definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,575 miles

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 012011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


1998 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall concerning strut tower corrosion the consumer sent in a paid invoice with the repairs related to the recall.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #7

May 102011


  • miles
The front end of my 1998 Nissan Pathfinder shakes wildly when I drive it. I had a mechanic inspect the vehicle and he said my struts need to be replaced. I'm afraid to drive it at all. I need to have it fixed immediately.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 222010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle would sway from side to side abnormally causing limited steering control. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the strut housing was defective and would need to be replaced. The contact called the manufacturer who advised that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number: 11V244000 (suspension:front). The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 140,000 and the failure mileage was unknown. Updated 07/08/11 updated 07/15/11

- Garfield, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 082010


  • 165,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the left wheel well was rusted which caused the spot welding that holds the struts to separate. A dealer inspected the vehicle and informed him to check on existing recalls related to the failure since it was a safety issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 165000. The current mileage was 177000.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #4

Mar 281998


  • 79,600 miles
Both front end struts leaking repaired at 81,373 miles. Vehicle would feel like you were losing control when hitting bumps at speeds over 50 mph. The tires felt like they were not maintaining contact with road and the tires would wobble after hitting bumps. The accelerator would occasionally stick and when depressed the vehicle would lunge forward. The dealership indicated that the throttle box had to be decarbonized.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

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problem #3

Jul 191999

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
No summary liasted for abov evehicle.

- Holbrook, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 271998

(reported on)


  • miles
Front end shakes.

- Vero Beach, FL, 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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