Good car but Nissan cheaps out on cross bars and CD player
written on 12-02-2012
After nearly 700 miles in 10 days, I'm getting 24 mpg combined mileage and 27.5 on the highway, a little better than promised by Nissan. Pathfinder is comfortable after trading in a Ray-4 with 98,000 miles on it.
CVT Software Glitch Results In Drivetrains Replacement. .
written on 04-23-2014
When I bought the 2013 Pathfinders, like any new owner I was thrilled. . Unfortunately there were a few things that I id not understand. So when my pathfinder began shuttering and shaking at 900 miles, I contacted customer service who referred me to the local dealership, who with all of there up-to-date computer diagnostic could not fit the problem. Fortunately, Nissan already understood the problem before I bought the car. "Faulty Software & the Service Campaign" Whereby the owner brings in the vehicle multiple times exhibiting the same problem, and nissan replaces the entire drivetrain. Thats right. . Faulty software that can not be changed, that ends up damaging the CVT on its own. .
MY Wife and I really love this car! Purchased 2 months ago!
written on 01-06-2013
For those complaining about the lack of multi disc changer in the Platinum edition... It replaces the cd changer with a dvd player which means that you can watch dvd's on the main screen when in park. You also can put all of your music from your computer onto a dvd and listen to 100 times the music of a regular audio cd. My wife decided to get a 16gb usb drive ($10) to put all of her music onto and plugs into the port in console. On top of that you can stream bluetooth audio. We traded in a Honda Pilot and are very impressed with the improvement in handling, interior quality and gas mileage.
My 2013 Nissan pathfinder has had transmission problems for months and I have repeatedly given Nissan the opportunity to fix it and have had the transmission replaced once. Yesterday it stalled in the middle of an intersection with traffic coming in both directions and my two children in the car. I will not drive this car again. I paid $43,000 for a car I am afraid to drive or put my children in. Nissan needs to correct these problems and stop putting people at risk.
We bought our '13 Pathfinder SL 4WD in August of 2013. Within two months we started to feel the CVT Transmission shuddering under light throttle applications. We had the car in the shop four times for this issue, but they could never replicate the problem. After the shuddering started to become progressively worse and became a safety concern, we finally asked the dealer to buy the car back for the balance of our loan. Happily, they agreed, and we were given $6000 more than the Kelly Blue Book trade value. Other than the transmission issue, the car was very nice. It rode great and got very good MPG for a mid-sized CUV ....
Arctic Blue Metallic paint, Platinum Premium Package ($2,300 -- Includes rear DVD player, dual screens mounted in front headrests, and dual-panel moonroof), Roof rack cross bars ($300), Floor mats ($200).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
260 @ 6,400
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
240 @ 4,400
Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Hard to do much here with such a lazy launch, Auto AWD and a CVT. I found a smidge of time by using the transmission's S mode, but it abhors pedal overlap (chopping throttle heavily), and even in 2WD, it wasn't what I'd call snappy, nor would it allow much wheelspin. The VQ engine needs to be retired. It was once a superstar V6, but now it's just a so-so power plant and what a groaner.
Quite a nose dive and so-so stopping distances. After a few runs, there was some brake pad odor, but no smoke. Moderately soft pedal remained from first to last stop. Acceptable straight stability without feeling light or wiggly in back.
Slalom: If this Pathfinder is based on the Quest minivan, they've sure tuned the chassis to feel like it. Lazy in transition, the weight feels concentrated high and to the rear, so the nondefeat ESC is there to save the day -- but too late and too abruptly. This old-style, throw-the-anchor-at-the-last-second ESC is pretty rare these days. Most manufacturers' systems intrude earlier, less abruptly and return control to the driver sooner. It's a philosophical choice Nissan made. I made all the passes in Auto AWD to allow it to direct power where it thought it could be best used, but it's just not a sporty-feeling SUV at all -- more like a three-row people mover with an SUV wrapper. Skid pad: Again, a fairly pointless exercise with predictably low limits and ESC cutting throttle and checking understeer with brakes. Steering is remarkably light for a Nissan and entirely appropriate for the typical (new) Pathfinder driver.