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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,667 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 162012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles


The fuel sensor reads inaccurate fuel levels and has caused me to run out of gas while it was driving. I had to walk in the cold to the gas station to get a container to fill my car up. The sensor reads "-----" and the gauge shows an empty tank. Their is a recall for the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder but their is no recall for the 2005 Pathfinder when it comes to the fuel sensor. This is shameful considering this is an all too common problem that people are experiencing as noted by the raves online. Nissan should be helping their consumers and keep the owners safe.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #2

Mar 292010


  • 45,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder hit a metal object in the road with one of the front tires. The object was propelled under the car towards the rear. There it contacted the fuel tank and punctured the tank. This caused 16-18 gallons of gasoline to flow out of the tank. After stopping I had to step through a steady stream of gasoline to remove my infant daughter from the middle row's driver's side seat. At this time I'm aware of no other damage sustained to the vehicle. Police and fire department responded to the scene, and the police report is available upon request. This incident appears to be consistent with events described in the recall 06V003000 for the 2005 Nissan murano, however to my knowledge it appears the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder has not been recalled for this issue. Currently I'm awaiting the final repair bill and determination if anything beyond the fuel tank was damaged. At this time the current repair planned is to have the fuel tank replaced. The old fuel tank is being kept in the event it is needed for insurance or safety inspection.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 262010


  • 59,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. When the contact started the vehicle, the engine warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning indicator remained illuminated until the engine was turned off. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary tank). The contact experienced the identical failure as mentioned in the recall defect. The VIN was excluded from the recall. The failure mileage was 59,000. The current mileage was 61,000.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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