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:
95,751 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder electrical problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

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

problem #5

May 102010


  • 110,000 miles
The engine in our 2006 Nissan Pathfinder randomly stalls. Twice it has stalled on my wife while making a left-hand turn at intersections (causing the oncoming car to brake hard to avoid an accident. The vehicle's engine also randomly shuts off while driving on city streets and the highway. The engine's random stalling has the potential of causing a very dangerous situation while driving. This problem has happened about 10 times in the last month.

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #4

May 072010

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 78,756 miles
The vehicle randomly stalls while driving. Nissan service bulletin confirms the issue is the ipdm randomly cutting the power to the ECU and causing the vehicle to stall. The stalls at first were minor and just made the vehicle sputter. Now the vehicle shuts down completely losing power to engine, power steering, and power brake. Our vehicle did this on the highway multiple times. Causing us to stall in the middle of the highway.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Mar 132010


  • 23,000 miles


The contact owned a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at speeds of 10 mph during normal weather conditions, the vehicle stalled without warning. All other components of the vehicle remained operable, including the hazard lights. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer confirmed similar complaints were received for his year, make and model vehicle. The vehicle was permanently released to the dealer. The failure and current mileages were approximately 23,000.

- Racine, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 122009


  • 33,400 miles
2006 Nissan Pathfinder le gas gauge read 1/4 tank on my way to work with baby in car, ran out of gas when I thought I had 1/4 tank. Brought it to dealership they said they replaced the fuel level sensor. At a red light last night with 1/2 tank (according to gauge) all of the sudden gas low level light flashes and dte reads---- apparently dealership did not do what they said they did or problem lies elsewhere. There are thousands of other Nissan owners with this same problem. There needs to be a recall issued plain and simple!

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 032009


  • 83,000 miles
I have a Nissan Pathfinder (2006) and as I was driving along around 50mph, everything died. The gauges, blinkers, lights, etc went dead. The motor was still running, but the accelerator would not work. I had to coast off of the road. I took it to the dealer, and they found nothing wrong. It has happened since then, every time I have driven the car for more than 15 miles. There is also a burning odor and when everything dies, there is a high-pitched static sound that comes through the speakers. The scary part is, I loose all power from the vehicle and if I was on the interstate or turning in front of oncoming traffic, it could be fatal.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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