2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE from North America - Comments

10th Apr 2004, 10:10

I recently purchased a 2001 se pathfinder and have owned it for 5 months. I was having issues with the engine service light coming on and was informed that my ignition coils needed replacing along with the spark plugs. I was wondering if anyone else has had this same problem as I could not find anything re recall for this problem. Incidentely the dealership states that it is not covered under the extended warranty.

11th Apr 2004, 07:48

I have had this problem with windows since I owned a 1986 Nissan Pickup truck the drivers side window would not go up well when it was cold out, it seams the 2000 Nissan Pathfinder I bought has the same problem. The Dealer does not want to address this problem and a recall would cost too much money to have the motor/tracks replaced.

27th Jun 2004, 16:43

The had problems with the service engine light coming on too. The first time was the day after I bought it... should have been a warning for me. The first two times it happened they said that the gas cap was shut completely. The last time it had to the with the pistons. It was less than 60,000 miles, but they said it wasn't part of the power train, therefore it wasn't covered under warranty. It happened again this weekend... I have an appointment on Monday morning for repairs. I'm betting that it's going to be the same problem, but on a different piston resulting in me having to pay again to have it repaired. I will never buy another Nissan again. I bought it because of their quality reputation and have been extremely disappointed. My Oldsmobile I owned had problems, but I never paid to repair it until it hit 90,000 miles. Every other time Oldsmobile covered it - even when it was out of warranty and it blew a head gasket.

16th Nov 2004, 21:58

I have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. It was cold today and I had to get out and almost pull my window up. I have been noticing a problem even during warmer days. There needs to be a recall.

6th Dec 2004, 07:17

I've had both problems. My window rolls up extremelty slowly in the winter, to the point where I'm afraid it will stop completely.

And last week, at 55K miles, I had a #3 coil fail, to the tune of $250. The dealer said it wasn't covered and wanted to replace all 6 coils. They say that replacing one may not fix the problem as one of the others is likely to fail. How they come to that conclusion, I have no idea. It probably has something to do with the $750 estimate and extra profit for nothing!

29th Dec 2004, 11:59

I have had both problems mentioned here.

I repeatedly get a failed coil indicator (I believe it's Nissan Fault Code 1320). Even after the dealer supposedly fixed it I am still seeing it show up sporadically. Looks like I need to dump this piece of crap!

10th Mar 2005, 12:22

I have just purchased a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder with 150 thousand kilometers on it. I have the same problem with the check engine light coming on. I was told that I needed a tune up, $650 later plus 2 days check engine light is back on. On the up side it runs great so far. The windows are a problem as well slow going down even slower going up, the colder the slower.

3rd May 2005, 07:01

A few of you comment on failing coil packs. Have you experienced a loss of engine performance/power with this? If you don't notice a difference, don't replace them. I have ridden in a Maxima (same engine as pathfinder) with 1 bad coil pack and the difference is night and day.

Also, for those with the engine light coming on, generally it is emissions related. If you are tired of taking it to Nissan, take it to Auto Zone who will check the engine fault code FOR FREE. Then you know what you are dealing with. And if you do not notice poor engine performance with the engine light fault, odds are it is not a serious problem.

My maxima will throw out a code every few months, I reset the ECU, and don't see anything for another 6-8 months. I wouldn't cry over it. I do agree that Nissan service is far below par. Maybe you should have gotten the QX4. Can't beat Infiniti service.

17th Aug 2005, 11:55

I have owned a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE since September 2000. Until recently (2005) I've not had a single issue. I love my Pathfinder so much, I am refusing to trade or sale, even with gas prices rising.

However, the Service Engine Soon light has been on and off for approximately 6 months. First diagnosis was faulty PVC valve -- replacing both would run over $600. I put off replacing and the light went out. The light came on again a couple of weeks later, then went off after another week. Now the light has been on for 2 months. I'm not sure I believe the mechanic because, the vehicle still runs like a top and my gas mileage has not fallen (19-20 mpg). I'm serious thinking this is Nissan's way of making money. I think I'll put a piece of tape over the light.

The only other issue I've had is the Bose CD player. There are 6 Cds stuck in the player. Cost to replace with rebuilt CD player is $700. Think I'll use the tape player.

24th Oct 2005, 14:56

I have just purchased a 2001 Nissan pathfinder. Great buy, however I have no idea how the 4x4 works. Can someone help?

20th Feb 2006, 09:51

Have a 2001 SE 4x4. Been a great car overall. I also have the window issue and have had the track lubed. Solves the problem temporarily.

As far as operating the 4x4 here goes. To put it into 4wd pull back the 4x4 shift stick. To turn it off, push it forward. Want more info than that read the owners manual.

22nd Feb 2006, 18:08

I have 2001 which I bought new. Slow windows are the least of my problems now. The transfer case is burned up and needs to be replaced due to being run dry. My mechanic checked the fluid level once or twice a year. I suggest owners check it regularly. $3000.00 damage at this time.

2nd Mar 2006, 00:17

I have the 2001 Pathfinder and have had the coil problem (all replaced 2 years ago and no further problems) and the slow windows issue as well. Right now the CD player just stopped working and gives an Err2 on the display. Any clues to what this is?

30th Mar 2006, 00:05

ERR 2 on the stereo (assuming it is a BOSE) often means that a disc is stuck in the system, or a loading tray/ gear is damaged.

2nd Aug 2006, 19:34

I have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE and I have the same problem as pretty much everyone's comments on here. The windows are slow and the Check engine light is on. I've had my pathfinder for 3 years now and haven't had a problem with it. Maybe I'll put that piece of tape up on the check engine light. Also I haven't tried the "8 clicks" thing. Hopefully that will work, if not, I'm gonna run that thing til it breaks! Oh, but the light came on a few days after I switched my tires on it. I put some 20 inch rims. Does anyone think that's why the light came on?