Radiator Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 521 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Nissan Pathfinder based on all problems reported for the Pathfinder.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 05/12/2018

When the car was put in reverse or park the gear change started to become delayed and rough this later progressed to a lack of power while driving. These problems hinted to there being a transmission problem. Took it into a shop and was told that the coolant was mixing in with the transmission fluid therefore damaging both the radiator and transmission.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 05/04/2018

The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from the engine. The temperature gauge illuminated. The contact coasted over to the side of the road and powered off the engine. The vehicle was restarted the failure recurred and started to overheat. The vehicle was driving to the contact residence and later was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the radiator fan motor assembly failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,212. Aw.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 05/02/2018

The vehicle started vibrating very roughly and loudly during acceleration, then suddenly the transmission completely failed while my daughter was driving it on a very busy frontage road to the highway. She was able to steer it onto the shoulder before it stopped coasting; and several people stopped to help her push it into safety in a nearby parking lot. After having it towed to a repair shop, the mechanic informed us that the radiator fluid had leaked through cracks into the transmission fluid, causing irreversible damage to the transmission. Upon researching the problem, we discovered this was a known and acknowedged problem with 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinders, but neither a recall nor a warning was ever issued. We are now beyond the warranty coverage in time and in mileage, so Nissan will not cover any of the expenses to repair.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 03/16/2018

The radiator fan and shroud assembly and I cannot find replacement parts at any dealer, auto parts store nor junk yard due to so many people needing these parts replaced. I was told they are on backorder and dont know when they will have replacement parts. I was told by a certified mechanic that the car could overheat and stall if these parts are not replaced.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 02/02/2018

This particular year and make of vehicle has a known manufacturers defect that causes the transmission fluid to mix in with the radiator, which in turn ruins your vehicle and causes about $5,000+ in repairs. A class action lawsuit was settled regarding this, and all Nissan did was extend their warranty. Unfortunately, this defect doesn't always breakdown prior to the warranty ending, in my case, it happened shortly after the warranty was up. So now I'm stuck with a vehicle I purchased 2 years ago, that doesn't work, and I still owe money on it, all because of this known defect.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 01/04/2018

In 2007, I purchased a new Nissan Pathfinder, unaware of any defects. In 2011, I began having problems with my truck not producing heat while it was idle. Nissan stated that the coolant looked dark and advised me that their was air in the line. Once again, I'm having trouble with the heat and now I'm being told the transmission and coolant fluids are intermixed, and that it would cost between $7 and 8 thousand dollars because I need to replace both the transmission and the radiator. When I took my truck to Nissan in 2011, and they knew the coolant was dark, I should have been made aware of the defect with the radiator assembly because my issues most likely had already started, and now, it's gotten worse. I was never advised of this problem until now.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 12/19/2017

I bought my 07 Pathfinder in July and the dealership had done repair on the radiator at their expense, and replaced the coolant and tranny fluids and stated there was no cross contamination. However, the vehicle stopped shifting properly and we couldn't tell if it was the tranny, abs, or 4wd getting caught. As of yesterday the tranny wouldn't change gears. Restarting the car helped. But since there was no recall there is no history of any other work. All maintenance was kept up with the same dealership for the majority of the vehicles life. After the vehicle has been at a stop, and moved to accelerate it wouldn't go into gear/drive then all of a sudden would ?catch? and would launch.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 10/20/2017

The radiator was cracked where the transmission fluid is and it mixed with the antifreeze which caused both the radiator and the transmission to have to be replaced. The engine was on and vehicle was stationary when we noticed the temperature increased greatly and rapidly until it maxed out. The vehicle was leaking a mix of antifreeze and transmission fluid. We replaced the radiator but the damage was done already to the transmission. The vehicle was in motion when the transmission failed.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 10/05/2017

The issues with the vehicle began at 133834 miles. When driving, at times it would vibrate out of nowhere. After a stop, it would shift up hard or fail to downshift and then hit hard when it finally would go in to gear. Once I took it in to a mechanic, the following codes came p1731 - 1st gear logic error, p0430- cat efficiency bank 2, p0455- evap system leak large. The recommendation was "tear down". In the end, I had to replace transmission, radiator, torque converter, valve body, valve body solenoids, catalytic converter bank 2, exhaust gaskets, oil pressure sensor, and oxygen sensor. With a total cost of $4,824. 65. I will upload the services my Nissan Pathfinder had to have.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 10/02/2017

While driving the vehicle temperature gauge pegged out at the high side and there was a burning metal smell. I was told by two different mechanics that the radiator failed and leaked into the transmission. The vehicle is beyond the extended warranty that Nissan gave and they never contacted me to let me know that there even was an extended warranty.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 10/02/2017

Takata recall im writting this complaint in regards to my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder se. On 10/2/2017 my vehicle gave me some issues of not wanting to turn on. After talking to several mechanics and all giving me the same diagnosis and advising me to take it to town north Nissan in austin texas. The service agent (luis cruz) also gave me the same diagnosis (the module ipdm) needed to get changed. They gave me a price on the cost and told me the date my truck would be ready for pick up. My truck was in their shop since 10/25/2017 and they told my my car would be ready 10/31/2017 after 12:30 pm. So I called to get an update so I could pick up my truck. After all this time (luis cruz) told me that my truck actually needed a new transmission. That the transmission fluid and the radiator mixed totally ruining my engine. And that I would have to pay ($5,900) to fix it. I did some research and came across and article that says that the nccc has received several complaints in regards to the same issue with the same vehicle I have. I need some help on how to approach Nissan in regards to this problem. Because if this is something that Nissan really knew about they have to be liable for the repairs of my car. Please help. . . . Read more...

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 09/19/2017

My hose s from the radiator to the heater core exploded while I was driving in the city and trow some kind of gunk that the dealer says it is transmission fluid mixing with the antifreeze causing the hoses to become weak also my transmission start slipping and not working properly the dealer says it is a extended warranty on it but my car has 108000 miles and the extended warranty it is only until 100000 {with a 3000 dollars out of pocket for the owner of the vehicle } but they never send me a letter to fix that problem even do I have done more than 2 services on a Nissan dealer that warranty or problem was never mentioned to me.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 08/12/2017

I had noticed fluid leaking from under the front /right portion of my vehicle after I parked. I opened the hood and the reserve cap to the radiator had come loose. After letting my vehicle cool, I inspected both the reserve tank and radiator and noticed the fluid was now a milky/frothy substance. After some detective work, I learned that this is a common issue with Pathfinders from 2005- through 2010 that Nissan has ignored to fix. The transmission fluid cooler in the radiator assembly "fails" causing contamination to the internal transmission components ,and damage to the internal transmission computer. There are no warning signs up to or just prior to the failures. After contacting Nissan and receiving a denial to fix our truck under a warranty, I am stuck with a vehicle with several "thousands of dollars" in repairs all due to Nissan ignoring a known defect and not issuing a recall on all vehicles in the "known" year bracket with these issues. I'm sure nothing will be done regarding this issue due to there not being a major loss of lives involved, I. E. Takata airbags,but I find it is my duty to add my name to an already hefty list of other Nissan Pathfinder owners that have experienced this same problem.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 08/01/2017

Radiator coolant leaked into the transmission $4000 car 10 years old however I had high mileage due to many road trips.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 07/18/2017

Radiator coolant leaking into transmission, causing transmission failure. Dealership has informed me because I am over 100,000 miles there is no coverage and will cost me upto 8,000. My current mileage at diagnostic was 104,000 miles. My Pathfinder is in great shape and has a lot of driving left in it. I feel let down by Nissan that they have known about this defect and will not stand by the fault to keep customer loyalty and satisfaction. I do not trust Nissan and never will again, they have proven to me they do not care about their customers and do not stand behind their product. I am in a position as a single mother with 3 kids that I cannot afford 8,000 dollars to fix this known problem. I could not believe that they were prepared to do nothing. . . . . . .

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 06/30/2017

The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. When the vehicle was taken to the alhambra Nissan dealer in alhambra, CA for a routine oil change, the contact was also advised to have a transmission oil change. The technician performed an oil change on the transmission and the transmission failed eight days later. The vehicle was towed to the alhambra Nissan dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission and the radiator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not serviced due to the repair fees. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and informed the contact that the vehicle was old in age and out of warranty. The manufacturer did not offer further assistance. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 123,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 06/19/2017

Defective radiator failed causing coolant and transmission fluid to mix that irreparably damaged the transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 06/01/2017

We bought a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder, with 97,000 miles. Zero issues at the time of purchase. At about 123,000 miles we noticed the transmission began to stuffer. Upon further investigation we discovered that the transmission fluid and coolant fluid have mixed together. The transmission will need to be replaced. We are currently financing this vehicle, making monthly payments, and now among millions of other Nissan consumers are in a horrible spot. Nissan should have issued a recall for cracked radiators. I work 12 hour swing shifts, live in a small town, and have 4 children. Nissan needs to make this issue right with consumers due to the shear volume of defective vehicles and the immense cost and unfortunate position it's putting hard working american in.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 05/01/2017

Cracked radiator leaking fluid into transmission. This is causing transmission failure. Transmission slipped when trying to accelerate or at a low gear switch. This caused me alarm and I was unsure if my car could accelerate properly if I was in a critical situation. . Read more...

car image   Radiator problem of the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 04/03/2017

While driving the gear changed and the car made vibration and noise and the service engine light turned on. I went back home and had a mechanic checked and he found out that the coolant and the transmission fluid mixed. The liquid inside the radiator looked like a strawberry milk shake.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 03/31/2017

Radiator fluid leaked into transmission, cause a replacement of transmission and radiator.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 02/11/2017

Vehicle shutters when trying to change gears. This occurs when driving at high and low speeds (it has an automatic transmission). If the vehicle is cold and I put it in drive, the transmission will not engage. When idling, the car blows cold air in the front, even if its set on the warmest temperature. The car consistently blows cold air in the back, whether its idling or being driven. After having my car looked at, the problem was found to be caused by a cracked radiator that leaked coolant into the transmission. Not only causing damage to the transmission, but also to the heater hose which is beyond repair and needs replacement. After doing research, I have found that this has been a major issue for Nissans with a year of 2005 to 2010, and although they did not do a recall, they offered an extended warranty up to $80,000 and 100,000 with a customer CO-pay. But for most people that problem did not start occurring until after 100,000 miles. . . Like myself. There was a class action lawsuit on this which settled in October of 2012. I bought my car from a Nissan dealership in April of 2011. Why was I not made aware of this at the time of purchase?!.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 23
Failure Date: 02/01/2017

Tl the contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the transmission failed and the vehicle shifted gears with force. The vehicle was taken to howell motors Buick, GMC, Nissan (1158 highway 51-98 summit, ms 39666, (phone) 601-276-7711) where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed due to a radiator leak. The contact stated that the radiator was replaced by the same dealer in 2015; however, the radiator replacement did not correct the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 125,000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 01/07/2017

At 80000 miles timing chain had to be replaced $2100. 00 repair that Nissan was aware of being a common defect . My extended warrantee company did not cover because they said it was a pre - existing problem. At 82000 miles radiator transmission cooler leaked antifreeze into transmission causing failure to both. Another problem that Nissan was aware of and would not pay for a repair for over $6000 because they had no recall.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 25
Failure Date: 01/07/2017

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated while the vehicle was operated, it experienced a complete loss of power. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the vehicle's transmission and radiator fluid had mixed. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.



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