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2002 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Reviews

2002 Nissan Pathfinder

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Not a bad SUV
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By JFLJ
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This vehicle is solid all-around with
no surprises good or bad. The engine
is strong with good passing power and
the handling is very good for an SUV.
The battery and the wind deflector did
need to be changed. No other problems
so far.


Best Features

Engine, handling, cargo room/ease of use.


Worst Features

Better stereo. The upgraded bose system sounds muffled and doesn't have the quality I expected. Outside noise comes into the passenger area. Better gas mileage.


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This truck ROCKS
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By Rob in MD
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I've had mine since January. I love it
and it drives like a sports car. I
only have 3 minor and 1 major
complaints. I've had 50W stereos that
sound better than the 500W Bose. There
just doesn't seem like there is that
much "elbow room" for the driver. The
back cupholder needs to be moved
forward (if you put a tall cup in there
it will not sit straight due to the
elbow rest). But the worst is the
cheesy lettering on the luggage rack.
These plastic letters started coming
off immediately after I bought it.


Best Features

Engine by far


Worst Features

Stereo, cupholder, better quality letter on luggage rack.


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SUV satisfaction
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By jmkf
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

We got the full '4-square' treatment,
but still paid close to Edmund's TMV at
the time (around 30k).
We have had very few problems and
mechanically have had to just do the
usual oil changes and regular service.
My wife is the main driver of this
vehicle and she was dead set on getting
an SUV. We looked around at a number
of them - Jimmy (unsupportive seats and
mushy handling), Tahoe (too big),
Passport (buzzy interior), Cherokee
(this one was used and too old) - and
found what we wanted in the Pathfinder.


Best Features

Reliability and engine power. Handles capably and my wife likes high seating position.


Worst Features

Rear bench is very low. Driver seat memory function moves seat to 'home' (full back on seat travel) when ignition is turned off. This tends to crush whatever is behind the seat.


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Total comfort
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By Mr. Ron
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is my first SUV. I never really
considered a Pathfinder in the past
because I thought of it as an off road
vehicle, which I really didn't need.
Then I sat in one at the NY Auto show
and thought, this is really nice! I
bought one and I love it. Though the
gas mileage isn't the best, everything
else about it outweighs that
drawback. It's extremely comfortable,
great handling, and has everything I
would every need. My local dealer is
great also. Very accommodating. So
far, I'm very pleased.


Best Features

Dual sun visors, Bose stereo with controls on the steering wheel, auto climate control, comfortable seats, smooth ride.


Worst Features

Illuminated cruise control and stereo controls on the steering wheel; Illuminated heated seat buttons.


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Overall Good SUV
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By razzz00
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Vehicle

2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Overall my initial impression of this
vehicle is very good. I looked at the
Toyota Highlander and Chevy
TrailBlazer. As a past Super Chevy
sportster it was hard not to go with
the Chevy but the reliability concerned
me. The highlander was a minivan
dressed to look like a SUV. The
Pathfinder was a true truck buy didn't
ride or handle like one. I only have
two issues at this point. First, there
appears to be excessive play in the
drive train. Second, the Bose stereo is
underpowered and has disappointing
sound quality. I am not a radio blaster
but you need to hear the radio when
your on the road with the windows down.
The in dash 6 CD changer is nice.


Best Features

Great low end power and torque. Tows a trailer flawlessly. Steering wheel mounted radio controls (w/ Bose system).


Worst Features

Better protect the radiator / A/C condenser coil. It is to open to rocks etc. Transmission / Transfer Case is sloppy / has too much play. Upgrade the stereo. Bose used to mean something special. They should make it that way once again. I will ahve to have it upgraded aftermarket.


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