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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems



  • You have to sign yourself up. Federal judge is combining the NY, CA, and TX lawsuits. Contact either Mark for the NY suit (highly advertised) or Jason at the Sheena Law Group in Houston. I am with Jason.....
  • I am one of the lead plaintiffs in the NY case. Contact Gary Graifman at or

    The prior reply is correct. The case is in the courts now with a motion to connect the states involved. I believe it should be ruled upon soon. The more people, the better!
  • kt2007kt2007 Posts: 1
    I just emailed the lawyer above at KGG in regards to my 2007 Pathfinder. Had the same issue and needed a new radiator and tranny which Nissan did cover, however they made me pay a deductible and charged me for a loaner. I got off relatively easy I guess compared to others but still, Nissan isn't being helpful about any of this!! I would like to join the suit if possible.

    Also had an issue with 2005 Pathfinder and a defected gas tank which caused me to break down 3 x's before Nissan did anything about it. Both these defects are safety issues!!
  • The leads should stick together....we are the Texas leads.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I think owners would be better off going it alone with their own individual case. In a class action, the lead plaintiff(s) may do okay but everyone else will likely just a coupon for $500 off a new car.

    For example:

    A case in which the only winners are lawyers (MSNBC)

    Honda sued over mileage in small claims court = (MSNBC)

    Lemon lawyers are a dime a dozen and many will evaluate your case for free. You could wind up with a lot better deal than waiting around many years for a class action suit to come to some conclusion.
  • What exactly was your issue with the radiator and how many miles were on your vehicle?
  • i just responded to an auto reply from someone who posted on the following attorney email addresses at Gary Graifman at and

    The following was the email I sent.

    I live in Ohio and have had the following issue with my Nissan Pathfinder and it is posted on

    #925 of 977 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [ahsummer123] by pathfinder2008
    Feb 12, 2012 (8:05 pm)

    Replying to: ahsummer123 (Dec 23, 2011 1:09 pm)

    From OHIO. 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 115K miles. Radiator ruptured causing fluids to mix in transmission. Result contamination of transmission and need of new transmission, new radiator and flush. Dealer quote near $6500 to fix and Corp. Nissan knew of faulty Radiator in which they extended the warranty to 80,000 miles. Problem is no notification to me of faulty part by Nissan Corporate or from Dealer where purchased vehicle or Dealer where vehicle has been routinely serviced.

    Corporate regional representative said "I am sorry there is nothing we can do to assist you in the repair of your vehicle". Why I ask.. "because of the high mileage on your vehicle.

    No type of offer to me at all.

    Just to say: I had extended warranty which expired at 100K.

    Servicing Dealer, provided cost of repair and "call Nissan back".

    Thank You,
  • Hello,

    As many of you know, the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC) is working with the NHTSA on a defect petition for these vehicles and the radiator issue. ransmission%20defect.html

    Does anyone have photos of any failed part or personal stories they would like to share with us?

    Please feel free to look us up and share your information to help us push through for a national recall on this issue.

    Your friends at NCCC
  • We will definately add ours as it was a safety issue and thank goodness my husband is a good driver or could have been a mess. I will connect with both NHTSA and the NCCC.
  • brownjen8brownjen8 Posts: 2
    edited April 2012
    I have a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. I too have the same problem with radiator & transmission. I called Nissan and they will not help me because I have 103,000 miles on it. The lady I talked to was Jacenta (sp) and she told me that I did have 103,000 miles on it so they couldn't help me and hung up on me. Obviously Nissan feels that a transmission should only last 80,000 miles and if their faulty m...echanics cause antifreeze to ruin your transmission they should not be held responsible. I wonder if any CEO of Nissan would take a gallon of antifreeze and dump into their transmission? That is exactly what Nissan is doing and it usually happens around the 100,000 mark from what I hear. We consumers pay good money for Nissans and then they will not own up to their mistakes and their customer service is terrible. I suggest to anyone and everyone: DO NOT BUY A NISSAN. A few websites to visit. And please google about Nissan, you will find their customer service is rated very low and the automobiles have many troubles, not to mention their tasteless choice of advertising with the motorcycle massacre. - cts-xterra-2005-2007

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  • Well, I know a Jen Brown in northeast Texas...hope that is not you. But, get to join the ranks of 100's of Pathfinder, Frontier, and Exxtera owners with the exact problem. As I understand, Nissan continued the same faulty installation thru the 2010 model year. There have been 2007, 08s, and 09s who have reported the same problem. The issue began with the 2005 year. Ours is a 2006 model Pathfinder. If you are in Texas, we have a suit that has been combined with the suits from Ca and Ny. It is being scheduled to be heard in Ny soon.
  • 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Transmission started slipping going around corners. Then I got off highway, (myself and 5 kids!! and it wouldn't shift out of 1st gear. I parked at the business there off highway. I needed to go into and when I came out there was this pink mixture on the ground, thick. No one would believe me that it came from my truck. My husband said I "just happened to park over top of where someone dropped their ice cream cone, and it was melting". I took a picture of mixture that leaked out, had truck towed to Nissan dealer. They came back with $6000 for new radiator and transmission! Coolant from radiator had gotten into transmission and ruined, but not into engine thankfully! Had hubby call Nissan Customer Relations. First lady listened to whole story said she'd pass it along, Shane called, then a lady called and said because we didn't buy the extended warranty they would not offer us any "financial help" as ours has 106,000. I feel I shouldn't have to buy a warranty if they install, and have knowledge that the parts are faulty and will destroy the transmission. They admitted "fault" when then extended the warranty to 80,000. However, a lot..or most? Are experiencing after 100,000 miles. I can't afford to fix. I can't have a $400/mo truck pymt on a truck that's not running. I am going to let them repo it. I have no choice. I hate Nissan.
  • luckyducluckyduc Posts: 17
    That is right! Punish Nissan by telling family and friends about this. It may take several years before Nissan feels the result from their lack of corporate "Good Will", but they will feel it with future sales... Especially in this world of connected Social media. Things go viral very quickly these days.
  • I had the same leaking radiator problem like everyone else with our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was 2000 km over the extended warranty limit. We would bring the vehicle to Nissan dealership if we were made aware of the defect sooner. We asked Nissan for assistance. After many phone calls, emails, time spent collect past maintenance record requested by Nissan Canada and months of waiting, we finally got a reply. Below is my response to their reply.

    "Thank you [Nissan Customer Service rep] for passing the news that Nissan would not do anything for our loss and their defective automobile, and for wasting our time. I can assure you we will spread our words about the quality of Nissan vehicle, so less people will experience what we have experienced. I am happy to report that after this incident we have traded in our Nissan for a Toyota which we have been very happy with, and my dad has sold his Nissan for a Lexus. Even though the resale Nissan worths less than other vehicle of similar type and age, it's wonderful to got rid of our headache and future headaches. I will look forward to the day Nissan disappear from this world.
    Best of luck to all of you working for Nissan."

    We traded in the Nissan after replaced the radiator. Transmission was still working at the time, but we didn't want to take a chance of keeping a time bomb. The problem is well known among dealships of other car makers, so we got only $8000 for the trade in, but this is better than having to pay $5000 later on repairs. We had so many problems with this vehicle since we purchased it new from a dealership - noises, signal problem, gauge problem, etc. - and spent a lot of money fixing them including getting scammed by dealership (asked to pay for an item under warranty). What we experienced with Nissan is bad vehicle, bad service and ignorance.

    This is our one time experience with Nissan. Lesson learnt.
  • nissan666nissan666 Posts: 1
    Having the same issues as everyone else with the transmission. My Pathfinder is currently in the shop (broke down on side of the road out of state and almost killed crossing intersection) and I am waiting for a reply from "Ramon" at Nissan. I don't have the greatest feeling they are going to do anything to help, I have 85k miles and out of that ridiculous extended warranty; "unrelenting" is you pathfinder after you fixed the transmission?
  • unrelentingunrelenting Posts: 42
    I see by your reference name you either really view Nissan the same way the 'Waterboy' referred to his momma's favorite comment...or just took the next number above 665. I am thinking the 1st.... Our transmission took a little tweaking primarily associated with the overdrive gears shuddering during transition to OD. I have a very good service person, who has now done 5 with the same problem in a town of only 35,000 and several transmission shops. Nissan has created a gold mine for transmission specialists due to their desire to make a buck then turn down all requests over 80K for customers who would quiet assuredly would not have bought a Nissan if they would have known that the transmission would die after 80K. I am going to continue to be a good plaintiff by not using the work suck in a sentence related to Nissan.
  • kedohertykedoherty Posts: 2
    So we just bought a (new to us) 2007 Pathfinder and have now found out about this. It is I believe showing signs of this now at 80,000 some miles. I am planning to contact the dealer we got it from but am totally freaking out. Any advice? I'm in NJ any cases here about this?
  • gharpmangharpman Posts: 88
    I'm from Northern NJ. Had my bout with Nissan. In the end, after about 7 months of intense calls etc., they covered the repairs. My 2005 Pathfinder had only 38,000 mi at the time. They don't stand behind their customers, unless its having them bend over first. I wound up trading in the Pathfinder for a Hyundai Sante Fe (Top of The Line). Best move I made. I will NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN ANYTHING AGAIN. If you can, return the Pathfinder citing that the Dealer should have known about the problem and didn't make you aware. It's a widespread issue. Dealers were alerted to a warranty extension to 80k MI. I'd really try to get my $$ back--and get a Santa Fe.
  • kedohertykedoherty Posts: 2
    Thanks. I'm also Northern NJ. I have contacted the dealer and taking the car in the morning we'll see what happens. We also have a Nissan Frontier that we totally love and have nothing but awesome luck with so we were so shocked when we found this info. I'll let you know how it goes.
  • bimmer007bimmer007 Posts: 1
    As read thru this post and other similar incidents with the Nissan transmission issues, I realized my problem with nissian was not isolated. I was a proud owner of a 2006 nissan pathfinder until the transmission gave way because of some faulty relation to the radiator. i went ahead and replaced the radiator and transmision last year April. today, May 8th, I am shopping around for another transmission to get the vehicle moving again, because it stopped on the highway with me today. I will NEVER buy another Nissan again. Poor customer service, warranty is a joke and nothing seems to be their fault. I am done at this point in time, just trying to get it in a driving condition to trade in/sell this nightmare. My truck is over 100,000 miles now, body is in great condition, but the mechanics of it really sucks!! Nissan Pathfinder is not what its hyped up to be. stay away!!!!
  • agentx88agentx88 Posts: 1
    I understand everyone's frustration, and had a friend of mine experience this very issue. That was what originally had me researching it to begin with.
    The situation: for the automatic transmission, the transmission fluid is pumped through heat exchangers in the front of the vehicle- one in the bottom of the radiator, one just behind the grill. The heat exchanger inside the radiator begins to leak, allowing antifreeze to enter the transmission fluid and eventually into the transmission itself. The antifreeze seems to have devastating effects on the internals of the transmission over time. Unfortunately, by the time you notice something is wrong, it's too late.
    I'm not 100% sure, but I think the one in the radiator is to help warm the transmission fluid during cold weather to allow for smoother shifting. I don't see how it would help cool the fluid, since the radiator will be warmer during normal operating conditions anyway.
    I just completely bypassed the radiator with a male-male barb fitting. I disconnected the hoses from the bottom of the radiator, connected the two with the barb fitting, clamped them down, and capped the old fittings on the radiator. I then made sure to tie the hose up out of the way, and make sure it wasn't kinked.
    My wife has been driving it without issue for about 2 years now. We don't tow anything of significant size, but the heat exchanger in front behind the grill does enough to keep it from overheating, and I haven't noticed any issues during cold weather shifting.
    For normal around town driving, I don't see that the radiator heat exchanger is needed. I think it was just a stupid design flaw on Nissan's part.
    From what I've seen, the transmission fluid should never be as hot as the radiator at normal temperature, so it gets heated in the radiator, and then cooled down behind the grill before going back to the transmission. I just eliminated the additional heating, as well as the potential for destroying the transmission. And I live in the south east US.
  • lispaivlispaiv Posts: 1
    I also have a 2006 Nissan pathfinder and am having the same problem with the transmission it just started happening. I've owed the car for about 3 years. I have 96700 mileages on it. I'm a single mom with two kids and can not afforded a 400.00 payment every month and this added expensive. I went with a pathfinder because I had an x-Terra and had great luck with it. Hoping that something can be done about this.
  • hockeyeasthockeyeast Posts: 43
    Just had mine replaced. Nissan covered it. The cost to do the work was over 8 thousand dollars! 71,000 miles, new transmission.
  • nwfindernwfinder Posts: 9
    I have not heard of this affecting any Pathfinders beyond 2008. Where did you get your info?
  • unrelentingunrelenting Posts: 42
    1) From the allegations in the law suit.....covers 2005 - 2010 Pathfinders.
    2) From a few who have posted the same issues who have 2010 models.
  • path05path05 Posts: 2
    I took my 2005 pathfinder to the dealer for the same transmission problems. I bought it with 45000 miles 3 years ago and now has 72000 miles so the dealer told me that they gonna replace the tranny and radiator and give me a rental car fo free since is still under the 80k extended warranty. I guees I got lucky so far. So my main concern now is if this repair is a permanent solution for this problems or it can happen again?
  • Nissan nor the dealer ever made me aware for an opportunity to repair, before it was too late. Too late is how I found out, after radiator ruptured and vehicle was towed to dealer.
  • Same here. I know I've been going to this dealer since before 80K. No mail, e-mail, phone call. In fact, the last service I had done was at 90K, a huge one that covered all the fluids, etc. After the pickup and I took it home. I found under the hood a bottle of unopened coolant leak sealer! I shrugged it off thinking it was extra or something and they forgot it under the hood. SO, now here I am and wondering if they did know about it all along and just blew the issue off. I have ammo now and I didn't even realize it. Whether or not they believe me is the problem and I wished I said something about it then. I'm guilty of putting too much trust in these stealerships! Never again, they aren't my friends, ever.
  • I am facing the same issue with my 2007 Pathfinder.
    Was your's still under warranty?
  • Do you have to be the original owner to use the warranty?
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