2010 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Dependable, but not exceptiona

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Dependable, but not exceptional
By bconeseven on


2010 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


I purchased this vehicle new in April of 2010 as a replacement for my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer which was becoming undependable mechanically.
It was important to me to get a nice “cockpit fit” with comfort and electronics, and a dependable vehicle.
My first observation is that I had to buy a much more pricey vehicle than what I really wanted in order to get just a few options that I found important.
That would not be all that bad, if those features worked as promised.
The day I drove the vehicle off the lot, it had two deficiencies:
The Bluetooth connection for the phone did not sound good and the windshield was improperly installed, causing an awful noise in the wind and at high speeds.
After much effort and loss of use (mostly the fault of Faulkner Nissan in Harrisburg, PA and not Nissan itself other than allowing the actual defect to leave the factory), the noise is fixed.
The Bluetooth issue appears to be a result of poor design and is not fixable.
I’ve owned several vehicles with a built in cell connection of some type and I frequently rent vehicles for work travel so I have a lot of vehicles to compare this one to.
The extremes:
Talking on my phone in the Trailblazer was like being in a sound booth; simply perfect, connected via OnStar with a Verizon account—I even got better reception than I did with the cell phone itself.
The Pathfinder is the absolute worst I have ever experienced.
It is almost bearable if the vehicle is not in motion, but it is impossible to carry on a normal phone conversation when at speed.
So, if you are looking for only intermittent emergency use of the Bluetooth/cell feature, this might get the job done for you.
If you are looking to return calls and conduct business while on the move, I suggest you look elsewhere.
I should also note that the Bluetooth in this vehicle is only for the phone.
If you want to play music from your iPhone, you’ll need to use an RCA cable (coupled with the fact that you need to charge your phone then from one of the 12V power outlets, you’ll have at least two wires running around your vehicle.
Beyond these issues (which are obviously important to me), the vehicle is average.
18.4 MPG, almost no matter what I am doing.
It is a good dog transported as I leave the 3rd row set down all the time so the space in back is bigger.
My pooch likes the rear A/C.
The 2nd row of seating looks big to me and I imagine it is fine for kids, but my workmates tell me there is no leg room when we go to lunch.
I get it serviced on time and there have been no significant mechanical issues beyond those I have already mentioned.
You could do worse.
Just don’t buy from Falkner Nissan in Harrisburg, PA.

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Make the Bluetooth phone connection useable and make it so you can play music through Bluetooth as well.
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