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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,839 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder fuel system problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Jul 212010


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. When gasoline was added to the fuel tank the contact noticed that the fuel gauge remained at zero. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. Report 6878078 was filed with the manufacturer. The manufacturer confirmed that his VIN was not included in recall 10V074000 fuel system, other: Storage: Fuel gauge system. The failure and the current mileages were 33,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #3

Jul 182008

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the fuel gauge was faulty. The fuel gauge would indicate that there was fuel in the vehicle when the tank was empty. Occasionally, when the contact added gasoline to the fuel tank, the fuel gauge would not indicate that fuel was added. The contacts vehicle stalled three times because it was out of fuel and the fuel gauge displayed otherwise. The manufacturer stated that there were no related recalls and offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired when the complaint was filed. The current mileage was 66,328. The failure mileage was approximately 33,000. Updated 10/20/10 updated 10/21/10

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 162010


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While the contact was driving the vehicle he noticed that the fuel gauge had suddenly dropped to zero, moments later the vehicle had suddenly shut off. The vehicle was taken to the dealership where the contact was informed that the fuel gauge needed to be replaced. There were no prior warnings and the current and failure mileages were 68000.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #1

May 212007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 693 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. Upon purchasing the vehicle, the contact noticed that the check engine light was illuminated. She was informed that the fuel gauge sensor needed to be replaced. She stated that the fuel gauge indicator needle remains on the empty symbol, even when fuel is in the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer two weeks later to have it repaired. The dealer informed her that the cause of failure was a short in the cluster and the part had to be ordered from puerto rico. The part arrived a week and a half later and the dealer replaced the cluster. One week later, the odometer began to display the incorrect mileage. The odometer was later repaired. Two weeks later, the vehicle began making a loud squeaking noise as soon as it was started. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer and was informed that the cause of failure was the tension belt. The dealer replaced the belt, but later discovered that the part was defective. The belt was replaced again, but the dealer was unsure if the replacement part would be defective as well. The VIN, engine size, number of cylinders, speed, and powertrain were unknown. The current mileage was 12,566 and failure mileage was 693.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

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