There’s nothing worse than buying a new vehicle, and discovering that it’s loaded with expensive problems that’s going to make your wallet squeal. Usually, automakers try to sweep it quietly under the rug while they work on new models that don’t have this issue.
Nissan not only tried to hide the issue, but also continued to use the same parts that were causing the problem from 2005 to 2010. The Nissan Pathfinder had issues with the coolant system that Nissan Problems lovingly called ‘the strawberry milkshake of death.’
The Nissan Pathfinder and the strawberry milkshake of death (SMOD)
With a name like that, you just know there has to be a backstory, and there is. Sort of. The problem with the Nissan Pathfinders coolant system starts when the radiator ruptures.
Coolant leaks out, and forces coolant fluid into the transmission. You don’t have to be a mechanic to know that’s bad. When the coolant fluid and the transmission fluid mix, you get what is known as the strawberry milkshake of death.
The name comes from the fact that the toxic mixture looks like a strawberry milkshake, with that trademark pink color. That major difference, besides the fact that it probably doesn’t taste good, is that the strawberry milkshake of death begins to eat away valves, speeds up corrosion, and erodes seals. Once that happens, the chances of you simply being able to repair the transmission or radiator are slim.
Nissan’s mediocre solution for the Pathfinder’s problem
It’s not exactly new that an automaker denies that there is a problem, but Nissan took it to a whole new level. The North Carolina Consumers Council received a huge influx of complaints about the radiator and transmission. They requested that the NHTSA open an investigation when Nissan repeatedly denied that there was an issue.
Nissan did admit that the problem stems from a defective part in the radiator that happened at assembly, but did little more. In 2007, Nissan did add an extended warranty that was supposed to cover the transmission oil cooler/radiator assembly for these vehicles up to 8 years, or 80000 miles. However, many dealerships refused to honor the warranty.
They did offer to replace the transmission at a discount as a ‘courtesy measure.’ Needless to say many consumers didn’t feel like Nissan was being very courteous.
The lawsuit against Nissan
With a problem this big, consumers are not going to keep quiet. They’re also not going to sit back and take it when there is the option of suing the automaker.
Car Complaints reports that there are over 2,000 reports on the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder alone, and 424 of those revolve around the radiator. The average repair cost is around $3,910, although some consumers report that it cost them over $6,000 to fix the problem.
The North Carolina Consumers Council reports,
“A class action lawsuit was filed in 2010 by Mendelsohn and Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman on behalf of clients relating Nissan transmission failures. Nissan asserted that no defect existed that causes transmission failure. A settlement was reached in 2013 and qualified consumers for discounted repairs and reimbursements.”
It may not have been the solution everyone wanted, but Nissan was at least forced to finally take some responsibility. This may be while the Japanese automaker willingly recalled 1.36 million vehicles in 2018 and 2019 due to a reverse camera malfunction.
How do you know if SMOD is in your Nissan Pathfinder
If you have a Nissan Pathfinder or are thinking of buying one, you may be wondering if it has SMOD. As it turns out, finding out for yourself is actually very simple. According to A Grade Tools, all you need to do is check the radiator fluid. If it’s a really cool looking neon green, you’re good to go. If it’s a Pepto Bismol pink and is thick like a milkshake, then you’ve got SMOD.
Of course, you can always avoid the problem by staying far away from the Nissan Pathfinder from 2005 to 2010. Not unless you have a lot of money to shell out in repairs, of course.
Complaints of Nissan Transmission failure Continue For certain 2005-2010 Model Year Vehicles Equipped with automatic transmissions
We have received hundreds of complaints from consumers in regards to transmission failures from defective radiators in 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Frontier and Nissan Xterra vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. Many more complaints come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website itself. The failure symptoms are all similar and most people comment on the same lack of warning signs. Some complaints mention repeat radiator and subsequent transmission failures from coolant contamination.
The Start of the Investigation
Because of the number of complaints and the fact that they all centered around a specific component, we requested in February 2012 that the NHTSA conduct a defect investigation and force Nissan to conduct a safety recall of these vehicles. This investigation proceeded slowly, lasting more than four years. Updated information regarding the results of the investigation are at the end of this article.
Drivers report a complete loss power and needing to be towed to a Nissan dealership or transmission shop, which all diagnose the problem as a failed transmission fluid cooler integrated in the radiator that allowed engine coolant to mix with and contaminate the automatic transmission fluid. They report no warning signs leading up to or just prior to the failures other than a sudden loss of ability to move the vehicles.
Transmission Damage from defective Nissan OEM radiator
Contamination of automatic transmission fluid causes it to lose its special anti-friction properties quickly, which means the clutch plates and other internal components are not properly protected from wear. Without this protection, the components undergo very rapid wear. Rapid wear can lead to the vehicle being underivable very quickly. The contamination of the transmission fluid causes rapid and often non-repairable transmission damage.
What Is Causing The Problem with these Nissan Vehicles?
The problem stems from an acknowledged defect inside the radiator assembly. The metal tubes that separate engine coolant from transmission fluid crack over time. Coolant and transmission fluid mixes through these cracks and subsequently cause transmission failure.
First Extended Warranty from Nissan to Cover Radiator Defect and Related Transmission Damage
In 2007, Nissan issued a warranty extension for the transmission oil cooler / radiator assembly for these vehicles to 8 years, 80000 miles – up from the standard 3 year, 36000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Nissan had not been and is not conducting any preventative inspections of these vehicles to prevent transmission failure. The extended warranty was supposed to include any damage relating from the defective part, but drivers have reported to us that Nissan is denying their extended warranty claims for the transmission failures and as a 'courtesy measure' will offer to conduct transmission replacement at a discount.
Class Action Nissan Transmission Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit was filed in 2010 by Mendelsohn and Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman on behalf of clients relating Nissan transmission failures. Nissan asserted that no defect existed that causes transmission failure. A settlement was reached in 2013 and qualified consumers for discounted repairs and reimbursements. NCCC did not participate the class action lawsuit. Please contact the settlement administrator directly for any questions regarding the settlement.
Another Extended Warranty for these transmission failures
Another extended warranty for transmission failures caused by the failed radiator was made in October 2012 covering these vehicles up to ten years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first, with up to a $3000 deductible for transmission damage caused by a defective transmission cooler. Consumers are still reporting to us that Nissan is denying extended warranty claims for transmissions affected by this condition.
Consumers must still spend large sums of money to repair a known defect in their vehicles causing transmission damage. Nissan has been aware of this problem since 2007 and has undertaken no preventive measures to protect consumers from failure.
Nissan Transmission Failures Seem to Happen After Extended Warranty Expires
Through our investigation, most vehicles experiencing transmission failures are within the time period specified by the extended warranty for this condition but are often beyond the mileage limit. It also appears that the number of reported defects is increasing. Owners need an extended warranty that can adequately cover their costs for this defect for the normal life of the vehicle.
Statement from Brian Reitter, NCCC Vice-President
Simply extending the warranty coverage for the radiator without warning consumers of the consequences to the transmission only makes sense if Nissan is looking to cut their losses. Why didn't Nissan warn consumers that the transmission could fail quickly as a result of a cracked cooler tube? How many consumers must suffer transmission failures in busy intersections and on busy, congested highways before Nissan does the ethical thing and issues a safety recall?
How Can You Help?
NCCC believes in accountability for all consumer products, even when accountability means a loss of money for the manufacturer. Companies should stand by the products they sell, not abandon them to the consumer's pocketbook.
NCCC encourages consumers to continue reporting this defect and other safety defects to NHTSA so that their vehicle information can help identify defects. Please include your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in your complaint, if possible.
Statement from Sandra Bullock, NCCC President
We need everyone to spread the word regarding this unfortunate issue. The chances are very good that you've reached this page because you are currently experiencing a similar issue with your vehicle. You can help others by sharing this article through social media, online message boards, and the like. If you have experienced a problem, report it to the NHTSA immediately.
Get The Word Out About the Transmission Failures
Getting the word out may not help you with your particular issue, but you may be able to help others before they experience the same problems.
Share this article with your family, friends and colleagues. You may help them learn about the defect and keep them from becoming another statistic.
What Can NCCC Do For Me?
We regret that we are not able to offer any specific guidance for consumers experiencing this issue. The investigation is now closed (see updated information below) and the time limits for participation in all known class action lawsuits and reimbursement programs has expired. Some consumers are having success with filing small claims actions through their local courts or by hiring private attorneys.
Fixing the Problem Yourself to prevent transmission failure
Some owners have replaced the problem radiators at their own cost. We've heard total prices ranging anywhere from $80 all the way to $700 depending upon whether they chose to use an aftermarket or genuine Nissan radiator and whether they chose to do the work themselves, hire an independent shop, or use a Nissan dealership.
Some owners have even taken the unusual preemptive step of bypassing the transmission cooler itself and installing a separate transmission cooler apart from the radiator.
Check Your Transmission Fluid Regularly
If you own one of these vehicles, you should get in the habit of checking your engine coolant and transmission fluid very regularly.
Depending upon your specific vehicle, your transmission fluid should be red, though production changes or previous service may mean you have a different color fluid. As the transmission fluid ages, it will turn darker and may look more brown than the original color. This condition is normal and may be a sign that it's getting close to the time to change your transmission fluid. The fluid should be consistent in coloring.
The transmission fluid should NOT be white, streaked with white, or look like a strawberry milkshake or custard. If you notice this condition, stop driving the vehicle immediately and have your vehicle towed for service as operating the vehicle can cause further and sudden damage.
Check Your Engine Coolant Regularly
In addition to checking the transmission fluid, you should also check the condition of your engine coolant as cross contamination may present itself in the coolant before it shows in the transmission.
If your vehicle has a radiator cap or reservoir cap, you can remove it when the engine is cold and inspect it. Do not remove any caps when the engine is hot or you can be burned. You can also inspect the coolant reservoir. If there is any slimy substance or the coolant appears milky or brown, you may have contamination and should have your vehicle serviced immediately.
Do Not Buy Advisory Due to Transmission Failures
NCCC took the unusual step of issuing a 'Do Not Buy' advisory for these vehicles owing to the presence of this defect. It has been acknowledged by both Nissan and the NHTSA. While the NHTSA findings don't support their criteria for a safety recall, the defect can set consumers back $10,000 or more depending upon which vehicle they own.
Updated Information Regarding the safety recall investigation
The safety recall investigation has been closed by NHTSA. You can read updated information regarding the investigation here.
Radiator Problems of Nissan Pathfinder - part 1
1 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 04/09/2021
Faulty radiator. Leaking coolant into my transmission. Noticed losing coolant and smelled radiator fluid after driving. Did research on the problem was able to find the faulty radiator part number which happened to match the one I had.
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2 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/01/2021
Reading forums and doing research has brought me to the conclusion that nisan is buying and has been buying faulty radiator fans for years. My wife does nothing but drive to and from work, averaging around 10k miles a year on her Pathfinder under normal driving conditions and we are being asked to replace a fan that has mysteriously just started making all kinds of noise. Not only is this a problem but it's causing consumers to spend upwards of $1000 to replace this. I have recently found a Pathfinder forum with well over 450 results related to this particular item only. Obviously, this is not covered under normal drive train warranty so this is coming out of consumer pockets. This isn't fair to me or anyone else that I have spoken to. Why would this fan just go out for no reason other than it's a faulty fan with poor workmanship associated with the product. Nissan dealerships are making a killing, $400 to $600 just in labor with all of these problems. If you all go to Pathfindertalk. Com and search radiator fan, you will find all of the problems associated with the fans. It's faulty, it's dangerous and should be Nissan should have to flip the bill for this in the future and maybe they will think about this before they decide to buy cheap materials again.
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3 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/01/2021
Nissan Pathfinder 2017 , 44819 miles , noise in engine due to faulty radiator fan assembly cost 875. 00, mechanic indicated common problem with Pathfinder with less than 50,000 miles . Notice a knocking sound while idling.
4 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/01/2021
When turn on heater, defroster or air conditioner vehicle makes a terrible noise. It's a grinding noise. Further checking it is determined it's the radiator pulley wobbling and hitting against something. By checking this vehicle a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder has multiple complaints about this. So I contacted dealership due to vehicle still being under warranty and they said no matter what to check it you have to pay a 147 dollar diagnostic check first. I explained this is a serious problem with this make and model and I prefer if you can tell me if this is covered by my expensive extended warranty. I was placed on hold for awhile and eventually sent to a voicemail where I left a message. No return calls yet.
5 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 12/28/2020
Loud noise started when engine was turned on and on idle. Was told that it was the radiator blade hitting something. What or why this happened the local dealer has no clue or explanation other then "it just happens on some Nissans" the cost to replace the radiator fan and shroud is about us$1000 on a car that is 39 mths old! seems this happens to enough Nissans that the dealer has seen it various times.
6 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 09/27/2020
Just bought and checked the anitfreeze to find a thick sludge in the radiator and overflow. Smells like oil.
7 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/28/2020
I have a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and it has approximately 46,000 miles on it. A couple of days ago, I turned on my car and heard a clanking noise coming from under the hood. I persisted throughout the day. The next day I went to a dealership and they stated it was a faulty radiator fan and it would cost me around $1,000 to fix it. The manufacturer warrenty is only 3 yr/36,000 miles for basic and 5 yr/50,000 miles for powertrain. This is not covered under the warranty. It was also stated that I should not drive it until I get it fixed, due to the fact it could cause damage to my engine by causing it to overheat. This a fairly new car and I should not have trouble with faulty parts when the car is only 3 years old.
8 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/21/2020
Load clunking behind radiator on passenger (rh) side. Fault tree analysis revealed issue with the radiator fan blade assy. Fan blade mechanical structure/bearing failure.
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9 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/07/2020
Whenever I turned on the a/c or heater, there was a strange noise coming from under the hood. I noticed it when I was stationary at a stop light. I turned off the a/c which the noise went away. I took it to firestone to get it checked out, and was told that the coolant fan and shroud was going bad; therefore, it would cost approximately $1,100 to replace. I was told that if it kept kicking on that it could eventually break off and hit the radiator which would do more damage. I called dealership close to where I work, and asked about it. I was informed that he replaced more than a couple of them this past year, and told me he could take care of it for approximately $900. After getting home, I did some research which seems that it has been a common problem with Nissan Pathfinders made between 2013-2017. It seems Nissan is well aware of the problem; however, no recall has been issued for this. Today, I called Nissan consumer affairs about this issue which she suggested I file a complaint with the NHTSA. Again, it seems Nissan is well aware of the issue; however, they are not taking the steps to address the situation. It's costing consumers additional money for their mistake. I've attached documentation that I had it replaced. Also, I attached just one of the websites that I came across that addresses my concern.
10 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/02/2020
Radiator fan motor, seems to be common problem. Can hear bearings rattling in the fan motor.
11 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 12/04/2019
Radiator fan (right side) no longer spinning smoothly, creating loud noise. Noise began suddenly at 4. 5 years of age (65k miles), and was noticed during city driving and while stopped (engine running). Required replacement of "fan motor assembly" to correct.
12 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 09/03/2019
Tamara recall. Vehicle in motion 60mph jumped from 2wd to 4wd automatically. Vehicle then locked in 5th gear. Mechanic stated radiator fluid mixed with transmission fluid, then both control modules expired. Vehicle will not start or crank.
13 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 09/02/2019
I was driving and suddenly the check engine light came on, I drove home and the next week I went to replace my brakes and ask the workshop to do a scan to let me know why the light is on, they did and 2 codes came up which the shop said they did not see before so they cleared the system and said if it comes on again to take it back so they can fully investigate. I went on 9/28 to another workshop they did a scan and the code p1772 came on after inspecting the mechanic showed me the radiator cap with some thick gooey stuff telling me the radiator is bad and the coolant is mixing with transmission fluid and vice versa. Before this the car would run and when I at a stop sign and try to move it would rev to 4-5 stalls and then move, they are also times of sudden jerk and acceleration. They have also been twice when I tried to reverse the vehicle would not move, I had to turn off the engine then restart before I could reverse. . Defective radiator cracks leading to coolant mixing with transmission fluid, now need to replace radiator and transmission.
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14 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 09/01/2019
While driving today the rpms went crazy and I almost wrecked . The car would spudder and then rev up. Also, at a stop light when trying to go the car seems to barely move and acts like it's going to die. Now we have transmission problems and have had to replace radiator,hoses, and all fluids in transmission and radiator.
15 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 07/26/2019
I was driving down the highway with my kids when the vehicle started to overheat and when I pulled over the vehicle started to smoke and shut down. The vehicle was then towed to my house. I had a family mechanic look at the vehicle and was told the radiator cracked. I ordered a radiator and it was put it. Then found out that water had gotten into the transmission fluid. Went and bought the transmission fluid j specifically for Nissan and was going to flush the transmission fluid and add more it was then that the transmission started slipping and white smoke was coming out of the exhaust. Where I was told the head gasket is cracked. I am still making payments on this car and have no vehicle to drive to work or school.
16 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 06/05/2019
I was driving on an interstate at normal highway speed when the car shuddered as if going over rough pavement. The engine started racing, but the car gradually lost forward propulsion. I steered to the emergency lane and stopped. After a minute, the car regained just enough forward motion to get me to the next exit, across an intersection (where the light just happened to be green, thank goodness), and into the parking lot of a large grocery store before the vehicle lost all propulsion. We pushed the car the last few feet into a parking spot. It was towed to a Nissan dealership. I was told the next day that the transmission warmer had failed, allowing radiator coolant to leak into the transmission, which ruined the transmission. The repair would cost $6000. I cannot put another $6000 into a 13-year-old vehicle, even though I've only had it for five months, so now I've lost the money I put into it and will have to start over with another vehicle.
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17 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 05/31/2019
Radiator fan overheats and rattles while driving and stationary when a/c is on and when a/c turns off. On city streets and highways.
18 Radiator problem of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 05/31/2019
2009 Nissan Pathfinder. Consumer writes in regards to transmission slipping. The consumer stated the vehicle also experienced radiator failure. Anti-freeze has to be added to the vehicle almost daily and the water temperature would rise above normal levels.
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19 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 05/27/2019
Radiator cracked, leaked into transmission causing transmission failure.
20 Radiator problem of the 2009 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 05/18/2019
Takata recall- my transmission fluid is mixing and going into my coolant system. The vehicle was overheating and my gages in the car was not indicating to me that there was a problem. All I noticed was a thick chalky film in the radiator.
21 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 04/24/2019
The vehicle was shifting hard. The Nissan dealership says my transmission cooler failed, causing my coolant and radiator fluid to mix. Because of this I have to replace the transmission, and radiator.
22 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 04/01/2019
Tl-the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving at speeds of at least 40 mph the vehicle hesitated. The vehicle was taken to two independent mechanics who confirmed that radiator fluid leaked internally into the transmission causing failure. The dealer and the manufacturer stated there was no recall and they could not help with the warranty expired. The failure mileage was 122,000. Tf.
23 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 03/23/2019
Transmission is failing quickly. I had to replace my radiator a few months ago because it cracked. That event left my wife and children stranded on the interstate.
24 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 03/18/2019
Radiator failed causing leak of radiator fluid into transmission causing vehicle to be towed to auto shop. Vehicle was in motion on highway and then would all of the sudden no longer accelerate. Mechanics, (got 3 estimates) all said same thing; that this was a problem with these Pathfinders. My cost is about 6,500. I had just bought this vehicle for 8,500 about 3 weeks prior.
25 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 03/15/2019
Radiator has cracked and leaked into the transmission.
26 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 03/01/2019
At less than 41,000 miles, the bearings in the dual radiator and condenser fan assembly are worn and the fan assembly shakes when the fans turn on. If the fans break while driving, it may damage the engine or cause the engine to overheat. Many owners of this Nissan model have experienced this same issue occurring at 30,000 - 60,000 miles. The fan assembly appears to be unreliable.
27 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/14/2019
Tl the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 45 mph, all the warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle lost acceleration. The contact coasted the vehicle over to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed, but the cause of the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was taken to another independent mechanic who determined that radiator fluid leaked into the transmission fluid and damaged the transmission. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and a case was opened. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.
28 Radiator problem of the 2010 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/12/2019
Milky fluid was leaking from the coolant area. I had both the coolant & radiator fluid drained and replaced for precautionary measures. Now when I put my car into drive and I step on the gas pedal to accelerate, it revs high before going into gear. It does this especially after I reverse out before putting it into drive which puts me in danger because it takes awhile to go into gear and if a car is coming, I could be hit.
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29 Radiator problem of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/05/2019
Radiator: nissian Pathfinder radiator fail after owning for less than 2 years. This is covered under extend warrantee. But base on the past radiator recall, the vechile raidator may not be up to specs.
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30 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 02/01/2019
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that there was a leak underneath the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be inspected. The contact was informed that the was coming from the brake lines. The contact was also informed that the brake fluid leak damaged the battery. The mechanic repaired brake line and replaced the battery however, the failure recurred with the battery. The vehicle was towed to the same independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose the second failure. The vehicle was then towed to anderson Nissan (3842 az-95, lake havasu city, az 86404) who diagnosed the vehicle with a loose electrical connection with the battery relay. The vehicle was repaired and returned to the contact however, the failure recurred the next day. The contact had the battery replaced once again however, the battery failed for the third time. The contact had the vehicle towed back to the same dealer where they discovered a defective radiator which caused fluid to leak into the transmission. The vehicle was then diagnosed with engine failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000.
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31 Radiator problem of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/17/2019
While the vehicle is both in motion and stationary, if the heat or a/c is on, the radiator fan motor assembly makes noise and shakes back and forth. I was advised that the vehicle should not be driven due to the fact that the assembly could fall apart creating shrapnel to be throw through the engine bay and the road. After researching this issue with a simple google search and after talking to the dealership, this is a wide spread issue with the Pathfinder which Nissan refuses to address. My dealer advised that they had repaired three of these on the same day I took my vehicle in alone. This is a safety issue which Nissan is taking no responsibility for. If this were to happen at highway speeds, the results could certainty be deadly.
32 Radiator problem of the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 01/04/2019
I heard a rattling noise coming from engine. Took it into the dealership today and they said the bearings on the radiator fan are bad causing the fan to wobble and strike against the shroud. I bought my car brand new and has 52,700 miles on it. I did some research online and it seems to be a common issue. If not replaced the fan can break into pieces and cause other costly engine repairs. This seems to be a defect in the part.
33 Radiator problem of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 12/31/2018
Engine fan began making loud noise at 74k miles. Took to dealership and was advised to replace the radiator fan. A quick search uncovered countless other owners with the same issue on the same vehicle.
34 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 12/18/2018
Bought the truck used at 123,000 was running great till 6 months later at 138860 miles all of a sudden truck did not want to start. No crank nothing. Had been serviced one month before and come to find out radiator fluid leaked into transmission. Bad radiator by Nissan and transmission needs to be replaced/rebuilt.
35 Radiator problem of the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Failure Date: 11/20/2018
Radiator fan assembly failed and needed replacement as indicated by several Pathfinder owners from 2014 up to the present.
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This conclusion is supported by these facts: (1) defective Xterra radiators have been dissected to observe the faulty joint; (2) a Nissan/Calsonic radiator with a different part number was introduced for the 2010 model year superseding the 2005-2009 radiators; and (3) incidents of SMOD are negligible for the 2010+ model years. How to fix transmission that shifts poorly by changing the fluid and filter, DIY with Scotty Kilmer. The 2006 Nissan Xterra has 14 problems reported for transmission failure. Defective transmission cooling design causing 2005 Nissan Xterra leaking coolant into transmission resulting in transmission and radiator failure. 2004 Nissan Xterra Will Not Start Problem by Miami Mobile Mechanic. To help eliminate the heat, Nissan has an automatic transmission cooler. Slowly accelerating from a standing start I have noticed the transmission does not feel as smooth as it should. 2008 nissan xterra Clutch Failure. Our list of 9 known complaints reported by owners can help you fix your Nissan Xterra. In Nissan's quest for more performance and better fuel economy, Nissan has been coming out with innovative transmissions on a regular basis. Plus, Nissan extended the related warranty from five years to eight. Check Solution For P285e Nissan Xterra OBD Code : P285e Nissan Xterra engine code seems a kind of powertrain problem, we try to show one by one the meaning and the solution. Rich McMurray’s $6,000 problem started with a flashing overdrive light on his 2007 Nissan Xterra. How To Fix Nissan Xterra Transmission Problem. It is going to cost me $3,000 to fix. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):5N1AN08W85C. It is a shame that Nissan is letting a faulty designed $250 radiator completely kill the transmission on so many Pathfinders, Exterras and Frontiers. A simple rebuild usually isn’t sufficient, as the rebuild process won’t address the structural damage caused by the contaminated ATF. Cost to Replace Nissan Xterra Transmission - References We recommend the following online resources for trustworthy information about Nissan Xterra maintenance, repair and service. Well if it's what I think it is you're probably going to need a new transmission and radiator. Eight problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2006 Nissan Xterra. Average repair cost is $3,720 at 106,850 miles. The 6spd Manual Clutch Of This Vehicle Has Failed At … Brief explanation of the U1000 Nissan Xterra code and definition of U1000 Nissan Xterra is the bottom side. A higher number means you can expect more significant problems. Engine coolant entering the Nissan automatic Transmission 2001 Nissan Xterra Transmission Problems. The name is based on the color and consistency of the fluid found in the coolant reservoir, transmission, and radiator. My 2008 Nissan Pathfinder with 97,000 miles just had the radiator fail causing coolant to get into my trans fluid and seize up my transmission. In April, both front window regulators went out in our 2001 Xterra. 2006 Nissan Xterra transmission problems with 201 complaints from Xterra owners. Vehicle Symptoms. We had both replaced for $400 and Nissan did reimburse us the cost of the motor, not labor. Our reliability rank is based on our PainRank™ system. If, after adding transmission fluid, you notice that your fluid level is low again, follow the steps highlighted in the video above to fix the transmission fluid leaks in your Xterra. See our lemon odds and nada odds page to see vehicles with no repairs or vehicles with more than three repairs. U1000 Nissan Xterra Meaning : 2008 nissan xterra, Never Taken Off Road And Experienced Manual Transmission Driver Behind The Wheel. Then in June, both rear window regulators have gone out and we have yet to get them fix or the situation resolved with Nissan. That will make your RE5RO5A transmission literally self-destruct, and you’ll have to install a remanufactured Nissan Xterra transmission to fix the problem. NISSAN XTERRA 2005 problem was reported in EDINA, MN. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2006 Nissan Xterra based on all problems reported for the 2006 Xterra. Get the best deals on Transmission Filters for Nissan Xterra when you shop the largest online selection at eBay.com. Clutch Replaced At 36,000miles. Nissan has agreed to extend warranties and reimburse repair expenses for consumers who purchased Sentra, Versa or Versa Note vehicles with a defective transmission. The 2005-2010 Nissan Xterra equipped with the automatic transmission may develop an issue which is commonly known as the "strawberry milkshake". NISSAN XTERRA Power Train Manual Transmission problems : 3. The most common issue was a radiator that would leak fluid into the transmission system. Check Solution For P2097 Nissan Xterra OBD Code : P2097 Nissan Xterra engine code seems a kind of powertrain problem, we try to show one by one the meaning and the solution. Like many vehicles, the transmission cooler is part of the radiator. Supporting Nissan owners with CVT issues. I also learned about a by-pass that would eliminate the possibility of the problem, but which could lead to overheated transmission issues in hot climates or heavy use or towing situations. The issue seems to be most common once the car has 100,000-130,000 miles on the … Nissan introduced its first constantly variable transmission (CVT) in 2002 and it immediately began showing problems with difficulty accelerating, shaking / stuttering, running hot, and suddenly shutting down. 2008 Nissan Xterra code and definition of P285e Nissan Xterra is now seven old. 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Q: I have a 2008 Nissan Frontier with the 4-liter engine, automatic transmission and 88,000 miles. In checking the Internet, apparently 2005-2010 Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras have had an issue with the radiator/transmission cooler failing, which results in coolant getting into the transmission and ruining it. Nissan states that the problem will only occur with a small percentage of vehicles. Nissan has extended the warranty on the radiator to 100,000 miles albeit with a $2,500-$3,000 deductible. I am considering proactively replacing the radiator just for the peace of mind. Do you have any recommendations on whether I should replace the radiator proactively or take my chances?
A: I confirmed the information you provided and understand the dilemma you face. You have three choices. Recognizing that this problem apparently affects a relatively small number of vehicles, you could ignore the issue, continue to drive your truck and keep your fingers crossed. Or, you could check the coolant and transmission fluids for correct levels or contamination on virtually a daily basis, hoping to catch the problem before it damages the transmission.
Or, as you are considering, pre-empt the issue and replace the radiator now. Since a new radiator from Nissan lists for over $650 plus three hours of labor to install it, check with cooling system specialists for a quote on installing an aftermarket radiator. I found exact-fit aftermarket radiators for your vehicle priced in the $100-$250 range at local auto parts stores.
If it were my vehicle and I could have a new radiator installed for under $500 — or install it myself for about half that — I'd be seriously inclined to do so.
Q: I have a 2009 VW Jetta TDI. VW recommends oil changes at 10,000 miles using a synthetic that is only available at the dealer. My dealer says that VW hasn't seen any long-term detriment to using such a long interval. I understand the oils today are really superior in their protection. What do you think?
A: I really tried on this one. I researched, compared, pondered and cogitated — the whole nine yards. And yes, VW does recommend 10,000-mile oil change intervals on the TDI diesel engine. And yes, I don't think there would be any significant issues in following VW's recommendation.
But I just can't. I change oil and filter on our 2010 Passat Wagon equipped with the 2-liter turbo gasoline engine every 4,000-5,000 miles. I would do the same if it were the TDI. In this case, I see no downside in being pro-active on oil changes. Besides, it's your vehicle. You're responsible for it and you're going to pay for any repairs or excess depreciation. On top of that, the added cost for the extra oil changes is such a very, very small percentage of the total cost of ownership, depreciation, maintenance, repairs, licensing and insurance over the life of the vehicle, I don't think it should be a factor in your decision.
Q: I am 5 feet 3 and I really like my new 2014 Honda Civic LX five-speed manual but my left knee is only one tiny speck away from the dash and I am not 10 inches from the steering wheel, which would be dangerous if the air bag deployed. I called my dealership, my regular mechanic and a well-known body shop but I cannot find anyone who will install pedal extenders for me — apparently it's a liability issue. Could a non-mechanic like me buy pedal extenders and put them on myself?
A: Yes, you could. Pedal extenders are not difficult to install and I'm sure you could successfully install a set in your Civic. But before you do, check with local handicap/mobility stores in your area, specifically a store that specializes in building or outfitting handicap-equipped vehicles.
Go online to the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association — NMEDA — at www.nmeda.com for a list of authorized handicap equipment installers in your area.
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Radiator Problems of Nissan Xterra - part 1
1 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 09/29/2020
The radiator has taken in fluids from the transmission or? the radiator fluid appears milky and lotion like consistency from the radiator and overflow tank it has been shifting very loud and hard. .
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3 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 07/05/2020
Transmission fluid and anti freeze liquid mixed in both radiator and transmission and disabled the vehicle while driving the vehicle. Almost caused an accident.
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4 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 04/07/2020
Radiator failed, coolant mixed/leaked into the transmission fluid and caused the transmission to fail. Gas gauge quit working properly.
5 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 07/24/2019
Purchased this vehicle July 2019 from owner. After 3 weeks transmission started acting weird while on vacation transmission seized due too coolant leaking from radiator cooler into transmission. Total repairs tow costs and rental car rental exceed $5000. 00. I understand there was a recall on this vehicle for transmission and cooling system related proplems. This vehicle only had approx. 100,000 miles on it when purchased. And onlu has approx. 128,000 on it. Now. Can I get any type of reimbursement for costs paid out of pocket????.
6 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 07/17/2019
Radiator defect caused transmission failure.
7 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 07/09/2019
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. While driving 50 mph, the vehicle decelerated. The contact coasted the vehicle to the shoulder and had the vehicle towed to his home. In addition, the check engine and 4wd warning indicators illuminated. An independent mechanic came to the contact's home and diagnosed that the vehicle needed a new transmission and radiator. The contact installed the radiator. The transmission was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not assist. The failure mileage was 133,316.
8 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 06/14/2019
Radiator coolant leaked into transmission and we only have 70,000 mileage. Purchased extended warranty but Nissan service said they don't covere the repair and our extended warranty expired. We saved this cat for our 16 years old son for his college soon ang preparing for dmv. We save money for his car so we don't need to worry. Now, we are worried because it will cost us$8,000 for repair by replacing transmission and radiator. Besides this I have to pay $190. 00 for diagnostic fee. We are not rich and we prepared this car for our son, for his safety, now his 16 years old this June 2019 and ready to take the wheels, this car is his car for college. Now, I'm heartbreaking because it's garage kept car with blanket all the time. 70k mileage only. Security plus says 72 months/75,000 on odometer. We really need help for repair.
9 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 06/13/2019
Transmission failure due to known issue involving cooling fluid leaking into transmission due to faulty lines in radiator that crack at 100,000 miles. Quoted $6000 repair cost, car is totaled. ,.
10 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 10/17/2018
Takata recall radiator leaked water into the transmission and I now I need completely new transmission and radiator. This is a common issue with Nissans and I am outside of the mileage and warranty. I was driving on a city street and the rpms started racing but the car was not accelerating. Had to tow it in to the mechanics. My check engine light is also on and the code is for the catalytic converter.
11 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 08/20/2018
Tl the contact owns a 2006 Nissan Xterra. While driving approximately 50 mph, the radiator fractured and there was a transmission fluid leak. The contact, an independent mechanic, diagnosed that the oil cooler within the radiator was faulty. A dealer was not made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 77,000.
13 Radiator problem of the 2006 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 07/27/2018
Vehicle radiator rusted internally, therefore intermix coolant and transmission fluid. Automobile constantly serviced at Nissan dealers, no warning from Nissan.
14 Radiator problem of the 2004 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 05/22/2018
2004 Xterra had been low on radiator fluid and needed topping up each week, then each day. After filling with water and coolant night before car began to overheat on hwy. Car sat in sun all day, then overheated in traffic. Had towed to work on it. Replaced split radiator hose where dripping occurs and refilled car radiator, no leaking apparent. Next day, drove on hwy to work. At 65-75 mph car began making clicking/tapping noises from engine. Went uphill towards interchange and car shook violently, steam (or smoke) came from under hood as I carefully crossed freeway to exit, all lights came on on dash and smoke or steam poured into the car through air vents. I had lost all power and power steering, but I steered it safely to hwy service road street with parking lot. Car was smoking under hood, steam or smoke was coming out of vents and all lights remained on on the dash. Under the hood, the a/c condenser or radiator has a 5" break on top of it. When I put water in the radiator it pours through several places where hoses connect (gaskets and seals, I presume). Had the car towed home and I'm afraid to drive it ever again, but now I can't get to work or pick my kids up from school anymore and I can't afford to fix it or pay for repairs since I can't get to work.
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16 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 03/30/2018
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. While idling at a stop sign, the vehicle failed to accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The vehicle had to be pushed off the roadway and towed home. An independent mechanic diagnosed that the radiator ruptured, causing coolant to enter into the transmission. The contact called autonation Nissan (811 thornton rd, lithia springs, GA 30122, (770) 674-6080), but the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.
17 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 03/10/2018
I had bought a used 2007 Nissan Xterra and the radiator and transmission went out on it. I do not have the money to fix it. It is not driveable. I had bought it im August of 2017 and it went out on me in March 2018. The dealership I bought it from can not help me.
18 Radiator problem of the 2009 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 02/13/2018
I took my Xterra in because it constantly blew hot air. Upon inspection I was informed of the TSB issued by Nissan that the radiator tubes can crack and mix coolant with transmission fluid and that I was low on coolant because of that. The tech informed me that the leak was minimal but needed to be replaces ASAP. The radiator was replaced and lines flushed and also had to take my car into a trans expert to flush and inspect the transmission.
19 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 02/09/2018
Boch Nissan south ( formerly Nissan village)sold me a truck on March 30, 2013 where they rolled back the odometer & failed to mention 2 serious accidents in 2011 prior to my purchase March 2013. I believe we were shown a different car fax I was told it was the salesman's wife's truck that she had just traded in. I have had very serious issues that made no since for a truck that had been babyed by me . Complete enigen fire in febuary nuremous oil leaks & radiator mixing with the coolant oil past 10 months. I brought it into to nissian boch south of north attleboro in April they accused me of rolling back the odometer. I was horrified told them you guys sold me this truck. I went home and ordered a carfax and it clearly happened at the dealership when it went in for repairs on 2 accidents that I was not aware of! boch nissian thinks it's no big deal my 17 year old daughter was driving this truck she could have been in the fire and as a new driver may have panicked and gotten into a serious accident. I was driving on rt 1 north attleboro in February I had just had the valve gasket replaced . I was driving all of a sudden lost all power blank dash saw a ton of smoke coming out of the engine. I jumped out after rolling to the side of route 1 by the time the tow truck came it was simmering. It took over two weeks to repair wiring at patriot electrical in pawtucket ri new alternator , gasket cover replaced again. I thought we were buying a truck with 58,000 miles when in realty it was almost 90, 000 or more depending on far they rolled it it was 70,000 prior to my purchase when the 1st accident happened with the salesman's wife.
20 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 11/21/2017
(jl no dealer info, failure mileage was not included) tl the contact owns a 2007 Nissan Xterra. While driving various speeds, the contact experienced a bumpy ride. In addition, the vehicle would decelerate, the odometer would decrease, and the vehicle stalled. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The failure occurred three separate times. An independent mechanic diagnosed that transmission fluid was leaking into the radiator. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 126,000.
21 Radiator problem of the 2003 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 10/01/2017
Tl the contact owns a 2003 Nissan Xterra. The contact stated that there was a premature failure of coolant leaking into the radiator, which impacted the transmission. The vehicle was not diagnosed by a dealer. The independent mechanic replaced the radiator and flushed the transmission. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall campaign and provided no solution. The failure mileage was not available.
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22 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 08/20/2017
Total transmission failure caused by a cracked radiator that allowed engine coolant to mix with transmission fluid. Cost to fix is more than the value of the vehicle. The defective radiator has no recall on it although the problem is well known to Nissan.
23 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 08/15/2017
Tl the contact owns a 2008 Nissan Xterra. The contact received an unknown manufacturer recall notification. The vehicle was taken to bill robertson Nissan (928 n 28th Ave, pasco, wa 99301, (509) 545-3000) where the contact was provided a rental. The contact then received a call from the dealer stating that the parts were not available for the recall repair and he needed to return the rental. Two weeks later, while driving, the transmission failed and the radiator overheated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission and radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle had to be repaired at a Nissan dealer rather than an independent mechanic. The contact was provided case number: 29163686. The approximate failure mileage was 83,000.
24 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 08/03/2017
Cracked radiator, car died with no warning going down freeway.
25 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 06/20/2017
Purchased a 2008 Nissan Xterra x VIN 5n1an08u98c506719 milage 77107 on June 6, 2015. After owning this vehicle for just over 2 years we had very bad experience my wife was doing her daily errands as she was returning home with our child in the back seat here vehicle began to accelerate and loose acceleration potentially causing her to be accident. When she returned home the vehicle wouldn't even turn over I had it towed to my mechanic and he informed me that this has a defective radiator cooler tank that ruptures and forces coolant into the transmission through the cooler lines and subsequently I was looking at over $3500 dollars in repairs. For a know problem reported Nissan has been aware of. Its very disheartening $3500 in repairs for a know problem it hurts in fact its affected even my surrounding family members, my mother is or was proud owner of Nissan altima 2015. I just don't understand I don't have problem maintaining a vehicle or spending money for repairs that are standard that comes with owning any vehicle but this is just outrageous. How does start up family. . . 1st family car end up in this position. Is there anything Nissan can do to help me and my family.
26 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 06/12/2017
The radiator failed and the fluid all went into the transmission requiring both a new radiator and transmission. This is a known problem with 2005 Xterras and Nissan refuses to cover this faulty design. We had no advance notice of this happening. We went out one day and the car did not start.
27 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 05/18/2017
I was driving home when I stopped at my driveway and my car had sprung a leak from under my passenger side. My car was not overheating, I received no warning that according to my mechanic- my transmission cooler had failed and mixed in with my radiator. Hopefully my transmission isn't shot, with a new radiator and flushing all the lines is almost $1000. This all could have been avoided if I had some warning. My car had been driving just fine prior to this incident.
28 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 04/13/2017
Nissan dealership notified me about needing to replace the entire timing chain system. After doing research, it is evident Nissan knew about faulty timing chain tensioners and guides that it was using on certain model year Xterras, including 2007. If timing chain fails while vehicle is in motion, it can lead to catastrophic engine failure and a $8000+ repair bill for a new engine. Nissan knowing about this problem sent service bulletins to its service centers but did not inform consumers about the problem. The timing chain should be good for the life of the engine, but now my local dealership is telling me it is going to cost at least $1900 to replace the timing chain and all components. Nissan knew the components are faulty and yet don't care enough to inform consumers. This isn't the first time this has happened. Nissan knew that the transmission coolers on same model year were faulty and did not inform consumers. Class action lawsuit forced Nissan to face the music, but consumers still had to pay over $2000 out of pocket to replace transmission, transmission cooler, and radiator.
29 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 03/05/2017
I purchased my 2008 Nissan Xterra about 3 years ago and did not know about all the defects the transmission and radiator had. I am highly disappointed with this Nissan. It left me stalled in the middle of the road just suddenly with no warning. Worst part was that it was in the middle of the night with a party of 5. The conditions were unsafe and had to wait for daylight to be able to be towed. Its is very unfortunate that I can not do anything about this bad vehicle and it will cost me close to 4k to have my vehicle repaired. At this point im just still in debt since I have not finished paying this off and car less. Its very unfortunate that Nissan will not take any responsibility for the horrible and unstable vehicle they created.
30 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 03/01/2017
2005 Nissan Xterra. Consumer writes in regards to radiator hose ruptured and sent coolant into transmission. The consumer stated the engine began racing but, there was no power. The vehicle lunged forward and then stopped. A hose in the radiator ruptured. This caused coolant to enter the transmission and transmission fluid to enter the radiator. The failure occured while the consumer was driving. The manufacturer was contacted, but did not offer any assistance.
31 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 02/25/2017
Radiator leaked into the transmission rendering both defective and in need of replacement. No heat when car not moving, transmission slipping and skipping while driving.
32 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 02/06/2017
Nissan dealer told me that the radiator fluids started to leak into the transmission and now the transmission needs to be replaced and it will cost $8000 dollars to fix.
33 Radiator problem of the 2008 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 01/26/2017
I'm having transmission problems due to the known design flaw in the 2008 Xterra radiators that causes coolant to mix with transmission fluid. Nissan admitted the flaw and yet the NHTSA, who is supposed to help protect us, has concluded that Nissan isn't liable for these problems. What protection does a consumer have besides trying to take a multi-national company to court if the government body who looks into this won't act? please revisit this "radiator intermix" problem!.
34 Radiator problem of the 2005 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 12/30/2016
Nissan Xterra 2006 the vehicle's transmission went out. According to my mechanic the radiator leaked and ruined the transmission. He also said that Nissan is aware of this and continues to allow the car to be on the road. The car is done and so is my wallet. Thank goodness when the car went out, I was on a back road around no other people!.
35 Radiator problem of the 2007 Nissan Xterra
Failure Date: 11/12/2016
Transmission slipping, contamination in radiator. Vehicle is now rendered useless until transmission/radiator replacement.
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Coolant Leaks are Destroying Nissan Transmissions
Automatic transmissions in certain 2005-2010 Nissan SUVs and Trucks are under attack from their radiators. Leaking coolant is mixing with transmission fluid through the cooler lines to create a toxic hell stew that irreversibly damages everything around it.
The widespread issue has prompted the North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC), a consumer protection group, to plead that everyone avoid the 2005-2010 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra at all costs.
The Strawberry Milkshake of Death ∞
Ruptured radiator cooler tanks are forcing coolant into the five-speed automatic transmission through the cooler lines. Not only does the radiator stop cooling the transmission, but the resulting slurry of coolant and transmission fluid eats valves, erodes seals and speeds up corrosion.
The liquid is known as the strawberry milkshake of death (SMOD) and it’s not because it tastes good (please don’t taste it).
Once you’ve got SMOD you’re SOL, FWIW.
Reports of this problem happen as early as 60,000 miles, but the sweet spot appears to be around 110,000 miles. Which is important for reasons we’ll cover in a moment.
The Useless Radiator Assembly Warranty Extension ∞
In October 2010, Nissan extended their radiator assembly warranty from 3 years / 36,000 miles to 8 years / 80,000 miles after reports from a “small percentage” of owners with internal cracks on the oil cooler tube.
There was confusion about whether the radiator warranty extension covered resulting damage to the transmission.
The warranty extension also meant Nissan could avoid a recall. Not only did the extension typically expire before the problem would occur, but Nissan wasn’t held to the legal obligation of notifying owners that a recall would bring.
“It is one of the bigger transmission problems that we see. It is costly and it can cause an immediate failure,” –Clarence Ditlow, Center for Auto Safety
The Lawsuit Settlement That Was Also a Major Disappointment ∞
Two years after the warranty extension, Nissan settled a class-action lawsuit regarding the coolant leak epidemic. As part of the settlement, Nissan extended their warranty again. And, just like last time, they managed to not cover the vast majority of complaints.
The warranty breakdown:
- Up to 8 years/80,000 miles, whichever comes first, extended warranty coverage applies with no customer co-pay.
- After 8 years/80,000 miles, whichever comes first, up to 9 years/90,000 miles, whichever comes first, extended warranty coverage applies with customer co-pay in the amount of $2,500.
- After 9 years/90,000 miles, whichever comes first, up to 10 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first, extended warranty coverage applies with customer co-pay in the amount of $3,000.
And if you’re reading this and your car is still under 100,000 miles, first off – wow, congratulations. Second, don’t get too excited because the deadline to file a claim has passed.
It’s the final gut-punch in a raw deal for consumers.
"I always liked Nissan, and love my 2005 Pathfinder. Until coolant leaked into the transmission. I looked up online and saw all of the complaints on carcomplaints... Saw there was a class action suit which I do not qualify for since the time has passed. Called Nissan, they said since I'm over 100,000 miles I'm SOL. Cannot believe Nissan would treat loyal customers this way. Even with the warranty it only covers 800 dollars...and the other 3-4 thousand is on you. My family and I have bought 5 Nissans from the same dealer. Never again will we purchase a Nissan!!!" -- 2005 Pathfinder owner
Any Hope for a Recall Dashed ∞
In June 2012, NHTSA was petitioned by the NCCC to investigate the issue. The key to the petition was proving a safety defect existed, something Nissan has continually denied. NHTSA only forces automakers to issue recalls when there's a safety risk involved.
NHTSA found that the radiators are defective without a doubt.
"When examined under a microscope, cracks and fractures were observed at the lead points. The other three non-leaking transmission fluid cylinders were inspected under the microscope and five of the six transmission fluid port areas were cracked."
However, they didn’t find that the majority of complaints represented a safety risk and closed their investigation. That means the only hope for a recall is up to Nissan. Cue the sad trombone.
The Warning Signs of Transmission Failure ∞
Some articles online claim that being aware of the proper warning signs may help prevent your Nissan from needing a rebuilt transmission. These warning signs are:
- Heavy Vibration While Shifting
- Heavy Vibration While Accelerating
- Abrupt Stalling
- Shuddering Noises
- Car Doesn't Warm Up When Sitting
Owners who have had their radiator crack are claiming that even if you catch it early, your transmission is still doomed trouble due to this engineering / manufacturing defect. You can read their stories over at CarComplaints.com for the three Nissan models that are showing the defect:
Perhaps even more troubling is owners who have already had their transmissions "repaired" by an authorized Nissan dealer are still reporting catastrophic transmission failure. Through no fault of their own, Nissan owners who are out of warranty are left to cover the hefty repair bill, which can be over $4,500 when all is said and done.