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#624 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [bev62]
Jan 24, 2011 (7:29 pm)
Reading these threads has just put me in panic mode! Exactly one week ago today, I took my 2005 Pathfinder in for the ECM Relay recall. I didn't really notice much when I picked it up but about 1-2 days later it started riding really rough and has a loud roaring noise. My husband drove it over the weekend and told me something is wrong with the transmition. I got the recall notice for the radiator last week (same day I took it in for the other recall) but it only goes to 80K so I disregarded it as I have 127K. Today I called the dealership that worked on it last week and thought this problem I was having had something to do with the ECM relay that was just replaced but from what I am reading, it is not related. I told service today when I called that it sounds and feels like I am driving on the side of the road where they cut the groves in the pavement. When I read your thread of jerky and feels like you are driving over rumbling strips, it made me realize it is my transmission. What I don't get is why it was fine until last week when I had the ECM relay replaced! I always questioned this dealership trustworthyness but now I am wondering if they could have done something. Why would it have just started a day or 2 after? Could they have done anything to my radiator? They had to pull up information relating to Pathfinder recalls to make sure they had my part in stock and then they called me back to schedule the appointment. Could they have seen that has been an issue & recall or is it just my luck and the timing of this? I will NEVER again go to this dealership or buy Nissan as this is not the first time something like this has happened. Let me add that the tire pressure sensor was coming on and I asked them to check it too. They told me the other people that worked on it didn't know how to reset it when they filled the tires. I told them I put air in the tires but they saw that we had the oil changed by another mechanic who has been working on our other car. The way they commented about the "other" mechanic made me feel like I was being scolded for taking the car somewhere else.
We are taking it tomorrow to this "other" mechanic that works on Nissan, Mercedes, etc... I'm dreading what we will hear as it sounds identical to what I am reading. Wish me luck!
#625 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [jlw1028]
Jan 24, 2011 (7:51 pm)
Best thing to do is contact Nissan North America re: radiator/trans problem. their extended warranty on the radiator will help you. And you have to push them to pay for radiator and trans since the radiator problem percipitated the trans failure. Their are a number of class action suits against Nissan. I think they may be running scared. Be aggressive.
#626 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [jlw1028]
Jan 24, 2011 (10:11 pm)
well the models that were having transmission problems were the 2005-2006 , so the first thing you can easily do is pull out the transmission dip stick and look at the color of the fluid it should be slight amber to pink, then let it cool off good and open your radiator cap and look at the color of your antifreeze ,it should be green or sometimes amber . If you know a good mechanic he will do this for you at first then you will know idf its the transmission problem . what happened in 2005 Nissan switched radiator vendors and thats when it all started.
#627 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [bev62]
Jan 26, 2011 (8:36 am)
Ok so when I took my 05 pathfinder in to be fixed it cost $4500.00 for everything to be fixed. It had 131,000 miles on it so is there any hope for reimbursment?
#628 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [bmoon1]
Jan 26, 2011 (8:44 am)
Its my understanding now that there was a recall issed for the radiator issue, which utimately led to the transmission issues....
BUT, for any recall no matter what, they have to fix and or re-imburse.
Thats my understanding anyway.... Maybe someone else knows more?
#629 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [bmoon1]
Jan 26, 2011 (9:43 am)
You can take 2 courses of action. First, call Nissan North America tell them you had and repaired the problem, the cost and that you know you are over the
extended warranty miles,but is there anything they can do. If you have been a pripr Nissan owner that may help.
Second, join may of the Class action suits against Nissan for this problem. If there is a settlement, you can get your $$$ back.
#630 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [bmoon1]
Jan 30, 2011 (12:09 pm)
I'm sorry to be ther bearer of bad news but Nissan as a comapny couldn't care less about their customers. This obvious defect in their product which should have been a recall is just an extended warranty up to 80,000. We had 83,000 on our's when we tried for reimbursement on the $5,000 that we spent and their stand is.....3,000 over...too bad so sad. As a matter of fact the regional manager that we spoke with told us "even if you were at 80,001 you would not be eligible and no amount of talking is going to change that fact". Nice attitude Maryanne.....just lovely.
#631 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [witts_end]
Jan 30, 2011 (12:35 pm)
One more reason not to buy a Nissan again. After my experience with my Pathfinder (and I got money back from Nissan after protracted attempts) i'm done.
#632 of 1246 Re: 2007 heater problems and transmission slipping [witts_end]
Jan 30, 2011 (2:54 pm)
If anyone is interested in joining our class action law suite please contact Gary Graifman. I have attached the link. I am a plaintiff in this suite for the state of Pennsylvania. We have plaintiffs from a number of states attached to this suite. I was of the first to experience the problem almost 2 years ago. I like many of you did not fully need to replace the transmission until after the 80,000 mile mark. Although problems were beginning much earlier, my mechanic at the time did not think that a defective radiator was the problem. So other things were replaced prior to it being to late. I had a complete transmission failure at 92,000. My problems started around 60,000. All people who experience a breakdown of the radiator which cause failure of the transmission and/or other parts should participate in the lawsuit if they have not been reimbursed by Nissan. Here is the link: http://184.108.40.206/web_app/main/default.aspx?ID=73&PT=5
#633 of 1246 2005 pathfinder transmission blues
Feb 12, 2011 (6:21 am)
Wow I am so glad I stumbled on this blog, I thought i was alone with this problem. I too went to a Nissan dealer and informed them of my transmission having slipping issues. They told me up front that the transmissions in this model have had no problems to there knowledge and to try and flush the system and add new (special Nissan only manufactured) fluid at a cost of $20 bucks a quart. Well this worked great for about 2 months and then the shuddering at about 45 to 50 mph. started, followed by more slipping and then finally crapping out in the middle of our last ct. storm on the way home from work. Never did Nissan mention any of these issues, which after reading this I'm sure they were aware of, but know I am just over my warranty mileage and am fearful i will get stuck with one hell of a hefty bill. I will contact Nissan and follow up on this with legal action as I hope every one here will. If enough of us are informed and willing to fight this they should have no option but to settle.