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So how are the new Pathfinders??

I had the 2005 and was disappointed in several areas. I'm wondering if they addressed this at all.

The main area was the weak suspension and weak front axle ratings. Have these improved? On the RV forums, it common knowledge that these Pathfinders have a hard time pulling campers with heavy tongue weights due to the weak suspensions. The low rated front axle keeps weight distribution to a minimum which puts more weight on an already sagging rear suspension.

I'm at least hoping that the weak and sagging rear suspension were upgraded with the V8 versions.

I'm also hoping that the front axle rating has least came up to 3000 lbs on the V6s and more on the V8s.

Here's an example of the rear suspension sag on the Pathfinder compared to the Sport Trac with my previous Pop Up. I didn't use any weight distributing hitch, just the standard weight bearing hitches that most Pop Ups require.



The other problem was the paint bubbling and rusting problem that several I know have had including myself. I know one Nissan Advisor (in another state) that also knows of the problem but Nissan refuses to accept responsibility siting it's caused by the customer. My dealer had this problem with vehicles sitting in their showroom and said Nissan said this was environmental and would not warranty it. Body shops confirmed paint defect, not environmental but Nissan refuses warranty. This is the reason why I won't buy a Nissan anymore, same as a GM. I won't do business with a company that won't stand behind their product when it's a warranty issue. I'm wondering if this problem was taken care of and if Nissan changed their stance and started standing behind their products.

While I had some minor issues with the Pathfinder, it was a nice truck based SUV. If they overcome their weak suspensions and axles plus address their paint problems as well as stand behind the product they sell, perhaps I could see considering their products down the road.

Just wanting to see if they stepped up their game or competitiveness.

BTW, I'm completely happy with my Sport Trac. It's much better than the 3 Nissan vehicles I previously had (2000 Xterra, 2004 Titan, 2005 Pathfinder) in power, comfort, features, capability, reliability, and price. However I still like having choices and I'm not brand loyal (anymore after my situation with the Titan, then Pathfinder). I like having some competitive choices. Since there are few truck based SUVs out there anymore or even good midsize pickups, pickings are slim. I'm not a fan of GM or Toyota. I like Ford, Nissan and Dodge, but Dodge may not be around for long.

Thanks and have a good one.

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