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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 14/16 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 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 1998

    The only changes to the 1998 Pathfinder include chrome bumpers for the XE model, the addition of air conditioning to XE and SE standard equipment lists and additions to the XE Sport Package equipment.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good suv

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I bought this used at 68K and currently have 135K on it. It runs well and I've had no major issues. Everything I have fixed I would consider it maintenance with most being done after 100K. Starter, alternator, water pump, timing belt, brakes, shocks, struts, tires, exhaust. Has a "tick" in the engine at colder temp's but goes away. The brakes are "grabby" but it could be the calipers going.



2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Damn

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

Now I've owned 3 pathfinders so far. A 94, a 96, and a 98. I have had this one only since October and stopped driving it end of July. In those months I have bought 4 brand new tires, struts, shocks, front brakes, front drivers side axle, water pump, radiator hose, timing belt, ball joints/u joints, bushings and bearings on control arms, new evap system purge valve and canister, and then the recall was fixed, and last but not least my transmission just went and my knock sensor and my control arms need to be replaced. Im still looking for a new pathfinder but I wouldnt suggest a 98 or younger to anyone.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Satisfied for what it is

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I've owned the SUV for almost 4 yrs and put in 30K+ miles. Serves my purpose well as a daily driver and offers alot of utility. Taken it for skiing as well as runs to Home Depot and such. Cargo capacity is good w/seats folded. Biggest complaint is mpg as I only manage 14mpg, but within estimated range. Handling at highway speed not the best, but that's a given since its based on an outdated truck platform. Wet/snow performance is good so long as tires are up to task. The Bose stereo is a major PITA to replace as modification to the OEM Bose speakers are necessary. Would recommend to anyone looking for a cheaper 4WD vehicle that offers good reliability and adequate driving characteristics.




One of my better decisions

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

Bought used in 2001 with 41,600 miles on it-have 144000+ on it now without a squeak or rattle. It's a workhorse, but also a funhorse! A rock solid, reliable multitasker that hauls people, boats, kayaks and auction treasures. An enjoyable drive except for the lack of power and a wider-than-expected turning radius. Interior fit and finish is solid. Significant blind spots, though, and deafening wind noise when the moon roof is open - can't hear the radio on the highway! Seat belts drive me nuts - don't retract properly, even after several visits to the dealer. Took off running board tubes - rusted out on the driver side. Small stuff - will keep until it falls apart.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Pathfinder owner for five years

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

Owner purchased this model used and rates this vehicle as above average in reliabilty.




I love my pathfinder :)

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Vehicle: 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD

I have had my Pathfinder almost 3 years and I love it. I live down curvy roads and it handles them beautifully at 55. The only problem I have had is the brakes and that's partly my fault because I am harder on them than most people. It is a quiet and smooth ride. I got it at 94000 miles and had a few regular maintance things fixed but other than that its been great. I do have a little oil and antifreeze leak, but the vehicle does have over 140,000 miles on it! So if you are looking into the Pathfinder I would definitely suggest it - it's very easy and fun to drive:)



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What's New for 1998

The only changes to the 1998 Pathfinder include chrome bumpers for the XE model, the addition of air conditioning to XE and SE standard equipment lists and additions to the XE Sport Package equipment.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 16
  • highway
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