2013 Infiniti JX35Nissan may be forced to recall 110,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35 crossovers, due to a number of customer complaints. Consumers report suddenly losing power, with repair facilities blaming the issue on faulty transmission cooler line connections. Both the Pathfinder and JX35 use a continuously variable transmission. As of right now, the only vehicles being investigated are from model year 2013.

Nissan has been cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to a report from Reuters, and it has developed a fix for the affected vehicles. It's not clear whether this will develop into a full-blown recall, as there have been no known cases of injuries or crashes. But with a potential 110,000 vehicles prone to sudden power loss, a recall seems to be a likely outcome.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like they are going into limp mode if the transmission is not getting adequate cooling. Hopefully the computers prevent any excessive damage due to excessive temperatures if that's what is happening.
        pavsterrocks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        actually it sounds like the fluid pukes out and the car stops.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        the problem is due to a defective torque converter, nothing about over heating.
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      There was a story on my local news about this a month or so ago. Woman was afraid to drive it.
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        dinobot666
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nothing wrong with a CVT really, for the right application that is. The Pathfinder is simply too heavy for a CVT.
          pavsterrocks
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dinobot666
          Murano has had the CVT for ages, and it weighs about the same as the new Pathfinder. This is just a new car with its share of new car problems. They will install a heavier duty clip and call it a day.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dinobot666
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          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dinobot666
          Raz, I'm sure they thought of it, but CVT zealousness trumped reason. They decided that no active cooling system is fine for the Leaf because it can handle most conditions while keeping most of it's range for the time when most of the owners would drive it. Now those customers who fit outside of the parameters have useless cars. The number of useless Leafs will increase with time. The Leaf battery packs that will put on over 100,000 miles or even do that 2 to three times will not do so by diligent, proper upkeep, but will just happen to be lucky enough to be used very gently in the most ideal conditions. The same applies for CVTs. They are by nature, designed to a more narrow margin of safety. They will more likely work well for a long time inside small, low power cars. As they are put into larger, vehicles, especially those that are more likely to carry heavier loads, or even tow, the risks are higher. This particular issue seems to be completely unrelated, just a simple failed cooling line. I wouldn't doubt, though, that in 10 or 20 years, we'll see far fewer high mileage Pathfinders than we see now with the conventional automatic, truck based Pathfinders on the road pushing 200,000-300,000 miles and more.
      buckfeverjohnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      As much as people hate them, CVTs are the future. Once you get to a 9- or 10-speed automatic, you have essentially tipped the cap to a CVT.
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @buckfeverjohnson
        9- or 10 speed automatics have meshing gears whereas these CVTs have friction contact belts. That's the difference.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BipDBo
          pavsterrocks, At first blush it would seem like a CVT is more mechanically simple than a traditional automatic. When you look at a cutaway, however, you can see that they are plenty complicated. They have torque converters, clutches, hydraulics, etc. I'm not a big fan of traditional automatics either. They have consistently been the weak link in vehicle durability since they came. Personally my favorite transmission is a manual. My second favorite is an electric hybrid with a planetary gearset, sometimes called the "eCVT", which is by far the most mechanically simple and durable transmission ever designed. I am hoping that for ICE vehicles, dual clutch transmissions (DCTs) become smoother so that they can gain widespread adoption. DCTs have the potential to be as durable as manuals.
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        zizixx89
        • 1 Year Ago
        Please no one even cared for the patfinder till now get an armada or xterra
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @zizixx89
          @ George Does your wife tow 5,000 pounds daily? Does she run in the Baja or rock crawl on her morning commute? I don't think so, so it shouldn't matter.
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      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is by far the most sensible styling to come out of nissan for the longest time. Good job.
      zizixx89
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its funny how honda and toyota has better CVT's than nissan
      tjstar01
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m so glad to discover this article. I\'m having similar problems with my 2007 Frontier, now I know why. It\'s not just me or my truck. I hope someone brings this to the light, to authorities that can do something about it.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tjstar01
        Your Frontier and this Pathfinder couldn't be any more different.
      ryanmit01
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife was interested in buying an Infiniti JX and I brought up the fact that it had the CVT in it and I was a bit concerned about that. She ended up with an Audi Q7. It looks like she made the right choice.
      ddokken69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me let you in on a little secret, I have owned a repair shop for 20+ years and EVER since the Pathfinder came out this vehicle had transmission issue's people have ended up junking relatively new ones because the junk yards can't get the used trans. in fast enough!! People who owned or still own them NEED to keep a good eye on this story!!
      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Everyone here is asuming , but nissan said the main problem is a defective torque converter NISSAN A shudder at moderate speeds could indicate problems in certain Altimas and Pathfinders. In T.S.B. 13-064A issued on June 13, Nissan said the shaking action in 2013 models with V-6 engines could be a sign that the torque converter was defective and needed to be replaced. The bulletin is limited to shudder occurring at 18 to 35 m.p.h. with light pressure on the accelerator. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/18/automobiles/plugging-an-outbreak-of-leaks.html?_r=1&
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