pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
110,700 miles
Total Complaints:
230 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace transmission and radiator (131 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission and replace radiator (39 reports)
  3. not sure (26 reports)
  4. replace radiator and transmission (16 reports)
  5. new transmission (6 reports)
  6. radiator and transmission cooler replaced (5 reports)
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problem #230

Jun 052019

Pathfinder LE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I bought my beloved 2006 Pathfinder at M&W Auto in Friday Harbor, WA, in December 2018 and was so excited. It was big, comfortable, and solidly-built, and had lots of bells and whistles -- and only 95,000 miles! I paid approximately $10,780 plus tax, etc., which was at the top of the Edmunds price guidelines, but with that low mileage, I planned to drive it for a long time.

Five months later, I was driving on I-5 north in Bellingham when it shuddered as if going over very rough road. It then started to lose forward propulsion despite the engine racing. It seemed to be stuck in a low gear. I moved to the side of the interstate, let the engine settle down, then got enough forward motion to get to the next exit and into a safe parking lot. Had to push the car the last few feet into the parking space.

I had it towed to Bellingham Nissan and left it with the service department. My family and I had to catch a ride back to San Juan Island with a friend who, fortunately, was going our way. Bellingham Nissan called the next morning to say that the transmission warmer had failed, allowing radiator coolant to leak into the transmission. The repair would cost $6000. My heart was broken, but I couldn't put that much more money into a 13-year-old car. The dealership offered me $1500 for the car, but only if I were to purchase the next one from them, and it took them three different salespeople and almost a week to offer me even that much.

So now I'm buying a brand-new Kia Sportage, with an amazing warranty, from a Kia dealership, and will never buy or recommend Nissan again. This has been a huge financial hardship for me, and Nissan couldn't care less. They aren't worthy of my business.

- Elizabeth S., Friday Harbor, US

problem #229

Feb 012019

Pathfinder LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

My wife drove the car to the store and ended up getting stuck. We thought that it didn't have enough transmission fluid so she purchased a tool kit and some fluid and then went back to the car. With some help, she checked the fluid level and it was a little low.

She added a quart and it still wouldn't shift into drive. AAA towed the car home, we called our mechanic- Roger's Garage in Springfield and they told us they would look at it. After looking at it, they reported that the coolant leaked into the transmission and it would have to be replaced for about $4000.00

We have had other issues with this vehicle and have found out that Nissan has recalls for them. We were never informed, as a purchaser, about the recalls. Nissan needs to address this issue and the issue with the gas reading that we have been just living with.

Now, we have a vehicle that has cost us thousands that is just sitting.

- Cedric S., Springfield, OH, US

problem #228

Aug 192018

Pathfinder SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

This is either a major design flaw or a dangerous way for the company to save money on its design. The radiator failed resulting in coolant and transmission fluid mixing together causing catastrophic failure of the transmission. This failure can happen any time and will usually go unnoticed until it is too late and the driver starts experiencing issues while driving, which in turn can cause a crash or serious injury or even death. Nissan should have done a recall and fixed the issue by adding a transmission cooler to separate the fluid from going through the radiator and thereby eliminating the chance of catastrophic failure of coolant and transmission fluid mixing and destroying the transmission.

- Kit C., Rockville, MD, US

problem #227

Jun 292018

Pathfinder SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


- Christina S., ARARAT, VA, US

problem #226

Nov 012017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

My truck is still not working and I can't afford to have it fixed.

- Peggy G., Mableton, US

problem #225

Jun 302014

Pathfinder ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

In March 2014, I spent $5000 getting this 2006 Nissan Pathfinder fixed. Two of the catalytic converters went bad and now the dealer is saying that the transmission needs to be replaced because looks like the coolant seeped into the transmission and I missed the deadline for the recall. No information was sent to me regarding this problem until I took it in the dealership when the truck began stalling on the road and had no power. I have only had issues with Nissan vehicles and I would not purchase another Nissan vehicle.

- Christine W., Kenensaw, US

problem #224

Apr 012018

Pathfinder SE 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,000 miles

Totally ridiculous that Nissan does not back there product! They have cost the consumer so much money having to fix vehicles that should have been recalled and fixed by Nissan! I'm in that situation right now with my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder that I bought new for $36,000! I'm waiting now to here from consumer affairs to see if I can get assistance for a repair bill of $5,900.00. This particular problem with these radiators should have been recalled right from the start!

Nissan has lost a lot of customers because of this and I don't think they even care! This bill should be paid 100% for everybody, but we all know how that turned out! I'm still waiting, when I get my answer I will write another review on this! Wish me luck, yeah right! I think I will end up another Nissan hater! So sad!

- Tom W., Hookstown, PA, US

problem #223

Feb 072014

Pathfinder LE 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,247 miles

Annoying that I was never given a recall notice. In 2014 while driving, I noticed when gas pedal pressed, car seemed unresponsive for a few seconds. Took car to dealership where they discovered the transmission fluid was intermixing with coolant.Replaced the transmission and radiator.


- S S., Medford, OR, US

problem #222

Jan 232018

Pathfinder LE 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,841 miles

Already had a new radiator and transmission installed in 2014, covered by warranty. but by a couple of days.I had not received any recall from Nissan. Just felt the car wasn't running as it should and took it to dealership.

Well it is now Jan 2018 and the same thing is happening. They want to install a bypass cooler. I have reached out to Nissan Consumer Affairs, all they say is I'm out of warranty and that the fix is recommended by the dealership not Nissan.

It not only happens with Nissan, I believe some Ford and Toyota models have had the same problem. Maybe car manufacturers need to reconfigure the system.

- S S., Medford, OR, US

problem #221

Aug 012017

Pathfinder SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Bought this car in January for $7200 from Tio Charlies Auto Dealer in Englewood, CO. He stated that the 05's had problems but not the 06's basically just trying to make a sale and worked past by better judgment. Now August the transmission gave out thumping noises under the car and gets stuck on third gear. Gave me problems when driving on the freeway by shaking out of nowhere. I am a working American that is busy throughout the week and no transmissions shops are open on the weekend. Finally couldn't drive my car because of the coolant leaking into the transmission, has the milky yellow liquid in there and no I take the bus to work because all the money I saved up I used to buy a Pathfinder in cash. I was happy and thought this car would last and help me in the winter but it has left my savings account empty with no car and taking the bus to work. I bought within my budget and didn't expect to spend another $4000-$5000 to be able to use my car. Called Nissan dealers and the warranty expired last year, so no help there. Just feel everyone is like F you and you are on your own. Just feel let down and in a slump.

- Bruno C., Westminster, CO, US

problem #220

May 102016

Pathfinder SE 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,845 miles

I just purchased this damn truck, the mileage was great. I was driving then the check engine lights appears. Just my luck, I had a diagnosis completed. The Auto Trans speed sensor need to be repaired, My mechanic flushed the transmission then went to replaced the part when he stated that the transmission and the radiator has to be replaced and there is and open investigation on the vehicle because fluid from the radiator into the transmission. He showed me the muddy fluid, I was livid. I really need my truck. This is some BS and Nissan knows it.

- Pamela M., Florence, SC, US

problem #219

Aug 202015

Pathfinder LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles

This problem is overwhelming due to everything I'm going through right now/ My Nissan Pathfinder is parked in the back of my driveway due to the transmission not working, and my AC not working. It's costing me 5,000 to fix. I don't have another car to drive and getting the 5,000 to fix it is too much money. HELP I don't know what to do, this is also my vehicle to work and take my kids to go where they need to be.

- Alma G., Sioux, IA, US

problem #218

May 102017

Pathfinder SE V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 153,677 miles

Nissan got away with this bad design and not having to do a recall. This is so wrong. I tried to make a deal with Nissan that I would pay the labor for the transmission if they would pay the parts and tax. They have flat refused to work with me at all. I already replaced the radiator and cooler, and flushed the transmission twice trying to save it. It did not work. I cannot sell this car because of the of stigma of the Nissan "milkshake". The dealer wants $5352.00 for the transmission. My car won't sell for that much. I am retired and live on a pension. I paid $36,000.00 for this car!!!!!!!! Living on a pension will never allow me to purchase a new one ever again. Because of this, I may spend my old age on foot. This is so wrong. Nissan should standup and help.

I will never own another Nissan!!!!!!!!

- snowf40, Citrus Heights, US

problem #217

Jun 052017

Pathfinder SE V6 3954

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,975 miles

Nissan should be banned from selling vehicles in the US with known issues that they don't recall.

- sgearls, Franklin, US

problem #216

Jul 072016

Pathfinder LL 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

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coolant leaked into transmission coolant leaked into transmission

I have only owned this car for 2 months. Since I bought it from a DEALERSHIP used they have refused any help. First the rear U-Joint went out, then the Coolant with transmission fluid in it was found. Replace the Radiator and in doing so the battery went dead and had to be replaced. Next, fan clutch to A/C now not working. Transmission is now failing!!! I will now have to rebuild or replace the transmission. Hard to believe a known problem is being ignored like this. I was a strong believer in Nissan and now I will never buy another Nissan vehicle. If they can't stand behind vehicles and correct the issue then I don't need to be buying from them. Wish I had known about this issue before I bought this car :(

- Tamara N., Kyle, TX, US

problem #215

Mar 312017

Pathfinder LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,200 miles

Bought the car new, issues from check engine light to transmission issue. This car should be recalled

- Chet P., Port Washington, NY, US

problem #214

Mar 112017

Pathfinder 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

The radiator was defected and the fluids from the radiator leaked into my transmission causing me SERIOUS transmission problems. Right now my transmission does not change gears at all. I replaced the radiator and transmission fluid thinking that would solve the problem, but never happened. My truck is currently parked, insurance cancelled and license plate turned in until I speak with Nissan concerning this problem. The reason for speaking with Nissan is because I went online and it shows Nissan suppose to have had a recall on the truck, however, I never received it. The only notice I received for a recall was for the Air Bag that Nissan claimed was only a notice to say that there will be a recall. Never received that recall yet. I would appreciate if someone could really look into this as I can see there a number of complaints out there concerning the same thing.

- Denise W., Slidell, US

problem #213

Dec 012016

Pathfinder Nissan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles

2006 transmission failed with 42,500 miles on it. It is out of warranty and I have to pay over 5000 dollars to have both radiator and transmission to be replaced.

- Linda B., Cambridge, US

problem #212

Feb 142017

Pathfinder V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Bought 2006 Pathfinder used as second vehicle to keep miles down on my new car. I started noticing some vibrations while driving, jerking while shifting gears, etc. Did some research online and found out about the coolant leak into the transmission and I was experiencing all problems listed. Before we could define problem for sure, blowup!! On way home, noticed smell of anti-freeze, temp gauge hot, smoking from under hood..........barely made it home before a gush of grey fluid starting flowing............needless to say, she blew! Weighing options at this time on what to do..............

- Cynthia A., Asheville, US

problem #211

Dec 172016

Pathfinder LX 4.0lV6fi D

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Nissan should have contacted owners and told them to replace the radiator. The persons I spoke with at Nissan told me they all replaced their radiators because they all knew it was a problem. Nissan would offer to pay around $2000.00 toward the repair but they are charging close to $8000. at the dealer to replace the transmission and radiator and no allowance toward the $500.00 rental car charge for 10 days, since this happened over Christmas. We have looked at trading our Pathfinder in and purchasing a new Murano but now, NO MORE NISSANS. Not only has Nissan lost a customer for life but I will complain everywhere I can.

I brought this to a private car repair shop and had the radiator and transmission replaced for a total of $4381.00. half of what Nissan wanted for the job. Also, my car was 6 months too old to benefit from the $2k Nissan was offering for help with the problem. Only had 52k miles on this car and it looks brand new.

- Michael S., Milford, CT, US

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