This is the second Pathfinder I have purchased within two months! The first (a 2.5 SVE manual) was obviously a bad one with the cruise control failing, the clutch sticking, parking sensors failing, inner door trim rubbers stretched and dash facia warped.
Oh, I forgot to mention the reversing lights not working nor receiving any driver packs, service manuals, radio key codes or floor mats!
However, I had waited for this car to be released here in the UK and was not put off by the month of hassle I had with the first one. I duly asked for a refund from the dealer (many of the faults I feel where not caused by Nissan UK).
I upgraded to a T-Spec (and parted with a few more quid). Well I have had this car for two weeks now and it is superb. I have owned many 4X4s and this vehicle outshines them all in every conceivable way. If you're getting one, go for the T-Spec - it's well worth the extra cash. The spec is massive. The dealer got it right first time, the service was spot on - from the sales enquiry to the order, to delivery, to after sales. How refreshing in today's marketplace. Well done.
This is my first 4x4 and after looking at the 4x4 range for a seven seater, the only real one that offered true value for money was the new Pathfinder.
Its power for the 2.5 dCi is awsome. I can reach 70mph in no time on the motorway. It's maybe a little shy on the spec between the SE verison and the SVE.
If I have any niggles, it's that I'd like remote rear locking as childlocks. Maybe it's time for Nissan to talk to Renault on some cabin improvements. The ride is solid and it handles well, the 2.5 dCi engine isn't too noisy and, once on the move, you don't notice it so much.
The engine refinement, ride and handling are much better than I had expected after reading magazine reviews. I did not expect it to ride like a standard car but it leans less than Shoguns, Landcruisers and other 4x4s I have driven.
Wind and road noise are very well supressed and, although you know you are driving a diesel, the engine never sounds gruff or strained.
This is the first time I have driven a car with a six-speed manual gearbox - I prefer the standard five. The cabin is excellent - both in terms of quality of materials and practicality.
The second-row seats are spring loaded and so fold up very easily to give access to the third row. With rearmost seats upright, boot space is very reasonable. The compass readout in the rearview mirror is a nice touch.
I drove the SVE automatic, which had very nice road manners but I didn't like the auto box.
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