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#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.
#995 of 1246 Re: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder transmission and/or radiator [unrelenting]
May 25, 2012 (3:21 pm)
I have not heard of this affecting any Pathfinders beyond 2008. Where did you get your info?
#996 of 1246 Re: 2007 Nissan Pathfinder transmission and/or radiator [nwfinder]
May 26, 2012 (2:49 am)
1) From the allegations in the law suit.....covers 2005 - 2010 Pathfinders.
2) From a few who have posted the same issues who have 2010 models.
#998 of 1246 2005 Nissan Pathfinder same issues
May 26, 2012 (2:05 pm)
I took my 2005 pathfinder to the dealer for the same transmission problems. I bought it with 45000 miles 3 years ago and now has 72000 miles so the dealer told me that they gonna replace the tranny and radiator and give me a rental car fo free since is still under the 80k extended warranty. I guees I got lucky so far. So my main concern now is if this repair is a permanent solution for this problems or it can happen again?