Last post on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#8160 of 8189 Re: Longevity/Reliability? [sebring95]
Jun 09, 2011 (10:29 am)
Thanks for the feedback...I didn't think anyone would already have that kind of mileage on an 08-10 PF, but wondered about older ones, are PFs usually pretty good for lots of kms/miles up in the several hundred thousand range, or do they start to fall apart eventually? My last two were Toyotas and both went up over 400k kms before I sold them (I put on about 60k kms/40k miles a year).
#8161 of 8189 Re: Longevity/Reliability? [john660]
Jun 09, 2011 (1:24 pm)
My 98 PF passed 300K miles the other day, on the same engine. Will probably replace it at some point with a 2004.
#8162 of 8189 Re: Pet Barriers [smibrad]
Jun 13, 2011 (10:00 am)
I know you posted that message about the pet barriers, but I had a question about it. I bought one of the tension barriers and my dog got spooked one time and broke it. I am looking for something a lot more sturdy. It sounds like the one you are desribing is pretty nice, where did you buy it from?
#8163 of 8189 2012 Nissan Pathfinder
Jun 28, 2011 (3:24 pm)
When will the 2012 model will arrive at the dealers?
The Pathfinder is due for a total makeover. I hope they redesign the Pathfinder for the 2012 model year. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks!
#8164 of 8189 Re: 2012 Nissan Pathfinder [vrm]
Jun 28, 2011 (6:04 pm)
Redesign is set for 2013 and it will be turned into a car-based mom-mobile. That will leave the 4Runner as the only non-fullsize truck based SUV. And the 4runner isn't far from full-sized anymore.
#8165 of 8189 Re: 2012 Nissan Pathfinder [sebring95]
Jul 16, 2011 (7:43 pm)
The Pathfinder should have been redesigned for the 2012 model year.
Nissan Pathfinder sales are declining every year......meanwhile Nissan will lose more market share in this segment.
#8166 of 8189 Re: 2012 Nissan Pathfinder [vrm]
Jul 17, 2011 (7:13 am)
Define segment. Mid-size 4x4 on a truck chassis...not much to pick from. I think there's enough crossovers to pick from....leave a couple useful vehicles on the list so I don't have to buy a full-size next time around.
What exactly do you not like about the Pathfinder? Outside of the truck suspension (which is a plus if you're driving off-road and towing) I find it to be a very good vehicle as-is. I have made a few suspension mods to improve things (airbags, Bilsteins). I have several luxury brands in my garage and drive a lot of rentals...I think the PF does a terrific job for what it was designed and is the best all-around daily-driver I've owned in a long time. Great passing power for the 60 miles of rural two-laners, blasts through mining roads with little effort, decent features, comfy seats, good mpg, tows like a champ. Higher quality interior than the $45k Toyota Sienna we just bought! Last thing the PF needs is turned into just another useless crossover.
#8167 of 8189 Re: 2012 Nissan Pathfinder [sebring95]
Jul 17, 2011 (8:07 am)
You are correct: the Crossover product segment has been expanding at a rapid clip. Do you know why? The demand is immense....the demand is for an *urban* vehicle with good gas mileage.
Clearly Nissan had to make a decision: stay truck based or convert to a car chassis. Based on your earlier post, it appears that Nissan has chosen to compete with the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango.
IMHO, Nissan has made the right decision. If you need a SUV with serious offroading capability, please consider the redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee:
#8168 of 8189 Re: 2012 Nissan Pathfinder [vrm]
Jul 17, 2011 (9:10 am)
Nissan already has the Murano to compete with the Highlander/Pilot/et al. Toyota has held onto the 4Runner so I see no reason Nissan shouldn't as well. I've had a JGC...one was enough. It's car-based as well and not as tough as they pretend it is. Even less so with the latest revision.
#8169 of 8189 Re: bminn- transmission cooler [xplorx4]
Jul 21, 2011 (5:20 pm)
I put 145,000 mi on my 98 LE before a major leak in the tranny required a replacement. The shop where I did it (Palm Springs - yes, I was on a road-trip) recommended a transmission cooler which they put in while doing the tranny. It adds a roughly 10" x 10" radiator in front of the main radiator and lines back to the trans. It was cheap ($40 parts and about 15min labor) but then I was doing a full main and 4wd tranny replacement ($950 for the tranny and a lot of labor) so they cut me a break. After about 1000mi I spotted a very small leak, took it back and they tightened the coller line couplings. Since then I'm up to 151,000 with no problems. My driving takes me over I40 between the Bay Area and southwest Colorado as well as some 10k passes in Colorado so the cooler seems to have been a good addition. I will be flushing the tranny about every year just to keep the lines and interior channels clear. The shop owner told me that the dealer where he got the take-out replacement transmission (it's taken out of an SUV that is headed for the scrap heap but the tranny is fine) said that year and model Pathfinder is known for poor cooling and a separate cooler is a very good idea. I agree completely with xplor4 that it's a good bit of protection. Good luck.