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#790 of 1246 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 1246 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 1246 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, $$ is the bottom-line. I'm sure Nissan has strategically calculated that the radiator will fail before 80k miles but by the time the transmission fails, it will be 80,001 miles. NO MORE NISSAN'S FOR ME!!!!!!!!! NISSAN has made a huge mistake with customers. I'm sure they know exactly how many radiators are defective and they have calculated the # of pissed-off customers they will have and decided it is worth it. What they didn't count on was FACEBOOK, TWITTER and BLOGS LIKE THIS to get the word out.
Do your Due Diligence!!
#793 of 1246 Re: Don't Wait Until Failure [h20inmytrans]
Jul 26, 2011 (12:39 pm)
I have opened a file with Nissan and have been speaking to person in corporate for over a month now...they assure me the tranny will be in the port of NY on july 27, at the dealer by the 5th..I am under the 80k warranty and am getting it covered...also i got a reply back from my state attorney general and said they were monitoring the complaints but to contact an attorney and pursue yourself. thats my update
#794 of 1246 Why doesn't Nissan Recall Bad Radiators?
Jul 27, 2011 (8:15 am)
I believe the reason that Nissan doesn't recall the defective radiators is because they know that most failures will occur after 80k miles and they will save $$. But if they were an ethical company they would recall the batches of defective radiators and replace them so that their customers would not be stuck with a $6,000 bill. I'm still driviing around in 3rd gear while my dealer procures a transmission for me but I can tell you that the dealers are very embarrassed by Nissan. My dealer was so appologetic and said that the right thing for Nissan to do is to cover the transmissions for much more than 80k miles. He knows that this problem is going to hurt his dealership because they are rather small. I HOPE NISSAN PAYS BIG TIME FOR THIS!!!!!!!!
#795 of 1246 Re: Don't Wait Until Failure [santonio1]
Jul 28, 2011 (5:18 am)
Hi, Did you actually go through National Highway Safety first and obtain a complaint #? The National Highway safety will open a case for review and provide you a number and use that number to your attorney general. That shows everyone that the issues are being reported, we are serious. The National Highway Safety is federal, the attorney general is state and Nissan is neither.
#796 of 1246 Get ready..
Jul 28, 2011 (5:25 am)
I think I drove my car a lot!! its 6 years old and has almost 150,000 miles on it.
Wanted to warn you all. My paint is peeling like crazy. I took it to the dealership and they said, yes defective and NOT environmental. They said they havent seen anything like it. So, thats on another call with their idiots for a regional manager to call me back to tell me they wont cover it because of the mileage..Im very sure of it.
ALSO. My cd is now stuck in the player. Can eject it nor play it. It just decided to quit.
I have a SE..so 1 single player. But I just laugh now. I call it my junker. Looks good on the outside but garbage of a vehicle.
Do you all look at other Pathfinder owners out and about and want to talk to the driver to see if they are having the same problems?? LOL. I do..I always want to strike up conversations with pathfinder owners to find out or WARN them if they havent discovered it yet. ( :
#798 of 1246 Re: Don't Wait Until Failure [alisonl]
Jul 28, 2011 (10:13 am)
I bought mine in December 2009. It is a 2006 which now has over 90k miles. Thanks to all who spoke up in this forum, I knew the achilles heel of an otherwise superb vehicle. So I first made sure the radiator had not cracked before buying. Thereafter as soon as it got home, I went right under and disconnected the radiator cooler lines, using the hose there to loop the inlet of the fluid to the outlet on the other side of the radiator, and looped the returning hose from the auxilary cooler which should have gone into the radiator to the return line of the transmission. I didn't buy anything and the whole process took me about 30-45 minutes. So far no bad effect at all. The vehicle runs great and have only changed oil and brake pads. Like the saying goes Prevention is Better than Cure.
Jul 28, 2011 (1:29 pm)
Well, I have joined the club. My 05 Pathfinder's transmission finally met its match last week. All the symptoms were there, shuddering, slipping, not downshifting to 2nd gear. All this has been happening throughout the spring. I, of course, did not recognize the signs until to late. Car would not start, had it towed to the dealer (1st mistake) since I had a 100K warranty. Car has 219 miles over the 100K. Left it off late so was given diagnosis the next day. Transmission damaged and to replace would be $5200+ w/o telling me what was wrong. But was told that parts were in the warehouse. Decided to tell them to hold on repair. I went in to see the service mgr and he brought out the mechanic who was to R&R the trans. Asked if there was contamination and the mechanic said there may be some evidence of it, but 5-10 sec later when I asked if it would be covered under warrantee, he suddenly changed his mind and said there was no evidence of contamination. The service mgr then pulled up the NISSAN web site to show me that NISSAN had extended the warranty to 80K and that I should call the regional rep to find out if they would help. contacting this not so bright person in my opinion he said fax me the diagnosis and he would see what could be done. (From reading this forum, I am anticipating NOTHING). Bottom line had it towed to an independent who removed and diagnosised the trans and noted that there was indeed water in the trans. Also that there was contamination of an outside additive which I expained that that was from having the trans flushed and replaced the fluids at a Jiffy Lube(mistake 2). The additive from Samrt Blend Technologies known as MIGHTY was introduced and according the trans specialist had eaten away part of the plastic of the TCM and neutral switch. Finally, NISSAN was only to guarantee the work for 1 yr, and the independent is guaranteeing the rebuilt for 3. Cost substantially less and very fair. Maybe there will be some recourse from the dealer and Jiffy Lube but I doubt it. For a final note I asked one of the senior salesmen to give me quote on repair and trade-in for a new car. He came back with, $5000+ to repair the trans(thought dealers got discounts) and he would give me $5000 toward a trade-in. I laughed and told him that was embarassing and he would never see me or would I buy another NISSAN product