Radiator Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1



Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 323 problems related to radiator (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 1
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.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 2
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.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 08/07/2014

Radiator failure allowing transmission fluid to mix with antifreeze causing transmission failure. Radiator failure due to crack in transmission cooler. Is manufacturing defect, should be Nissan 's responsibility to fix not the consumer.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

First the fuel sensor went out. Once I got that fixed (640. 00) the fuel tank wouldn't fill up and the gauges were off. Then fluid leaked into the radiator and I had to replace the radiator (1,000. 00). Then I had to flush it twice. Then the car overheated because the thermostat was gone. $250. 00. Now the car won't start and I'm being told it's the ignition gone bad. All of this has happen over three months. I will never buy another Nissan again. This was my third Nissan and last!!!!!!! where are the recalls if the same problems are occurring.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 07/08/2014

I was traveling at highway speeds going about 60mph and the car suddenly jerked nearly giving me whiplash. I then looked down at the gauge cluster and no lights were on and everything seemed normal, and in about 5 seconds it did it again. . . I slowed down as fast as I could to merge over and get out of traffic and as I went to pull off the car shut down and I could not get it restarted. I had to have it towed to my house and parked it for a few days. The battery went dead from trying to start it so much so I took it to a o'reily and found the battery to be bad so it was replaced. The car then started up and I drove slowly around my nieghborhood and it seemed ok. The next day my wife took it back to o'reliy to have the alternator tested and it was fine. I thought maybe it was something wrong to cause it to shut down like that and as she was driving home it did the same thing again. After much research it seems that this is a known issue with Nissan Pathfinders and that they did not let the owners know about the issue with the radiator fluid mixing with the tranny fluid and rendering the vehicle useless. I called Nissan today and was told that I am out of luck since the vehicle is out of warranty.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 06/21/2014

I was driving along a local road and all of a sudden, my engine starting revving and the car started slowing down. I stopped at a red light, but when it turned green, my car wouldn't move for about a second or two when I pressed the gas peddle. When it did move, it crawled along at 20 miles an hour. I managed to get it home and took it to the mechanic on Monday. I was told that coolant from my radiator leaked into my transmission and destroyed it. On researching this, I discovered that this is a known issue in 2005 - 2010 Nissan trucks but Nissan will not cover the cost of repair even though they are aware of it and did not issue a recall.


car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

The torque convertor in the transmission failed. I noticed the vehicle stuttering at different speeds during my time on the road. I had an independent mechanic check it and a Nissan dealer confirm the diagnosis. I was told the radiator and the entire transmission had to be replaced. I found numerous complaints on-line similar to mine; the 2005 model showed the most problems with the transmission. I don't have the $5,000 to repair the vehicle. The company extended some warranties due to this problem, but all had expired or I had too many miles (131,000), and a copay of $3000 was required. Not much of an offer from a large thriving company.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

Vehicle stalled. Check engine light displayed. Took vehicle to security Nissan in baltimore, MD to get checked out. Was informed by technician "radiator cooler is leaking coolant into automatic transmission". Technician recommends transmission assembly, radiator with radiator cap, and flush cooler lines. Extended warranty states repairs are not covered. Total bull! cost of repairs $6000! contacted Nissan to see how they would assist with this problem and was basically told they wouldn't. Nissan corp was aware of this problem since 2010. This situation could have been resolved with a recall to repair "crack in the radiator assembly leading to internal leakage of engine coolant". What could have been a couple hundred dollars or repairs by Nissan now is a few thousand dollars to consumers because of the neglect from Nissan corp and many of it's certified dealers to make consumers aware of this problem. We purchased this vehicle in 2011 and not once did the dealer mention that this was a known problem nationwide.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 06/16/2014

I got my oil changed at team Nissan in lithia springs, and on the 2nd day of driving the vehicle my 2005 Pathfinder overheated. I immediately called team Nissan and told them of the problem, and they told me that they apologize and to bring it in. Well the SUV was too hot to put on the road at that point so I stopped by wal-mart to add coolant. I let the truck cool off and then added coolant. The levels then appeared normal and I made my way to team Nissan. When I got there they told me that they could see me and to come back the next day. While I was talking with the rep. I noticed that there was a guy topping off my fluids under the hood. When I came back the next day, they check it and told me that I had no coolant and that my radiator fluid had leaked into the transmission and that the fluids were mixing. The repairs totaled up to $5028. 43 incluiding a radiator replacement, coolant flush, and a transmission replacement. I told him that I had heard of other recalls and complaints about this (I had just heard one of the reps call a customer and tell him that his recall om the same issues were complete and that he could pick up his vehicle), but he said that nothing was showing in the system. I then told him that I could not get that done at thia time and I enquired that I have not had this issue at other places after an oil change. He gave me an excuse as the guy did the day before and shrugged me off. He suggested that I needed to check the coolant every other day and that the problem was likely to continue. So the waiting game begins.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

I purchased my Pathfinder used. With 78,000 miles and within 10 days of having it the transmission dropped completely. Well we took it to the dealer and demanded they make right. . They paid our extended warranty never paid for our rental car and never bothered to tell us there was a defect on my vehicle! we were driving and noticed the transmission slipping and the truck vibrating very loud and vigorously when going into 3rd or 4th gear at around 50 mph. But they had told me it was my imagination. Well 10 days from the day I drove it home I guess it wasn't just my imagination because we lost all acceleration power. The truck was running but wouldn't not move. Here I am a year later googling why my truck keeps screwing up and boy what do I find???? I'm very livid and can't believe that Nissan has decided to fatten their wallets instead of helping it's consumers and making things right. I had a new transmission and new radiator put in. And a year later I'm fighting the same problem all over again. If I'm idle or stay in one spot for a few minutes my truck is over heating and not only that but it's spewing coolant out the reservoir. I have had it in the shop numerous times and no one gives a crap! I was told it was an air pocket and I'm not stupid especially now that I'm reading all the other complaints. This makes me wonder how the government can allow this to continue going on. . I can't believe that no help is available to us and we are being screwed royally and our lives in danger because we are forced to drive a dangerous non reliable vehicle!!!!!!! make things right Nissan fix our vehicles or do a recall and give us our money for putting us through hell.


 
car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 06/03/2014

Radiator coolant leaked into transmission, kiiling transmission.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 05/26/2014

I am a very loyal Nissan/pathfinder owner. I'm on my second Pathfinder and always have my beloved 2007 serviced regularly at the puyallup Nissan dealership. Because I rely on my vehicle for work, I make sure to keep it current with all recommended services over the life of the vehicle. Until recently, ive been an extremely satisfied Pathfinder owner. Now, I am quite upset that a known defective radiator notice I received approximately a year ago, advised to do nothing if experiencing no problems, but now that I'm over the limit of 100k miles (115k), and experiencing the known radiator defect issue, I am now on the hook for the entire repair cost ($5000). . Read more...

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 05/25/2014

Noticed vehicle pulling off sluggish and wasn't shifting gears. When I made it home, I had it checked out and found transmission fluid mixing with the engine coolant. I started searching online for recall and found this is a common problem, but there isn't a recall to fix the issue. I also didn't know they extended the warranty to 80,000 miles to only have the radiator replaced. They to do something to fix the problem and make it right for their customers.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 05/23/2014

Nissan Pathfinder just got to 100,000 miles when started experiencing transmission issues, turns out there was a factory warranty that I was never informed of that would have covered the radiator/transmission issue. However because I was not having an issue until the extended warranty ended Nissan is refusing to cover the cost of repairs despite knowing about this engineering fault. It is extremely frustrating that a large company such as Nissan is able to send a vehicle out into the public with known engineering flaws and put a mileage limit on repairing the issue. It is something that will inevitably fail but it is only a matter of time so it might have occurred withing the limit for some and outside the limit for others. It is my hope that you will expose this shady and unsafe practice that Nissan has going and help get people the repairs they deserve.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 05/20/2014

Driving down the road, vehicle becomes sluggish. Notice that the temperature begins to rise rapidly. In afternoon work traffic and have difficulty negotiating traffic trying not to break down in the middle of a busy road/intersection at 5:20pm. Vehicle was take to a repair shop where I was informed that the radiator had ruptured, thus sending coolant into the transmission and transmission fluid into the engine. Current estimate is approx $3000.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 05/17/2014

Pathfinder experienced complete transmission failure. Car stalled in the middle of an intersection and the engine started smoking and fluids spilled out from underneath. People behind us had to swerve around us to avoid hitting us. Some good samaritans helped my husband push the car to the side of the road. He could no longer drive the car. Earlier in the day the car was having trouble accelerating and would jerk. We managed to get off the freeway before it stalled completely. We had the car towed to mossy Nissan and we were told by the service advisor that the manufacturer radiator that came with the car was badly designed. The radiators crack causing cross contamination of the radiator and transmission fluid which then results in complete transmission failure, which is what happened to our car. He told us there was a class action lawsuit, actually, and the settlement terms were that if your car was under 80,000 miles Nissan would cover the cost of repairs. Our car had 87,000 miles and so we had to pay $2500. Over 90,000 miles and you have to pay $3000. Over 100,000 miles and you're out of luck. We were told the repair runs about $7,000 outside the warranty period. This should have been a recall issue, not an extended warranty issue, because it is unsafe to be driving on the road when your car stalls and the transmission fails. The car has since been repaired but I no longer feel safe in a Nissan. Nissan north America refuses to take responsibility for a design flaw and the extended warranty from the lawsuit benefited no one but Nissan. You couldn't have your radiator replaced under the warranty if it wasn't malfunctioning yet. Your car needed to break down before the warranty could kick in, and at that point you were already outside the 100% coverage window.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 05/14/2014

Checked the transmission fluid and it was white milky. Had it checked its a problem with the transmission cooler inside the radiator cracking and letting antifreeze get into transmission and it destroys it and it's up to $5000 to fix and lots of lost time and Nissan isn't doing a thing about it. And there are numerous people on the internet with same problem. Nissan should fix this at no cost to the owner !!!!!!!!.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 05/12/2014

Upon driving at 25mph the rpm's increased without any power. No matter how much gas I gave it o would only crawl and could barely exit the intersection. I was able to pull over and shut the car off. I tried to turn it back on and it would not. I brought it back to the dealer and was informed the radiator and transmission are bad. I then learned that this is a problem with many Nissan SUV's.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 04/28/2014

Car having trouble getting up to speed. Now will not start. Dealership says it needs new radiator and transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 04/14/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the vehicle shifted erratically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that radiator fluid was entering the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage and VIN was not available.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

When the car reaches speed of 45 mph, it begins to jerk and vibrate and a loud noise starts. If I press the overdrive button to turn it off, the car smooths out. If I do not turn the overdrive off, once I lower speed or accelerate, it stops vibrating. Diagnosis from mechanic is coolant has leaked into my transmission fluid. Car should have new radiator and transmission put in.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 03/21/2014

This vehicle's timing chain, automatic transmission, and radiator need to be replaced due to premature mechanical failures. The radiator is faulty and the radiator coolant now mixes with the transmission causing transmission failure. Repair costs are around $8000. A quick look at "Nissan radiator/transmission cooler litigation" on the internet reveals class action lawsuits filed for these same complaints via thousands of consumers. This is a widespread problem known by Nissan and they have not issued any recalls or warned the consumer of these problems. Nissan has offered some owners extended warranties but nothing above 100,000 miles for those with consequential damage to their transmissions due to their knowingly defective radiators. Clearly, Toyota's recent acceptance of a $1. 2 billion federal fine for deliberately concealing auto defects and safety risks from its buyers and general motor's current regulatory woe's because they cynically judged their vehicles defects not recallable when they clearly are, these are signs that enough is enough. To have faulty products is one thing, but to not inform a consumer of a faulty product that will further destroy their vehicles is reprehensible.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 23
Failure Date: 03/13/2014

Noted that transmission was slipping when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear as well as issues with radiator fan coming on at idle along with no heat at idle. Took vehicle to two separate car repairs to identify the problem and was told that vehicle had failed transmission cooler which allows coolant to mix with the transmission fluid, causing internal damage to the components. Was advised that repairs would be upwards of $3k to replace transmission.

car image   Radiator problem of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 02/21/2014

The defect in the radiator caused the antifreeze and oil to mix. It then mixed with the transmission fluid. That was fixed by a repair shop. Now the transmission has slipped out because of the mixture of the three fluids.

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car image   Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 25
Failure Date: 02/11/2014

I started feeling my car slip gears when it reached certain speeds, as well as the vdc, slip and engine lights came on. Within the next few days, as I was driving, my car overheated and the antifreeze poured out of it. The radiator was cracked and had leaked into the transmission. When my husband called Nissan and told them our issue, and that our mileage was 103,000, they said we were no longer under warranty and it would cost approximately $6,000 (obviously knowing what the issue was from all the other transmissions that were ruined from their error). My husband's friend, who is mechanic, replaced the radiator and flushed the transmission fluid. It seemed to run fine for the next few months, with the occasional flush of the transmission fluid. Within the last week, the car began slipping again. By yesterday, it would not come out of second gear. My transmission is shot and needs to be replaced. I am extremely disappointed with Nissan, as we have been loyal customers for the last 14 years. I loved my Pathfinder, and would think that after spending $36,000 on a car, it would hold up longer than 6 years. It is absolutely unacceptable that Nissan will not take responsibility for their manufacturing error and that they do not stand behind their product. I am so disappointed and disgusted, I will never buy another Nissan.