3rd Jul 2009, 10:51

Another disappointed owner of 2001 Nissan Pathfinder..

I have had every problem on this board. Before owning this 2001 Pathfinder, I owned a 1996 Pathfinder. Just sold it with over 300K miles and hardly any problems, but not true with the 01. Can't imagine this making it to 300k. I now have 120K on this one and it is falling apart. The few recalls on this truck, are not even mentioned as problems on this board. It does appear that the CEL is making Nissan a lot of money on repairs.

6th Aug 2009, 22:17

I am having a similar problem with my clock. I would like instructions on how to take it out.

7th Aug 2009, 15:22

You have to use a small pry to pry open the trim that contains the clock and the air outlets on both sides of the clock. The trim with the CD player stays untouched. There are four screws beneath the clock that fix the clock to the trim. Unscrew them and the clock is free.

10th Aug 2009, 15:56

Just to following up on my August 7 post, you can find good photos illustrating how to take the center trim out from the following link:


Hope it helps.

18th Aug 2009, 02:33

Seriously, I'm so freaked out right now from reading all these comments. Bought my 01 Pathfinder in 07. Light went on @ 105,000 in addition to lack of acceleration and loss of power while going uphill! When I got the Path it got about 220ish miles per tank, which I assumed was just how it was! After taking it to a dealer and paying the biggest bill I've ever paid, I had the MAF changed and the #2 O2 sensor in addition to a tune up. Drove it from CA to PA to attend school and it lugged a uhaul and my family extremely well! It also gets 300ish miles per tank, which was an unforeseen plus.

Everything seems to be running fine although my CLOCK IS OUT - CAN someone POST A FIX FOR THE CLOCK?

But when I took it to Nissan to do the work mentioned above, the mechanic was saying that I would need to replace my rear plugs soon..??

My program takes all of my money, time, and just about everything else and I am dreading having that damn CEL light up again for obvious reasons!!!

My previous 98 Isuzu Rodeo was a champ and NEVER had any major problems nor did it freak me out! It was hit while unoccupied by a drunk driver!! But there was an issue with the braking system that affected numerous Rodeos and in the end, there was a law suit filed against ISUZU for this braking issue, and anyone who was in any kind of auto accident and it felt like it was due to this issue, was able to receive a settlement!

The reason for mentioning this is to just throw the idea out there that the closed mouth doesn't get fed!

IT WOULD BE F-ing great if NISSAN, a company I've always been attracted to and always respected, did the the right thing and HELPED US OUT! Especially, as others have mentioned, that these problems we are having are so similar!!! I think we are in need of a LAWSUIT!!!

!!!LAWSUIT! Someone on this site has to know a lawyer or perhaps is one or just knows the ropes!!

I'm sure if we can get the ball rolling and make some noise, things can fall into place.

It seems that we are all on the same boat.. and NISSAN knows yet they do not do SH##. I would like to continue to put my faith in NISSAN, but obviously that is yet to be determined.

CAN anyone help??


8th Sep 2009, 08:00

Not a dealer.

4th Oct 2009, 20:19

It seems that the first thing anyone with an engine problem should do is have the computer reprogrammed to install all the upgrades. (20 since 2001! See a previous post)

Then run it and see what happens to the CEL.

Read the result with the proper scanner.

Replace the MAF with the Bosch part or from the Maxima everythingnissan.com search for part # 22680-2Y001 and the MAF sensor should cost you less than 100 dollars shipped. You can install easily yourself with tools in about half hour.

Check the coils as outlined.

Replace sensors as and when required.

Spray silicone spray into the tracks of the windows, as silicone spray disperses/repels water, therefore the buildup of ice in the tracks is minimised, which will allow the windows to raise/lower without friction.

Take up the offer to replace the cogwheel in the CD changer for $80 (see previous post).

To make you feel better, the newer diesel-engined Pathfinders/Terranos/Mistrals also have problems with the MAF sensors!

All vehicles have problems, at least with a computer you have an indication of what is going wrong, before (usually) it goes horribly wrong.

29th Oct 2009, 09:42

I have a 1999.5 Pathfinder. The check engine light has been on for nearly two years. When I have to have it inspected and they run the codes it is inexpensive. Maybe $200-400 to fix. The CEL issue is annoying because the truck runs perfectly. Absolutely no problems. So why is the light on? I get it serviced (oil changes, etc.) on a regular basis. Yet the CEL continues, but I love the truck and have had no problems with it. Nothing more than regular wear and tear repairs like tires, tie rods replaced a year ago. It has 110,000.

12th Nov 2009, 21:33

I have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with about 135,000 miles on it.. It has been an excellent car.. Took off this morning and it started to shudder when I slowed down or when I came to a completely stop at a light. But never died all the way. It feels like it's losing power and slugs going up hills.. I need help, ideas of what to do next or how to fix this.. (wedding_flowers4u@yahoo.com) Please and thank you.

27th Nov 2009, 00:04

I have an 01 Pathfinder. It's a freaking piece of garbage!! Much like all of your Pathfinders, I've had to replace sensors, spark plugs, coils, the stereo and the filler tube. The clock hasn't worked since I bought it, and the windows are weak in the cold. I'm selling this stupid ride and I'm never buying a Nissan again. Anyone who reads this thread should be well enough convinced to do the same. Anyone who isn't... well, sorry for your luck.

30th Nov 2009, 14:24

I have been looking for the previous post about fixing the CD changer for 80.00 and cannot find the post. Please fill me in.

30th Nov 2009, 14:31

I bought my 2001 Pathfinder in 2000. I am the only owner and have taken very good care of it. I have had very good luck with it until about a year ago. The clock, CD player, the slow windows and worst of all the loss of acceleration. I can live with normal wear and tear (clock, CD changer, windows) since I have put 150,000 miles on this vehicle. But, now it is dangerous to drive!! I am reading all of these posts and seeing all of the problems that I have, but not seeing any talk of the repairs working for them. Has anyone found what the problem is that is causing this acceleration problem with their Pathfinder?