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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,483 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 #6

Sep 192008


  • 75,000 miles


I have changed 2 cepairatlotay coverter at 8600 then 6 mos later my tarmissions need to be radiator was replaced

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152012


  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While parked, the contact noticed that the frame was severally corroded. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the frame exhibited excessive corrosion and the vehicle was not repairable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and a complaint was filed. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Great Neck , NY, USA

problem #4

Jan 112012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Rear passenger door is permanently stuck shut. Cannot open the door from the inside or outside, or override the malfunction. Power door locks and manual pressure will not open the door. The rear passenger seating is now very unsafe and I will not take and passengers in the back.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 052008


  • miles


The driver's side window becomes loose. I rattles hard when I shut the door. If I roll it down halfway and grab the top, I can shift it back and forth about an inch in either direction. 1st incident was at 19K miles about 2 years ago. Nissan replaced the part. It happened again at 33K miles. Nissan replaced the part. It happened a 3rd time at 45K miles. Nissan says it's out of warranty and refuses to replace.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 102005

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,900 miles

- Willimantic, CT, USA

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problem #1

Dec 242004

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving below 25 mph, the consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection twice. The mechanic was not able to duplicate the problem. A week later while driving approximately 25-30 mph, the consumer heard the same loud knocking noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Suddenly the right front wheel came off causing the consumer to have difficulty maintaining control of the vehicle. The consumer managed to pull over. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The cause has not been determined at this time. The consumer stated that a since the first day an intermittent noise like a scrapping noise was heard when the vehicle was driven at idle speed. The noise disappeared by applying gentle pressure to the brake and would reappear aain when releasing the brake. After 500 miles the problem still existed. The consumer stated that the invoice labeled the problem as a baffle plate rubbing against the rotor. The consumer stated that he still has temporary tags on his vehicle because the dealership lost the original paperwork. When the vehicle tire came off 4 of the 6 wheel mounting studs were missing and the two that were present were loose. The brake drum was moving and the fender was dented.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

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