2011 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews
2011 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews and Owner Comments
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My 02 Pathfinder has been a bundle of mixed emotions since day one. I have the 5 sp manual with almost all of the offered bells and whistles except leather. I purchased it in 06 with 70k on it. It's gone through oil since day one and has gotten progressively worse over the last 6 yrs. It drove and looked great up until about 6 months ago. It rattles and has developed a shudder which I think might be the clutch finally going. I can't complain about that considering I'm near 140k on the first clutch. The various heat shields have been rattling for the last year or two no matter how many sections I bend and cut off. It still looks good, the paint etc has held up well. I haven't done any maintenance on it because I've always expected the oil issue to become a huge problem but 6 years later it still runs well, I just have to remember to add oil every two fill ups. My major gripes and reasons why I probably won't buy another is the engine oil issue. The exhaust is garbage and I've been patching and repairing leaks etc for the last five years, I've been told that the pipes are stainless so they don't rust but they use carbon steel at all the welds and that's where it leaks. They were right b/c I have a leak at almost every location they welded a hanger. Why Nissan bothers spending the money to use stainless pipe only to have the system need to be replaced almost as often as a conventional system is beyond me. I've never wanted to sink the money into a permanent exhaust fix because of the engine oil situation. All and all it's been a weird relationship. I like it more than almost all of the other vehicles I have owned in the past from a driving perspective and I'm struggling to find something I like more to replace it with but the lurking major problems that have raised their ugly heads from day one of ownership has made it impossible for me to truly enjoy the vehicle as I'm always waiting for that catastrophic failure that luckily has not yet come. Oh yeah, I almost left out the way to common disc changer issue, the disc changer has been a problem since day one as well. Other cars I've owned were 98 Honda CRV (never a problem but a very boring car), 94 Isuzu Trooper (no problems but always felt it would tip over) 88 Acura Integra (my favorite up until I got the Pathfinder,had similar feeling as far as having everything I wanted but without any oil or rediculously expensive exhaust issues). 80 VW Vanagon Westfalia ( fun but lots of issues). A couple other vehs that are not note worthy.