Transmission Noise Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1

Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 42 problems related to transmission noise (under the power train 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   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 1
Failure Date: 07/11/2017

Takata recall . We were on our way back home with our children and a the Pathfinder made it made a loud noise so we pulled over off the highway and the Pathfinder wouldn't start. We had to call a tow truck to tow us home. We waited on the side of the road for 3 hours with a 10 year old and a 3 month old. We are very disappointed and after doing some research I found that the 2007 Pathfinder appears to have a widespread defect where coolant leaks into the transmission, causing transmission failure around 100,000 miles. Repair costs are typically upwards of $4,500.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 2
Failure Date: 07/09/2017

The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving various speeds, there was a knocking noise coming from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to brown dallas Nissan (45155 towlern pl, sterling, va 20166) where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 42,000.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 3
Failure Date: 03/30/2017

Purchased vehicle in 2005. In 2017 took to dealership with problem of loss of power to transmission on freeway while my daughter needed to pull over due to problem. Problem of noise in engine timing belt was also told of at dealership. With extended warranty of 10yrs. /100,000mi. They said they were not liable & needed $6971. 28 to repair. Vehicle had 80,825 miles on it but was two years out of coverage. After finding out in 2013 a lawsuit was filed by mendelsohn and mazie slater katz & freeman for known defect to Nissan, problem was never contacted to me for some reason? was just informed by falco v. Nissan notice administrator to file paperwork on known problem with engine timing belt for possible 20% return of payment made to repair of defective tensioner assembly. Why four years ago was I not informed of radiator leak causing possible damage to vehicle & possible injury to driver?.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4
Failure Date: 04/16/2016

My car lost power brought it in for service needs a new transmission. At 89,000 miles shouldn't need a new transmission been reading up on it and a lot of people are having to get a new transmission on the cvt transmission that Nissan is using. Starts with a finding noise when driving long distances than just lost power won't move car still running. It shutters like puts puts and shuts off. Had to have it towed. They told me transmission is going. I payed 30,000 dollars for this car 18 months ago still owe 21500 on it and do not have 5000 on a new transmission at this point I don't want the car anymore.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder 5
Failure Date: 08/17/2015

Tl-the contact owns a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front of the vehicle as the service engine warning indicator illuminated continuously. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that there was cross contamination with the radiator and the transmission and the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was later taken to a dealer where is was confirmed that the radiator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 101,000. Sg.

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car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder 6
Failure Date: 08/10/2015

The automatic transmission (cvt) on my 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is very noisy, specially when driven cold. During normal driving conditions, sometimes slips and feels like the car looses power. This is happening since about 5,000 miles. Now 7,000 miles and the problem continues. Feels like the noise is getting louder as more miles are put on the car.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 7
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.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 8
Failure Date: 05/02/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at 10 mph, there was an abnormal noise that came from the transmission as if the vehicle were in neutral. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,500.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 9
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   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 10
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 11
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.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 12
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 13
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 14
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 15
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 16
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 17
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 18
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.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 19
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 20
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 21
Failure Date: 03/09/2013

I was leaving an appointment at the hospital and as I approached a speed bump I heard a loud drop noise and the vehicle would no longer move upon pressing the gas. There was a complete loss of motive power. I put the vehicle in park and turned it off and then on again and it went into gear however I was unable to accellerate over 40mph and headed straight to a dealership. I received a call on from the dealer diagnosing the problem as a failed transmission fluid cooler located in the radiator assembly that allowed coolant to mix with and contaminate the automatic transmission fluid, resulting in damaged internal transmission components and a damaged internal transmission computer.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 22
Failure Date: 01/28/2013

I was driving on the highway at approximately 60 mph when my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder started to act strange. The rpm's would be erratic going from 3000 - 5000 if I touched the accelerator. Then it would stop if I did not touch the accelerator. Then 4000 - 6000 rpms. It seemed very unsafe and obviously something was wrong. I decided to get off the highway and on the exit ramp when I heard a large grinding noise and the car stopped. There was an awful burning smell and the cabin filled with smoke in addition to the smoke coming out of the hood. I turned the car off, turned it back on and it would not start. It also stopped in a very unsafe location and eventually the state police came to push me out of the way. Called my Nissan dealer, they sent a tow truck and I went to the dealership. Later that day I found out that the recommendation was for a new transmission. I could not believe this, I was driving a $40,000 brand new SUV and that was the only option. How could a new transmission help, if there is a design defect in Nissan's Pathfinder transmissions? my new car would never be the same.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 23
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 2007 Nissan Pathfinder 24
Failure Date: 10/12/2012

I was driving at 30 mph and the Nissan Pathfinder 2007 start making a noise in the motor like when you have the car in 1 but it was on drive, then the service engine soon alarm appear. I parked the car but when turning on again it didn't. The dealer said that the radiator coolant damage transmission and the computer because was damaged. The estimated cost of the repair was $9,400.

car image   Transmission Noise problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder 25
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.

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