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post #1 of 18 Old Feb 16th, 2014, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Never Again!

Just wanted to drop a note to someone to vent!!!

I can not find a web site of Nissan co to bitch to so......

6+ years ago I bought a 2006 loaded..pathfinder after owning GM cars most of my life. I am now 56 and have owned many. After ownership I've always thought that I am not sure I got my money worth and thought to try "foreign" or Nissan. So I bought the Nissan pathfinder. "Nice Vehicle"

I can now honestly say that after ownership, this thing has been, by far, the biggest money pit of my life! Hands down! This is my wifes car and she is even afraid to drive in the snow..so doesn't. I drive my chevy truck.

This piece of foreign crap has cost me 6,000.00 this year!!!! I has been constantly a thousand or so every year. things like Radiator, Tranny, pulleys belts, rattles, coolant leaks, catalytic converters, tailgate issues, coolant and thermostat issues. Windshield wiper and so on........... what a mechanical mistake!!!!!!!

This is truly a money pit. So much so that next time it breaks down. It goes! In current condition what ever the problem. WE NEED TO STOP THE BLEEDING! I gladly go back to GM and will never look back to Nissan again.

I will never have a good note to say about Nissan again and will only have pitty for someone who owns one.

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post #2 of 18 Old Feb 16th, 2014, 12:06 PM
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but, what don't you like about it?

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What don't I like about it???

Did you read the post?

I've easily got $10,000 or more in the last 6 years in repairs!!

Maybe if you are a Nissan enthusiast........you are ok with that.

Not me.

I am so exceptionally disappointed with this pathfinder I could.... well hope you get it.

If I were well off, I would just pay to have the thing destroyed but will drive it until it breaks again, then part it out or sell it as is........but will not spend more on it.
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post #4 of 18 Old Feb 16th, 2014, 04:46 PM
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What don't I like about it???

Did you read the post?

I've easily got $10,000 or more in the last 6 years in repairs!!

Maybe if you are a Nissan enthusiast........you are ok with that.

Not me.

I am so exceptionally disappointed with this pathfinder I could.... well hope you get it.

If I were well off, I would just pay to have the thing destroyed but will drive it until it breaks again, then part it out or sell it as is........but will not spend more on it.
did you buy it new? used?
how many miles are on it?
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post #5 of 18 Old Feb 23rd, 2014, 08:42 AM
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Didnt warranty cover much of this stuff?
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post #6 of 18 Old Feb 23rd, 2014, 10:09 AM
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Sounds like you unknowingly bought a Monday morning vehicle. My story is completely the opposite: bought my '01 Pathy in '04, (w/72K)drove it virtually every day since then(currently 320K). Did a wack of research b4 buying it. Other than a warranty replaced thermostat(and radiator cuz they misdiagnosed it the 1st time-hee hee) I've only shelled out under $2K in all that time. That being said, I've run premium & synthetic all it's life and been anal with my maintainance. It currently has a chip key/immoblizer issue that will only allowing to run for 20 mins but I got 2 chip keys off eBay for $20 just need them cut & programmed. My suggestion is: after that much money shelled out, consider the fact that you have insurance for a reason, especially the fire and THEFT option....just sayin'.
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post #7 of 18 Old Feb 23rd, 2014, 10:17 AM
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And BTW, the 2005 Pathfinder is plagued with problems. Maybe the '06 has similar issues. Found out that by searching: "Nissan Pathfinder problems" on the wonderful wobbly web. Sorry bout yer luck
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the OP has left the room
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post #9 of 18 Old Mar 4th, 2014, 10:13 AM
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not had much luck have you - time to cut losses????????
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I have a 2006 Pathfinder LE and a former Nissan Master Technician and i can understand the OP's disgust. Fortunately, I bought mine with 84000 miles on it and a lot of the inherent problems were already addressed. 2005-2007 models are by far the worst of the run. The biggest problem is the radiator cooler failures that cause antifreeze to enter the trans fluid and take out the transmission for a $6500 repair, +/-. Nissan eventually lost a class action lawsuit in NY state and their already extended warranty on the radiator and subsequent damage for 8 years/80000 miles was amended to add a $2500 expense cap from 80000-90000 miles and $3500 cap for 90000-100000 miles. Of course, $2500-35000 is still a big hunk of change for most and many feel Nissan should step up and recall the faulty radiators used from 2005 through 2010 in Pathfinders, Xterras and Frontiers. As preventive maintenance, many have replaced the original radiator (which is what I did) or have bypassed the radiator's integral cooler, using only the factory external trans cooler. A lot of those failures don't occur until after 80000 miles and many after 100,000 miles, when the warranty extension does them no good.
Other problems include upper timing chain tensioners that wear out prematurely, faulty fuel sending units, a weak rear suspension (adding Airlift 1000 air bags and monotube shocks helps rectify this), squeak and rattle issues, poor electrical ground issues, leaking cowls, squeaky serpentine belts, rear control arm bolts that seize to the bushings making it impossible to adjust the alignment, rear A/C and coolant lines that corrode, leak and require, in some cases, to lift up the body off of the frame on the right side. Failing catalytic converters, cam sensors and HVAC issues are also common. For me, it was a well-designed vehicle that was poorly executed on the assembly line, using cheap parts in some cases and victimized by cost-cutting measures. Nissan has addressed some of the issues with TSB's and updated parts. I've been happy with mine, on the whole. It's comfortable and does well in the snow. It's a little unsettled on rough roads, but is very solid on the highway and on a long trip of mostly highways and interstates, the 5-speed AT gets me around 21.5 mpg (around town that drops to around 16 mpg and my average is usually around 17.5 mpg).
Nissan can be a little inconsistent with their vehicles. They can have vehicles that they do a pretty good job on, such as the Sentra, Altima and Maxima...and then have vehicles that seem to be poorly made and problematic, such as the Versa sedan, the Titan and recent Pathfinders, the former Quest. I can see why people get upset and go to another brand...especially Toyota. Nissan has no one to blame but their selves.
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I have just purchased a 06 pathfinder, It had 73k on it and I'm up to about 78k in the time I have had the vehicle. I got an extended bumper to bumper when I purchased the vehicle which puts me at about 98,000. I was thinking about doing the maintenance on the vehicle at the dealer at around $800, but there is no mention of the radiator or the upper tensioner. What suggestions do you have?
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clubfrontier.org has a sticky that explains in detail the transmission/coolant mixing issues.

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I have just purchased a 06 pathfinder, It had 73k on it and I'm up to about 78k in the time I have had the vehicle. I got an extended bumper to bumper when I purchased the vehicle which puts me at about 98,000. I was thinking about doing the maintenance on the vehicle at the dealer at around $800, but there is no mention of the radiator or the upper tensioner. What suggestions do you have?
If the chain isn't making noise, I wouldn't be worried about it. You may have a problem with it later, but there's no way to tell 100%. It seems to occur on some Pathfinders and not on others and at varying mileage. The same can be said about the radiator issue, but with this, you have a much more expensive repair if it fails and, unlike the timing chain, it is preventable for a reasonably low cost, whether one decides to go with the bypass method or replace the radiator, the more expensive option. I would definitively do something in regards to the radiator as a preventative measure. My choice was to go with an aftermarket radiator, but plenty have done the bypass without any issues.
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I just purchased a 2008 4x4 5.6 which is crazy fast. First, I am getting the p0500 speed sensor error which I assume is making most every warning light come on the dash with no speedometer. I have heard that the truck gets its speed reading from the abs sensors at each hub or the speedometer itself could be bad or I could have a bad ground or a bad abs controller. Salvage parts are pretty cheap as there seem to be a lot of these things ( in pretty good condition) in the salvage yards. What is the most normal cause of P0500 on an 08? Just this morning (first cold morning ) this things had a bad missed under acceleration that appeared and then disappeared and did not set any code. Any ideas?
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There are a number of them in the salvage yards, but finding a V8 version might be pretty tough because they didn't make a whole lot of them, compared to the V6. Some things interchange, but some things don't. As far as the code, it could be a wheel speed sensor, but it's going to be hard to diagnose without a capable scantool that can access the ABS system, which is where I would start.
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