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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • How did it work out? Just added my post to this mess, 2006 Pathfinder- had to replace radiator for $1500- crossing my fingers that tranny isn't shot, too. Did Nissan do anything to compensate?
  • hi i have a 1988 nissan pathfinder with a plow on it i only use it to plow my driveway.when i am backing up it goes good but when i put into drive an start goin it feels like the brakes are on i took them all apart an they r free moving
  • I picked up my Pathfinder the other day. My service advisor told me Nissan called him and asked him why they would tell me about the other Pathfinder that was in with the same issues and that they (Nissan) initially agreed to cover everything. The service advisor said because it was the truth and he thought they would then be covering my car and he didn't want me to worry about it. Sounds to me like Nissan is hoping to keep this problem under wrap! I'm sure the BBB will be interested in hearing about that as well. So far, Nissan is not interested in doing any type of recall. They told me on the phone that nobody had ever complained about this issue. I trust my dealership and service department where I bought my Pathfinder from, but I certainly don't trust Nissan!!
  • Can't believe that even a Nissan radiator costs that much considering it's made by another company. (most likely Toyo Corp) As for $280.00 for labor? I wonder what the "book" time calls for in labor. That sounds a bit high to me seeing how I can change mine in my driveway in 30 minutes. Though I don't have a 2005 Pathfinder, I've looked at one, and there is nothing special that should make the labor that high to replace the radiator. At least they are covering the transmission!
  • v53v53 Posts: 1
    I also am getting the proverbial runaround. I have had the Pathfinder for 4 years and have 54000 miles. Nissan NA has declined to honor their 5 yr/60K drive train warranty, even though I purchased an extended warranty at vehicle purchase (which covers the radiator but not the tranny). They say it is a third party extended warranty, and not theirs. The dealer made no distinction when I purchased. Shouldn't matter. Nothing in the warranty states there are "conditions" that would void it. This is clearly fraud.
    I have a call into the GM at the dealer where I purchased it but do not expect a call back. I intend to contact BBB, Hwy Safety Admin and Federal Trade Comm. In addition, there is a TV Consumer Advocate Reporter that lives in the neighborhood.

    Perhaps a Class Action Lawsuit will do the trick - ANY LAWYERS OUT THERE WILLING TO TAKE THIS ON?
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
  • rmt8571rmt8571 Posts: 8
    I spoke to a supervisor at Nissan last night who said the case is closed on their end. She told me to an option was to contact the BBB and seemed very surprised when I told her I had already sent in all the paperwork. I got the standard "I understand your concerns" speech from them. My response was, "No you don't. You're not the one out $7200." I'm waiting to hear what the BBB has to say about all this. I even included these blogs in my mailing to them to show a continual pattern with Nissan refusing to do anything. I encourage everyone to do the same.
  • matt188matt188 Posts: 2
    My gas gauge has failed and is triggering the check engine light. The dealer wants almost $500 to replace it so I have been tracking my miles to avoid running out of gas. I heard on the news tonight that Nissan is recalling some trucks and SUV's for faulty gas gauges. Does anyone know if the 05 Pathfinder is part of the recall?
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    You have to keep fighting, I did not give them any reason to believe that I was giving up on them covering the transmission. I requested to speak with managers and advised them that I would file complaints with everyone possible until they honored the trans warranty. I've gotten two different regional specialist at Nissan NA to confirm with me that they have seen other cases like this so don't let them tell you that your case is unique. I was able to get them to cover my transmission and I have 58,036 miles on my Pathfinder. I am still willing to do whatever is necessary to hold them responsible for both the radiator & transmission. I really don't think we should have to pay for replacing the faulty radiator, which I made them confirm before replacing that this "new" model does not have the same issues. Nissan needs to be held responsible!
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    I am so glad you posted this! I am having the exact same problem, dealer just called me back and big shocker, they are not covering the transmission (even though I have 56000 miles and it's covered up to 60,000) because of the radiator! My quote is $4500 + tax to fix both issues. I'm not sure where to go from here. I guess I'll call Nissan directly tomorrow (instead of just the local dealer where I bought it). I've seen quite a few of these complaints and yes they need to "own up" to their faulty radiator that led to the transmission problems in the first place!
  • rmt8571rmt8571 Posts: 8
    I just heard back from the BBB Autoline. They will not handle this due to the age of my car. At the time I brought it in to the dealer it wasn't even three years old yet. I am so frustrated that Nissan is getting away with this. I'm now on to the news hotline. Maybe an investigative reporter would like this story due to the recent issues with Toyota. Right now it looks like I'm out the cash. Going up the chain at Nissan isn't doing any good for me.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Radiator caused the problem. Your dealer is full of it. Radiator leaked, contaminating trans. Trans fluid flowed bacxk into radiator, contaminating it. Keep fighting. Keep calling Nissan. Ditch your dealer and find another one if you can. Tell your dealer you're gonna spread the word that he won't stand behind his vehicle. call the local TV Radio stations. Make some damn noise. you will get results.
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    My husband had the same reaction, didn't make sense to him either. I don't know a lot about cars but I do know this is very wrong and Nissan needs to make it right. After reading all of these similar complaints, I am fired up and ready for the fight. I have no problem attacking this "head on". Bring it on! Thanks to all the advice on here, I have a lot of people to contact (BBB, Fed Trade Com, HWY Safety Adm, etc). Lets make them listen, this is legitimate!
  • homer028homer028 Posts: 4
    OK - so I got a notice about recalls and warnings for my Pathfinder, and stumbled upon this discussion. I am new to owning 4wd vehicles, but not to cars - have much experience in fixing, maintenance etc.. - besides slippage, and milky atf fluid - what are some of the other signs?

    I have vibrations in the car on the highway, but I got underneath last summer and found my u-joint bearing really loose- and haven't had a chance to replace it but here is what is happening right now:

    Driving - I get the rumble and shake in 2wd until I get up to the highway, then I switch it to auto (on the 2wd-4wd dial) and it takes care of the vibration while I am on the power. Once I let off the gas (on the highway) then I get the shakes until I power up again. When I get back off the highway I switch it back to 2wd. I have about 80k miles, and just agreed to buy out my lease. Hopefully it wasn't a mistake

    I HAD thought it was the u-joint and bearing until now.

    Like I said before I havent had a big suv, nor a 4wd, so am thinking these sounds and engine rev slightly higher are normal for this car/truck. How else can I check for this (hopefully potential, and not already) problem?

    BTW- had the fuel sender unit replaced back around 55k miles. Bought the part myself intending to put it in, got the dealer to do it when I was in there for a diff problem for around $100.

  • homer028homer028 Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    BTW my vin - 5n1ar18w15cxxxxxx for those interested. So my pathfinder was built in Smyrna, TN. Are others with this problems ones from the Mississippi facility?

    I also downloaded the service manual for $8.99 from a site called tradebit. It looks to be the entire service manual in pdf format. Personally I dont like looking at pdf's but if it will save me $$ I'll get over it.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    There are two coolers. I think my tranny place took the hoses from the larger cooler and reversed them.
  • homer028homer028 Posts: 4
    just called the service dept here locally and was told it was an oil cooler, so that is why I modified my post.
  • rmt8571rmt8571 Posts: 8
    I sent an email to Nissan letting them know even though they have closed my file on my end I am not done. I did also send an email to one of our local news investigators with the hope that they will be interested in this fiasco! I'm sending the president of Nissan USA a letter next.
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    Stacy20 - contact Nissan NA right away and have them open a file for you. I did this while I was still at the dealership as the dealership let me know right away that Nissan would not cover it. I refused to accept that and began my fight. It took 3.5 weeks for them to finally approve me but they fought back and denied me twice. They will argue that since it was the radiator that caused the transmission to fail that they don't have to honor the warranty. In the end they had me fax over the 30,000 service records (I brought the car @ 30, 386 so I simply contacted the dealer I brought it from and had them fax me over the used car inspection they did before I brought the car). Once they had that, I was approved but I spent way too much time on the phone with them arguing my case. My quote to fix was the same price ($4541) and I ended up spending $1025 for just the radiator once they covered the transmission
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Thank you so much. I just got off the phone with Nissan NA and got my file number but have to wait for someone to call me back (they said Monday). This site has been so helpful, I appreciate it!
  • In any class action suits or complaints about the transmission problems, don't forget the thousands of Frontier owners also getting screwed over. Nissan should be held accountable. 2&PID=3193543&kw=N&synpartner=edmunds&mktid=cj260233
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Well, just heard back from Nissan NA, big suprise, they are not covering costs "at this time." Hmm, already filed with the BBB and contacted a lemon law attorney. Now I wait for a bit? I'm not sure where to go from here, I feel like I'm at a stand still. Wow is this frustrating!!! Did you keep calling Nissan NA and talking to the same regional specialist? I got nowhere with him...
  • tseyffstseyffs Posts: 12
    keep trying.... do not give up and be sure they know you filed a complain with the BBB. The BBB will contact them with regards to this.
    This needs to be listed as a defect at Nissan. Tell the regional specialist you do not wish to speak with him any longer regarding your issue and that you want to talk to his manager. Tell them you will fax over your BBB compaint and several examples of this same issue off edmuds and the highway and safetly administration. Persevere!
  • rmt8571rmt8571 Posts: 8
    I let our local "Watchdog" know about this and they contacted our US Senator's office who told her to have me contact them as they are willing to help. I'm just awaiting them to return my call now. The government is very interested in all of these issues in lieu of everything going on with Toyota. Hopefully they give Nissan a call and get it through their heads that they are to be held responsible for this. Also, contact the FTC and file a complaint with them. The more that are registered the better.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I spoke to woman who is based in Canada and, I think, handles the East Coast/Mid-Atlantic region. Try to go levels above the person you spoke to. Be a pain in the butt.

    Good Luck.
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    Stacy20 - don't just let it go...I did not wait at all, once she initially denied my claim I advised her that I needed to take this to the next level and speak with a manager. She advised me that she would re-review my file and get back to me so 2 days later she again denied but I called into the hotline again and requested one of the reps have a manager call me back. My case was handled by 3 different specialist as my initial specialist was out a few times so others would call me in her place. With each one I made clear that I was not taking no for an answer and would talk their ear off about how this was their responsibility as it is a known issue. You have to be persistent and let them know that you will not give up. They approve on a case by case basis so if they know they can defeat you, they will. Keep pushing and be sure to also file a complaint with
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Ok, back at it again today. Filed a complaint with and called Nissan NA again and said I needed to talk to a manager instead of my specialist. A regional manager is supposed to call me tomorrow. I also asked how many complaints needed to be on file before they would issue a recall, he had no idea but I am wondering at what point they are either forced to recall or willingly issue a recall (must be a pretty high number because we've all complained and filed with several organizations!!). I think I've hit them all: Nissan NA, BBB, FTC,, and I even contacted a lemon law attorney (I talked to her assistant, seemed interested but haven't moved on that yet). Are there any others left to contact? If you guys don't mind me asking.. what exactly did you say that made them change their mind? Did you go after the faulty radiator that led to the transmission problems in the first place? They have since changed out the radiator, right? Trying to "get all my ducks in a row". Thanks for all the help!!
  • My two week old 2010 Pathfinder got stuck as I was picking up my child from daycare. The shifting mechanism would not move pass Reverse. Here are some of the few things I tried until it finally gave up. It has happen before but not like this. Has anyone experienced this before? The dealership says it is the first time they hear of this happening and perhaps I was too harsh with the shift. I felt somehow offended... This should not be happening at all....this is the car I drive my kids to school in. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    1. I tried applying the breaks all the way to the end to see if the car would release the shift and would allow for it to move to park.

    2. Tried taking my seatbelt off and putting it back on to see if this would create a reaction.

    3. Tried moving it to park position or seeing if it would move to Neutro or other but it wouldn't...It was stuck in Reverse.

    Please help! I am afraid this will happen....The engine felt funny afterward...just the ease of the car as you are driving...just felt like holding back a little. I am really worry about this as I take my kids to school.

    The guys said that perhaps I had applied to much strength to it...I wish they had been in the car with me to see how it all happened.

    Please help!
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    When they finally agreed to cover my transmission, they advised that I would have to cover the radiator myself and use a nissan radiator. I originally didnt want to as their radiator is what initially caused the problem with the transmission but they do claim that they have since been updated and no longer have the same problems.

    I simply argued that regardless of what caused the transmission to fail, it failed and I was still under warranty and refused to pay for a new one. I did point out over and over that they did install a faulty radiator in the 05 pathfinders and they need to cover that as well. I hope it goes well for you.....I am now having problems with my fuel guage not working and have opened a new file as apparently they are not covering the 05 models in the recall. Ugghhh I am so done with Nissan, this is so disappointing!
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