Last post on Dec 08, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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Oct 30, 2013 (10:50 am)
Did anyone ever have any luck with just flushing the trans?
I have a 2005 Pathfinder and it just started doing the vibration at 40mph. I was wondering if I can flush it and at least get it good enough to trade it in without anyone asking questions.
#1241 of 1246 new owner help 2007 Pathfinder
Oct 30, 2013 (9:40 pm)
We just bought a 2007 pathfinder with 55,000 miles on it- no extended warranties here. Runs great but I am scared for the future after reading all the horror stories. I am reading about all the problems with coolant leaking into the transmission and we'd like to stop the problem before it starts if possible. I am reading about mounting an external cooler and bypassing the transmission line but since we live in VERY hot area (Saudi Arabia) I am wondering if that's wise? What about replacing the stock cooler with a copper cooler (as long as it's not a genuine Nissan part) because that seems to be where the problems begin (cracks in the oil cooler tube.) Any help would be appreciated, we are not "car people," we're learning as we go and will have to explain this to a non-English speaking mechanic which should be...interesting.
Oct 31, 2013 (9:33 am)
We had a '05 Patherfinder with 115,000 miles - the issue was uncovered during a routine oil change at the dealership. A couple days prior to the service, I noticed the vehicle seemed sluggish, almost like the parking brake was deployed. The dealership flushed the engine and transmission, replaced the radiator. They did an extended road test on the vehicle, checked the transmission fluid. Everything appeared fine - no evidence of anti-freeze in the transmission. I asked what their success rate was for saving vehicles in this condition. He didn't have any data as most vehicles were beyond saving. We took it home, used it lightly, then traded it in on a new vehicle (not a Nissan). The only evidence of the issue would be a brand spanking new radiator. We received a fair trade-in price on the new vehicle. Good luck!
#1243 of 1246 Re: [jwvig]
Dec 07, 2013 (9:47 pm)
Unfortunately I may be the person who purchased your vehicle. While we did some due diligence, we did not see this issue until after we drove the vehicle home and noticed the vibration which at first seemed like tire vibration. We found this board and checked the brand new radiator. When you don't disclose this issue, the next person is the one impacted...Merry Christmas. Plan to contact the dealer on Monday but have a feeling it is going to be a case of buyer beware...unfortunately we didn't know what to beware of since it was deliberately masked.
#1244 of 1246 Ridiculous Settlement
Dec 07, 2013 (10:20 pm)
The settlement was a joke. I thought they were going for us, the consumer, I received a letter stating that I had over 100,00 miles so no go. No deal, No refund. I had 115,000 and had it in at 109,000 when brilliant Nissan workers flushed the transmission but that was not the problem...and they knew it.
I am going to appeal it. I am beside myself the dirty in this world and the dirty that people are in corporations. This was out of my pocket, almost $5,000 and they deserve to pay us all back. Why did these lawyers go to court for a simple 20,000 mile coverage/?? The warranty was extended to 80,000 from Nissan..so the lawsuit is only covering those with mileage between 80,000 and 100,000. Im going to guess that's not too many customers. What a bunch of horrific nightmarish crap. I deserve that money back and cannot and will not accept a no. What is the difference between 1 mile and 400,000..the parts were defective. Where are the good attorneys that fight for the people......
#1245 of 1246 Re: '13 Pathfinder PLT [valkama]
Dec 08, 2013 (10:09 am)
If you have added a cooler, The jerking and cutoff is due to the cooler being undersized. The transmission brain is designed to cut off if the transmission gets to hot. When the vehicle cools, it will operate normally until it gets hot again. Get a larger cooler.
#1246 of 1246 Re: Ridiculous Settlement [alisonl]
Dec 08, 2013 (4:16 pm)
I paid a local shop $70 to bypass my radiator, cap the inlet and outlets on the radiator, and connect the tranny cooling lines directly to the transmission cooler. They checked the tranny fluid and said that it looked fine. I was fortunate. I'm happy I found this site and was able to prevent this from happening to my 2006 pathfinder. Hopefully other Pathfinder owners will find this information and take similar steps to avoid this from happening to them.