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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,250 miles

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 282009


  • 22,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 25 mph on normal road conditions the front driver side air bag inadvertently deployed without any level of impact. The driver crashed into the proceeding vehicle as a result of the failure. There were no injuries. The police was called to the scene. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer. The failure was contributed to a defective sensor in the air bag system. The vehicle has not been repaired due to the unavailability of the part. There were concerns of the safety risk involved and the uncertainty of the part availability in the month of February 2010. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that fifty percent of the time when she occupies the passenger side front seat, the air bag sensor control module indicated that the air bag was deactivated. She weighs 120 lbs and is approximately 5 feet tall. The dealer stated that the seat was not defective and advised her to file a complaint with the manufacturer. When she resets the trip odometer on the instrument panel, it does not match the odometer located on the navigation computer. She took the vehicle back to the dealer and they stated that the number on the navigation computer was a 2 percent difference from the odometer on the instrument panel. The current mileage was 1,500 and failure mileage was 500. Updated 03-05-08 the consumer stated the odometer trip reading on the dash was not matching the trip reading on the center computer. The consumer stated it was off by 2%. the dealer recalibrated the computers

- Barnegat, NJ, USA

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