Notes: The 2014 has a small, but significant number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the Pathfinder's transmission shakes violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,950 miles

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #9

Nov 092016


  • 20,400 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 35 mph, the sun visor on the front driver side fell down without warning. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,400.

- Porter Ranch, CA, USA

problem #8

Nov 072016


  • 28,000 miles
Automatic open and close liftgate closes without cause when fully open. When this happens, within the first two feet of travel down it cannot be stopped. It has caused head and neck injury to those standing beneath the liftgate.

- Richmond Hts, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 182016


  • miles
My first complaint is the liftgate, I had the car back to the dealer 3/4 times because the automatic liftgate opens than just closes on its own. I had it close on my head (once got a bump) several times.. every time I bring it back to the dealer they tell me that it had to be reset, obviously there is more to it than just resetting it. Last time I was there they showed me how to reset it. This issue is very dangerous as it doesnt give any warning.also 25,000 and I need rear brakes, never did I have to replace brakes so soon.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #6

Mar 082015


  • 10,000 miles


When vehicle is moving at 60 - 65 + mph, hood starts jumping in location just under windshield as wind lifts the hood. Cross winds make the jumping much worse. The hood lifts as if it will lift up to hit windshield even though it is latch. This can be very dangerous especially if you are travelling on the interstate with small children in the car which I have in the car all the time. Before travelling on interstate, I always have to open hood and slam down to make sure it is latch but this doesn't help and all of it continues.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #5

Nov 012015


  • 36,600 miles
Purchased 2014 Pathfinder Nissan from nalley Nissan in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to purchasing I conducted my research and was informed that the their was a recall on the hood latch. I was informed that this had been repaired. After returning home with the car over 170 miles, the 2nd day (rainy morning) while traveling with my two daughters, hood blew back (bending both sides), which blinded my visibility, thus forcing me to steer off the road to avoid hitting others. The dealer was not responsive and I contacted Nissan headquarters. After 2-weeks, an investigator came and ruled that the hood was not repaired properly. It took nearly 4-additional weeks to process paperwork. After 6-weeks of paying out of pocket for car rentals (they would not pay nor assist me with getting a rental car) which caused financial hardship; emotional distress (emergency room visits and several doctors appointments); and not to mention two paid car notes without the car. Nissan headquarters called to inform me they can only repair the car again and refund me my car rental fees. I am concerned that the hood on this car is a lemon defect that will jeopardize my safety as well as others. Is there any other course of action that could be demanded from the Nissan such as a refund for the car or new car replacement (2014)? I am not comfortable with the repairs to a hood latch for a 2nd time. Recall #15V033000.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

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problem #4

Jan 072014


  • miles
The hood starts to flex or shake at speeds of 70mph and above. Transmission has a severe shudder when accelerating slightly between 20 to 30mph.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 302015


  • 27,250 miles


Driving West on hwy 60 from nashville, tn to branson mo. No cars in front of me, just open fields on each side. I hear what sounds like an explosion. I look around and realize that I hear wind and glass above my head as well. Appox. 8 by 12 inches of glass was gone from the center of my sunroof. Luckily, my visor was closed or it could have been much worse with glass falling on my head and face. The dealer said that they've never heard of this before, but upon further research it seems to be a much more common occurrence than than I was lead to believe. This is an extremely dangerous issue and could have been much worse if my visor had been left open.

- Hendersonville, TN, USA

problem #2

Feb 242014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
I have a serious vibration problem with the hood on my 2014 Pathfinder - the problem occurs at about 55 mph - the front side of the hood shakes during normal driving and becomes violent when a semi is coming towards me on a 2 lane rd - Nissan has had 2 engineers look at this car and they have also installed larger weatherstrips on the frt side of the hood - these strips have tamed the vibration down however the vibration is enough to cause cups in the cup holder to rattle. Being an insurance adjuster for over 20 years I understand the reasons manufacturers use aluminum hoods however safety should not be reduced for fuel economy - per glen nakagawa with Nissan they have designed a new hood for 2015 to hopefully correct the problem for most owners - my problem is not just with vibration on the front side of the hood but with the hood lifting above the fenders at the hinges when a semi approaches me - the stress that is being placed on steel hinges attached to an aluminum hood is incredible and I feel that it is a matter of time until one or the other fails potentially causing a fatal accident - I should not be in fear while driving a brand new 46000 dollar vehicle - Nissan is going through the motions and has stated they may purchase the vehicle back, however now they are completely ignoring all phone calls and emails - having researched this issue on line and hearing Nissan own words it is obvious that something needs to be done.

- Linden, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 262014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
The hood of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder shakes/vibrates when driving at high speeds 60 M/H. took it to dealership and they told me thats the way it is supposed to be. I am afraid that the hood will come open in the middle of the hwy causing an accident.

- Allen, TX, USA

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