hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
134,500 miles

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 182014


  • 139,000 miles


Going about 30mph, in traffic, with family inside, the vehicle suddenly lost power. It started to shake and vibrate. The engine also started making a loud noise. Drove it to the Nissan dealership. They could not find anything obvious and quoted a cost of $250 to simply investigate further. We agreed. They came back and said the engine camshaft and timing chain needs to be replaced. Estimated cost $2500! they could not explain why or how this could have happened to a core engine component. They *think* some misalignment of the timing chain might have caused it. We didn't have a choice but to get the repairs done. They also had to replace the engine coolant for some reason. My research shows that there have been several timing chain issues reported that have caused cam/engine failures on same/similar Nissan models/engines. There is also a class-action lawsuit being prepared to hold Nissan accountable for these defects and repairs.

- Superior, CO, USA

problem #1

Jun 042012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to dealer for routine maintenance where the contact was advised of corrosion on the strut housing. The vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 11V244000 (steering: Column). The contact stated that after the repair, there was a grinding noise emitted from the vehicle however the vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the issue. The check engine and electronic control warning lights were also illuminated. The contact stated that the relays needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and no assistance was provided. The current mileage was 132,000. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Wilbraham, MA, USA

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