gas in traffic in December we had to take it through the emission test exam. Here in Washington state only to fail because of a bad gas sensor. We took it to campbell nelson where they gave us a waiver for this year so we could get our lic. Tabs renewed but in order to correct this problem will cost us $700. Had we been told of this when we bought the car we would not have.

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #8

Apr 252012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
At 3/4 of a tank the fuel gauge drops to 0 and the fuel light comes on. Service engine soon light stays on.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 102013

Pathfinder

  • 76,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated after adding fuel to the vehicle the fuel gauge would not provide an accurate reading and would fluctuate intermittently. The engine warning light also illuminated. NHTSA recall campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline) could be related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 76,000.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #6

Aug 032013

Pathfinder

  • 115,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge provided an erroneous reading of a full fuel tank when the fuel tank was empty. Additionally, the fuel gauge would sporadically read that the fuel tank was empty when it was full. The contact was informed of a recall under NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified and stated that the VIN was not included in the recall campaign. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 115,000.

- Middletown, DE, USA

problem #5

Feb 112013

Pathfinder

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when refueling to full capacity, the fuel gauge would erroneously display one quarter of a tank as being full. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline) however the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 202012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
In October 2012, I filled my vehicle up with gas and the fuel gauge did not register a full tank. I drove the vehicle for a few miles and the gas gauge indicated empty. The check /service engine light came on even though I had just had my vehicle serviced at the Nissan dealership in fairfield, ca. I went back to the dealership and they charged me $139 to diagnose the problem!! they then told me that the fuel sending unit had to be replaced and it would cost an additional $318. I did not have the additional money to perform this service. On 11/19/2012, I discovered that NHTSA had had issued a safety recall, campaign id number 10V075000 for the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder and indicated that the fuel sending unit was to be replaced free of charge. The date of the NHTSA campaign was March 2010. I was never notified. Additionally, I always take my vehicle to the dealership for service, so they multiple opportunities to to advise me of this problem and perform the necessary fix. Since the dealership wanted to charge me $318, I contacted Nissan customer service. Customer service told me that my vehcile was outside of warranty, citing my warranty had expired after 75,000 miles. I countered with the statement that firstly, it was a NHTSA recall, secondly, that I was never notified, and thirdly, had I had been properly notified in March 2010, I would have still been within warranty coverage, although as a safety recall the service should be performed for free. They said they would have to refer the matter to regional. They gave me a case number of 10094748. I contacted NHTSA hotline and they gave me a reference number of 493972. From the NHTSA notice it appears over 80,000 vehicles were sold which would have this problem. By not notifying the owners as NHTSA requested them to do, Nissan would save 80,000 X $318 thus saving Nissan $29,048,040.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #3

Jul 272012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 42,200 miles
NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 covers a defective fuel sending unit/gauge on 2008 Nissan Pathfinders resulting in the fuel gauge overstating the fuel level by 1/4 tank. I have a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder (VIN# [xxx]) experiencing this exact issue with the fuel gauge, yet Nissan is claiming my vehicle is not covered by the recall. If 1 manufacturing plant produced vehicles with this issue it stand to reason that another plant using the exact same parts would also produce vehicles with the same problem as evidenced by the fact that my vehicle from another manufacturing plant does indeed have the problem.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 162012

Pathfinder

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel level gauge would provide an inaccurate empty reading after refueling. The failure recurred sporadically. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where the fuel tank was found to be defective. The manufacturer was made aware of failure however no further assistance was provided. The approximate current and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #1

Jan 012012

Pathfinder

  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge would provide inaccurate fuel level readings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed which located the failure at the fuel sending unit. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer denied assistance with repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxillary tank) due to the vehicle mileage. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 10,000.

- Columbia , SC, USA

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