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Front Suspension Control Arm Problems of Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 22 problems related to front suspension control arm (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2000 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 07/15/2014

My 2000 Nissan Pathfinder started handling bad so I took it to a mechanic and the problem was that the front passenger side control arm bracket that holds the control arm to the frame had totally rusted away and the control arm was not connected to the frame. I took the car to the dealership and they fixed a rust problem associated with the front strut recall but did not acknowledge the control arm issue. I contacted carol keith at Nissan north America consumer affairs and she was of now help as she continually said that the recall was performed and she wouldn't do anything else. I went back to bermans Nissan in chicago we put the car on the lift and the service manager acknowledged that the car was unsafe to drive. He tried to get his boss to fix the problem but he wouldn't so I'm stuck with a car that is unsafe to drive. I see that frame rust is an issue for Pathfinders. Also, there is another complaint exactly like mine pertaining to the passenger side control arm corrosion and separating from the frame. I think that this should be investigated before someone dies, unfortunately it may be to late.

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 05/22/2013

Vehicle has spent its life in upstate new york ware weather conditions wet and roads are salted I washed under carriage regularly to prevent corrosion but after winter the vehicles front support bracket connected to the frame that holds the front axle and lower control arm to the frame separated from the frame causing the front wheel to separate as well I was very lucky I noticed the noise and did not take drive it at any speed because the result would have been catastrophic I feel that it is a flaw in the design and that a recall should mandatory for Nissan.

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2000 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 09/02/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated there was rust and corrosion on the right side of the frame where the control arm bolts were located. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated there was no recall for the failure and the vehicle was inoperable, nor will they repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 139,000. Rvk.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 04/10/2012

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the steering wheel began to wobble and the driver felt like she was going to lose control of the vehicle. The failure ocurred while driving at low speeds as well, but the degree of wobbling was lesser. The vehicle wobbled so much that the passengers became queasy. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnosis and the contact was informed that the vehicle needed new bushings, control arms, and struts. The manufacturer was notified and offered little assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 180,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2000 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 09/03/2011

My 2000 Pathfinder started to sway back and forth in the rear of the car violently when going over bumps. Especially at higher speeds then 45mph and especially when there are turns in the road or freeways. Really happens on freeways when there is a turn to the left and there seems to be those bumps that big rig trucks seem to make in some of the lanes. The car starts swaying back and forth in the rear real bad and seems like the car could flip over if in the right circumstances! very scary! very unsafe!. Have read thousands of the same complaints online everywhere that it is the rear control arm bushings that seem to wear out and need replacing.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 12/15/2010

Excessive rust, corrosion and holes in sub frame of 2001 Nissan Pathfinder where the passenger side control arm connects to the sub frame of the vehicle. Also excessive rust in whole front end of vehicle. Did have vehicle recall id # 88860 - suspension:front addressed however Nissan did not address excessive rust and hole on right side of vehicle near area where control arm connects to sub frame.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 06/15/2009

Our 1997 Nissan Pathfinder develops a rear rocking motion (sway, wobble) at highway speeds that would clearly put the vehicle out of control if not quickly stopped, which can usually be accomplished by letting off the gas. This happens continuously and repeatedly, sometimes even at lower speeds (in the 40 mph range. ) the sensation is very unnerving to the driver and passengers especially since it is not due to anything the driver has done and it strikes without warning. In just a few seconds the car feels like 2 seconds more and it will flip or roll or crash into another lane! (take a ride with me, you'll see I'm not exaggerating. ) the trick is to stop the rocking as soon as you notice it starting, usually by letting off the gas. This problem is well known to many Pathfinder owners (in the 1996-200 range) and to Nissan, which has produced a tsbs on it (ntb98-001, ntb98-012) but the company has not dealt with it as a recall. It is an expensive ($700-$1,400) repair apparently due to faulty control arm bushings, the Smart repair is apparently to use polyurethane after-market bushings instead of oem (unless you want it to come back again in less than 100k. ) we have had this problem for 6 months and ours set in at about 170k but many other owners were reporting this problem 3 or 4 years ago at 100k. And many are not happy with how Nissan has not handled this design problem they created.

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 03/15/2009

I just bought a Nissan Pathfinder le 1996 - I found many owners are experiencing problems with the rear suspension of the vehicle (see posts:. . Read more...

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 03/01/2009

No crash yet but I do have a fish tailing, side to side wobbling that appears to be a design defect from Nissan. I own a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with 99,000 miles and at speeds over 50 miles an hour, the truck will start wobbling side to side due to a rut in the road or a gust of wind. From what I have been told by several Nissan mechanics, the rear upper and lower control arm bushings are bad and deteriorate prematurely, causing the dangerous wobble in the truck. The cost to replace the bushings is $700. 00 plus and have to be replaced. Very poor design which will end up causing serious accidents or injuries. Thank you.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 07/01/2008

Truck sways dangerously side to side in rear while driving at over 40mph replaced struts & shocks. Mechanic suspects rear upper & lower control arm bushings very expensive usually because of labor. These parts are defective because of inferior quality.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 06/26/2008

After desperately looking for an answer to the reason why my vehicle was acting the way it was I stumbled upon an internet site with other Pathfinder owners describing same things I was experiencing. I own a Nissan Pathfinder xe 3. 3 l 4x4. The problem I am having is violent swaying of the rear end at speeds between 50 and 65 mph. The only way to get it to stop is to tap the breaks or speed up. It has almost caused an accident several times. I have tried to fix it at the cost of hundreds of dollars. Nothing has worked. This is a serious issue that could lead to serious injury or death! especially considering the velocities at which it occurs. It is the consensus of the many posters on the site that the above symptoms are the result of the failure of the control arm bushings.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 03/25/2008

I have a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. I experience very "heavy" side to side swaying of the vehicle at speeds greater than 55 mph. I have looked on the internet at other blogs and noticed that many other owners experienced the same condition. Nissan is aware of the problem and has issued a TSB, (ntb98-001 )but has not issued a recall, no doubt due to the cost of the repair, which was just quoted to me by the local dealership at $1,400. 00 (and two days in the shop). The problem, according to Nissan and other consumers online, is the control arm bushing (front and rear) and other connecting parts. This is a very unsafe design error and should be recalled at the expense of Nissan, not the consumer.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2000 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 01/01/2008

I have a Nissan Pathfinder le 2000 that in the past 8 mo have rocking or wobbling from side to side (or left to right) when driven at freeway speed (55-75). If you do not let off the gas or make a slight correction with steering wheel, it will get really bad to a point the it might fishtail. It's been progressively worsening even at lower speed, it's been happening. Aside from speed, it can be triggered by slight uneven road or bumps. I have had my alignment, wheel balanced, front end struts replaced which helped a little. I still have to get rear control arm bushings replaced. I have researched this online and there ar thousands of people complaining of the same exact symptom of my care. It seemed to be a common problem with the Pathfinder (high mileage-- mine is 121,000) and it appears that the control arm bushings on rear suspension is the problem. This is a very dangerous problem and it would not surprise me if there have been fatality involved. What has been done to correct this problem and I believe that there should be a recall with all Nissan Pathfinder to correct this dangerous and potentially fatal flaw in their suspension design.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 12/30/2007

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle swayed abnormally back and forth and the contact almost lost control of the vehicle. He took the vehicle to a local repair shop and a mechanic replaced one control arm. The failure recurred immediately after the repair was made. The dealer stated that he needed to repair the upper and lower control arm. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000 and current mileage was 96,000.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 08/23/2007

We own a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 wheel drive that had developed a severe side to side wobble at 55-60+ mph . Mechanics said it was struts/shocks. We replaced all 4. Same problem exists. This is life threatening on the highway. My daughter and myself have both experienced it and you nearly lose control of the SUV if you don't let off the gas quick. I would hate to see the result of an evasive maneuver - it will be catastrophic. Dealers are acting like they know nothing, yet an internet search turns up people all over the country that have or are having the exact same problem. Most are saying if you replace the rear lower control arm bushings or the entire arms, it goes away. I am asking the NHTSA to get involved now and force Nissan to do a no-cost recall. We own 2 other Nissan cars and I have owned over a dozen cars/trucks in 32 years and never experienced anything like this. And, I work on cars and motorcycles in my spare time, and I know what I am addressing here. This is a major, serious engineering design flaw.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 06/03/2007

My 98 Nissan Pathfinder sways uncontrollably from side to side when driving on uneven roads and freeway which could cause to loose control of the vehicle and crash. Numerous owners have reported the same problem on the internet and have been identified as a problem with the rear suspension control arm bushings and may include the control arm itself also known as upper and lower link arms. Updated 10/22/07.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 04/21/2007

For all those reporting the swaying associated with the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder, I have a Nissan terrano which looks very much like the Pathfinder. I experienced similar swaying from the rear of my vehicle at speeds of about 40 mph. I have tried every mechanic I know, changed my shocks, and you name it. . . Lately, I would hear a thump in the rear when I pulled off from stop position. The thump also happens when I run over a short speed bump. When I came home one evening, I went under the vehicle to conduct a visual inspection to see if I will find anything. Lo and behold, I found out that the bushings of the lower control arms are worn out to the extent that they are breaking up(the bushings) which allows metal to rub or hit another metal and that explains the thump that I will usually hear. In my opinion the worn out bushings also explain the swaying that seems to come from the rear because just figure it out, the bushings of the arms that link the rear axle to the body of the vehicle are weak, but this will not cause swaying at low speeds, and even if it did it will be un-noticeable. This swaying at high speeds is difficult to tell sometimes if it is coming from the rear or front. My advise is to change especially the bushings of the rear lower control arms, there should be four of them, two long ones and two short ones. It makes sense to me after all the vehicle is 10 years old! also make sure that none of those control arms are bent. Feel free to send me a quick email.

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car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2007

The contact owns a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 40 mph or greater, the rear of the vehicle sways left to right. The dealer stated that the rear struts and tires needed to be replaced. The dealer made the replacement, however, the failure persisted. The dealer inspected the vehicle, but was unable to diagnose the cause of failure. The vehicle was taken to a different dealer and they stated that the rear upper and lower control arm needed to be replaced along with a wheel alignment and front brakes. As of July 19, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage is 89,500 and failure mileage was 89,000. Updated 02/01/08.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 10/27/2006

Dangerous wobble of car when on the highway. From reports I've read on the internet, seems to be caused by degrading control arm bushings. Fix may be to replace all 8-10 bushings and/or control-link arms. Problem seems to be common on '96-97 Nissan Pathfinders.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 03/15/2005

1996 Pathfinder, 120k miles. Approx. One year ago vehicle developed scary side-to-side rocking at highway speeds, and especially when driving on curved roads. Replaced rear shocks- no help. I have found lots of other Pathfinder owners that have this same exact condition. Turns out the problem is with the rear control arm bushings and rear link arm bushings. Bushings develop dry rot with age and shrink, making excessive play in the control arms. Many people have complained to Nissan, but Nissan refuses to even consider a recall.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 10/04/2002

In mid 2002, my 1997 Nissan Pathfinder developed a severe rear sway problem. At highway speeds, the truck would sway right to left so severely and suddenly that I felt like I would lose control. When I slowed down the swaying would stop. This swaying was especially disconcerting during wet road conditions. When I contacted my local Nissan dealer, they had never heard of this problem. I replaced the front struts and rear shocks without any improvement. Then I had the frame adjusted, without improvement. Between my local repair shop searching technical bulletins and my search of consumer sites they found my rear control arm and upper and lower bushings needed to be replaced at a cost of $570. Overall, I have been very pleased with my Pathfinder, but Nissan needs to be aware of this safety issue and also notify other Pathfinder owners.

car image   Front Suspension Control Arm problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 08/24/2001

While driving at 60 mph the vehicle began to shimmy from the rear end from side to side. It felt like I would loose control of the vehicle. I regained control by taking my foot off of the gas. The problem came back repeatedly -- at least 20 times during my trip on interstate 80 while bringing my daughter back to college. The proplem was not related to any specifice roas surface condition. It woul happen out of the blue. The road could be flat and smooth. It did not matter. I am sure that I would have lost control of the vehicle if it had happened during the winter and there was snow or even worse ice on the road. Since I had just purchased the vehicle used, I took it that afternoon and had a wheel alignment (front and rear) and I had the tires balanced hoping that this would correct the problem. However, on the way home the next day from the college the problem was still there. This is a very dangerous problem and I can only compare it to when you see a car towing a trailer behind it and the trailer begins to sway from side to side. I also understand that this problem happens to many models of the Nissan Pathfinder covering at least the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 and it is not related to any specific mileage on the vehicle. It could happen at 15,000 miles or 90,000 miles. This is a very serious problem and is caused by a design failure of the bushings (there are 4 of them) that are part of the control arms.

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