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#213 of 1242 Re: they are finally covering the cost of my transmission [qkj2]
Feb 26, 2010 (9:35 am)
That quote is high by 25% or so.
I have in hand an invoice for that exact job (replacement of a radiator in a 2005 Pathfinder) it breaks down as follows:
Discounts $-66.40 (Parts + Labor)
Sub total: $597.59
Shop fees: $42.50
Sales tax: $60.81
Total cost: $700.90
I’d be happy to email you a copy for you to go show to your dealer.
My story summary:
Transmission failed Mar 2009, I saw this forum and went "Uh-oh"
Dealer replaced transmission under warranty (Under 60k miles)
3 months later the radiator leaked into the transmission and ate the new one!
Dealer replaced the transmission at their cost, but charged me for the radiator - Nisson wouldn't negotiate AT ALL with us.
The rig is still running but I plan on replacing it next year. We will never buy a Nissan again.
#214 of 1242 Re: they are finally covering the cost of my transmission [dansc]
Feb 26, 2010 (2:07 pm)
I'm annoyed now...Initially they said I could go with an after-market radiator and with labor & antifreeze it would be $702. They then called me back and stated that Nissan will not cover my transmission costs if I do not use the Nissan radiator and thus came the crazy quote of $1025. I called parts today to get a price on a nissan radiator and was quoted $521.78, that is not the same $745 (radiator alone) I was quoted originally...I am beyond angry because I called to (1) find out the status of my truck (2) inquire about the differences in the radiator cost and the operator claims there is only 1 service advisor the shop today and kept me on hold for 36 minutes before I hung up.
dansc if you could email me your quote, I would appreciate it. I am going to the dealership tomorrow prepared for all out war....Nissan will never get my money again!!
#215 of 1242 2005 Pathfinder transmission/radiator issues
Feb 27, 2010 (7:59 am)
I stumbled on this post yesterday and after further research I ran out to order a new radiator. My 2005 Pathfinder SE has 110,000 miles and I've had minimal problems with it, this is the best vehicle I've ever owned and though I do think it's shady on Nissan's part not fix something that is a known problem I will continue purchasing vehicles from them. I do appreciate the posts on here and will be doing my preventative maintenance today. Also I was able to find a PDF copy of the 2005 Pathfinder Service manual online for $20, This manual looks to be OEM and is easy to follow. If anyone wants to tackle this (assuming your transmission is still good) on their own you can reply to this and I'll include the link for the manual. Good luck to all.
#216 of 1242 transmission/radiator problem
Feb 27, 2010 (3:16 pm)
Just got my 2006 Pathfinder back from the mechanic, transmission fluid ended up in the radiator and vs. versa. It looked like chocolate milk. It cost me $1,500.00 and the shop isn't positive that the transmission is ok. The mechanic contacted a local dealer looking for a new radiator and heard from them this has been a common problem....I will contact and complain to the sources listed, but has anyone heard any news about a recall? Used to love Nissan's, now I'm not that thrilled!
#217 of 1242 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [buynamericnnow]
Feb 27, 2010 (3:26 pm)
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?
#218 of 1242 my 1988 nissan pathfinder 4x4
Feb 27, 2010 (5:49 pm)
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
#219 of 1242 Re: transmission/radiator problem [maryellis83]
Feb 27, 2010 (7:21 pm)
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!!
#220 of 1242 Re: they are finally covering the cost of my transmission [qkj2]
Mar 01, 2010 (5:50 am)
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!
#221 of 1242 2005 Pathfinder Transmission Issue
Mar 02, 2010 (6:51 am)
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?
#222 of 1242 Re: 2005 Pathfinder Transmission Issue [v53]
Mar 02, 2010 (7:12 am)
DON'T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER. KEEP GOING UP THE LINE AT NISSAN N.A.
THEY ARE AFRAID OF A RECALL IN LIGHT OF TOYOTA, CHEVY ETC. CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, RADIO AND TV STATIONS. GOOD LUCK