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.


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2005 Nissan Pathfinder brakes problems

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

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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