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No more Nissans for our family
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By junknissan
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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We have purchased 5 Nissans new and used since 2000. 3 Xterras by my mother who now 74 years old, and 2 Pathfinders by me. The 2006 Pathfinder was junk after 40K. The front impeller shaft joint went bad 40K. The steering column replaced at 46K. A running board became loose, and needed replaced. Fog lights worked when they were in the mood at 60K. Then we got to 87K. Radiator cut loose and mixed the coolant and trans fluid. At the time all Nissan would offer is a discounted price of $4000 to do the repair. So I went onto ebay bought a $100 replacement radiator, and had Jiffy Lube flush the tranny. I took it to a Chevy dealer and dumped it for a Silverado 4x4 crew cab. The tranny was slipping.


Best Features

Great room - Very Powerful


Worst Features

Take better care of customers when there is a problem.


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Don't buy a used one
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By tdc7367
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my Pathfinder brand new. Last week after 245,XXX miles the dreaded transmission radiator problem took her down. I've replaced the catalytic converters twice, the fuel pump, both O2 sensors, Oil Pressure sensor, Camshaft position sensor, the u -joint. I got 180,000 miles out of her before all of these problems and she's never left me stranded along the road. Brand new these cars are good, but unfortunately this is my 4th and final Nissan. So if you see a used one on the lot with around 150k miles on it. Move on and save yourself some dough.


Best Features

Full size spare, Body style, extra charging ports


Worst Features

Ive always had transmission and sensor problems in every nissan i've owned. They need to fire everyone responsible for desiging transmissions.


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Buyer Beware
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By danb11
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Please Google search Nissan Pathfinder transmission problem prior to purchasing this vehicle used. What may/will happen is after 80k - 100K miles there will be a complete transmission failure. There is an obvious defect in the radiator / transmission which allows radiator fluid to go into the transmission. Once this happens you will need a complete transmission and radiator (about a $5-6K+ fix). There is a class action lawsuit against Nissan USA and they may cover 1/2 of the expenses but you will still be out of $3K in out of pocket expenses. There is also a catalytic convertver / O2 sensor problem which will not allow the vehicle to pass smog (If you live in CA) and costs $1200 to fix.


Best Features

The car overall is great. I wish Nissan would just recall the transmission problem (which is currently under an NHSTA investigation). I would love to keep the car. The motor is great, the car is so practical...love rear wheel drive and the interior layout is perfect for kids. Nissan should do the right thing and recall the problem. If this happens go ahead and buy. If not, buyer beware


Worst Features

Recall obvious defect in transmission / radiator and O2 sensor.


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176,000 miles and still going...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By ccmercer
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder SUV SE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my Pathfinder new in 2006. With two kids and my job, I'm constantly on the road. This SUV has lead up to its name. It's been everywhere. I keep the oil changed regularly, on my 3rd set of tires & brakes. It does a great job. Other than the typical wear issues, the only thing I can complain about is the 93 octane fuel requirement. With gas prices as high as they are, it's not unusual to pay $60+ for a tank of gas. I tried the 87 octane the first year, and I did not like the performance. I went back to 93 octane and haven't changed. I've had nine vehicles in my life, and this is the only car I've driven that has never given me problems. It's a great vehicle.


Best Features

Heater warms up quick on cold mornings. Kids can adjust temp in the back. It has a VERY large capacity when all the seats are down. Example: I've slid a bedroom door in the back and closed the hatch! The paint is red, and the color is still very bright. The radio and speakers are very good, and the CD player still runs great. I love the rearview mirror auto dim when bright lights get behind me. I never have to adjust the mirror. It will pull a trailer down the highway, a four wheeler out of the swamp, a riding mower out of the shrubs. It will hold four kids and a labrador. Or four kids and two Boykin Spaniels. There are enough outlets for electonics, too. And plenty of cup holders.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage would be my biggest issue. I average 15 mpg in city and 20 mpg on highway. The running boards could be a bit stronger, and the hatch back hydraulics won't hold the door up on cold mornings.


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Owned since new
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By admiralforever
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2006 Nissan Pathfinder SUV LE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have owned my Pathfinder LE since new when I bought it in early 07. I have not had any problems with it. It currently has 52K and change miles on it. I have not had the radiator failure like most people have, the brakes are still good. I did get the TPMS sensors replaced because the dealer broke one but they paid for it. I am glad I have this SUV and the fact that is is a 2006 it has more horsepower and torque than the later models, since Nissan detuned the 4.0l V6 so they can sell the V8. I have driven it cross country four times and it never gave me any problems.


Best Features

I like the strong engine and the AWD, also the ability to drive in 4x2 if I choose to.


Worst Features

Paint.


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