Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,236 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Aug 302012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles


Filled fuel tank, drove 3 miles when gas gauge fell to 1/2 full. Turned vehicle off, restarted fuel still at 1/2 full. Then service engine soon light came on.

- Mt. Jot, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 192012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 77,180 miles
Check engine light came on / code read P0463 - fuel level sensor / sending unit called Nissan Consumer Affairs for help. 7/18/2012 / received case #[xxx] took vehicle (2005 Nissan Pathfinder) to South charlotte Nissan 7/25/2012 - was told to wait for Nissan regional mgr. To call. Spoke with "eddie" from Nissan 7/26/2012, provided information was informed of an extended warranty for part up to 72,000 miles, current miles were 77,182 requested help from Nissan regional manager / eddie called 8/8/2012 and denied assistance for repair is there any recourse to resolve this issue? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Pineville, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 222011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 61,086 miles
Vehicle refused to accept gasoline; showing full when actually auto out of gas; fuel level sending unit replaced. Fuel gauge sending unit caused fuel gauge to inaccurately display the amount of fuel in the fuel tank. Fuel gauge not reading full when the tank is filled.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #1

Jan 042011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 78,560 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder's fuel level sensor stopped working while on a long distance trip. This caused us to pull over along a very busy highway and inspect the vehicle for the problem. We later learned that this is a huge problem that Nissan created and is not willing to fix. As a full time law student living off of student loans (and unable to pay to have this huge issue fixed), my family has been forced to reset the mileage every time we fill up on gas in order to keep track of when we are likely out of gas. Not the most ideal situation for a mother of 4 young children driving around in the Arizona heat. We thought we were buying quality when we purchased a Nissan, however the opposite happened.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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