Overview of the Nissan Pathfinder
This Japanese mid-sized 4WD has chopped and changed between a traditional 4WD body-on-frame chassis and a more car-like monocoque construction across several generations dating to 1986. It started life as a two-door off-road wagon based on the Navara ute but in 2013 the fourth-generation Pathfinder focused on the suburbs with a seven-seater SUV approach. A hybrid model was added in 2014.
NISSAN PATHFINDER GENERATIONS (SINCE 2005)
Hybrid: 8.6 to 8.7 litres per 100km
3.5L V6: 9.9 to 10.3 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
Every 10,000km or 12 months, whichever is sooner. Each service currently costs between about $274 and $849. Nissan Pathfinder parts and accessories can be found on Gumtree.
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WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: NISSAN PATHFINDER (2013 ONWARDS)
This version of the Pathfinder's 'CVT' transmission has been a source of concern for some owners. We do have to make the point, however, that the bulk of complaints have been from North American Pathfinder owners.
In any case, the complaints over the CVT centre around a jerkiness to the operation which, to be fair, can often be a characteristic of CVTs as opposed to an actual fault.
The best advice is to drive the car first and see whether you could live with the way it works.
The Pathfinder was also subject to a few recalls in Australia, starting with a bonnet that could fly open at speed. Another recall was for faulty brake lights that could actually remain illuminated even when the brakes weren't applied. That would be funny if it didn't also mean that, in some cases, the car could then select Drive or Reverse from Park without the brakes applied.
There was also a recall to check the fuel tank for strength to prevent potential leaks and another for cars fitted with Nissan's accessory nudge-bar which could become detached thanks to incorrect fitment.
A Nissan dealer will be able to identify affected cars and check to see whether they've been fixed or not.