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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2014 Nissan Pathfinder 42
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  52 Pathfinders, 10.0 months of data per Pathfinder, average 17300 miles

 

2013 Nissan Pathfinder 59
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  31 Pathfinders, 10.5 months of data per Pathfinder, average 31000 miles

Redesigned.

 

2012 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 9.8 months of data per Xterra, average 38100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2010 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.7 months of data per Xterra, average 58300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 Nissan Pathfinder   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Pathfinders, 10.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 118900 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2007 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 7.9 months of data per Xterra, average 86800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Xterras, 8.4 months of data per Xterra, average 101400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2005 Nissan Pathfinder   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 Pathfinders, 9.7 months of data per Pathfinder, average 113900 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Nissan Xterra   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 Xterras, 10.5 months of data per Xterra, average 127500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Nissan Pathfinder   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Pathfinders, 8.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 119600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2002 Nissan Pathfinder   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 Pathfinders, 8.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 146800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Nissan Pathfinder   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Pathfinders, 7.8 months of data per Pathfinder, average 158800 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Nissan Xterra Reliability Comparisons

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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 automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Have not had any problems so far with 33,000 miles
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Past experience with Nissan and reputation.
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 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
No mechanical problems in 3 years of daily use.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.