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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
106,714 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 022015


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 50 mph, the rear end of the vehicle began to fishtail. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road. The contact was unable to locate a failure and the vehicle resumed normal operation. The failure occurred while driving 50 mph or greater. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder in 2004. The bose 6-disc changer immediately failed. The dealership repaired it because it fell within the 30-day warranty period. It worked for about two months after that and then I got an error message one day when I tried to load a cd and it hasn't worked since. Last spring, I took the car in for a tire rotation and balance and my mechanic noted that there was a slight fish-tailing in the back which was caused by deterioration of the rear bushings, and over time, the fish-tailing would get so bad, it could possibly cause an accident when braking. Apparently this is a common occurrence in certain Pathfinder models, and Nissan even corrected the problem in future models of the Pathfinder once the problem was discovered. I have read multiple posts to this website as well as others regarding both of these issues in the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. How can Nissan not be responsible for the repair/replacement of this faulty equipment" the rear bushing problem is a major safety hazard, and I pray for Nissan's sake no one is ever killed in an accident because of this issue, because a good attorney will have a field day in court with the class action lawsuit. Is NHTSA ever going to do anything about this" based on an article I read located at this website:, Nissan has been aware of this problem since at least 1998 and has even issued a service repair description for Nissan dealerships. This is a major expensive repair. Someone really needs to help consumers with this problem...updated 12/02/14

- Taylors, SC, USA

problem #5

Jan 072011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
Have a 2001 Pathfinder sways from side to side from the rear at 55 miles I thought it might be the shocks but now I found that all 2001 Pathfinder do this at that speed. Why does has it not being recall. Same vehicle engine light does not turn have replaced all kinds of sensors and still light does not turn off.

- El Paso , TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 132011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 180,000 miles


I have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. It sway from side to side while I'm driving. It doesn't have to be fast or slow. First, I changed the front shock absorber. Not much improvement, then the ball joint. It improved about halfway. But now after about a month, it's even worse. I did some research in the internet and surprise, I'm not the only one having this problem. It looks like a lot of Pathfinder owners have the same issue. I know my car is old but quite a few have the same issue before they hit 100K miles. I think this is a design problem or parts problem and should be recall. So far, I didn't see any death or accident reported because of this but I'm sure it's bound to happen. It's dangerous driving this thing around with the swaying specially in high speed.

- Pomona, CA, USA

problem #3

Mar 012009


  • 99,000 miles
No crash yet but I do have a fish tailing, side to side wobbling that appears to be a design defect from Nissan. I own a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with 99,000 miles and at speeds over 50 miles an hour, the truck will start wobbling side to side due to a rut in the road or a gust of wind. From what I have been told by several Nissan mechanics, the rear upper and lower control arm bushings are bad and deteriorate prematurely, causing the dangerous wobble in the truck. The cost to replace the bushings is $700 plus and have to be replaced. Very poor design which will end up causing serious accidents or injuries. Thank you.

- Bradenton , FL, USA

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problem #2

Jul 252006


  • 100,000 miles
Rear suspension sways violently from side to side when driving over 50 miles per hour, especially when cruise control is used. Several mechanics could not diagnose problem so it has continued to get worse over past 2 years. Now, through internet, learn this is a very common problem in this model, requires replacement of bushings and is known to the manufacturer who has taken no action.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 182007

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
I have 2wd Nissan Pathfinder. The car has been vobbeling left to right and right to left at speeds of 50mph and over. Some of the symptoms are excessive play in the rear axle especially during moderate acceleration or deceleration. A vehicle pulling at a constant speed excessive sway and rocking motion in the front suspension when coming to a stop. There are about 100 + people that I found on one website with the same problem. there are many other sites like the above site where people have posted their problem and solution.

- Columbia, SC, USA

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