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
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
100,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2005 Nissan Pathfinder electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 212015

Pathfinder 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I'm really aggravated with Nissan on this one. My Pathfinder continues to cut out and not start back. I was caught in traffic the other day, thank goodness it was at a crawl. The bad part about it was I was in the middle lane. I have owned a Nissan for over 15 years, originally a Nissan hardbody. Nissan wants to keep just replacing parts on my Pathfinder, which is doing nothing but pissing away my money. I could have replaced the parts with a lot less cost.

Nissan, please get your sh*t together.

- , Toccoa, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 102010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

My vehicle cuts in and out while driving. Ultimately leaving me stranded on the side of the road. I took it to a privately owned mechanic shop who said it was an ECM relay. At that time the relays were not available for individual sale and so we had to purchase the entire compartment of relays just for the one. In October of 2010, the relays were recalled and I called to get a refund of my charges I had to pay. Nissan questioned the competency of my repair man and required me to bring it in to them for the repair that they completely done over. Now that that was done about a month ago, my car is cutting in and out again. I am livid!!!

- , Donaldson, AR, USA

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