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#717 of 1242 Add me to the list
May 04, 2011 (8:03 pm)
My 2005 Pathfinder broke down 3 states away from home. Had it towed to the nearest dealer. I had the transmission replaced already 10 mo. ago. Believe it or not, same problem happened again! I had the tranmission rebuilt. Now the miliage is at 86,000. I've been on the phone with Nissan(begging) They say they will get back to me with an answer in a few days, Anyone know what my chances are? I owe $10,000. on the car. I use my car for work and am now also out of work. How is this possible that so many lives are being affected by this car?
#718 of 1242 Re: Add me to the list [raygo]
May 05, 2011 (2:03 am)
Did you have the radiator replaced with the first tranny repair?? thats what caused it if you read all the prior posts.
#719 of 1242 Re: Add me to the list [santonio1]
May 05, 2011 (4:54 am)
yes the radiator is new, the transmission rebuilt.
#720 of 1242 Re: brought mine in today [santonio1]
May 05, 2011 (4:43 pm)
I had to replace my u-joints twice on my 2005 pathfinder. You probably don't need to replace the entire driveshaft. The dealer tried to tell me the same thing but I went to a local mechanic who was able to change the u-joints and the problem went away.
I also had the surpentine belt changed for $100. Within 3 months the belt was squeaking again! I now just hit it with belt dressing every couple of months.
#721 of 1242 Re: Replaced radiator - so far so good [spinynorman]
May 06, 2011 (9:30 pm)
Now has been about 15 k (including the camper towing) since I flushed the tranny (about 20 qts) and replaced the radiator. No tranny rebuild. replaced 4 qts of Matic S about a month ago just for good measure (old looked ok). Runs/shifts ok, no apparent problem remains. Cant speak to potential long term effects, that's why I continue to update this forum.
Nissan reimbursed me for radiator and a shxtload of fluid which I replaced myself. At the time the problem happened (June 2010) my Pathfinder was out of warranty. I didn't know they were to issue the warranty extension (Nov. 2010?) to cover the radiator and resulting tranny damage or I obviously would have had them replace the trans. When this happened in June 2010 I decided not to rebuild the tranny and just replace AT fluid and radiator.
My advice - if you can get a new tranny and radiator from Nissan, go for it. If Nissan wont cover tranny replacement then it may be worth the risk not spending 4k to rebuild the transmission if it still drives (read my earlier posts) because you have nothing to lose. But definitely replace the radiator and complete transmission fluid flush (not just the drain and add 4 qts but flush, drain and drive; repeat 4 or 5 times so nearly all of the original fluid is gone, takes about 20 qts). Just my experience, has worked so far. Hope it helps somebody.
#722 of 1242 Re: Add me to the list [raygo]
May 07, 2011 (9:20 am)
Heard from Nissan, they basicly said "tuff luck" I may have to park the car outside the dealership with a sign on it telling people not to buy Nissan! Totally at a loss.
#723 of 1242 How can i prevent this infamous problem
May 12, 2011 (8:40 am)
Does anyone know how the radiator problem can be prevented? Is it just as simple as buying a new radiator and installing it? This is because i recently purchased a used NP 2005 on 56k mileage and i am unsure if this problem has been fixed in the car. I dont want to experience this costly problem. Pls help!!!
#724 of 1242 Re: How can i prevent this infamous problem [showlar]
May 12, 2011 (10:19 am)
If trans is OK. You have to change the radiator and have them reverse the cooler hoses when they do it.
#725 of 1242 Re: How can i prevent this infamous problem [gharpman]
May 15, 2011 (2:34 pm)
The easiest and cheapest way to prevent this is to have an independent garage install an aftermarket transmission cooler. Transmission lines go to the new cooler. Zero chance of mixing fluid. Probably $100 to $200 max. Problem solved. Now if only Nissan thought of that....
#726 of 1242 Trans Issue
May 16, 2011 (2:03 pm)