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:
38,778 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #7

May 212011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,900 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the ABS light illuminated on the instrument panel while the vehicle was stopped at a stop sign. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated the actuator of the anti-skid assembly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 60,900. Updated 10/5/11 also, the fuel tank and fuel level sending unit were replaced. Updated 11/04/11

- Honokaa, HI, USA

problem #6

Nov 012010


  • 69,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while reversing out of her garage, the brakes failed and to stop she would have to pump the brakes. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that they could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 69,000.

- Burmingham, AL, USA

problem #5

Nov 112010


  • 65,680 miles
In March 2010 we took the vehicle to a dealership for a check engine light staying on and the fuel gauge malfunctioning. The problems discovered were a fuel sending unit failure and an evap air control valve failure. Estimated repairs cost around $1300. We were told the fuel sending issue did not effect fuel delivery so we elected to wait and save up for the costly repair. On Oct. 23, 2010 while driving the power steering and brakes stiffened and the vehicle died while crossing traffic leaving a stop sign. It started rough and we proceeded to a fuel station thinking the broken fuel gauge reported fuel in an empty tank. When I attempted to fuel the vehicle it only took about 4 gallons. The tank had plenty of fuel. This stalling and dieing then happened more times in traffic causing us to barely maneuver out of the lane to safety. Each time it died it was rough to start, but started. We made a service appointment for Nov. 12, 2010 to have this looked at and get the fuel sending unit repaired under the new warranty extension (thank you Nissan!). on Nov 11, 2010 after pulling out of a parking space the vehicle died again and this time would not start. As a result of our location (no local Nissan dealership), we then had to have it towed (at our expense) 38 miles to the nearest dealer to look at it. We also had to cancel our original appointment for service at another dealership. They informed us that the new non-starting and stalling problem was a faulty ignition power distribution module (ipdm). This ipdm is a known recall issue in other 2004-06 Nissan but Pathfinder was not listed. Our new estimate to replace the ipdm so it will start and run is approximately $700. The ipdm failure almost caused multiple accidents, stalling in traffic. I can't believe that Nissan used a different ipdm in just the Pathfinder and will own-up and recall their mistake.

- Canon City, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 162010

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 75,864 miles


While driving on a snow in 4WD covered secondary road I applied my brakes and they locked up and never released, leaving the car stranded in the travel lane. I did try to force the car over to the shoulder and ended up breaking my front driveshaft and differential. The problem was a failed ABS actuator that the dealer could not get it to release the brakes even with the car off and key out. My concern is if this happened at highway speeds the outcome could have been for worse. The car was repaired and I paid for the repairs in full. Nissan N.a. did contact me to say there would be no more goodwill and claimed they never sow this before. I have seen on maxima and murano forums that there have been ABS failures. For the record my other to out of warranty issues was a paint peeling on the roof and a defective radiator that ruined the transmission(Nissan knew about the faulty radiators).

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #3

Sep 012008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Courtesy copy of a letter from consumers written to Nissan North America re problems with their 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The consumer stated the vehicle was defective. There were numerous problems with the vehicle. The radiator was replaced, the transmission had a whistle up shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, the tires were feathered and an alignment was needed, the door panels creaked, the brakes made a clicking noise, the drive belts were replaced twice because of a noise the consumer heard, the plastic finisher on the running boards kept popping off, the strut on the rear hatch leaked due to a poor seal, the transfer case leaked, there was hesitation when accelerating from a stop, the 4-wheel drive light illuminated on the dashboard, the dealer stated it failed due to internal failure. The rear shocks leaked, the front pinion seal and oil pinion seal were replaced and the rear hatch window leaked. Updated 04/06/10.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #2

Mar 012006

Pathfinder 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2005 Pathfinder had problems with accelerations/pinging noise. Mechanic informed consumer that intake manifold needed to be replaced. The consumer had difficulty stopping the vehicle in wet condition road conditions.

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 102006

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Since purchase we have complained numerous times about the brakes squeaking very loudly every morning when in reverse. During my visit this week, the dealership stated they are aware of the problem (serviceman stated he had the same problem), but the brakes are perfectly fine. The brakes do indeed work, but I am getting neighbor complaints about the very loud squealing when I pull out of the driveway in the morning (seems to happen more in the morning after it has been parked for a while)! this is unacceptable and I would like to know what Nissan plans to do to correct this.

- Westmont, IL, USA

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