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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • HI Laura,

    Who did you address your letter to? The President and CEO for Nissan Motor Corp is out of Japan. Did you send something there or to Tennessee? Thanks for any info. Letter is almost out the door.

  • carol72carol72 Posts: 4
    Please help!!! My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder started making noises and the engine light was on. I take it to be serviced religiously and I had to pay a diagnostic fee. I was told the car needed a trans flush, etc...That was 11/2011. I had all the said it needed. I then took it to get an oil change & etc in February. In April I took it for a recall and was told it needs to get some flushes(again), yet the sheet said everything else is O.K. The car still made rattling noises and now it started to slip. The car is now over 80,000 miles(80,800) and Lynnes Nissan, in Bloomfield NJ, says the trans fluid is burnt and the trans is probably "done". They have to run a new diagnostic to make sure. The last one cost me over $185.00. They also said my warranty is now expired and the radiator warranty, which was extended, is over at 80,000 too! What the hell is that! How from April to June 30 the entire car is slipping and as a coincidence my warranty is up to? Does anyone think they would extend my warranty on the radiator from 80,000 miles to 81,000?
  • I have an 05 Pathfinder w/ 89k on it. Same basic issue. I have been waiting 4 + weeks for a new tranny. $6K for repairs.

    Contact your States BBB, AG, Consumer Afffairs Hotline, anyone who will listen. I would even contact your congressional delegation. Anyone who will make life uncomfortable for Nissan.

    They need to know that their behavior is inexcusable and will not be tolerated!

    Good luck!
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Try opening up a case with Nissan. This article may help too:

    The Secret Warranty
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Trade it in and buy an Hyundai Santa Fe, which I'm picking up today, July 2nd. Had enough of Nissan. Never again. My friend, who is in the auto industry said that Nissan has the worst customer satisfaction record in the industry.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Get this:
    Nissan wouldnt assist me in any payments because I wasnt a "loyal" enough customer. I didnt get every single oil change at Nissan although I got a few..and new tires and brakes at dealership, and a new fuel pump that I had to pay out of pocket for at 50,000. Oh yeah, I already complained about that one ( :
    Anyway, a few months back, I kept receiving these unwanted text messages about how I should rush into Nissan for a great deal on a trade in BECAUSE I AM SUCH A LOYAL CUSTOMER. Oh, am I loyal customer now that I dumped almost $10,000 on my 2005 pathfinder..after paying for it BRAND NEW from a NISSAN DEALERSHIP.

    Its disgusting who is running the show at Nissan and they will end up paying in the long run. They wont get away with it, the crooked and con artists can only survive for so long in big business. This is a definitely a huge unethical corporate doing.

    Good luck everyone! I should write to someone to maybe even get the little $500 I paid for the fuel pump replacement, a recall was issued but guess what, my VIN wasnt included for some unknown reason so sorry me again..

    Oh, and has anyone had paint problems yet? My paint is peeling on my 2005 pathfinder, on the tip of the hood, side of the wheels and up the sides of the windshield.

  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I left a message yesterday on this site. After many problems,hours on the phone,some satisfaction (but not enough) and a new problem with my 2005 Pathfinder, I traded it in for a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe LE. I love it for a few reasons. It's a well-designed exc vehicle. I don't have to EVER,EVER, EVER, deal with Nissan North America again. (My dealer was exc and helpful;but you can't fight city hall). I got $12,000 for my Pathfinder. Once again, the Santa Fe has exc ammenities and better gas mileage (almost 2x my Pathfinder). It has a powerful V-6 engine. Ex acceleration. What I call "virtual shifting" which allows you the option of shifting gears without a clutch, etc, etc.

    Financing is at an all time low. Do yourself a favor trade the Lemon in for a "sweet piece of fruit." AND, PUT AN END TO YOUR MISERY. By the way, I don't make a dime for praising the Santa Fe.
  • santonio1santonio1 Posts: 18
    Well I'm sure the Santa Fe is awesome, but I just got done paying of the 05 Pathfinder in Dec.2010....would like to not have a car payment for a year or much is Santa fe?
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    The model is the Santa Fe Limited V6--Full boat--leather seats garage door link,monster 6 CD system--USB,Bluetooth, 3 mos. XM free, Mudguards (got em to throw in). $32095 less $12k for my Pathfinder less $2000 rebate for financing at 1.9%. NET NET with all fees = $19,904. Only thing I didn't get was GPS with rear camera.

    If you get the GPS you sacrifice the 6 CD CHANGER AUDIO SYSTEM FOR 1 CD changer. If you have them install an aftermarket GPS, you still lose the 6CD Changer and you don't have a rear camera. If you want a rear camera, have to give up the Trans link garage door opener because aftermarket camera goes thru the rearview mirror. Bottom line, screw the GPS. If I want one, I'll get a portable.

    If you go for a lesser model like the SE, naturally you'll pay less, but may wind up close if you want a lot of add-ons.( See the Brocure at a dealer).

    One other thing. The Santa Fe's come with Bridgestone Dueler tires. I had these on my 1998 Nissan and almost got killed in wet weather. They have as much traction as marbles. They have a terrible rating in rain or snow. OK on dry pavement. So if you live in the desert you're alright. I took em off my 1998 and got Dunlop's at the suggestion of someone on the WEB. They were great. Will talk to the Dealer tomorrow (July 5th) about swapping them for other brand. If not, I'll try to trade them, with some $$, to my tire guy and pick up the Dunlop's or Michelin's. In any event, they're gone ASAP.

    Hope I didn't confuse you too much. If I were you, I'd bite the bullet. New problems will surface on The Pathfinder as you go along. And they won't give a damn.I'm so glad I'm thru with Nissan. NEVER AGAIN!! Good Luck.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    add on. If you live in Metro NYNJ area, Email me and I will give you dealer and saleman.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    I have a 2003 pathfinder and it so far with 77 K on it runs great, but I dont like what I read abouth the problems they have had,Ill run it to the ground ,its paid for , how ever in the near future when I get another car or truck or suv it wont be a Nissan ,I wonder how many owners of any nissan that has a VQ35 engine has any idea of what they are in for money wise to fix a borken timing chain because the tensioners go bad at about 70K
    $2,200-$3,000 a fix allnew parts. :sick:
  • nosegueranoseguera Posts: 1
    I am trying to get mine repaired and I believe the shop is trying to screw me over b/c my total cost is coming up to $6000. By chance, do you have your service repair list so that I can compare mine to there's to make sure they are not trying to milk more out of me that is required? If so, you can email it to me at My truck is stuck at the shop now b/c they already started taking it apart and I need to know before they continue with repairs. AHHH!

  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    The invoice I have for radiator/trans shows only the $450 I paid for labor (my agreement with Nissan,which I eventually got back when Nissan issued a warranty extension). The repair for both radiator and trans normally would cost $5,000-$7,000. You have to be careful that they use a NEW TRANS (not rebuilt), all new parts, hoses,etc. After I got it back, my trans guy, reversed the trans cooler hoses so it wouldn't happen again. He such a good guy, he didn't even charge me. If you live in northern NJ, e-mail me at and I'll give you his name. They do all types of repairs and are totally honest.

    When another problem emerged last month and I contacted Nissan Corp., the rep said,"we helped you with one problem,. That's it. So I gave her some choice words, got off the phone,went car shopping and traded The Pathfinder in for a Hyundai Santa Fe LTD. Screw Nissan. Never again. If you're smart and your Pathfinder is Driveable, trade the damn thing in and forget about it. My buddy who works in the auto industry said that Nissan has the worst customer relations reputation. Why kick a dead horse?
  • I heard back from Nissan after sending 3 letters go various VP's....sort of. The cowardly VP's Martin and Thacker farmed my letter to an admin and had her call me. They apparently lack honor and a set of balls between them to make a call themselves. No wonder they work for Nissan because they lack class and decency.

    Admin du journey gave me the same line of crap that they are unwilling to fix this issue as I am over the warranty.

    As I wrote my letter to Nissan I calculated that i have paid almost 45% of the amount I paid for this Pathifinder in repair bills. Never in my life owning car have I had to replace drive shafts or a transmission especially on a car under 90k miles. I cannot believe that Nissan finds this acceptable in it's products.

    Nissan is pathetic and cowardly and this is especially true of it's senior management who are worthless. Just like my 2005 Pathfinder.
  • huntomanhuntoman Posts: 1
    You got that right! I have spent the last two months on the phone with customer service reps, managers, etc.
    I grew up with Nissans. I have owned four of them. My brother has owned four of them. When I mentioned this to Nissan over the phone the regional manager asked for VIN numbers of the vehicles. (as if i was lying) I thought that was odd but gave them the information. Then they want a copy of the bill to replace the transmission and radiator. I provided this as well. I started thinking maybe they are taking this seriously.... Stupid me!
    After all of that they are still refusing to pay. Why?????????? Why ask for all of that information? I guess they were just messing with me?
    I am so damn mad at this wothless company. I am going to unload this piece of crap as soon as possible and I am never buying another Nissan again. I doubt anyone I know will either.
    I used to go on and on about how great Nissan was. I bought the Tshirts and the stupid junk with the logo on it. Anyone that knows me knows how much i loved that company. I feel stupid now.
    I love the quote that someone else left on this blog..."I wish Nissan would stand behind their vehicles... because I would back up and run them over."
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    With the low % financing,I'd trade the piece of crap in asap. After driving my Hyundai Santa Fe LTD for two weeks, it beats the crap out of the Pathfinder. And, I loaded my speakers,PA,Hardware,Guitars etc and have the same space Plus compared to the Pathfinder. Since the rear seats fold down easily in two sections, it leaves a floor channel between the back of the front seats and the rear seats. I put my mic stands and other hardware there. Excellent.
    Also there is a large storage compartment under the floor mat in the rear. Put in a tool case, Campbell Hausfeld tire inflator (which is terrific: 12 volt Tire Inflator with Safety LightItem Number: RP320000AV) Pancho etc.

    Good luck. Don't let the B-----ds get to you anymore. Get even.
  • I decided to fight fire with fire. Starting with messages to the 268 million people on twitter.
  • barb_715barb_715 Posts: 4
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you're sending the message to everyone on twitter! I'm now into well over $1,200for a rental car while waiting for my 05 Pathfinder to be repaired. I'm told the parts are on "national back order" and there is no date for delivery...I should be prepared to wait at least another 2 months...likely longer. At $1,200 a month for a rental and $5,000+ for repairs, is it worth it? I've essentially got a huge paperweight that I should be able to trade in for $13,000+.
    I've heard that Nissan went with a new vendor in 05 and that the parts are "defective" yet they WON'T stand behind their product. I've had 3 Nissans in the past 10 years, bought one for my mom and took 8 or 9 friends to buy one, most recently last month. NEVER again!
    I'm now looking for a cheap used car to get back and forth until I get my POS back so I can trade both for another make!!! :mad:
  • My transmission that was expected July 1 is now expected Mid August!!!!! So this is 4 more weeks of rental cars. Screw Nissan it is time to go back to Honda.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Does anyone know how the media works? Someone who works in the news or radio coverage? We can each do our local news but what about a national dispute and get it covered in mass media somehow? How can we accomplish that? What will writing to my congressman do?
    How can we beat down this corporation? They are obviously very foul and crooked corporate hogs who need to be split into two. They are being beyond unethical.
    I cant even see how this is ethical or legal, they are getting away with it because not one person wants to rip through the laws and find a loop hole to beat them. I am pretty sure there is a law out there to protect us.
    Apparently highway safety does the analysis for recall, not Nissan...they suggest the recall. So maybe if we are calling Highway safety and complaining that our cars downshifted or stalled out...or did some crazy shift while traveling 50 could pass for a recall.
    This is absolutely beyond corrupt and todays time, they just cannot win. Remember, all of those big wigs that thrive for a long time usually in the end get caught because they become so crooked and lost in it..they usually end up behind bars. There is someone sitting at a big shiny table who thinks this is funny. .. but chances are that sick individual will fail sooner than later at his/her own disgusting game.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    So my posts were deleted because we cant post phone numbers on here?!??!

    Look up the number on highway safety site and call the number rather than filing online...

    "---Report Your Safety Complaint


    Your complaint information will be entered into NHTSA-ODI's vehicle owner's complaint database and used with other complaints to determine if a safety-related defect trend exists. More...

    If a safety-related defect exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment, the manufacturer must provide a remedy at no cost to the owner. Your complaint is the first step in the process.

    We do not have to receive a specific number of complaints before we look into a problem. We gather all available information on a problem."

    Personal experience:

    Federal Highway Safety opened a file for both my fuel pump and for the transmission. He provided my states ATTORNEY GENERALS NUMBER which I am to call and tell them I opened a case (using my confirmation number) and they will assist in getting the money back.
    In the meantime, the Highway Safety forwards the defect complaints and engineers review the complaints (the more, the merrier!!!!!) and then decide to push Nissan to open a Federal recall. There are manufacture recalls and there are federal recalls.

    I was connected in 2 seconds, no waiting. They are open from 8 am- 8pm eastern time....and he was so very helpful..and didnt stand up for Nissan...just informed me of the process.

    So please, we can get this mess settled and have them refund or pay for it!!
  • 101dave101dave Posts: 3
    I have an 06 Pathfinder with 58,000 miles and when my transmission started to have problems I was worried after all the negative posts I've read regarding how poorly people have been treated. Perhaps I found the one good Nissan dealer, or the Nissan gods were feeling generous that day but my transmission problem was stress free and easy. From the moment I called and described the issue the dealer was sure it was the cross contamination problem. Once they checked it out and confirmed that was the issue they replaced my transmission and radiator. The only snag was waiting about 10 days for the transmission. The dealer offered a free rental car for the entire time of waiting and the day and half it took to replace the transmission. At no point was there any bs or hesitation from the dealer. This is my second Nissan, and I think I will go back for a 3rd. From my view point Nissan and the dealer stood behind their product and fixed the problem.
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Thats because you have 58,000 miles!!! And you don't drive your car often.
  • santonio1santonio1 Posts: 18
    edited July 2011
    How can they get a NEW transmission in 10 days?? they are on national B/O and mine was order on may 16th and won"t be in till july 30th...I have an open claim with nissan america to EXPEDITE it! Mine is covered under warranty also but a part is a part. NO way they had one in stock, something is fishy...Most likely they had the radiator, said we"ll "flush the transmission" and ship it, see if it bounces back and then deal with it all...I am driving mine around in 3rd gear for nearly two months and no rental or loaner car. Nissan is awful.
  • I figured it would only be a matter of time before many more people would be joining the club with me about this issue with a RADIATOR DEFECT that DESTROYS your TRANSMISSION. I'm furious about this. I have filed complataints with my states Attorney Generals Office and the NHTSA. I've also been through the ringer with the CROOKS in NISSANS CUSUMER AFFAIRS OFFICE - I don't know how they sleep at night! THEIR ONLY JOB IS TO MAKE YOU GIVE UP ON PURSUING REIMBURSEMENT. My ESTIMATE was $7,000!!!! All because NISSAN DID NOT INFORM US OF THEIR FAULTY RADIATOR and NOW WE HAVE TO PAY FOR A NEW TRANSMISSION!! Sorry folks, but I have done everything in my power with the exception of making my mission of making nissan pay a full time job!! PLEASE file with the NHTSA and MAKE SURE YOU SAY THAT THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE!! I've read other NHTSA complaints and they suck!! You have to tell them this is a safety issue and it is! Having your car jerk around and your transmission slip so bad that you stall or dramatically drop speed on a grade is a safety issue. ONE THING I CAN SAY WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY IS THAT I WILL NEVER BUY A NISSAN AGAIN. I work at a large corporation and I tell all my friends about this story and I can say that I PERSONALLY HAVE PREVENTED 4 FRIENDS FROM BUYING A NISSAN :)
  • santonio1santonio1 Posts: 18
    ok I sent my email to NHTSA...
  • alisonlalisonl Posts: 30
    Good job Santonio1. ( :
    And yes, we must be telling them how we have to literally downshift the car (I downshifted to 4th) to prevent the skipping..and sometimes wouldnt accelerate to avoid fear it was going to drop out of my car. It is a safety issue, ABSOLUTELY AND A MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR DEFECT!!! And NHTSA also investigates the defect portion, that is also their responsibility. Ok santonio, ensure you call your attorney general too to assist in this. They must know also what is going on with consumers, its their responsibility as well to protect "their" consumers out there.

  • santonio1santonio1 Posts: 18
    OK will call my Attorney general soon....have to work today but will try at lunch...Scott
  • barb_715barb_715 Posts: 4
    Mine went mid June. TOTALLY! When it did, it left parts behind in the road and something that broke off ripped a hole in the casing making the 2005 LE little more than a huge paoperweight! I've been promised a new transmission and parts by a specific date many times now. Have a friend who is a mechanic for the US Government. He was able to contact someone at the main Nissan ditributorship for the US and was told they have none in stock and have not been given a date to expect to recieve any for distruibution. Was told August 30th might be a guess but there is no official date for the distributor to receive and to begin shipping out tio shops for necessary repairs. The only thing my friend was able to find, nation wide, was transmissions taken from "junked" 05 Pathfinders so, if you've getten one, beware, it likely came from a vehicle that had been totaled and will again develope the same problems. Might this problem fall under "Lemon Laws?" :lemon: Any thoughts on this?
    BTW...It's been suggested I invest in a cheap ued car while waiting to et my Pathfinder back as it would likely be less expensive than continuing to rent the economy car that's costing me well over 1k per month! :mad:
  • I went back to the dealer yesterday and said I wanted out of my Pathfinder!!! Ironically the new transmission showed up the day before. I did not get it fixed.

    Thankfully the local dealer in New Hampshire were the ones who gave a crap in this whole thing.
    Thank you Honda Barn for working with me to get out from my P.O.S. Pathfinder and in to a new Honda Pilot.

    In will continue for a while to Twitter to Nissan about how much I love my Honda and how much Nissan continues to suck. they still cost me money in trade in, rental cars, and repairs that should have never been necessary.
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