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:
86,556 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder brakes problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 120,222 miles


Transmission started vibrating badly at 55 or more mph causing us to pull off the road in a very unsafe environment in the freeway. We waited for 3 hours for a tow truck.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #3

Mar 192011


  • 130,000 miles
I had multiple posting previously on my 2006 brand new Nissan Pathfinder. First problem was with the ECM which was later fixed for about $2000, later Nissan reimbursed. As lithia spring ga. Nissan dealership had my SUV to fix the ECM, on day of pick up, 2 front catalytic converters were defective evidence by a loud hollow noise which the dealership denied. Few months later I was notified by Nissan manufacturers to take my SUV for a recalled maintenance on radiator assemble issues. I took my SUV to the same dealership with my noticed, the dealership refused to complete the recalled maintenance and claimed that my SUV had a higher mileage than what the manufacturers are recalling. Two weeks later my SUV went into a cloud of smoke with a rooting eggs odor and as I towed the car to the same dealership, I was charge $98 to complete diagnostic and I was informed the valves body, the transmission sensor and my transmission need a replacement for the total of offer $5000. I managed to complete payment on the car, I had just cancelled the registration on my SUV. I still need help to get my SUV running again. At the time of purchased I drove of with only 20 miles in my SUV. It is un-acceptable that Nissan and Nissan dealership around the nation would not stand out to take full responsibilities to their defective products; rather, to try to clean out the pockets of Nissan owners. I had a service manager at Nissan lithia spring ga. Asked me what type of job am I doing? I told him that is irrelevant. My speed on the day my SUV went into full white smoke was between 35-40 miles.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #2

Aug 152010


  • 50,000 miles
Vdc / ABS / lights on and have no reason for it.

- Dana Point, CA, USA

problem #1

Dec 242008


  • 46,000 miles
My wife was driving a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder on 12/24/08. Road condition was wet with some slush. The traction light (slip) and low tire indicators were on as this was an on going problem with flagpole Nissan in oneonta NY and they were aware of this. All of a sudden there was a slight sudden acceleration of the vehicle with a complete loss of brakes. The vehicle fishtailed then eventually rolled over two times. She was driving at approx 45 mph. The vehicle rolled over 2 lanes of traffic, being stopped by several trees, so in addition to rollover damage, severe front end damage resulted, the impact into the trees severe enough to cause the front end to bend, so one front wheel points left while the other points right. Side curtain airbags deployed fully, dashboard airbags did not. The airbags were repaired by the dealer a few months ago when the air bag warning light came on, but there repair only corrected the warning light but its operation was still flawed. This can be proved as after the accident, my mechanic accessed the codes stored and found numerous faults, some being air bag control unit failure and crash zone comm. And unit failure, among other related trouble codes. Also at the repair shop, the engine started like a top, no warning lights were on and the brakes had full power (there was no brake fluid leak). My wife had injuries to her head, (from hitting the steering wheel), neck, back and leg injuries and was taken to the hospital. The vehicle was totaled by the insurance company.

- Cooperstown, NY, USA

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