2004 Nissan Pathfinder Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Smooth and powerful engine, carlike driving dynamics, high-quality interior, solid reliability record, rear entertainment system option.
- Tight rear accommodations, high price tag, no third-row seat option.
Most helpful consumer reviews
LE Platinum Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I bought my Pathfinder as a used vehicle in 2008 with approx. 70,000 miles and now as a 13 year old vehicle, I wouldn't trade it in for anything out there today. I make sure to adhere to the maintenance schedule which is always a good idea. The only non-maintenance issues I ever had was a problem with the BOSE system cassette player, and replacement of the front window washer motor ...... that's it after all these years. Just for fun, I shopped around to see what's out there in today's market when I realized how great this SUV is and decided to keep it until the car or I dies, which ever comes first :-)
LE Platinum Rwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
Initially, I wanted a Tahoe or Yukon - was looking on a car lot, the Yukon they had wasn't 'up to snuff', so I was ready to walk away. My husband spotted this olive green Pathfinder that I hated from the start!! But I had been looking for months, I was tired of looking for something and it had less than 91,500 miles on it. A year and a month later....I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! I actually started loving it about 3 days after purchasing it. Very roomy, love the sunroof, auto adjustable driver's seat, leather interior. We have driven it to Kansas (within the first month of getting it!), once to middle TN and twice to Arkansas (near the MI state line). I try to keep up with the oil changes (I average every 4000 miles) and it's about time for a tune-up (more out of routine and it hasn't had one in the year+ I've had it). So glad hubby talked me into this one - stuck on Nissan for life!! Might get an Armada next time... ;-) Three years and three months later...yes, I still love my Pathfinder!! I took it to be completely serviced for the first time (other than an oil change). Tune up, oil change, air and fuel filters, both belts, brakes - everything was $700. But considering I had been driving it for 3 years, I was fine with it. My mechanic was surprised it was running, the air filter was so dirty. No major issues, I don't see myself trading it out or getting anything else any time soon, although I did go sit in an Armada and like it as well, but I'll be sticking with my Pathfinder until the wheels fall off!! LOL Update (5 yrs, 8 mos): I’m being swayed by the Murano or an X5, newer models with all the bells and whistles that I want (sleeker design, Apple CarPlay, nav system, heated seats/steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, etc), but I can’t see myself without my baby!! Been on road trips numerous times (AR, GA, AL, MS, northern TN) in 2019/2020, and she’s never let me down or disappointed me. As long as I take care of her, she takes care of me! I put a brand new set of tires on her in July 2019 and I keep up with tune ups and oil changes (just had both done early Nov). I read somewhere recently that she’s supposed to have premium gas - I’ve never put anything other than regular in her since the day I got her (April 2015) 🤷🏽♀️😅 6 years, 2 months later: Had my first major issue with her a few months ago - intake manifold gasket and something else that was leaking oil big time. But my baby never stopped running, just had a burning smell if I drove her longer than 30 mins. Thank God I wasn’t making any long trips, just around the city. Cost $940 total to fix and she’s as good as new again! 🤩
LE Platinum 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
known design flaw Nissan won't cover - Google Nissan power valve screws falling into cylinder - if you have one you should do relatively cheap preventive maint to avoid this issue recall covered some models but not my 3.5 which also had the problem
SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
I like my pathfinder other than the gas mileage and the 6 disc radio gives me trouble in cold weather. Its a very comfortable ride with lots of room. Goes excellent in the snow.