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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 miles

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder steering problems

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Popping and/or cracking noise that is very similar to service bulletin no.: ntb-10-072A ( NHTSA id number: 10034904). It only occurs when turning the wheel to the left or right at very low speeds, typically backing out or pull into a parking space or garage. Had repair performed on 11/2/2013 related to the referenced service bulletin (above) and problem has continued.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 082010


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when the driver was operating the vehicle, the steering wheel would not remain straight. She had apply extreme pressure to the steering wheels in order to control the vehicle and avoid drifting into the left or right lane uncontrollably. The driver took the vehicle to an authorized dealer twice but they could not find anything wrong with it. Since the failure had occurred, the driver was involved in four accidents. The most recent crash (involving three other vehicles) resulted in the driver being injured along with another driver. A police report was filed. The contact had not spoken with the manufacturer. The current mileage was approximately 8,000. The failure mileage was approximately 1,000.

- Hawthorne, FL, USA

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