Bought in 10/2002 with 36k. Not much by way of maintenance to report until the last couple of yrs. Pretty reliable. I did get stranded early on with the Ignition, but then NOTHING out of the ordinary until 125k. Maintenance: @ 60K replaced Ignition Key Switch-$100 @ 75K minor brake work and tires-$600 (including the cost of tires) @ 125K replaced timing belt, hoses water pump etc.-$1200 Now at 140K and the exhaust needs replacing & steering is jacked up. Mechanic says the rack and pinion bushings are deteriorated. Rear shocks need to be replaced--$18-2000. Only going to bring a couple grand in trade-in, so probably going to pay the $2k with hopes of a couple more yrs of life!
Love the heated seats and stereo. Up until the last 18mos, the reliability was wonderful. I bought it to last, and I am not let down. If latest round of repairs can gain me 2 yrs of life on the Pathfinder, that is far better than giving it away in trade-in. The cargo capacity is larger than expected
16mpg average over life of vehicle. Sluggish performance when merging. Seats can be a little hard on long trips. The tan leather is hard to keep clean.