Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems & Cost | RE5R05A

The Nissan Pathfinder was equipped with the RE5R05A and later models have the Nissan CVT or RE0F10E transmission. Early models also had the RE4R01A transmission. The RE5R05A was known for early failure due to the factory radiator allowing engine coolant to enter the transmission through the cooling system, which sometimes can be fixed with a RE5R05A valve body replacement. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

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Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Models

Nissan Pathfinder: RE5R05A Transmission
Nissan Pathfinder: CVT / RE0F10E / RE4R01A Transmission

Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Prices:

TransmissionStreet Smart TransmissionAutozoneAdvance Auto Parts
Nissan RE5R05A282032993329

Remanufactured Nissan Pathfinder RE5R05A Valve Body Prices:
$780 shipped at Street Smart Transmission

What are the DTC codes related to Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems?

P0766 – Failed Shift Solenoid D – This DTC can be stored when there is a problem with a shift solenoid or the valve body.
P2703 – Failed Friction Element D – This trouble code can be triggered by a failed friction element like a clutch disc.
P0720 – Failed Input Speed Sensor or Output Speed Sensor – This trouble code is caused by a bad speed sensor on the transmission.
P0730 – Incorrect Gear Ratio – This issue could be caused by a number of problems, including a fault in the transmission control module, dirty transmission fluid, or a bad transmission solenoid.
P0657 – Voltage Problem in the ‘A’ Circuit – This transmission problem is often caused by a short, or bad ground on the PCM or PCM wiring harness.
P0700 – Malfunction in the transmission control system – This DTC is often triggered when there is a problem with the TCM, a wiring harness, a solenoid, or the valve body.
P0715 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Malfunction – This code typically gets stored when the input sensor cannot read the engine RPM, which can prevent the transmission from appropriately shifting gears.
P0717 – Input/Turbine Speed Sensor No Signal – This trouble code is generated when the PCM does not get a signal from the input speed sensor, which will prevent the computer from being able to determine when the transmission needs to shift.
P0791 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor ‘A’ Circuit – This error can occur when there is a problem with the intermediate shaft speed sensor, most likely due to a bad sensor, wiring problem, or a failed shift solenoid.
P0793 – Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal – The computer will generate this DTC when it cannot communicate with the intermediate shaft speed sensor.

Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Recalls

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Nissan Pathfinder Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

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Common Problems with the Nissan Pathfinder Transmission

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Nissan Pathfinder can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Nissan Pathfinder transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Nissan Pathfinder transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation (including the radiator issue that plagued the Nissan RE5R05A in the Pathfinder, Armada, Titan, Frontier and Xterra), along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Nissan Pathfinder transmissions last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Nissan Pathfinder transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Nissan Pathfinder transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Nissan Pathfinder transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Nissan Pathfinder transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Nissan Pathfinder transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Nissan Pathfinder transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Nissan Pathfinder Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Nissan Pathfinder Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Pathfinder Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Pathfinder Transmission

Fair Replacement Transmission Cost by Vehicle

  1. Find your transmission model in the table below for fair prices from reputable suppliers. Also fair labor cost for local installation at a local auto repair shop.

  2. Get a free estimate on a remanufactured transmission by email.

Fair Remanufactured Transmission Price Ranges by Transmission Model Updated July 2018

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Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

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N. Valverde

My Nissan Pathfinder had a check engine light one. I took it to Nissan and they did not recommend any repairs or said say anything about this common problem now my car is not starting and I was told that the radiator and transmission have to be changed because of fluid exchange. A job at over $6.000.00. I am without a car and I depend on it to get to work and pick up my children?…..This is very irresponsible of them….

paulette Williams

I have a 2005 nissan pathfinder. Vehicle shake than dies out can you help me find the problem.


My 2007 Pathfinder was purchased doing the time of the class action lawsuit from a dealer in Virginia. Little did I know in 2012 that I would be having these kind of problems because I only have 127000 miles on my SUV. But I feel pretty bad right now because I just paid this SUV off and two days later my car is doing pretty much all the things a transmission shouldn’t be doing. I took this truck to my local mechanic shop and I was quoted a price of 14,999 dollars to repair I’m so upset right now I just don’t know what to do they said I needed a repaired transmission a repaired Engine and a new radiator with some other stuff I think they just threw in there. What more can I do I had not planned on buy another car so soon. Nissan should have made… Read more »


My 2007 Nissan pathfinder has started shifting really hard. I took it to a dealer and they said fuels have crossed from the transmission to the radiator. They said both need to be replaced and quoted me $6000. Am I being taken? I’m thinking of buying a new car instead. What is your advice?


I have a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder. Just recently my tire blew out and I got it replaced. They replaced the tires and after a day or two my Reverse gear stopped working. I put the car in reverse and it doesn’t move even when I press the gas. It’s like its stuck in neutral. However when I put the car in drive it works perfectly fine. I checked the transmission fluid and it’s perfectly fine. It’s an automatic transmission. I just have no idea what is wrong with it!