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Hello, my 2013 Frontier 4X4 just had the radiator/transmission cross-contamination event happen. The Frontier has 56,000km (34,791 miles) on it. The drivetrain warranty from Nissan would not cover it, due to the fact that my 5 year ended in July 2018. I was informed when purchasing it that, this transmission issue only happened from 2007-2010 and now I have a $6,700 repair bill. Has anyone in North America ever taken Nissan to court and won. I further researched this online and it sounds like over 10,000 vehicles have had this transmission failure happen to them. It seems criminal that this is still happening in 2019, with no recalls issued. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know how to proceed.
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I don't have many Miles on it, cause I often am driving my work truck. I was shocked to see the damage to the transmission, as I often check all my fluids due to living in the mountains.
I just wish Nissan would due a recall and admit to the consumer its a factory engineering flaw.
 

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I don’t understand.. if you had the transmission done what did you do about the main problem, the radiator! Who done the repairs? If you or they knew what caused it, it should have been fixed with a new radiator also. ?? Am I missing something here?

This question is based off your other post... about is bypassing the right thing to do.
 

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Transmission is rebuilt, due to the torque convertor damage during the fluid cross contamination. Radiator has been changed and we are also putting in a separate transmission cooler, because I simply can't afford to have this happen ever again. I want to trust that i'll be driving a reliable Frontier again and not worrying about a transmission breakdown.
 

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Do you have any idea what numbers you had on your radiator? Sticker that was on the right of your filler cap.
 

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There was a class-action lawsuit in NY state that Nissan lost, which made Nissan revise their already extended radiator warranty for 05-10 model years to 100,000 miles, which cost limits of $2500 and $3500 placed at the 80K+ and 90K+ mileage tiers, respectively. This is the first 2013 model that I've heard of having the radiator's trans cooler issue fail. There have been a very limited few 2011 models, but that's been it up until now as far as what's been reported on most of the major Nissan forums. I, too, would like to know the part number on the top tank of the radiator, if you have it.
 

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This is the second newer truck that has had this happen in the past month or so, just on this forum. The other guy had a 2014 and he said his repairman told him he's seen dozens of newer nissans in his shop with cross-contam.So apparently its still happening.
 

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This is the second newer truck that has had this happen in the past month or so, just on this forum. The other guy had a 2014 and he said his repairman told him he's seen dozens of newer nissans in his shop with cross-contam.So apparently its still happening.
Great! Thanks for posting, guess I’ll be doing the bypass for the 3rd Nissan I’ve had. This is ridiculous.. I figured it was all taken care of by Nissan or else I would have never bought another. Yea sure I can put another radiator in, I can put a new transmission in too while Nissan keeps skating by without consequences.

Sorry just venting!
 

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I'm not impressed with any Nissa. In my home, wife drives a 10 Altima 2.5S, motor went at 42k miles. Son drives a top trim level 13 Maxima. Was a nice ride. 77k miles, rides like 177k! Mine, 14 Frontier CCab. Rust, rattles, squeaks! All 3, rust like I've never seen for their ages. Exhaust systems on all 3, rusting fast. Been replacing pipes on the Altima, hose clamping heat shields on all 3 since 3 years old on each. Interiors, seat cloth and leather, poor quality. Pray they keep on going!!

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Kucifer do you still have access to the old radiator to get the numbers off the top for us? It would really help us to try and figure this out.. possible your truck may have gotten one of the old model radiator.
 

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I'm not impressed with any Nissa. In my home, wife drives a 10 Altima 2.5S, motor went at 42k miles. Son drives a top trim level 13 Maxima. Was a nice ride. 77k miles, rides like 177k! Mine, 14 Frontier CCab. Rust, rattles, squeaks! All 3, rust like I've never seen for their ages. Exhaust systems on all 3, rusting fast. Been replacing pipes on the Altima, hose clamping heat shields on all 3 since 3 years old on each. Interiors, seat cloth and leather, poor quality. Pray they keep on going!!

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Yeah .... Nissan is going bankrupt FAST .... to bad, my 2006 Frontier has been a good solid truck, but I have had to do a few "fixes" to keep it reliable ... and it leads a pampered life (only 50,000 miles so far, garaged, retired owner). Don't hear any GOOD news about Nissan anymore ..... :(
 

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Nice bump. I'm interested in knowing what radiator part number to watch out for. I'm really starting to worry about my 2005 frontier with 70K!
 

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A few hundred bucks for a new radiator replacement vs several thousand bucks for an auto trans AND a new radiator = seems like a no brainer.
 

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A few hundred bucks for a new radiator replacement vs several thousand bucks for an auto trans AND a new radiator = seems like a no brainer.
So is there a new style factory radiator that will not have this problem? Or are you suggesting replacing the radiator every 35k or so?
 

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I'm referring to the possibility of SMOD in your '05 - assuming it is a V6. Replace your possibly defective factory radiator...or run the risk of ruining your auto trans. At the very least, do the bypass.
 
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So you expect 100% perfect parts all the time now? So a very high failure rate was found, parts redesigned, now the failure rate is the same as every other auto maker. But you expect zero failures and not accept normal levels of failures.

This isn't a Nissan only problem. All auto makers have the same issue.
 

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I'm referring to the possibility of SMOD in your '05 - assuming it is a V6. Replace your possibly defective factory radiator...or run the risk of ruining your auto trans. At the very least, do the bypass.
What is SMOD? Defective? I do have the Nismo V6. I know the trans fluid runs through the radiator to maintain optimal fluid temperature in extreme weather conditions but does it have an effect on cooling? I ask because I live in Arizona where it can be 120 degrees and I occasionally tow small trailers. I think I'd feel more comfortable with a larger external cooler and fan setup if going the bypass route but I'm weighing my options. A new radiator might not be so bad and I like the idea of keeping everything factory. I'm wondering if there's a certain production number or date of manufacture to watch out for though.

Edit: Why not just put a small in-line trans cooler behind the radiator and plug those hard lines? Seems like a cheap and effective solution. Maybe get a trans temp gauge as well?

So you expect 100% perfect parts all the time now? So a very high failure rate was found, parts redesigned, now the failure rate is the same as every other auto maker. But you expect zero failures and not accept normal levels of failures.

This isn't a Nissan only problem. All auto makers have the same issue.
Well, the ones that use transmission coolers in their radiators at least:) The ones that fail around 35k seem to be premature. As someone who has worked in manufacturing, it's possible that there were a bad batch of radiators floating around.
 

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SMOD stands for Strawberry Milkshake Of Death - and is the result of a mixing of auto trans fluid w/ radiator coolant essentially due to a breach in defective radiator(s). This will very likely ruin the trans which is an expensive proposition. In short, this mostly affected '05-'10 V6 auto trans Frontiers, XTerras & Pathfinders. One can bypass the the radiator's cooling lines or replace the radiator. Due to your living in a hot climate, it is likely best to simply replace the radiator.
 

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There was a class-action lawsuit in NY state that Nissan lost, which made Nissan revise their already extended radiator warranty for 05-10 model years to 100,000 miles, which cost limits of $2500 and $3500 placed at the 80K+ and 90K+ mileage tiers, respectively. This is the first 2013 model that I've heard of having the radiator's trans cooler issue fail. There have been a very limited few 2011 models, but that's been it up until now as far as what's been reported on most of the major Nissan forums. I, too, would like to know the part number on the top tank of the radiator, if you have it.
Just called the Nissan dealership about this warranty extension and it ended in 2015 so we're SOL as far as that is concerned:(

SMOD stands for Strawberry Milkshake Of Death - and is the result of a mixing of auto trans fluid w/ radiator coolant essentially due to a breach in defective radiator(s). This will very likely ruin the trans which is an expensive proposition. In short, this mostly affected '05-'10 V6 auto trans Frontiers, XTerras & Pathfinders. One can bypass the the radiator's cooling lines or replace the radiator. Due to your living in a hot climate, it is likely best to simply replace the radiator.
Strawberry Milkshake of Death was all I needed, thanks. Now what about bypassing the radiator by adding a long/slim style aftermarket trans cooler? Will it run too cold this way?. A new OEM radiator costs $630 from the dealership. I'd be interested in a aftermarket one if I knew it was quality. Problem is they are so hit or miss.

edit: doing more research on aftermarket radiators... Anyone have experience with Koyo or Denso? I've used Koyo in the past and hever had an issue so may go with that for $136 shipped. Was also looking at full aluminum 2 row radiators for about $180 shipped.:unsure:
 
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