2023 Nissan Pathfinder Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical, powertrain and engine issues are a cause of complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones | Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Brian Jones Reviewer: Sergei Lemberg

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder was an “all-new” model. So, adding to the appeal, for 2023, Nissan promises owners the ability to “take more adventurous journeys.” The manufacturer goes as far as to say that it is “designed for drivers with the desire to venture away from the pavement.” But when the pickup-truck SUV vibrates or suddenly shuts off while driving, owners are left wondering how safe they will be on the road. Should they stick to the pavement?

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NHTSA Complaints for the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Air Bags
Electrical System
Power Train
Unknown Or Other

Most Common Problems with the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder

It’s never easy to assess the level or severity of complaints for a vehicle that hasn’t been on the market very long. The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is a good example. Between October 2022 and March 2023, there were only 4 consumer complaints lodged with the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA).

But there are also complaints on other platforms, including Edmunds.

So far, there aren’t a flood of complaints about anything in particular. But there are lots of different complaints that indicate there are problems that owners need to be aware of.

The NHTSA complaints relate to the engine shutting off, the vehicle vibrating while on the road, electrical issues, and serious concerns about the reliability of the airbags that rattle and click.

Problems highlighted on Edmunds relate to various issues including the heating system and windshields cracking. One owner writes that with less than 1,000 miles on the clock, a Pathfinder that was less than a month old had windshield issues. After two weeks, “a rock from a cement truck chipped the windshield, and the crack spread in hours.” Needless to say, the windshield had to be replaced. Then, a week later, “something hits the windshield driving on the interstate, another chip. This isn’t normal.”

Electrical and Related Problems

An owner from Kentucky tells the NHTSA that a simple issue of water spilling onto the console of the Pathfinder resulted in the shifter becoming inoperable. Obviously, it was a mistake, but the complaint states that the “components around the cup hole need to be protected from water damage.” This, says the complaint, is a definite safety issue. “What if the spill happened at a stop light/intersection/railroad crossing for goodness sakes. And you can’t freaking MOVE the car?”

Problems with the HVAC system are probably also electrical. Here are three issues shared on the Edmunds website that Nissan dealerships are unable to fix.

One owner states how the heater starts “blowing cold air after driving it for at least 30 minutes or more. The Nissan dealership cannot fix it. I was told that everything is normal.”

Another complaint on Edmunds states that HVAC issues started the day after buying the Pathfinder. “It will only blow HOT air until the temperature is set to low temperature – then it only blows COLD air.” And the dealer hasn’t been able to fix the problem.

There’s another probable electrical issue that is also clear from comments on Edmunds.

“There is a noticeable power surge when the alternator kicks in (per the service technician). When the interior lights are turned on they brighten and dim randomly as the alternator works and the fan motor increases and decreases speed randomly as well. Nissan service said it is a power surge when the alternator engages and they do not have a fix for it.

Powertrain and Engine Problems

Owners of the 2023 Pathfinder aren’t completely sure about the cause of some problems they report, For instance, there’s a complaint said to be a powertrain problem that states the “Vehicle suddenly vibrates when driving between 38 and 40 miles per hour.”

Another one, listed as an unknown or other problem, talks about how a brand new 2023 Pathfinder shuts off while driving. The complaint states that the vehicle turns off completely on the highway. This often happens when ”getting close to a light or trying to park.” Once the car is restarted, “it turns on again fine. One time the car did go crazy on the panel and it was fuzzy. The dealer has checked the car 3 times and keeps saying there’s no issue.”

It’s certainly a lot easier to fix a problem that doesn’t exist! But many owners aren’t convinced.

What to do if your 2023 Nissan Pathfinder is a Lemon?

If you have a 2023 Nissan Pathfinder and you’ve got recurring problems that affect the use of the vehicle or its value, it is probably a good idea to get a lemon lawyer to assess your issues. You may not realize it, but every year automakers, including Nissan, replace, buy back, or pay cash settlements to thousands of vehicle owners who find they have bought lemons. What’s in your favor is that the law makes the manufacturer pay the legal fees for lemon-related legal cases.

If you want Lemberg Law to assess your 2023 Nissan Pathfinder problems at no cost to you, please call our Helpline or fill out a contact form. We recognize your urgency and will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Megan

    I have a 2018 pathfinder and never had any issues with it. So we decided to buy our 2023 Pathfinder, only 4 months ago… 7k miles on it, first issue started when it just wouldn’t start one morning, it acted dead but the lights came on so it was not the battery. It was towed to the dealership and the problem was duplicated 4 days—they could not figure out why it would not start, car magically started for 3 days in a row so they sent it home, even though nothing was done to fix the issue. They said there was a code for the fuel pump so they replaced it but did not believe it was connected to why the car would not start. Exactly 1 week after I picked it up again, the car would not shut off. I was 5 minutes from the dealership so we took it there and they could not get it to shut down either, the service department was closed so they advised me to take it home and let it run in the driveway overnight…so I did and it ran all night with no key in the car. Nissan consumer affairs tells me they can’t buy back the car because there is no diagnosis code for them to go off of!

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