About Nissan Pathfinder
Deriving from Nissan's compact pickup truck platform, Nissan Pathfinder has been built by the outstanding Japanese multinational automobile manufactured Nissan Motor Company Ltd since 1985 as compact SUV, mid-size SUV and mid-size crossover. Originally introduced to substitute the Nissan Bushmaster, Pathfinder slots between the Nissan Murano and Armada or Patrol in size and between the Xterra and Murano in price. Now, Pathfinder is in its fourth generation.
The third-generation Nissan Pathfinder was produced from 30 August 2004 to August 2012 based on the Nissan F-Alpha platform. It made its debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show and went on sale as a 2005 model. Pathfinder was offered in only one body style, 4-door SUV and came in base S, midrange SV, luxurious Silver and upscale LE trim levels. Featured truck-based body-on-frame construction, Nissan Pathfinder was powered by either 4.0 L V6 rated at 266 hp and 288 lb-ft of torque or 5.6 L V8 producing 310 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. And engines sent power through 5-speed, 7-speed automatic and 6-speed manual transmissions to rear wheels or four wheels. The current Pathfinder started to go on sale in late October 2012 as a 2013 model. Based on the Nissan D platform, Pathfinder adopts a unibody design. It comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Now, Nissan Pathfinder gets power from a 3.5 L V6 cranking out 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque and the Pathfinder Hybrid is powered by a 2.5 L I4 and an electric motor paired to a compact lithium-ion battery. And power is sent through CVT to front wheels or four wheels.
Nissan Pathfinder Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting solid mileage, numerous safety features and plenty of room in its three rows of seating, Nissan Pathfinder is also rugged and capable towing. And that is why so many buyers would choose it even though these common problems will find it eventually:
First, since as a truck-based SUV, Nissan Pathfinder has experienced all kinds of road conditions, which makes its suspension system be a vulnerable system. And suspension failure becomes a common problem for Nissan Pathfinder drivers. You are advised to diagnose and solve it as soon as you can in case it results in the worst situation, which is poor handling. First of all, you may only hear rattling or squeaking noises from underneath the vehicle, grinding noises while turning as well as clunking sounds when driving. Then you will notice the tire wear becomes uneven and excessive and vehicle tends to tilt to one side. Before you lose control of the whole vehicle, the intense car vibration, unintentional steering and loose shaky steering wheel could be the last signs for inspection on Pathfinder leaf spring insulator, sway bar bushing, coil spring insulator, control arm bushing, wheel bearing, control arm shaft kit, shock absorber, sway bar link and shock and strut mount is needed desperately.
Second, engine failure is also a very common and serious issue on Nissan Pathfinder. As the soul of a vehicle, anything wrong happens to the engine could bring destructive results. Therefore, in case your Pathfinder breaks down completely prematurely, please inspect the Pathfinder EGR valve, camshaft position sensor, road bearing, intake manifold gasket, timing chain tensioner, drive belt, serpentine belt, throttle body gasket, oil filter, exhaust manifold gasket, valve cover gasket, exhaust flange gasket, spark plug, oil pump gasket and thermostat gasket once you notice a decrease in power, acceleration, fuel economy and engine performance.
However, to sustain your Nissan Pathfinder's overall quality, please maintain vulnerable auto parts on it routinely. Please add Pathfinder valve body, door handle, power window switch, door lock actuator, headlight bulb, headlight, brake pad set, wiper arm, seat belt, and wiper blade on your routine maintenance list as they all play important roles in creating safe and comfortable driving environment.
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