Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,271 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 #3

Jun 152010


  • 62,400 miles


NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 fuel sending unit failure. Incident outline: I was driving on the 2 lane portion of the trans-Canada highway #1 West of chilliwack and had fueled up about two hours earlier. I watched the fuel gauge, mpg and dte readings to roughly estimate the amount of fuel remaining and the range to be expected from the remaining fuel, when the gauges were actually working for a brief time. The fuel gauge had seemingly properly shown the dte and fuel level but at +/- 5/8 of a tank it dropped to zero and the dte readings went flat line. This has become a usual situation with the fuel gauge issue and my estimates were that I had sufficient fuel to reach the next gas station pullout from the freeway but I was terribly wrong. I was pulling a trailer and had my wife, son and his friend with me returning from a weekend at our cabin. We were traveling @ +/- 60 mph in the fast lane as there was slower traffic in the curb lane when the truck?S engine stopped, I was out of fuel! I quickly assessed the options, put my right hand turn signal on and starting easing into the curb lane displacing the vehicle beside me. I was able to maneuver the truck into the curb lane under the momentum it had without incident but not without tremendous stress and 2 near misses with other vehicles. Eventually I coasted onto the shoulder of the highway and came to a stop safely without power. It was extremely close and a scenario I do not want to see played out again. Nissan has declined this request and shown moral contempt for a problem that I have demonstrated through, telephone conversations, images and text.

- Port Coquitlam, 00, USA

problem #2

May 022010


  • 68,967 miles
I received a recall notice from Nissan for my 2008 Pathfinder due to a faulty fuel gauge. On Saturday 5/1/2010, I presented the vehicle to maroone Nissan in kendall for repairs. After 2 hours, the vehicle was returned to me with a receipt indicating that the problem was fixed. There was a strong gas odor when I started the car. I assumed that this was probably natural since the repairs were related to the fuel system. However, later that day, the check engine light came on. This was the first and only time that this light came on since I acquired the vehicle in April 2008. I decided that on Monday morning I will return the vehicle to Nissan. However, on Sunday around midday, my son took the vehicle to the service station to purchase gas. The next event that happened was alarming. All the gas that my son added to the vehicle leaked out on the ground. Apparently, the service technician somehow managed to create a hole somewhere in the fuel system/gas tank. The vehicle had to be towed to Nissan for repairs and the repairs are expected to occur on Monday 5/3/2010. This situation could have resulted in a serious accident or even death to my son. I do not know whether the individual who performed the repairs was a Nissan trained and certified technician or not. However, it is worthy of note that there is a serious deficiency in existence at the Nissan location. It is my hope and expectation that an investigation be made into the type and qualifications of the service personnel and the service advisor and their business practices at this location. I am convinced that these individuals were fully aware that they were returning to me a defective vehicle that could have had catastrophic consequences. I should also note that I have been very dissatisfied with previous service jobs at this location, and have always elected to drive approximately 30miles to the pembroke location although the kendall branch in only about 6 miles from home.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 142009


  • 66,000 miles
I own a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder with 68,000 miles. My fuel gauge sensor no longer functions.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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