I purchased a Pathfinder almost 2 years ago, used.
The seats were found to be so uncomfortable, my husband ALWAYS complained about how they felt like sitting on plywood.
The center console, (where you rest your arm), always made a cracking sound when leaned on, and eventually broke.The backseat cupholder was sort of loose, and eventually broke off too.
Then, when the car hit 95,000 miles, my "Service Engine Soon" light came on.
Advance Auto put the computer on it, and said it was just the way I had put the gas cap back on and it would go off.
It did, but when I filled up again, it came back on.
I got lucky & got rid of it, I knew it was about to become expensive to repair- JUNK
Sunroof, Bose stereo system, 3rd row seat
Nissan should make their seats more comfortable, and fix all the engine/ transmission problems.
When they do a 'recall', they should not be allowed to limit the mileage, if it's a recall, it's a recall, that means there's a flaw with their design, or engineering, it shouldn't matter how many miles are on a vehicle.
After 2 years of owning my 2006 Pathfinder, I had nothing but good things to say.
After 4-5 years of owing...it is another story.
After the reliability of my parent's Datsun/Nissan products, I figured I would see 250,000 trouble free miles.
In the last 12 months, I have spent over $5K replacing two cat converters, u-joints, shocks, ECU relay. Today, check engine light is on again!
I am afraid of the ticking time bomb of the transmission I read about.
Carlos Goshen may have "saved" Nissan...but as with many short-term thinking cost cuttiing "businessmen", it is at the sacrifice of Nissan's reputation of quality products.
This will likely be the last Nissan product I ever buy! RIP Nissan
Don't sacrifice the reputation of Nissan quality/durability to save $100 per vehicle.
The latest products from Nissan has shown that the company bottom line and profit has become more important than offering customer a great product.
Bring the "old" Nissan back and get rid of "Carlos". Maybe Michelin wants him back...
2006 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I recently purchased a used 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, I usually would not have purchased a foreign vehicle but a lot of people I know were saying what a great product Nissan had. But to my dismay I have found it to be a very expensive piece of junk. I have had the vehicle for 3 months, I paid $16,877.00 for it, it had 91,545 miles on it when I purchased it and I travel 130 miles a day to and from work. I had mentioned to the dealer that I thought that that may be too many miles, he said oh no! Nissans are known to go 250,000 miles or better. I have taken very good care of my vehicles as they are my main mode of transportation. Last week end I was on my way home from CT to MA when all of a sudden I experienced an awful vibration while driving down the interstate, I pulled over and shut the vehicle off and then started it back up again, it seem to be running fine until I tried to move it, it then started to vibrate and shake again. I called my brother who is a mechanic and he came and picked me up and towed the vehicle back to his place on a car trailer. He jacked the vehicle up and saw that the transmission appears to be wet. He then opened the dip stick tube to check the fluid and found the transmission to be full of anti-freeze. I called the dealer and they said they could not do anything because a used car warranty is 1200 miles or 1 month. I was really getting aggravated so I started to search the symptoms on the web, only to find that I am not the only one with this issue, it appears to be a design flaw with the 2006 Nissan Pathfinders and Nissan has not done a recall on them, although they did extend the warranty for the radiator assembly and transmission from 36 months/36,000 miles to 96 months/80,000 miles, including damage, repairs, replacement, and related towing resulting from this issue if you purchase the vehicle new. So this reinforces that they are aware of the issue and that they should recall or make good for the problem. I contacted Nissan Assist and they informed me that there was an issue and that they were aware, I explained that I purchased the vehicle from a dealer and that it was over the warranty mileage and they stated that Nissan may assist me anyways where I had just purchased the vehicle, and that I needed to get the problem diagnosed by a Nissan dealer and the call consumer affairs with the estimate, and they gave me a case number of 7180191. So I did as I was told hoping that Nissan would stand behind their product and assist me. I towed the vehicle to Bertera Nissan in Auburn, Ma. Where they gave me an estimate of $6360.58 to do the repairs, the service person said that this was a common problem and that they would be replacing the transmission and the radiator. I called consumer affairs and gave them the estimate and they said that a regional specialist would contact me within a day; she called me today and said that they would not do anything and that I would have to figure out how to get it repaired on my own. I think that this is very bad PR on Nissanís part, I know that I would not by your product ever again after only owning one of your vehicles for only 3 months.
2006 Nissan Pathfinder SE Off-Road 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
The gas mileage sucks for this type of vehicle. I have a full size truck and it gets much better mileage than Pathfinder. 77K miles and seats wearing thru, logos fell off floor mats, now I have transmission fluid in my radiator and coolant in my transmission. Dealer says cracked radiator! Seems to be a common problem from my on-line research.
Maybe Nissan should stand by their product and recall these for radiator design flaw! Now Im supposed to shell out almost $6K for a 5 year-old vehicle!
There are many other minor things that are starting to fail on this SUV. Too numerous to list from screws falling out to trim randomly coming lose...
I do like how the engine performs.
It has a lot of power
Nissan needs to do a recall so other people don't have the same experience as me... New radiator and rebuild of transmission.......
I bought my '06 Pathfinder in November of 2006. It had previously been a rental vehicle and had 29000 miles on it. Today the odometer reads almost 119,000 miles. I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to jinx myself, but we really don't ever have problems with it. The only issue that has ever come up is the fuel sensor that needed to be replaced two or three years ago. The vehicle was still under warranty, so not a big deal. I LOVE MY PATHFINDER! I average about 18 mpg and that is probably equal time in the city and the highway. We took it on a trip to North Carolina two years ago (over 2000 miles for us) and on the straight stretch of I-40, we got about 24mpg.
I love the seating and all of the cupholders. I love that it can be a family vehicle without looking like one. It has a lot of power (which my husband loves!) but isn't overwhelming.
The third row is incredibly uncomfortable. Not too much of a problem for me, because I'm typically driving, but when my kids get a little older they may not like it. :-)
Also, the lights on the vanity mirrors suck and you cannot pop the back hatch from the inside of the vehicle. Not a big deal, but could be convenient.