Nissan Pathfinder - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported a total of 6,970 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Nissan Pathfinder. The 2005 Nissan Pathfinder cars have the most problems reported (1,441 problems).

  Common problems of Nissan Pathfinder

The following chart shows the 26 most common problems for Nissan Pathfinder cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's power train (1,819 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (1,144 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Nissan Pathfinder

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Power Train
1,819
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,144
  Equipment
545
  Air Bag
467
  Suspension
457
  Gasoline Fuel System
437
  Other Fuel System
396
  Steering
249
  Structure
247
  Service Brakes
243
   
  Electrical System
239
  Vehicle Speed Control
220
  Visibility
130
  Tire
86
  Unknown Or Other
62
  Seat Belt
59
  Seats
41
  Wheel
39
  Electronic Stability Control
39
  Exterior Lighting
22
  Latches/locks/linkage
15
  Air Brake
3
  Parking Brake
3
  Child Seat
3
  Interior Lighting
3
  Traction Control System
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Nissan Pathfinder of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Pathfinder model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Nissan Pathfinder model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Pathfinder Model Years

Pathfinder
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 829,9681    
0.27
  2017 4695,4662    
0.24
  2016 4654,4163    
0.28
  2015 17691,8244    
0.48
  2014 36796,5165    
0.76
  2013 87079,9116    
1.81
  2012 1434,7607    
0.06
  2011 3731,7188    
0.15
  2010 4022,8619    
0.19
  2009 3213,98910    
0.23
  2008 38659,55111    
0.59
  2007 72843,00112    
1.41
  2006 1,10474,53813    
1.14
  2005 1,44185,63614    
1.20
  2004 8028,32715    
0.19
  2003 12246,51516    
0.16
  2002 19355,80317    
0.20
  2001 27897,38418    
0.16
  2000 16341,19719    
0.21

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Nissan Pathfinder is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Pathfinder
6
  2017 Pathfinder
11
  2016 Pathfinder
6
  2015 Pathfinder
27
  2014 Pathfinder
85
  2013 Pathfinder
361
  2011 Pathfinder
1
  2010 Pathfinder
4
  2009 Pathfinder
2
  2008 Pathfinder
5
  2007 Pathfinder
6
  2006 Pathfinder
14
  2005 Pathfinder
16
  2004 Pathfinder
27
  2003 Pathfinder
4
  2002 Pathfinder
11
  2001 Pathfinder
15
  2000 Pathfinder
2
  1999 Pathfinder
7
  1998 Pathfinder
22
  1997 Pathfinder
12
  1996 Pathfinder
23


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