pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,439 miles

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 202016


  • 9,600 miles


Possibly related to the past year models Nissan cvt issues. 2015 Pathfinder with less than 10K miles under 2 years old transmission failure. My wife was driving on the highway with my 3 kids (4 year, 2 year, and 1 month old) when the vehicle stop accelerating. She was lucky enough to pull over to the shoulder safety. When she tried to restart the vehicle, the vehicle would not move when it was in drive mode or low gear. The vehicle however did move in reverse. My whole family was stuck on the side of a fast moving highway, without me, until I was able to leave work, an hour away, to get to their location and safety get all the kids and my wife to a safer location. Towed the vehicle to the dealership where we bought the car and they said that they have to replace the transmission. The issues may stem from the same issue in previous model Pathfinders and other vehicle models with Nissan's cvt in them. Less than 10K miles on a brand new vehicle. Under 2 years in age and the transmission fails. Makes me rethink if I want to keep the vehicle knowing my family will mainly be driving in it without me there.

- Walkersville, MD, USA

problem #8

May 022016


  • 29,000 miles
While taking off from 0-20mph the car will hesitate and jerk. Took the vehicle to Nissan service dept. Back in May 2016 and they could not find nothing wrong with car. Now it has been happening more frequently and we took it back on 11/18/16 and the service dept. Said they still can¿T find nothing wrong with vehicle because there are not check engine code popping up, so they needed permission to have a service tech take it home to see if he can see what we are experiencing and will follow up with us tomorrow. I believe this problem started back in early 2015 when we bought the car, but it would only happen so rarely that I never thought about it until my wife who drives it every day brought it up to my attention.

- Kyle, TX, USA

problem #7

Aug 152015


  • 2,015 miles
The contact owns a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle jerked and sputtered without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 2,015.

- Wyckoff, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 152016


  • 1 miles


While driving our Pathfinder in stop and go traffic, I've started to notice and feel a juddering & jerking motion coming from the transmission/powertrain every time I depress or press on the gas pedal at between speeds of 15 to 40 mph. I plan to report this to Nissan along with a couple more issues like the crackling sound coming from the front suspension usually after reversing back out of a driveway then moving forward while slightly turning the wheel back to a straight position. Could be a bearing issue, racking pinion or possibly the brake issues that have been recalled. I will also report the constant announce of a crackling sound coming from the wood paneling around stereo and air condition controls. Last but not least the scary & visible shaking of the front hood while driving at speeds of over 80mph. This violently shaking from the hood will certainly let you know that if you go any faster chances are the hood will fly off or cause serious damage to the vehicle or possibly cause an accident. There is no doubt in my mind that this is issue is clearly an aero dynamic flaw. How can they not have been aware of this possible serious safety issue ?

- Pacoima, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012015


  • 22,000 miles
Judder is found between 20-25 miles for more than 5 second when accelerating smoothly. The mechanic recorded the judder and sent it to the engineer. The engineer at corporate Nissan told us that it is a normal thing but any car shouldn't have a judder(especially 2015 newest model). A judder also shows in the high speed, but not as much as slow sleep. A judder also appears when the car slows down to a stop. I have to wait until check engine light it up for them to fix the issue. It does not make sense when there is a record of judder but wait until something happens to the car.

- Reno, NV, USA

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problem #4

Oct 082015


  • 1,581 miles
Vehicle was taken into shop because of shudder in transmission and hesitation from stop when applying accelerator. The Nissan dealer installed a new valve body in the transmission which seemed to stop the shudder until today when it has returned. The hesitation from stop problem was not fixed and I returned the Pathfinder a second time to fix this problem but since it did not throw a code and could not be duplicated it was not fixed. The hesitation problem is an itermittent problem but when it happens the vehicle does not move forward when the gas is first applied for a second or two. I have almost had two accident because of this problem when pulling into traffic and the car will not move when gas applied. The shudder problem as returned and can be felt at around 40mph.

- Toney, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 102015


  • 200 miles


Cvt transmission shudders at low speed (20-40 mph) with light throttle application. This problem has been experienced since we purchased the vehicle on 9/10/2015

- Zeeland, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 012015


  • 2,300 miles
After purchasing the vehicle from automation Nissan dallas the transmission, cvt, failed at 2300 miles. There was no heavy use on the transmission. We have not even towed with it. This is unacceptable and the dealer refuses to do anything beyond fix this lemon. Picked up vehicle, 9/17/15 and on the morning of 9/18/15 the fuel light came on. We did not fuel the vehicle or open the fuel cap 9/18/15 the check engine light came on again and the vehicle is back at the dealer.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #1

Jul 062015


  • 250 miles
Potentially faulty brake system or downshift cvt or simulated gearshift system. Details: When driving in slow moving traffic with the brakes partially applied, the vehicle tends to momentarily accelerate and speed up. Concurrently the resistance on the brake pedal tends to decrease, along with a visible down-and-then-back-up jumping of RPM needle. The brake pedal needs to be kept pressed to allow the vehicle to slow down. Took vehicle to dealership (new vehicle, with only 300 miles), the technician noticed the problem I had been explaining. The technician agreed to speak with the engineer the next day. However, next day the dealership stated that they have never encountered such as issue, and it may be simply the down-shift of the cvt transmission. This is unusual in comparison to any other car I have driven. Acceleration of the car during the braking cycle is clearly odd. Potentially dangerous situation when approaching a stop sign or slow traffic zones near schools. Please investigate.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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