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#985 of 1246 If you Want a Stressful Life, Buy a Nissan
Apr 26, 2012 (8:49 am)
I had the same leaking radiator problem like everyone else with our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was 2000 km over the extended warranty limit. We would bring the vehicle to Nissan dealership if we were made aware of the defect sooner. We asked Nissan for assistance. After many phone calls, emails, time spent collect past maintenance record requested by Nissan Canada and months of waiting, we finally got a reply. Below is my response to their reply.
"Thank you [Nissan Customer Service rep] for passing the news that Nissan would not do anything for our loss and their defective automobile, and for wasting our time. I can assure you we will spread our words about the quality of Nissan vehicle, so less people will experience what we have experienced. I am happy to report that after this incident we have traded in our Nissan for a Toyota which we have been very happy with, and my dad has sold his Nissan for a Lexus. Even though the resale Nissan worths less than other vehicle of similar type and age, it's wonderful to got rid of our headache and future headaches. I will look forward to the day Nissan disappear from this world.
Best of luck to all of you working for Nissan."
We traded in the Nissan after replaced the radiator. Transmission was still working at the time, but we didn't want to take a chance of keeping a time bomb. The problem is well known among dealships of other car makers, so we got only $8000 for the trade in, but this is better than having to pay $5000 later on repairs. We had so many problems with this vehicle since we purchased it new from a dealership - noises, signal problem, gauge problem, etc. - and spent a lot of money fixing them including getting scammed by dealership (asked to pay for an item under warranty). What we experienced with Nissan is bad vehicle, bad service and ignorance.
This is our one time experience with Nissan. Lesson learnt.
#986 of 1246 Re: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder transmission and/or radiator [unrelenting]
May 01, 2012 (9:31 am)
Having the same issues as everyone else with the transmission. My Pathfinder is currently in the shop (broke down on side of the road out of state and almost killed crossing intersection) and I am waiting for a reply from "Ramon" at Nissan. I don't have the greatest feeling they are going to do anything to help, I have 85k miles and out of that ridiculous extended warranty; "unrelenting"....how is you pathfinder after you fixed the transmission?
#987 of 1246 Re: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder transmission and/or radiator [nissan666]
May 01, 2012 (5:42 pm)
I see by your reference name you either really view Nissan the same way the 'Waterboy' referred to his momma's favorite comment...or just took the next number above 665. I am thinking the 1st.... Our transmission took a little tweaking primarily associated with the overdrive gears shuddering during transition to OD. I have a very good service person, who has now done 5 with the same problem in a town of only 35,000 and several transmission shops. Nissan has created a gold mine for transmission specialists due to their desire to make a buck then turn down all requests over 80K for customers who would quiet assuredly would not have bought a Nissan if they would have known that the transmission would die after 80K. I am going to continue to be a good plaintiff by not using the work suck in a sentence related to Nissan.
#988 of 1246 Very Concerned
May 08, 2012 (8:39 am)
So we just bought a (new to us) 2007 Pathfinder and have now found out about this. It is I believe showing signs of this now at 80,000 some miles. I am planning to contact the dealer we got it from but am totally freaking out. Any advice? I'm in NJ any cases here about this?
#989 of 1246 Re: Very Concerned [kedoherty]
May 08, 2012 (9:12 am)
I'm from Northern NJ. Had my bout with Nissan. In the end, after about 7 months of intense calls etc., they covered the repairs. My 2005 Pathfinder had only 38,000 mi at the time. They don't stand behind their customers, unless its having them bend over first. I wound up trading in the Pathfinder for a Hyundai Sante Fe (Top of The Line). Best move I made. I will NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN ANYTHING AGAIN. If you can, return the Pathfinder citing that the Dealer should have known about the problem and didn't make you aware. It's a widespread issue. Dealers were alerted to a warranty extension to 80k MI. I'd really try to get my $$ back--and get a Santa Fe.
#990 of 1246 Re: Very Concerned [gharpman]
May 08, 2012 (11:25 am)
Thanks. I'm also Northern NJ. I have contacted the dealer and taking the car in the morning we'll see what happens. We also have a Nissan Frontier that we totally love and have nothing but awesome luck with so we were so shocked when we found this info. I'll let you know how it goes.
#991 of 1246 Re: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder transmission and/or radiator [brownjen8]
May 08, 2012 (3:05 pm)
As read thru this post and other similar incidents with the Nissan transmission issues, I realized my problem with nissian was not isolated. I was a proud owner of a 2006 nissan pathfinder until the transmission gave way because of some faulty relation to the radiator. i went ahead and replaced the radiator and transmision last year April. today, May 8th, I am shopping around for another transmission to get the vehicle moving again, because it stopped on the highway with me today. I will NEVER buy another Nissan again. Poor customer service, warranty is a joke and nothing seems to be their fault. I am done at this point in time, just trying to get it in a driving condition to trade in/sell this nightmare. My truck is over 100,000 miles now, body is in great condition, but the mechanics of it really sucks!! Nissan Pathfinder is not what its hyped up to be. stay away!!!!
#992 of 1246 My fix (prevention) for the problem
May 15, 2012 (12:13 pm)
I understand everyone's frustration, and had a friend of mine experience this very issue. That was what originally had me researching it to begin with.
The situation: for the automatic transmission, the transmission fluid is pumped through heat exchangers in the front of the vehicle- one in the bottom of the radiator, one just behind the grill. The heat exchanger inside the radiator begins to leak, allowing antifreeze to enter the transmission fluid and eventually into the transmission itself. The antifreeze seems to have devastating effects on the internals of the transmission over time. Unfortunately, by the time you notice something is wrong, it's too late.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think the one in the radiator is to help warm the transmission fluid during cold weather to allow for smoother shifting. I don't see how it would help cool the fluid, since the radiator will be warmer during normal operating conditions anyway.
I just completely bypassed the radiator with a male-male barb fitting. I disconnected the hoses from the bottom of the radiator, connected the two with the barb fitting, clamped them down, and capped the old fittings on the radiator. I then made sure to tie the hose up out of the way, and make sure it wasn't kinked.
My wife has been driving it without issue for about 2 years now. We don't tow anything of significant size, but the heat exchanger in front behind the grill does enough to keep it from overheating, and I haven't noticed any issues during cold weather shifting.
For normal around town driving, I don't see that the radiator heat exchanger is needed. I think it was just a stupid design flaw on Nissan's part.
From what I've seen, the transmission fluid should never be as hot as the radiator at normal temperature, so it gets heated in the radiator, and then cooled down behind the grill before going back to the transmission. I just eliminated the additional heating, as well as the potential for destroying the transmission. And I live in the south east US.
#993 of 1246 Radiator/transmission
May 15, 2012 (4:41 pm)
I also have a 2006 Nissan pathfinder and am having the same problem with the transmission it just started happening. I've owed the car for about 3 years. I have 96700 mileages on it. I'm a single mom with two kids and can not afforded a 400.00 payment every month and this added expensive. I went with a pathfinder because I had an x-Terra and had great luck with it. Hoping that something can be done about this.
May 24, 2012 (11:50 am)
Just had mine replaced. Nissan covered it. The cost to do the work was over 8 thousand dollars! 71,000 miles, new transmission.