This car was saved i needed a daily this car needed love i drove the beast for 3 years no problems ever 35,000 miles and it was sold to the next owner able to get me around in the nasty seattle rain, snow, sleet,etc.
I've owned my pathy for almost 10 years now; bought it used in 2000 from a guy who babied it. I've treated it pretty harsh.. lot's of offroading excursions and suspension damage. But the pathy always seems to survive... I can't seem to kill it. The only major repairs I've done are suspension (most likely my fault) and I had to replace the clutch hydraulics at 140,000 miles.
I love the way this thing looks. I like to thing its timeless future-retro offroad styling. It also handles well offroad to boot.
The adjustable suspension doesn't really work as advertised. The offroad capability is a trade for on-road comfort. Not everybody that gets in thinks the seats are comfortable. Closing the doors sounds like you're dropping a tin can. The exhaust manifold leaks like crazy and is un-fixable.
Awesome truck, Nissan definitely did a good job and built it to last. Got used with just under 100,000 miles and it is still running strong with 235,000 miles. Only work done besides the basics (tires brakes belts timing...) was a transmission around 160,000 miles. Really shines offroad and in the winter with the 4x4. Just starting to rust, but after almost 20 years of reliability it is to be expected.
I have had 2 other cars since purchasing this for $1,000 and it has outlasted both! 4x4 is great The most reliable car I have ever owned (recently drove to CA from MA with no problems)
Could use just a little bit more power, and the mpg's could be a little bit better (I average 21)
I live in a rural area where four wheel drive rigs are a part of life, and this pathfinder is one of the better 4x4s I have ever driven. If you are looking for a "soccer mom" car, get a van. On the other hand if you are looking for a small affordable 4x4 that can go anywhere, get a Nissan Pathfinder. It has the ground clearance and power to get anywhere you want and is still small and light enough to get decent (about 22 mpg highway) millage. The only downside is that the XE model does not come with a limited slip in the back, reducing performance somewhat in snow / mud, but it is otherwise an excellent vehicle.
Excellent vehicle reliability, easy maintenance, ready availability of parts.
Could use a limited slip in the back, fuel economy does leave a little to be desired, although it is not bad for a 4x4
I bought this suv at 107000 miles and a brand new transmission, four years later and an extra 43000 miles, she is still going strong. I have replaced the water pump, timing belt, and alternator. For the age that she is, she has been very reliable for the most part. I would definitely recommend this car to someone.
It's like having a truck and car all wrapped up in one package.
The horsepower and gas mileage are poor and the seats are uncomfortable on long drives.