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Pros: Navigation System
Cons: Premium Gas
Advice: Value, Quality, Reliabity if you this things than Pathfinder is the best.I test drove every midsize suv out there, but pathfinder was the best for me. I knew this was the right vechile for me. This is my fourth nissan vechile that I have purchased. I would definetly refer to people to take a test drive once before going for any other suvs.
Pros: THOSE KILLER 17 INCH WHEELS (LE MODEL ONLY)
Cons: SOFT SHIFTING AUTOTRANS, REAR BRAKE DRUMS
Advice: IF YOU WANT 4WD FULL TIME, BUY THE LEREAR DRUM BRAKES? WILL SOMEBODY TELL NISSAN THAT IT'S 2002 ALREADY? I LOVE THIS TRUCK. IT HAS LOOKS, POWER, HANDLING, RIDE, KILLER 17' WHEELS (LE TRIM) GOOD SOUND SYSTEM, AND IT FEELS LIKE IT'S CARVED OUT OF A SOLID PIECE OF STEEL......HOWEVER, THE AUTO-TRANS SHIFTS LIKE A PARTIALLY MELTED STICK OF BUTTER ON A HOT SUMMER DAY. NISSAN NEEDS TO FIRM UP THE SHIFTS IN THIS VEHICLE! THE BRAKES, WHILE STOPPING THE TRUCK NICELY, HAVE EXCESSIVE PEDAL TRAVEL AND 'THOSE REAR DRUMS' EVEN LOW END VEHICLES HAVE 4 WHEEL DISCS THESE DAYS! NISSAN, FIRM UP THE SHIFTS, TRASH THOSE REAR BRAKE DRUMS IN FAVOR OF DISCS, AND WHILE YOUR AT IT.......THROW IN A POWER RADIO ANTENNA FOR 32 GRAND!
Pros: Engine is very responsive and powerful
Cons: Engine sucks fuel like its tap water. Vehicle needs premium fuel to fully appreciate power potential
Advice: Nissan is having a heck of a time selling Pathfinders right now (Mar 2002) because of the XTerra. Don't settle for anything more than a few hundred dollars over invoice! They gave us over $3,000 under the MSRP. Don't pay the advertisement markup.Very nice engine response. We have the 5 speed manual and the difference between it and the automatic version is truly stunning. Although the difference in horsepower is a mere 10%, the responsiveness of the easy shifting 5 speed translates into a tremendous difference in 'get up and go.' The handling is OK--comparable to other SUVs we test drove. The suspension is nice but the rear wheels hop when off-road in 2 wheel drive mode. The transfer case is simple to operate and gives a positive response moving in and out of 4 wheel drive. We have the cloth bucket seats and they're extremely comfortable (once you find the 'perfect' adjustment for seat position). The eight-way driver's seat adjustment is very nice, but the learning curve is steep on how to properly operate the darn thing. I've seen several negative reviews on the rear seat space. We found the back seat to be roomy enough to sit two adults comfortably. An added bonus is that the rear seats recline (independently) adding tremendously to rear seat comfort!