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:
43,000 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder steering problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 202007


  • 45,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the steering wheel shook violently and the contact was not able to turn the vehicle without applying extreme force. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer who stated that the steering angle sensor had broken away from the steering column and the steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was to be repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 55 mph he noticed that the steering column felt loose and was shifting about a quarter inch in each direction. He also noticed that the vehicle seemed to lose power steering while making left and right turns because the steering wheel would become stiff. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where he was informed that he needed to replace the steering column. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continued whenever he operated the vehicle. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 062006

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
On July 6, 2006 > 5 months after I bought my brand new Nissan Pathfinder le. I was driving when the steering wheel started to tighten. I was on the highway and it was becoming hard for me to turn the steering wheel in either direction to change lanes. Which was scary because I had my children in the car with me. I was able to go straight to the dealer and by the time I got there I could barely turn my steering wheel to the left to turn in. When they examined the car they found the upper bearing in the steering column was shearing and had come apart. I was lucky I was close to the dealership where I purchased the car and not too far away from home or driving on the highway were I could not pull over. They had my car in there over a week and a half which was a big inconvenience because they were having problems locating the part and I was getting a run around about it. I would call and they would not call me back for a day or two. Then I was told they were aware there has been problems with this happening to the new Pathfinders and they had made a newer part for it that would not come apart. So they finally replaced the steering column with a new one and so far it has driven great. It was a bit upsetting to get a brand new car though and in only 5 months I was already having problems.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 292006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
I bought my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE new from the dealer. Within the first two months of owning the vehicle, I have experienced the following problems: The back of the passenger front seat fell off. I took it back to the dealer who said there were broken clips. They ordered a new seat-back and installed it. A week or so after this, there was a rattling sound coming from the rear of the vehicle when the rear air was on full-blast. Took it back to the dealer. Dealer replaced a finishing clip and resolved the problem. During this visit to the dealer, I also pointed out how the steering wheel felt loose. They said they couldn't see a problem. Being that this "loose" steering wheel was becoming annoying, I brought it back to the dealer. This time they said they have had complaints with the steering. A tech confirmed my complaint and are now ordering a new steering column.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

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