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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,885 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 162010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


No problems with vehicle just one day didn't switch gears and service engine light came on. That was it Nissan told me almost 6000 to fix radiator rotted and fluids leaked into transmission which made both no good. Also 2 months later cd player stopped working will not eject and cds stuck in the system.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #2

May 212008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,655 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Due to failures, the contact has only driven the vehicle three times since it was purchased on May 21, 2008. The engine light remains illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they would bypass the engine and shut off the light. On two occasions, the vehicle would not start because it was too hot. The vehicle was purchased with the original stereo system, but, when it stopped working, the dealer replaced it with a demo. The contact took the vehicle to a different mechanic and was informed that the fuel pump sensors were failing and a fuel pump was needed. The current mileage was 47,000 and failure mileage was 46,655. Updated 07/10/08. Upated 07/08/08

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #1

Feb 012007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was purchased on 4/11/05. The seat belt failure began on 2/1/07 at 32,000 miles. When the driver side seat belt was not latched and the brakes were applied the warning seat belt light came on, but there was no warning sound to alert the driver that the seat belt wasn't locked. On 2/3/07, there were additional repairs to the seat belt system. However, the failure recurred. The dealer ordered the body control module, and was currently talking to Nissan to diagnose the failure. On 2/4/07, the contact advised the dealer that the heater vent control motor that adjusts the vents was constantly on blower mode. The heater vent control would not change to the defrost position when selected. The dealer repaired the vent modulator motor, and the heater failure was resolved. The contact wanted the seat belt warning system repaired prior to the warranty expiring. The current mileage was 30,369. Consumer states hissing noise coming front right rear door even when radio is inoperable. Update 4/9

- Granger, IN, USA

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