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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,859 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #10

Aug 152009


  • miles


My wife and I were out shopping in our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE. On the way home the SUV just stopped running on a busy intersection. The fuel gauge read at half. After trying to turn over the engine it still wouldnt start. A fellow citizen helped push it to the side of the road. I went home to get the one gallon fuel tank and pured it in the SUV. I hopped in and tried to start it. The SUV started but the engine light came on. The fuel gauge was reading half still. After unloading the truck. I went to the gas station to fill up. I noticed after filling up, the gauge read empty. The engine light and the gauge light was still on.

- Spanaway, WA, USA

problem #9

Feb 252005


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The anti-freeze and the oil have mixed within the engine and caused the transmission to fail. The dealer said that this was a common problem. The current and failure mileages were 90,000.

- Baltic, OH, USA

problem #8

Feb 202010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated the engine shut off. The dealer replaced the ipdm board that controls the engine on the vehicle. The manufacturer told the dealer that they were aware of the problem. The vehicle would start, shut off and occasionally the vehicle would take a long time to restart. The engine light never came on even though the vehicle shut off. The current and failure mileages were 90,000. Updated 03/14/10 updated 06/24/10.

- Baltic , OH, USA

problem #7

Feb 222010


  • 108,254 miles


Transmission cooler leaking into transmission the transmission cooler on the Nissan Pathfinder 2005 an the frontier 2005 is located in the radiator. There is a defect in either material or manufacturing causing the line from the transmission cooler to transmission to failed prematurely. The effect is of the failure is slipping of the transmission and eventually failure of the transmission.

- Snellville , GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 102009

Pathfinder 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,987 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 20 mph, the contact noticed that the fuel gauge indicator illuminated, which meant that there was no gasoline in the tank. However, she had recently filled up the vehicle with fuel. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and it was determined that the fuel sensor failed. The fuel system sensor was reset. A couple of weeks later, while accelerating from a stop, the vehicle shut off. The contact was able to shift into park and restart the vehicle. When the vehicle was restarted, the contact noticed that the service engine indicator was illuminated. The vehicle has not been inspected by a technician to determine the cause of the failure. The manufacturer would not provide compensation because there were no recalls available. The failure and current mileages were 53,987. Updated 4/23/09 updated 04/28/09.

- Oak Creek, WI, USA

problem #5

Oct 182007


  • miles
Timing belt tensioner guides worn out - must be replaced. Cost of $1700 dollars from Nissan. Perhaps Nissan can do it for free since this seems to be a common problem with many 2005 Pathfinder (4 liter engine).

- Provo, UT, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Aug 102008


  • miles
2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Fuel gauge reads zero, half tank or somewhere in-between when the tank is full. Service engine light comes on and will not go out unless the fuel gauge starts reading correctly (which it sometimes does). This is a known problem. Nissan has even come out with a service bulletin ntb07-069A that addresses the problem. The problem that I have is that this has happened to several people, and the repair bill for a vehicle that is out of warranty is between $400 and $600. I believe that this could be considered a safety issue and a recall should be issued if people are running out of gas due to incorrect or non-existent fuel level readings.

- Valley Stream, NY, USA

problem #2

May 212008

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,655 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Due to failures, the contact has only driven the vehicle three times since it was purchased on May 21, 2008. The engine light remains illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they would bypass the engine and shut off the light. On two occasions, the vehicle would not start because it was too hot. The vehicle was purchased with the original stereo system, but, when it stopped working, the dealer replaced it with a demo. The contact took the vehicle to a different mechanic and was informed that the fuel pump sensors were failing and a fuel pump was needed. The current mileage was 47,000 and failure mileage was 46,655. Updated 07/10/08. Upated 07/08/08

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 212008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. After placing fuel in the vehicle, the contact noticed that the dial in the fuel gauge did not move. Approximately 30 miles later, the dial increased, the engine warning light illuminated, and the fuel warning indicator light dimmed. He took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the fuel cap needed to be replaced. The contact purchased the fuel cap and replaced it himself. Moments later, he returned to the service department and a representative informed him that he needed to replace the fuel sending unit as well. He did not repair the vehicle because the repair cost exceeded $600. The engine warning light remains illuminated on the instrument control panel. The failure and current mileages were 83,000.

- Lilburn, GA, USA

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