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:
78,065 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder suspension problems

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 302014


  • 155,000 miles


I was entering the highway and all of a sudden the car started shaking extremely and my service engine light started flashing, also the suspension shakes consistently causing me to swerve. I also have problems with the fuel gauge, not reading properly.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #4

Jan 062014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles
I am having a very hardtime with this vehicle. Just bought on June 2013 from used dealership. It is mixing the antifreeze with transmission fluid. I have no other vehicle. And need to get around. My family depends on a good useful vehicle. That will not break down just anywhere. And will not cost thousands to repair.

- Dalton, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 252013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 80,710 miles
Vehicle jerks and stalls between 30 - 40 mph sometimes after the transmission is warmed up.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 292011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 40 mph, the steering wheel became extremely loose and began to shake with an excessive vibration. The vehicle was inspected by two different independent mechanics who informed the contact that the steering column would need to be replaced. The vehicle was also taken to an authorized dealer for a third opinion and they advised that the steering wheel spiral cable kit would need to be installed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000. Updated 7/18/12 the U-joints were replaced, but the steering problem continued. Updated 07/31/12

- Clinton, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242010

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 82,613 miles
My vehicle started (Mar 2010) to vibrate at between 45 and 65 mph, it felt like I was going over a rumble strip. Brought it to dealer they diagnosed a bad universal joint. Ten months (Jan 2011) later it happened again, additionally car was shifting poorly and felt like it couldn't find the correct gear between 45 and 65 mph, dealer said I need a new transmission. When they dropped the driveshaft they said it was just a universal joint between the transmission and the driveshaft. The problem recurred in Mar 2012, brought vehicle to local mechanic (vehicle was no longer under warranty) who consulted a transmission shop. Was told that radiator fluid was leaking into transmission through a faulty hose/line in the radiator and vehicle now need a transmission overhaul and new radiator. I am concerned that transmission could fail catastrophically on highway leading to an accident and injury.

- Beverly, MA, USA

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