Purchased in 1996 with only 25,000 miles (prior rental). After reading most the reviews I now feel I was one of the few who bought a lemon. Unfortunately I have one frustrating problem after another with expensive repair bills. Transmission replaced 2 times! Many electrical problems. Trouble starting in hot weather. Dash warning lights stay on after replacing alternator $300. Don't feel stable around corners sometimes feel car will tip. Spare tire inside takes up a lot of cargo space. No functional drink holders. Spring loaded rear door crashes on your head unless you hold it up. I really like they style of the pathfinder and am wondering if newer ones have fewer mechanical problems?
Feels very roomy (4Runner feels cramped up front) and nice interior up front. Drives through snow & ice well with good snow tires. 4WD reliable. Nice body style. Nice dash with very appealable smooth lines on dash not boxy interior dash like some SUVs.
Locate spare tire underneath like 4RNR for more cargo space. Add A/C to rear seating area. More small storage compartments. Better gas mileage. Storage for purse up front. Switch radio/CD with heater/AC panel so its easier to reach. Dash cup holders front & rear. Comfortable rear seating