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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,757 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #6

May 152010


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving the vehicle at any speed the contact noticed that the gasoline gauge would not indicate the correct amount of fuel inside of the gasoline tank. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 134000 and the failure mileage was 118000.

- Solomn Island, SC, USA

problem #5

Feb 202008


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
A few weeks ago after filling up my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, I noticed several contra-indicated problems. First, my dte screen showed no numbers. Two, my gas gauge showed my tank as empty, even though again, I had just filled it up. All this after only about 65,000 miles.

- Independence, KS, USA

problem #4

Aug 172007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,958 miles
I began having problems with my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 38,958 miles 2 weeks ago when my 'dte' (distance to empty) indicator began messing up. The SUV is running fine like it always has. My dte indicator showed ------ and the gas gauge showed zero gas and the light was on. I knew I had at least 1/2 tank of gas. After filling up, everything went back to normal. Thursday evening, 8/16/07, the dte showed -------, but then corrected itself and was fine. On 8/17/07, the 'service engine soon' light came on. I replaced the gas cap, had the oil changed, and it still stayed on. My husband took the SUV to autozone to have the codes pulled from the computer. The code is P0463: Definition-fuel sending unit condition. She indicated if the car is running fine, which it is, the fuel pump is fine, there could be a bad spot on the fuel level sensor. Of course, we cannot just purchase the 'fuel level sensor' without purchasing the entire fuel pump assembly. This will be a pricey repair at $420 for the part only available through Nissan due to the newness of this body style. In April of 2005, I chose to purchase a brand new 4X4 SUV for dependability and no worries taking my kids to school and after school activities. A repair of this magnitude on a less than 2 year old vehicle is not what I had in mind when purchasing this vehicle. Every mom panics when the 'service engine soon' light comes on, hoping you and your children make it to where you are going safely. I feel this is a manufacturing defect and Nissan should be responsible for repairing this on all newer Nissan Pathfinders. This is part of the gas tank we are dealing with. I doubt I will ever purchase a Nissan again. This is obviously a manufacturing issue and not due to operator error, however, I will have to pay to have this fixed.

- Alexandria, KY, USA

problem #3

Sep 012006

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,585 miles


With just 64,585 miles on my 2005 Pathfinder le I started to experience the check engine light and a sometimes dis-functional gas gauge. While taking the vehicle in for the wiring harness recall, the local dealership checked the code and determined the problem was with the fuel sending unit assembly---estimated part cost of $420! since the vehicle was over 60,000 miles the part was not covered under warranty. I was not experiencing any performance problems, but because of the code, the vehicle would not pass the state required emissions test until the unit was replaced. Less than 2 years old and already had to replace the fuel pump assembly.

- Smithfield, NC, USA

problem #2

Nov 012005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE has a loud squeak/vibration coming from the underbody, the same as described in complaint number 10143438. I too, have confirmed that the source of the loud squeak/vibration is from the fuel tank/fuel pump design. Recently, I have been informed (as of two weeks ago) that the tech people of Nissan of North America in California have yet to find a solution to the problem. Although my vehicle is completely under warranty, I have also found dealing with the Nissan customer service center to be difficult as, unlike local mechanics, the Nissan customer service center does not appear to want to even acknowledge the existence of the problem let alone put anything in writing about customer service issues to its consumers. Often times, (such as right now) the Nissan customer service center won't call me back even though they promised me that they would do so. This vehicle is an expensive vehicle and I agree with the previous complaint that it is absolutely unacceptable that Nissan does not have a fix for this problem and/or won't communicate with its life-long consumers about what the problem actually is, what they are doing about the problem or when they expect to have a fix for the problem.

- Asheville, NC, USA

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problem #1

Aug 012005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder le has a loud squeak/vibration coming from the underbody. Dealer (ramsey Nissan - ramsey, NJ) has confirmed that the source of the loud squeak/vibration is due to the change in design for the "fuel pump spring assembly". apparently, the 2004 Pathfinder had a 2 spring design which was changed to a 1 spring design in 2005. Once the fuel tank becomes pressurized (car running for approximately 10 minutes), a loud, constant, and obtrusive squeak/vibration comes from underneath the car. To date, Nissan does not have a fix for this which is unacceptable since the vibration is coming from a critically sensitive area such as the fuel tank. This is an expensive vehicle that should not sound and feel like it is 10 years old. It is absolutely unacceptable that Nissan does not have a fix for this.

- Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA

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