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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems

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  • Basically Nissan is taking a calculate risk here. By slightly extending the warranty and caring for just enough failure cases, their hope is they will calm enough of the masses and avoiding a recall. If they would have recalled the radiators immediately upon knowledge of the defect, this would have saved them from dealing with numerous transmission replacements and customer satisfaction concerns.

    According to DOT, the average driver in the US drives 13,476 miles a year. It is interesting to note on the NissanAssist website that the CVT warranty extension is 12y/120,000m.

    I am no lawyer, but hope someone with legal expertise can comment on the class action lawsuit. It seems like potentially one needs to opt out if they find the terms unacceptable and can attend a Fairness Hearing on March 14, 2013 in White Plains, NY.

    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ohim/onh00/bar8.htm
    http://www.nissanassist.com/web/CVT/index.php?menu=8
    http://www.nissanatoilcoolersettlement.com/Documents/NNS0001/Preliminary%20Appro- val%20Order(2).pdf
  • I was pleased to see at least this and emailed it to my husband. He called me immediately after and we agreed that we have to think about it but maybe getting $2500.00 to $3000.00 out of the $6000.00 we paid is better than nothing. Then I read the class action lawsuit attached.

    The agreement for the "eligible" customers to be reimbursed for previous replacement and repair it appears you had to be part of the class action suit, which is at the bottom of the page.

    Several times since the suit was in the beginning process I tried to get through to this law firm in NY and was never replied to. So even though I sent them all the pertinent info I doubt we are eligible customers. But, I am taking that as a good thing. I would not be surprised if Nissan has set an amount for repair and replacement that is far below what many of us have had to pay, which is on the average of $5000.00 and $6000.00. Six thousand seems to be the most common number over the last couple years.

    I would love to see a recall. There are too many variables with lawsuits and it bugs the hell out of me to see Nissan get off on any of this. I am still very concerned over the safety issues that they seem to not at all acknowledge.
  • As there is a great deal of disscussion on this topic, I'll try to add only what I think people can use or will use. I replaced the Radiator in My 2007 Pathfinder as Insurance. (@50,000 miles) The Trans cooler had not started showing any signs of failure. The issue with these is well documented oil cooler tube in the bottom of the radiator which may crack with age and use, its poorly eningeered and made. (American Made) The stock cooler is of a aluminium one piece design with what apears to be pressed on inlet and outlet fittings, the cracks have been appearing on the outflow side, (to the upper fan trans cooler, then to the transmission) side from what Ive seen. The cooler can be replaced at a local radiator shop far cheeper than a new transmission, (ensure they use the copper cooler with brazed fittings and not a geuine Nissan replacment part) ( You do not have to replace the entire radiator) some have recommended the bypass procedure, I decided not to do that as I pull a trailer and the aux oil cooler might not cool as efficiently, in hotter states that might be a no-no. If you own the years affected by this issue it might be a good idea to ethier replace the Rad or the cooler, for less than $500.00 you can have piece of mind. If you mechcnicaly inclined, I purchased a replacment radiator from JC whitney for $130.00 shipped to me @ 160.00. Took about a afternoon, and I went ahead and replaced the hoses and belts so I wont need to do that. (Belt change is a breeze on the PF) For those of you who decide to tempt fate, at least check your fluid weekly, its a 10mm bolt holding a regular dipstick.
  • I have a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, I have 90,154 miles, and have been the sole owner. At about 75,000 miles my fuel gauge stopped working and my service engine light does not go off. Apparently I need a new fuel sensor, but this seems to be happening to a lot of people. I called Nissan to complain, still waiting for a call back. Of course they extended the warranty on this but it happened after 60,000 miles. also now my vehicle vibrates at about 40 mph and 60 mph, is this my transmission?
  • Besides having to replace the tranny and radiator my fuel gauge also stopped working and engine light came on. After seeing many expensive complaints due to the sensor we were fortunate that we took it to a local car parts shop where staff was nice enough to use a diagnostic code reader, which pointed out it was a sensor. He reset it and it's been fine. I have to tell you though, we cannot wait to trade it in and will never buy Nissan again. As we keep advising, report any issues to NHTSA related to safety and especially related to the transmission. One class action suit was won, but only for those involved from what we've seen and they are still getting ripped off. There needs to be a recall!
  • Just a reminder as to how important it is to report the transmission/radiator problems to NHTSA. Concentrate on the safety issues if you were driving during this occurrence, or even fear of what could have happened if you were in traffic at the time.

    Safety is what creates recalls, which leads to getting the transmission, radiator and anything related taken care of at no cost. And hopefully reimbursement for those of us stuck with these unsafe lemons. The more complaints they get that are safety related the better.

    Also be careful in reporting it http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/index.cfm to use these components as this is what NHTSA is doing the investigation on. The top two seem to have the largest number of complaints but there are some connected with the engine and cooling system so NHTSA is not getting the full picture of the number of complaints.

    Component(s) :
    POWER TRAIN
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER
  • Hi cmscott2. I received a message via email that you posted about a link and also trying to get a petition started but your post does not show on this forum. My email is lauracurtisspalmer@yahoo.com if you would send me any info you have. This link goes to a Facebook page warning against Nissan. Unfortunately there are not many members. And unfortunately too from what I am seeing the complaints are spread onto so many forums that it is hard to gage how many there actually are. I've been trying to post to as many as I can find to get folks to complain to NHTSA since that is really the one important are to file safety somplaints, which is the only way to force a recall. Having it be more then just the Pathfinder too makes it that much more confusing since the same issue covers from 2005 to at least 2010 and a range of different four wheel drive Nissans. And that they are doing thier best to add confusion doesn't help. However I am glad to see that with the one settlement over a class action suit shows they know it is being taken seriously is a little relief.

    Folks, please keep reporting to NHTSA and make it clear it is a huge safety issue!!!! Only way for a recall.
  • Hi cmscott2. I received a message via email that you posted about a link and also trying to get a petition started but your post does not show on this forum. My email is lauracurtisspalmeryahoo.com if you would send me any info you have. This link goes to a Facebook page warning against Nissan. Unfortunately there are not many members. And unfortunately too from what I am seeing the complaints are spread onto so many forums that it is hard to gage how many there actually are. I've been trying to post to as many as I can find to get folks to complain to NHTSA since that is really the one important are to file safety somplaints, which is the only way to force a recall. Having it be more then just the Pathfinder too makes it that much more confusing since the same issue covers from 2005 to at least 2010 and a range of different four wheel drive Nissans. And that they are doing thier best to add confusion doesn't help. However I am glad to see that with the one settlement over a class action suit shows they know it is being taken seriously is a little relief.

    Folks, please keep reporting to NHTSA and make it clear it is a huge safety issue!!!! Only way for a recall. PS this is the Facebook site: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BEWARE-OF-2005-NISSAN-PATHFINDERS-/114117588602- 598?fref=ts
  • while i ditched my broken Pathfinder a year and still curse Nissan to this day...i received a piece of junk mail from them today. How interesting the warranty has been extended to cover the radiator and its component parts (transmission, not power train) to 10yrs/100,000 miles- whichever comes first. Still no RECALL!

    Now the real fun part to this "wonderful"news from this piece of crap company is that it comes with a...wait for it....CO-PAY! That's right! If one were to exercise the 10yr/100K miles you get to pay 3K yourself! How wonderful is that!!!!!! Oh thank you Nissan for extending the warranty on something that should be RECALLED. Your commitment to your owners safety and satisfaction is like no one else.

    For those who have paid for fixes already there is an online claim form that you can submit in the next few weeks at www.nissanassist.com. Of course they state that this reimbursement is subject to certain terms, conditions, and exclusion. Wonder if I can get them to pay for all my rental cars and repairs that we not needed?????

    Meanwhile I am very happy with my Honda Pilot and the quality of care that Honda provides to me as an owner.
  • This was a message I posted a few days ago. This is about a class action lawsuit Nissan settled and is only to save their butts a little and still end up with big ripped off bucks. Did you sign up for a class action suit? The reason I am asking is that the way they word it to me it appears you have to be part of the suit to get reimbursed, but those after the suit get part of it paid for. What I would be concerned with if anyone goes for this is if they set a limit for what they will pay. In our case we paid $6000.00.

    I would not be surprised if they set it for something like $4000.00 and we end up paying $3000.00 being over 90,000 miles so end up with only $1000.00. I would rather keep pushing for a recall that will help everyone and teach Nissan a lesson about loyalty and ethics.

    My previous message:
    Looks like Nissan has extended the warranty again to avoid admitting a defect in the radiator. Here are the details with links:

    Up to 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first): No customer co-pay
    After 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $2,500
    After 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $3,000

    http://www.nissanassist.com/web/Radiator/faqs.php?menu=22

    http://www.nissanatoilcoolersettlement.com/CaseInfo.aspx?pas=nissanatoilcoolerse- - ttlement
  • Nov 06, 2012 (8:39 am)
    Just a reminder as to how important it is to report the transmission/radiator problems to NHTSA. Concentrate on the safety issues if you were driving during this occurrence, or even fear of what could have happened if you were in traffic at the time.

    Safety is what creates recalls, which leads to getting the transmission, radiator and anything related taken care of at no cost. And hopefully reimbursement for those of us stuck with these unsafe lemons. The more complaints they get that are safety related the better.

    Also be careful in reporting it http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/index.cfm to use these components as this is what NHTSA is doing the investigation on. The top two seem to have the largest number of complaints but there are some connected with the engine and cooling system so NHTSA is not getting the full picture of the number of complaints.

    Component(s) :
    POWER TRAIN
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:COOLING UNIT AND LINES
    POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER
  • I am currently going thru this situation and being told by Nissan I will need to pay oh not 3000.00 but 3300.00 for this issue. My Pathfinder was just in in July for the routine oil and transmission check no mention of this issue at all! where do I start in helping with this class action law suit or recall?
  • I have a 2007 pathfinder type s. I have the radiator/transmission problem. I also have stumbled on another problem: my car will not start or crank I found it online that the flooded valve body may be the reason for this. does anyone have a definite answer? :lemon: :sick:
  • contact your local BBB and just get it on file. Again as mentioned above by someone, we are being told the only way a recall can happen is if your car caused you to almost have a significant accident. So tell them about if your car stopped in the middle of the intersection and your near miss accident etc.. then contact the Nissan Corporate Office and through my experience, and give them the same information. THey do not car if your car just stopped or would not start etc. they are only interested in the dangerous situation your were in or almost in. If enough people call and explain their "safety" issue, this is the only way they will put out a recall. There is also a National place where people call to report car issues and resolve they are not getting. ALl is placed on record.
  • It's a shame that many many people have and are having this issue and Nissan will not do anything unless there was a safety issue, and that they do not care about the many people having the problem in general "that they knew was a problem". They are ignoring that fact. Just imagine all the people not knowing to place their issue on this site and have just accepted nothing will be done for all of them. And the people who have the problem and were lucky enough not to have a serious safety issue.
  • please post here all the information we could do to write or call regarding our issues.
  • Is there any case documentation we can review that would assist us in being able to articulate and express our issue. How much was small claims and can you direct us how to get this started. I and I know others so appreciate your shared information.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,995
    This case where the woman sued Honda may help.

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  • I have a 2007 Pathfinder SE. Has been out of commission for 1 year because I cannot Offord the cost of fixing my blown transmission due to coolant leak from rad. I know about this new warranty
    Extension and class action lawsuits but Nissan Canada is still not even acknowledging Nissan's new warranty extension. They say they don't even know it exists in the US. This is brutal. I have been told that I need to start a class action lawsuit in Canada to get them to wake up. My vehicle is made in Tennessee along with every other pathfinder in North America But when Nissan U.S. releases a new warranty, Nissan Canada doesn't follow suit? This is sickening.
  • I would think its covered, Nissan sent me the extended warranty this week. I also have and 07 LE. Remember Nissan is prorating the amount based on mileage. Contact your dealer in Cananda, dont let them BS you. They Know about this issue, I would not think any Nissan Dealer worldwide would not have been notified. The Resoultion of the extended Warrenty is the result of the Lawsuit settlement in the US, I would think Canada would be in on it as well.
  • My mom has a 2005 Pathfinder that she bought new, it has about 75,000 miles on it and the transmission went out 3 days ago. When checked we found that there is antifreeze in the transmission fluid. Is there any info someone can give me on this? Someone told me about this site, and now I am seeing that we arnt the only ones having these problems. I was told something about a class action lawsuit and a list of people on it, can anyone tell me if this is true and if so where can I find the info on it. Should I file a complaint with someone,if so who?
    I know I sound like an idiot, which is pretty much true in this situation as I don't know much at all about any of this and would really appreciate any info/help I can get on/with it.
  • Just take it into the dealer and get it fixed. You are still under warranty
  • Can someone please tell me what the warranty is on the pathfinder transmission. Thanks!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,995
    The drivetrain warranty is 5 years/ 60,000 miles for the 2006 Pathfinder. (link)

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  • Get the car into the dealer and start the paper trail . You can then call nissan assist and open a claim. You must be vigilant with nissan. They extended the warranty on the trans radiator problem. The radiator leaks into the trans cooler and contaminates the trans fluid . They need to replace the radiator, transmission and flush the entire system. Stand your ground and don't let them charge you. They covered mine and the rental car. I still having a problem with vibration in the car. But that is another issue. Good luck with your claim . Nissan North America 1800-647-7261
  • If the vehicle only has about 75,000 on it and within 8 years the extended warranty is still good and she is one of the few.
    http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/06/nissan-suvs-under-nhtsa-investigation- -for-transmission-issues.html

    Once it's past the 80,000 or eight years this is where the lawsuits come in. As someone else wrote she needs to get it to a dealership ASAP to get the paper trail going and hopefully get all replaced and fixed for nothing. No matter what though she should report it to NHTSA if she was driving and it failed and report this as a safety complaint. The lawsuits are fine but it is a recall that is what is really needed to pull these vehicles off the road and fix them before someone is killed or seriously injured. One lawsuit in NY was settled but all they did was extend the warranty and make the consumer still pay a huge amount of it out of pocket as a co-pay. I was not part of that one. I am looking into one from Texas and was contacted by one of those who are lead complainants if nothing else to get back part of our $6000.00 we paid. But we still filed a serious safety complaint with NHTSA and this case is being investigated for a possible safety recall. http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/defect/results.cfm?action_number=DP12- 004&SearchType=QuickSearch&summary=true
  • Do you any other info on the lawsuit in TX. I am very interested.
    Does anyone know whay my post are not showing here.
    Thanks
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,995
    edited November 2012
    We remove posts that solicit our members, including those those that are soliciting for people to join a class action or ask members to email them (that defeats the purpose of an online community). You would have gotten an email but you got here via Facebook. Please see the Membership Agreement link at the bottom of the page for details.

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  • I've been notified from Transport Canada (our equivalent to the NHTSA) that Nissan Canada's upper echelon knows about the warranty extension and will be rolling out a program here as well. As of today I still haven't heard from them.
    Where are you located Dave? And thanks for the comments
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