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:
88,388 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #15

Jan 082016


  • 140,000 miles


Transmission control module fried due to contamination from the radiator fluid. Nissan was aware of contamination in transmission through the radiator and this contamination causes the control module in the transmission to short. Every time I want to start my vehicle I have to replace a 10amp fuse under the hood that will always blow every time I start it. Repair cost for a new control module are exceeding $4000 every place I go. Nissan should be responsible for repairs of their faulty design. Due to this defect my family was stranded, I had to leave my work and pick them up in below 30 degree temperatures.

- Boerne, TX, USA

problem #14

Jul 112015


  • 104,656 miles
Car had begun shuttering and engine would rev real fast. On particular day car actually quit working for good, husband had pulled into parking space because check engine light came on and from that point forward the car will not crank. When car first started shuttering and revving, car was taken to transmission business and there were several cars of the same make and model (not certain that all were of same year) waiting to have transmissions replaced because coolant had leaked into the transmission and gradually killed them. Worker at transmission shop knew exactly what was going on when husband explained what the car was doing, and said there were many people who had had the same complaint.

- Florence, SC, USA

problem #13

Jan 152015


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while in park, the heater failed to function. In addition, the contact stated that the fluid in the radiator was milky. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Elmhurst, NY, USA

problem #12

Oct 172014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 125,923 miles


Defective radiator caused coolant contamination with transmission fluid.

- Canyon Country, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 162014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The front windows of the vehicle go down after you close the door with the beeper/ alarm. That happen several seconds after you close or open the car suddenly without any contact with the vehicle. It is very preoccupant because that happen some time without you notice it so if you are at a public parking your car is widely open.

- Caye, PR, USA

problem #10

Sep 242014


  • 90,000 miles
My 2007 Nissan Pathfinder started to feel heavy as I was driving @ if it was dragging somethinng...I step on the gas and took a minute to get back to speed...stopped at a red light...and tried to go again. And it suddenly just gave on me....tried to start it up again and there was no crank no left me in the middle of the street.

- Upland, CA, USA

problem #9

Dec 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 114,740 miles


I was driving on the freeway and as the freeway was coming to its end where you have an option to go on another freeway or into the city area, my car completely died and all of the lights on the dashboard lit up. I was trying to roll and steer myself into a safe area so that cars would not come crashing into me from behind as it was at night @ 7:30 pm. After waiting a minute, I started it back up and the vdc and check engine light came on. It was drivable but somewhat jerky and stalled once again on my way back home. I tried to get the car home safely so I can have aaa tow it to the nearest shop near my home if needed. I was able to get home and then took it to a shop where both cam shaft sensors were replaced for $500. Car drove better but then started shaking at 40 mph or 60 mph unless I put it in overdrive or let off the gas and tried again. Driving in overdrive helped. My mechanic was unable to diagnose the issue so I then found another shop that was full-service where they did a full diagnostic. I received the call about 5 hours after drop-off where he explained to me that this is a common issue with my vehicle and year and that there is a defect in the radiator which allows coolant to mix with transmission fluid and ultimately destroy the transmission. He also recommended as a fix that I get a whole new transmission, radiator and hoses and that the transmission that would go in it would be a newer model Nissan Pathfinder transmission where they have changed/corrected the design and wouldn't incur this issue again. He stated it's a matter of time before the vehicle completely stops running and that I was one of the lucky ones that it still does run. As I have just paid this car off a few months earlier, the new costs incurred to fix the problem correctly, would run me anywhere from $5,600-$7,500. My vehicle's value is $8,000 according to

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 102013


  • miles
My vehicle began to drive sluggish as if it was going to cut off. When I got to my destination and tried to crank my truck to leave it would not say a word. I had my vehicle towed to the Nissan dealer in morrow for a diagnostics testing. I received a call the next day stating that the radiator and transmission had failed and it needed to be replaced in order to get the truck up and running. I explained to the dealer that I had M vehicle serviced less than a month ago and there was never an indication that my transmission was failing. They quoted me 6,100 to repair my truck. I had my vehicle towed and sent to aamco transmissions, where they diagnosed my truck as needing a enginecontrol module. My issue with Nissan is that there has been several complaints similiar to mine and they offered no help to resolve my problems. I would really like to speak to some one directly about my issues as there are too many to list here.

- Decatur , GA, USA

problem #7

Apr 042013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Gas gauge does not reflect correct amount of fuel, no matter what the level. I have been re-setting trip mileage after fill-ups to have an approximate knowledge of fuel tank level. I am disabled and my vehicle ran out of gas yesterday.

- Burlington, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 222013


  • 10,900 miles
I bought a 2007 Pathfinder from a very reputable used car business, carmax almost 3 years ago. They are very well known in the area for thoroughly checking their vehicles before reselling. It had approx 59K miles on it and I've loved it until recently. I started experiencing heating problems awhile ago but my mechanic couldn't find anything wrong - he even checked the radiator. A few months ago, the transmission would shudder occasionally when I reached about 40 mph. At first it was very minor, I actually thought it was maybe grooves in the road, etc but the issue got worse. I brought it to the dealer and was told I need a new radiator and transmission - this is a widespread problem. I was also told flushing the transmission probably wouldn't help. The radiator is going to cost me $913 and because this is such a widespread problem, a new transmission was the only thing they could find at $7400! I still owe on this vehicle and am wondering how will I ever trade this in or even afford to fix it. Nissan won't help in any way, even by discounting the labor and parts and the class action settlement won't help either because my Pathfinder has 109K miles on it - 9K over the extended warranty Nissan issued. What a disaster. I'm a single mom with a young daughter and a mother I care for. I recently took my family to visit my sister in West Virginia, you know - mountains. Imagine if something would've happened then. I had no idea all of this was going on and am now terrified to drive it. I've never received notification from Nissan that there was a potential issue - I would've brought it to the dealer immediately and been covered for repairs!!! this is a nightmare and Nissan should be held responsible in some way. Why aren't they standing behind their product at all!! do a couple of hundred people have to get hurt before something is done?

- Prince George, VA, USA

problem #5

Dec 122012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 117,947 miles


Left motel at 7am, vehicle seemed to have trouble shifting, high RPM..pulled over to check..would not start..towed to dealership. The consumer stated the radiator failed. Updated IVOQ 01/14/13

- Maricopa, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 292012


  • 160,000 miles
My Pathfinder was should have been slowing from the speed of as I was braking and letting off the gas, but it kept moving forward and shaking. If there was a car in front of me I would have hit them hard. My transmission would not shift down to slow down, due to radiator leaking into transmission. The cost of my repair of both radiator and transmission is over $5000.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #3

Jul 222012


  • 133,000 miles
While driving with the ac on, my vehicle started to blast out hot air through the vents and overheat. My car has never ran hot before, I haven't had any problems since I've had it. I was able to pull over safely and let the car cool down. My husband removed the radiator cap and noticed a milky liquid in the radiator. We had to have the vehicle towed to a mechanic shop and they notified us of the recall on the Nissan (2005-2010 models) radiators. They said that it was a common problem that they have been seeing where the coolant mixes with the transmission fluids and cause a major repair problem. We have been told that the radiator, transmission, transmission kit, throttle, vial body, and torque converter will have to be replaced. I feel petrified to know that Nissan knew about this existing problem but refused to have these issues repaired rather than taking the easy way out and extending the warranty. We bought our truck brand new from the Nissan dealership and we also paid for the 5yr/100,000 mile warranty. I have had my truck for 5 yrs and 2 mths, something should have been done about this. We the consumers have trusted this brand for many years and we depend on our vehicles on a daily bases. My family and I were all in the vehicle when the incident happened we could have been seriously harmed in a high risk situation. We had the 90,000 mileage maintenance completed where they flushed the radiator, changed the transmission, & etc. And everything was fine. My husband have always taken my car in for timely maintenance and no one has ever mentioned the radiator issues.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 022010


  • 32,300 miles
2007 Nissan Pathfinder SE - fuel gauge not registering full tank, service light on, fuel sending unit malfunctioning causing to stall while driving on highway.

- South Shore, KY, USA

problem #1

Mar 112010


  • 35,354 miles
Add gas to the tank the gauge will show empty for a while and then will gradually over one to two days get to the "right" amount in the tank. Tank does not reset show empty when fuel. Eventually reset to correct status the next does. Distance till empty does not reset. I found numerous complaints about this on the internet and the dealer acts like I am the first one to bring this issue to them. This creates a huge safety risk of not knowing what the correct volume is. Many Nissan owners are reporting this issue and nothing is being addressed.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

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