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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.

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$3,167.00
Average Mileage:
91,000 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
  2. new transmission (2 reports)
  3. timing chain replacement (1 reports)
2005 Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 222011

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

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

I'm here to tell the world PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NEVER BUY A NISSAN PATHFINDER EVER!

- , St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #5

Mar 102012

Pathfinder LE 4.0V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,000 miles

Nissan shame on you,from here on I will buy only American . I have GMC with over 200,000 with no problem.

- , Newtown, CT, USA

problem #4

May 012011

Pathfinder SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

After about 62,000 miles my Pathfinder would constantly "whine" during acceleration. Over time the problem becomes worse and the whining is continuous. I took the vehicle into the dealership and they knew right away what the problem was. There is a consistent problem with the timing chain (these should never go bad) that they had replaced on many vehicles. In fact, this issue is so prominent that Nissan should be recalling or extending warranty on this item as well.

There is a Technical Service Bulletin (#07042) that addresses the issue for the dealerships. After asking Nissan Corporate to cover the repairs, they refused. Our service adviser agreed that Nissan should be fixing it and he expects a future recall or warranty extension. However, Nissan has done nothing as of the writing of this complaint.

As I get closer to 80k miles, I live in fear that the tranny will go out w/radiator fluid problem post warranty coverage. After 4 previous Nissans, I will not buy another Nissan (or Infiniti) vehicle again. Customer loyalty means nothing to them and they are putting people in dangerous and costly situations by not standing behind their product.

- , Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Apr 292011

Pathfinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

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

Done, nothing else to say. Never another Nissan. Worst customer service. Customer is never right with these people.

- , Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 012011

Pathfinder LX 4.0V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

Out of nowhere, truck started this annoying Rumbling noise at 20-60 Mph - As if I am going through "rumble strips" - I told the mechanic exactly that at NISSAN dealer. Replaced rear brakes at $500. Problem was still there. Mechanics struggled to duplicate problem but luckily, one of them duplicated it in the garage. Will be replacing Transmission and Radiator. Luckily I have extended warranty and the recall letter for leaking radiator - In-fact I asked them to check it before I knew how many people are experiencing this issue. Best forum ever... keep the steam up. I am disappointed.5 year old truck with new transmission? How do you sell that & the possibility of experiencing the same problem later.

- , Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 072009

Pathfinder 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I can only wait to get home and check my transmission fluid to see coolant, or my coolant to see transmission fluid.

I will NEVER own another Nissan. Besides this, my local dealer wants $700 to fix the gas tank sending unit. What a piece of crap.

- , Winchester, VA, USA

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