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#784 of 1242 Re: trans/radiatior coolant cross contamination prob in Pathfinders [santonio1]
Jul 21, 2011 (3:23 am)
Mine went mid June. TOTALLY! When it did, it left parts behind in the road and something that broke off ripped a hole in the casing making the 2005 LE little more than a huge paoperweight! I've been promised a new transmission and parts by a specific date many times now. Have a friend who is a mechanic for the US Government. He was able to contact someone at the main Nissan ditributorship for the US and was told they have none in stock and have not been given a date to expect to recieve any for distruibution. Was told August 30th might be a guess but there is no official date for the distributor to receive and to begin shipping out tio shops for necessary repairs. The only thing my friend was able to find, nation wide, was transmissions taken from "junked" 05 Pathfinders so, if you've getten one, beware, it likely came from a vehicle that had been totaled and will again develope the same problems. Might this problem fall under "Lemon Laws?" Any thoughts on this?
BTW...It's been suggested I invest in a cheap ued car while waiting to et my Pathfinder back as it would likely be less expensive than continuing to rent the economy car that's costing me well over 1k per month!
#785 of 1242 So long Nissan...going back to Honda
Jul 21, 2011 (8:02 am)
I went back to the dealer yesterday and said I wanted out of my Pathfinder!!! Ironically the new transmission showed up the day before. I did not get it fixed.
Thankfully the local dealer in New Hampshire were the ones who gave a crap in this whole thing.
Thank you Honda Barn for working with me to get out from my P.O.S. Pathfinder and in to a new Honda Pilot.
In will continue for a while to Twitter to Nissan about how much I love my Honda and how much Nissan continues to suck. they still cost me money in trade in, rental cars, and repairs that should have never been necessary.
#786 of 1242 Re: NISSAN CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS A JOKE [nissanhater]
Jul 22, 2011 (1:54 am)
I sent an Email E-complaint to my state attorney general....i urge you all to do the same.
#787 of 1242 Nissan Warranty Extensions - Radiator/Transmission
Jul 22, 2011 (4:33 am)
Just wanted to relay some interesting news regarding 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE. I took the Pathfinder into a Nissan dealership to have them install an external transmission cooler in the hope of avoiding future radiator/transmission issues. I was told that the Pathfinder already has an external (as well as internal) transmission cooler! I purchased an extended warranty on the Pathfinder when I bought the vehicle used and it expires on 7/2013. However, Nissan told me that the Radiator/Transmission cooler warranty has been extended until 7/2014 (or 80,000 miles). The vehicle only as 39,000 miles .... so I am keeping it until the warranty is ready to expire. Not sure if others are aware of Warranty Extension from Nissan!
#788 of 1242 Re: NISSAN CONSUMER AFFAIRS IS A JOKE [santonio1]
Jul 22, 2011 (2:04 pm)
I also sent my complaint to my State's attorney, Tennesee ( home of Nissan Amwrica), and the US state attorney in Washington DC
#790 of 1242 Re: Nissan Warranty Extensions - Radiator/Transmission [khylton]
Jul 24, 2011 (2:22 pm)
The problems easily average beyond 80k and so the warrenty is almost useless; if you read posts regarding those fortunate to be under 80K and have a problem it may get resolved but we are finding a lot of complaints there also.
And, if you are not having issues yet but want to use the warrenty to avoid the problem you will most likely be refused, as you will see from a post I will paste at the end of this message.
We took out a loan of $6000.00 to have our transmission and radiator replaced, and now our Pathfinder has been sitting at the dealership repair shop for several months waiting for a new transimission.
The dealership repair shop has finally admitted how bad the situation is and that they are now also not getting straight answers from their own Nissan headquarters. They may not be as PO'd as those of us getting ripped off but they are a close 2nd not getting support or answers while they take the heat instead of those above who created the problem to begin with.
From another post from this site:
"Add me to the list of victims owning a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. I contacted Nissan in regards to the transmission/radiator issues. I currently do not have the mixing of fluids (yet) but wanted Nissan to take precautionary measures by replacing the radiator BEFORE this happens and ruins the transmission. I was told directly by Nissan consumer affairs that they will do NOTHING until the failure occurs. In other words, they want the consumer to wait until the radiator cracks and leaks fluid into the transmission (destroying the transmission) until they will even address it.
I was told that they would not send me case to a regional representative because "NO PROBLEM EXISTS." This is a failure on Nissan's part to do what is right. They want to extend the warranty for "failures only" to 80,000 miles despite the average failure rate for this problem occurring just beyond 80,000 miles (see the link below):
http://www.carcomplaints.com/Nissan/Pathfinder/2005/transmission/coolant_leaked_- - into_transmission.shtml
By insisting that they will not fix anything until the problem occurs, Nissan stands a much greater chance of these vehicles reaching the warranty mileage limitation. I will be writing a letter of complaint to the Nissan CEO, the BBB, and the state attorney general.
Who would be foolish enough to wait until the problem spills into their transmission (possibly with their family in the car) to address this issue. That would be irresponsible of me as a consumer just as it is irresponsible of Nissan as a corporation! James of Cincinnati, OH"
#791 of 1242 Re: Nissan Warranty Extensions - Radiator/Transmission [lauracpalmer]
Jul 24, 2011 (4:28 pm)
As I posted last year, when my 2006 Pathfinder turned over 85K miles I went ahead and purchased a new radiator at my own expense and had local service shop install it. Cost me about $400 out of my own pocket but I look at the expense as insurance.
#792 of 1242 Don't Wait Until Failure
Jul 25, 2011 (1:49 pm)
jbaumer - GOOD JOB. It is definitely "Cheap Insurance" to replace your radiator. Don't wait for complete failure of your radiator. I tested for the leak myself by disconnecting the transmission lines from the radiator and then connecting the transmission lines together using a rubber hose to prevent trans fluid going everywhere. Then I ran my vehicle and started to see water drip out of the transmission line connections on the radiator - this should not happen if there is no leak. Unfortunately for me, I discovered the leak on my own and too late. I have to pay $6,500 for a new transmission. Just like any good thieving company, $$ is the bottom-line. I'm sure Nissan has strategically calculated that the radiator will fail before 80k miles but by the time the transmission fails, it will be 80,001 miles. NO MORE NISSAN'S FOR ME!!!!!!!!! NISSAN has made a huge mistake with customers. I'm sure they know exactly how many radiators are defective and they have calculated the # of pissed-off customers they will have and decided it is worth it. What they didn't count on was FACEBOOK, TWITTER and BLOGS LIKE THIS to get the word out.
Do your Due Diligence!!
#793 of 1242 Re: Don't Wait Until Failure [h20inmytrans]
Jul 26, 2011 (12:39 pm)
I have opened a file with Nissan and have been speaking to person in corporate for over a month now...they assure me the tranny will be in the port of NY on july 27, at the dealer by the 5th..I am under the 80k warranty and am getting it covered...also i got a reply back from my state attorney general and said they were monitoring the complaints but to contact an attorney and pursue yourself. thats my update