really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
111,000 miles

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 052015


  • 150,000 miles


Driving down the hwy and SUV started rocking back and forth side to side severely..I had to brake fast..then when I accelerated it wobbled worse...I thought I was going to roll...could not go over 30...very dangerous and scary...I looked it up on forums to see if anyone else has had this problem....everybody that owns them has had this experience at all different mileages..they refer to it as the "death wobble" online...millions of vehicles have this problem from faulty bushings and trailing arms....yet they "Nissan" refuse to recall or pay to fix it...here is "Nissan" bulletin I found after researching online....they should be paying for this and there should be a recall...I hope that this gets some attention before someone gets killed service bulletin classification: RA97-002 reference: Ntb98-001 date: April 1, 1998 Pathfinder vehicle pull and front/rear suspension excessive play applied vehicle: 1996-98 Pathfinder (R50) applied VIN: Vehicles built before jn8ar05Y*WW256932 service information if a 1996-98 Pathfinder exhibits the following conditions, the cause may be from worn bushing(s) in the rear suspension upper and/or lower links. * excessive play in the rear axle especially during moderate acceleration or deceleration. * vehicle pulling at a constant speed * excessive sway and rocking motion in the front suspension when coming to a stop.

- Port Angeles, WA, USA

problem #6

Sep 302012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 200,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the brakes failed. The contact stated that she depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated causing her to crash into a brick wall. The contact stated that the air bags deployed and injured the front passenger's eyes and her hand. A police report filed. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 200,000. Updated 04/30/13

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 142010


  • 207,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 60 mph, the accelerator pedal stuck and continued to accelerate the vehicle. The brakes did not function when applied and the steering wheel was stiff.the contact had to jump from the vehicle in order to escape from the vehicle. The vehicle crashed through the bypass and down another street into oncoming traffic but did not crash into any other vehicle. The contact did not sustain injuries. The insurance company contacted the manufacturer and was awaiting a response. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 207,000.

- Bogart, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 192010


  • 125,000 miles


I have a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, there are severe problems with the accelerator. Whenever I give it gas to make it driver, the gas pedal, "sticks" and then unexpectedly "catches" and send the vehicle almost out of control. It's been this way since I bought it, used, over a year ago. Yet it's getting worse. Very dangerous, indeed.

- Ronceverte, WV, USA

problem #3

May 032004

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
While driving at 5 mph vehicle experienced sudden acceleration, drove through it, and crashed into the rear of another vehicle.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #2

Jan 092003


  • miles
When consumer started the vehicle, there was a loud noise, when gas was applied, vehicle would accelerate.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #1

Aug 291998

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Traveling at about 55 mph in a right hand lane with the cruise control engaged, driver felt something odd in the left front of the vehicle, as if the driver-side front wheel collapsed. This was accompanied by the steering wheel turning sharply to the right and a loud "bang" under the vehicle in the vicinity of the left front suspension; the driver struggled to keep the vehicle on the road, but it was nonetheless pulled to the right, across the shoulder and into a ditch running paralllel to the road; after dropping into the ditch the vehicle continued to veer to the right and began climbing an embankment; the driver managed to pull the steering wheel hard to the left and point the vehicle back toward the road; as the vehicle moved down the embankment and back into the ditch, the front undercarriage of the vehicle bottomed out where the ditch ended at a driveway, which runs perpendicular to route 50, into a farm; the vehicle bounced back onto the road and crossed the two eastbound lanes; the driver managed to straighten the vehicle out in the center of the grass median and attempted to stop the vehicle; when applying the brakes, it was clear that they were inoperative, the pedal went completely to the floor, and as the driver glanced at the speedometer the vehicle was still traveling about 50 mph, a full quarter mile from where the incident began. Then the cruise control was still engaged, and was not being triggered "off" by application of the brakes. The steering wheel was still pulling hard to the right and the driver continued to struggle to keep the vehicle straight. But know the vehicle was starting to spin counter-clockwise, which caused the vehicle to leave the median area and spin twice ( 720 degrees ) into the oncoming traffic lanes. The vehicle finally stalled and came to rest pointing eastbound in the westbound left lane.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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