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Used Nissan Pathfinder – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Purchasing a used Nissan Pathfinder can be more controversial than maliciously taking a match to the polar icecaps

By Stephen Turvil
May 11, 2010
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Purchasing a used Nissan Pathfinder can be more controversial than maliciously taking a match to the polar icecaps. This is because many people claim the Pathfinder is simply a gas-guzzling vulgar monstrosity, whereas others argue it is actually an exceptionally capable 4x4. So, let's consider the Pathfinder's good, bad, and ugly characteristics.

Starting with the 'good' this Japanese four-wheel-drive vehicle is genuinely capable off-road. This is in stark contrast to many of its rivals which struggle to climb over anything more demanding than bark chippings. The Pathfinder's enviable off-road abilities are due to the high/low ratio transfer box, short overhangs, and low centre of gravity. This impressive machine also automatically switches between two and four-wheel-drive depending on the conditions. These features beautifully complement the popular 2.5-litre 171bhp diesel engine, which reaches 60mph in 11.1 seconds and returns a combined average of 31mpg.

The Pathfinder's 'bad' characteristics include mediocre on-road handling. This rugged run-around can feel cumbersome in faster corners and lean more than the tower of Piza. This uncomfortable sensation is exaggerated by the lifeless steering and questionable ride quality on bumpier roads. That said, the Pathfinder is not claiming to excel on the apexes and most 4x4 drivers will be perfectly satisfied.

So, now to the more subjective 'ugly' traits. The Pathfinder was never viciously beaten by the ugly stick, but it clearly endured the occasional slap. The styling resembles a forgettable shapeless shoebox but its underlying strengths and modest price make this easy to overlook. The used Nissan Pathfinder is listed in Motoring.co.uk's database on a 2007 registration from around £14,000.

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By Stephen Turvil
May 11, 2010