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Nissan is facing a rash of complaints about automatic transmission failures in the company's trucks and SUVs, according to The New York Times. Certain 2005-2010 Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra models may have an issue with their radiators which could cause coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid. That's not supposed to happen, and it could cause premature failure. Nissan, meanwhile, has extended its warranty coverage on the radiators and any component damaged as a result of the fault, though owners say that they've been stuck with expensive transmission repair bills after the extended warranty dries up. The new coverage extends to 80,000 miles.

The NYT reports that Nissan extended its radiator coverage in October of last year after the company discovered that internal oil cooler tubes may crack and leak. The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, meanwhile, says that the radiator coolant tanks themselves are rupturing, which then allows the fluid to mix with coolant before being pumped back into the transmission.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received upwards of 200 complaints on the issue, though it's still unclear at this point whether or not the government agency is looking into the problem. For its part, Nissan has said that if the problem occurs on vehicles still within the 80,000 mile radiator warranty, any transmission repairs would also be included in the coverage.


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      bcworkz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll bet the 2.34% of Americans who have manual transmissions are feeling pretty smug.
      crossedthreads
      • 3 Years Ago
      Happened to my 2005 Pathfinder at 81,500, Nissan said "Sorry 'bout your luck!" I've always been a loyal Nissan customer, but apparently if you don't have EVER SERVICE, OIL CHANGE, etc. at a dealership, you aren't loyal enough. A sales person from the dealership where I had a relay changed under recall last week called me and asked if at the 6 year mark, I was ready to trade it in and I told him "Yep, for anything but another Nissan product". I am also doing Nissan the favor of spreading my story far and wide to anyone who asks me how I like my Pathfinder!
      kilauea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good reason not to buy a Nissan.
      momskylite
      • 3 Years Ago
      Son purchased a 2011 nissan titan 4x4 new now has less than 4,000 miles on it. In to shop for a recall already. Also had them check on getting it out of park into gear. Told to put E-brake on when parking. Last sunday son could barely get it out of park into gear. Went to dealer they said would order a part ( that was monday) Sometime between 8:00:pm (thurs.) and 7:00am on Friday morning side air bags went off. Dealership says thats your problem not Nissans. Computer print out showed rollover. I am such a wonderful driver that I not only rolled truck over and repaired it that you can see NO damage to the truck. Now tell me I'm not good. Seems like only olde ladies can do that sort of thing. When I told service manager I had a 89 Chevy Silverado that could handle things better than nissan I meant just that.
      parkcityxj
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mine 05 Frontier has been in the shop for five weeks because of this failure. Parts are on backorder and it's going to cost me $4500 to fix. Nissan has told me to take a hike. I'm a hair under 100k too! I've signed up for a few of the class action lawsuits, we'll see what happens.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      tinted up
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not surprised. While I do think there are some cool Nissans, I don't know what they have been doing with their R&D money. Their whole lineup save for a couple models needs a serious overhaul.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Par for the course! Seems Nissan's weakness is transmissions and interior materials. I didn't expect this from the trucks, though, given that they are "regular" automatics. I would have expected this from their already troublesome and notoriously unreliable CVT, which they had to extend warranties on because of their huge failure rates. Come to think of it, I seem to remember an auto transmission FALLING OUT of a friends Altima not that long ago. Just buy a manual...unless its an Audi.
      michaelJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Serves them right.....Nissan's suck.
      Art Richardson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This article must be a mistake. Everyone knows that is just American cars that break down or have any mechanical problems. From most of the comments is see when an American cars are reviewed, Japanese cars never break down, never are recalled and their exhaust smells like roses. So please remove this slanderous article lest the American car haters will be sending you nasty comments & emails
      marre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars from japan don't need warranty...
      JR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's a bunch more: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/nissan_pathfinder.html Sad that Nissan is D1cking soo many people.
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