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1997 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

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Nissan Pathfinder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.3 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 168 hp @ 4800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fresh shape, wonderful interior, good reliability.

  • Cons

    Steep price, engine could be stronger.

  • What's New for 1997

    Changes to the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder include storage pockets added at all doors, a new exterior color and an available Bose sound system.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (13 total reviews)  |  Write a Review


Loved it!

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought my pathfinder used for $3500 and it had 160k miles on it. It was the base model with a/c and a Manuel trans. It was rough around the edges but the interior had held up amazingly. Everything on the inside looked in mint condition. The a/c still worked great. The 4wd was amazing and functioned perfectly. I was rough on this truck but it never gave me any issues. Fitted a snorkel to it and hurricane season was no problem for me. It would go through anything! Overall a great truck. It was reliable and durable. I handed it down to my sister and she killed it by way of not changing the oil. It had 221k miles.




Still the one

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

Mileage, handling, braking, transmission, better than when it was new. Engine is smooth as silk. Changing oil every 3,000 miles, transmission every 30,000, serviced only at dealer. Using Michelin Mud and Snow tires with Nitrogen really brought up the MPG, get an honest 19 mph on the highway.




Built to run and run

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

I owned the vehicle for about 60K miles, not particularly fond of the comfort, and don't hit ice at 60 MPH in RWD only. Sold it at 140K, still going strong. The exhaust would rust out every two years, but that's all that I can complain about. Handled 6 inches of unplowed snow beautifully. If you prefer reliability over creature comforts, great vehicle, my third Nissan, would certainly buy another.




Do not buy one

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

I dont know if i got a lemon or what, but my nissan had a underhood fire, 2 transmissions, and major engine work all within 3000 miles after purchasing used. Took it back to the dealer and threatend to sue. bought a chevy trailblazer for replacement. am very happy now.




Wonderful vehicle

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

i love this vehicle very much. it is very dependable and nice. it is extremely capable off road as well. i have to pull my friends out the mud all the time.




I will never buy another

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Vehicle: 1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 4dr SUV 4WD

Several expensive repairs prior to 90,000 miles. Front struts, causing tire wear, frequent tire replacements and eventual front strut replacement. Rear Suspension was wobbling at high way speeds, causing consumer hazard and had to be replaced. AM/FM/CD replaced several times, eventually purchased after market replacement. Speakers go out sporadically but, infrequently. Nissan didn't forewarn about exhaust manifold problem. I almost paid for this out of pocket. Luckily I found out about a TSB. Nissan doesn't value customer safety or customer satisfaction.



Full 1997 Nissan Pathfinder Review

What's New for 1997

Changes to the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder include storage pockets added at all doors, a new exterior color and an available Bose sound system.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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