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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,500 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 192010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 79,500 miles


-1st incident: At 79500 miles fuel gauge dropped to empty once level below half a tank. Nissan technician diagnosed as faulty fuel level sensor. Vehicle past 75000 mile extended warranty. Repair cost estimated at $450. -2nd incident: At 107000 miles drive-shaft broken in transit mid-span across 4 mile 4 lane interstate bridge at the beginning of rush hour. Potential for a catastrophic multi-vehicle crash. Vehicle towed at owners expense. -3rd incident: AT108600 miles vehicle failed to start. Vehicle towed at owners expense to Nissan service dept. Told next day transmission fuse blown and "radiator internal leak caused cross contamination into transmission" needs transmission and radiator. Advised work is out of warranty. Repaired at over $6000 at owners expense. Vehicle returned, owner noticed 20 amp fuse and unknown relay in cupholder console. 1 day later owner notices high-beam lights inoperable. -4th incident 1 week and 3 days after transmission and radiator repair less than 1 month old battery is found dead. Battery replaced vehicle still exhibiting electrical issues. Dashboard lights out, battery, brake and 4WD warning lights illuminated. Battery test ok. Alternator test ok, starter draw test ok. Owner becomes aware of Nissan recall campaign PC068 regarding ECM recall. Vehicle towed back to Nissan service department at owners expense. Owner requested ECM recall be performed no less than 4 times, service manager advised electrical problems not related to ECM and will not replace, then states no knowledge of recall, then claims owners ECM recall was previously performed. Complaint logged with Nissan Consumer Affairs. 5 days later owner told vehicle ready, owner goes to pick up then told vehicle is not ready as there is still electrical issue. Now 1 week without vehicle, no contact with service advisor in 2 days.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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