I bought my 56-reg Pathfinder as an ex-demonstrator six months ago. It is the Aventura model and comes with all the extras.
The Pathfinder is very economical for its size and averages 31mpg (the on-board computer is always wrong and consistently overestimates fuel consumption).
The handling is sharp for a big car and the performance can't be faulted. The value for money is excellent, as it has loads of extras and is way cheaper than a comparable Toyota, Volvo or Land Rover. There is plenty of space but the interior plastic trim is low-rent.
The downside to my purchase has been reliability. In the last six months, it has been back to the dealer six times. First it was the folding mirrors that didn't fold. Then there was a fault with the keyless entry, then the back brakes lights failed, then it had faults with the 4WD and now the gearbox will need to be taken out because it refuses to engage low-ratio.
I am pretty fed up with it. The mechanic says it is only normally the clutch which goes (anytime from 10,000 miles, according to him). Well, at least that's one problem I haven't had, but it seems likely that I will.
All in all, I am dissatisfied with my car - £24,000 and it is back to the garage every month. I would prefer to buy an '06 Land Cruiser which would be reliable and also be in the £200 road tax bracket - not £400 per year which is what the Pathfinder will cost from next year.
Hi This is a follow up to my review 9 Sep 07. You will have read that my Pathfinder clutch was knackered. I am glad to report that Nissan have fixed the problem under warranty with no hassale what so ever, no arguing, no screaming, no shouting, just good old customer service. I did not have to pay for any part of the repair of the clutch or flywheel.
Car went in Thursday afternoon and back Tuesday afternoon. I would like to thank Parks Motor Group in East Kilbride for their help in resolving this matter (esp Bill).
Well done Nissan and Parks, Excellant service.
regards John Dundas
I bought the car from Nissan as a '55' plate with 10k the on clock in May '06.
The vehicle has been serviced at the correct times by Nissan (2 services so far since I bought it).
The last service was 4 weeks ago.
I reported at the time that I thought there was an issue with the clutch.
I was told that it was found to be "HARD"? What does that mean?!
Also, during the service they had 3 factory recalls to do on the vehicle, even though they had never called me to tell me.
It's worth checking as one of the faults is with airbags.
Anyway, also reported a fault with the tailgate door rusting either side of the handles.
This is known and will be fixed under warranty.
Now the very bad stuff.
During the past week the car has got worse.
I drove it to another Nissan dealership to be told clutch was slipping (I knew that).
They then phoned on Friday to tell me that the clutch and the flywheel needed to be replaced.
The cost of the repair will be in the 1000s of pounds.
They are going to talk to Nissan about some sort of warranty.
So the service was at 34,400 miles and the clutch failed at 36,300.
I will not know until next week about the warranty side of things.
It's worth noting that the Navaras have the EXACT same clutch/flywheel issue.
If Nissan don't fix the major part of this under warranty then I will have to look at a claim against them.
I will update with another reveiw to let you know how I get on.
What an underrated car this is.
It offers a great blend of space, practicality, peformance, economy (38mpg average overall with the manual box) and standard gear (and price) that puts a Discovery to shame.
It's just what we were looking for.
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