Nightmare!! Do not buy one!!
I bought this car when it was just over a year old, with 11k on the dial. In the 18 months that I've owned it, it has been into the dealership 15 or 16 times (I've lost count!) for a variety of issues, too long to list here.
Admittedly several of the visits were the result of the ineptitude of the local Nissan Dealership from whom I purchased the car being unable to resolve problems without 2, sometimes 3 or 4 visits!! The most concerning of these is that the electronic ABS, ESP and 4X4 systems frequently display faults, meaning I lose all of these aids whilst driving, so compromising the safety of my family. Despite several visits on this matter alone, the dealership don't care as they keep claiming that the system hasn't "logged" a fault and will not, despite evidence of the problem provided by me, investigate any further. I have contacted Nissan Motors GB directly, and they have attempted to wash their hands of the affair, blaming the dealership despite the series of flaws I have encountered with the product they manufactured.
I so wanted to like this car, but it has been a major disappointment and, more importantly, a serious concern as regards safety since I took ownership.
Warranty expires in a few months and I think I’ll need to P/X the car, as I don’t think I can afford to repair it at the rate at which it is failing.
Wanted to keep to a full size 4x4 after selling my trusty old BMW X5, I considered staying with BMW after driving the ML Mercedes. A friend recommended the Pathfinder and the Jeep GC, I found the Nissan the better all rounder, more comfortable and a safe ride, the GC waddled a little but was equally an impressive car. To much emphasis is placed on the large expensive 4x4 option, I know this as I fell into this same 'Must be BMW or Mercedes' pit. The reality of this is that you really don't need to spend large amounts of money to get what you want in modern cars, pay for the name or pay for the reason you wanted one of these beasts, quite simply, comfort, height, king of the road and more importantly, safety. The Pathfinder is all of these and a little more. I'd do it again but it would be close with the Jeep GC but after many years with Mercedes and BMW I'd recommend a wide berth from the X5 and ML.
This is the second Pathfinder I have owned. It speaks for itself. I love it and would certainly recommend them to anyone that wants a great looking, strong, reliable car that can be used as a workhorse and then a very smart looking car.
As a follow up to my previous review of 10/07/08 I managed to find a dealer that was very helpful and hence i did in the end decide to go with the Pathfinder. Having owned it for about two months now, i can honestly say that i agree with the more positive reviews that i have read. The vehicle is very roomy, comfortable, practical and reasonably economical. I decided on the automatic version and against some reviews, the gearbox is very smooth and responsive. I would certianly recommend the car to anyone considering a 'full size'4x4.
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