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#7890 of 8191 Test Drive Impressions, '05 Pathfinder
May 20, 2005 (6:17 am)
Wanted to post observations after test-driving a 2005 Pathfinder SE; I am shopping for a replacement for a 2000 Expedition. I have some stiff requirements- good tow rating, 3rd row seat that folds flat, comfortable drivers seat for long hauls. I really wanted to like this vehicle as it's priced right and has great features. Here's what I found:
- Power from the V6, excellent, but somewhat noisy under hard acceleration. Not as nice as a V8.
- Build quality: OK, but had 1 rattle and the backing on the second row seat was installed very sloppy. The cloth seats are very bland-looking.
- Handling: very good & tight, nice on the highway. Ride: OK but gets very unsettled over rough pavement.
- Seating: This is what killed this vehicle for me- the drivers seat was only fair in terms of support, shape, and comfort, and the lumbar adjustment was lousy. The second row seat is way too tight for a mid-size SUV, no doubt as a result of trying to squeeze in a third row seat. The third row seat is useless except for small (and I mean small- my 10 year old daughter barely fits back there) children.
Nissan had some great ideas on this new design, but should have stretched it a bit more to make it a "tweener" like the Durango. Yes, you can upgrade to the Armada for another 10K, but thats out of budget for a lot of buyers. We are now resolved to either another Expy or a Durango, both with questionable reliability. (the Explorer/Mountaineer have an absurd fold-down seat system that leaves a huge gap in the middle and does not fold flat). Sorry for the long post but I get passionate when I shop new vehicles and like to share info!
#7891 of 8191 Re: Test Drive Impressions, '05 Pathfinder [fitguy]
May 20, 2005 (8:57 am)
I seconds your opinion of the Explorer's seat folding craziness...but isn't that all fixed in a few months once the 2006's are out? Then these are supposed to be pretty trick setups for the second and third rows as far as folding is concerned.
#7892 of 8191 Re: Test Drive Impressions, '05 Pathfinder [carguy1234]
May 20, 2005 (10:39 am)
carguy- thanks for jogging my memory on the Explorer seating; I'm going to look into it. I actually prefer the size of the Explorer, my wife especially does. Plenty capable for towing with the V8, too.
#7893 of 8191 Re: DASHBOARD/PILLAR NOISE [barakoutie]
May 22, 2005 (8:35 am)
I have a similar problem with my 2005 LE. I have a intermittent ratle noise coming from the dashboard. Dealer can't find it. Where is the A-pillar? Does stuffing Kleenex work?
#7894 of 8191 Power driver seat.
May 24, 2005 (3:36 pm)
The problem is that the driver seat doesn't always slide back and forth upon my entry/exiting, like it's supposed to. I always leave the auto feature on, but at least a couple times a week the seat will not automatically slide or it slides about a half inch then stops. My Pathy is long out of warranty so I am wondering if any one else has had this problem, and what was the fix.
#7895 of 8191 Re: Power driver seat. [01le]
May 25, 2005 (6:39 am)
Mine did it from new. Solution is to leave it off. It's just another junk "feature" you don't need!
#7896 of 8191 Re: Power driver seat. [01le]
May 25, 2005 (6:50 am)
That is a common problem with Pathies Auto Seat Position systems that are left on constantly. The seat sliding motors are starting to wear out and you may need to replace them.
#7897 of 8191 Premium vs regular fuel
May 25, 2005 (6:24 pm)
Thank you for your feed back on the power seat issue I am having.
Have any of you been running regular unleaded gasoline in your VQ35 engines? I have and I do just fine when most of my driving is around town/city. However I can personally feel a difference in performance (accelerating/passing/hills) when I am driving on the open roads and highways. So when I know I am going on a road trip I use only premium unleaded fuel so I can enjoy the full power of the VQ. My mechanic said that running regular unleaded is ok due to the high tech knock sensors the VQ has.
May 26, 2005 (6:28 am)
my 93 pathfinder has aproblem with the transmission slipping and yes it has been flushed any ideas?
#7899 of 8191 Re: Premium vs regular fuel [01le]
May 27, 2005 (6:51 am)
I agree with you all around. 87 Octane will not hurt the VQ35 engine. However, I actually use 89 octane regularly. But on long trips or towing, I use 93 Octane.