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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2005-2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 90,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $3,500.

According to the New York Times & a class action lawsuit, the defect actually extends through 2010 model year. More info here.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,796 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #9

Jun 022010

Pathfinder

  • 70,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 40 mph the vehicle starting shaking as if she was driving over a grooved pavement. She drove home a parked the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and she was told that the transmission and radiator needed replacing because they were leaking fluids. The cost for the repairs was $5,900. The vehicle has not been repaired. The contact stated the gas gauge had previously stopped working and she paid for the repairs. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Brockton, MA, USA

problem #8

Jun 042005

Pathfinder

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan path finder. The contact stated while driving at unknown speeds, there was an unusual rumbling. The dealer determined that the radiator was leaking coolant into the transmission, causing the transmission to foul. The dealer advised the transmission and radiator would need to be replaced. The manufacturer advised that the contact was out of warranty and would not provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 74,000.

- Troy, AL, USA

problem #7

May 232010

Pathfinder

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at 30-40 mph, the transmission began making a shuddering noise. The contact pulled over to inspect the vehicle and then took it to a local mechanic who stated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge stopped functioning at 50,000 miles. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000. The current mileage was 88,562.

- Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 032010

Pathfinder

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

TL- contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 45 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for a diagnostic test where the contact was informed that the radiator coolant was leaking into the transmission; both the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 90,000.

- Wrentham, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 052010

Pathfinder

  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at speeds of 45 mph the vehicle began vibrating abnormally and shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was due to a defective ABS sensor which was replaced. While the vehicle was in possession of the dealer, the vehicle was involved in a crash and repairs were made to the vehicle at the dealers expense. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the failure was caused by a defective radiator that also caused the transmission to fail. The failure mileage was 72,800 and the current mileage was 74,000.

- Tenent, NJ, USA

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problem #4

Dec 302009

Pathfinder

  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that in February 2010 while driving approximately 40 mph, the rear passenger tire began to shake excessively. The faster the contact drove, the worse the shaking became. When the contact slowed the vehicle down, the shaking seemed to stop. There were no warning lights illuminated to indicate what the cause of the failure could be. The contact took the vehicle to an authorized dealer who stated that the radiator had been leaking fluid into the transmission and both would have to be replaced. The contact then took the vehicle to a local repair shop where the transmission was being rebuilt when the complaint was filed. The manufacturer stated that they could not offer any assistance regarding the repairs since the vehicle was taken to an outside repair shop instead of an authorized dealer. The current and failure mileages were approximately 83,000.

- Pineville, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 202010

Pathfinder

  • 74,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stopped at a stop sign and when she attempted to accelerate forward, the vehicle instead moved backward. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where she was informed that the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced because of a leak in the radiator which also caused the transmission to stop functioning correctly. The vehicle was at the dealership being repaired at the time of the complaint. The current and failure mileages were approximately 74,000.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 252010

(reported on)

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer expresses dissatisfaction relating to defects in engine, transmission and radiator. Consumer seeks reimbursement for repairs. Radiator fluid leaked into the transmission, which eventually caused damaged to the engine and the transmission. The consumer was informed there was a seal on the radiator designed to prevent fluids from mixing together, but obviously the seal failed.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #1

Jan 042010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. He stated that the vehicle was taken into the dealer for maintenance and they advised him that fluid was leaking from the radiator into the transmission. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense. He also stated that the defective part should be recalled. The failure mileage was 39000. The current mileage was 40350. Updated 03/26/10. The consumer stated there was a problem with the transmission. Updated 07/23/10

- Paramus, NJ, USA

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