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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • jbarzekejbarzeke Posts: 1
    edited November 2012
    My 2007 Pathfinder developed a high pitched 'whine' within the past 3 months so I decided, as many people do, to come online and see if anyone else is experiencing the problem and ran in to this mess! As a coincidence, I received my Nissan NA notice of the radiator/transmission issue - warranty extension a couple of days ago. It took all three to hit me in the head that I may be experiencing early symptoms but read only one post that complained of 'engine/transmission whine.' I just turned 65k on it and love the vehicle in all other first 'foreign made' car as it would be. I went right out and inspected the transmission fluid which appears fine (no coolant infiltration). I have no other symptoms and have had not one single issue with this vehicle to this point and I am the original owner. So questions: Is this an early symptom of impending doom? Will Nissan make necessary fixes prior to catostrophic failure? Should I pay out of pocket at an independent for a new radiator NOW? All input would be greatly appreciated and I accept that everyone's situation is unique to them...I'm just fishing at this point. Thanks to all and Happy Holidays!
  • Went thru the whole mess with my 2005 Pathfinder--Radiator,Trans. Finally got them to pay for repair/replacement after a year of bickering. They do not stand behind their vehicles. To date they have not officially issued a recall notice. They did supplementary things--ext warranties etc., but not good enough. I got rid of the looser and Nissan and bought a Hyundai Santa Fee in 2011. Best move i ever made. Nice vehicle (6Cyl engine) plenty of room inside. Great acceleration. Only gripe I have is that the Sticker Gas mileage range is a lot higher than I'm getting (14-17MPG vs. 22-28 MPG);but it takes regular gas.
  • sandkon1sandkon1 Posts: 11
    edited November 2012
    First thing you need to do is take it to the dealer and start the paperwork on the transmission issue. Don't pay for anything out of pocket unless you absolutely have to. I had my trans and radiator replaced before they actually extended the warranty. They covered everything including the rental car. The issue I have been having is still the rumbling in the trans at 45mph . Feels like the torque converter but the dealer claims there is nothing wrong after taking it back multiple times. I am pursuing other options on this. As for your whine in the trans. get the car into the dealer and get it noted. As for your car being foreign.. It is made right here in the USA. If it was made in Japan.. we probably wouldn't be dealing with this issue. I have had many Nissans through the years. Love the truck.. am disappointed with the trans issues and how the company handles it. Most likely my last Nissan. They don't care about customer loyalty or satisfying the customer.
  • hello does anyone have a clue why my pathfinder does not start anymore? it has the radiator/transmission fluid problem and now refuses to start. i was told to replace the ecm is this the right way to go?
  • If you have checked the obvious problems. battery, starter, battery cables and grounds on the car and you still can't get it to crank. You need to have a diagnostic scan on your car. Whether you take it to Nissan or another shop. Have it towed. Have them run a diagnostic scan on it. It is probably storing codes. They use the codes to decider the problem. Have a qualified mechanic diagnose the problem. Nissan had a tech bulletin or recall ( not sure which it was) for some of the ecm's also they have problem with the various grounds for the engine. There is also a fuel relay recall. I have been through all of the above with mine. The ground problem started with turning the key and nothing would happen . Then the next time it would start. No all of this was covered butchered are a few things to look into.
    If you just replace the ECM without the proper diagnosis. You may be chasing the problem and could be costly. Take it to the nissan dealer and see what they can find.they know your car better than anyone. Every dealership has one person who handles the difficult diagnosis pronlems. Skid you cn have that person look at your car.
  • check inline fuses..
  • I had it diagnosed by a nissan dealership. They were not able to move further with obtaining codes because of the car not starting. They "recommended to replace ecm ($1400+) and have the keys reprogrammed ($150+)" I bought it to an independent mechanic today and then they could not do anything about it. So i brought it back to nissan dealership and have no other choice but to pay up that 1500+ dollars for an new ecm. Unless you have any other suggestions...
  • The ECM has an in-line fuse. Replace the fuse...if the fuse blows, high probability the transmission has been comprimised. The radiator fluid can short out the ECM. Best of luck.....
  • I recieved a warranty extension notice in today's mail. Nissan is extending the warranty for the radiator/ transmission problem with co pays.
    They extended the original warranty to 8 years/ 80,000 miles with no co pay
    9 years /90,000 miles with a customer co pay of $2,500.
    10 years / 100,000 miles with a customer co pay of $3,000.
    They will have more info at
    If you have already paid for this repair . Call 1-877-208-9275 for reimbursement eligibility.

    Thought I would pass this info along. I received the notice from Nissan North America today.
  • So I have the same prob all of you have and I have fought with Nissan for the past 6mos with no help. I started tweeting about them with the hashtag #dontbuynissan Low and behold they suddenly seemed concerned about my problem LOL! I saw a few others they were tweeting to expressing concern. Maybe its time you all took this party to twitter. It seems to get their attention. When you tweet make sure to send it to @nissansupport so they hear us loud and clear.
    The class action is bogus by the way, why should we pay one freaking dime for their poor manufacturing.
  • Its crap that nissan thinks we should pay a single dime. Thats what I think. Their damn car stranded me on a busy highway I was lucky to get out of the way of oncoming traffic.
  • To all Pathfinder owners!!! Do not wait on this!!! Go to dealer IMMEDIATELY if you have an 06 Pathfinder and DEMAND they replace your radiator!! The problem is not with the transmission. Your radiator WILL FAIL!! Causing your engine coolant and transmission fluid to mix. At about 62,000 miles on my vehile I started getting a "growling" noise from the transmission when attempting to accelerate. The radiator failed causing the two fluids to mix. Hence engine coolant was traveling through the transmission and transmission fluid was traveling through the engine. It COMPLETELY destroyed the transmission. It caused all the seals in the trasmission to fail and it even cracked the tourque converter. Luckily I was under the miles on the vehicle warrarty and Nissan had to install a new transmission and radiator. CHECK YOUR FLUID LEVELS IN THE RADIATOR. If the levels are low but you have no drips or stains on the driveway the fluid is backfilling into the transmission and will cause MAJOR damage. They've installed new equipment but now I'm still getting drips in the driveway because I believe the new seals are not tight. Trust me, don't go through what I'm going through!! I'm very close to getting rid of the vehicle and NEVER going back to Nissan!!!!!
  • We did too but I cannont find any additional info on it, which makes us think there is nothing good about it. Some of us paid between 3500 and 4000 back when this started and now the average it between 6000 and 7500, in our case 6000 to fix the nightmare. We have no doubt that Nissan has come up with a low limit they will pay, on top of us paying the huge co-pay so as the person who just wrote that the class action settlement is crap, we think it probably is. I think the best end result will be a recall. There are tons of complaints going to NHTSA still. But more need to go in, instead of just complaining online. And they need to be related to the safety issues and near accidents, to hopefully force Nissan into taking care of this problem and taking responsibility before someone is seriously injured or worse. As I've been putting out there, there is an ongoing investigation already with NHTSA. Below is where to file a complaint.

    "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 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) :
  • My 2005 Pathfinder the door locks periodically wouldnt work. Then the lights on the dashboard starting coming on and off. I took it to my local mechanic. He suggested I take it to a Nissan dealership because he didn't know what it was. About 5 days later, my Pathfinder wouldn't crank at the mall. I had Mall Security jump it off and it cranked. While it was just idling I had the headlights off and it kept turning them off and on by itself. I went to my parents house and it wouldn't crank. We couldn't jump it off or nothing. I had it towed to a Nissan dealership, Jim Burke Nissan. It took them two days to "figure" out what was wrong with it. They said it was the CPM?. It was going to be 1300.00. They called back a few days later and said that needed to be changed but now they think it is the computer in Transmission!?? It was going to be 8500.00. So of course they told my husband if we would buy a new Maxima we could just not worry with fixing it. The guy told my husband they honestly wasn't sure what all was wrong with it!! So, I had it towed to a Chevrolet dealership. They were the worst people to EVER deal with at Nissan and I will NEVER deal with them again!!! They thought because they couldn't figure out what was wrong with my Pathfinder I would buy a car from them!! ALL I CAN SAY IS DO NOT BUY A NISSAN!!!!
  • To girlygirlm, I had similar problems. It was the ground straps in various places on the vehicle wire harness. The wiring is put into place after the vehicle chassis is painted. There are no burrs to cut through the paint when it is attached to the ground points. So in many places as the grounds vibrate loose they loose contact . They gave to go through and check each ground cable in the wire harness. That may fix some of your issues. I had to pay an hourly rate to get mine fixed. Took about 2 hours. Good luck.
  • I have that same problem. Nissan tried to convince me to spend 1500+ on top of my 2500 copay to fix this problem. They said the ecm needed replacement which I said was not the problem. I refused to pay for something they could not confirm 100%. I HIGHLY SUSPECT THAT IT IS THE TCM based on this video: . I am currently getting m radiator/transmission and valve body replaced hoping that this will fix the no crank problem. Let me know if you find anything different!
  • We received the lawsuit settlement letter in the mail but it's worded no differently than anything we can find online and nothing other than wait when checking on the info they give you. Have you or anyone here gotten any info as to how much Nissan will pay for the after the fact repairs? We aollre concerned that even with the huge copay they will still limit what they will pay back even though it's their Nissan techs charging. In our case we paid a couple dollars short of $6000.00. We are willing to get shorted at this point the $2500.00 but that is it. We are done getting screwed over by Nissan. We still want to see a recall, and concerned too that if we settle we might mess that up if it happens. Never again Nissan!!!
  • Check this out. The document, # 72, answers my question re: whether or not Nissan will be allowed to limit what they will pay on top of the copay. Number 72 in their own words they will not cap the amount when it comes to covering those who have already paid out of pocket, but as with the current suit if you already paid you have a deadline. For those going forward it's a matter of paying the copay and Nissan is capping what the techs charge (duh!). I still don't trust this, and the lawsuit is not settled so I trust the words in the legal docs, but if the suit is not approved by the "fairness" court, I imagine Nissan can cap or do anything they want with what they have sent us.

    Other than doc # 75 I don't think there is anything worth going to Pacer to download that is not on this page. I did go to Pacer and paid to download #75 just out of curiousity as to what Nissan is admitting and not admitting to. The last one is # 77, which is already on the lawsuit page. Second link.
  • Thanks Laura....There still seems to be a lot to happen....hopefully there will be a recall. It is sad to see NNA write so much about how they are going out of the way to do what is right. That is BS. We were denied...even after NNA questioned our customer which we produced not 1, not 2, but FIVE VIN #s of NISSAN products we purchased...all from NISSAN dealers except for 1.You know who I am now..... I will continue to fight.
  • Recently received the extended warranty information from Nissan for my 2006 Xterra with 81,000 miles. I had not had any problems and my coolant was the normal color, but I did not want to have the problem. I called my Nissan dealer to see how much they would charge me to replace the radiator and tranny oil cooler assembly. Their quote was $2,500...the same as my "co-pay" amount under the extended warranty had I experienced a failure. A little on-line research indicated that the actual parts costs totaled $300 - $400. Bottom line--I got a local automotive repair shop to replace my radiator for about $750. I would advise anyone who has one of the vehicles with the potentially defective equipment to be proactive and have the radiator replaced. This soured me on Nissan. As a former owner of two Pathfinders and now my Xterra, I will never again own a Nissan product.
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