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Am I right to be concerned about rust on the chassis of my 2011 Nissan Pathfinder after news of the Nissan Navara chassis issues?

I've been happy with my 2011 Nissan Pathfinder Tekna 2.5 manual, which has been owned from nearly new and has always been serviced by Nissan. I've become concerned by recent reports of failure of the rear chassis on the Nissan Navara and Pathfinder. A friend with a 2007 Pathfinder suffered this fault resulting in a write off. The Nissan garage we contacted said the issue is only with 2005 - 2007 vehicles but we could have the car checked at our expense if we wished. My car has no obvious problem other than light surface rust on the chassis. Should I be concerned? The car regularly tows a horse box so works quite hard.

Asked on 20 February 2017 by robert davies

Answered by Honest John
Many thanks. First report I've received of this on a Pathfinder but, because it shares the same ladder frame chassis as the Navara D40 it was obviously vulnerable. You should be concerned about any surface rust on the chassis. The weakness is about two feet in front of the rear wheels.
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