Notes: There are no warning signs of the same "radiator leaked and killed my transmission" complaints that have plagued previous model years.

For earlier Pathfinder model years (2005-2008), a defect in the radiator allows engine coolant to leak into the transmission. However this defect doesn't appear to affect Pathfinders from 2009 & later. Nissan did include the 2010 model when they extended their radiator warranty on 2005-2010 Pathfinders to 8 years/80,000 miles in response to the transmission defect.


pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,500 miles

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 142012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


No incident has occurred to date. However, I also do not like gambling with my family and their lives. Our 2010 Nissan Pathfinder is the primary vehicle for my family. The reported issues with failing radiator and transmission must be addressed to prevent loss of life. Nissan recognizes the issue and the best they could do to date is to issue an extended warranty coverage. That is not good enough. Please step in and enforce a safety recall on those vehicles. Prevention is called for in this instance. I have discussed this with Nissan corporate and logged a case number with them.

- Beaver, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 202010


  • 9,000 miles
Sudden transmission shift from 2wd to 4WD. While vehicle was being operated in the rear 2wd manual setting, transmission unexpectedly engages 4WD. The following dashboard warning lights are activated: 4WD; ABS; slip; vdc. Systems can not be reset until vehicle is brought to a stop and the vehicle is turned off. Defect occurred on three separate occasions. Nissan dealership was not able to determine cause.

- Ipswich , MA, USA

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