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NHTSA tests revealed a "tip up" condition, and Nissan programmed the VDC to be even more aggressive (ala Toyota/Lexus). I actually do think the Murano's VDC is rather slow to react. When I begin to spin on ice, I can almost always correct myself before VDC kicks in. So the hands off VDC on the Pathfinder is not surprising to me.

Nissan Implements Product Improvement for 2005 Nissan Pathfinder [June 10, 05]


GARDENA, Calif. (June 10, 2005) – During recent NCAP dynamic maneuvering tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder experienced a “tip-up” under certain test conditions. As this result was unexpected, Nissan proactively approached NHTSA to better understand the Pathfinder’s performance in this test. Nissan determined the root cause and implemented a product improvement by reprogramming the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system installed on all Pathfinder models at the factory. Subsequent tests by NHTSA confirmed there was no “tip-up” after the VDC was updated. In addition, to avoid any concerns by current Pathfinder owners and to promote customer satisfaction, Nissan dealers will reprogram the VDC on their vehicle free of charge. Nissan will begin sending letters notifying 2005 Pathfinder owners of this offer at the end of June 2005.
 
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