Radiator Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1



Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 351 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 05/07/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at 55 mph, the contact noticed vibrations coming from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000. The VIN was unavailable. Oo.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 05/02/2015

My radiator was replaced in 8/14 due to a hose coming loose and causing fluids to comingle. 5/2/15 while driving my children home from soccer my check engine light came on, the car could barely accelerate. I drove to a garage, and was told that the radiator needed to be replaced. Towed car to the garage that replaced radiator 8/11/14, after two and a half days am being told my 08 Pathfinder must be towed to a dealer to have the transmission control module replaced and reprogrammed. The car has 89,000 miles.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Radiator fluid has leaked into the transmission causing it to fail. The dealership has issued a fix where the radiator coolant is bypassed from the transmission but then that has not helped. The fix was for $500+ the repairs for the transmission are at $4700/- now. This is ridiculous the amount of repairs is more than the cost of the vehicle now.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

My 2007 nisson Pathfinder began having problems and when I brought it to the mechanic, he stated the coolant fluid went into the tranmission and caused major problems and now the radiator and transmission need replacement to the tune of $4900. 00 (approximate price given by lee myles). I actually brought the car to a Nissan dealer and their quote was $5800. 00 and then they statated other isses needed to be repaired and they stated the total cost would be $10,000. 00! book value of the car through kelly blue book is $9,600. 00 in excellent condition! I saw this is an ongoing problem with Pathfinders and I wanted to tell my story. I hope there is something that can be done against Nissan!.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 04/18/2015

Vehicle contained a defective radiator cooler tank that ruptures and forces coolant into the transmission through the cooler lines. When the coolant mixes with transmission fluid it creates a frothy liquid that eats valves, erodes seals and causes corrosion. It’s toxic, irreversible and killed the 5-speed automatic transmission. This problem was listed as the 2nd worst problem on carcomplaints. Com's "top vehicle problem trends of 2012". Why is this not a recall?!.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 04/04/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that transmission fluid in the vehicle was leaking onto the radiator. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on two occasions where it was determined that the control module failed. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic who determined that the leak came from inside the radiator. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 84,000. The VIN was not available.


car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 03/28/2015

The radiator on my Pathfinder has cracked and allowed coolant to get into the transmission fluid. This has ruined not only my radiator but also my transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 03/23/2015

One morning on the way to daycare my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder could not shift above first gear. I drove 8-10mph with hazard lights on to the dealership, Nissan of portland (122nd Ave). They told me it had cross contamination due to a "known faulty part" but that my warranty had expired in December. I bought the car from that dealership 18 months ago. They did not tell me at the time of purchase about this defect nor about the warranty, rather waited until they could charge me $5100. 00 to replace the transmission and radiator. This is so wrong! Nissan corporate should be ashamed of themselves for not fixing this for free whenever it manifests itself (or before) and dealers can not be allowed to sell cars without disclosing known material defects. Oregon law ors 646. 608 agrees.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 03/19/2015

Nissan needs to formally recall several vehicles with radiator/ transmission problems. In my case while I was driving my vehicle suddenly came to a stop while I was on the road driving at a speed of 55 mph. My vehicle shut down and I tried to turn on luckily it turned on and began to run again. I pressed on the accelerator it did not run more than 20 mph. I decided to tow my vehicle to a local mechanic to have it diagnosed since I was terrified of it shutting down once again in the middle of the road. My mechanic diagnosed my vehicle and concluded that fluid from the radiator had leaked into the transmission. Nonetheless, he expressed to me that this was nothing new he had seen with these vehicles. He told me that he had fixed a couple in just this last year. According to his past clients Nissan failed to do anything to correct the problem regardless of the potential hazard. I visited the dealer in which I have purchased the vehicle and explain the service man my concern. He clearly told me that my warranty was over and that the lawsuit against Nissan to be reimbursed had ended in 2013. I told him that my vehicle frequently comes to their service center for maintenance and if they were aware of the failure in theses vehicles once they reach their 100,000 miles why did they fail to correct the problem before it occurred. It surprises me that Nissan failed to inform any of its consumers of the problem when it was going through a lawsuit. He then proceeded to tell me that he could not help me and referred me to corporate office. I was told I would be called within two days. I received the call back from Nissan simply telling me my case was reviewed and they could not do anything due to the fact that my warranty is over. Nissan is putting the lives of their consumers in danger and is hiding behind their warranty guidelines to avoid correcting their engineering errors.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 03/15/2015

2008 Pathfinder - radiator cracked causing fluid to leak into and destroy the transmission. This is a known problem to Nissan. Problem has occurred to thousands of vehicles. Issue originally occurred in December, 2013. Issue was fixed at butler Nissan. Issue repaired with substandard and used parts, which resulted in same issue occurring - radiator cracking, which caused catastrophic failure to the transmission. Issue occurred while we were driving the vehicle. Fluid leaked into engine, caused the engine to smoke and obstruct our view of the road. We were able to pull car into business without a collision. Concerned that Nissan was willing to allow an unsafe vehicle back out on the road after knowingly repairing an issue with substandard parts.


 
car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 03/09/2015

Me and my 6 month old daughter were going down the road when my car lost all power and was like it had been shifted into neutral. My brakes weren't working properly but I got us off the road and had the car towed. After our repair guy checked all the wiring and ran test and pulled the transmission pan off the radiator coolant had leaked into the transmission full resulting in the gears messing up and the entire car undriveable. We knew about this problem and had contacted Nissan 6 months prior to check the recall and was told this vehicle had been fixed. . . . Obviously not. If it had been fixed it wasn't fixed properly or it would not have failed again many trips have been taken since then and now we are over 100,000 miles and it's a $3800 fix because Nissan either lied and it was never fixed to start with or didn't correctly fix it the first time.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 02/11/2015

I began to hear a noise and hesitation in gear change. Told tires but continue to hear. Had a oil change at twin city Nissan. Rep advice coolant in transmission would charge $3000 to repair and warranty on radiator expires soon. Radiator and transmission and fluids flushed for $3000 cost to me. Contact 1800 Nissan 1 and told over 368 complaints its manufacturing defect he advice can't. Help.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 02/10/2015

My 2007 Pathfinder has been shifting rough and sounds like I am driving across "rumble strips" used on the road to keep drivers awake. I went to the dealer to get an oil change and explained the issue. After they checked the car out they told me I had power steering fluid in my radiator and coolant in my power steering assembly. When I asked how that could possibly happen, the tech tried to assure me that this is what happens when radiator lines fail. I told them I had never heard of that and wanted to know how this could happen. They told me it would cost $5,250. 00 to replace the radiator. The service tech and service manager acted like they knew nothing and suggested I call Nissan north America. . . I did. They told me that since I had reported my issue to the better business bureau my case was sent to the arbitration department. The arbitration guy called and told me my vehicle was out of warranty and there was nothing they could do. I did some research online and found that Nissan has known of this problem since 2005. Nissan lost a class action suit for this problem but the remedy was to extend the warranty for 100,000 miles. I'm confused because I do not understand how a manufacturer can warranty away a defect. From my research the average mileage for this problem is 112,000 miles. My car is slowly becoming non drivable. I accelerated out of a parking lot but the car moved out into traffic and started rumbling but would not accelerate any further. I almost got hit by another car. Why is the consumer responsible for a known defect? isn't a warranty for parts that are manufactured correctly?.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 02/07/2015

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While the vehicle was at the dealer for an unrelated issue, the technician discovered that the vehicle needed a new transmission. The contact stated that the radiator leaks coolant onto the transmission, which caused corrosion. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 93,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 01/23/2015

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 45 mph, the transmission seized and the check engine warning light illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator fluid leaked into the transmission, which caused the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 01/03/2015

I bought the vehicle a year ago at 79,000 miles. In January of 2015, I hit the 100,000 mile mark and almost immediately started having transmission problems. Loud and jerky shifting and smelling foul in the air conditioner. Nissan dealership said that there was an issue and since I was out of warranty, (100,000 miles) that they weren't liable. He said I could drive it because it shouldn't break down for another few thousand miles. So I just parked it. I would only drive it if I absolutely had no other choice. Friday, may 15 2015 I was coming home from a doctors appointment and the vehicle completely broke down. The transmission went out and I was in the middle of a busy road with my 4 year old in the car with me. At 40 mph, the rpm was at almost 5,000. I pulled over to call my husband and when we put it in reverse to back out of the parking space, it wouldn't go into reverse. I had to tow it home and it's completely broken down. I don't have 4,000 to spend on a transmission and radiator.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 12/28/2014

Check engine light indicated a problem. After review by a Nissan dealer, there is a crack in the radiator assembly that will cause fluid to leak into the transmission, rendering the vehicle inoperable. Nissan knows about this issue and a class action lawsuit was brought against Nissan. A settlement was made giving only an extended warranty, not a recall. Data shows that it breaks on most cars after the so-called extended warranty time. Leaving most with no help from Nissan to fix this issue. This should have been a safety issue not a money issue.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 12/27/2014

Transmission went on the car. Coolant from the radiator leaked into the transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 12/13/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 12/10/2014

Car would not accelerate from a stop it was as if it was not shifting to first gear from a stop. Also while driving the car would begin to shudder violently and would not stop until the vehicle came to a complete stop. As it turns out, a line inside radiator coming from the transmission broke and caused contamination. Coolant mixed with transmission fluid created a sludge that contaminated both coolant system and transmission. Radiator was replaced and coolant system flushed as well as transmission flushed. A week later the car was parked and would not start. As it turns out the transmission blew a fuse and was not registering that the vehicle was in park. This is all related to the same problem the transmission control module (tcm) was burned out from the sludge created by coolant and transmission fluid. So now, either the transmission needs to be replaced because the clutch and gears are potentially burned up or the tcm. With just a tcm there is no guarantee that the transmission will not fail due to no way of knowing the condition of the clutch and transmission gears. Vehicle is still in the shop for over a month now and we have been forced to purchase a new car to meet our transportation needs.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 10/29/2014

While in motion in a very busy traffic, the vehicle suddenly started stalling prompting my pumping of the gas pedal in panic, as well as deployment of the hazard light. The energy generated from the engine, while pumping the gas pedal, is not being transferred to the transmission. Eventually the vehicle rolls to a complete stop with the engine dead in the busy traffic, effectively putting me in harms way. I turned the ignition and the engine started, after about a quarter mile it will stall and quit again. This process repeated several times and eventually the vehicle quit for good. It will not start again. I had a wrecker tow the vehicle to the Nissan dealership where the service agent told me, approximately 24 hours later, that the problem resulted from a cracked radiator that leaked antifreeze into the the transmission and subsequently damaging or destroying the transmission. The agent told me that it will cost several thousand dollars since it will entail installing new radiator and transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 09/09/2014

The vehicle began a slight shudder when shifting and within a few days while passing a truck on the freeway at 70 mph it shifted very hard and responded as if it was in neutral. Any application of the accelerator caused high rpm but gave no additional power. I was forced to put on my emergency flashers and maneuver through three lanes of traffic as I had lost all power and could not was just coasting along the freeway. It was a very dangerous situation that fortunately ended safely no thanks to the car. It was later determined by my mechanic that the radiator fluid had mixed with the transmission fluid and caused the transmission components to fail. After spending $1000. 00 on the first repairs to replace the radiator and flush the transmission 3 times it ran for a week and began shifting very hard again. It is now in the shop being considered for a transmission replacement. Hearing about the investigation and similar experiences by others it is a wonder why this issue has not been officially deemed a safety recall seeing as how my safety was definitely in jeopardy at the time of the failure.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 23
Failure Date: 09/01/2014

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start after several attempts. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the radiator had an internal crack that leaked fluid into the transmission causing damage to the components. As a result, the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. Djr.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 08/30/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. When the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate and idled highly. The contact stated that radiator fluid was leaking into the transmission. The dealer stated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 25
Failure Date: 08/20/2014

Nissan dealership just diagnosed that my radiator was leaking into my transmission. This was problematic because the radiator coolant has damaged the transmission. In April of 2014, I had had my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder to the same dealership for the same issue and they had flushed and replaced my transmission fluid.