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:
20,527 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 172009


  • miles


Salvador alarcon who is the owner of alarcon's tire shop was acted deceitfully by having his staff install 235X65X17 vehicle tires on my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder which uses 265X65X17 tires. These tires not only compromise the safety of my family and myself but cause a significant amount of wear and tear on my vehicle. Alarcon's tire shop 495 E 26th St ogden, ut 84401.

- Sunset, UT, USA

problem #2

Oct 042009


  • 61,581 miles
Purchased four (4) new kumho road Venture apt tires size P265/70/R16 on 8/1/2009. At time of purchase the SUV had 58,951 miles. After getting a low air pressure alarm from the vehicle on 10/4/2009, I checked the tire pressure and noticed three (3) sidewall defects on the left front tire. At this time, the SUV has 61,581 miles. I took the vehicle back to the tire retailer for inspection. The tire retailer states that the defect is due to a normal manufacturing practice of overlapping material. The tire retailer could not explain why three (3) defects instead of one (1) defect. This appears to be a manufacturing defect not covered by a recall notice.

- West Chester, OH, USA

problem #1

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

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