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#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???
#925 of 1246 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [ahsummer123]
Feb 12, 2012 (7:05 pm)
From OHIO. 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 115K miles. Radiator ruptured causing fluids to mix in transmission. Result contamination of transmission and need of new transmission, new radiator and flush. Dealer quote near $6500 to fix and Corp. Nissan knew of faulty Radiator in which they extended the warranty to 80,000 miles. Problem is no notification to me of faulty part by Nissan Corporate or from Dealer where purchased vehicle or Dealer where vehicle has been routinely serviced.
Corporate regional representative said "I am sorry there is nothing we can do to assist you in the repair of your vehicle". Why I ask.. "because of the high mileage on your vehicle.
No type of offer to me at all.
Just to say: I had extended warranty which expired at 100K.
Servicing Dealer, provided cost of repair and "call Nissan back".
#926 of 1246 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [pathfinder2008]
Feb 12, 2012 (6:57 pm)
You have been ripped off just like the rest of us. It happened on my 2005 on Nov last year. I bought a new radiator and flushed everything but tranny died after couple month. I took to AAMCO for a rebuild like 2 weeks ago. I paid about $4000. I am trying to keep it until wheels fall off, but indeed this is my last Nissan. I am not happy. I will shift my loyalty to Toyota/Lexus, BMW or Mercedes. I hear good things about them.
#927 of 1246 Re: Radiator leaking into Transmission [pathfinder2008]
Feb 12, 2012 (7:12 pm)
wow 2008 , and the end year model was 2007 , maybe you got the last of the radiators that were bought from a new vendor for those bad years that were 05 -07 , any way join the club , there is a lawsuit pending with Petition to get this solved ,however its been around for 3 years now and nothing is happening . good luck I have a 2003 pathfinder and have heard if issues if the vehicle wasn't made in japan , the brass swirl valve screws fall into the engine and destroy it and Nissan wont pay for it either.