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#347 of 1246 To all 2005, 2006, and 2007 Nissan Pathfinder owners !
May 23, 2010 (3:04 pm)
There is a known DEFECT in the radiator/radiator coolers in the '05, '06 and '07 NISSAN PATHFINDERS which causes the radiator and the transmission to fail. We learned the hard way when we were backing out of our driveway and we heard a loud clunking noise, our engine light came on and our car would not move forward. Our mechanic sent it to a transmission specialist who announced that not only do we need a new tranny, but our radiator was runined too because the radiator coolant leaked into the transmission fluid, which should NEVER happen.
The first thing we did was to research the problem on the Web. We typed 205 Nissan Pathfinder transmission problem into Google and came up with pages of websites related to the problem. We found that Nissan installed the faulty coolers into '05, '06 and '07 models. We printed out hundreds of pages of complaints and information about the problem for future use.
The second thing we did was to contact the Nissan dealer in Simi Valley, California and had our car towed over there, where it remained for nearly 6 weeks. That dealership was absolutely no help at all, informing us that since our car was out of warranty there was nothing they could do. They figured the repairs would be around $8,000.
We then lodged a formal complaint with the N.H.T.S.A. (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) which is the Governmental agency in our country who, among other things, issues mandatory recalls on certain vehicles when needed. On their website (www.nhtsa.gov) you will find many, many complaints about the Pathfinder's cooling system defect. There are alot of very angry Pathfinder owners who have spent thousands of dollars for repairs while Nissan (knowing there is a HUGE problem), refuses to issue a voluntary RECALL.
We then had our car repaired at an independent repair shop recommended to us by a friend. the transmission repair shop was well aware of the problem in the 2005-2007 Pathfinders and had already repaired many of them. We ended up spending $5,000. on a new tranny as well as a new radiator and external cooler. He also rerouted the lines so this problem can never happen again.
We have contacted our attorney to try to recoup our money from NISSAN. Our attorney informed us that we have a good case because whether you are out of warranty or not, when a defective part is installed in a vehicle, the automaker has to stand behind their parts forever. There are thousands os people on automotive websites all over the Web who are taking action by posting complaints and contacting the Nissan Headquarters, as well as contacting an attorney for help.
Please pass this information along to anyone you know who has a Pathfinder because unfortunately this defect is not detectable to most mechanics until the worse happens. Fortunately this problem can be solved BEFORE the car fails by a competent mechanic.
If all of us who have suffered this problem could band together, we might even have a chance to battle Nissan with a Class Action Lawsuit that would force them to issue a mandatory RECALL.....keep on fighting people, maybe we can win !!
#348 of 1246 Re: Transmission & Fuel Guage Problem Too [sosensky]
May 23, 2010 (3:07 pm)
I just posted a message you might want to read....
#350 of 1246 Transmission & Fuel Guage Problem Too
May 24, 2010 (6:01 pm)
Thanks Imac. I read your post. I have filed a complaint with Nissan NA. Again, they are making me jump through all the hoops - which I must do so it cannot argue that I didn't exhaust my remedies. Then if I don't get my way, I will sue the dealership and Nissan NA for the reasons I stated. I love my Pathfinder, except for the transmission problem and the money I have spent on the defective parts. I am a loyal customer having bought 2 new cars at the dealership and have them serviced there too. So, I am expecting a happy ending. If not, I am ready to give it right back. Stay tuned. Good luck to everyone else. Regards, Steven.
#351 of 1246 Fellow 2005 Nissan Pathfinder owner
May 25, 2010 (7:00 am)
WOW! It's good to see another SoCal person on this list. We were actually in Simi headed towards Ventura when the really bad noticeable symptoms started.
I was starting to think I was the only one out here but I knew I couldn't be!! AND I got confirmation on 5/22 from the Nissan dealer in Valencia that they have had one in there with of course the exact same problem (coolant leaked into the transmission).
BE SURE TO GO LOOK AT MESSAGE #339! THIS HAS ALL THE LAWYER INFO! We need EVERYONE who falls into this specific category. ESPECIALLY IF YOUR CAR WAS STILL UNDER THE 60,000mi WARRANTY PERIOD.
#354 of 1246 Transmission & Fuel Guage Problem Too
May 26, 2010 (5:37 pm)
Had the 2005 Pathfinder diagnosed the other day, which Nissan made me pay for. Imagine. Remember, Nissan made me pay for the what must be famous now transmission flush, $500, a month ago which it knew wouldn't resolve the problem. Well, surprise, surprise, the recent diagnosis shows the radiator leaked fluid into the transmission which fouled it out. The dealer told me yesterday the radiator and transmission need replacement, and that he got me a good deal on a aftermarket radiator and a rebuilt transmission. I told the dealer to tell that to Nissan NA and gave the name and telephone of the person dealing with my complaint. They will make a decision on Friday. Don't let the dealer pull the warranty bullshit with you. Everyone knows the problem takes a while to manifest and it's a manuf. defect in the radiator - if any of this can even be believed (perhaps both the radiator and transmission were defective on manuf.). Remember too that I am a loyal customer (purch. 2 new cars from the dealer and had them both serviced there). Looking for refund of the charges I paid for the defective fuel guage replacement, $400, the bogus radiator flush, $500, and the 2 bogus diagnosis charges, $95 ea., plus replacement radiator and transmission. Let's see what Nissan decides on Friday. Good luck everyone else. Steven.
#355 of 1246 '05, '06, and '07 Nissan Pathfinder Coolant leak
May 27, 2010 (10:05 am)
In my prior post I left out a very important piece of information that our transmission mechanic told us. He said that if everyone who has the coolant defect leak problem has their local Nissan dealership do the repairs, they will use parts that might fail again. We are looking for the right attorney to file a class action suit for all of us that have been ripped off by Nissan whether we had to pay the dealership for the repairs OR if we had our cars repaired by an independent auto transmission shop. In our case there was NO WAY we were going to let Nissan repair our car and have it happen again.
Also, all of us should be contacting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to file a formal complaint because we were told that the N.H.T.S.A. monitors auto websites like Edmunds, etc. to keep abreast of problems that people are reporting about their vehicles, and if they find enough evidence, they are the governmental agency that issues MANDATORY RECALLS. I'm afraid that if we all wait for Nissan to call a VOLUNTARY RECALL, they never will. I wonder how many employees of Nissan have had their Pathfinders fail on them?