Solid reliable family car
We purchased the Pathfinder N Trek ST-L new in 2015 and have travelled around 130,000ks with no mechanical issues so far. I used the car as my business vehicle for 3.5 years with a mix of city and country driving. It has a solid feel to it on both sealed and unsealed surfaces. I think that the set up of the dash controls and the camera assistance for parking and reversing are excellent. I took on the extended warrantee (5 years) which expires in Oct 20 but apart from replacing 2 electric radiator cooling fans (noisy bearings) there has been no ...warrantee claims. It towed our caravan (17ft 1600kg) and my opinion is that the CVT is not as pleasant to tow with, as a standard transmission, it has not given any issues. The 3.5 litre V6 is a lovely smooth powerful engine and matched to the all wheel drive is a great combination. Fuel in city is around 13l/100k and 9-10l/100k open road. Build quality has been fine with no rattles or noises and service costs at Nissan are not exorbitant (not cheap either). The car is on the large side and can be challenging to park in some shopping centre parks but the display which uses the cameras to show the car from above really helps to make sure you are within your space and to avoid obstacles. All the extra features such as blind spot monitor, cross vehicle alert when reversing and the general solid feel of the vehicle make it a very pleasant car to drive.
Purchased in October 2015.
So far this is the best 7 seater family car
If you are a daddy or mom of a growing family, this is the best car so far under $50k.
Tilt and slide is the best part that I love in this car. It makes 3rd row access super easy while a child booster seat is still fitted on the 2nd row.
Performance wise its 3500cc engine is very powerful, it tows Jayco camper trailer like a breeze. Steering reaction is also very impressive part for me.
Very smooth riding while quiet and compy.
Some people complains about the CVT mission but I didn't experience any issue with this car including CVT since I own this car in 2016.
Perfect car for people looking for spacious car
7 adult seats.
Sensors are great.
360 degree view camera is a great advantage for parking
Smart cruze helps to manage car speed as per front car.
Smart braking system is also great
CVT transmission is crap - STAY AWAY
Family car which i feel is unsafe to Drive. We purchased this car brand new in July 2015 for approx $54,000. When we purchased the vehicle it came with 3 year warranty, at the time we enquired about extended warranty as we always purchase the extended warranty. We were told by the salesman that we didn't have to purchase it then and there and we could purchase it later on just as long as it was within the 3 years. When the car was about 2 years old we enquired about the warranty and was told by the service manager that we could not purchase...it. So that was left at that. We have recently asked another dealer with regards to warranty just for our curiosity and yes you can purchase the extended warranty within the original warranty period. Maybe this is why the dealership we bought our car from is no longer in business as they didn't know what they were on about. We had no major issues until about 5 months ago. We noticed the back brake lights would stay on intermittently - when this light was on we could start the car without putting our foot on the brake, therefore this rendered this a a saftey issue, also we noticed that the car would lack power/ flat lined when we would accelerate, lwe took it to our mechanic who replaced the relay and this fixed the problem (apparently there was a recall but we never received any notification). The second issue we now have is a rattling sound which I notice more when the air conditioner is on - this has turned out to be the cooling fan which will cost us between $2000 - $2200 to fix. The third and most concerning issue is the shuddering, upon researching forums etc this is a big problem for this car. It is the CVT (Transmission) and to replace this we are looking at approx $10,000. Our car has just done 110,000km and the last 2 issues had occurred just prior to the car doing 100,000km. How can we afford these repairs??? Apparently the transmission has been fixed in the newer model but I would steer clear from any new or used Pathfinder. Looks like we have to cut our losses on this piece of crap and get rid of it!! Buyer be aware!!!!
Awesome car for large families
Great vehicle for large families. What we love about this car is easy access to the large boot area. 1 flock of a lever and the rear seats are flat opening up a large boot! We chose the 4Wd option for better handling and mild off road. Handles like a dream and better than the previous model. Fuel economy is on par with all SUV’s. The only negative is boot is not auto and hangs a little low.
Purchased in February 2019.
The only thing I don’t like is the cheap paint and cost of Sat Nav map update.
I have had my 2014 Ti Hybrid Pathfinder for over 4 years now and I’m very happy with it. It’s quiet, runs smoothly, has great pickup from stop, handles the road well and is comfortable. I drive 30km each way to/from work each day in the outer suburbs. I had not had any mechanical or noise problems since I bought the car brand new except after my battery died and the electronics affected my boot from opening and closing automatically, contacted my service centre who reset it at no charge. It gets serviced as per service book.
I love the reverse...
Poor build quality, rubbish engine
Traded a beautiful WH Grand Cherokee V8 in for an R51 Pathfinder 2.5 TD Auto, primarily to save on fuel, it did do this...for the 3 months I had it.
The Pathfinder was beautiful to drive and reasonably good on fuel, had a nice transmission and was comfortable, not as comfortable as the Jeep but close. Car handles well but lacks ground clearance and articulation off road.
But the build quality of Nissan made the Jeep look like a Toyota by comparison. Cheap brittle plastics, paint rubbing of plastic trim, rattles, broken glovebox handles and sung...
Purchased in January 2019 for A$7,500.00.
Purchased new early 2014, drove well for 3.5 yrs, 3 yr warranty, engine needed replacing mid 2018 @ 70000km from blowing white smoke, transmission needed replacing late 2018, dealer and Nissan did not offer any assistance at all as I missed 30000km service however only service I missed and engine failed after 4 more services.... tyres worn every 45000km, brakes worn every 40000km, mechanic told rear brakes quarter size of fronts with fronts still undersized for a large suv, fuel consumption 14.5l/100km-told was around 10-11 when bought...many o...ther minor items failing such as stereo speakers, visors, sensors ect ect... please don’t ruin your short term life like me buying anything from Nissan, especially a pathfinder even when they say there has been upgrades as it still essentially same vehicle....Also encountered 65% depreciation across 6 years with only 70000km...
Purchased in December 2013 for A$44,000.00.
Nice car, if only Nissan crawled from under their rock though
I have a 2018 run out N Sport, it's a nice car with plenty of room. Ample power for a front wheeled drive car but it also uses plenty of fuel to support it.
But... Nissan, why the hell do you make a car with no digital speedo when the law thinks I'm a mass murderer for doing 3ks over the speed limit?? And why do I get a beautiful sounding 13 speaker Bose stereo and then the controls/ Facia to support it are rubbish? Android and Apple car play are not that hard! Such a let down.
I'm not a fan of CVT at all, and this one is no exception.
But I do love being able to pile the family in and travel in comfort and the access to the rear is great!
Purchased in March 2019.
Fantastic family car
I am driving pathfinder for almost 3 years since 2016, had no issue at all, it's a fantastic suv for family. As it is a big suv, over 5m length, cabin is super roomy. Easy access to the 3rd row while boosters are attached on the 2nd rows is one of the best thing that I like on this car. (the booster needs to be attached with isofix) It has tow mode which helps towing a heavy van. (max 2700kg) Driving, especially steering is also excellent. (I feel it's even nicer than my sedan)
Wish to have its interior up to date fashion, looks like a bit old design, but that doesn't really matter for the purpose of family suv. So I give 5 stars.
The car is great but the amenities don't function well.
This is our business car and I bought it over others because of its ability to utilitze hands free bluetooth, autostart, and sirius radio. The bluetooth prints out a choice when you speak someones name, so when I say "call Jane Smith mobile" there is a read out that gives me Jane Smith, home, office and mobile and then I have to use the touch screen, which takes my eyes off the road. The voice text messaging is terrible. They give you 10 standard messages to choose from, which are useless. It would be nice to be able to say "text message to...Jane Smith...I will meet you in front", but it doesn't allow that, so its not only not handsfree, its not an option at all. The auto start doesn't work unless you are actually walking to your car, at which point its really not necessary. The sirius radio stations disappear frequently. I have set my stations 3 different times since I purchased the car in June. Lastly, there is a crash warning light that goes off whenever I turn a corner, whether there is anyone in front of me or not. I went out to the dealership and was told by the trainer that there is nothing they can do about these things.....would have been nice to know prior to my purchase....my advice...be specific in your expectations prior to buying....I asked about handsfree texting and phone, and was told that it had that option, but not that there were pre set text messages and that voice calling would require a touch screen choice. However, as a car...it's wonderful. Rides nice, plenty of room....side mirror are huge, so that's something to get used to.
Nice car shame about the tailgate
I'm lucky enough to get a Nissan Pathfinder STL for a company car, as far as a large SUV go I can't really fault it except for the following;
Tailgate doesn't lift high enough (I'm 6''2 and bang my head without fail) why build such a big car and make the tailgate so low?
Car should come standard with 20inch rims .. 18s look crap on such a big car.
Interior dates so fast, nice at first but soon becomes ho hum.
no Apple car play ... wow it's 2018.
12v power underneath stupid storage under HVAC controls , good luck with that.
Hard plastics feel an...
Purchased in November 2015.
So happy I upgraded
I have a very tall husband, 2 young children and a large dog.
I upgraded from 2013 Nissan Dualis which I loved however it was just not big enough after our 2nd child. We use this car as the family car.
- second row of seats can move forward and back which gives more leg room for passengers and also more room for front passenger when rear facing carseats are installed
- isofix points for carseat
- birdseye camera over entire vehicle makes parking so easy (st-l and ti models only)
- drivers seat adjusts in so many ways. I am very ...
Still going the distance
I've had my 2005 since new, now close to 300,000km only problem was replace injectors at 140,000km due to poor fuel on Mitchell Plateau and a clutch at 200,000km , but then I tow 2.2tonne off road trailer. It's been everywhere around and across Australia with no other issues. Fitted 2" lift kit and Polyair bags in rear coils and heavy duty sump guards underneath. Motor still as sweet as new. Towing 17L/100 (remember 2.2 Tonne towing) and 9L/100km not towing. Only fault is it is starting to rust around rear door
Wish they still made these..
Best car I've owned so far. Long trips, short trips and towing are nothing for this car. Bought new in 2010 the ST A/T. Now with almost 200,000kms on the clock, we have struggled to find any car as robust as this, at a reasonable price. We've really had a good experience with this 4x4 compared, to three others we've owned.
Best car I’ve ever owned!
There is nothing I don’t love about this car. It is quiet, roomy and plenty of boot space (including under floor storage) even with 3rd row seating in place. Drivers seat feels like you’re sitting in a lounge chair. Lot’s of extra features included. Does cost a bit to fill with petrol (unless it’s diesel) but gets so many Km’s on open road.
We upgraded from a hatchback to this super spacious SUV. Though it doesn't have the power or stability of a BMW which we owned earlier this is a decent SUV with all the features you dont get on a top tier SUV like rovers. The interiors are super luxurious and the tech is great with the dual screen on the back seats, very good to keep toddlers/young kids happy.
A mixed review
There has been lots to love about the 2014 ST-L Pathfinder. Its incredibly roomy and comfortable, lots of features that ensure the whole family is happy, and easy to drive with the surround camera and powerful engine which is quiet and smooth.
BUT the tyres wear super fast, city driving consistently only getting 410km a tank, at 55,000 all brake pads were shot, rear shock absorbers need replacing, front strut in need of replacing (not so quiet over bumps any more!), CVT was replaces under warranty, I'm still not convinced it's right. Car is 2W...
Driving experience is amazing with heaps of clearance off the road when going 4x4. Can handle a heap of weight, great for towing, lots of leg room for 5 adults. Although fuel economy isnt the best it makes up with a comfortable driving experience. Has great stereo system, lots of storage space in the boot.
- Pathfinder R52 (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Nissan Pathfinder R52 Series 2 - Brilliant
I recently purchased a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Series 2. I find it to have an outstanding amount of power, excellent handling, heaps of features and the most interior room to accommodate a family. It is truly a 7 adult seater.
I purchased the ST model, for a base model vehicle it's far from standard. It's more of a mid spec car, the options include an 8" touch screen, tyre monitoring system, fuel management system, fully ducted air conditioning to all 3 rows, push button start, electric fold-in side mirrors, electric drivers seat, a very at...
Questions & Answers
Just bought a 2008 TI and it has the old 6 stacker CD system in the dash. Has anyone managed to put a new r52 head unit in their older Pathfinder or could recommend an off market unit ?
Just bought a 2008 TI but has the old 6 stacker in it. Has anybody tried to put a r52 sat nav head unit in the r51?
I have a 2017 R52 Pathfinder. Can I put on an after market sports exhaust system and not effect the engine.
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