23rd Jun 2002, 13:12

I own a 1992 Nissan Pathfinder and I can say that for the most part it has been a good, solid, reliable auto.

But, as with all of you, I too have had to have both exhaust manifolds replaced and now another has gone out. My Pathfinder has 147,000 miles on it and still runs quit well. But, again, the manifolds are a nightmare.

2nd Oct 2002, 10:48

I have a 1998 Pathfinder V6 that developed a passenger side exhaust leak that I took to Midas in Alaska, they refused to go further with any repairs saying it is a dealer type repair.. Is this a manufacturing problem that is covered by warranty and what could I do about it? The engine and car has just a little over 50,000 miles on it...


26th Nov 2002, 14:46

I've had my 1992 Pathfinder SE since 1993. It's a great car - reliable and relatively maintenance free. I had to rebuild the transmission at 100k. It's always had the manifold leak (clicking noise until it heats up). I haven't considered it major so haven't repaired it. My sources confirm previous commenters - it's due too bad bolts.

The car has 140,000 miles, still looks great and starts every morning.

15th Dec 2002, 23:01

My 93 Nissan Pathfinder has had it's exhaust manifolds worked on. I was assured that the problem is less likely to happen again if to use stronger bolts, take heat shields off, and use a cooler burning muffler. So far this has worked well, even after 20,000 miles.

Has anyone had problems with fuel injectors? Plugged?

24th Dec 2002, 17:50

I have a 1998 Pathfinder with 72000 miles; on a Phoenix cold morning (ambient app. bet. 32 and 45 Fahrenheit) when I first start it, the right front engine sounds like marbles being shaken in a coffee can; it goes away in 10 to 15 seconds and does not return until left overnight; does not do it when siting 9 hours at work. Esp. pronounced when parked on downhill slant to the front.

Has anyone experience this or have a solution?

27th Dec 2002, 11:46

I am sole owner of 1993 Pathfinder bought in 1993. We had the leak since about 60,000 miles we now have 83,000 miles and getting both sides fix as I am typing. Don't let it go on for so long like I did because instead of 1 day they are on the 2nd day drilling out the bolts. I still love the vehicle, but I am hating the final outcome of the cost.

31st Jan 2003, 20:15

92 Nissan pathfinder XE-V6.

I have had the pathfinder for a week now and so far it does it's job. when I first start it up it does clank until it gets a little warmer. it has 122,522 miles and is kinda loud in 5th gear it sounds like an overdrive or something. I can live with it. I just don't want it to have any of the problems I just read about, but next vehicle I will do my home work first.

17th Mar 2003, 21:56

I had my 92 pathfinder 4wd since 1992, replace bolts on exhausted twice, dealer paid for broken ones first time, but only replace the ones that actually broke. replaced a few myself. but overall been extremely happy with it and with the Dealer. Parts man remembers my name even after two years and knows what cars we drive.

I was checking on the clanking noise I have been hearing recently. a lot of people seem to be experiencing this noise. Is it the exhaust or something else?

23rd Mar 2003, 15:52

I have a 95 Pathfinder, and it has been a terrific vehicle.

Last week at the Nissan dealer for 90k mile service, I was informed that the manifold studs are broken. That's the cause of the noise. Nissan America says they won't fix. They will only fix 1996 and newer. $1100.00 to fix. Unless I get some type of assistance from Nissan, I will never purchase a Nissan product again, and this applies to a product that may have Nissan parts.

2nd Apr 2003, 10:03

I was not aware about these problems with manifolds. Currently I have a '92 Pathfinder 3.0L with 62k miles with its second exhaust manifold already being replaced. I do not drive it much and it's used just to tow light items. In each case, several bolts were broken inside the block. This has been the only problem I've had with this vehicle.

20th May 2003, 15:42

I have a 92 Nissan Pathfinder and had both my exhaust manifolds replaced at 60,000 miles. Now at 110,000 I am hearing the exhaust leak noise again. But recently it stopped and now just a very loud exhaust noise is coming from under the drivers side door. I am thinking it might be a bad muffler.

Thanks, J Marsh.

28th May 2003, 05:46

I have a 95 pathfinder. As of 3 months ago, it decided not to start sometimes. I replaced the battery and the next day it didn't start. Brought it to the shop, and they didn't find anything. 1 month later, it decides not to start again. Jumped it, and it was fine. Any ideas? It is really fickle and I never know when it will happen.

11th Jun 2003, 14:33

I have a 95 Pathfinder with ~110,000 miles. I've owned it since ~50,000 miles and I'm on my second exhaust leak. Nissan refuses to take the blame for this, although it's been a year since my last leak was fixed. As for the knocking during a cold start, that seems to be a common issue. It's supposedly caused by a faulty design in the internal lubrication system and requires entire engine replacement. Good luck to anyone who owns a pathfinder in dealing with the company.

14th Jun 2003, 20:45

I purchased a '93 Pathfinder XE today June 14, and have put approx. 250 kms on it this afternoon. I am now enjoying a small exhaust leak that I hope is not a manifold! Other that the exhaust it seems to rev up and down and does not seem to stay at the set speed with the cruise control set on.

Does anyone know where to get replacement exterior window trim/weatherstripping for the doors?


24th Jun 2003, 11:36

I have owned my 1992 Nissan Pathfinder SE since 1995 when I bought it from my brother. Most of the negative comments that you see in these previous articles, I have had some experience with. I believe there is a class action suit pending with Nissan America that deals with specifically the manifold problem. It seems to me, that the only way to get large corporations to listen... is to take them to court.

8th Aug 2003, 11:49

I own a 95 pathfinder. I have had manifold replace 3 times. the first time under warranty. The last time, I went to an auto shop and not the dealer, and they replace the bolts with stronger ones, as one had snapped. Seems the dealer didn't do this when they fixed it the first two times... they don't want to give up that repeat customer!

The problem I have now, is that when my car is in a slow reverse, especially when turning (e.g. backing out of a parking space) there is an awful vibration, sound coming out of the back end. has anybody else experienced this. I took it to a shop, but it didn't happen when they tested it.. I know I need to bring it back, but it sounds expensive, whatever it is...