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Nissan Pathfinder Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Nissan Pathfinder

  • With plenty of power and luxury, this is one of the better midsize SUVs available.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful V6 engine, carlike interior, solid reliability record, rear entertainment system option, available All-Mode 4WD system on LE models.

  • Cons

    Tight rear accommodations, high price tag, hard-to-fold rear seats.

  • What's New for 2003

    All 2003 Pathfinders will offer optional satellite radio, with a choice of XM or Sirius services. The LE model receives a standard…

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (164 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Very good vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I originally had a used 2000 Pathfinder and put over 170K miles on it and never had a problem with it. I traded it in (only because I wanted something newer and sportier) on a 2004 Maxima which turned out to be a piece of crap car! I went back to a Pathfinder this time buying a used 2003 Pathfinder and love it so far. The only real issue so far has been a cosmetic one; I believe the paint quality is poor. Keep in mind it has 130k on it but I've never had a vehicle's paint chip like this one does. Besides that, I have no complaints other than of course the sh-tty gas mileage but fortunately it does not require premium unleaded.

Solid vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

Purchased used from a work aquaintance in 2006 with only 17,000 miles. Now has 58,000. So far, so good. Same issues, CD skips when cold, leather around seat adjusters cracked a bit, heat shield rattle, evap leak - check engine light has been on for about 4 years now. For those with same issue, I would try a new gas cap for a potential fix. Also, use Maguire's leather treatment - works great & eliminates the golden retriever smell. Had new oil pan, etc. installed in December 2011 for about $1,000. So far cost of ownership is as expected - we live in Vermont & the winters are brutal on vehicles.

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Vehicle: 2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)

I've always loved the pathfinders since seeing the first one back in the late 80's. my wife and i needed an suv but without the nightmares we had when we owned a jeep. We purchased a 2003 SE with 54K on it. As of today 5/25/11, it has 124,000 miles on it. Gas mileage SUCKS. i'd be lucky to get 17mpg mixed overall, but the vehicle weights over 5000 lbs. Aside form routine maintenance, and a few ware/tare part replacements, the vehicle has been a sound performer. It's not big, but its comfortable to drive. It's been through hell and back the past 4 years, but it keeps on ticking.

Gas Mileage


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  • 19
  • highway
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Full 2003 Nissan Pathfinder Review

What's New for 2003

All 2003 Pathfinders will offer optional satellite radio, with a choice of XM or Sirius services. The LE model receives a standard leather-appointed interior, while SE models feature restyled wheels. Both models also feature a new four-spoke steering wheel and electronic rear-hatch window release. For safety, there is a new Vehicle Dynamic Control Package that bundles Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), traction control and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Two items no longer offered are the manual transmission and the optional navigation system. Guess you have to buy a map.

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Thank-Thank finally someone else has entered data on the very poor performance of the AC system in the 2003 Pathfinder. Yes you are correct they did redesign the AC system used in the Pathfinder for ...

When I first got my Nissan's pathfinder 2003 I could swear it chirped once and flashed twice right after I remotely started it then the parking lights would come on immediately and stay on until I put...

:sick: Hello Everybody, i'm new at this forum, and i would like to receive some opinions. I Have a Pathfinder 2003, 4WD, and i have a problem with the acceleration of the car, when i'm driving and i a...