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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Nissan Pathfinder or Nissan Xterra reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Xterra truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Nissan Pathfinder 25 Pathfinders, 4.6 months of data per Pathfinder, average 5100 miles

Common problem with shuddering with the revised transmission continues into a second model year. Nissan has been replacing the affected transmissions.
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100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder 34 Pathfinders, 8.9 months of data per Pathfinder, average 11900 miles

Common problem with shuddering with the revised transmission. The related JX35 used an older, less efficient CVT for most of the model year.
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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 45100 miles

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder   11 Pathfinders, 8.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 91100 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 9.1 months of data per Xterra, average 79300 miles

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder   11 Pathfinders, 7.6 months of data per Pathfinder, average 84600 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder   11 Pathfinders, 11.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 101700 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 11.5 months of data per Xterra, average 95500 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder   18 Pathfinders, 8.3 months of data per Pathfinder, average 99200 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra   13 Xterras, 9.5 months of data per Xterra, average 123900 miles

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder   16 Pathfinders, 7.7 months of data per Pathfinder, average 135400 miles

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder   16 Pathfinders, 10.0 months of data per Pathfinder, average 145700 miles

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2002 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 10.2 months of data per Xterra, average 136500 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder   19 Pathfinders, 9.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 138000 miles

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2000 Nissan Pathfinder   13 Pathfinders, 9.3 months of data per Pathfinder, average 151800 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 8.9 months of data per Xterra, average 165000 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Nissan Pathfinder

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Past experience with Nissan and reputation.
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have not had any problems so far with 33,000 miles
2006 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
So far, after 2 years, runs like a clock.
2005 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have had no major issues with this vehicle
2004 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The reliability of the powertrain is rock-solid. The VQ35DE engine will go for well over 300,000km without any major issues, and the transmission will give you no problems. One thing to watch: on areas with salted roads or by oceans, rust can be an issue.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
No mechanical problems in 3 years of daily use.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
The VQ35DE engine is proven to be reliable and long-lasting.
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Really tough car and reliable suspension.
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
This SUV is bulletproof. It just never lets me down.
Nissan Pathfinder Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 310-horsepower 5.6L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
Far too many issues in the short time I owned the SUV. There were 3 recalls but thankfully for nothing major. With only 31k miles on the clock, I had issues with the TPS system, gas door hatch, rear hatch lock, window motors, rear hatch leak and more.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Bulletproof. Drive and enjoy. Wear and tear is the only things you will care about. Trust me, I owned 4 of them, and they all are still in the family. This vehicle withstands a real abuse. If you do minimal maintenance - it will serve you for 10 years at least.
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
In spite of the fact that this car normally receives a reliability rating of 5/10, I have found that if you perform the required preventive maintenance, the car will provide outstanding reliability.
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I've had my X for almost two years now and have had absolutely no problems. I get my scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and change my oil myself ever 3,500 miles. This has been a very reliable vehicle
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Body-on-frame construction offers better rigidity and durability for off road use than a unibody.
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
We have only had one issue with the vehicle in 4.5 years and nearly 60,000 miles and that is the serpentine belt tensioner need to be replaced under warranty. There is some black trim that has faded, but the structural integrity is the same as new.
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Same engine as 350Z has a good reputation as being reliable. Timing Chain and 100K tune ups.
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Nissan has a good reputation
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
for the most part this truck has been very reliable, only minor things like power window issues after 60,000 miles but other then a couple of windows power not working completely its been great
Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Interior materials are not particularly durable for an SUV marketed to people who actually use them to go off road and to partake in outdoor activites. Have had a coolant hose and power sterring hose go bad for no apparent reason.