Transmission Torque Converter Issue
By Steve LeVesque on
2008 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
When you take your foot off the accelerator just above 40 mph, the car downshifts with a noticeable thump. Then when you press the accelerator again, it upshifts with the same noticeable thump. It is so aggravating that I would not have bought the vehicle if I had known. I took it back to the dealer, they tested another 2008 and said that it was "normal." I did not have this problem in my 2005 at all. They said it was because they put a dual torque converter in the 2008 model. Also, it seems to be harder on gas than the 2005. And when I filled up the first time, I noticed a sticker on the inside of the gas cap door that reads "For best results, use premium gas." The 2005 did not say this.
The new console. It has a lot of programmable features and a lot of monitoring features like tire pressure. The HVAC system is better. The stereo system is better than the 2005.
Smoother shifting transmission and better gas mileage.