Nissan Pathfinder Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2.4 turbo diesel

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 turbo diesel Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres

General Comments:

Not a bad 4WD really. After a year of ownership I only find a few minor dislikes.

The big disadvantage (only if you would need it) is the limited range one 80 litre fuel tank gives you. With the rear seats and the spare wheel tucked away very nicely underneath, there's just no spare room for another tank - despite what some Nissan salesmen may tell you.

Now here's a problem - Can you believe that Nissan put alloy wheels on the Pathfinder, but:


So whenever you get a puncture and put on the spare, it looks total crap and you then have to swap it back when the puncture's fixed.

And... when you rotate the tyres, if you want to rotate five tyres as we've always done so as to get max use out of our tyre set, you have to remove the tyres from two wheels and swap them over each time.

Nissan have even changed their manuals to now show a four wheel tyre rotation instead of the old five wheel rotation.

I can't believe Nissan would deceive their customers in this way, just because the spare wheel is out of sight underneath. All to save a measly few dollars.

There's a simple answer:

When you buy your vehicle, SPECIFY A SPARE WHEEL TO MATCH THE OTHER FOUR, or if they won't wear that, then after you've agreed your price:


Here's another issue.

Think carefully before you accept Nissan's 'Vehicle protection Plan' - It's grossly overpriced, and my experience the gunk they spray over the inside paint surfaces is a total pain. It leaves a sticky surface which attracts dust and never looks clean, and I suspect it damages the paintwork, as my paintwork now scratches and flakes at the slightest touch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th September, 2009

12th Sep 2011, 05:42

Don't be too hard on the spare wheel. With modern radial tyres, I'm told that once the rotation direction has been established, it should not be changed. Hence a spare, which can be used either side, should always be used as a spare. The other four tyres simply get swopped back to front and vice versa to keep the wear pattern fairly uniform. The spare only becomes an issue if you decide to change the type of tyre, so that the spare ends up being very different, and you drive as though the tyres match. My suggestion is to keep the spare as a spare, and then you only ever have to replace 4 tyres at a time - much easier on cash flow timing, too.

My car came with Wrangler S4's, and I replaced them with BFG A/T's, and I kept the best Wrangler as a spare. The Wranglers only lasted 50000km, but the BFG's are due for replacement now at a further 90000km. I'll keep the Wrangler as it is still in good condition, and doesn't have much wear or sun damage on it. But if I'm in a pickle with a puncture, I'll just drive carefully on the Wrangler until the new tyre gets repaired.

1987 Nissan Pathfinder 2.4 petrol

Model year1987
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired197000 kilometres
Most recent distance199500 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon


A truly comfortable capable off road or town vehicle


Points needed replacing. This has been done no further problems. Will look to install CD ignition.

General Comments:

This vehicle is great very comfortable on highway or off road, and is unstoppable.

There was also no dust intrusion into cabin, even though the vehicle is now 21 years old.

The back seat comfort is a little uncomfortable on longer trips due to the backrest being too upright, but a pillow between backrest and your back should help.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th February, 2008

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 12 reviews