My Grandfather bought this pathfinder new because his old Nissan pickup had over 250,000 miles on it and still ran great. He went with another nissan because the last was so reliable. I drove with him...
My Grandfather bought this pathfinder new because his old Nissan pickup had over 250,000 miles on it and still ran great. He went with another nissan because the last was so reliable. I drove with him from MA to FL every year for about five years and when he passed away, I kept the truck. I have 120,000 miles on it now (mostly highway) and have had nothing but problems.
The "check engine light" is ALWAYS on! Every time I need an inspection sticker I spend $300 to $700 to get the light to turn off. A month later it comes back on for a different problem. For this reason alone this truck will nickle and dime you to death.
If you work on your own vehicles stay away from this one, I couldn't get the spark plugs out.
Another issue I have always had is the truck shakes on the highway. I have bought new tires and had a garage inspect the front end and a new alignment. I can't get it to stop shakeing.
The last thing I can think of that will drive you nuts is that the serpentine belt has a manual tensioner on it. What this means is that about three weeks after it is tensioned properly, every time you start the car cold you will hear the belt squeal for about 5 seconds. It's just annoying. A coworker of mine has the same car. His is an SE and mine is the LE. He has the exact same problems with his.
A couple other notes, In my opinion, for a car this small I am surprised at how poor the gas mileage is. My friend has a Ford expedition that towers over this one when parked next to it and gets the same gas mileage. Also I am very comfortable at 5'-8" driving this car, but anyone 6' or taller complains that there head brushes against the roof. Also if your CD changer still works past 50k miles, it's a miracle.
I will say though, when this car runs properly, it is a fun car to drive. It has a lot of power, and it handles very nicely.