About Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder is a mid-size crossover Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the exceptional Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company Ltd since 1985. The first Nissan Pathfinder was introduced in 1985 as a 2-door SUV and derived from Nissan's compact pickup platform. From 1895 to 1995, Nissan Pathfinder was classified as a compact SUV, then from 1995 to 2012 a mid-size SUV. Its size is bigger than Murano but smaller than Armada or Patrol but more expensive than Xterra and cheaper than Murano. At present, Nissan Pathfinder has been produced through four generations.
The third-generation Nissan Pathfinder (R51 series; 2005-2012) was first released at 2014 North American Auto Show for the 2015 model year although its Dunehawk Concept debuted at the 2003 IAA already. The facelifted North American version Nissan Pathfinder was introduced at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. It was offered in S, ST-L and so on. And Nissan Pathfinder was powered by 4.0 L V6, 2.5 L Turbodiesel I4, 5.6 L V8 and 3.0 L Turbodiesel V6 engines mated to 5-speed and 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions. Then the fourth-generation Nissan Pathfinder (R52 series: 2013-present) went on sale in October 2012 as a 2013 model. It now is available in S, SV, SL, Platinum and Midnight Edition trim levels powered by 2.5 L I4 gasoline hybrid and 3.5 L V6 gasoline engines. And both engines are attached to a CVT.
Nissan Pathfinder Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Nissan is always renowned for precise engineering and high quality, which are what Nissan Pathfinder has as well. However, it is a pity that no matter how tough the Nissan Pathfinder is built, as accumulation of mileage, problems still come for it:
First, engine failure. As the soul of a vehicle, engine's importance speaks for itself. And it is also a very vulnerable part that would wear. In Nissan Pathfinder, some owners pointed out that when the vehicle had a mileage of approximately 110,000 miles, the engine would go wrong as overheating, misfiring, decreasing in power, fuel economy and acceleration and even giving out strange noises. Sometimes, they could smell oil odor and see dirty exhaust. If electrical parts are also affected and the Check Engine Light on your Pathfinder comes on, then the Pathfinder intake manifold, drive belt, rod bearing, valve cover gasket and throttle body gasket are the ones to blame.
Second, suspension and transmission issues. The best advantage of a functioning suspension is that it can keep you stay away from unpleasant driving experience. However, some Nissan Pathfinder drivers told that the severely damaged front brakes and tire wear tilted the vehicle to one side, bouncing and excessive vibrations and noises made a terrible driving. Sluggish response in handling and vehicle bottoming out are the indicators to replace the Pathfinder leaf spring bushing, control arm bushing, coil spring insulator, sway bar bushing, wheel bearing and control arm shaft kit. As for transmission failure, you can inspect the valve body directly.
It is never enough for you to maintain your Nissan Pathfinder as it is made of so many auto parts. But in fact, some parts in it could last as long as the vehicle could and just a little could not. Your attention should be paid to them. Door handle and door lock actuator are essential door parts for your Nissan Pathfinder in providing convenience for entering or existing from vehicle or providing protection for your property from being stolen. So you are supposed to maintain them routinely. Same goes to wiper arm, seat belt and headlight cover.
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