Nissan Pathfinder Problem Trends and Complaints

Based on 12 problem areas, owners have reported the following issues with this vehicle that range in severity ratings from low to high.

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Model year with the most reported issues

2013 & 2014

Most reported problem

Drivetrain

High risk

High

Group of components of a motor vehicle that deliver power to the driving wheels, such as the transmission, fuel system, flywheel, driveshaft, differential and axles. This excludes the engine or motor that generates the power.
Car depreciation

55% after 5 years

While different cars depreciate at different rates, it's a good rule of thumb to assume that a new car will lose approximately 20 percent of its value in the first year. In five years, the average depreciation rate is 50% of their initial value.
Complaint Resolution

Good

All automobiles will suffer from defects at some point, but its the way the dealer and manufacturer tend to the issues. As reported currently, Nissan is taking care of most customer complaints.
Recalls

99 Recalls

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.
Investigation for defects

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myCarVoice Severity Level™ Legend

Low Severity Level

Problems marked low typically are not a safety issue, and more of a minor defect or annoyance.

Medium Severity Level

Problems marked medium may be a potential mechanical and safety issue.

High Severity Level

Problems marked high are potential mechanical and safety issues.

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Multiple expensive repair bills

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

This is the worst vehicle I have owned in over 30 years. Wheel bearing went out at 50K miles. Transfer case went out at 90K miles and the transmission has gone bad at 119K miles. This was my first and last Nissan.

Review submitted by:NoMoreNissans

Nothing but a Headache!

Model Year:

2019

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

As far as looks go I love i (RockCreek edition).... but that's where it ends. I have been dealing with CONSTANT issues with the infotainment/ electrical system. The radio, navigation, Heat/ac, etc are all run through this system. I have been dealing with almost daily freezing up of the system

Review submitted by:Ktb117

Pros:Look

Cons:Just about everything else

Had high expectations but am disappointed

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

My 2013 Pathfinder has 94,500 miles on it, I purchased the car used 2 years ago and it had 39,000 miles on it. The day I bought the car the transmission messes up and had to be replaced, 4 months later the electric fan on the motor goes out, 6

Review submitted by:Michelle

Pros:Comfortable

Cons:Not built to last!

Terrible engine

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

Began running out of oil 2 years after buying the vehicle new. The engines are bad. Maybe that’s why I got such a good deal on it.

Review submitted by:Kim

Pros:Cheap

Cons:Bad engine

Extremely unreliable.

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

In five years these things have broken on my vehicle: Both window regulators in the front windows. The compressor on the A/C The driver's side door handle. Both sun visors. The clips that hold the rear cargo net (so now the net is worthless). Most of these items are a

Review submitted by:Reality Star

Pros:Looks nice.

Cons:Unreliable.

OMG! What did Nissan do? BUYER BEWARE

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Owned 4 Nissans in the last 22 years. mileage ranging from 180 - 275 thousand miles with NO problems. Purchased a 2014 Pathfinder new. The vehicle is garage kept and well maintained. We expected the same reliability and performance as our previous Nissans. !Wrong! Within 65000 the CVT Transmission self

Review submitted by:Disappointed

This car is over priced and poor quality

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I bought this SUV 2015 brad new. Two months later it started making loud noises coming from the rear, when I took it in to have it checked the dealership told me that the Wheel Hub Assemble was damaged and that i had to bring it in a week later

Review submitted by:Momis

Pros:too expensive and it drives like an old car

Cons:Transmission problems

Poor Build Quality and Disappointing fuel economy.

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I owned a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder from June 2015 to January 2016 and could not wait to sell it, even with the huge hit in depreciation on the resale. Overall, there was very little positive and numerous negatives which was cause for concern. The few Pluses: • Decent cargo room

Review submitted by:Miguel_Cruz

Pros:Incentives were pretty good

Cons:Poor build quality, worse fuel economy.

Way to many recall's

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

And I have had to replace the transmission at 50,000 miles. Had recall on hood latch, recall on air bags twice, recall on transmission, 1-1/2 months later I had to replace the transmission.

Review submitted by:Pat

Pros:Very good gas milage

Cons:To many recall's and transmission problems

The worst investment we ever made!

Model Year:

2015

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

We bought this vehicle brand new in February 2015. 6 months later my transmission was slipping and when I took it to the dealership they told me I need it a "new transmission" but in reality Nissan puts in rebuilt ones not brand new ones. it's been 4 months since

Review submitted by:Betty

Pros:I looks good.

Cons:Everything under the hood is poorly manufactured.

Transmission and workmanship make it very poor.

Model Year:

2013

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Drive it when it is running well and we really like it. But the CCV transmission DOES NOT WORK. It continues to randomly "stall out" when you pull out it to traffic. It has been to the dealership 5 times for the issue and Nissan continually recommends "software updates" which

Review submitted by:Winterdriver

Pros:Looks good.

Cons:Not safe to drive.

Not the best vehicle

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

This vehicle has proven itself to be a disappointment in terms of quality. After a few months of driving there are now rattling noises coming from door/roof rack. Driver side door makes a rattle noise when closing it. Get up and go -- got up and went or it wasn't

Review submitted by:Sue

Pros:Roomy interior

Cons:Quality

Ok Car.

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

I'm a little skeptical of the long term reliability of this car. Nothing major is wrong with it, but the passenger air bag sensor doesn't work sometimes, and also the parking sensor flakes out on me sometimes too. My biggest concern is that when you're at a stop and idling,

Review submitted by:Paul

Pros:Great Handling, Space, Acceleration

Cons:Reliability

Never buy hybrid from nissan

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

No resolution

I bought my nissan 2014 hybrid and it never works as a hybrid. They say it gives 26 mpg, the reality that it gives 10-12 mpg. I thought it was something wrong with my car, but i found out that it is a defect in manufacturing with all hybrid pathfinder.

Review submitted by:Rico

Pros:Good looking

Cons:Never works hybrid

Dis-convenient replaced transmission

Model Year:

2014

Manufacturer:

Nissan

Model:

Pathfinder

Complaint Resolution:

Yes, by the dealer

Transmission replaced at 2,700 miles. Poor visibility all round - needs backup camera, but not worth accompanying bling. Easy to hit radio control on wheel, changes station to end of dial. (Currently taped over with a sock.) Radio does have a dial control, however (Plus) Two controls needed to open

Review submitted by:xiska

Cons:Dis-convenient controls, reliability, visibibity

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