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Still the Best SUV
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By Diny
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Vehicle

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


Review

I've own Pathfinders since 1990.. and today, still is the best SUV on the market. Excellent acceleration, superior handling and when it comes to drive like a car none beats it. Also awsome handling under extreme conditions such as towing and off-road. Cannot be bother by fuel mileage for a mid to large V6-240 hp engine.


Favorite Features

Acceleration.. actually you can beat most cars and suv's on the road. Great design, love the leather wheel! Remote entry key has excellent range.


Suggested Improvements

Driver and front passenger tinted windows. Do-it-yourslef: Replace the OEM air filter with a K&N filter and it will improve gas mileage and acceleration.


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good all around vehicle
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By billy
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2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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purchased the pathfinder after owning a maxima, power is excellent, needs better standard tires, fuel mileage is very low, heat can use some improvements, takes a good 20 minutes to warm up, by this time i am already at work. Stereo is excellent, agree that cd player skips in cold, needs more storage space, no place to put loose change. Braking is good, traction good is 4X4, however rear tires like to slide on wet pavement. Roof rack can be changed, can never get the snow off of it. All around, much better then my parents blazer and explorer, tops the cherokee..


Favorite Features

stereo, styling


Suggested Improvements

Heat, tires, a new roof rack that doesn't hold in the snow


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Great SUV for the money
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By Steve-O
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2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

This is our second Pathfinder (first one just wrecked) and it won't be our last. An SUV that gets 20 mpg is great in my book, overall great quality, I wish those little rubber seals between the fender flares and body wouldn't discolor, but hey, if thats all there is to complain about who cares. If you're gonna buy one, splurge!! Get the loaded SE leather, sunroof, heated seats, and the extra side and curtain airbags.


Favorite Features

Bose radio, radio controls on steering wheel, 20 MPG, price tag, resale value!


Suggested Improvements

None.


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My two cents.
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Performance
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By Vitaliy
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2003 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


Review

Owned a previous model 98 same problems as with new. At 75,000 replace exhaust. At 78k front wheel bearings and belts. Good in the snow, cramped seats in the back. Overall never left me strangled anywhere but keep in mind check engine light will come on once you hit 75k Evap system leak just like my old one. Nissan just cant get that system right. Gr8 for carrying stuff from home depot (sheet rock, plywood etc...) not the best for long trips as seats are not comfortable especially in the back. I don't know how those people are claiming to average 24 mpg hwy and 20 city the best I manage is 12 mpg city and 17 mpg hwy. Transmission is going at 84k and front suspension needs work again.


Favorite Features

Got loads of power but not too much. 4WD, big cargo area once folded the seat.


Suggested Improvements

How can you improve something thats not made anymore. But here it goes, seat comfort, gas mileage, Evap system finally get it right, and please do something about the new design its utterly hideous with accompanying mpg in the single digits. Overall Nissan lost my business.


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


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Comfortable on long journeys. Dog loves riding in the back seat. Decent truck space. I am a mobile DJ so I am constantly loading & unloading equipment. Easy to install DVD headrests. Killer roof rack. I have put easily 150 lbs. of outdoor gear, bags, etc. in a cargo box with out issue...just don't drive above 60 - 65. Towing...for a small SUV this thing can tow. I have towed 6,000 chippers, many...many tons of wood pellets in a trailer...a really old & heave fiberglass boat. Just make sure your hitch is oversized, that way you are limited by the vehicle & not the hitch...use a class 4. It's old and has lived in Vermont it's whole life...couldn't ask for more from a vehicle.


Suggested Improvements

Increase the open height of tailgate. Rear seat cramped, expecially for a child seat - seats have become enormously large due to increased safety requirements. I think the newer design is bigger in all aspects.


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