2001 Nissan Pathfinder from North America


Switch cars, and save your money for a down payment on a new car, and drive happy!


I had commented on it before Jan 6th 2010, too many problems!

It was a lemon. 87,000 miles on it.

CD changer broken, windows slow, loss of acceleration on freeways up hill. OK to run in the city, but horrible on gas!!!

The vehicle shakes when driving 55mph, CEL light on!

The only thing I have to say, would be if you like this car, then you need to be rich!!! All of its maintenance is too expensive for me, and the guess what's wrong now game was no longer fun!

I decided to fix my car, ummm... $1,400 before tags due in Jan of course. I didn't have the money, so it would have been on a credit. My kids are way older, and didn't need to lug them around. The youngest one was going to drive in about 6 months, so there was another issue (not safe for her to learn on).

I traded it in for my now Hyundai Accent 2010. They gave me $2000.00 at the dealership. I really only thought maybe $800.00, so I was very happy!!

My headaches are gone, and I am enjoying my ride to work and daily routines without hating life!!! I am so happy now and stress free; a new payment again, but totally worth not worrying for another 10-15 years, maybe even more by the Hyundai comments read (very good!!!) :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th September, 2010

2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE 3.5 from North America


A mixed bag of a great SUV, with expensive problems


Computer shorted out ($2,000) at 190,000 miles.

Driver seat motor failed ($1,000) at 180,000 miles.

Nissan stopped offering navigation updates for the GPS at 4 years, so it is becoming a $2,000 obsolete unit.

Plastic climate control buttons fell off ($2,000) at 200,000 miles.

General Comments:

Fit and finish are still great after 280,000 miles.

The car runs very smooth and powerful.

A very comfortable and nimble car.

Repairs have been really expensive, and Nissan's decision to not continue to support the GPS unit is a betrayal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd September, 2010

2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE V6 from North America


One giant expensive hassle


CEL, engine knocking and running horribly. Rough idle, cat knocking around. Replaced cat, exhaust. Pinging, knocking. Timing chain? Has no oil pressure, no compression. Replaced 125,000 engine with 90,000 engine. Replaced battery.

I've owned this car less than a year. I should have kept my crappy Chevy.

General Comments:

I'm amazed like many in finding this site, the complaints are all the same.

I purchased my Pathy in a hurry, after owning 3 Chevy S-10 Blazers in a row and facing dropping $1300 to get my 1995 (over 200k wonderful miles) on the road. The first thing I needed to replace was the exhaust, which leaked and rattled. A piece of CHEWING GUM from the previous owner had worked its way into the base of the shifter and broke the microswitch. With tow fees, parts/labor and car rental, cost me $1000.

Good thing I'm rich.

The the knocking and pinging and CEL. I was told it may be the O2, but let's change the cat because it leaks and may be causing the O2 to trip. That done, problems continued to compound, car scarcely ran. Oh, yeah the clock never worked and it had an aftermarket stereo. No oil pressure, loss of compression, timing chain rattles.

We decide to replace the 125,000 engine with a 90,000.

All's well, now the CEL light has returned with the rough running and loss of power. I changed the octane to premium. Miracle!!! Car runs like a champ, quiet acceleration and tackles hills like a new car. That was a month ago. In the last two days it's returned to the rattling, chugging headache it's always been. I'm tired of the MAF/O2 diagnosis I'm going to get. I think the car is just poorly engineered.

Good thing I'm rich, or I'd be really really worried.

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

Review Date: 11th November, 2009

24th Apr 2011, 21:34

If you were rich wouldn't you be buying something better than a Pathfinder? LOL.