Radiator Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1



Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 472 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 08/24/2016

In the middle of a heavy storm from the wake of an f3 tornado that swepted through, my wife and I were stuck in heavy wind and rain in an open area unable to start our 2008 Pathfinder after pulling over. Just prior, our transmission started shifting hard and slamming into gear. I got out in the wind and rain and after looking over the vehicle after it cooled down, thats when I noticed oil and water were mixed in the radiator. The Pathfinder now sits because the vehicle will not start. It went from parked and running to dead on thie side of the road.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 08/16/2016

In about January of this year 2016 I noticed a vibration during gearshifting while driving. I brought my car to my mechanic because when I explained the issue to Nissan they said out of warranty and all parts and labor would not be covered so I went to my mechanic anyway who said I had transmission failure due to a leak from the radiator which I believe is a design flaw on the car. If Nissan knew about a radiator issue why was I never informed so I could potentially replace the radiator before it destroyed my transmission? I am seeking full reimbursement on all parts and labor in the transmission. I understand I may have to pay some of the cost of the radiator due to ware and tare but if Nissan knew about this they should've contacted me to save transmission failure. I believe this is also a safety issue had I not known even why the transmission is failing I did have a problem while driving and not knowing what this is. I could've had trouble shifting from one year to the next on highway at high speeds.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 08/01/2016

Takata recall- blown transmission due to radiator leaking coolant into transmission fluid, resulting in blown tcm and transmission. Common problem with this make and model. Vehicle was stationary when problem happened. No warning signs given from vehicle.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 07/29/2016

2008 Nissan Pathfinder. Transmission failed due to radiator failure which caused contamination of the cooling and transmission fluids. Engine overheated due to contamination. Entire cooling system had to be flushed several times after repairs. Repairs were over $4000. Nissan refused to address issue because of pending class action suit. I wish to be added to class action process to recoup expenses.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

Radiator cracked leaking coolant into the transmission that is impacting the ability for transmission control module to function properly. Now, while driving, the car randomly stalls and loses all power. While on the highway, it has become necessary to restart the car while rolling in neutral to avoid having to switch lanes into faster moving cars. I've been informed by Nissan that it's a common problem and an $8000 repair to replace the radiator, transmission, transmission control module, and flush everything out.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that when he took his vehicle to the mechanic for maintenance, the mechanic stated that the vehicle coolant was abnormal. As a result, it was diagnosed that the transmission fluid and coolant had mixed. 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 115,000. The VIN was not available.


car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 07/11/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road and towed to a local dealer who diagnosed a transmission failure due to a radiator leak. The dealer completely rebuilt the transmission. The failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to another dealer where it was diagnosed that the rebuilt transmission caused an "inter cooler failure". The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that it was not the manufacturer's problem. The contact was referred back to the dealer that installed the rebuilt transmission. The dealer stated that the manufacturer was aware of the rebuilt transmission and referred the contact back to the manufacturer. The manufacturer stated that nothing could be done. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 10v517000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 168,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 07/07/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle vibrated severely from the front end of the vehicle multiple times without warning. The vehicle was driven to a mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission fluid leaked into the radiator. The radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 107,000.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 07/01/2016

Radiator coolant is leaking into transmision, which could result in catastrophic engine failure.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 06/30/2016

Car died on me this morning! mechanic said transmission as well as radiator. Plus coolant and tranny fluid leaked into each other. Something that looks like lawsuits and many others have complained on. Dealership wont fix it!.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 06/25/2016

My vehicle had problems in 2011 when a "warranty notice" was sent regarding a radiator problem. I took the car in and they found that it was a timing belt and did not change my radiator while it was under the extended warranty and had approximatey 70,000 miles. I now have 160,000 miles and my car is acting up again and the dealership advised me the radiator is cracked and leaking coolant into the transmission so I need both repaired or my car will get worse and can cause an accident. To me it appears that this defect with the car was from the inception and it should have been recalled because it was bound to fail and it should be fixed at Nissan's cost. My vehicle is still pretty good looking but I feel it is only a shell that I am driving because of the interior radiator flaw. They indicate that since no recalls were made I have to pay the total out of pocket. I missed the lawsuit in 2013 but am willing to file another class action lawsuit if a lawyer is willing to accept it. The vehicle was shaking when I was driving it on the freeway mainly and it felt like it was not in gear and pulling. These were also my concerns in 2011 when I took it in to be repaired and fixed, but they said I had no problems. Well I do now and I wouldn't have if they had fixed the defective radiator.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 06/17/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving 5 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle stalled and was unable to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission failed due to a defective radiator, which caused the engine coolant to mix with the transmission fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 06/17/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the vehicle independently shifted gears and stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the radiator fluid mixed with the transmission fluid and caused the transmission to become inoperable. 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 failure mileage was 135,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 06/16/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While the gear lever was in reverse, the transmission failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radiator connector hose leaked fluid into the transmission. The contamination caused internal damage to the transmission. The radiator and transmission were replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 06/02/2016

I was driving when my Nissan Pathfinder 2007 out right when I got in the middle of in intersection my car just didn't want to go I was pressing on the gas and it would go it then it would start going again but wouldn't go faster then 20mph then again it would stop n wouldnt move I took it to a shop to get it checked out they told me my radiator failed and cause liquid to go into my tramission which cause that to fail . . . So I called Nissan about the recall I read about fail radiator and tramission they told me they couldn't help me.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 05/23/2016

Contamination of transmission fluid on 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Color of coolant is purple and cloudy in overflow and radiator. Transmission has started shuttering between 35 - 45 mph. Symptoms began at 130k miles.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 05/07/2016

Right after purchasing this vehicle the check engine light went on. Took it back to the dealer, they power sprayed the engine, said everything was fine. A few days later, vehicle is knocking. Took it back, radiator fluid was in trans. Replaced radiator and flushed trans. Week later, same thing now worse. Car is knocking load especially after hitting 40 mph. Sometimes it wont pass 40mph.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 05/06/2016

We have a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder that has transmission failure due to a defective radiator. This is a known defect that Nissan should be held accountable for. We followed all recommended maintenance, most of which was at a Nissan dealership. The dealership was negligent in its inspection and repair of our vehicle. When we began to experience transmission failure and had both transmission and coolant contamination, they failed to diagnose the problem. Two Nissan dealership inspections in may 2016 outlined that all was well with our vehicle, even after we found that there was no transmission fluid on our dipstick, and it did not appear that the bolt to check the fluid had not been recently removed. Our family¿s safety was put at risk driving this vehicle for over a month, while it was experiencing transmission failure and risked engine failure due to heavily contaminated coolant. After a few weeks of symptoms, we looked online and were shocked to see the widespread manufacturing defect that has been reported. We took our truck to an independent shop who diagnosed the problem. The Nissan warranty was extended to 10 years or 160,000 kilometers for possible radiator assembly failure. Although our vehicle fell within the 10 year time frame, we were outside the kilometer range by 40,000 kilometers. Nissan canada and crown Nissan refused to extend the warranty to us. We feel the 160,000 km is far too low for a 10 year warranty. A recent Dodge warranty extension was 10 yrs, 240,000 km. Nissan put us in an unsafe situation, where they failed to diagnose the problem and we were out driving for several weeks, some of which involved towing our family camper on the highways. Nissan has been negligent on many levels and a recall should be extended to these faulty radiators.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 04/21/2016

Radiator started leaking and ruined my transmission at 92,000 miles.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 04/15/2016

I purchased a used 2005 with apprx 134,000 miles. I returned the vehicle the following Monday for a cracked radiator. The radiator was replaced. The vehicle continued to have shifting issues. 3 weeks later it was given a diagnosis from a certified Nissan service shop as "needing transmission replaces as a result of coolant leaking into the transmission from crack radiator" I was estimated over $7000 worth of repairs because of the radiator cracking and leaking coolant.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 04/06/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at an unknown speed, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed due to coolant contamination. As a result, the transmission, radiator, and thermostat needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 191,270.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 04/01/2016

Same as many bought 2008 Pathfinder had 65,000 miles one year ago in roanoke va,started missing ,when checking radiator and transmission fluid were were cream like color,paid 104 dollars at maintenance garage to find problem of cracked in radiator part causing to mix. Now need new transmission which my compartment is 3000 dollars,which is ridiculous since this is evidently a common failure which I was not informed of. When spoke with Nissan stated this is all court ordered them to do . . . Sorry for your inconvenience. . I don't have that kind of money,still owe on this vehicle thought I was buying a dependable car,have extended insurance won't pay cause of Nissan extended warranty. . . Think this should have been a recall and consumer notified this is a major car issue and expense. . . . Nissan should be ashamed doing there consumers that way. . Please spread the word. .

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 23
Failure Date: 03/24/2016

While driving on interstate 25 in south denver, my Pathfinder began to sputter and stall. The engine started to overheat as I pulled into a service station about two miles away. I had it towed to christian brothers auto in parker colorado. A radiator part blew, the engine overheated and was destroyed. The steam from the plastic radiator part also damaged the main computer. It was close to $10,000 for all repairs related to the radiator part failure. Approximately 8,000 miles later, my daughter and I were driving on I-70 near the vail, colorado exit, and the Pathfinder started to jerk violently on the highway going 65mph. I was able to pull over to the side of the road. Scary experience for us both. This happened today, 03/24/2016. Smoke was coming from under the car. I had it towed to avon auto in avon colorado. They said the transmission is damaged, but they did not have time to look into it further. Please call or email me with further questions. 303-726-6211 or l. Fab@comcast. Net.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact heard a popping noise coming from the transmission and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission sensor failed. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic who diagnosed that the radiator coolant was leaking into the transmission. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the warranty had expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 129,000. The VIN was unknown.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 25
Failure Date: 02/25/2016

Radiator fluid leaked into transmission. Had to replace both parts.