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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#2395 of 2771 2008 pathfinder
Feb 11, 2008 (9:03 am)
I have had 5 pathfinders, have loved them all. Changes were always good ones. However, I turned in my 2005 (which I LOVED) for 2008. I was told that there were no changes beside cosmetics.
NOT TRUE. I hate the transmission on this car, it is loud and it shifts much differently.
I have asked the dealer to look into it, they say there were no major changes. I contacted a relative who is an executive at nissan. He says his guys say there were no changes.
Anyone else having problems? I drove my 05 62,000 miles. I know what my car felt like. My husband also feels that it is much different (not in a good way).
Someone posted about a change in horsepower, that is a result of manufacturers having to change the way they report horsepower. (as per Nissan corporate.)
#2396 of 2771 Re: 2008 4x2 S Pathfinder Problems [dtbaj]
Feb 11, 2008 (9:10 am)
I have 4x4 and am very upset with the transmission/shifting. I had a 2005 which was fantastic. I am told this car should be the same, it is not. Also, do you notice that if you take your foot off the gas, the car loses momentum very quickly? I am so disappointed in this car. I have had a new pathfinder every 3 years since 1994 and have never had ANY problems. My 05 was the best ever. I am very upset that they keep saying 08 should drive EXACTLY like the 05. NOT TRUE
#2397 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [saknjmom]
Feb 11, 2008 (9:28 am)
I have read numerous posts on edmnds consumer reviews for the 08 pathfinder related to the transmission torque converter. This seems to be a rather common problem which causes the transmission to shift down hard when releasing the accelator at around 40 mph. I am considering purchasing one but am hesitant since this seems to be a real issue
#2398 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [jd77777]
Feb 11, 2008 (9:36 am)
can you tell me where these reviews are?
I know I'm not crazy. I drove my 2005 over 60k. My husband had the exact opinion that something is different between 05-08 and it's not good!
#2399 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [saknjmom]
Feb 11, 2008 (10:43 am)
under the carreviews tab on the edmunds.com site, lookup 2008 pathfinder and there are about 19 reviews posted.
below is the text from one but there seems to be a recurring theme related to the transmission shifting at or about 40mph.
2008 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
SUV has very nice features and more than enough power. We bought it on a Saturday, drove it during that weekend and noticed the hard downshifting when letting off the gas pedal at approx 40 MPH. Took it back to dealer Monday and service person rode with us. He said that there was a sensor that needed to be replaced. This did not fix our problems. The service dept said there is no fix at this time. They still do not have a solution.
Nice leather pkg, steering wheel controls and backup camera. Bose stereo rocks!!
Build a car with a decent transmission or fix it before it goes into the market place. Air bags are not standard on the SE model so for safety we had to move up into a whole different price range, the LE.
#2400 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [jd77777]
Feb 11, 2008 (11:12 am)
Thank you. I think what these people are describing is what I'm hating about this car.
I am taking it in on Thursday and I'm requesting to drive another one on their lot to see if I can notice any difference.
#2401 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [saknjmom]
Feb 11, 2008 (12:26 pm)
We are taking our 2008 LE V6 Pathfinder back to the dealership for the third time for this very issue. The ride is terrible. We are very disappointed and Nissan should be ashamed of a product like this. If you find out any solutions let me know but I don't think they can fix them.
#2402 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [saknjmom]
Feb 11, 2008 (12:30 pm)
As I have stated on several posts, my 2007 Path SE auto 4x4 Fully loaded, is very cheaply made, rough tranny, noisy annoying wipers (Clonk clonk clonk), creeks on backend, when pulling away, rattling window, rattle when doors closing, not very good Bose music system, lousy gas mileage, in fact worse gas then my 2006 Explorer V8. Lights on vanity mirrors, dim, pointless. Engine roars like a cheap sports car on acceleration. When truck goes over a twig, bump, etc, front wheels, vibrate/shake. These are all known problems.
4x4, is 10 years out of date.
Really annoying, I just tried to move the roof rack bars, you need a HEX key, what moron, invented that idea. I had 2 Jeeps, 2 Explorers, all had small turn wheel to adjust the roof bars.
Trunk area, without carpet, so everything, puts scratches scuffs on plastic.
Truck is basically a piece of junk.
I have 25 months left of a 36 month lease, wish I could give it back tomorrow.
Reg. Frank R.
#2403 of 2771 Re: 2008 pathfinder [jd77777]
Feb 11, 2008 (12:51 pm)
The thing that is bothering me is that they swear nothing has changed since the 05 model. The 05 transmission was NOTHING like this. Makes me wonder if there was a widespread production problem.
I called today and there are no recalls or service bulletins issued right now. I am taking mine in on Thursday for the third time. I am also going to request that they let me drive a different 08 on the lot.
If they can't fix it, I may see what options I have to turn over my lease and get a manual transmission or a v8 (I'm assuming the v8 is different).
Probably those who haven't had a previous year of this car might not notice the transmission. I sure do!
Feb 12, 2008 (9:45 am)
I have 6k on my 08' Pathfinder. The ride is harsh but I like the handling in the mountains. Left rear window shakes - will need dealer adjustment and I hate to spend the time involved when a dealer repair is needed. Oil changing is messy - I prefer to do that myself. Parking Brake doesn't hold - has been adjusted but still doesn't hold on 30% grade. Transmission has too much coast over-run when lifting off accelerator in traffic - mine doesn't downshift harshly. Coast over-run is okay for big Rigs with manual transmissions but I'm afraid it will wear out this Nissan Tranny & Rear-end gears & U-joints prematurely.
When passing gear is needed (pressing deep on the pedal) - engine revs to 6k but car doesn't speed up accordingly - this is irritating - you have to feather the pedal too much. Clock doesn't keep the right time.
Brake pedal is vague and has a lot of travel before really slowing vehicle - requires heavy pressure for quick stops. Hood shimmies on the road - metal too thin.
Oil pan hangs too low - NO OFF ROAD USE for my SE V6!
I don't think this vehicle will last 70K without constant repair - SUV is designed to need constant dealer involvement and I'm a do-it-yourself guy.