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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.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Xterra reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Xterra were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Xterra have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2013 Nissan Pathfinder 30 Pathfinders, 7.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 7700 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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2010 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.3 months of data per Xterra, average 33200 miles

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder   13 Pathfinders, 7.2 months of data per Pathfinder, average 87900 miles

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2008 Nissan Xterra   14 Xterras, 8.1 months of data per Xterra, average 76700 miles

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder   14 Pathfinders, 8.3 months of data per Pathfinder, average 79400 miles

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2007 Nissan Xterra   11 Xterras, 8.2 months of data per Xterra, average 69200 miles

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2006 Nissan Pathfinder   14 Pathfinders, 8.7 months of data per Pathfinder, average 87800 miles

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2006 Nissan Xterra   12 Xterras, 7.6 months of data per Xterra, average 86600 miles

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2005 Nissan Pathfinder   18 Pathfinders, 10.1 months of data per Pathfinder, average 100500 miles

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2005 Nissan Xterra   17 Xterras, 8.8 months of data per Xterra, average 111400 miles

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2003 Nissan Pathfinder   15 Pathfinders, 8.5 months of data per Pathfinder, average 126300 miles

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder   16 Pathfinders, 8.3 months of data per Pathfinder, average 137100 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder   20 Pathfinders, 7.6 months of data per Pathfinder, average 142800 miles

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2000 Nissan Pathfinder   17 Pathfinders, 8.5 months of data per Pathfinder, average 147800 miles

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2000 Nissan Xterra   10 Xterras, 7.2 months of data per Xterra, average 149400 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 Nissan Pathfinder Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Pathfinder: 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
Really tough car and reliable suspension.
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.
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.
Reliability and Durability of the Nissan Pathfinder: 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.

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What Our Members Are Saying about Nissan Xterra Reliability and Durability

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