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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
83,150 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 022009


  • miles


Paint job is in the manufacture application. Has been verified though different auto body company. Nissan should be responsible. Can't get any help. Paint is chipping away not fading.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #3

May 012015


  • 102,000 miles
Radiator fluid has leaked into the transmission causing it to fail. The dealership has issued a fix where the radiator coolant is bypassed from the transmission but then that has not helped. The fix was for $500+ the repairs for the transmission are at $4700/- now. This is ridiculous the amount of repairs is more than the cost of the vehicle now.

- Coraopolis, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 052015

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 104,600 miles
I had pulled into a parking lot to drop my child and another passenger at a school program, to my surprise both rear doors of my vehicle would not unlock or open, I had to climb in through the front passenger side to unbuckle and remove one child in a 5 point harness and let the 2 other children unbuckle and climb out. Once home I had researched and found several complaints of the same problem where Nissan Pathfinder rear doors would not disengage / open from the outside or inside. I did not want to compromise what I consider a safety issue with the advice from blog to attempt to remedy. Having 2 child passengers and generally concerned for their safety I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs case#17179820 to explain my safety issue and concern that both rear doors not opening / unlocking at the same time is a safety issue. Nissan reported no advisory / recalls. I was advised to take to dealer and get a quote for work to fix and the case would be reviewed. I was issued a $99 dollar diagnostic fee to be told to resolve malfunctioned door actuator (2 doors) is $690. Nissan did not see this as a safety issue or need to consider a recall and would not cover the charges. I strongly feel that Nissan should recognize this malfunction as a safety issue and cover the cost to resolve the problem as well issue a recall. I am hoping other vehicle owners do not experience the same especially if ever in a emergency situation preventing from getting passengers out of vehicle. I have not returned to the dealership who deemed this non-safety concern and who had advised Consumer Affairs that the customer is not going to be financially compensated.

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Car began to make a knocking and "whoom, whoom" sound that got louder and louder. When I merged onto the highway (on my way to an unrelated Nissan service appt.) all of a sudden it felt as though I had a flat tire. Then I lost control of the car. I lost the use of my brakes and could not stop the vehicle. I managed to pull the car over to the side of the highway (on the left in the grassy median) and my left front wheel flew off my car. I still could not stop the car as my brakes had become disengaged when the wheel came loose. Mercifully my rim digging into the dirt in the median finally caused the car to come to a stop. The entire front bumper was shoved back toward the back of the car and was damaged. The driver's side door was then damaged from the front bumper scraping against it when the door is opened and closed.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

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