Update after 40,000 miles (since Sept 06)
Good points: Engine just running in - you notice difference after the first service. Generally a lot quieter and smoother as the miles build up. Economy: 560-580 miles on a tankful Lot less bouncy now suspension settled. Still on original tyres Decent paint finish seems to be quite durable to date. Recent holiday in France proved to be a breeze. All our camping gear with space for wine on the return trip! My other half can't read in cars on the move, she suffers from motion sickness, but in the Pathfinder it's no problem at all. All those 12V take off points were superbly useful (Sat nav/mobile/portable cooler box etc)
Bad points: Brake pedal assembly incorrectly set at factory - pedal too far forward hence too much pedal travel - dealer eventually figured it out after numerous return trips and brakes bled etc etc. Windscreen cracked in France. Very large crack from the mirror mount about 6 inches in a loop to the top of the windscreen? Strange as it just appeared one morning and we didn't have any stone chips. Incidentally, there are not many Pathfinders in France so spare windscreens are a problem - we got it replaced in UK by RAC Autowindscreens. The match is very good but the tint slightly lighter that factory? Also a lot thicker than the original?
Conclusion: When will people stop comparing this car to a Disco? Blimey, life's too short. Just buy one save a fortune and enjoy it.
This is my 2nd Pathfinder firts one i drove 70000km model 2005 now i have new 2006 model and iam very happy with it.
I live in cold (winter -2o-40celsius) (summmers +10 - +30 celsius) its warm car by winter and nice cold by summers. My 3rd 4x4 and its fantastic. Iam sure that every one will enjoy driving with Pathfinder Diesel with auto transmmision.Greetings from Finland, over the polarcircle
My Pathfinder was delivered earlier this week and I must say that it's even better than the very positive impression I remember from the test drive.
Generally, I find the ratings given to this car do not reflect owner's experiences. My business partner owns a Mercedes M class (diesel) and he is well impressed with the Pathfinder. He feels that the engine is a little less refined on the Pathfinder but given the huge difference in price, his overall opinion is 'no contest...Pathfinder wins hands down'. Ok, so the interior is not as plush as some, but it's still well appointed and the awesome technology included in the price, more than makes up for it. The voice activated gismos and intelligent key are particularly impressive and the rear view camera is very useful, given the chunky proportions of the car.
This really feels like a man's car...although my wife has had a go and thinks it's great. I agree that the engine has more than a slug of diesel rattle, but somehow it seems to suit the car and I'm not so sure it would be quite so appealing with a silky smooth V6. One strange thing; the technology on board is mighty impressive, but someone forgot to illuminate the steering wheel controls....Not good in the dark! This car is a winner and will hammer sales of the low and mid price range L R Discovery.
I have owned my Pathfinder for 7 months now and have done over 12,000 miles in it. I am impressed by its overall versatility and comfort. Fuel economy ranges from 36 - 32mpg (6 speed manual).
I tested Discovery and Landcruiser before buying and neither could match anywhere close the loadspace with 7 seats up. The ability to change the loadspace with the seat combinations is amazingly quick and the ride quality is great for its type.
Gadgets are excellent especially the rearpark camera and bluetooth integration. Looks are impressive too, getting many comments and head turns. Not out of place amongst the exec crowd and also has some exclusivity for the moment.
Hasn't put a foot wrong and the dealer wasn't bad either.
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