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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I had 39,000 mi when I reported issue. The mileage was a positive in having Nissan cover the parts. You have to really go over the DOT sight to find where to report issues--or call them. good luck
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    You are so right about "not threatening Nissan." We were getting so flustered by the whole mess, we did throw out some threats which got us nowhere. After several phone calls etc I collected my thoughts and told a manager that I wanted to be loyal to Nissan and stick with their product but they were making it very difficult. This approach seemed to work (thank goodness!!). My Pathfinder goes in Monday. I'm still not exactly sure what all is covered, she just said Nissan was taking care of it. I of course am hoping that means ALL of it ( I can dream big). I will keep you all posted. Did anyone ever have any luck with BBB?
  • my daughter's car in southwestern Va. same problem. radiator coolant in transmission 2005 pathfinder. quoted price for repair 4200.00.

    I am a federal congressional relations person. I intend to file an FTC charge if not corrected. This is certainly a case for recall. please urge anyone who has the same problem to sign to forum. In a small area of less than 10thousand people they have 2 cases this year. I note there are 27 forum cases. I suspect there are thousands nation wide.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I had problem. Went after Nissan like a shark on a bloody fish. Have to be relentless.Nissan Na will find every reason to reject. It's like having a pre-existing condition. They should be held liable. Probably don't want a recall because it's too expensive.
    Unless they are honorable (ha!ha!) Nissan dealers try to take advantage of customers on this issue. They are too lazy to fight for you. My guys were ok, after a kick in the rump from me. I reported it as a safety issue to the Government agencies. It is a safety issue. If the trans quits when you're on the road, you're screwed.

    I would up paying $450 (half the dealer labor charge) for radiator,trans. I shouldn't have had to pay anything. Good Luck. Use your influence.
  • srexy1srexy1 Posts: 7
    My issue with them is simple. I was out if warranty when my issue occurred, but the were well aware of the problem long ago. Had they informed everyone of the potential of the transmission failure because if the faulty radiator, we all could have replaced the radiator for $600 instead of the radiator and transmission for $5200.00. They knowingly did not inform us with the hope that the majority of us would be out of warranty when the issue occurred...
  • pissednnjpissednnj Posts: 2
    edited March 2010
    So I have the same issue with my '05. I need a trans and radiator. I bought it used about a year ago. I called to ask for some type of assistance with the issue. I spoke with Nissan North America, no luck. They said nothing they could do, my vehicle was used. She just kept insisting that the vehicle was used. I know a vehicle should have plenty of life left at 70,000 miles used or not. I was angry, so I think I made her angry which got me nowhere. I am expecting a call from further management on Monday, I will try the nicer approach. I do feel on this issue all day they probably say no. I really wish there was something we could do. I will look into the lemon laws for my state to see if that will help me. I was extremely excited when I purchased my truck, now I'm discussed and will never buy another Nissan. I just had a baby and haven't been back to work in 7 months. this is a huge expense for a new mom. Good luck everyone, can anyone say class action suit, I'm down!!!!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Time to report this to your congressman and senators. problem seems to be widespread and covers several vehicles. good luck.
  • Thanks so much for the info. Something needs to be done!!!! I contacted all sources you suggested. I was also told to contact the Consumer Protection Agency for my state. Thanks again!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Here's an E-Mail I sent to my Senator, Scott Garrett. Anyone can use the guts of it and adapt it for their use.

    Nissan Corporation is shafting virtually all owners of 2005 Pathfinders. They installed a bunch of faulty radiators in production and the end result has been that the radiators leak coolant into the transmission and transmission fluid is leaked back into the radiator rendering both ultimately inoperative.

    If you go to the Forum and click through to 2005 Nissan Pathfiners-Transmission problems, you will find a host of very unhappy owners who got little or no satisfaction from Nissan USA.

    The problem happened in my Pathfinder. Because my dealer( Hackensack Nissan) informed me that the leakage had started and worked with me, and Pat Barrett Transmissions (great honest guys) told me to get a new radiator and trans from Nissan, I took up the good fight and finally got Nissan to replace the parts gratus while I paid half the Dealer labor charge of $450. I still think I should not have paid a dime.

    Nissan is dancing around a recall and frankly, pissing off alot of customers. Additionally, many dealerships are charging customers for :ghost repairs" or from between $6,000 and $7,500 for the transmission and radiator replacement.

    Make no mistake about it. This is a safety issue. If the radiator and/or trans fails on the road, people could be put in danger. We need someone to expose Nissan NA and the widespread problem they are trying to cover up.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 232
    Component Description:
    Bulletin Date: May 2003

    Vehicle: 2,003 Nissan Pathfinder
  • jab40jab40 Posts: 1
    I was hoping to find others with this same problem. I was fortunate in that I bought an extended warrantee. I figured many others were out there who hit around 80K who weren't so lucky. Around 10k miles ago my Pathfinder started to make a whining noise. I took it in, and was blown off. Took it in again and was told that it was a bad camshaft solenoid. That was replaced. No change in the whining. Finally the shuttering started. I took it in and demanded the mechanic ride with me in the drivers seat. It shuttered 2 times between 25 and 50 mph. I offered to take it on the freeway, and he nearly jumped out of the truck. He was adament that I take the vehicle back to the dealership. After 10 minutes on the lift, the service manager came to me with the news that I needed a new trans and new radiator, and refused to let me take the truck home while I waited for parts to be ordered.

    The whining persists, the shuttering is gone, but now the oil gaged dips down to the lowest range of normal when I brake, and spikes up the highest range of normal when I hit the gas. But, not all of the time.

    I too have friends and family in the legal field. I will be sharing this blog with them. This is unacceptable that a known problem such as this was not grounds for recall, so all vehicle owners without extended warrantees were offered the free correction.

    Does anyone else have issues with the vascilating oil gage, or failure of the heater to work at times?
  • :lemon: I had the same exact problem, but unfortunatly I had no warrenty in my Nissan Pathfinder, But I did took it to my Mechanic and he told me that I definetly needed the radiater replaced and the transmission replaced. He also check the oil gage fluating flip flopping and he told me it was the engine going bad. I had no choice then to trade in my Vehicle. I Will Never Buy A Nissan, And I will Share my story with my family and friends. I do Agree they should of had a recall on this problem, but i guess they dont want to deal with it. Good Luck with everyone who owns a Nissan Vehicle. :lemon: :mad:
  • I am have the same issue minus the oil guage. I went out and bought an extended warranty just waiting to use it until I need to. Don't know if I have to wait thirty days and so not want to take the chance.

    The heater was not working unless I was driving at a higher speed. That was my heater core which was not too bad. The part alone was $160 then I had my tires replaced because my now "old" mechanic told me the rumbling was my tires. The labor for the heater core is at least six hours. My new mechanic said it took him longer but did not charge me the additional labor.

    Now just playing the waiting game for the warranty. I figured I would do it in august when we are due to go away and I do not my car.

    Good luck to everyone!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Had trans and radiator problem. Got it taken care of after several communications with Nissan NA. Paid $450 (half dealer labor charge). Filed complaint with DOT.Sent E-mail to my senator in Wash DC. Got to be relentless to bring Nissan to justice. They are no different than any corp. in any business. Sacrifice a few. Hope you don't get caught. Pretend to have the consumer's best interest at heart, "We care about you."" _________is a name you can trust." Deliver on the bottom line. Only way to get back in long run is not buy their product.
  • Hi, All

    I've seen this same complaint posted everywhere, and am having the same problem with my 2005 Pathfinder. I'm in the process of filing a lawsuit against Nissan to have this problem fixed. If you're interested in joining me in the suit, please email me.
  • mtcamaramtcamara Posts: 2
    Yet another 2005 Pathfinder with the same radiator trans issue. Mine has 70,220 miles(my next service at Nissan Servicentro Hato Rey, which by the way is excellent!)was to take place at 70,500 until the check engine light came on - I guess a little too late...I heard a funny humming everytime I got to 40mph little did I know that the radiator fluid would leak into the trans,etc. and that my car would die, just like that. The repairs in San Juan, PR can also add to $6,000.00. The check engine light should come on once the radiator begins to crack, this design really sucks! Nissan should also be sued for this....
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    My 2005 pathfinder is in the shop now (for almost 2 weeks) getting the radiator and transmission fixed. Shockingly enough, Nissan is covering everything. The dealer (where it's getting fixed) called to tell me all the hoses need replaced also, which had messed up my heating - sometimes it worked and sometimes not. I immediately called Nissan of NA and talked to the manager who had agreed to pay for the problems and she said Nissan would also be covering the hoses. I do have to pay for a squeaky belt and a couple minor things not related to the radiator/transmission. I think they maybe coming to grips with their responsibility here, dare we hope?!
  • srexy1srexy1 Posts: 7
    I wish there were a way to put together a database of everyone on here that is having or has had the Radiator/Transmission issue, Heater issue, etc. Would also be nice to include mileage at diagnosis, date of diagnosis, VIN number for location of assembly, cost of repairs, who got fixed under warranty, who got partial reimbursement, who didn't, etc. It would be nice to know how many have had the issue and when Nissan first knew about it. I seriously wish they would have informed me of the issue when they were first informed about it. That way I could have replaced the Radiator for the $600 - out of warranty - and not had to deal with the transmission issues. If anyone is working on such a document, please inform all of us on here to be included... Thanks...
  • condrenvcondrenv Posts: 9
    Congratulations !!! That is amazing....I spoke to a number of people at Nissan NA and I got no where. I can not even get them to fix my fuel gauge that was recalled on most not all 2006 Pathfinders and mine was broken. I decided to invest in an extended warranty for 24 months or 24,000 for $2500. I will continue to drive my truck until tranny competely gives up. When I purchased the warranty I went to a different dealer that had no idea I was having issues. Good Luck :)
  • audhamaudham Posts: 31
    2005 Nissan Pathfinder Off-Road *New Transmission AND Radiator?
    R U KIDDING ME? :mad:

    It figures > 1 payment left and just about to hit 100,000 and WHAM!!! Maybe buying a first year new car design wasn't the best idea. Can someone explain how water from the radiator can get into the transmission? And if $5,600 is the most "cost effective" I would HATE to see what isn't. Can you say :lemon: Maybe NISSAN will react to a class action lawsuit? :P
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