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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • nbkzl68nbkzl68 Posts: 5
    Just wanted to update everyone on my situation. I own an '05 Pathfinder with the same radiator/transmission problem as everyone is noting on this thread. I purchased the vehicle in Jan. of this year with 62K on it. At the time of purchase, I also purchased a warrantly program with a third party company. Just 2K miles later (4 weeks later) I started noticing the vibration noise around 45-55 mph (sounds like you are driving over grooved pavement). Shortly thereafter, the car started acting up to where you would press down on the gas pedal and the car would struggle to go. We dropped the vehicle off at the Nissan dealer. At that time, they confirmed that something blew up in the radiator causing coolant fluid getting into the transmission lines. The radiator had to be replaced along with the transmission lines being flushed out. The warranty company covered the cost to replace the radiator (I had to pay for the flush as that is not covered by the warranty comp.). The transmission was flushed two times in an attempt to get all of the coolant fluid out. Two weeks later (Monday of this week), the same problem happened (press down on the gas pedal and the vehicle struggles to go). Dropped vehicle back off at the dealer. They are now saying that the transmission needs to be replaced. Warranty company is not happy at all because they just replaced the radiator. And now they have to replace the transmission. The warranty company is sending an adjustor out to the dealer today to further inspect the situation. Awaiting a call back from the dealer today to confirm that the warranty company is going to cover the replacement of the transmission. More to come....
  • I purchase a used 2005 Nissan Pathfinder from a None Nissan Dealer (Townsend Chevrolet) without a Warrenty. After 3 years the vehicle Vibrates everytime you drive it. My mechanic put the dynostic hand held unit and it read a code, which meant that it was the Catalytic Converter on the Passenger Side, I replaced the Catalytic Converter, and that didnt fix the problem, the vehicle still vibrates when you drive it. After reading all the complaints, it seem to me what I have is a problem with the radiator coolant leaking into the transmission. I would like to know what are my rights on getting my vehicle repair, and who should I complaint to and where to send the letter. HELP PLEASE
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Nissan is unbelievable. A $5,000 repair that is under warranty and they offer me $1,000 towards the transmission for "goodwill". What do they not understand about their own warranty?! Ugh! Waiting to hear back from a manager AGAIN! Hope they will decide to stand by their warranty soon so we can fix it and trade it in ASAP! Never again!
  • :mad: I don't know what else to do. My problem is that I purchase the vehicle from a non Nissan Dealer and now I have this problem. I wish there was a recall on this problem ASAP. I cant even call it a Lemon Law, because thats for cars 2006 and over.
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    cobra1994 - I even purchased my 05 Pathfinder at the Nissan dealer, it has NOT made an ounce of difference! I am beyond frustrated with them and Nissan. I think they have me beat. I've called everyday and talked to specialists, supervisors, and tomorrow a manager is supposed to call me back. They were extremely matter of fact about not covering the transmission. The BBB is going to contact them next but he didn't seem too optimistic. It's amazing to me how this can happen, how on earth are they still getting away with this?!
  • Sane problem everyone is complaining about. Coolant leaked into transmission because of faulty radiator. $7,000 fix with new radiator, rebuilt transmission, water pump and misc items. 84,000 miles, extended waranty ran out 8,000 miles ago. Dealer says tough luck. Can anything be done?
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Call the Dept. of Transpotation or go to their site. Get the form and report the radiator, especially the trans as a safety hazzard because the tran could bind when you're on the road. The more people that report this problem, the better chance for a recall. I did it.Also call your radio and TV stations and tell them. The iron is hot now , with Toyota having all their problems. Good Luck.
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    Talked to a manager at Nissan NA today and after ALOT of phone calls etc, they are finally covering the transmission!!! You all were right on the money when you said to keep calling and going up (specialists, supervisors, managers). Thank you.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Congrats. I told you, you just gotta wear 'em down. Hopefully others will benefit.
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    So happy to hear that they are finally covering your transmission. Seems like the only thing that works is to keep at it, speak to as many specialist & managers as possible. They are not willing to cover at first but with persistence, they will we need a recall on the radiator so I can get my $1025 back!!!!
  • qkj2qkj2 Posts: 14
    now that my transmission/radiator have been gas guage is acting anyone else having this problem on the 2005 pathfinder? I called in to Nissan NA and the 2005 is not part of the recall, give me a break here - I love my truck but all these new issues are driving me insane!!
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    For sure, to everyone having these problems, keep calling. I guess they need to know you are serious. Although, the BBB got back with me after Nissan gave me the ok on the transmission and said they couldn't have helped me bc my 2005 was too old. Did you guys get that response from them too? I know it's not new but it only has 56,000 miles. Just thought that was weird. Not sure what my next move would have been... annoying Nissan some more I guess. As far as the gas gauge, I haven't had that yet but I've read quite a few complaints about it when I was researching the transmission/radiator problem, something to look forward to?! Geez!
  • Hi All, I have been reading through this and have a cple questions. My pfinder is a 2005. I have replaced 2 ujoints because of vibrating while driving. I have also replaced tires - all of this becaue the dealership told me I needed to! UGH!!! Seems to now be corrected.

    Now, I am facing transmission issues. And could use some feedback, help.

    I have 95K miles on mine. When I tried to put the car in reverse, the gear shows as in P unless i just wiggle it a little bit. Then when I place it in D - it shows either P or R unless again I wiggle it a little bit. If I dont get it just right, it pops. So, I read thru this figured out how to check the fluid and it is a pinkish color. I think that is bad. But I am not sure. Does anyone know? Also, what have people had to do in the past to correct? Replace it completely? Or I saw something about turning it over to your Insurance for replacement if there is water in the radiator? I am just wondering what my options are. I swear they rip me off everytime I go in just because I am a female. So, if anyone could give me some guidance, I would really appreciate it.

    Oh last I was in, they said I needed to replace the catalytic convertors because the Check Engine light was on. And that I need back brakes. Covertors - $3K, Brakes $500.

    I really am a smart business woman, but I don't know diddly squat about vehicles.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Sounds like your dealer has been hosing you. Seems like the generic problem on 2005 Pathfinders is faulty radiators that leak coolant into the trans, contamintating and eventually ruining it and then the trans fluid leaks back into the radiator ruining it.
    The vibration you heard and problems you have in different gears are from a failing trans. You have to be persistent. Call Nissan North America. Be prepared for their refusal to cover costs of trans and radiator because of your mileage. Keep on their backs. Keep asking to go a level highter. Call your local TV and Radio stations. Try to get in touch with the person that has a"Help Me" segment on the news. Don't take no for an answer. And, find a new, honest dealer. Good Luck.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
    Is it true that the years prior to 1995 were OK and the transmissions did not give any signs of bad performance do the the Leakey radiators? :confuse:
  • I've been watching this forum ever since it started, so I really don't think any years prior to 2005 were affected. Radiators are just like tires these days: they can have any number of manufacturers. Just so happens that in 2005 whichever company that Nissan was receiving radiators from obviously had a defect built into every radiator.You are probably safe as long as your year-model is not a 2005. Good luck!
  • condrenvcondrenv Posts: 9
    :( I have a 2006 Pathfinder with 78,500 mile and I too have the vibration or what they call a shutter in the rear. My gas gauge has been broken for 6 months and I am not part of the recall. Today another dealer replaced my catalytic converter which is covered under the manufacture warranty for 80,000 miles. As for the vibration the first shop said they only thing they could find was that I threw a weight off my drive shaft (which is common) so they fixed that for $350.00 and it did not work. They continued to try and figure it and finally gave up. They recommended bringing it to a dealer. The first dealer said replace tranny for $5700 and I almost died. Then I brought to a tranny specialist said torque converter $2500. Called Nissan at 1-800-Nissan-1 and after 3 days they said that I was SOL. Brought it to another dealer and they are really not sure what the problem is but if I replace the tranny it should fix the problem. After reading this blog I am going to have my tranny fluid checked since I had to fill my radiator recently. I thank everyone for posting it helps to trouble shoot when no one else really gives a hoot.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Have to replace tranny, radiator (original source of trouble) check and replace hoses if contaminated by tranny fluid. Report it to the DOT. I was lucky and persistent. It took me about 2 wks from my start of contacts, 'til I got justice. I paid $450 (1/2 dlr labor cost) to replace tranny and radiator. Luckily, I had a good dealer for the work; but I did all the footwork with Nissan North America. Keep calling them. Tell them you know the problem is widespread. Don't threaten them.You'll piss'em off and won't get anywhere. Good luck.
  • condrenvcondrenv Posts: 9
    I just went to the DOT website and I could not find anything that would be related to car issues where did you report to? Also, what year and how many miles does you truck have?
  • tbrooks1tbrooks1 Posts: 1
    Recently, our 2006 Pathfinder SE 4x4 starting shuttering or vibrating in the rear. We took it to a local mechanic and he said the transmission was ok and the 4x4. That the problem was the ECU (brain) and we needed to take it to a dealer. We have 80,000 miles on our vehicle. Yesterday, we took it to the dealer and they called back and said that we needed a new transmission and new radiator. They said it would cost $5,400 and we about died. Also, my fuel tank is doing exactly what the recall says and they said I was not part of the recall and it would cost $468. My husband and I both feel like we are being taken for a ride and they just want us to buy a new car. When you use the word tranny - are y'all referring to the transmission? Wonder if I call Nissan if they would replace it even though its not under warranty anymore though? We are very upset and if it ends up being the transmission - we've already decided - no more Nissan's for us b/c this is the first foreign car we've ever purchased.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I had 39,000 mi when I reported issue. The mileage was a positive in having Nissan cover the parts. You have to really go over the DOT sight to find where to report issues--or call them. good luck
  • stacy20stacy20 Posts: 15
    You are so right about "not threatening Nissan." We were getting so flustered by the whole mess, we did throw out some threats which got us nowhere. After several phone calls etc I collected my thoughts and told a manager that I wanted to be loyal to Nissan and stick with their product but they were making it very difficult. This approach seemed to work (thank goodness!!). My Pathfinder goes in Monday. I'm still not exactly sure what all is covered, she just said Nissan was taking care of it. I of course am hoping that means ALL of it ( I can dream big). I will keep you all posted. Did anyone ever have any luck with BBB?
  • my daughter's car in southwestern Va. same problem. radiator coolant in transmission 2005 pathfinder. quoted price for repair 4200.00.

    I am a federal congressional relations person. I intend to file an FTC charge if not corrected. This is certainly a case for recall. please urge anyone who has the same problem to sign to forum. In a small area of less than 10thousand people they have 2 cases this year. I note there are 27 forum cases. I suspect there are thousands nation wide.
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I had problem. Went after Nissan like a shark on a bloody fish. Have to be relentless.Nissan Na will find every reason to reject. It's like having a pre-existing condition. They should be held liable. Probably don't want a recall because it's too expensive.
    Unless they are honorable (ha!ha!) Nissan dealers try to take advantage of customers on this issue. They are too lazy to fight for you. My guys were ok, after a kick in the rump from me. I reported it as a safety issue to the Government agencies. It is a safety issue. If the trans quits when you're on the road, you're screwed.

    I would up paying $450 (half the dealer labor charge) for radiator,trans. I shouldn't have had to pay anything. Good Luck. Use your influence.
  • srexy1srexy1 Posts: 7
    My issue with them is simple. I was out if warranty when my issue occurred, but the were well aware of the problem long ago. Had they informed everyone of the potential of the transmission failure because if the faulty radiator, we all could have replaced the radiator for $600 instead of the radiator and transmission for $5200.00. They knowingly did not inform us with the hope that the majority of us would be out of warranty when the issue occurred...
  • pissednnjpissednnj Posts: 2
    edited March 2010
    So I have the same issue with my '05. I need a trans and radiator. I bought it used about a year ago. I called to ask for some type of assistance with the issue. I spoke with Nissan North America, no luck. They said nothing they could do, my vehicle was used. She just kept insisting that the vehicle was used. I know a vehicle should have plenty of life left at 70,000 miles used or not. I was angry, so I think I made her angry which got me nowhere. I am expecting a call from further management on Monday, I will try the nicer approach. I do feel on this issue all day they probably say no. I really wish there was something we could do. I will look into the lemon laws for my state to see if that will help me. I was extremely excited when I purchased my truck, now I'm discussed and will never buy another Nissan. I just had a baby and haven't been back to work in 7 months. this is a huge expense for a new mom. Good luck everyone, can anyone say class action suit, I'm down!!!!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Time to report this to your congressman and senators. problem seems to be widespread and covers several vehicles. good luck.
  • Thanks so much for the info. Something needs to be done!!!! I contacted all sources you suggested. I was also told to contact the Consumer Protection Agency for my state. Thanks again!
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    Here's an E-Mail I sent to my Senator, Scott Garrett. Anyone can use the guts of it and adapt it for their use.

    Nissan Corporation is shafting virtually all owners of 2005 Pathfinders. They installed a bunch of faulty radiators in production and the end result has been that the radiators leak coolant into the transmission and transmission fluid is leaked back into the radiator rendering both ultimately inoperative.

    If you go to the Forum and click through to 2005 Nissan Pathfiners-Transmission problems, you will find a host of very unhappy owners who got little or no satisfaction from Nissan USA.

    The problem happened in my Pathfinder. Because my dealer( Hackensack Nissan) informed me that the leakage had started and worked with me, and Pat Barrett Transmissions (great honest guys) told me to get a new radiator and trans from Nissan, I took up the good fight and finally got Nissan to replace the parts gratus while I paid half the Dealer labor charge of $450. I still think I should not have paid a dime.

    Nissan is dancing around a recall and frankly, pissing off alot of customers. Additionally, many dealerships are charging customers for :ghost repairs" or from between $6,000 and $7,500 for the transmission and radiator replacement.

    Make no mistake about it. This is a safety issue. If the radiator and/or trans fails on the road, people could be put in danger. We need someone to expose Nissan NA and the widespread problem they are trying to cover up.
  • 99accent99accent Posts: 237
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    Vehicle: 2,003 Nissan Pathfinder
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