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:
79,000 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder brakes problems

brakes problem

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

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

problem #1

Jun 152009


  • 32,000 miles
About a month ago my wife went to fill up our 2006 Pathfinder and when she finished the gas gauge showed only half fill. She went to another gas station tried to fill it up but it only took another dollar. The next day I called up Nissan who said it was the sending unit in the gas tank and would be apx $600 to fix. I saw other logs of xterras having this problem and there was a recall. Our car was just past the 3 year warranty. If this were the only problem with this car I'd pay to get it fixed. But I've had another but problems with this vehicle. I've gone through 3 sets of rotors and I'm on my 3rd set of tires. The drivers side door lock broke and to be brought in twice, and the bose system has a cd stuck which I can't get out. This happened only after we owned it a few months.

- Levittown, NY, USA

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