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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

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Feb 132016

Pathfinder

  • 95,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the fuel gauge displayed an incorrect reading. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that a fuel sensor float arm needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, a couple of months after the repairs while driving 60 mph, the brake warning light illuminated. The brake pedal was depressed and an abnormal noise emitted from the brake pedal as it depressed all the way to the floor, but failed to function. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was an intermittent brake failure and that the delta stroke sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who confirmed the failure and replaced the delta stroke sensor. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that an extended warranty campaign for the fuel system failure was available, but the vehicle exceeded the acceptable mileage. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Phillipsburg, NJ, USA

problem #36

Jun 102015

Pathfinder

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 65 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated. Also, within twenty minutes of filling the fuel tank, the fuel gauge failed to display an accurate reading. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel tank sending unit failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system gasoline). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 89,000.

- Hagerstown, MD, USA

problem #35

Feb 122016

Pathfinder

  • 66,000 miles
Fuel system, gauge not functioning. The fuel gauge randomly shows empty when not empty or even full, then shows random readings that do not accurately show fuel level. Just 2 days ago I showed 3/8 tank. Went to store then showed 5/8 after starting vehicle. Trying to manually track milage so I do not run out of gas since gauge is not working. Nissan contacted twice about recall/campaign# 10V075000. Was told my VIN is not included. I have researched the complaints on this website and out of 184, 43 are confirmed this issue not included in recall, additional 11 same complaint but unable to tell if included in recall. If accurate fuel reading was concern enough for recall 10V075000, how do an additional 43-54 complaints not cause additional vehicles to be included. This is 25% of all safety complaints on this vehicle on this web page. Please force Nissan to address this obvious vehicle flaw and safety issue. I do have pictures, did not attach but will provide if requested. I have both email responses from nissian, will provide if requested.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #34

Jun 032014

Pathfinder

  • 105,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at certain speeds, the fuel gauge indicator would display empty when the vehicle was actually full. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the fuel gauge failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #33

Feb 102016

Pathfinder

  • 117,000 miles
Digital gas milage and gas gauge needle not reading how much gas is actually in the tank. Needle goes below E and gas light comes on even when I have a full tank. Digital gas milage goes to 0 or gives all dashes no matter how much gas I have. Or when I am low on gas the needle will read I have more than I do. This happens randomly while stationary, while driving on city street and highway. Fluctuates in the middle of a trip, etc.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

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problem #32

Feb 122016

Pathfinder

  • 110,000 miles
On my 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, which is only 8 years old, I have repaired my transmission due to an atf contamination via the cooling system around 95,000 miles. I purchased the vehicle at 90,000 miles used. This affected my speed control and all related systems.the radiator was replaced also due to the contamination. This has affected my cooling and heating system and all related systems.this cost my extended warranty company around $2,900+ (glad I was smart enough to purchase this warranty), however it cost me my deductible of $200. On February 12, 2016 I dropped my Nissan off for a follow-up repair to replace the entire timing chain assembly after going in for a simple alignment earlier (which was a waste of money because you have to purchase a camper kit in order for your alignment to be 100%, $249 out-of-pocket). This caused me to have to buy a brand new set of tires out-of-pocket which came with a free alignment as a special, otherwise I would've re-payed for another alignment. Headquarters Nissan of columbus, ga never informed me of the timing chain issues with these SUVS! this resulted in performance issues. Again my extended warranty will pay around $1,800 to Nissan for the repairs and me a $200 deductible. I have run out of gas in the middle of traffic on the highway in atlanta, ga during rush hour before because my gas gauge or indicator or something doesn't read or is inaccurate. I also hear noise from the tires or something when I roll over speed bumps, accelerate or bank left or right with bad, hard steering. The cooling and heating system has not blown air at times and sometimes I have to depress the gas petal while idling to heat up air that has gone cold. When the A/C does this I turn off the A/C and let the windows down, pressing the gas petal does not work. Nissan says they can't find a problem with this system when diagnosing vehicle?!

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #31

Nov 152015

Pathfinder

  • 115,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at various speeds, the fuel gauge displayed an incorrect reading and the service engine soon warning light illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 115,000.

- St Paul, MN, USA

problem #30

Jan 212016

Pathfinder

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled. The failure occurred while driving various speeds and after being driven approximately 10-20 miles. The vehicle was able to be restarted; however, the failure recurred. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge read 1/4 of a tank or empty after being completely fueled. The contact noticed that the failure only occurred when the vehicle was fueled over a half of a tank. The contact stated that the last time this occurred, the service engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel level sensor circulator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 57,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #29

Dec 012015

Pathfinder

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that on several occasions, the fuel gauge indicated that the fuel tank was empty and had 0 miles left to fuel once the fuel level decreased to the halfway point. The contact refueled the vehicle and discovered that the vehicle had a half tank of fuel. The failure recurred on several occasions once the fuel level decreased to half full point. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000. The VIN was not available.

- Fairview, PA, USA

problem #28

Oct 012015

Pathfinder

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked overnight with a quarter of tank of fuel. The contact noticed the fuel tank gauge read empty. The contact took the vehicle to the gas station, refilled the tank, and the fuel gauge read full. The failure recurred at the quarter tank level. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel tank level sensor failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that because the contact had not taken the vehicle to a Nissan dealer all of 2015, they were not able to provide a repair for NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Little Rock, CA, USA

problem #27

Mar 112014

Pathfinder

  • 105,000 miles

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

My 2008 Pathfinder's check engine light came on while my fuel gauge is showing empty when I would fill up constantly, the mileage on the vehicle was approx. 105,000. I was informed that it was my fuel level sensor that needed replaced, Nissan North America informs me my VIN isn't covered in the NHTSA reference #10V075000 recall of the fuel level sensor that began March 2010, I purchased my vehicle used after the recall was initiated. Due to the fuel level sensor needing replaced ($600), I was not able to pass my emissions test in co ($25), and am not able to register my vehicle ($200). So if I have to pay for my own repairs I will have to replace a part that Nissan is aware has an issue, get a second emissions test and pay any late fees on top of my annual registration fee. I believe that if Nissan is aware or this issue they should repair my vehicle at no cost to me and/or if a recall was initiated then there needs to be more explanation as to why my VIN is not included.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #26

Nov 012015

Pathfinder

  • 179,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While operating the vehicle, the fuel gauge indicated the fuel tank was half full before suddenly decreasing to empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel sending unit would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was informed that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system). The contact stated that the vehicle experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The failure mileage was 179,000....updated 02/19/16

- Ackaman, MS, USA

problem #25

May 042015

Pathfinder

  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 55 mph, the check engine warning indicator illuminated and the fuel tank did not display the correct reading. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel sender float arm malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 104,000.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 172015

Pathfinder

  • 108,000 miles
The fuel level sensor is failing, causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The check engine light also illuminates. Nissan has recalled 2006 - 2008 vehicles for this fuel gauge issue. Recall announced: March 03 2010 NHTSA reference: #10V075000 number affected: 80,689 summary: Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 frontier, xterra and Pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, 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. Consequence: This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. This is a known defect to both Nissan and the NHTSA...and it should be repaired before there is a fatality in my family

- Hanson, MA, USA

problem #23

Sep 042015

Pathfinder

  • 97,000 miles
While driving on the highway in the fast lane at 85 mph the car lost power completely. Luckily there were no other cars in my vicinity. Coasted over 2 lanes to breakdown lane just barely over the line. Gas gage read 1/4 tank so figured I still had gas. Tried to restart several times but car acted like it was out of gas. Called aaa for a tow truck and asked to bring gas just in case. Car started right up after mechanic put gas in tank. Although this issue is a recall1 Nissan will not repair for free. Say my VIN is not included in the recall and it will cost me $450. Recall summary:Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 frontier, xterra and Pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, 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. Hazard:this could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

- Alpharetta, GA, USA

problem #22

Jul 142015

Pathfinder

  • 99,632 miles
Trouble code P0463, ses light came on. Its the same trouble code that certain Nissan models fuel gages read 1/4 of a tank when empty. I was told that there is no problem with mine or recalls it is a 08 le V8 Pathfinder.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #21

Mar 052015

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel sending unit failed to work. The contact mentioned that the fuel gauge indicated that the fuel tank was full when it was empty. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- White Bluff, TN, USA

problem #20

Jan 052015

Pathfinder

  • 54,000 miles
After my wife had difficulty trying to unlock the driver door using the thumb button, she had to result in using the key fob... then while driving to work she was about to get on the freeway when she noticed the fuel gauge was reading empty. She pulled into the nearest service station to fill up but was only allowed to put in 3 gallons. Then the gauge read full. I had filled it the day before. After work she needed to pick up friends at the airport and tried to use the rear ac but it would only blow hot air..... now where to find out if these issues along with the air bags can be fixed... such a hassle to deal with the dealer for items like these that should be warranty type fixes. What is a consumer to do?

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #19

May 182015

Pathfinder

  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. After the vehicle was refueled, the fuel gauge displayed empty. In addition, the check engine and air bag lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the fuel level sending unit and the crash zone sensor for the air bag needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 10V075000 (fuel system) and 08V690000 (air bags). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Shelby, NC, USA

problem #18

Apr 022015

Pathfinder

  • 142,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at approximately 50 mph, the instrument panel fuel gauge dropped to empty as the low fuel and check engine warning indicator illuminated. The contact stated that the fuel tank was filled to capacity approximately two days prior to the failure. The failure recurred continuously. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline). The approximate failure mileage was 142,000.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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