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#915 of 1246 2005 pathfinder transmission problems
Jan 04, 2012 (9:06 pm)
Bought a 2005 Nissan pathfinder LE 4x4 new in 2005. 72,000 miles. It has been a fairly good vehicle until recently, 1 month ago we noticed violent vibration at 55+, violent shifting as if AT couldn't decide which gear it should be in, and Banging when shifting gears. Looked on the net and found the most likely cause, coolent leaking into AT. And vise versa. Checked it and found it to be true in our case.
Took the pathfinder to our local Nissan dealer, They replaced the radiator and flushed transmission. After we got the pathfinder back 3 days later we have noticed intermittent banging when shifting gears, usually when cold. Took it back to Nissan dealer. They had it for 2 days and claim they cannot reproduce the problem. I have called Nissan consumer affairs 7 times with no avail. left messages with Nissan regional manager in our area. Of course no return call.
The dealership tells me that the light vibration they have noticed is due to worn Ujoint on AT output shaft, The vibration and other harse shifting problems all started 1 month ago with the coolant contamination in the AT.
The dealership wants $300 to replace Ujoint, I bought at advanced Auto for $15. Will replace this weekend. What a coincedence Ujoint fails and coolant in AT at the same time. I believe they are full of S$&T. Probably the violent shifting helped fail the Ujoint, If that Ujoint is really what is causing the vibration. That still has nothing to do with the intermittent banging when shifting gears. Will I void any warranty with this issue by changing the Ujoint myself? Will not buy another Nissan after dealing with this kind of customer service. This sucks because I have always loved nissans. This is our third and last. Talked to a friend of mine that works at a local transmission shop, he couldn't believe that they won't due more than flush the transmission. He says the transmission has been compromised. So now the AT will completely fail right after it hits 80k or 96 months, Which ever comes first. Lmao, No really I'm not laughing. I'm not thrilled about my wife driving our girls any where with this BS problem. Our other issue is the fuel sending unit, About 2.5 years ago the fuel gauge started reading erratically when below half a tank of fuel, Right after that I saw where Nissan had claimed a defective fuel level sensor starting with 2006 pathfinders. So our 2005 would not be covered. For the past 2.5 years we have just made sure to keep the tank above half way filled. 1 month ago when I was researching the radiator/AT problem I found that Nissan had back dated the fuel level sensor problem to cover 2005 models up to 72k miles. If I would have known this sooner I would have taken it in before the 72k warranty ran out. Contacted Nissan consumer affairs. They do not give a S$&T. Never once have we received anything in the mail pertaining to the Nissan defects, because they never make them recalls like they should. I still receive recall mail for 2 cars I used to own years ago that are probably in a salvage yard by now.
This is unbelievable to me from Nissan. KNOWN DEFECT should always be a recall.
Pissed Nissan Customer, Tom
#917 of 1246 Re: Drivetrain noise [mark0098]
Jan 05, 2012 (7:44 am)
The dealership down the road diagnosed it as the front U-joints. RockAuto lists them at $15 each. Dealer wants $350...?
more than $300 for labor? How long does it take to do two U-joints? not 6 hours.
#918 of 1246 Puyallup, Washington Korum Nissan is Amazing!
Jan 05, 2012 (8:10 pm)
I purchased my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder used with only a few thousand miles on it. I have had it since early 2008 and have had no issues with the car. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a strange noise and vibration at about 40 mph and then again at 60 mph. I was having an oil change and they inspected, but could find no problems. I Googled the issue and came across this page and many, many more. I happened to know a mechanic and he told me to bring it in and he would take a peek. He tested the fluids and did not see full contamination yet, but saw a sheen on the surface. After a road test he confirmed it was a transmission issue. He called Nissan. Nissan said bring the car in immediately, so I did. That was yesterday.
Alex, the service advisor at Korum Nissan, was great from the start. She got the car in right away, told me about the issue, and assured me it would be okay. They confirmed it was a "transmission failure" and the radiator and transmission would need replacing. I had to leave the car over night and she said they would call Consumer Affairs in the morning to make the claim. My car had 83K on it, but they did not think this would be an issue because it was so close and a known problem. I called in the morning (today) to check and better than calling, the regional service manager was coming in and they could approve this repair. Well, they didn't! They denied my request! I was so upset I did not know what to do. The estimate was over $5000. I asked them about purchasing a new Pathfinder and trading this in only to be told that in this "condition" it is not worth enough to pay off my loan on the car! So my husband and I went to get the car and take it to the Toyota dealership which had already offered to trade it in in this "condition".
I went to get the car and was met by Alex and she insisted we talk to the service manager. Alex talked to him with us and was totally our advocate. As we talked I told him the case and that I love my Pathfinder. I have had no other problems and I am disgusted at this customer service. My car that had no problems a week ago now needs $5000 in repairs and not because of my poor driving or lack of maintenance! He told me he was going to bat for me and he would make some calls. That he did! He was on the phone for about 5 minutes and came out with good news.
My car is going to be repaired at no cost to me. A new transmission and radiator paid for by Nissan. The labor paid for by Korum Nissan (where I purchased the car). They gave me a loaner car for the duration of the repair as well. It is going to take up to two weeks because they have to wait for the parts to come in.
I am still amazed at this! Korum's customer service was outstanding. I was ready to throw in the towel and Alex did not give up. They have a customer for life!
#919 of 1246 Re: Drivetrain noise [mark0098]
Jan 07, 2012 (6:28 pm)
thats the u joint on the front driveshaft and it threw the magnets on the shaft so need to replace both..i think it costs me $600
Jan 08, 2012 (3:02 pm)
I have been noticing a vibration when my 2006 Pathfinder hits a small pump and i'm traveling greater than 30 mph. I also just realized that the oil pressure gauge is pegged above H. I checked all the fluids and the oil is fine but the coolant is the same nasty color as mentioned in previous posts and very low. I realize that I now have the mixing of the radiator and transmission fluids. My car still accelerates fine aside from the vibration. I want to replace the radiator and add the oil cooler to hoepfully keep from having to replace the tranny. Is it too late? I havent had it checked yet and am going tomorrow. I cant afford a new transmission right now and need this car for my job. if the fluids have mised is the transmission screwed no matter what? thanks!
#921 of 1246 Re: calsmith33 [calsmith33]
Jan 08, 2012 (4:03 pm)
Many folks have simply added the cooler, disconnected the cooling lines thru the tranny, and flushed, flushed, and flushed. For the most part once the coolant gets into the tranny, the clutches absorb the fluid and swell. Over time, and I am afraid it is not a long time...you may very well begin to have big issues. Interestinglly enough....I had problems with the plastic portions of the cooling system (dual air control) from the tranny fluid getting into the cooling system. So, it can be a double edged sword. Those engineers were idiots. Best of luck......
#923 of 1246 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [unrelenting]
Jan 14, 2012 (4:51 am)
Thank you for being so persistent. I have tried everything and received the worst customer treatment from Nissan Customer Service that I ever received from a company. Our vehicle was at 82,000 miles when the contamination occurred. Please keep me on your list. If there is anything I can do to assist, just let me know. As I made the point to them, I had never heard of this type of problem and there was nothing I could do maintenance wise to have prevented it. The 80,000 warranty on this problem seemed arbitrary and after the fact.
#924 of 1246 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [mpadon]
Jan 14, 2012 (2:54 pm)
There is nothing any of us that were unaware of the problem could have done to prevent it. That should be a major point of contention in that Nissan knew and never advised the problem....they just extended warranty as gift for our loyalty and never said why. That is fraud by deceit in its purest form. Do we have anyone from Texas posting their Nissan issues???