2005 Nissan Pathfinder
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Most dependable SUV I've ever owned

by from Texas on February 21, 2011

Purchased my Pathfinder SE used with 38,000 miles and 4 years later runs as good as day I bought it. Other than the usual maintenance and replacing the catalytic converters at 63,000 miles (which was ...
Purchased my Pathfinder SE used with 38,000 miles and 4 years later runs as good as day I bought it. Other than the usual maintenance and replacing the catalytic converters at 63,000 miles (which was covered by the warranty) the vehicle has been very reliable and with 82,000 miles is still going strong
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Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Even better than my Honda Pilot

by from Davenport, IA on January 11, 2012

The 2005 Pathfinder has performed even better than my Honda Pilot (which I didn't think I could beat). It's been reliable, provided all the comforts I was looking for, and an all around great SUV. I r...
The 2005 Pathfinder has performed even better than my Honda Pilot (which I didn't think I could beat). It's been reliable, provided all the comforts I was looking for, and an all around great SUV. I recommend Nissan now as much as I always recommended Honda.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Mechanical Problems

by from Somerset, Ky on June 28, 2011

Problems with fuel level sensor and transmission. Transmission problems caused by radiator leaking into transmission. Both reoccuring problems with 2005 pathfinders. Google to find out just how bad. B...
Problems with fuel level sensor and transmission. Transmission problems caused by radiator leaking into transmission. Both reoccuring problems with 2005 pathfinders. Google to find out just how bad. Bought used and began to have problems around 85,000 miles. Nissan not taking any responsibilty. Own 2 altima's and no problems.
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Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Pretty good after 5 years

by from Nevada City, CA on March 17, 2010

I'm puzzled at all the "hate" reviews for this car. I've used and abused mine for nearly 5 years and have few complaints. The reliability has been rock solid, the mileage is to be expected for a 270hp...
I'm puzzled at all the "hate" reviews for this car. I've used and abused mine for nearly 5 years and have few complaints. The reliability has been rock solid, the mileage is to be expected for a 270hp, 5,000 lb. vehicle, and the ride is great for a solid-rear axle vehicle. If you have complaints about all these things you should be in a Highlander, not a Pathfinder. I have two gripes for which Nissan is truly at fault. First, the standard headlights are lousy. An SUV should have brighter, wider-discharge headlights than normal, but these are sub-par on any scale, even with the fog lights on. Boo. Second, chains will not fit on the front wheels because they're too tight in the wells. I live down a 26 percent, unpaved road that loads up with snow in the winter. 4WD is not enough, and I can only fit chains on the rear. Is this an SUV or isn't it? My antique Land Cruiser pounds the off-road far better. All that said, I'm pleased with the ride, the power, the interior ergonomics, the towing capabilities, the remapped throttle when in compound low, etc.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Not worth the money.

by from Uxbridge, MA on December 27, 2009

Bought this vehicle when I read the first reviews of Nissan and this model, drove it and was impressed with the power, I disliked the noise of the engine being this engine rated well I was surprised a...
Bought this vehicle when I read the first reviews of Nissan and this model, drove it and was impressed with the power, I disliked the noise of the engine being this engine rated well I was surprised at the coarse sound, unrefined sound. Never the less I liked the utility and the ride was good so I bought it. Since then I replaced the engine due to faulty converters my Murano at bad converters too must be a Nissan problem. Then the rear aluminum cooling line somehow created a hole very expensive to fix, not under their terrible warranty, everthing that is covered last everything this is not covered breaks, not the Nissan quality I read about. Won't buy Nissan again, I've owned two and I'm not satified with the quality of these vehicles considering their price and heritage. I really think buying Japaneese is overly hyped, I've owned several foreign brand vehicles and they all had problems some even more then the domestics I've owned. Most of the brands out there are scams considering their prices, it's no wonder the car industry is hurting. Pay $30,000+ for a vehicle and pay near the same to fix and operate it, what a terrible way to spend our money. Welcome to America, where the cost never matches the quality.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Very dependable

by from Los Angeles, CA on October 1, 2014

I bought this car in 2005 brand new, when I was a single person. I thought about selling it and getting something smaller, but I always ended up needing the space or seating capacity every now and the...
I bought this car in 2005 brand new, when I was a single person. I thought about selling it and getting something smaller, but I always ended up needing the space or seating capacity every now and then so I kept it. I had read all of the horror stories regarding the transmission/radiator fluid problem - so guess what? I spent $200 and replaced the radiator. Problem solved. My Pathy also had that annoying timing chain lifter WHINE when I hit the gas pedal. Nissan is already aware of the problem and even sells pre-packaged repair kits for that problem. $110 dollars. The ONLY thing I can complain about is once a sensor went out on me and my car shut off, but it started up again and I drove it to my local mechanic shop and $65 later - it was fixed. This truck has been bulletproof for me, so far. I got rear ended on the freeway by some idiot who was texting. I was at a dead stop and he hit me doing about 45 - his car was wrecked and completely totaled - I sustained about $2800 in damages. I've towed a 3000 lb trailer from LA to Salt Lake City in the dead of winter, 3 times. This beast has been to Dallas TX, Guadalajara Mexico, Portland Or, Las Vegas about 20 times...and has never let me down. All she needs is a little preventative care and TLC just like any other vehicle. The interior room is amazing (my only wish would be 2 more inches of leg room in the 2nd and 3rd row) and I couldn't be happier with my Pathy. I will keep it until either it does or I do.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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Worst Car I have Owned

by from Scottsbluff NE on December 14, 2010

Too many reacalls had a local dealer but they dropped Nissan, now I have warranty issues recall issues and Nissan does nothing to help out, and have to drive over an hour to get a recall fixed.
Too many reacalls had a local dealer but they dropped Nissan, now I have warranty issues recall issues and Nissan does nothing to help out, and have to drive over an hour to get a recall fixed.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Excellent SUV!

by from Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 26, 2009

I bought my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4x4 new. It has proven to be very reliable and dependable over the years. The performance is impressive. I've been able to load it up inside and top, and tow a bo...
I bought my 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4x4 new. It has proven to be very reliable and dependable over the years. The performance is impressive. I've been able to load it up inside and top, and tow a boat and a trailer with ease. It is very good off road, in the snow, on the ice, and in the rain. There are only two non-positives about this vehicle. One: I think the tiny amount of space for lets and feet in the third row seats is a bit of a joke. Two: the gas mileage is not great, but it's not bad for an almost 5000 pound SUV.
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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Least Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Loveland, CO on May 1, 2007

My 2005 Pathfinder had two factory recalls and 12 -- yes, a dozen -- in less than two years of ownership. All were fixed under warranty, but who wants to make trip after trip after trip to the dealer?...
My 2005 Pathfinder had two factory recalls and 12 -- yes, a dozen -- in less than two years of ownership. All were fixed under warranty, but who wants to make trip after trip after trip to the dealer? One specific problem to watch for is a fuel system vent inside the frame rail. If you live on a gravel road, it will clog up with mud in less than two years, and the dealer will charge you $600+ to replace -- even if you're still under warranty -- unless you make a big stink about it.
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Does not recommend this car

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LOVE THIS CAR!

by from PATTERSON,NJ on January 16, 2007

I own and i absolutely love this vehicle!! for the price it is extraordinary and would recommend it to anyone! I feel extremely comfortable driving this car around and it gives me a comfort of feeli...
I own and i absolutely love this vehicle!! for the price it is extraordinary and would recommend it to anyone! I feel extremely comfortable driving this car around and it gives me a comfort of feeling safe. The seven seating is an added plus and the car is very comfortable to drive.
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