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Transmission Noise Problems of Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 31 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train category).

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 05/14/2015

Onset of issue was inspection to determine service engine light. Code p0850 - indicated park/neutral safety switch input circuit. Switch replaced and service engine light back on within 48 hours. Returned additional codes related to transmission. Concurrently the vehicle was stumbling at certain speed/rpm with rumbling noise in drivetrain and hesitation during accelleration. Transmission found to have been contaminated by radiator fluid. Complete rebuild of transmission performed and bypassed radiator transmission cooler with auxiliary cooler to prevent having to replace radiator. Transmission rebuild and rental car for a week >$5000.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 2
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.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 01/23/2015

I took my Pathfinder into a local shop because I started hearing noise coming from the transmission at around 45 mph. I was informed antifreeze got into my transmission fluid due to a radiator failure. The shop replaced the radiator and flushed the tranny. Over a $600 bill. The shop hoped it would fix the problem without rebuilding or replacing the transmission. No luck!! now I am looking at another $4000 plus on something that should never have happened. I was told by many shops including the local dealer that this is a known problem. If proactive by the manufacture could have been fixed with replacement of the radiator. Instead, Nissan decided to extend the warranty. Never informing customers to have inspected for premature failure of the radiator or tranny.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 11/03/2014

Our 2013 Nissan path finder has been "shaking"/shuttering since we bought it. Every time we brought it in for service they said it was "not reproducible". Finally the noise got so loud they replaced the transmission. Less than 2 days after the transmission was replaced. We tried to enter the highway and the vehicle refused to accelerate. We almost crashed with oncoming traffic. The vehicle then would not accelerate over 5-10 mph and started dumping fluid in my driveway. I called Nissan and they assigned a tech who was supposed to examine the vehicle with us and document the incident. The tech was not available for a month and they put the vehicle on the rack and "fixed" it without documenting the issue with us. I am going to check it out today. However this is subversive and they are actively not trying to document the issue. This is a dangerous vehicle and numerous complaints have been made online.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 11/03/2014

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would hesitate to respond when depressing the accelerator pedal and an abnormal noise was present coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that the transmission valve body failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the transmission was previously replaced in August of 2014. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 10/07/2014

Transmission failure making a left turn with oncoming traffic. No warning, no prior, noise or vibration, just a sudden total failure. The cause has been diagnosed as the leaking coolant from the transmission radiator. The current Nissan 'extended warranty' is not sufficient given the nature of the problem and the risks associated with a transmission failure during driving.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 7
Failure Date: 10/01/2014

I have a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder that started making loud rumbling noises while driving. We replaced the radiator after the car over heated and a milky substance leaked. We've had the transmission flushed twice. We were told by a mechanic that the radiator liquid mixed into the transmission. I'm very disappointing to find that there are so many others with the same issue and that Nissan is doing nothing to help.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 07/07/2014

After months of searching for a good used car, I researched, verified, test drove, and got an independent mechanics check on a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder sold by a private seller as "in perfect and excellent working condition" bought it on a Saturday nite, drove it 20 minutes home, then drove it for the next first time two days later on a long 200 mile trip out of country. I began to hear the strange high pitched noise along the way. When I arrived to my destination,I immediately contracted a mechanic who diagnosed the problem as internal, recommending I take to Nissan for accurate diagnosis. I also called 4 diff Nissan dealerships, and who diagnosed the timing chain issue over the phone,. I also called Nissan corp and opened a claim was advised to get formal diagnosis from a dealership. I anxiously drove back the 200 miles and took it to dealership. Fyi, I contacted original seller who stated again she knew nothing of the problem but could not help. I now have formal documentation of the timing chain problem and repair estimate $1,650, also, I was advised to immediately replace my radiator due to a well known, documented problem with leakage into the transmission on this car. I also did more research finding hundreds of documented complaints regarding the two above faulty and well known problems with the Pathfinders and a class action lawsuit! my new $10,500 car is sitting in my driveway, after only driving it one time im looking at $3000 worth of necessary work, and I will still be afraid to put my 3 daughters into this vehicle uncontrolled acceleration! Nissan has yet to get back to me, it is unbelievable that Nissan has no responsibility for these serious issues. Many complaints have been reported . When will the government make Nissan take responsibility? I saved and hitched rides to find and buy a car, and now I have none and no money~!.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 9
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

Have a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder le and noticed the transmission was starting to make a rumle strip noise around 45 mph. Did some reshearch and discovered that Nissan had a defective radiator which caused anti-freeeze to leak into the transmission through coolant line. Knowing that the radiators were defective why wasn't Nissan ordered to recall them. It is a safety hazard if you are traveling on the highway and your transmission fails!!! I now have to pay $2500 to pay for a known defect to have radiator and transmission replace.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 10
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

110,000-115,000 miles -> was driving down a two lane hwy in the evening (busy time with work traffic) - I am glad I was driving the car and not my wife, as she typically has our child in the car with her at all times - it could have caused a major incident due to the nature of the hwy being traveled. Next, there was a brief incline and it took a bit more power to get up and then the awful noise happened. Was so disturbed by the noise/shutter that I pulled over to see if I had lost a tire. After inspection, there was nothing wrong that I could see. I continued to drive home and felt it a few more times over the course of the next 15-20 min. Honestly, I was praying that nothing would happen until I could make it home - that noise was alarming. Upon arrival home, I looked up what could be wrong, then that is when I found everything online about Pathfinders. We do not have the money to fix this problem and have had to wait for several weeks to save the money just to get the transmission rebuild process started. I cannot believe a company that is as highly respected in the indsutry as Nissan is not stepping to the plate to make this right. It is an obvious defect for 3 different model cars. The "deductible" that they are offering does not come close to the cost of the total fix for the issue(s) at stake - especially if you go through Nissan dealership for repairs - not even guaranteed to be completely fixed since it is a defect - just replacing the problem it already has and will continue to have. Love my Pathfinder but will look at every opportunity to never buy a Nissan or infinity product, ever, again. Safety is my biggest priority when buying a car - this car fit the mold when I bought it in 2008/2009 and never again, but not anymore. Loss of complete power/operation in a vehicle at 55 mph is not safe. Btw, I'm ocd about servicing my car(s) - all records to show.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 11
Failure Date: 03/08/2014

Purchased two 2014 Nissan Pathfinders on October 2013 from sheehy Nissan of annapolis. After 1500 miles on one of them started hearing a noise from the left driver¿s side area only when going over 55mph. Took to dealership tech heard the same problem but was not sure what was causing the noise. After a week pasted someone from Nissan came down to look at the truck at this point I told dealer I no longer wanted truck and that I would like another new vehicle in its place and did not mind paying a few dollars more for and upgraded model. So the gm came back with some good numbers and off the lot I went with another brand new 2014 fully loaded Pathfinder on March 8th 2014 I started feeling this very hard shuddering when driving 0-20mph I thought it would stop but it just got worst so on March 10th 2014 I dropped truck off at the dealership for service and tech was able to hear and feel what I felt and they placed a called to Nissan which advised them to replace the transmission and that it would take a week. When I went to pick up the truck on Friday March 14th 2014 they pulled it into the bay I got in the drivers set started the truck and right away I noticed that the steering wheel did not go down only up and down. I called the service rep over and advised him what was going on and he called his manager over and they both shook their heads and said you are really having a tuff time with these Pathfinders and said what do you want to do drive it over the weekend to test out the new transmission or leave it here? so I told him leave it here and that this was crazy he said he agrees and that he would call Nissan Monday and let them know that now the now the steering wheel has problems.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 12
Failure Date: 10/21/2013

My husband and I purchased the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, November 2012. We traded in our Chevrolet tahoe and decided with gas prices increasing we needed a vehicle that we can save a little on. We put our trust in Nissan. About 11 months after purchasing, I was leaving work and backed out of my parking space proceeded to the stop sign. At the stop sign I accelerated and it moved forward a few feet, then it made a loud noise. Before I knew it the car was on, but would not move. Would not move forward or in reverse. The good thing is I had a person behind me that noticed I had car problems and pushed the car out of the lanes of traffic. Got the car towed to Nissan dealership, and they just informed us that they could not figure out why the card is not working. The transmission is going into gear, just not moving. Now their shop manager has decided to replace the entire transmission. This is one week that we have been in a rental. . . . Should get our car Friday. Will my car ever drive the same again with a new transmission ?.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 13
Failure Date: 08/09/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, the vehicle made a rumbling noise and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the radiator hose had failed and caused coolant to penetrate the transmission and that the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 85,238. Mah.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 14
Failure Date: 10/17/2012

2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle fire that was caused by a defect. The consumer stated the vehicle caught on fire while his wife was driving. His wife felt a jerking motion when she pushed down on the accelerator. His wife pulled over, when suddenly another motorist informed her the vehicle was on fire. Once she exited the vehicle, there was a loud boom noise, which was believed to be the battery exploding. Within in seconds, the uncontrollable flames literally engulfed the entire vehicle. An investigator believed the cause of the fire was a failure in the transmission.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 15
Failure Date: 09/15/2012

On two separate occasions, I cannot remember the date of the first incident. My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder stalled and would not accelerate. My family was in the vehicle and we were leaving a place of business, which was kind of on a hill and when I tried to accelerate the vehicle would not move, but started to go backward. I cut the vehicle off and tried again and we were off and going, until we were on the road and in traffic going about 45mph the vehicle started to stall, and we had to get ourselves out of traffic. I gt the vehicle going again and everything seemed to go fine for about 2 weeks, then on sept 15 I woke early to take a family member to a weekend class, as I was driving down my street I heard a noise coming from the 2005 Pathfinder I rolled my window down to hear the sound as I was listening the sound went away and all of a sudden I was approaching the traffic light the vehicle began to stall, I was pushing on the gas and it would not go, the light was green and I had cars behind me. I had to turn my hazard lights on and try to get myself out of the middle of the road to safety, once I did I had to park my vehicle in a business parking lot at a shopping center that is close to my home. At this point my vehicle is parked due to the fact that it will not accelerate when put in drive. I have talked to Nissan dealership and they have advised that they have heard of the radiator/transmission fluid mix and this seems to be the case with my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder, and that it is costly to get it repaired. The cost is ultimately left up to me, and I feel as if this is a Nissan issue that has been an ongoing issue for quite some time for some other Nissan customers that needs to be considered a recall and Nissan should be fixing this manufacturing problem.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 16
Failure Date: 08/03/2012

We were traveling about 35 mph in town and heard a grinding noise. The Nissan would'nt move and there was transmission fluid running out of under it. We had to have it towed home. Where it still sits.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 17
Failure Date: 03/05/2012

This experience has been absolutely terrible. I am a mother and drive to all of the activities everyday which adds immense stress on me everyday knowing that any second my car will break down leaving us stranded. I bought my Pathfinder used from the Nissan dealership and have barely owned it for 2 years. I took it into the dealership after it was running at 40mph and would not let me accelerate and making crazy grinding noises as though I were riding on the road shoulder. The dealership informed me that it wasn't a problem with my transmission but my radiator leaking coolant into the transmission which as a result ruined the transmission. Having done research on the issue I have read that it is a common issue with these models and that Nissan corporate is well aware of and refuse to do anything about it. This is a great big safety issue imposed on my family and I am terrified to even drive. I am upside down on my vehicle and cannot trade it in on a new vehicle and am left with my hands tied. I am joining the other millions out there filing a class action suit against Nissan in the hopes of resolving this issue.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 18
Failure Date: 02/01/2012

I took in my Pathfinder this week after weeks of hearing a deep noise coming from the engine when I tried to accelerate around 2000 rpm. Turns out the radiator wall cracked and came apart allowing the coolant and transmission fluid to mix together. Apparently this has been a problem in Pathfinders, especially the 2005 model. I had the radiator replaced (total cost $1,671. 61) but was told this is probably a band-aid fix because there's no way to tell how much damage has been done to the transmission.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 19
Failure Date: 01/10/2012

My transmission is having trouble missing gears. Makes noise and rumble around 60 miles an hour.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder 20
Failure Date: 01/09/2012

The engine looses power when driving. I took it to a mechanic and he told me that Pathfinder transmission tend to fail or go bad. Transmissions on car should last longer. The Pathfinder there has been cases where at 100,000 miles it already needs a new transmission. My Pathfinder makes a loud noise when im driving. Sometimes it takes a while for it to go at a normal speed. This should not be happening at this point. Nissan should tend to this problem and fix it.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 21
Failure Date: 01/12/2011

Transmission started sliipping started jerking while driving, alsosounded like tires were making noise especially around 40 mph. I was driving on rt 62 near my home and was very fortunate not being t-boned as a pulled out,my Pathfinder didnt go like it was supposed to, fortunately the oncoming vehicle stopped. I took it to a Nissan dealer and they said that the 2005,2006,2007 Pathfinder were known to have an issue with the cooler failing and breaking down the transmission and that they knew about the faulty cooler for along time. Nissan said they increased the warranty from 60,000 to 80,000 but other than that they have done nothing. And didnt inform the public. My family and I, didnt get hurt or hurt someone else, however this scenario could be very dangerous and Nissan should inform the public and recall the transmission and faulty cooler before deaths start happpening.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 05/23/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at 30-40 mph, the transmission began making a shuddering noise. The contact pulled over to inspect the vehicle and then took it to a local mechanic who stated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The contact also stated that the fuel gauge stopped functioning at 50,000 miles. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000. The current mileage was 88,562.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 23
Failure Date: 02/26/2010

2005 Nissan Pathfinder with 106,000 miles has had 3 transmissions replaced since June 2009. Dealership covered them under warranty, but now other non-warranty issues are occurring which were caused by those transmission failures. Vehicle has had the transcooler replaced, hoses, and radiator replaced and flushed. . . At my cost. Vehicle makes a dangerously loud vibrating noise between 40-60 mph and begins to shake. Almost causing an accident. Parts that were replaced were kept at the dealership and are not available at this time. This is a recurring problem that happens every 2 months or so.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 02/01/2010

I just recently purchased a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Just a couple of short weeks after owning the vehicle, I began to notice a strange vibration noise (like you are driving over a grooved surface) coming from the vehicle around 2000-2500 rpms or 45-65 mph. . Read more...

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 25
Failure Date: 01/10/2010

2005 Nissan Pathfinder has problems with antifreeze leaking into the transmission because of some design flaw. After researching this problem I see that there are many complaints of this occurring with this same particular model. The transmission starts to make a grinding noise and then will start slipping. Nissan is aware of the problem because they are the one that has diagnosed it over and over again, but have refused to issue a TSB or recall. This is a very serious defect and is costing people 5 to 10 thousand dollars to fix. My 2005 Nissan Pathfinder has just begun the tell tale symptoms of this costly problem. Nissan should consider the problems that Toyota is having right now and issue a recall for this defect.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 26
Failure Date: 11/01/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at various speeds, the brake pedal vibrated when it was depressed. The contact heard an abnormal noise that came from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the suspension needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1999 Nissan Pathfinder 27
Failure Date: 07/14/2002

There is rough clunking noise coming from transmission. Dealer has been notified. Please provide additional information.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 28
Failure Date: 08/01/2001

Transmission drive causes a big clunking noise when in drive position, it happens when stopping or starting. Nissan dealer indicated that repair is only done to vehicles under 60k miles even though they recognized it is a known defect. ****dims 11 ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****755943.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1998 Nissan Pathfinder 29
Failure Date: 08/22/1998

Transmission drive train faulty causing clunking noise as per service bulletin.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 30
Failure Date: 06/19/1998

When stepping on the brakes to stop vehicle or when releasing brakes, transmission made noise like cracking. Consumer thought that it was the rear trans-axle, but a mechanic had told her that it was the transmission.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 31
Failure Date: 01/05/1998

Since purchasing this vehicle, I've had complained about the alignment (taken to deal and numerous other places) it has been aligned, tires rotated, balanced, etc. 7 (times) and I was told nothing was wrong hmmmm. Had to have all four tires replaced at 30,740 miles. Nissan denies its a defect on their car. I've repeatedly complained about a clunking noise in the rear (or brakes) again "no problems found--cant duplicate problem". Well, now I'm told my transmission needs to be replaced. The front end "steering" if very sensitive and when making a sudden movement, the car overcompensates tossing you throughout the cab. Cd and radio as well as antenna motor have recently been replaced. This car is a lemon and dangerous!!!!!! I want my money back!!!!!!!.