Notes: While there are fewer "radiator leaked into transmission" complaints for the 2008 model year, they are starting to pile up. Buyer beware.

Nissan has extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles. However the average mileage for transmission failure for earlier model years is 95,000 miles, which conveniently (for Nissan) is just past the limit of their extended warranty. Owners beware.


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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
149,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder engine problems

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

May 132020

Pathfinder V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,000 miles


The car died multiple times while driving it, and it would happen randomly. Lucky for me that I was able to coast to get off the road without getting hit as I was going slow enough in town. I would have been killed on the freeway where there is construction and no where to go. When it dies, it will also give the slip light as well, as somehow I am wondering if this is some computer issue. The mechanic looked over my car and could not find the issue as we did change the spark plugs and checked sensors. When it died, it was hard to steer as well. Completely random as it did so. Terrifying and caused me great anxiety.

- Melissa B., Colorado Springs, CO, US

problem #1

Aug 022015

Pathfinder LE 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

This is the worst god awful vehicle I have ever owned! Will never purchase another Nissan/Nissan pathfinder in my entire life. Now its turning off while running and VDC/ slip lights turn on afterwards. The other day I was driving on the expressway with my four children doing 65, with busy traffic, and the damn thing turns off! I put it on neutral and turned it back on but can only imagine it would have been deadly for any person who does not know how to do this. I asked my wife if she knew what to do in case this happened to her but she had no idea you could put a vehicle in neutral with the engine off while its moving and turn it back on to avoid coming to a complete stop. This is a blatant disregard for human life on behalf of Nissan. God forbid anything tragic happens to my family, but if does, I will definitely file a lawsuit against Nissan.

- jmperez39, Weslaco, TX, US

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