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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • Still sounds like cvc or wheel bearing.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    So...I am back. One of many who not only got shafted on the fuel pump replacement but the full transmission/radiator replacement. I'm down ~$5,000 out of pocket for major repairs. NOW can you believe, my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder that I drove off the Nissan lot brand new has paint peeling on the hood and down the side of the front windshield. Yup, under the paint is green. I am so beyond disbelief. A 6 year old car...peeling paint. What do we do? Who do we go to? Who is listening? This is beyond what I can take. The car has been the worst nightmare financially. And now Im going to HAVE to drive around w/ a spotted embarrassing paint job because my savings went to nothing since the transmission incident. Its so sad. Noone listens. I think I may truly find free consultation from consumer lawyers just to see what they say.
  • 9728jim9728jim Posts: 10
    My 2005 Pathfinder made similar noise and vibration around 40 mph and higher. Turned out to be the universal joints in both the front and rear. Had to replace them twice over the 125K miles I have on the vehicle.........still beats replacing the transmission.
  • tim2011tim2011 Posts: 6
    Sounds like it may be joints related- thanks.
  • mlaniermlanier Posts: 23
    I had the same problem it turned out to be the front drive shaft. Again nissan knows of this problem and they are not reporting the problem to us the consumer. I took mine to Nissan dealer and they ran all the checks and found the front drive shaft was bad, luckily mine was warranty work.
    Good luck hope I helped.
  • So add me to the list of '05 pathfinders whose radiator stopped blowing hot air. After a coolant flush, everything worked well for a botu 2 weeks until the tranny stopped downshifting, most noticeably once I reacher 40 miles per hour or faster, but it won't shift it's load at any speed. I am taking it to Nissan this afternoon. I hope they step up and take care of their problem. Any advice out there.. what to say- what not to say?
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    edited March 2011
    the 2005 and 2006 had issues with the transmission fluid leaking into the radiator cooling lines then the transmission is destroyed and has to be replaced, this all started when Nissan change radiator vendors for those few years , unfortunately most people are stuck with a high bill out of pocket up to $5,000 ,there is another bad issue in the design in the intake swirl valve on top of the engine the v6 , the little brass screws come loose and get sucked into the engine and they destroy the engine ,if you have more than 60,000 miles you pay for a new engine. hope you have good luck ,it doesn't happen to all with the swirl valves, but the transmission issue it happens eventually at an unknown mileage .
  • jmcd07jmcd07 Posts: 1
    Well, I have a 2007 Nissan pathfinder which I bought brand new. This winter I would go out and start my vehicle and crank the heater to get the vehicle warm before I left. I eventually gave up on doing this because no matter how long I left it started it blew out cold air. As soon as I would put the car in gear and take off the heat would start working. This was very annoying but I just let it go. Now in the past week I have been having issues with the transmission. Hard vibration when gears are shifting and sometimes jerking hard when shifting. I read some blogs on line and it looks like it may be related. I never would have put the two together. Anyway, I have an appt scheduled next week at my nissan garage. I hope it's not the same problem everyone else is having. Btw, it only has 57,000 miles. Any suggestions?
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Make sure the dealer is "honest." They may try to put you off or recommend a different repair.
    Tell 'em you read several complaints on Edmunds. You want them to check the coolant for contamination. Also the trans fluid. You should be under the new Nissan extended warranty (80,00 mi) for radiator, which would also include the trans. Good luck.
  • tim2011tim2011 Posts: 6
    I brought my 2006 pathfinder 75,000 miles into the dealer 4 days ago and had them check the vibration-they said it was the drive shaft which I have to pay for ($525). I pressed them on the radiator/transmission issue and they checked the radiator which had tranny fluid in it.-they said they were only authorized to replace radiator- I requested the left over radiator fluid and at that time they called nissan and they agreeed to replace the transmission-they have put me in a rental car awaiting the new transmission.If you own A PATHFINDER take it in trouble or no trouble-the dealer service departments are looking for work and you may be surprised --good luck..
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Can we sue for this in small claims court? I am not giving up just yet. What is going on w/ the lawsuits? Anyone know?? I am not satisfied w/ the extended warranty because I was over the miles, SORRY NISSAN I DRIVE MY CAR! Yes, I drive, on highways...and go places and USE my car..but thats my fault right? Anyway. Argh..I would love to have that money returned to my bank account that I forked out while I STILL DONT HAVE WORK and didnt have work then either...and STILL LOOK FOR WORK..and am educated and a veteran! Im not whining, IM P$ss*d! Its total corrupt garbage.

    So after taking it to the dealer, they infomred that the U-joint was siezing and causing the load not to transfer upon downshifting... $220 later, the problem is solved. I had just replaced a different U-joint several weeks prior but evidently the two were unrelated. Hopefully I didn't ruin any gears in the gear box or the rear diff. I guess in this case, I lucked out. I still have 7,000 miles until I hit 80,000 so I am holding my breath until then at which point, the car is getting traded. Good luck all.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    "Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding the problems you have experienced with your Nissan Pathfinder. I am writing to inform you that Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP (“LCHB”) is no longer investigating the problems associated with this product, and that we will not represent you in connection with this matter.

    Our decision not to represent you does not indicate whether or not your case has merit. We encourage you to promptly consult other attorneys if you choose to pursue this matter. Please be advised that there are strict periods of time, referred to as statutes of limitations periods, within which a person must act to preserve their legal rights.

    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to review your potential claim"

    Ok. So the attorney in Harrisburg, Pa said that if we have over 10 people who have had the same problem and can find an attorney for lawsuit, it will hold much stronger...the more the people the better.

    All of you who have been reimbursed, good for you but there are those of us, like myself, who had the fuel pump replaced and my VIN wasnt included...and now the transmission and it was over the hideous extended warranty kind gesture Nissan issued.

    So, on the manhunt for an attorney to represent. The Harrisburg attorney recommended an urban area, even Harrisburg not large enough for that sort of position...

    I will not stop until I know all the avenues have been pressed. I am determined to receive back what I am owed.

  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    iF SOMEONE found an actual firm to take the case, then be happy and sign up!! Not all lawyers will take on big name corporation. EVEN IF YOU ARE COVERED NOW UNDER EXTENDED WARRANTY, PLEASE SIGN UP TO SHOW THE TREND IN VEHICLES. NISSAN WILL TRY TO INSIST ITS NATURAL WEAR AND TEAR BUT THE MORE PEOPLE WHO TELL ABOUT THEIR CAR PROBLEM,,,THE BETTER WE ARE PROVING IT. The more who sign on, the stronger the case, ...and we win the suit, and you dont provide your name, you will not get reimbursed!!

    Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC,

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    edited March 2011
    I dunno, if you have a case you may be better off just going on your own. I think the courts are trying to cut back on "coupon" cases, but if you run the numbers, you may find out your potential recovery could be better not joining a class. Even going d-i-y in small claims court may be a better deal, if you have the time to go that route.

    A case in which the only winners are lawyers (MSNBC)
  • coltonhcoltonh Posts: 1
    Add me to the list too. 2005 pathfinder--- repairs to my transmission $4500 same issues with the radiator/transmission. Of course they wont do anything for me. Nissan is goin down on this one. Good way to lose customers for life. Would like to see how many people have called them with the same issues. Can't believe how many posts are on here today alone around this matter.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Ok Listen, Im not trying to be rude but please do not discourage anyone about this. I just spoke with a very affluent law firm in Harrisburg, Pa and he informed me the best route. He knew small claims wouldnt work because of the cost to hire an engineer to prove that the parts are faulty. He said Nissan lawyers will for sure defend themselves and say "wear and tear" because of mileage which is bogus but thats what they will claim. He said the MORE PEOPLE WITH THE PROBLEM ON THE LAWSUIT, THE STRONGER THE CASE. So Im not sure where you get the idea that any one person of us owners have a chance standing alone up against big business corporate Nissan. "coupon case" what are you talking about! this is very serious, costing thousands and thousands of dollars to consumers. I dont know who you are but maybe your big bucks can pay us all and settle it..since you want to discourage us from our "coupon case" we have.

  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    edited April 2011
    I posted a news link with a story about class action suits and how plaintiffs often get little (like $500 coupons off the price of a new car). Especially compared to the plaintiffs' attorneys payday. It got so bad that the Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. There are plenty more stories out there about class action suits and the little benefit the consumer winds up with. Many lawyers offer free or cheap initial consultations - why not get a second and third opinion?

    A class action suit might punish Nissan but you have to ask yourself what you are going to get out of it. It is a bit of a peeve of mine - I enrolled in the currency conversion credit card fee class action back in 2008 and it's still dragging on 3 years later, and they still have four (out of eleven) appeals to wade through.

    One has to wonder how that Harrisburg PA firm got to be so affluent. ;)
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    The attorney said just could take years and if you are not on that list of "clients" you wont get anything from it. But what is there to lose? Ive already lost out oh...$5,000...oh probably more soon when I have to get my entire 2005 vehicle repainted. So 5 years from now..they say hey, HERES YOUR COUPON Id be more than happy to take that coupon. This attorney by no means was trying to snow me..why would he? Small claims court doesnt require an attorney...he wouldnt represent me there. I dont understand the backlash on this website to not pursue a lawsuit. Who cares if it takes 5 years...then it does! This is a huge consumer problem ethical... I know there is something out there that some damn witty lawyer can dig up. I wont give up. at all. Until all methods are used. Just because you may have had one undesirable outcome doesnt mean that you give up.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    "The procedure for filing a class action is to file suit with one or several named plaintiffs on behalf of a proposed class. The proposed class must consist of a group of individuals or business entities that have suffered a common injury or injuries. Typically these cases result from an action on the part of a business >>or a particular product defect <<<< or policy that applied to all proposed class members in a typical manner. After the complaint is filed, the plaintiff must file a motion to have the class certified. In some cases class certification may require discovery in order to determine its size and if the proposed class meets the standard for class certification."

    "Typically, federal courts are thought to be more favorable for defendants, and state courts more favorable for plaintiffs. Many class action cases are filed initially in state court. The defendant will frequently try to remove the case to federal court. The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005[2] increases defendants' ability to remove state cases to federal court by giving federal courts original jurisdiction for all class actions with damages exceeding $5,000,000, exclusive of interest and cost"

    Keep this out of federal court...state civil suit...preferably California.
  • bev62bev62 Posts: 9
    All I can say is, give them hell. I was one of the lucky ones that when my transmission went out I only had 69,000 miles on my 2007 Pathfinder and they did fix it. I will NEVER buy another Nissan after the way they have handled this problem. They have showed me that their customers mean nothing to them. No matter how long it takes it to get thru court they should have to pay for this problem, not their customers that paid $30,000 to $40,000 for a vehicle that was suppose to be dependable much longer than 80,000 miles. This should have been a recall.
  • bev62bev62 Posts: 9
    I had the same issue with my 2007 last month. The heater and transmission are definately related. The heater will eventually completely stop working. When I took mine in they found that the radiator had leaked into the transmission which destroyed the transmission. Transmission fluid had gotten into the radiator and distroyed the water pump, heater core and the thermostat. I had 69,000 miles on mine, but thank God they had extended the warrenty to 80,000 miles from any issue that was caused by the radiator malfunction. They replaced the radiator, transmission, water pump, heater core and thermostat all under warrenty. They gave me a loaner for the entire time.
  • I am currently a complainant for the state of Pennsylvania in a lawsuit against Nissan for the radiator/transmission problem. There are complainants listed on the petition from a number of states in this class action suit. It was filed in January 2011. The attorney is from the state of New York. Below is his information. Please contact him to see if you can be added to the class action. This site does not allow me to add the phone number. Please go to the website to get the phone contact information and contact Mr. Graifman to see if you can be added to the website.
    Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.
    747 Chestnut Ridge Road
    Chestnut Ridge, New York 10977
  • lloydjvlloydjv Posts: 2
    My wife and I are so glad I stumbled upon this after doing so much in depth research. About a month ago we noticed the heater was not working properly and realized there was no coolant in the radiator, so I filled it up and things seemed to be fine until about 10 days ago. That's when my wife began to notice the tranny slipping, bucking, and lurching when the gear selector was used.

    This morning, after reading all of this yesterday, I popped the radiator cap, and sure enough it looked like someone had filled the radiator with strawberry milkshake. Being we had 76,170 miles on our 2007 Pathfinder, I immediately called our local dealer and he seemed to know exactly what the issue was by the way I described the symptoms.

    I am happy to say that as of 2:15 this afternoon they called to inform me that the entire repair plus all recalls and upgrades were being covered by Nissan with not a penny out of my pocket. They also provided us with a loaner free of charge until the truck is repaired. I can't believe that had we waited another 2 months or so, this would have cost us more than we could have afforded.

    I must note that we also have had the vehicle serviced regularly at this dealership since we purchased it from them three years ago and they are very familiar with us and the truck's maintenance record. Hard for them to blame themselves, I suppose, but they did the right thing for us.
  • I took mine in yesterday. Radiator and transmission shot........80480 and Nissan would not cover. Luckily I had purchased the 100k extended warranty. Only paying a $50 deductible. My first question to them was did they redesign the radiator. I was told they did. Another poor guy was in there and paying $5500 for the repair.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Been there got my money back. On to Hyundai.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    Hi Spooner
    I have 69,000 miles on my pathfinder Le , can I get a warranty like your s, if so where thank you?
  • I had to purchase the warranty when we bought the vehicle. It cost $1100 at the time.
  • I am in the midst of repairs to my 2005 Pathfinder which has the radiator crack and bleed into the transmission. Unfortunately, despite it happening a few miles ago, I am now outside of the 80K mile window. I am hoping the tranny isn't dead. Fingers crossed.
  • Im going to take mine in on Friday, i had the Rumble issue last year and the dealer told me trans was probably bad but to try changing the transmission fluid, so i paid to have it changed and later found out about the radiator issues.So far i have not had a repeat of last years problem but i dont put many miles on however im sure its just a matter of time.
    I want to take it in and have them replace the trans and radiator because im sure some damage was caused last year.
    Not sure how to convince the dealer of the issues?
    Does anyone know what they look for during diagnosis.
    The transmission issue was some was intermittent last year and hard to replicate until i drove the Nissan guy around.
    Feedback would be appreciated.
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