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#459 of 1246 Re: 2006 Nissan Pathfinder [kmon]
Jul 29, 2010 (12:10 pm)
You can always try to see if Nissan will pay. I wrote a nice professional letter, but it still came to a NO response from them. Whatever you do, do NOT tell them you have joined the class action lawsuit. They won't even attempt to talk to you if you have. Good luck with your new transmission and radiator. Ours is doing just fine now that we have had it fixed. I just wish we had our $5,000 back.
#460 of 1246 Re: 2006 Nissan Pathfinder [blastlane]
Jul 29, 2010 (12:24 pm)
Thanks, I still have not had it fixed yet. I am waiting to see how Nissan responds.
#461 of 1246 Re: 2006 Nissan Pathfinder [blastlane]
Jul 30, 2010 (7:41 am)
Nissan called me this morning. Guess What? They are not willing to help out with the repair bill. This has been the first Nissan that I have purchased and I can tell you it will be the Last. Nissan just likes to talk a good game but won't stand behind their product. There is obviously a defect in the design of the radiator if so many people at different mileages are having issues. I hope Nissan has to pay for this in a huge recall. They would be better taking care of the problem now with the customers who are having issue then have to pay millions in recall bills.
Jul 30, 2010 (8:13 am)
Has anyone considered trying to go after Calsonic? I believe they are the ones who make the defective radiator. Doubtful they will do anything by may be worth a shot.
#463 of 1246 Replaced radiator - so far so good
Aug 01, 2010 (6:45 pm)
My 2005 Pathfinder had the same issue - had been shuddering for several months. Coolant leaked into the transmission via the radiator. I sent a sample to Blackstone Labs confirming this, but the contaminated transmission fluid is very obvious because it looks like a dirtier version of campbells tomato soup mixed with milk. The tests however revealed no signs of excessive wear with the transmission.
About 2 months ago with 78,000 miles I replaced the radiator ($200 for aftermarket, WAS NOT going to get another defective Nissan radiator), $200 for 18 quarts of Matic S and $20 for new nissan coolant. Vibration cleared up immediately. It now has gone about 3,000 miles and seems none worse for the wear. I will be towing our camper with it soon, which should be a good test.
Moral of the story is to change the radiator and flush the hell out of the transmission, then see what happens before spending $$$$ for a new transmission. I will update this in a few weeks after towing and road trip, but have my fingers crossed.
#464 of 1246 Continuing Transmission Issues
Aug 02, 2010 (7:12 am)
I posted earlier on my 2003 Pathfinder but now things are just getting worse. Four weeks ago had an issue after warming up with very slow acceleration from standing start and shifting issues (staying in a low gear at higher speeds). Had a rebuilt transmission put in and still had similar issues when we got it back a week later. Found out the engine oil was low four quarts, then the car was fine for two weeks until my daughter went on a trip 200 miles away (of course). Same issues in the beginning, slow standing start and won't shift.
Now the local Nissan dealer says transmission fluid is "burnt" and two gears are suspect. So the rebuilt transmission has 12 month warranty, but is there some other issue such as coolant that might be causing the tranny to fail? I'm concerned the transmission shop will say its not their fault the transmission failed if the cooling is no good and won't cover under the warranty. Any thoughts or advice?
#465 of 1246 Re: Replaced radiator - so far so good [spinynorman]
Aug 02, 2010 (11:05 am)
Thank you for the tip. I am in the process of doing the same thing. I am going to replace the radiator first, drain and flush out the trans and see if it improves. Let me know how you make out it in a few weeks if the trans holds up and the shuttering goes away.
#466 of 1246 Similar transmission problem
Aug 02, 2010 (11:15 am)
We are having the same problem with the radiator fluid leaking into the transmission fluid, ruining both the radiator and transmission (one month after powertrain warranty expired), $6000 repair bill. I reported this issue to the NHTSA and encourage everyone else to do the same.
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#467 of 1246 2005 frontier transmission/coolant leak
Aug 02, 2010 (6:27 pm)
Just heard back from the regional specialist about my 2005 frontier with 47000 miles on it that nissan is telling me needs a new radiator/transmission for 5400$$. The regional specialist said to bad, I have since joined the class action lawsuit. As a side note both nissan mechanics admitted to me that this is a known issue and I should call nissan customer service, of course nissan did not help. Thinking I will just replace the radiator and flush the transmission and hope for the best.
#468 of 1246 Re: Continuing Transmission Issues [ftjoe]
Aug 02, 2010 (8:30 pm)
there isn't any recalls or tranny trouble with 2003 models , its the 2005 and o6 that have the problems with the radiator because nissan changed radiator vendors those years.