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
Beautiful to drive in town, love the experience. Great for towing When purchasing this vehicle we considered the prado and pajero, but they're just too expensive. The sorento towing capacity was not big enough and it wasn't as nice to drive. The new diesel territory was great to drive. In the end the Pathfinder was a great value 4wd, not costing much more than the aforementioned SUVs, and much cheaper than the aforementioned other 4wds.
Good on fuel, about 9.5l/100km in town. Plenty of features being an ST-L. Good at towing. Comfortable...
I bought my 08/09 ST-L 2.5TD Pathfinder about a month ago and i must say i love it. It purchased due to the fact we needed 6 six seats just for our family and driving a spoon bus ( people mover ) just isn't an option for us. Plus been a 4wd means we can get off the beaten track in style and comfort. This is my sixth Nissan now and i will continue to buy them. We looked at Diesel X trail/Pathfinder and Patrol when looking for this car. Not enough seats in the X trail and not a true 4wd and the Patrol was far too big for what we were after. The ...Pathfinder offer 4wd, 7 seats, perfect size for my application, decent on fuel around town, ride height and comfort, up-gradable. But as i said Nissan Interiors arent all that fantastic regardless of model range, its the one thing i cant give a goo review on. Tips for buying any second hand car - Drop all fluids and flush - Wheel alignment - Get car looked over by good mechanics. If you cant afford to do this, buy new. Great looks, great ride height, quiet diesel, heaps of room inside, easy to drive, better on fuel than i imagined. Its a Nissan. 7 seats Like all new Nissans ive owned, interior trims/plastics/vinyls arent of a very high standard regardless of model range and they mark/scratch/wear very very easily. I am a very fastidious owner and even that doesn't help. My only bad thing to say
Would never buy another one, mostly because we have contacted nissan god knows how many times with all our problems and they just dont give a fig. We are out of pocket well over $400 for the broken door (rear passanger) handle (which was not even painted it's just black) nissan dont give a crap about the 6 stacker CD player not working. We dont know how much it will cost to fix and we dread to find out. Basically nissan say they sell them with a warranty but they dont really, they are not helpful and dont care. DONT BUY ONE!!!!! especially...if you live in the outback you will get no assistance from nissan at all. I am so unhappy with nissan I am considering getting stick work put all over the car with what has gone wrong with it and how much it has cost us to fix. So it is a mobile advertisement on why not to buy a nissan. Nice to drive on sealed roads, like the 7 seats. eats fuel like kids eat lollies, the interior plastics scratchs easy and are of poor quality, not so good off road, with in 12 month a door handle has come off in my husbands hand, and the 6 stacker CD player is stuffed, going off road it sucks in dust like a vacuum (not good when you live in the outback), paint work is very easily damaged, the plastic on the floor in the rear peels off after a few years, as it is cheaply made and looks like double sided tape.
As I said, loved this car from new but after warranty ended Nissan did not want to no about any type of problem.
1. Rear door handle broke including central locking mechanism - $1000 later - ( Door hardy used as most time only driver in car)
2. 120,00 km - Solenoid in auto box - Nissan only part, 15 days from Nissan overseas. - $2000 later
3. Day I picked up car from no. 2, Airbag light flashing - took back in, said they had cleared the fault but 5 mins down road, same again. Back in for aday - Clock spring faulty - $1200.00 to fix - !!!!!!?...
Never again will we purchase ANY Nissan product. Have been severely jipped on this one as a result of promised towing limits, verses actual ones.
Comfortable car. Easy to drive. Good on fuel.
Turning circle is bigger than a land cruiser. The car is advertised as a 3 tonne towing, but Nissan contradicts itself by not warranting a weight distribution hitch on their towbar. The spare tyre under the boot makes it near impossible to put a decent towbar on the car. False advertisement has caused us to sell ours, as we can't tow our small carava...
Horrible Nerver again !
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
Worst car ever owned in 22 years
Bought this car with high hopes having been recommended that nissan was the way to go by friends.Purchased with just over 20k on clock 2years old.Came with remainder of Nissan 4 year warranty as well as additional 3 year village motors warranty.
Clutch went within first 4 months at 26k on clock ,never towed or been offroad both Nissan Australia and dealer warranty useless not worth the paper it is written on .Told to fit new Nissan clucth at $ 3000 as old one wasn't faulty and that was normal wear and tear.Had aftermarket Safari clutch put in ...
Bad car in garage more than street
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
had the 05 diesel (st) since new, about to trade out of it, 250,000 k's. I live in the country, so this is a tuff 4wd. Once I changed the manufacturer tyres (conti's) to all purpose (duellers) it will go anywhere and if you need 4wd you probably shouldn't be there unless a tractor is nearby or you just enjoy stuffing the bush! economy is good for long trips and not bad in the city either, i manage 700kms a tank, or 550-600 around town. i tow a ski boat, no probs. Diesel has good torque, once revs are built it will just cruise all day. power on ...demand is dodgy for sudden overtaking. interior finish is [censored word removed], plastics scratch and scuff too easily. poorly sealed in dusty environs. drives with the refinement of a truck. didn't buy prado becuase back seats didn't split at the time, and now they do, but space behind is limited. territory (new one) diesel is great, but the car itself is still a [censored word removed] box. Kluger middle seat in 2nd row is a joke. Subaru tribeca wouldn't survive in my conditions. The new pathfinders are overpriced for what you get. these cars are "work" machines, great space inside but rough to ride in and bloody expensive to fix. Make sure you have good warranty when you buy (if you buy). my ex just purchased the new patrol (after a prado)...big mistake, major shitbox there! i reckon the Kia Sorento kills most of it's competiton (if your laughing go and drive one, you'll be amazed), superior diesel motor and drives well, but the badge..... will probably go volvo tows well. good boot space when 7 seats are up, 2nd and 3rd rows lay flat which is great, will go anywhere door handles (rear) break. go to a smash repairer not nissan to repalce. $200 versus $1200. Transmission controller valve $2500, at about 180,000, expensive parts, poor quality interior finish, noisy, annoying dum-arse nissan technicians who claim the faults listed throughout this review site don't happen, or "gee haven't seen that before", brainless monkeys!!
poor product quality
Chrome on the car is coated on plastic and of poor quality. Chrome on outside mirrors has peeled away at join of plastic mould due to wind during normal driving conditions causing a whistling sound. Interior door chrome has broken off plastic making a $50000 plus car look cheap.Interior door cables for rear door locks have broken with very little usage (less than 50000km very few rear seat passengers). Contacted Nissan Australia who were not concerned about poor product quality (from maufacture) or that of their or their customers concerns of t...he poor quality of the product. Cost of mirror cover in excess of $800 as you have to buy entire assembly with mirror glass etc from Nissan Australia, but can get the product from overseas from Nissan - go figure! The customer service from Nissan Australia was poor to say the least as they were not concerned for their customer or product. Drives like a car but is a 4wd. Very easy to drive and tow with. Be objective on flue consumption as is a 4wd Poor quality chrome. Very expensive in parts. Extremely poor customer service from Nissan Australia
City 4WD not cut out for the offroad
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.
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.
Short review of Pathfinder STL first purchased 2005, v6 4L diesel
This car was originally purchased in Brisbane before a move a few years later to Sydney.The only modification has been to fit it with a Nissan alloy front bull bar.
During our time in QLD the car had some light off-road but nothing extreme. (It came into its own during 5+ trips to Fraser Island). At the time we needed a larger car (previous car 1999 Honda CRV) due to a growing family and longer touring trips.
To date the car has averaged just under 11,000km per year and true to most 4WDs most of this has been on sealed roads or some gra...vel. We have used the seven seat option on multiple time, mostly with children under 10, but in two instances with 2 adults on Fraser Island. (Not admittedly fun for them). Why'd we buy it? Compromise on price and handling. We wanted a vehicle that was smaller than Cruisers or Patrols but handled better than the then current Jeep/Prado/Pajero options. Do we regret it? No but not without a few frustrations. Would we buy another? Probably not - the overall build quality is hit and miss - it's strong where it needs to be, eg. transmission, but too many little things keep needing attention. First the good bits... 4L petrol engine has power on tap, handled everything we threw at it with ease and then some. Dragged us through sand on Fraser that higher clearance Patrols and L'Cruiser struggled with. The VDC option helps keep the power in check. The relative simplicity of the low/hi/auto 4wd/2wd system is hassle free. There is absolutely space to spare with the 5 seat option, not once have we loaded it to the brim (and that allows for 2 children+partner+tent+camping gear+food+suitcases and boogie boards...). For a SUV, handling is better than average (and I've driven a few). There is body roll but, nothwithstanding its ladder frame chassis, the car does handle pretty well. The driver train feels bullet proof and we (at least unlike some others) have not yet had any issues with it (touch wood). Multiple 12V power points are useful. Unsurprisingly for a weight car it does run through brake pads relatively quickly. The original Goodyear Wrangler tyres felt skittish in the wet and it was difficult to get same size replacements (eventually went to Yokohamas with a slightly different profile and have had no issues). Servicing costs can be a little 'surprising' and do not under any circumstances break the plastic bottle that provides water for washing the windscreen - it comes from Japan and costs over $400 (I found gaffer tape a suitable fix). Front right side indicator feel out of socket - bluetack has been my friend here. Rear globes blow more than I can recall happening with other cars. BOTH rear door passenger door handles broke within a week of each other (note to others - do not therefore have your childlocks set to on - makes it damn near impposible to open the passenger doors from the inside!!!), Nissan service cost to fix was expensive - ended up ordering parts from US and getting local mechanic to fit for me - half the cost of Nissan. Drinks like an alcoholic at a free bar - current consumption showing 21.5l per 100km (I appreciate that as this is city driving in a 2.2+t 4L /V6 car I shouldn't expect much but it IS thirsty). Highway running shows consumption dropping considerably. Side steps come loss on a regular basis despite the best attempts of various services to prevent this. Cabin is wearing OK but not great and, as per other reviews, the plastic does scratch. Driving lights are not powerful enough for my preference so fitted different globes and have no issue since. The latch for the little case for sunglasses in the front of the car roof is fairly weak and the case keeps dropping open - this is in the peripheral eye-line and a pain in the backside.
Looks great on the tow truck
I have owned mine for 4 months and been towed 4 times and at the dealer 5 times for different issues.
I have a huge lemon that looks great, after 2 weeks belt jumped and wiped out radiator hose, dealer for 10 days, as was over 100km from home got a hire car for 4 days then took it off me, even know its warranty and i have 3 kids on my own. had noise in airbag , very noisy air con, where they told me,"some times there noisy get over it", just won't start due to the STUPID keyless entry the worst invention, it stuffs up and confuse's the compute...
Drives OK - but vibrates & rattles
Comfortable to drive, certainly not powerful though, but it is a 4WD so you kind of expect a 'truck-like' feel to the drive. I am mostly unhappy however with the vibration and rattles littered throughout my dash. Vibrations/rattles started when car was only 5 months old. Car has been returned to Nissan Dealer four times, and dash has been completely removed and refitted each time. The route of the problem was never eliminated and I now have a number of new vibrations and rattles as a consequence. This is not of acceptable quality and does ...not meet the standards of a new car. I have exhausted all my options with Nissans Service Departments who have not only been unable to provide me with a solution, but have infact made the problem worse (and marked my nice new dash components in the process!). Spoke to Nissan Australia 'Customer Service' and wrote an official complaint. Nissan Australia service was pathetic. They lie and always pass the buck back to the dealer each time. Considered going to Fair Trading but not worth the stress. Am currently trying to learn to make peace with the vibrations & rattles (or drive with the windows down and stereo up!). I get comfort in knowing that in around two years time I will be in a position to trade it in for anything other than a Nissan. After reading the reviews on this site I'm thankful nothing mechanical has gone wrong with mine yet and that my rear door handles still work (touch wood!!). I have only done 17,000K's though... Highway economy, driver & front passenger seats comfortable, heated seats, beaut 4WD control switch, user friendly steering wheel controls for stereo, cruise control etc.. A bit sluggish, rear seats uncomfortable, dash vibrations & rattles, creaking noises from inside body side trim, ignorant & careless service monkeys & lack of customer service from Nissan head office.
blown transmission from leaking radiator
Strangely enough, I enjoy driving this beast. But, if I had to list all the things that have gone wrong with it, I would be here for days. From broken door handle, falling off roof rack parts, engine issues, brakes needing replacement more regularly than they should and so on, to the final straw - blown transmission due to radiator leak. Yes, $9000 later (to replace transmission and radiator), and almost a month in the shop (not Nissan service centre), hire car etc. I would have to say )U&(*&^^&%$&((. My issue is, when the car was travelli...ng ok, it was good. Every time I needed attention, the service was the problem. When the service was the problem, Nissan didn't want to know about it. This transmission issue is a regular issue in the states and recognised by Nissan USA. After the service department telling me that I was imagining the issue - sluggish acceleration, hit and miss pick up etc for more than a year of services, (I had begun to believe them)...they finally said...and I quote..." oh yeah...we have found something now but we can't fix it. Sorry you will have to go somewhere else" ???? Are you kidding me? Anyway, next thing my car breaks down, is towed to a transmission specialist who gives me the good news. 2005 Nissan Pathfinder - look it up on the net for this problem. Beware. My car has always be fully serviced by Nissan service centres. Nissan Australia's answer to my question....we don't have that issue in Australia. What???? No we don't recognise it as an issue here. Actually had good fuel economy - diesel. Loved the internal shape for transporting stuff - kids, dog, boxes, etc Services, bits fell off.
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.
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.
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
Questions & Answers
Looking at purchasing a 2006 petrol Pathfinder. Is there any dramas with the petrol motor? And any other problems I should know about.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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