Last post on Dec 06, 2010 at 12:30 PM
You are in the Nissan Pathfinder
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, SUV
#46 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [jlusk]
Jan 24, 2010 (7:37 pm)
I'm assuming you've driven the PF before buying...so I would think you'd be familiar with performance etc. If you haven't then you really should before buying. That being said, there's nothing cumbersome or sluggish about it. Performance is quite good even with the weight. My only advice on buying used is to watch our for rental units. This goes for both PF and 4R because the vast majority of late-model used right now are rental returns. A quick glance at the car fax will show this and they're usually "S" or very basic SR5 models for the 4R. I won't buy a rental return because they're usually higher mileage, mediocre condition, and questionably maintained. I bought my PF SE from a private party with documented service history.
#47 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [sebring95]
Jan 26, 2010 (7:00 pm)
I recommend that you read the Lemon Aid Car guide and it talks about the common problems that you should look for. You will find it in any book store.
Wrt to gas mileage, my friend owns one which we use for soft outdoor activities. Gas consumption is very poor.
As for rental, be VERY CAREFUL. These vehicles are part time 4WD and should not be driven in dry road condition. Failure to do so will cause serious and costly damage to drivetrain. The damage often shows itself in later years of ownership. People renting 4x4 vehicle often know very little about them and experiment on these trucks.
Wrt car fax, this report ONLY shows what has been reported. Accidents are often unreported and resolved between two parties to avoid increase in insurance premiums. These accidents will not appear since they have not been reported.
#48 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [rsarrami]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:25 pm)
At first glance, it does seem like the PF is consuming a lot of fuel. However, the tank is a relatively small 21 gallons and the gauge seems to be very conservative. I've yet to buy more than 16 gallons even with it on empty. Doing the math though it has been getting 18-20 mpg through 2,000 miles. Far better than my previous commuter so I can't complain. How you drive (and where) will have the biggest effect on fuel consumption.
#49 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [sebring95]
Jan 26, 2010 (8:26 pm)
I agree it is a nice ride despite its weight. Thank you for bringing up the rental scenario. That is one question I did not ask and is a very scary prospect to me.
#50 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [rsarrami]
Dec 06, 2010 (11:36 am)
what about leased suvs? are those something to stay away from
#51 of 51 Re: '07-09 4Runner vs '08-'09 Pathfinder [number14]
Dec 06, 2010 (12:30 pm)
Obviusly there are different levels of desirability. Best bet is a cherry private party purchase with excellent maintenance history and a prior owner you can chat with. Next would be a privately owned trade-in...sometimes you can chat with the previous owner here and they'll generally tell you the truth. Then a leased trade-in, then a rental return. I wouldn't rule out a leased vehicle but generally the previous occupant will have only done the minimum required maintenance (hopefully). I'm not a maintenance freak or anything but the few vehicles I've leased with no intention of buying certainly weren't treated as pleasantly as something I plan to own for awhile.