I have been a subscriber to Consumer Reports for many years & use it prior to any major purchases. I need to ask for your expertise.
I purchased a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE with automatic transmission in November 2009 from a Nissan dealership. I noticed a slight vibration coming from the rear that I thought was probably the tires being unbalanced. That was not the problem.
A month ago on a long trip, I noticed that the transmission was vibrating and dragging down the speed whenever I let up on the gas pedal.
When I returned home I did a quick internet search for answers.
The search revealed case after case of the same vibrating problem from other Pathfinder owners. It was determined that water from the radiator was somehow seeping into the transmission, ruining its function, and worse, voiding the drive-train warranty as a result.
I have three questions:
1) How would water from the radiator enter the transmission?
2) Is there any way to correct this problem before it ruins the transmission & radiator, requiring expensive repairs and/or replacement?
3) Why hasn't there been a recall for this problem by Nissan?