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Nissan Pathfinder R51

Nissan Pathfinder R51 (2005-2012) (page 3 of 4)

3.4 from 62 reviews

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3.4

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  • Fuel Efficiency
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Excellent

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I purchased my Pathfinder mainly for the seven seater option. I was very impressed with the versatile seating arrangements - The clever way the middle seats fold up for year access. Also the clever way the middle and rear seats are able to fold down to provide plenty of room for cargo. I have taken my Pathfinder out camping and my son and I sleep in the rear section as a tent. Have used the rear section more times than expected ofr cargo carrying. The comfort of the sixth and seventh seat is far greater than any other seven seat I have seen.
The convenience of the versatile seating arrangement. Seats seven. Carryś large cargo. Great torque.
Cheap plastic interior. Looks smart when new but marks up easy.

So much better than expected

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jassin
jassin

You can remove the 3rd row of seats

BAU
BAU

You didn't say what engine you had? If you can it would be appreciated :-)

jassin

jassinqld, 4300

  • 21 reviews
  • 11 likes

Great 4x4

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Terrible

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Terrible

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tmj

tmjAU

Terrible

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Trieuthun1

Trieuthun1Sydney, NSW

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Horrible Nerver again !

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We brought it end 2007 and too many proplems. Oil leak few times; interior light fix too many times; back door handle broken . Luckily, only few days before warranty finish, engine making oil up to about 4-5 litter every 2000km (oil consumption). Now,after 9 months they still can't find problem. I brought my car to car dealer over toooooo manyyyyyy times - cant count it anymore. I am now sick of it and will take to CTTT for them to deal with the problem. There is a lady at Australia Nissan customer service is very very rude, no consideration and do not want to help. I am very up set with them.
I do not recommend

JMD71

JMD71AU

  • 4 reviews
  • 9 likes

Worst car ever owned in 22 years

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Alien2OZ
Alien2OZ

Modern dual-mass flywheels are prone to let a clutch fail at that mileage; an auto 'box is a better buy, generally speaking.

Bad car in garage more than street

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Oil leak many time ,back door handle both side broken in door light switch break many time. Big problem I have the diesel leak in engine oil one and half year still on nissan could not fix it all happen be for warranty finish ,very bad service I take them to Fair trading to at for new engine ( terrible car)

The bad car I have

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Alien2OZ
Alien2OZ

Diesel leaking into engine oil is radical; it could ruin your engine.

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mediocre

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poor product quality

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Rictar
Rictar

Having read the reviews above I am now convinced the Pathfinder is not for me. I have heard that Nissan d not honour warranty without a battle. Who needs that. I was on the verge of trading my Pajero. Better the devil wot!

Christian_Dillon

Christian_Dillon

  • 17 reviews
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City 4WD not cut out for the offroad

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Nissan Pathfinder is not all it's made out to be in the marketing material or by what the sales person tells you. Great car for getting around town but offroad things can go wrong very quickly. Getting Nissan to recognise the faults as warranty repairs is a war unto itself.
Good on road, roomy.
Bad warranty service, basic things going wrong on a new car is unexpected.

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towy
towy
ian7739

ian7739Wheatbelt, WA

  • 22 reviews
  • 18 likes

OK

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Generally not a bad vehicle. I was assigned mine as a company vehicle with 70k on the clock. The power steering is instantaneous and can give you a scare - i travel 90k each way daily and it requires constant alertness. Seats in the rear are a pain in the rear after a couple of hours. The door handles on the rear doors are flimsy and the interior plastic and exterior paint mark easily. Overall it is ok but i would really to have it's predecessor, a 2006 Patrol 4.2 TDi back. Probably the Pathfinder is more a city car.
Excellent 4WD abilities and well thought out rear interior. Fuel economy acceptable. 4.2 motor goes like a scalded cat.
Power steering is too touchy. Rear seats are like concrete on a long trip and paint and trim easily marked.

JWS

JWSAU

Short review of Pathfinder STL first purchased 2005, v6 4L diesel

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Kaz25
Kaz25

Ditto! This is definately my lasr nissan,can't do enough for you when you are buying the car.Dont want to know you when there is a problem with the car.

Looks great on the tow truck

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BAU
BAU

Could you provide some details of the car? Year, luxury level, engine type, etc?

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PGD

PGDMELBOURNE

Drives OK - but vibrates & rattles

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graeso
graeso

I have had my R51 since 2005 and love it,towed a jayco Expanda around Aus and whoever says they hav'nt got towing power doesn't know what their talking about.As it gets older it gets better. Found it quite and smooth. compaPajeroPajero

graeso
graeso

Same as ,Never let me down,it loved the Kimberlys.graeso

Maria135

Maria135latrobe valley

blown transmission from leaking radiator

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Peter R95
Lisatony123

Lisatony123

  • 2 reviews
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Good

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Would buy a another Nissan Pathfinder. Recommended if you require a comfortable allround 4WD. We have done 100k and had very few problems. The wife thinks its a good car to drive and park. Off road it has been able to go most places any other 4WdD has gone.
Good Family Car, Capable off roader, gets most places the the Land Rover Disco did. Loves the beach never gets stuck. Auto Transmisson work wells. V6 has plenty of grunt and has resonable economy. Select option 4WD is great, easy for my wife to drive and select.
Front Diff seal seems to be leaking after 90k. Developed engine oil leak at the same 90K. Limited Off road accesories available.

Good

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Drives well a little hard on the road surface, would only one purchase again if there was more space in the back seating area. A good vehicle and feels like a four wheel drive. Great family vehicle. with good ground clearance and easy to clean
Drives well on the dirt, the Automatic goes anywhere has never let me down. Looks good.
Not enough space in the back seats, a little bit tight when large for teenagers sit in the bak seats. could do with more storage areas.

Good

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Love it drive it but boy does it like a drink, fantastic in all conditions from mud to sand to long desert trips. I have had the vehicle thats new and love it to death. It is comfortable with heaps of power and room, but do take note of it's ever increasing love for premium petrol
Gret performing vehicle in all respect
Absolutely terible fuel consumption

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Questions & Answers

Gavin B.

Gavin B.asked

Pathfinder R51 (2005-2012)

Looking at purchasing a 2006 petrol Pathfinder. Is there any dramas with the petrol motor? And any other problems I should know about.

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dishpan hands
dishpan hands

Sorry, can’t answer your question as my pathfinder is not that old and mine is a hybrid. My car is nearly 5 years old and the only problem I have had was when we returned from holidays and my battery was flat, that affected the electronics a bit but it was still drivable and Nissan reset the problem free of charge.

Toni O.

Toni O.asked

Pathfinder R51 (2005-2012)

hi anyone had a problem of water gushing out the over flow?? replaced radiator, rad caps and thermostat.. its not really over heating any more but still water gushing out.. thought it was over flow from over filling but had it running for a while and no difference.. could it be water pump?

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Goodie
Goodie

Yep. Nearly always a cracked head. You can get the coolant tested in your radiator for exhaust gases, they overpressurise the exhaust system. Heaps of stuff on the net about it, especially under D40 Navara or YD25

crob1822

crob1822asked

Pathfinder R51 (2005-2012)

So my 2008, for some reason its a little bipolar with motor temperature. It randomly likes to get hot and dump antifreeze out the top of the overflow res. Replaced thermostat, new caps on the radiator and overflow res, flushed system. Anyone encounter this issue?

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Goodie
Goodie

Yes. Unfortunately it's the symptoms of a cracked head, they are famous for it.
You can get your fluid sampled in your rad to confirm. A head is about $1300 plus labpr if that's your only issue but they can crack cylinders too.
You could try a liquid head repair then drain aftet a month and replace with evans waterless coolant to reduce system pressure then drive it til it goes bang. Search d40 yd25 issues.

crob1822
crob1822

Thanks for the info, I actually had the head replaced the first time I had this issue. I couldn’t imagine that would be the cause again right? Had the liquids tested and they’re good. I’m at a loss at this point unless there might be something else?

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