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#480 of 1246 Nissan Response
Aug 12, 2010 (8:06 am)
Nissan called me back today. Just what I expected. They will not assist in the repair of the radiator or transmission problem. I was told by the regional specialist that she is not aware of what Nissan will do in the future as this problem becomes more of a concern with customers of Nissan Pathfinders. I hope that Nissan gets nailed to the wall with this and has to pay out millions to fix all the faulty radiator in the 2005 and 2006 Pathfinders in a recall. I will be the first one in line.
#481 of 1246 Re: Nissan Response [kmon]
Aug 13, 2010 (5:40 am)
Two years ago, I had this problem with our 05 Pathfinder. Had the radiator replaced by Nissan and NO love from them on the repair. Everything worked fine until a couple weeks ago. NOW I've learned that as a consequence of the radiator fluid in the transmission two years ago, our tranny is cooked and needs 4k worth of repairs. Bottom line, if you think you have fixed it by replacing the radiator, you probably haven't.
#482 of 1246 Trans,
Aug 18, 2010 (5:14 pm)
I just had someone replace the radiator, drain the trans. The Trans is better but not completely 100%. I will see how it goes. The trans seems to be improving every day. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
#483 of 1246 Re: Trans, [kmon]
Aug 18, 2010 (6:43 pm)
for what its worth I would have the transmission flushed and new fluid changed for about the next 2 weeks ,you may just have caught it on time because usually one flush and change isn't enough,the torque converter may has some contaminated fluid still in it.
#484 of 1246 Re: Trans, [99accent]
Aug 19, 2010 (12:31 pm)
Thanks 99accent, if all goes well the next few weeks I will take it to have the system flushed to remove all the fluid including what is in the torque converter. When the trans was drained there was no visual sign of water. The fluid was just a brown color. I will let you all know how I make out in the next few weeks.
#485 of 1246 2005 Pathfinder - needs new radiator
Aug 20, 2010 (8:04 am)
Our 2005 Pathfinder (87K mi) was recently diagnosed with the same issue everyone is having. The dealership wants to replace the radiator, flush everything, and then check on the trans. We'd like to have a shot at Nissan helping us out, but we can't wait on them to respond before we start the repair. The dealership is giving us two options on a radiator 1. Nissan brand, 2. other brand. Questions:
1. If we start the repair now, which brand should we go with? (keep in mind we'd like nissan to reimburse us for the repair)
2. Has nissan actually reimbursed anyone for a repair, or has everyone who's had nissan assistance waited on them to make the calls re: repair and pay directly?
3. Any other advice.
Thanks for the help!
#486 of 1246 Re: Does new radiator fix the transmission/coolant problem? [gmc1973]
Aug 20, 2010 (8:44 am)
I wouldn't wish a pathfinder on anyone. I regret buying mine. I have 45k miles and I had a ujoint replaced (under warranty), did the radiator and flush as a precaution for $600. Just a few days ago the heat/air blower motor stopped working. I removed it and it was rusted out. Found out that the fresh air intake cover isn't seated very well so it's probably going to be a recurring problem in hard rains. Too early in the game for me to have these issues. Not to mention the gas mileage is horrible but I knew that going in. You're better off getting a V8 in the same class SUV. I've heard they get better gas mileage. Look for a 4Runner.
For what these are "valued" at they aren't worth the money. Up to you but I would pass.
#487 of 1246 Re: 2005 Pathfinder - needs new radiator [meahlarie]
Aug 20, 2010 (8:41 am)
I went with the Koyo A2807 radiator instead of the Nissan (Calsonic). I would imagine this was a bad batch of radiators from the manufacturer and doubt any new ones have the same defect but I still don't trust them. Maybe it was 2005s manufactured late in the year and 2006 manufactured early. Maybe a particular plant.
I did mine as a precaution so couldn't really go after nissan for the money but if I did I would probably just no accept no for an answer and bother them daily about it.
#488 of 1246 Re: 2005 Pathfinder - needs new radiator [meahlarie]
Aug 20, 2010 (7:01 pm)
After intensive negotiations with Nissan Corp, I wound up paying $450 for a trans and radiator on my 2005 Pathfinder. The dealer worked with me on this. One of the reasons I got the deal was that I only had 38k on the vehicle. I then brought my Pathfinder to an excellent trans shop where they reversed the trans cooler hoses.
So far so good.
Find out who makes the other radiator and how it's rated. make your choice on quality and have Nissan give you the same warranty, no matter which radiator you choose. Have them change your hoses. Sometimes the trans flush has to be done a number of times and it doesn't work because the transparts are too contaminated.. Hope you have an honest dealer. Good Luck.
#489 of 1246 05 Nissan rad and transmission issues
Aug 24, 2010 (3:40 pm)
its very interesting to read how many people out there are having the same issues as me...wow!! I had no idea...I had an issue 2 yrs ago with my 05 nissan pathfinder, it wouldnt accelerate as it should and then the a/c and heat stopped working. I brought it in and they said it was the radiator and transmission fluids mixing and they ended up keeping the car for about a week to repair the problem. It wasnt supposed to be so long but everyday that it was supposed to be ready they called to say the problem was not yet fixed and that it was complicated. They did do it all under warranty and I did not have to pay anything at the time (this by the way is in Canada). This weekend I ran into a major problem with the car while in the USA and actually had to leave the car there at a Nissan dealership to have the repairs done because there was no way I would have made it home. The transmission and radiator all need to be replaced, due to the rad leaking and fluids mixing again and this time they damaged the transmission beyond repair! 4 days for parts to come in and 2 days labour, estimate worse case scenario is $7000 US...yep...I just got back and now will investigate whether any of this is covered, and it doesnt sound good based on the comments posted here....looks like there is definitely a huge issue here! anyone out there with same issue in canada pls post details as I need all the info I can get...thanks