2005 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

2005 Nissan Pathfinder EX 4.2 V6 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 4.2 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Bravada

Summary:

Reliable, powerful, comfortable vehicle that is well worth the money

Faults:

U joints replaced after owned for approximately 1 year.

Fuel delivery system sensor went out at 58000 miles.

General Comments:

A great vehicle that has good power for a V6, lots of room for 7, handles good, very reliable and a lot of fun to drive.

Ever since I changed the tires on my Pathfinder to more performance based tires, I have noticed the smoother ride with a better feel.

I have only had minor problems with my Pathfinder, and was taken care of very well by the dealership where I purchased my vehicle.

I previously drove American made SUVs and trucks, with many problems early on with the vehicles that were costly repairs.

I believe I will continue to stick with Nissan and all of their cars. I recently purchased a used Altima as a second car.

The only gripe I would have with the Pathfinder is the MPG, but it gets better than some of the other SUVs that compare in size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2009

2005 Nissan Pathfinder XE 2.8 liter from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired150 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

The Nissan Pathfinder is a treasured revelation

General Comments:

I finally bought the Nissan Pathfinder in 2005. I shopped around and found a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder XE. It is loaded, (and why shouldn't it be with a five year financial commitment), with all the bells. I am proud of the acceleration being there when I need it most.

I have used the Nissan Pathfinder as a true SUV, loading it down with wood, sod, and pulling 3,700 pounds of household items in tow.

I never feel the need to go shopping for a V8. With this modest beast of a V6 you will get an average of 19.5 MPG, and plenty of happy trails.

My Saturn SC2 is a 2002 model. I would recommend the SC2 if you want great gas mileage, but for performance, handling and pickup, the car is a flop. I cannot stress the importance of having a car that is to your liking and the SC2 is a small, uncomfortable, spine wrenching ride. I had issues with the transmission at around 38,000 miles. When the transmission shifted gears it was taking life off the rest of the car. The interior of the car is rigid and impersonal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2008

15th Jan 2013, 21:48

I love my Pathfinder, all my Nissans have had great reliability if you don't get hustled by dealers or lying shops... but I also love my used 2000 Explorer with the V8 and the AWD, and it has great pulling power when I do dump runs with the trailer. I sure wouldn't get the V6 4WD Explorer... but the V8 AWD is as close to a worry free vehicle as I have ever owned. But then again, the Pathfinder has been a good solid vehicle as well. Both really do drive great.

2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE from North America

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance36000 miles
Previous carNissan Pathfinder

Summary:

Poor quality, performance and service compared to others

Faults:

Multiple recalls.

Brakes wear very fast; replaced two times in 36k.

Rust on rear tailgate.

Paint cracking.

Automatic window.

Gas cover repaired once but malfunctioning again.

General Comments:

Nice overall look interior and exterior.

Compared to similar models, it has a rough ride and is noisy. Very uncomfortable on longer rides in back.

Also has lower comparable gas mileage compared to similar models.

I do not like the traction in 2wd, even though I had the traction control feature.

The quality compared to the older Pathfinders was poor.

I also had poor service at the end of the lease. I could not get a dealer to take the car and the customer service was of no help.

Also compared to other cars I leased, the charges for minor scratches was very high. Over 800 dollars for scratches on bumper and one side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th March, 2008

2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles
Previous carHonda S2000

Summary:

Worst vehicle and dealers I have ever met

Faults:

I got this SUV for my wife when she was pregnant, we got rid of her Honda S2000 sports car because of the obvious reason.

Problem first started when Nissan installed an after market DVD player. This thing has been replaced 3 times by the same dealer since no other Nissan dealer will touch it. Latest problem was that all the internal lights stop working, I replaced the fuse and it blew it again. We took it to a local dealer since the dealer we got the SUV from is further away. The local dealer mentioned that it was the after market DVD and he would not touch it. So we had to take it back to the dealer we leased the SUV from (Further away) to find out it was a wire in the Map lights that shorted out.

Back window stop rolling down, dealer replaced it, it took them 3 days.

Driver's Sun visor fell off and was hanging by the power wire that goes to the mirror light, this while the thing was being driven on the highway.

The local dealer unfortunately has not made this a pleasant experience either. By the way this is my wife's car I have the 2005 Titan, they are both leased and will go back to Nissan this year, we will drop them off and never look back. Honda or Toyota for us.

General Comments:

The vehicle sucks!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th March, 2008

18th Jul 2009, 19:48

If your DVD player wasn't installed properly, then it's not the car's fault for having the electrical problems. Second, NO dealer will touch aftermarket parts, that's just them covering their behind.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews