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#1017 of 1245 Re: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder same issues [path05]
Jul 16, 2012 (7:43 am)
I recently test drove a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off Road that had a reduced price (below market value, which was kind of a warning) from a local dealer in Centennial Colorado.
Everything felt fine except at high speeds and decelerating, the transmission kind of jerked. That's what spawned me to question the transmission and research it online. Then found out about this "intermix" issue.
It is a very poor design to say the least. And since Nissan isn't really covering it as a defect, it is likely your car will be out of warranty before it occurs after 80k.
I took the car for a pre-sale inspection at a third-party Nissan dealer to have a certified Nissan tech look it over. They informed me that he intermix issue was pretty rare, but occurs on NIssan Pathfinders, XTerras from about 2005-2007 and it is more about the location of the factory where was made than it affecting all vehicles. I have also seen some things about some Frontiers as well online.
Anyways, the mechanic did mention there is that third party converter to add a radiator for the transmission only and re-route the lines independently as some people mentioned on this thread (est. $300). You need to catch it in time though.
Superficial signs are "pink slime" and "whitish film" on the radiator cap and on the transmission dip stick. But if the radiator fluid and transmission had recently been flushed (possibly to cover-up the issue by a deceitful seller), it would need to be driven about 100 miles before you could detect the intermix.
Anyways, the dealer still has the vehicle for sale at the original "reduced" price (now I know why it was reduced), and I think that is very poor business as I have shown them the inspection report and they are aware of the problem.
I just want to warn a potential buyer, so they don't get suckered into a $6000-$7000 quoted repair for a new transmission and radiator per the inspection.
beware of this vehicle:
2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off Road
#1018 of 1245 Re: 2007 Pathfinder water in trans fluid [dawnma1]
Jul 16, 2012 (8:33 am)
The clowns at Nissan dealt with the defect this way. They acknowledged it, put this program together to show they were being fair and honest, but ultimately put the $4500-6000 repair costs on the owners.
NEVER BUY NISSAN again.
#1020 of 1245 Re: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder same issues [wasuv]
Jul 16, 2012 (9:42 am)
Ok I can't say I would never buy Nissan again, but did
Nissan fix this problem? My pathfinder is an '07, I'd consider getting a 2010 if problem had been addressed, other wise I guess I'll look into Armada issues, if any. But if anyone know what years exactly this issue is happening to that would get me a little bit ahead of the game when I take this to Nissan dealer in my town. Thanks a bunch for the feedback, VERY appreciated!!!!!!
#1021 of 1245 Re: 2007 Pathfinder water in trans fluid [snowbird127]
Jul 16, 2012 (9:45 am)
Jst bewere of it... Pathfinders outside of the 2005-2007 age are fine. I have a 2001 that has been fine up to about 135k but 8k later its doing fine. After having this Nissan i would buy another Nissan.
My mom had an 02 Xterra and it was good just too big for her.
#1022 of 1245 Re: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder same issues [dawnma1]
Jul 16, 2012 (9:49 am)
I havent really seen any problems with 2008-2012 Pathfinders but be aware that electrical can be a problem.. I had at least one bad harness and probably have another.
#1023 of 1245 Re: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder same issues [wasuv]
Jul 16, 2012 (12:01 pm)
I neglected to mention in my previous post that the inspection verified that the Pathfinder I was looking at to purchase suffered from the intermix problem and was in need of a new transmission and radiator. Mechanic did NOT recommend buying it.
#1024 of 1245 Re: 2007 Pathfinder water in trans fluid [dawnma1]
Jul 17, 2012 (12:13 pm)
I just had this problem. I have a 2005 Pathfinder with 84,000 miles. Was driving on I 15 when I lost power. I had to go from the left lane to 3 lanes over to the right lane without causing an accident. The pathfinder went into limp mode and would only go into 2nd gear. I went to Oceanside transmissions, the best in the business! They checked and sure enough, the radiator fluid mixed with the trany fluid and it looked like Pepto Bismol. They called Nissan to get them to fix it but they said no. I called Nissan headquarters, and the dealer and nothing. The local rep that was assigned to my case closed it without even talking to me. For me the cost was $4700. The simple fact that Nissan did not even want to talk to me about it has made me decide that they do not deserve my business.
So my next plan is to get the word out to as many people as possible about their service and this defect. I own an animation firm and am currently having one of my employees model the defective coolant system and then will animate the process and why it fails. I am working with a transmission repair facility and a mechanic to make sure its on spec. If anyone has photos of the failure please contact me as I would like to include them in the final animation.
#1025 of 1245 Creating an animation of the transmission failure problem, need photos
Jul 17, 2012 (12:13 pm)
I am re-posting part of my previous note to get the word out.
I own an animation firm and am currently having one of my employees model the defective coolant system and then will animate the process and why it fails. I am working with a transmission repair facility and a mechanic to make sure its on spec. If anyone has photos of the failure please contact me as I would like to include them in the final animation.
#1026 of 1245 Re: 2007 Pathfinder water in trans fluid [valkama]
Jul 17, 2012 (3:10 pm)
Join our lawsuit...it is in process in NY. The judge combined our suit which now includes Texas, NY, and CA. This is a big deal. A defective part is not a reason to extend a warrant....it is a reason to recall the units affected. It covers 2005 thru 2010 Pathfinders...for those of you thinking you may not be affected in your 2008 thru 2010 models....they are beginning to have the same issue. Again, a big deal.....