2001 Nissan Pathfinder 3.5 liter V6 from North America

General Comments:

A local Nissan dealer told me that using aftermarket air filters (Fram, Purolator, K&N etc) can cause the check engine light to come on, so they told me to use only Nissan air filters. Maybe that's a way for Nissan to make money on their filters or not; the service adviser seemed to be very honest about this.

Also my 01 Pathfinder has all the same problems; slow windows, transmission slips in third gear (trans control module issue), check engine light came on.

6 CD changer is junk. Just go after market, it should cost about $100 to install. Because of the Bose system, they have to rewire the deck. Plus whatever you pay for an aftermarket radio (some aftermarket radios came compatible with the steering wheel radio control; try Crutchfield).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th November, 2007

2001 Nissan Pathfinder from North America


I would not buy another


The driver's side window gets very slow in the cold weather months. At times it will not move up or down, even being in a garage does not help. I had the dealership look at it while under warranty. They claimed to have taken the door apart, but did not see any problem, so they lubed it and put it back together. It continued to have the difficulty.

The engine light does come on, I was told it was the O2 sensors after the catalytic converter. They were changed, it took care of the light for about 6 months, then it came back on. I have now been told it is the O2 sensors and the catalytic converter.

The vehicle is now leaking gasoline from the tube leading to the gas tank, which has just been listed as a national recall, but I am being told my VIN# is not listed, so it won't be fixed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th September, 2007

2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE from North America


It's nice, but as my first owned vehicle it's wiped me out financially


Check engine light on frequently - been to dealership at least 7 times, and started going to other mechanics to try and save on cost - always different codes dealing with O2 sensors and fuel running lean, keep replacing parts only to have the light go on again in a few months, and the dealership then recommends another part. Couldn't pass emissions and paid a lot to the courts for tickets of expired tags. Nissan would repair and still wouldn't pass.

Stereo - doesn't work, and keeps giving error messages.

Electrical - glitchy, the windows sometimes don't work smoothly, front lamps used to burn out every two to three months.

General Comments:

It has cost me a lot financially, and seems to need constant maintenance for the check engine light. I am trying to sell it, and even though it looks great and is a handsome well cared for vehicle, no one wants to pay what I still owe the bank; they don't think the car is worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th July, 2007

3rd Aug 2007, 16:27

In California, three months trying to pass smog. Amounts of emmissions very low, but check engine light triggers failure. Any ideas for a cheap reolution?


5th Feb 2008, 15:39

I have the same issues with my 2001 LE Pathfinder. Check engine light is constantly on and off. Its cost me a lot of money for similar codes with the check engine light. I'm starting to think this is a scam by Nissan to grab my money. The only reason I haven't sold it yet is because its paid off. However, I might end up selling it if I can't get it to pass inspection this year.

As far as the stereo, do yourself a favor and buy an aftermarket retrofit. There are some pretty good ones out there that will fit the exact size of the one that's in there. Mine looks great and almost looks like it cam with the car.

18th Mar 2009, 08:49

I had same problems with my Pathfinder. Still do. Had every sensor changed including a new gas tank. CD changer went out, and found out it is a common problem too. I would never consider buying another Nissan product.

15th Oct 2009, 10:00

This is exactly what happened to my Pathfinder. I think I changed 7 sensors, my last being the gas tank at over $700. It came on again a couple months later, and it will stay on till I sell it. The CD changer went out at about 70,000 miles and after visiting this web site: http://www.ecoustics.com/electronics/forum/car-audio/147218.html, I decided Nissan was not the car company for me. I removed the CD changer and got my CDs out after destroying the unit. I did talk to my Nissan dealer about the problem first, but they "never had a problem with one of these units before".

16th Oct 2009, 19:42

First thing I check is the gas cap with O2 sensor issues and that it tightens properly, not loose after filling.

23rd Oct 2010, 08:57

My 01 Pathfinder has been messed up for several months, and still can't find what's wrong with it. The worst part is it didn't tear up until the day after I did a tune up on it...