20th Apr 2010, 15:12

I have a 95 V6 Pathfinder. Lost reverse a week ago. Oddly enough it happened right after I flushed the transmission. The transmission guy said the filter was filled with metal... Now that I know it's part of an overall radiator problem too, I'm REALLY not going put any money into fixing it. It's got 200k miles on it, and it's time to put the old girl out to pasture. It was a good run, but everything needs to end.

1st Aug 2010, 14:30


1995 Pathfinder rebuild project. UPDATE.

Lots of work, but I decided to make it a SHOW TRUCK. Mega parts galore, especially little tiny things that really are fragile. I machined up UHMW plastic pieces for things like hose holders, wire clips. Easier than getting a piece of nickel plated metal to "unrust".

For your guys tranny problems in REVERSE, it's a band on the reverse gear that snaps. All caused by not using NISSAN tranny fluid and changing it every five years, you MUST reverse flush it, or you'll plug up the ports.

For those quirky electrical problems, the computer under the passenger seat needs a good solid ground, and it's located under the center console with the radio ground, so if your radio quits, get a good ground for the computer and the radio. RESET the computer before hand, and never weld with it connected, you'll fry it.

Other things, best way to rustproof the inside of the frame is to FILL IT with epoxy paint on one side, after you've cleaned it of course, drive it around bumpy hills etc, coating it, DRAIN and fill the other side the same way. Use lots of duct tape to seal it.

NOTE: The frame rots on these things from the aerodynamics of water and salt, and the damn wheels spraying water on the rails. I think, as I have done, replacement of the entire frame is a better option. The frame is really nicely made and bends good. When it rusts, it's because it wasn't protected with expensive coating.


7th Sep 2010, 23:54

I have a 95 SE 5spd with 205K on it. I have been driving this car just about everyday for around 5 years. My trans went out today. It worked fine yesterday, anyone know where I can find a good reman? I live in NC so driving to get it would be a plus, but not mandatory.

The frame rust on mine was ridiculous. My frame had actually broken in two just in front of the top rear spring buckets. After 29 hours straight, I rebuilt the back half of the frame using 2x6 steel. While I was under it, I dropped the top rear spring buckets 2 inches and added tow springs, also adding a nice class three hitch straight welded to the frame. Yes I use this vehicle for work and play. These things can tow a lot of weight.

The exhaust leak... yes they will cause your header studs to snap. Don't try and easy-out those things. It's much easier to put a nut over the broken stud, and MiG weld from the stud to the inside of the nut. While it's still hot they come right out. The head is Al so don't worry about that. Just make sure to disconnect the battery before welding on it.

I have had no other problems with it except for now the trans doesn't work. If anyone has questions or can help me out with finding a good trans you can email me navyeel14@gmail.com.


25th Sep 2010, 16:44

95 pathfinder with a automatic. When it goes in gear, it makes a tinny sound like rubbing 2 coffee cans together. Any ideas? Sometimes I have to shut the truck off to get it to go back into drive?

8th Dec 2010, 11:38

I live in NC and my 94/95 Transmission just would not go into reverse. Can't find a used transmission for it! If you can help, please email at naomifcash@yahoo.com! Thanks!!!

10th Dec 2010, 23:44

The rubbing noise that you are hearing could be the U-joint, rear end or the dust shield on your transmission. Yours is an automatic, right? If not, it could be a throw out bearing.

19th Dec 2010, 09:12

I have a 1997 Pathfinder that has had some strange shaking problems. Seems like it will throw you in a ditch if you don't give it gas or hit the brakes?

If you're driving and let off the gas, it kicks the rear end. I have asked numerous people, but have gotten nothing. One place thought it was a broken tranny mount. But it was not it? Still looking. Have replaced all the shocks and tires, so it's not any of that???

27th Dec 2010, 12:37

To Nissan North America. I own a Nissan Path 1995 SE V6. It has a 9 pin port, and another small one of 5. All technical people have assured me never to get a 9 pin cable that can fit in the port.

Recently I saw on the net thousand of 1995 Nissan Paths sold worldwide. All with VIN # jn8hd17... yet 1996 Nissan Paths have a 14 pin port. OBD11, OBD111, OBD consult etc. How can these Nissan Path models 95 be diagnosed?

Otherwise, let Nissan North America be held responsible for the mess. Or are they going to ignore this as a simple issue. Then we need a solution. Thanks for the attention.

26th Aug 2011, 16:57

No reverse on your Pathfinder... ? Haha, no problem people... I had the same thing happen 2 years & 45,000 miles ago, and I'm still driving!

I bought this 98 Pathfinder with 215,000 miles for $1,500, and have spent too much already!!!

Learn how to drive and park with no reverse, because a new tranny ain't worth it!!

Also, I've spent $900 on 3 major smog parts, and fixed em myself.

And I just found out I need to replace all the front end bushings from reading this post site... Damn speed wobbles are life threatening WTF!

Dependable? Or dangerous?

20th Oct 2011, 11:11

I have a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder with the same problem. Took it to a shop; they said one valve in the transmission was leaking, but never got it fixed. That was 3 years ago. No other problems; will get it fixed when it breaks.

29th Jan 2012, 17:42

Bought used 95 Pathfinder 2 days ago. Already the tranny doesn't want to shift. Want to change the filter, fluid, but can't lower the pan, exhaust is in the way... Would appreciate any tips/ideas.

16th Sep 2012, 17:35

I have a 95 Nissan Pathfinder XE automatic with 168,000 miles. It's starting to act a little sluggish when shifting into 3rd (I think). Fluid level is fine, looks good, no smell. I need to make several out-of-town trips in the next several months - 2 to 5 hours away, depending on the trip. Should I be okay with this, or am I asking for trouble away from home? Comments welcome.

Fran at fhaubold46628@yahoo.com.

1st Dec 2012, 13:30

I have the same problem with the locks.

You're right about the automatic transmission. I replaced 2 transmissions, for the first one had no reverse. The second replacement was locked up in safety mode.

Other than that, it's an excellent vehicle. Fun to drive.

8th Feb 2013, 14:04

Yes, check the fuel line under the hood. It has a hose that leaks.

21st Mar 2013, 02:47

I had the same trans experience with Ammco and this truck... Spent 3200 on the trans, and it went out again within 20,000 miles. But it was a 3 year 36000 mile warranty, so I'm screwed. The truck is a piece of junk.