16th Oct 2008, 10:19

I thought I had the only rust problem... started hearing noise like the door was not fully close. Did everything I could to get rid the of noise. Nothing worked. So I took it in to have the shocks look at when the mechanic told me of the rust problem. He said that Nissan Pathfinder and Isuzu Rodeo are know for this problem. Other than the rust problem never had any other problems. It will cost around $1500 to have the frame repaired.

5th Nov 2008, 20:48

I've got 500,000km's on my 1995 Pathfinder and was poking around the frame area tonight only to find massive gaping holes / cracks. I suppose I got my money's worth out of this vehicle, but I still feel betrayed because I've not heard of frames rotting out on vehicles since the 1970's.

I'm not sure who posted it earlier, but I agree that the way to combat this problem is to write to your federal government to complain about the safety aspect of this problem. The more people that complain, the more chance there is that an investigation will be launched and some action mandated against the automobile manufacturer. I am a little sad to have to retire the vehicle though.

13th Nov 2008, 06:34

I also own a 1995 Nissan XE 4x4. Bought this truck new in July of '95. This truck has seen very little salt and has been garage kept for most of it's life. The frame is split behind both front wheels. Massive amounts of rust mostly on passenger side. Also very rusty above driver's side rear wheel. Truck continues to rust just sitting in the garage. Otherwise this truck is in immaculate condition with 113,000 miles. I am so disgusted. I'm currently trying to find someone who would be willing to tackle the frame repair. No luck yet. Any suggestions? I really don't want to scrap this baby. Help! Is there anyone in south central Kentucky willing to do my frame repair?

19th Nov 2008, 07:49

I have a 1993 SE Pathfinder. Had it since 1994 and love the the truck. Great in the winter up here in Canada. The guys at the Nissan dealership always say my truck is well kept and want to buy it off me when I bring it in for service. I always buy Nissan parts. Paint and body is mint, Black and original paint at 250 km. I don't even have rust in the door corners on the bottom in the back doors. I had it crown rust sprayed every year. I had it on the hoist last week to do the front brakes and yes.. my frame split (more like rusted through) along the bottom the length of the frame behind the rear tires. Add me to list. Bigmike1@sympatico.ca.

25th Nov 2008, 07:35

I own a 1995 Pathfinder XE. I bought it used in March 1996. It had only 10,000 miles on it then. The truck now has 140,000 miles on it. It has been probably the best and most reliable vehicle I've own (well maybe not better than my '99 Lexus LS 400; that car is awesome) Anyway, I still have almost all the original parts on the truck. I changed the starter in 2000 and 2006; otherwise, other than routine service, the truck has been great. Well, after reading the comments about the rust problem on this website, I checked underneath my vehicle yesterday and I noticed the same problem everyone else has described. My heart is broken; I feel like I'm losing a friend. I thought I'd have this truck for a least another 2-3 years. I was eventually going to purchase another Pathfinder. This is bad because the truck is in immaculate condition, i.e., interior, engine, transmission, etc. Just the rusted frame. Its a cheap way to let this vehicle go after so many years of great service. Well, I guess I'll have to spell Pathfinder this way when I buy my next SUV before Christmas -- TOYOTA 4 RUNNER.

27th Nov 2008, 12:05

Yep, same here was driving my 94 4WD XE truck, which I have owned since new. I heard a loud bang, pulled over and my front A-Arm strut rod broke (rusted in half). Looked at my frame and the entire frame is rusted in half. Now I am afraid to drive my truck. Hardly any rust on body, truck runs great but frame totally rusted in half.

3rd Dec 2008, 21:36

91 4x4 truck. Cracks in frame behind upper control arms on both sides.

8th Dec 2008, 18:00

95 Nissan Pickup. Original owner. Vehicle garaged for the past 5 years. Chassis completely rusted through. Was told by dealer that if you park this vehicle on grass it will rust the chassis! Nissan totally unwilling to do the right thing and take responsibilty for their poor design. Seems a class action law suit is the only way.

13th Dec 2008, 22:54

1993 Hardbody Pickup.


Little surface rust at front of frame... remainder of frame is in fantastic condition.

Been driven in all sorts of weather and salted roads. Metal is no worse shape than any other of the metal parts.

6th Jan 2009, 12:20

Same for me, I am on disability low income, and bought a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4 in May 2006 with 151,000 miles and great outer body and the Nerf bar... roof window..

I put about $1000 into it... starter, battery, disks, muffler and flanges and upper and lower ball joints, and have only driven this 2100 miles in the 2-1/2 yrs I have had it, and now you can stick a screwdriver through the frame, and rust is falling off the frame..like filo dough.. the pastry ingredient of Greek Baklava pastry.

It's horrible, and I am on low income subsidized welfare due to serious injuries I sustained from a 1993 traumatic event... and here in the northeast Maine without a car in the winter, I'm a goner.

The vehicle looked fine 2-1/2 yrs ago, and now is falling apart... and I am told I will fail 2009 vehicle inspection, and the 4x4 Pathfinder will be towed to a junk yard for parts... this is truly going to hurt my freedom and ability to go anywhere.. as I bought this pathfinder believing it to be a fine vehicle.. only to find out it is a nightmare on Elm Street with the rusted frame...

Toyota bought back their rusted frames; why has Nissan not contacted the registered owners?? Very upset and concerned at my freedom in Maine.

18th Jan 2009, 21:02

1993 Nissan Hardbody.

Frame starting to rust on surface both face and behind... no holes yet, metal seems solid. Not sure of condition inside boxed frame areas.

|I just scraped off the flaking metal and spraybombed with rust paint.

I couldn't really care about it.. I've had it since 96.. it's got 300,000kms on it...

It's a shame, because if the frame was good, I could rebuild the motor and so forth and it would last another 15 years... but... oh well.

I just put new shocks on it and noticed the problem. I'll drive it a few more months and then sell it as a parts vehicle. Someone might want the engine.

19th Jan 2009, 08:38

Same thing as the other mass of pages...1995 Nissan Pickup with a bit over 100K. Total frame rot on passenger rail underneath the front area of the cab. What is once again sad is the fact that this truck didn't look half bad and ran great right up until the body began to settle... that was comforting let me tell you...Lawsuit? Toyota paid for it... why not Nissan?