2006 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Buyer Beware

2006 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

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SE 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Buyer Beware
By danb11 on


2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Please Google search Nissan Pathfinder transmission problem prior to purchasing this vehicle used.
What may/will happen is after 80k - 100K miles there will be a complete transmission failure.
There is an obvious defect in the radiator / transmission which allows radiator fluid to go into the transmission.
Once this happens you will need a complete transmission and radiator (about a $5-6K+ fix).
There is a class action lawsuit against Nissan USA and they may cover 1/2 of the expenses but you will still be out of $3K in out of pocket expenses.
There is also a catalytic convertver / O2 sensor problem which will not allow the vehicle to pass smog (If you live in CA) and costs $1200 to fix.

Best Features

The car overall is great. I wish Nissan would just recall the transmission problem (which is currently under an NHSTA investigation). I would love to keep the car. The motor is great, the car is so practical...love rear wheel drive and the interior layout is perfect for kids. Nissan should do the right thing and recall the problem. If this happens go ahead and buy. If not, buyer beware

Worst Features

Recall obvious defect in transmission / radiator and O2 sensor.
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