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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,500 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

May 262008


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 20 mph, the door ajar warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. The warning light illuminated until the engine was turned off. The rear hatchback latch was not properly securing the door. The contact stated that the failure was related to a malfunction with the door striker. The vehicle will be taken to an authorized dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. The failure mileage was 43,000 and current mileage was 46,000. Updated 10/01/2008.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 142005

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer had a rental vehicle and the hatchback comes up without warning. When opened the items that are in the vehicle will come out. Consumer is concerned that a lawn mower came out and hit her.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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