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#584 of 1213 2005 Nissan Transmission Failure
Dec 26, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I'm another member of the growing club of angy Nissan Pathfinder Owners. My transmission failed due to a crack in the radiator assembly that allowed coolant to enter the transmission. This should be safety recall because the transmission will slip and jerk while driving, this can lead to an auto accident. Nissan wants $6500 to replace the transmission and their defective radiator with a new radiator that is not guaranteed to have the same defect. Unbelievalbe. I recommend small claims court as opposed to the class action law suit against Nissan. The class action is unlikely to pay you for transmission replacement costs. But if the class action is the only way to go then I suggest you do it. PLEASE POST YOUR EXPERIENCE IF YOU SUED NISSAN IN SMALL CLAIMS ABOUT THIS TRANSMISSION/RADIATOR ISSUE!!
#585 of 1213 Re: We got our Pathfinder Back [sstani]
Dec 26, 2010 (5:07 pm)
I replaced our radiator in 2008, when our 05 pathfinder had 60k on it. Subsequently I have replaced the U joints and some bearings but not the tranny. I just got my check from Nissan for the radiator. I live in fear that the tranny will go but so far so good...
#587 of 1213 Re: We got our Pathfinder Back [grantini]
Dec 30, 2010 (3:54 pm)
Why did you replace your radiator in 2008? Did you somehow find out about the radiator leaking into your trans?
#588 of 1213 there was water in the transmission fluid
Dec 30, 2010 (3:59 pm)
and the trannie was rough.....
#589 of 1213 Re: there was water in the transmission fluid [grantini]
Dec 30, 2010 (5:50 pm)
Wow, I'm surprised your transmission hasn't completely failed yet. I've disconnected the tranny lines from my radiator in order to bypass the radiator and prevent coolant from entering the transmission. I also flushed my transmission several times but the problem with slipping/jerking is still there. I refuse to pay the more than $6k to replace the tranny and DEFECTIVE radiator. How do you know if the new radiator isn't defective as well? Anyway, check out this article if you havn't already...it specifically mentions the Nissan Transmission Issue. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-autos-complaints-20101225,0,7649400.story
Jan 03, 2011 (3:22 pm)
I just picked up my 2006 Pathfinder last Monday after getting the transmission rebuilt due to the radiator issue. Just got my letter today extending the warranty. Unfortunately I have 142,000 miles on mine and was told by Nissan they wouldn't do anything for me, despite my previously owning 2 other Nissans. I basically drove it until it died because it was already out of the warranty period. DO NOT WAIT to get service as the transmission WILL fail.
If they had done this when posts first started appearing on the web-site, I would have done things a little differently. This will definitely be my last Nissan.
I hate to wish trouble on anybody but hopefully everyone's transmission goes before the extended warranty runs out.
#592 of 1213 Happy New Year (and new radiator & transmission!)
Jan 06, 2011 (6:07 pm)
I finally brought my 2006 Pathfinder into the dealer after reading these posts for a few months. My truck with 70k miles started shuttering between 40-50mph. I drained about 4 quarts of transmission fluid out and it was slightly milky. I realize there's another 8 quarts and the whole flush process, but I wasn't about to do all that. Anyway, after the simple 4 quart switch, things were actually a little better. Then I lost the heat. I checked the overflow radiator tank and only added a little more antifreeze. The heat seemed to be better but the shuttering started coming back.
So today I dropped off the truck and explained what I thought the problem was (also noticed the new ECM replacement item from Nissan Assist) and told them of this board and that I was experiencing the same exact problem. Well they called me this afternoon, they explained that the transmission was indeed contaminated and both it and the radiator needed to be replaced. They were waiting for a phone call from Nissan headquarters to see if they would cover the cost of the transmission.
When I picked it up (no actual service work performed), they told me that Nissan had called them back and said they'd cover everything, including a loaner car. My dealer ordered a new Nissan radiator and a refurbished/rebuilt-by-Nissan transmission. Should be in next week.
I've had 2 prior Pathfinders (leases), and my wife a Maxima and now an FX35. Is it time to shy away from Nissan products? I've always baby'd my cars and they look, run, and function better than most newer versions. My current Pathfinder is no exception, as it looks newer than many 2009/2010 models. Question is: once I get it back, should I start to think about getting rid of it or with everything be replaced under warranty, is it good for at least another 70k miles? Thoughts????
Jan 06, 2011 (9:15 pm)
tjohn65 that is a good question! i myself had it out with the shop forman at my local nissan shop back in dec. i told him what i found on this web site and what my truck was doing! he pretty much told me nothing was wrong with it and that just to turn my radio and i wouldn't hear the viberation noise coming from the truck! well i didn't fight him i bought some extended warranty back in feb so i knew i was covered if something went wrong i had a witness to say that i tried to turn it in but got turned away! well come the week of new years my truck started jerking into gear and i couldn't take it no more i took it back and told him i was not going to get it back until something was done! i am waiting for it to get out of the shop now! i am also getting a rebuilt nissan furnished transmission and new radiator! i was wondering too if i should keep it for a little while or wait a few weeks and still trade it in! i love my pathfinder itself but i have had it for 3 years now and have nothing but problems with it! i am so tired of the worry!