Nissan Pathfinder Reviews from Australia and New Zealand - Page 3 of 3

1988 Nissan Pathfinder 2.4 petrol

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired201345 kilometres
Most recent distance313356 kilometres
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

An affordable great 4x4

Faults:

The battery did not last long due to a faulty alternator.

Faulty electrics. The lights and window wipers don't work all the time.

Smashed windscreen.

General Comments:

Very reliable all round.

Not enough power for the petrol it uses. A little sluggish uphills. Will get at the most 500 kilometers on a tank of fuel. Only a 4 cylinder motor.

Drives very well on and off road.

Space for your camping equipment with enough space for yourself and your missus to sleep in the back in-case its pissing down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2003

1997 Nissan Pathfinder Ti 3.5

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance148000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Magna

Summary:

For the right price a great car for on and off road trips

Faults:

Oil pressure switch, auto transmission started making some strange sounds when in P or N yet to be looked at by the dealer under an extended warranty agreement.

General Comments:

Car is nice, good off road as well as on however we did find this varied depending on tires. Original tires where HT, and we opted to put Pirrelli Scorpion AT on it. The road noise improvement was remarkable.

On a downside, cabin room for rear passengers (if their adults) is not comfortable. Fuel consumption is shocking, with approx 450km city driving (that's when the orange light comes on anyway).

Lots of engine noise close to 3000rpm and above.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2003

1987 Nissan Pathfinder 2.4 petrol

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired227000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Solid Off-Road, Car-like On-Road

Faults:

Ignition Points Burnt out.

Starter motor is on it's way out. Needs to be reconditioned.

Exhaust runs too close to passenger foot-well and has melted the carpet.

Seats (front and rear) have very little comfort on long trips however trim has held together and in "As New" condition for a 15 year old car.

General Comments:

I knew very little about the service history when purchasing my Pathfinder, but have been very happy with the reliability of it.

It's ability off-road is excellent. It goes where some brand new vehicles get stuck. I have yet to find a track to stump my pathfinder.

The only problem I have with my car is the fuel economy is not the greatest. I get approx. 400-500 kilometre's per tank. I suspect this is because the engine is under-powered and has to push a little over 1.6 tonnes without a load.

It definantely needs the 3.0L V6 of the next model.

Plenty of passenger and luggage room.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2003

2001 Nissan Pathfinder Z30 3.0 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance68000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

A true 4WD with the comfort, performance and fuel economy of a two litre sedan!

Faults:

Nothing at all!

General Comments:

A true 4WD with the comfort, performance and fuel economy of a executive sedan.

I own a Tristram trailer boat which weighs 3 tons (which is a lot for most of the competition) which I often bring on our family holidays, and the power and torque produced by the engine is sensational.

The only problem I think the car has is the noise produced by the turbo, it sounds like a high pitched siren.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd October, 2002

9th Dec 2003, 16:32

I to have this model pathfinder and noticed also that after towing my boat on a long trip, the high pitched siren of the turbo appeared.

After another year went by the turbo sound became annoying so I got a new turbo under warranty. The good thing about waiting a year or so is that Nissan acknowledged this fault in the turbo and redesigned the unit.

This means that the new turbo is quiet as, even under load. I have given the new turbo a thrashing and its still quiet.

I was so pleased that they fixed it, as I am back to loving my car again. The really go well.

13th Jun 2005, 01:03

I to own a z30 Pathfinder, purchased new in August 2001. It has know covered 125000 km. They are a great vehicle to drive. The diff was repaired at about 25000km, the air flow meter was replaced and continually needs servicing. The air bag light wouldn't go out and was repaired. It now has some sort of flat spot under certain acceleration situations, but I'm still very impressed with this vehicle, power, handling, ride etc.

15th Aug 2008, 03:40

I have a 2001 Z30 Pathfinder with 225,000KM on the clock. Had it since new. At 175,000KM it blew a whole in piston number 3. Apparently all the Z30 motors will do this at about the 175K mark. Motor rebuild cost $10,000.00.

I am reluctant to buy another Nissan diesel.

1990 Nissan Pathfinder LX 2.4 z24 petrol

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4 z24 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired235000 kilometres
Most recent distance275000 kilometres
Previous carFord Falcon

Summary:

Look for the V6

Faults:

Fan Belt tension due to someone who didn't know how to adjust it.

Wheel alignment due to spring sag.

General Comments:

Good car, not good for the back, pretty underpowered, high fuel consumpsion. Good off road, and a bit noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2001

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