1996 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Not bad but not good

1996 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

Average Consumer Rating

30 Total Reviews

SE 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Not bad but not good
By carshopper on


1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD


The engine is strong and reliable.
Had to replace the water pump after
45K miles. Changing the oil is a pain
due to the oil filter is located under
the plastic skid gaurd. It has to be
taking out everytime you change the
oil. The suspension I would rate very
poor. After 60K miles of highway
driving, I had to replace the torsion
bars, ball joints, and RF cv joint.
The car does seem to be built solid as
there are no annoying little rattle
after 90K miles. The radio is cheap
and my power attenna broke after 50K.

Best Features

The paint is very good and holds up after parking outside for 5 years. The buckets seats hold you in. Lots of space and headroom.

Worst Features

Redesign the suspension so that it does not sway during highway driving. Improve the quality of the radio. Change the oil filter location so that it is easily accessible.
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