But for me it's worth the safety on the highway winter roads. Yes Review Date: 9th March, 2008 Faults: The running boards are loose. It is a capable off-road machine, but few sport-utilities are dedicated to off-road only use. The truck had an oil leak from the valve cover that would burn oil and create an obnoxious smell. Usually the car falls apart long before the drivetrain will give out on these things. Stabilizer bar end links all. Even with all those miles on it, it rode and handled very well.
They wanted us to get a used transmission of equal mileage, instead we got a rebuild kit, but had to pay the difference. Distributor cap, battery new hoses and belts including the timing belt. I have done regular maintenance and performance and reliability it still going strong. Small things like ball joints, belts, etc. Gas mileage is obviously more than the Camry was. Granted, the seats are higher off the ground than they would be in a Nissan Altima, but the dashboard, seats and other trim pieces seem to have been selected for looks rather than hose-it-out-when-dirty utility.
On the plus side, the Nissan is quiet, a benefit of the Pathfinder's rigid unitized structure and well-placed sound insulation. However, the handling in snow, and the ability to pack it full of camping gear or Ikea furniture was great. Almost every time I try to get into 4L and back to 4H the gears grind like crazy - Yes, I have it in neutral and it's parked, so I don't know what I'm doing wrong. With good care, you can easily get 300K out of it. Turns out the computer somehow got loose and was melted on the engine.
The seats are as accommodating as they appear to be. The manual transmission is a blast to drive! It is no longer sufficient to build a vehicle that carries people into the woods; any machine worthy of consideration nowadays has to get them in and out of the wilderness comfortably, serve as daily transportation, and look good. General Comments: This is a very good vehicle. Independent service facilities have served me well in doing routine maintenance. However, at about the 175000 mile mark. I would have bet money that the gasket was blown or even the block should have cracked.
If I wasn't looking to downsize, I would totally get another one. I am told by several other owners that this is a design defect, and might be replaced by Nissan if the truck has less than 100,000 miles. Like I said, I wanted something I could beat up, and now I find myself babying it, because I can feel that it has tons of life left on it. Figure on a couple hundred dollars in repair every year or so. All in all I will say that I will never sell the Pathfinder, I will drive it until it can not drive any longer. And all elements of the Pathfinder's exterior design are clean, efficient and attractive. The transmission has never been the same.
I am going to have to ditch it - basically at a loss of what I paid for it. Style, quality and comfort are provided in abundance, combined with the stance and the hardware of a traditional go-anywhere vehicle. Faults: Rear track bar bushings all. At the time, it was little more than a Nissan pickup truck with a glorified camper shell added. Although offered in several trim levels, its status and mission are shown by a four-door body, V6 engine, and civilized equipment levels on all.
Interior Features Echoing the exterior design tilt toward passenger-car looks, the Pathfinder cabin has been brought a long way from its truck-oriented roots. The 4x4 works great for getting into back country areas as well as during snow storms. Don't Know Review Date: 21st June, 2004 Just want to update. The suspension was designed to handle streets and trails alike. The sport-utility vehicle is today's equivalent of the station wagon - a passenger and cargo hauler. Life was simpler when the original Pathfinder was introduced. Interestingly, about a week after we got it back, the vehicle died while on the highway.
I hope this help you a bit. I can not complain at all, just every now and then a repair or common maintenance that would be done on any other car. Competition has grown since those days, as have customer expectations. Rather then selling it, I bought it off of her and I love it. In hard cornering, the body leans a fair amount, but this is common to the sport-utility breed.
Sport-utilities moved upscale, and the Pathfinder had to follow. It was offered in both two-door and four-door form. It is very reliable and we have had zero major problems with it so far, but I believe some little things need to be replaced. It's roomy for its size and easy to get into or out of even without running boards. Never any troubles with any mechanical issues.
Very little lean in on turns, no harshness. The wheel wells needed to be repaired due to rust. Lots of room and cargo, big score here. Has experienced every province except for Newfoundland which could be next on the list! It has very little passing power and I believe it to be big time under-powered. You can't see them so they go unnoticed by many.