Do You Own a Pathfinder?

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 14:25
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Hi all,
I have been looking at a 2009 Nissan Pathfinder ST-L R51 Manual 4x4 MY08, that has 94k on it. manual, 6 months rego and good tires.

It drives well and has a service logbook. $21,000.

I was talking to their next door neighbour while waiting for a test drive and he said they have been trying to sell it for 8 months. (last July).

Why would it not have been sold by now? I cannot find any bad reviews on that model, so I am wondering if others know something about this model Nissan I don't.

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Reply By: TomH - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 14:42

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 14:42
If you are going to tow with it I would be careful as some of them had problems with Nissan towbars pulling out of the chassis.
I would go to the Pathfinder forum and read through it
http://pcoa.org.au/forum/viewforum.php?f=20
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:14

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:14
Hi bbuzz,

I have a Pathfinder R51 auto Ti.

I purchased it new in 2008, the vehicle is really capable off road, it has done nearly 190K, has been to some remote locations and performed really well.

We have a "Challenge Desert Seeker" camper trailer which the vehicle tows really well, it can be a bit thirsty at times, but overall not too bad.

Several things to look out for,

1.
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:26

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:26
Come on, we are waiting in anticipation for the warnings, LOL
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:25

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:25
wow not sure what happened there, but back to the things to look out for

1. Fuel gauge, don't trust it, it will say you have fuel but in actual fact it is a lot less then the gauge indicates.

2. Paintwork, I have met plenty of R51 owners who all complain about fading paint in the first five years.

3. Lack of accessories, cargo barrier in particular.

4. Timing chain, check out the Pathfinder website (POCA) and you will see literally dozens of replacements at around 70K, mine was one of them. Lots of luck getting Nissan to admit it is a problem.

The other thing to consider is Nissan Australia's complete lack of any sort of after purchase warranty, I had long standing issues with items 1, 2, and 4 listed above, eventually after two and a half years of complaining about the fuel gauge they replaced the whole climate panel, then had the cheek to tell me it was out of warranty and I would have to pay for it, the lawyers sorted that one out.

As I said the vehicle is more than capable, it is just a lack of caring by Nissan that annoys me.

Happy motoring

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:28

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:28
Barry, you beat me by a nano second.......................
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:03

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:03
Quote "The other thing to consider is Nissan Australia's complete lack of any sort of after purchase warranty,"

An 8 year old vehicle is well out of warranty.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:18

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:18
Peter D,

The issues occurred well before the warranty ran out, but Nissan still didn't want to know about it.


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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:33

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 16:33
Hi John,

Have you had similar problems.

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 07:40

Friday, Feb 12, 2016 at 07:40
Barry, no, was just waiting for the missing part of the post..............
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Reply By: Meridith D - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 18:54

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 18:54
We recently traded our 2011 St Pathfinder for a new Landsruiser.
If we hadn't been upgrading to a Cruiser, we would definitely have keep the Pathie. It towed out 2500kg van beautifully, cruised the freeways really well and was overall a fantastic car. It had about 120000km on it and our trade in was $23000. We thought someone got a bargain there- most in the same range as ours were selling for around 26 - 28ks.
Ours was pretty standard - had a HR tow bar, but not much extra on it.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 19:16

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 19:16
Is one in our family and I think they can only be judged with your intended use in mind.

Its a great car with a lot of good points however they are short on wheel travel and this limits them in bush but they still go a long way.
33" tyres and a 2 inch lift helped but still not that good.

It had timing belt issue mentioned above but we were able to home-fix it but its a real job.

Ours shattered its front diff on Billy goat bluff and we cut out the axles and it still limped home.

Its been great overall but isn't really tough enough and its expected to be replaced by another 4800 GU Patrol soon.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:01

Thursday, Feb 11, 2016 at 20:01
Thanks to all replies.

I will have another look at it and check the timing belt in the service book.

It certainly looks the goods.

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