Notes: While there are fewer "radiator leaked into transmission" complaints for the 2008 model year, they are starting to pile up. Buyer beware.

Nissan has extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles. However the average mileage for transmission failure for earlier model years is 95,000 miles, which conveniently (for Nissan) is just past the limit of their extended warranty. Owners beware.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,643 miles

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Starting last summer we initially noticed a problem with our gas gauge reading, but it seemed to go away. It is now happening frequently and almost caused an accident. We were in heavy traffic on a 4 lane and we thought we had enough gas, 1/4 tank?, but all of a sudden we ran out of gas. We were lucky that we were not hit by a semi truck. We fortunately were able to push it to the side of the road and wait for my son to come with a can of gas. We called dorschel Nissan in rochester and they agreed that it was a recall, we had went on your site and checked prior (10V075000). We scheduled an appointment. Now we received a call from them telling us that it is not covered, that it was a warranty extension item and that we are past the date"? wow, what customer service. I think this is a safety issue and that this is not a normal wear and tear item. They obviously have had problems with these sensors (80,000 recalls") now the gas gauge is doing other things, saying we don't have any gas when we just filled up?

- Hornell, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 012012


  • miles
2008 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer states problem with engine light and fuel gauge the consumer stated over the past year, every time the vehicle was driven, the check engine light would illuminate. Additionally, the fuel gauge would not show how much fuel was in the vehicle. When gas was put in the vehicle, the tank did not register as full. The consumer stated when the vehicle was taken for the smog test, it did not pass, because the fuel level sensor was faulty. The consumer discovered a recall was issued. However, his vehicle was not included.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #4

Jul 272012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 42,200 miles
NHTSA campaign id number: 10V075000 covers a defective fuel sending unit/gauge on 2008 Nissan Pathfinders resulting in the fuel gauge overstating the fuel level by 1/4 tank. I have a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder (VIN# [xxx]) experiencing this exact issue with the fuel gauge, yet Nissan is claiming my vehicle is not covered by the recall. If 1 manufacturing plant produced vehicles with this issue it stand to reason that another plant using the exact same parts would also produce vehicles with the same problem as evidenced by the fact that my vehicle from another manufacturing plant does indeed have the problem.

- Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 152010


  • 62,400 miles


NHTSA campaign id number 10V075000 fuel sending unit failure. Incident outline: I was driving on the 2 lane portion of the trans-Canada highway #1 West of chilliwack and had fueled up about two hours earlier. I watched the fuel gauge, mpg and dte readings to roughly estimate the amount of fuel remaining and the range to be expected from the remaining fuel, when the gauges were actually working for a brief time. The fuel gauge had seemingly properly shown the dte and fuel level but at +/- 5/8 of a tank it dropped to zero and the dte readings went flat line. This has become a usual situation with the fuel gauge issue and my estimates were that I had sufficient fuel to reach the next gas station pullout from the freeway but I was terribly wrong. I was pulling a trailer and had my wife, son and his friend with me returning from a weekend at our cabin. We were traveling @ +/- 60 mph in the fast lane as there was slower traffic in the curb lane when the truck?S engine stopped, I was out of fuel! I quickly assessed the options, put my right hand turn signal on and starting easing into the curb lane displacing the vehicle beside me. I was able to maneuver the truck into the curb lane under the momentum it had without incident but not without tremendous stress and 2 near misses with other vehicles. Eventually I coasted onto the shoulder of the highway and came to a stop safely without power. It was extremely close and a scenario I do not want to see played out again. Nissan has declined this request and shown moral contempt for a problem that I have demonstrated through, telephone conversations, images and text.

- Port Coquitlam, 00, USA

problem #2

Apr 242010


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While traveling 20 mph, the contact noticed that the check engine light illuminated on the instrument panel; a few seconds later, the fuel gauge no longer functioned. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership where the contact was informed that recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary) did not apply to her vehicle. The current and failure mileages were approximately 39,000.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

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problem #1

Dec 232009


  • 38,258 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 60-70 mph, the vehicle began to hesitate. The contact safely drove onto the emergency lane. Although the gas gauge indicated that the fuel tank was full, it was actually empty. When he added fuel to the vehicle, the gas gauge read empty. He took the vehicle to the dealer where the fuel level sensor was replaced since it caused the failure to occur. A report was filed with the manufacturer. The manufacturer also stated that his vehicle was not included in recall 10V075000 (fuel system, gasoline: Storage: Auxiliary); therefore, he would not be reimbursed. The failure mileage was 38,258. The current mileage was 44,314.

- The Colony , TX, USA

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