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:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,250 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 112007


  • 500 miles


A few months after I purchased my vehicle in 2007, I was in a car accident. However, my front-air bags did not deploy although the air-bag light came on and is still on till this day. I took the vehicle in to a Nissan dealer and they told me that the light is on because the airbag sensor wiring harness was damaged. I asked the service manager if the airbag sensor would come on even thought he air-bags never deployed. The service manager said that it is possible that the airbag light will come on and the airbag sensor wiring harness was damaged eventhough the airbags never deployed. There is a current a recall on the airbag sensor for this vehicle. I called Nissan and they told me that the air-bag sensor was covered under their extended warranty on the sensor. However, when I contacted the dealership to have it replaced they told me that since the sensor came on as of a result of an accident it was not covered under the sensor recall. I don't understand why the air-bag sensor light is still on eventhough the airbags never deployed. This seems like some sort of failure in the airbag system of the vehicle and not due to the accident.

- Queen Creek, AZ, 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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