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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,989 miles

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 15)

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problem #266

Jun 172016


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted gears and stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator fluid mixed with the transmission fluid and caused the transmission to become inoperable. As a result, the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #265

Jun 102016


  • 130,000 miles
Transmission is bucking and vibrating while in motion. I'm guessing I have month before it breaks down like all of the others.

- Glenwood Springs, CO, USA

problem #264

May 282016


  • miles
Coolant has leaked into my transmission. My vehicle currently has 88000 miles and my transmission has started slipping. I took it to my mechanic who checked the transmission fluid and he said "yeah, it's a mixer". referring to the coolant that leaked into the transmission. According to him im not the only person who has brought in their Nissan with this issue.I went to Nissan but they said there is no recall. After checking online it seems there was a class action suit brought against Nissan back in 2012 but it seems like I can't be part of it since the deadline has passed. I hope there is a recall soon so I can get my truck fixed.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #263

Mar 072016


  • 10,000 miles


On March 14th 2016. We purchased a Nissan Pathfinder 2007, on the day it was purchased" it shut down in the grocery store parking lot! we had it towed back to the dealer, got it back? and then the car shut down again in the middle of the street! in a high traffic area! my husband cant walk far because of his disability and we had to sit in the car and wait till the tow truck came! March 7,2017 the day after our first payment! the dealership then told us it was a leak in the radiator coolant hose due to some flaw in design! they told us it would cost 1500 minimum to fix! we owned the car less than a month! made one payment! and now we can't drive it or afford to fix it! because our vehicle has 100,000 miles Nissan, instead of just fixing their engine flaw"wants to charge us 3,000 dollars to fix it! we are on a fixed income both my husband and I are disabled, and financed into a truck that could have killed us! this needs to be a straight and fair recall with no cost to the consumer! this car could have shut down anywhere! leaving us stranded! or worse!

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #262

May 312016


  • 106,000 miles
Vehicle started vibrating at 40mph took it to a mechanic they advised that the radiator needed to be replaced and that the radiator and transmission fluids mixed, replaced the radiator flushed the transmission vehicle was at 90,000 miles drove the car another year with slight vibration still at 40mph now it is at 106,000 miles transmission is slipping when it warms up won't come out of 2nd gear looking at having to rebuild the transmission for $4500, the radiator was $400 plus an outside cooler for the transmission an additional $200. Had I been made aware of a potential problem I may have been covered because under 80,000 miles I had an issue with the vehicle not heating up when idol the heat would only work when I drove the car and the service engine light was on but the diagnoses was a fuel cap 3 gas caps later the engine light is still on and I had a heating element replaced but it seems that the heating issue is a sign of the transmission issue. Nissan should have made it's customers aware of the issue I purchased the vehicle in 2010 with 13.000 miles on it they were well aware of the problems. I contacted Nissan and there response was what would you like us to do I don't think the class action suit was fair to the consumer I don't qualify due to the cut off date and now the mileage but I would rather give a transmission shop $3500 rather than give Nissan $3500 I feel that I already paid them enough and for them to know of this issue and not notify the consumer is terrible I have 3 children I drive on the highway in fact I had my 2 year old in the vehicle when the transmission wouldn't come out of 2nd gear it slowed from 60mph to 30mph luckily I was able to pull into the breakdown lane and switch into neutral and back into drive to get it to shift so I could make it to the nearest exit.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

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problem #261

May 072013


  • miles
This complaint is about the past recall on the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, the transmission fluid mixing with the radiator. Due to a hole, crack in the engine. Had this to happen to me. Cost very high. This happen with car in motion on city streets.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #260

May 162016


  • 79,000 miles


Started hearing a loud knocking when putting my car in park or other gears. Took it in for my regular scheduled service and told the service writer at Nissan what was going on. He checked it and said he would not let me drive it and offered a rental, told me he would call. Well surprise $7600 price tag, said nothing about the recall, I found that myself. But he told me Nissan would pay part and my co-pay is $3000. He told me the inter cooler in the radiator had cracked and leaked, sending fluids into my transmission and killing it. On top of that they want to replace with a re-manufactured transmission. According to the extended warranty guidelines of the class action suit, my vehicle just turned 9 yrs. Approx. 3 weeks ago and only has 79,000 miles. You would think since it's only 3 weeks out of 8 yrs. And within the 80, 000 they would replace for free. I was never even notified of the recall, I have my car serviced at the dealership I purchased from, I don't understand why they didn't tell me or take action before this happened. I have contacted Nissan North America, who knows maybe they will do proper business and fix their manufacturing defect.

- Santee, CA, USA

problem #259

Dec 252015


  • 122,000 miles
Problem started when transmission started to slip while driving back and forth to work.. had transmission flushed did not help...learned about the inter-cooler defecate so checked the radiator to find tranny fluid.. car is over 100K miles so left with all repair cost and a sorry about your luck.....

- Safford, AZ, USA

problem #258

Apr 302016


  • 109,000 miles
The radiator is mixing anti-freeze and transmission fluid together and cycling it threw the whole engine

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #257

Feb 082016


  • 123,000 miles
My SUV was diagnosed with a manufacturing defective transmisson and now has issues with the transmission cooler pipes splitting causing cross contamination between the radiator coolant & transmission fluid. Which resulted in a failure to the automatic transmission. The cross contamination had to have a new transmission, transmission cooler hoses & radiator replaced.I called Nissan Corp and they are refusing to take responsibility I told them that they are putting familys in a dangerous situation. I also explained to them when I purchased my vehicle they where well aware of the situation but concealed that information from me and I let them know that I was pregnant at the time with our 4th child and needed the 3rd row thats why we traded, so I did not appreciate that information being concealed from me and putting my children in a unsafe vehicle. Nissan has caused me to almost wreck 3 times this has caused so much stress on me and my family.I have reached out to Nissan Corp several times with they refused to fix it or return it and give me my money back.and also I delivered my baby 10 days later after I purchased the Pathfinder and the patherfinder had about 70,000 miles on it already so the transmisson could had easily went out at any time since it had known problems that were concealed from me and caused a very dangerous situation for me and my baby because when I bought the vehicle they concealed the information knowing that it could happen at anytime and refused to let me know even though my husband and I both asked if anything was wrong with the vehicle and they told us no they check the vehicles before they sale them by their mechanics.something needs to be done before someone gets killed. My Pathfinder only has 123,000 miles on it.

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #256

Apr 132016


  • 113,500 miles


In April 2016 while driving on the highway the vehicle began to lose power. SUV managed to make another 10 miles or so until the slipping was to bad to continue driving. Stopped the car and allowerd it to cool. Opened the radiator cap and discovered that the trasmission flud and radiator fluid had mixed. The SUV is now at a repair shop and will not be covered due to be over the extended warranty mileage. I also own a 2008 Nissan frontier that is also succeptible to the same problem.

- Scarborough, ME, USA

problem #255

Oct 182015


  • 145,000 miles
In October of 2015, while driving down the interstate, the vehicle lost power. It has happen 3 times since (the most recent being March 22, 2016). An independent repairman has look at the vehicle 3 times, but has not been able to identify the problem. Spoke with the Nissan dealership where purchased and they were not able to determine the issue over the phone. We did discuss the transmission/engine coolant mixing. Taking the vehicle to the dealership for further evaluation. They said it is not covered by warranty or recall. There was a class action lawsuit but our vehicle already had too many miles to be included.

- Brasetlon, GA, USA

problem #254

Nov 152015


  • 95,000 miles
Fluid has leaked from the radiator into the transmission causing corrosion in the transmission. Transmission stalls and shutters while driving it. This causes a safety hazard, due to lack of power and possible loss of transmission during driving. This is a known defect in Nissan Pathfinders.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #253

Mar 112016


  • 129,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a popping noise coming from the transmission and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission sensor failed. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic who diagnosed that the radiator coolant was leaking into the transmission. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the warranty had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #252

Mar 052016


  • 79,300 miles
Radiator cracked and leaked fluid in to the transmission.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #251

Mar 032016


  • 114,000 miles
My car start to slip up so I done some research and found out that my transmission have coolant mix in it also open radiator cap and found milky looking coolant. My car have only 114000 miles.3/2016

- Nolensville, TN, USA

problem #250

Feb 162016


  • miles
"takata recall" out of the clear blue I was driving my 2007 Pathfinder and the airbag light came on, I took it to the dealership immediately that day and it passed per service manager louis castillo at baker jackson Nissan in houston Texas, 2 days later the light came back on and once again I went to the dealer ship and was told that the sensors and other parts needed to be replaced the cost is $1500. I called Nissan Corp and they are refusing to taking responsibility even though they stated all 2007 Pathfinders in other states would be given a 10 year warranty. My truck was also affected with the radiator flulid mixing with the transmission fluid, during the years of 2010-2012 I constantly took my truck to baker jackson Nissan and the service manager then larry just topped off my truck himself and never made a record of it. He kept assuring me that he was saving me money. My transmission failed but because of the mileage in 2012 Nissan was able to deny fixing my transmission via the class action lawsuit. I ended up spending $4800 for a new transmission. In 2010 Nissan convinced me to replace my train for $1600, I never knew it was a recall until today. Another caveat to this mess is that baker jackson changed their computer system and has no record of me replacing my train. I have a bank statement to prove it if necessary.

- Cypress, TX, USA

problem #249

Aug 022013


  • 105,000 miles
In the middle of 2013, the dealer recommended a transmission flush for my 2007 Pathfinder. I gave them the go ahead. Only a few weeks later, the transmission started to jerk and shift violently into gear. Eventually, the transmission stopped working altogether. The dealer said it would cost $6K to replace the transmission and basically told me that I should just get a new car. I took the car to an independent shop and they informed me that the radiator, transmission cooler would need to be replaced and the transmission overhauled. The work was quoted at $3,500 which was a lot better than $6,000 so I went ahead with the repair. Shortly thereafter, I was involved in an accident that would require the radiator and transmission cooler to be replaced again, the repair was executed by the dealership in late 2014. Then in mid 2015 the transmission started acting up again. Same symptoms as before. I am just waiting for the truck to die on me any day. Recently I came across some information about a class-action suit that was settled against Nissan in 2013 over this exact problem. The dealer should have known about this settlement and should have offered me the option to get my car repaired under the terms of that settlement - but they did not. Further, I understand Nissan has fixed the problem with a new part but I suspect that the dealer used the old type of parts when my vehicle was in their body shop and this is the reason my transmission is once again exhibiting signs of an impending problem. This is just not good for consumers and it is definitely not good for Nissan's reputation. I will never again buy Nissan.

- Norwalk, CA, USA

problem #248

Feb 152016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle would not change gears from drive into reverse. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was unable to be driven and was towed to the contact's residence. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #247

Feb 082016


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the transmission was defective and caused the vehicle to jerk and lose acceleration while driving. The engine light also illuminated while the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator fluid leaked into the transmission, which caused the transmission to fail. The transmission was not replaced. The manufacturer advised that the extended warranty would not cover the entire cost of the transmission replacement. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Winter Park, FL, USA

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