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:
22,875 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 052010


  • 85,000 miles


Rear hatch hydraulics not staying up all the way. Have not been working well for some time and now the cold weather is causing them to not hold open rear hatch at all. Have not looked into having parts replaced yet.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #3

Jul 012006

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder and the vehicle is rusting on the tailgate. The vehicle is has less than 30K and is rusting.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #2

Feb 162005

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder le has a loud squeak/vibration coming from the underbody ever since it was purchased. Eight visits to dealer sterling mccall and they have not been able to confirm the cause.

- Bellaire, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 282005

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, that I got after Nissan did a buy back to my 2004 Nissan quest (with a lot of problems),has a rattle sound coming from the two front windows when they are open. They sound like they are loose inside the door. I went to the dealer and they told me there is nothing that they can do. They reported the problem to Nissan. Until now I am waiting for the solution.

- Pawtucket, RI, USA

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