by on Jun 5, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
We bought our 2005 Pathfinder LE 4x4 automatic new in January of 2006.
It has been a great vehicle in every way, including reliability.
The MPG has been between 8 off road in 4x4, 12 durring the worst winter driving around town in AWD, to 22 on high speed freeways in 2WD, to 24 on moderate speed county highways in 2WD.
by byebyenissan on Apr 26, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
We had the same leaking radiator problem like many people with our 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle was 2000 km over the extended warranty limit. We would bring the vehicle to Nissan dealership if we were made aware of the defect sooner. We asked Nissan for assistance. After many phone calls, emails, time spent collect past maintenance record requested by Nissan Canada and months of waiting, we finally got a reply. Below is my response to their reply.
"Thank you [Nissan Customer Service rep] for passing the news that Nissan would not do anything for our loss and their defective automobile, and for wasting our time. I can assure you we will spread our words about the quality of Nissan vehicle, so less people will experience what we have experienced. I am happy to report that after this incident we have traded in our Nissan for a Toyota which we have been very happy with, and my dad has sold his Nissan for a Lexus. Even though the resale Nissan worths less than other vehicle of similar type and age, it's wonderful to got rid of our headache and future headaches. I will look forward to the day Nissan disappear from this world.
Best of luck to all of you working for Nissan."
We traded in the Nissan after replaced the radiator. Transmission was still working at the time, but we didn't want to take a chance of keeping a time bomb. The problem is well known among dealships of other car makers, so we got only $8000 for the trade in, but this is better than having to pay $5000 later on repairs. We had so many problems with this vehicle since we purchased it new from a dealership - noises, signal problem, gauge problem, etc. - and spent a lot of money fixing them including getting scammed by dealership (asked to pay for an item under warranty). What we experienced with Nissan is bad vehicle, bad service and ignorance.
This is our one time experience with Nissan. Lesson learnt.
by kano1017 on Apr 16, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
After reading all this reviews I decided not to wait and / or pay a lot of $$
to get this fix, so what we came up with is totally different cost effective and it works great, I know that this is a problem with the Nissan design but I bought it so now is my problem here goes, we cancel the lines that go thru the radiator and put an independent oil cooler to the side of the radiator with this little gadget you can be sure that you will never
ever have this problem again and the transmission oil will be more cooler with this modification so the tranny will work better, cost to do this = 60 buck for the oil cooler, 15 buck to add transmission oil to the oil cooler and that's it well + what you
by cookdough on Apr 15, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I bought my 2005 Pathfinder used in October 2008. It now has 74,500 miles. I read all the horror stories about the radiator assembly so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I had the dealer replace it before the extended warranty even expired. I had no evidence of any problem but did not want to risk ruining the transmission. Woodbury Nissan in NJ charged $843 (parts & labor) to replace the radiator assembly, but the piece of mind was worth it.
Maybe if Nissan ever decides to recall, I'll be reimbursed. I'm not holding my breath. And yes... I'll never buy another Nissan.
by dustman98 on Sep 9, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Bought my '05 pathfinder used in 2010 with 75K miles thinking I was getting a great used vehicle with excellent reliability.
What ensued was a series of headaches that prompted me to trade it (at a loss) only 1.5 years later.
I replaced the radiator only 8 months into ownership because it was leaking to prevent transmission problem that seemed prevalent among owners.
Within 6 months, I noticed transmission making funny shifts and acting awkward.
At the same time, CV joint deterioriated on front driveshaft (another common complaint) resulting in terrible roaring noise during high speed travel.
Replaced both for $1300.
Traded today to avoid problem..Get rid of as soon as possible!!
by jaredsalinger on Mar 7, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Recently, Nissan mailed me a warranty extensions on the radiator, because it might fail and leak coolant.
Some 2005 Pathfinder owners have had the radiator fail, causing coolant to leak into the transmission and ruin it.
I contacted my Nissan dealerships (2 in my area), and they tell me that there is no fix, and that the radiator has to fail before they can replace it.
Well then, I'm sorry, but I cannot support an automaker who engages in such practices.
Ironically, my Pathfinder has been a great vehicle.
So now, I'm left wondering if I got a good one, or if it's just a ticking time bomb.
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