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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,000 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles


When I purchased my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder from a dealer in 2012. Vehicle was inspected and deemed safe to drive. I noticed my tire pressure sensor stayed on all the time. Even after filling to the recommended psi. Didn't think much of it. Went on to drive the vehicle with no issues until the next year when I would get this shaking and rumble at about 2500 RPM. Took it to a local mechanic and he couldn't find anything wrong except for needing new brake pads and engine tune up. Had that done but still my car continued to rumble when I would accelerate. It was intermittent on and off until it got so bad that I had to pull over and let my engine cool before it would do it again. Recently I took it to a different mechanic and had them look at it. She ran a test on the computer and the car gave codes that linked back to the transfer case. She then had it looked at by her transmission expert and he discovered coolant and fluid inside the transmission. Only then was it linked to all other occurrences that fall back on Nissan. I read online that there is a class action lawsuit against Nissan for failing radiators and transmissions. It was never brought to my attention when purchasing the vehicle even though this was during the height of the dispute. With it being out of date for any coverages under the lawsuit. I'm now left without a vehicle and a hefty $3,600 repair bill that should have never been there to begin with. I hope Nissan has a plan to fix this issue without the consumer paying out of pocket. If not I will be pursuing a case against the dealer for selling me a car that is unsafe to drive.

- Fountain , CO, USA

problem #1

Nov 022011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles
Car began to make a knocking and "whoom, whoom" sound that got louder and louder. When I merged onto the highway (on my way to an unrelated Nissan service appt.) all of a sudden it felt as though I had a flat tire. Then I lost control of the car. I lost the use of my brakes and could not stop the vehicle. I managed to pull the car over to the side of the highway (on the left in the grassy median) and my left front wheel flew off my car. I still could not stop the car as my brakes had become disengaged when the wheel came loose. Mercifully my rim digging into the dirt in the median finally caused the car to come to a stop. The entire front bumper was shoved back toward the back of the car and was damaged. The driver's side door was then damaged from the front bumper scraping against it when the door is opened and closed.

- Lewiston, ME, USA

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