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Nissan Pathfinder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 168 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1996 Nissan Pathfinder

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  • What's New for 1996

    Outstanding new Pathfinder debuts with dual airbags and great interior styling. Engine output is up, but the Pathfinder is still not going to win any drag races. The new interior is open, airy and much more comfortable than most of its competitors.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

17 years old and still

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

This 1996 Nissan Pathfinder is my third vehicle. The first time I toke this pathfinder for a test drive i fell in love! Out of all the vehicles I have owned and driven this one is truly the best! All the build materials used don't feel cheap it all feels solid and when you close the door you can hear the quality that was put into this SUV.



4 of 4 people found this review helpful

16 years old and still

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

At almost $4.00 a gallon, I'm driving it less and less. I was riding home from work this winter in the dark and enjoying the Christmas lights at 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) from the back of my even-more-ancient Yamaha. But, mpg aside, when I do drive my 96 Pathfinder, I have an absolute sense of confidence. At 16 years old with only 95000 on the odometer, I think I could get another 16 out of it. Nothing has gone wrong with the vehicle since I have owned it (second owner). Recently, at about 90000 miles, I replaced the timing belt and water pump just because it was time. Most of the exhaust system was rotted away this year. $400 later, with a shiny new exhaust, we're still just rolling along.




The old toy!

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

Owned it from new! gave her a name then and Jenny has never let me down.. until last week! she and a Dodge ram got into a tiff.. But thats ok cause Jenny is in getting a 4800 facelift.. one of the best trucks i have ever owned i use it for work to fire hall. in northern ontario she has no problem going through 3 feet of snow! belts, brakes and wipers and tires.. and struts but that cheap if you do it your self! $400 bucks..




Practical

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought this car in 2000 with 40,000, now it has 130,000 on it and the engine still runs well. Overall I have been very pleased with my pathfinder. It is very reliable, the only problem that i have had is an occasional starting problem which my local nissan dealer was unable to completely repair. That was at 100,000. The gas mileage is lousy, and the pick-up is below average when compared to newer SUVs. However I prefer the less aggressive exterior styling of the 96-99 pathfinders. The car is incredibly practical I have used this vehicle and nothing else to move my furniture 3 times in 6 years. The 4wd has got me out of a few jams over the years also.




Trouble free

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought new 1996 4WD LE , and just turned 110K miles. Very reliable. Non-maintenance repairs: Throttle positioning sensor and washer pump at 50K miles.($150, $100) O2 sensor at 110K miles($300). Ground harness for emissions system needed at 110K miles, and Nissan did repair under warranty, even though it was 10K past! So less than $600 in repairs over six years and 110K miles. All else was maintenance- replaced nissan struts with KYB ones at 60K- improved handling. Replaced CD player (80K), which had begun to get hot on drives over 3 hours, otherwise, wouldn't have noticed.




Best suv we've owned.

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Vehicle: 1996 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD

Left our home to buy a 4 Runner that we had been inside and loved but had never driven. 1 mile latter we were shopping again. We have driven it for 3 years and it has always performed as it should.



Full 1996 Nissan Pathfinder Review

What's New for 1996

Outstanding new Pathfinder debuts with dual airbags and great interior styling. Engine output is up, but the Pathfinder is still not going to win any drag races. The new interior is open, airy and much more comfortable than most of its competitors.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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