I've owned this one for almost 6 years and have been quite pleased. Powertrain is rock solid with no issues. I have replaced water pump, timing belt, starter, alternator, brakes, struts and exhaust. All things I consider maintenance and not done until the last couple years. Access to back seats is awkward, several people have hit their heads getting in. The gas mileage stinks which is expected. The engine is somewhat underpowered but wouldn't trade it for the reliability. The ride is decent, a little stiff but it's an SUV. Front seats are comfy and the flip down rear seats give you a lot of room to haul.
Very reliable vehicle, 4x4, cheaper compared to other foreign built SUVs.
Recently bought this 1998 Pathfinderw ith only 59,000 miles. I drove it only 3,500 miles over a nine month period and the transmission died. I would have had better luck with a Chevy or Ford! The driver seat is small and uncomfortable. The gas milage is terrible, but I knew that buying it. The back seats' fold down setup is poor. The rear window leaks and the front windows don't close tight enough to stop the howl at higher speeds. I used the ratings and comments on this site to make the choice to buy this SUV. I really don't like this truck and now I feel like I made a bad choice.
Like everyone has said, better performance and better gas milage would be nice. It only has 190 HP. My little Hyundai has 140HP. There is something wrong with the engineering here.
With 175000 miles, the engine runs
great. The tranny in 4WD isn't as
smooth anymore, but how can I
complain. I've never needed a major
repair (the original rear brakes are
still on the thing) and routine
maintenance is easy to handle. I drive
it tough and it still does what I want,
when I want it, without a complaint.
Except for the mysterious service
engine soon light, reliability and
quality have never been an issue.
Love the cassette deck and CD, smooth
ride, agility, cargo space, braking,
and performance in deep snow. Does a
capable job off road with solid
Rear seat needs room, need storage for
the headrests when folding down the
seats, and maybe get some automatic 4WD
like the Explorer and Trailblazer for
the future, but who cares, this thing's
I have owned many cars, trucks, and
motorcycles over many decades.
Without reservation I can say that
this Pathfinder is one of the very
best vehicles I have ever owned. I
would recommend both current and older
Pathfinders to people who find superb
reliability more important than e.t.'s
at the drag strip. The mileage is
higher than one can rightfully expect
from a truck framed 4WD vehicle with
enough power to be a serious off and
on rode ride with exceptional sure
The drive train is "bullet proof."
The original 3.3 liter V6, as found in
this vehicle, is a bit underpowered.
That needed improvement came along
with the newer 3.5 liter currently
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