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.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 052005

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


2005 Nissan Pathfinder SUV becomes very unstable at highway speeds when hitting a bump. The vehicle rocks violently diagonally and the vehicle sways out of the lane. The vehicle also bottoms out constantly since it was new with no load in it. Dealer has attempted a fix by reprogramming the vehicle dynamic control, this has not fixed the problem. This vehicle is extremely unsafe to drive at any speed above 40 mph. Driver feels as if he has lost total control when hitting a bump. I followed my wife when she was driving the vehicle and it appears that the rear shocks are trying to over-compensate for every little bump as they are jumping up and down like crazy as the vehicle drives over bumps. Something must be done to fix this problem before fatalities start happening.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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