really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,299 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #19

Dec 152010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles


Excessive rust, corrosion and holes in sub frame of 2001 Nissan Pathfinder where the passenger side control arm connects to the sub frame of the vehicle. Also excessive rust in whole front end of vehicle. Did have vehicle recall id # 88860 - suspension:front addressed however Nissan did not address excessive rust and hole on right side of vehicle near area where control arm connects to sub frame.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #18

Mar 012012

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall reimbursement the consumer stated the his vehicle has been subject to corrosion issues. The defect was due to lack of anit-corrosive material applied at the time of manufacturing. The consumer stated there was a known recall that address the issues. However, Nissan denied the consumers request reimbursement, stating no recalls existed for his vehicle

- Wappingers Falls, NY, USA

problem #17

Mar 052012

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the struts were being replaced by a local mechanic when the contact was advised that the strut housing was fractured. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign I.D. number: 11V244000 (suspension:front) and called the manufacturer. The manufacturer advised the contact that the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact was concerned that the crack in the strut housing would cause the steering column to fracture and possibly cause a crash. The failure mileage was 165,000. Updated 03/15/12 the consumer stated the problem has been resolved. 03/23/12

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #16

Sep 262011

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer states vehicle is part of a recall issued for 1996-2006 Pathfinders. Consumer expresses discontent regarding repairs the consumer was initially told the vehicle was beyond repair. She was then informed the vehicle would be repaired.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #15

Nov 012011


  • miles
2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall concerning corrosion issues the consumer stated during a routine maintenance appointment, the consumer was advised by the service department that there was a recall on his make, model and year vehicle. The recall was issued as a result of a corrosion issue underneath the vehicle, which could have resulted in a catastrophic failure of the struts and or the steering mechanism. The consumers vehicle was inspected and it was determined the extent of the corrosion under the vehicle was so severe that the vehicle could not be repaired. The consumer was given a loaner vehicle and was told that Nissan corporate would contact him for a resolution. The consumer stated weeks passed and he never heard from Nissan. The consumer was finally informed that a third party vendor would inspect the vehicle. The third party vendor determined the vehicle could indeed be repaired. The consumer would like for Nissan to buy the vehicle back.

- Richmond Heights, OH, USA

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problem #14

Sep 092009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall related to salt erosion the consumer stated he spent $ $2,358.75 in out of pocket repairs and is seeking reimbursement.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #13

Sep 052008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall notice concerning strut tower housing the consumer stated the entire strut assembly was replaced on Sept. 5, 2008 before the notification was received. The consumer is requesting reimbursement.

- Elmwood Park, NJ, USA

problem #12

Feb 132010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
2001 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to recall issued concerning suspension the consumer is seeking reimbursement for the repairs she had done on the vehicle prior to the recall. The consumer stated Nissan originally agreed to reimburse her. However, they have since denied her claim.

- Woburn, MA, USA

problem #11

May 102009

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
My 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE 145,169 miles at the time. (this noise began around 120,000K miles). Now I have only 1K more out of necesity. Front right side(drivers side ) began to make a thumping sound. Soon after the sound both sides were making the same thunp. I can feel every bump and crack in road and steering feels way off. The service center told me both front struts were bad and the upper mounts were rusty and need replaced for safety issues as well as ride of truck. I have my estimate at $740. At this time I cannot afford the cost of this repair. Nissan has sent a letter hinting to a future recall, but they said they would contact me later. What am I supposed to do? drive until the struts blow!!!! unacceptable to send a recall notice to be determined. Thank you

- Indiana, IN, USA

problem #10

Mar 042011


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, there was difficulty turning the steering wheel in the right direction. The failure occurred continuously whenever he made a right turn. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who informed him that the strut tower housing was completely covered with rust which resulted in a fracture. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 11V244000 (suspension:front). The contact planned to notify the dealer to confirm whether the VIN was included in the recall defect. The failure mileage was 180,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Shirley , MA, USA

problem #9

Feb 192011


  • 155,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle would pull abnormally from right to left while driving at various speeds. The failure was experienced frequently whenever uneven road surfaces were driven over. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated that there was a large separation in the strut housing that would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that they would call him back in reference to the recent under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V244000 (suspension:front). The current and failure mileage was approximately 155,000.

- Agawam, MA, USA

problem #8

Apr 182011


  • 154,000 miles
On braking, right front tire started to shake and steering well was almost ripped from hands. Mechanic put on lift and right rear a arm attachment point was totally rusted out. Upon inspection left front was ready to go as well. Frame has numerous rust holes in it. 10 yr old car can not be repaired.

- Freeville, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 302011

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 268,000 miles
Regarding PE11004 - my left front strut tower has completely failed. There is a heavy amount of corrosion around the area, and the thin metal, once corroded, ripped like paper around the base of the tower. Handling of the vehicle became very poor, and steering became more difficult. I believe it also put stress on the brake lines, as I could feel pulsing in the brake pedal while going over bumps with the bad tower.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 202011

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 168,000 miles
The driverside strut tower has become unattached from the frame. There is no rust marks anywhere in this section. The strut tower wore away at the steering wheel shaft and broke it. I lost all ability to steer the car and was forced to jump a curb.

- Marlborough, CT, USA

problem #5

Apr 192010


  • 82,681 miles
I noticed a little pull in the steering wheel when taking a turn, so I stopped in to the Nissan dealership an was advised that the shock tower has failed. This is a problem that Nissan has know about an has done nothing about it. I did contact Nissan and they said they would pay $1100. Towards the repair, which was $2100, I tailed them this is a safety defect and should have been recalled. Lucky for me an other people I wasn't driving on a highway an had this fail completely. The wheel would have fallen off an have lost control of the vehicle. They know there is a problem and have decided not to take action. I have argued with Nissan, they do know there is a problem, otherwise why would they be willing to pay without lots of questions. I have had this vehicle since 2001 and have done all the oil changes, brakes, tires, it is in great shape, an this failed because of a problem in workmanship. You can find many people that own this vehicle and have had this problem, they need to do something before someone really gets hurt or killed with a shock tower failure.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 202002


  • miles
Front end is all rusted. This might cause the whole front end to fall while driving and cause an accident.

- Barceloneta, PR, USA

problem #3

Jan 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is some shaking in front end between 55 mph and 70 mph. Contacted dealer 8 times, but so far no remedy. Also, the brakes continuously roar or skip.

- Penson, AL, USA

problem #2

Dec 142000

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling about 55 mph on highway vehicle pulled sharply to left and struck dividing wall. No prior warning before incident. Driver was wearing seatbelt. There were no passengers. Driver's side airbag deployed. Insurance company was notified. Tires were intact. Driver sufffered minor injuries.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 022000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving at approximately 60 mph when started to feel like light travel trailer was moving back and forth.then trailer immediately flipped over, causing vehicle to flip over. Vehicle was advertised to pull a trailer up to 5000 pounds, and the one that consumer was pulling was about 3100 pounds at most. Dealer claimed that bent was so bent up that they could not determine cause. This was the first time consumer pulled trailer with this vehicle, and was only able to get approx. 2,000 miles.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

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