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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems

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  • antons911antons911 Posts: 21
    Very important, about to purchase Nissan Pathfinder....need to know is this radiator leakage appears to be only on U.S. Pathfinder models or world wide? I am in Europe, and looking between two pathfinders, one U.S. imported the other made in Europe. Looking on the net, I didn't see any discussion at all about this issue, but may be I missed it.
    Any idea where I can find out if European pathfinder has the same issue?

    Thanks.
  • r51doodr51dood Posts: 6
    I just took my 2005 pathfinder (82K miles) to dealer this morning with all the issues mentioned here (hard shift, vibration, milky radiator and coolant fluid). The dealer confirmed that radiator and transmission need to be replaced. Fortunately for me, i have the gold preferred security plus extended warranty to 100K which covers everything including rental.
    I brought this car in at 50K miles before for engine whining and fuel sensor repair which would have cost 4k. This vehicle has been really good but it has some major issues. If it wasn't for the extended warranty that I purchased, I would have spent 11k on repair.
  • jbaumerjbaumer Posts: 8
    I have a 2006 Pathfinde, so far no problems. I wonder if it would be a good idea to just have a new radiator put into my Pathfinder to be safe? Of course I called my local dealer and he told me that he was unaware of any problems with the 2005 Pathfinders! jb
  • r51doodr51dood Posts: 6
    Of course the dealer would say that they are unaware of it. When I took mine this morning, a mechanic was going to test drive my truck to verify my claim but when I told him that I checked the tranny fluid and it looked like milkshake, he replied no need to test drive as he already knew the problem. Just keep an eye for the symptoms
  • kuya1284kuya1284 Posts: 6
    edited June 2010
    Thank you for the link to the law office. I just submitted my information. If nothing gets resolved, I think I might just let Nissan reposes my SUV. I still owe about $12000 with about 115K miles on my 06. If I have to spend $5K just to fix this KNOWN issue, keeping the vehicle isn't worth it, especially considering that the KBB is $10000.
  • kuya1284kuya1284 Posts: 6
    r51dood, I read that some people spent around $5K in repairs without any extended warranty. So if the dealer quoted you $11K in repairs, and marked down your cost to $5K, I think your extended warrranty didn't do anything for you. If you don't mind me asking, how much was the total cost of your repairs? If it was around $5K, that just tells me that extended warranties for vehicles are truly pointless. Dealerships try to get you in the end some way or another.
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    I have a 2005 Pathfinder with 114K miles on it. I recently replaced the U-joints for the second time to eliminate a vibration problem that occurred at approximately 40mph..... I was very nervous it was the transmission issue everyone here has been talking about. After reading all of these horror stories, I am thinking of replacing my radiator before it causes major damage. Does anyone know if Nissan fixed the issue on replacement radiators or should I look to buy an aftermarket from another manufacturer?
  • jbaumerjbaumer Posts: 8
    edited June 2010
    I have a 2006 with 80K miles, I was told not to buy Nissan replacement, may have same problem. I checked into aftermarket, internet prices are $200-$300. To be safe, I plan on replacing my radiator ASAP and have local service shop install it.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Nissan will screw you. You are out of warranty for the radiator, even though they are defective. I think all along you have had a tran problem, not a U-JOINT problem.

    contact the lawyers who are gettinga class action suit together.

    http://www.lieffcabraser.com/offices.htm

    and report your car to the D.O.T.

    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/

    GOOD LUCK.
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    Fortunately for me it was a U-joint problem. After replacing both front and back U-joints the vibration is gone. This is the second time I had to replace the U-joints in this vehicle and it has only 114K miles on it. I am still nervous about the transmission issues everyone is having and Nissan refusing to acknowledge the issue. I am going to replace the radiator as soon as I can with an aftermarket radiator.
  • r51doodr51dood Posts: 6
    What I meant was, my vehicle has been in for repair twice now. The first one would have cost ~ 4k and this new radiator/transmission issue is ~7k. I paid $1200 for my extended warranty which includes rental. I say it was worth it. Without my extended warranty, the total repairs would have cost me ~11k.
  • sstanisstani Posts: 11
    Does anyone know what the latest is on the investigation Lieff Cabraser is doing? We have not had our car for so long, I am really getting upset about this whole thing. Our dealer told us we would have to pay $5000 for new transmission, radiator which we could not do so we have it at another mechanic looking for a used transmission which he could not find. He began replacing parts of the transmission,etc. and it is still not working!! We make payments on this car every month, pay insurance and do not even have a car. I wish Nissan would take care of this defect. I filed my complaint with nhtsa also but how long will this process take??!!
  • I have a 2005 Pathfinder with 75K miles. We decided to keep it rather than get a new car payment. Still runs well. I went ahead to replace the radiator. Labor and Parts cost me $450.00. Hope that will keep it running for a few more years until we decide to get a new one. Also called Nissan, and they said they are still evaluating and are aware of this issue. I kept the OEM radiator just in case Nissan decides to do a recall.
  • kuya1284kuya1284 Posts: 6
    I would like to know as well. I already emptied out my Pathfinder last night just in case Nissan decides to take their car back for non-payment. I refuse to pay for it until a resolution has come up in regards to this. If nothing comes out of this, the Pathfinder will be my LAST Nissan purchase.
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    The best solution to avoid the radiator and tranny cross contamination problem is to bypass the radiator and run the tranny cooling lines to a separate tranny cooling unit. This will take the radiator out of the equation. Any transmission shop can do this for you and it won't cost that much. Maybe $450.
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Well it's been a couple weeks, long enough for another 2005 Pathfinder problem! Ugh!!! My "VDC off" and "Slip" light keep coming on and staying on. Has anyone had this problem? I don't know if it's worth fixing or if it's time to trade this piece of shi* in.
  • sstanisstani Posts: 11
    Our mechanic did this bypass to run the lines to a separate cooling unit. My husband picked the car up and brought it home (drove it about 30 miles); next day I was so excited to drive it to work ; went out for lunch and guess what happened when I was driving the car.. it stopped working! The car would not go into gear at all, the same problem that happened the first time. There I was stuck in a parking lot until AAA came.
  • blastlaneblastlane Posts: 10
    edited June 2010
    Well, I guess you can add me to the long list too. It started out as a small shudder about two weeks ago. I took it in to our local trusted mechanic with copies of a lot of your posts and showed him. He confirmed that there was transmission fluid in the radiator and vise/versa. The cost of the repair is $5,000. I am very reluctant to take it to Nissan because I do not trust dealership repair departments. I filed our name with the class action lawsuit too. If I don't take it to Nissan, but use our own mechanic, if the suit goes through would we still get all or some of our money back? This pathfinder only has 67,000 miles on it. No more warranty. We are in Oregon and love this car! Called Nisan and of course they want us to take it to a dealership to be diagnosed (at my cost), then they would refer it to a "Regional Specialist" to review. I still don't trust them.
  • nathanp96nathanp96 Posts: 3
    I just found out that my small shudder at about 40 mph, just like everyone else sounded like rumble strips, was caused by water in the transmission leaking from the radiator. This has destroyed the transmission. I have 70k on the pathy and it started about 69k. The repairs will be upwards of 5,000 dollars. This is the second pathy i have owned, no problems from the 2002 model that i loved. I just bought this vehicle last year certified pre-owned from Glenn Nissan in Lexington, Ky. and they have been of no assistance. Please do not put yourself through this if you are thinking of purchasing this vehicle. If anyone has any idea of how to help me out of this please reply.
  • r51doodr51dood Posts: 6
    If you're out of warranty, Nissan will not repair it without charge. With so many complaints of similar defects, I don't know why Nissan is not doing a recall perhaps it's not a safety issue yet. I'm just very fortunate that I bought the extended warranty.
    My vehicle has been in the shop now for more than a week because they cant repair it since the transmission is in BACK ORDER (hmmmm..i wonder why??)
  • ktz4ktz4 Posts: 5
    My 05 LE has the same vibration problem at 45 mph, I had to speed up or slow down before it stop. How did you fix it?
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    ktz4,
    If your vibration goes away when you speed up and slow down it may in fact be a u-joint issue. I wouldn't stress out until you check your tranny oil to see if it is contaminated. A bad u-joint can cause similar vibration issues... just an FYI.
  • jbaumerjbaumer Posts: 8
    I just purchased a new Radiator on line for $209 with free delivery, and had local service station install it for $259 (3 hours labor) and $14.95 for coolant. Total $482.95. Radiator has lifetime warranty and may be a better choice. However, this was insurance for my 2006 Pathfinder with 85,000 miles. jb
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    I have a 2005 that rumbled at 40 mph and above. The noise did not go away with higher speeds when in gear. If I slipped it into neutral the noise went away. I brought it to a dealer who replaced the front and rear u-joints ($387) and the problem was solved. Hopefully yours is the same situation. You may get a better deal going to your own mechanic.
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    After reading all of the issues with failing radiators and transmissions, I replaced my radiator also, before it caused problems. I purchased an aftermarket radiator with lifetime warranty from Rock Auto for $150 and replaced it myself in 4 1/2 hours.
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    I wonder why the u-joints are failing so quickly? Mine needed replacement at 44k miles
  • tseyffstseyffs Posts: 12
    Aside from my radiator and my transmission, both my front and rear ujoints had to be replaced at less than 50k too. In addition, the car and tires make a shaking noise like the ball bearings are loose.
    I love the car, but I hate all the work i have had to put into my 5 year old 30+ k car.
  • Looks like I'll have another to add to the list. Mine was doing all the above, the shudder at 40-50mph, the ecm seemed indecisive on a gear with upshifts seeming like they were held out too long and downshifts at inappropriate times, then while towing my 6x14 enclosed trailer (under 1400lbs) I stopped at a traffic light and could not get going again until I held about 3500rpm for a few seconds and it was very slow but able to get out of traffic and get the trailer off the truck. Just so happened to quit about 400 yards from a dealer where it sits now, waiting for monday for them to look at it. Did anyone else have a mix of fluids pour out when theirs went out? I left a puddle of what looked and smelled like eng oil/trans fluid/and coolant on the ground where I stopped to pull the trailer off.
  • I can't believe they charged you 3 hours labor! It takes 30 minutes to install a radiator! I don't see even the "book time" saying that.( Book time is what the manufacturers manual says the time it takes to perform a certain job).However, at least you don't have to worry about it anymore! :shades:
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    I'm wondering if the U-joint problem is caused by an issue with the 4wd. Occasionally I have noticed after switching out of 4wd on the fly, the indicator just blinks until I actually stop. I'm wondering if it is still in 4wd and, driving on "non slick" roads puts a lot of strain on the U-joints since tires aren't slipping slightly.
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