Car Review: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder
April 09, 2009, 12:07 PM
I purchased this 4-Wheel Drive Pathfinder (LE) new from the dealership in Dec. of 2000 and have since driven it 260,000 miles. Other than routine maintenance with oil changes every 5,000 miles, tires, fan belt, brakes,etc. I have only had to replace an oil cooling device ($150). My only major dissatisfaction with the vehicle has been with the brakes. I have experienced very pronounced vibration on the front-end, whenever I apply the brakes, especially when I'm driving down a steep grade at moderate to high speed, Although I replaced the brake pads and had the rotors turned a couple of different times, that has only ever helped for a very brief period and then it's back to the same old problem. I can't help but wonder if there is not something defective within the brake system itself; such as, different braking pressures on one or more of the wheels. The problem has been there forever.
Another issue that has arisen only within the past 50,000 miles is a hesitation in the engine whenever accelerating via passing gear while going up a mountain. This condition is normally not appreciable until the vehicle reaches a speed of 70 mph. Have tried fuel injector cleaner, tune-up,and fuel filter, but to no avail.
This brings me to my most disturbing issue of all, which really has nothing to do with the vehicle itself, but rather the dealership's service department, or should I say, "lack" of service department. I have had multiple disappointments in attemping to resolve several other minor issues, which are too numerous and lengthy to elaborate upon here, but suffice it to say that I have virtually no confidence at this point that theses people know what they are doing, even to the extent I have to question whether much of what they said they did to correct the issue ever really got done at all. The two issues I discussed in detail earlier are only two of approimately ten I had asked them to work on but for which I had poor or no results from their efforts.