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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,750 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 052010


  • 74,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at speeds of 45 mph the vehicle began vibrating abnormally and shaking violently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the failure was due to a defective ABS sensor which was replaced. While the vehicle was in possession of the dealer, the vehicle was involved in a crash and repairs were made to the vehicle at the dealers expense. The failure recurred and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the failure was caused by a defective radiator that also caused the transmission to fail. The failure mileage was 72,800 and the current mileage was 74,000.

- Tenent, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jan 052006

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,500 miles
: the contact stated 2 to 3 weeks after purchasing the vehicle a squeaking noise was apparent when the vehicle was in reverse or the brake was applied. The dealership stated there would be a noise while the vehicle was being broken in. The vehicle has been to the dealership 5 times, and on the final time a pad kit was replaced. The noise came back approximately 1 week later.

- Tuskegee, AL, USA

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