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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032009


  • miles


I hit the rear end of a vehicle that was completely stopped. My airbag never deployed. My forehead hit the steering wheel.

- Wellington, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 022007

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. He stated that the passenger side airbag deployed when he placed the key into the ignition. As a result, it caused the windshield to crack, and chipped the instrument panel. He also noticed smoked inside of the vehicle. The dealer stated that they would send a third party investigator to inspect the vehicle. As of July 24, 2007, the investigator has not inspected the vehicle. The contact stated that three months prior to this incident, the airbag light would illuminate. The dealer performed an airbag sensor test, and stated that the defect was correct. The failure and current mileages were 40,000.

- Williamsville, NY, USA

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