1997 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Fairly Lucky Too!

1997 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

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LE 4dr SUV (3.3L V6 4x4 4-speed Automatic)

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Fairly Lucky Too!
By Jim on


1997 Nissan Pathfinder LE 4dr SUV 4WD


244,535 miles and she's still hummin'! I bought my 97 LE 4WD in 2001 with 71K on it; yes, I was concerned with that amt of mileage, but that was over 5 yrs (previous owner bought it new in 11/06). Whether I was climbing fire roads in GW forest or backroading from NoVA to P-burgh to see family, this vehicle was always up to the task. It moved me twice and the roof has held more than the rec 250lbs - not smart, worked in a pinch. My repair bills have been horrific, at times, but normal considering the miles I've put on it. I've done front brakes twice/rear once, pipe & muffler from the conv. back, rt-manifld, alt., belts- twice, 2nd batt, frt tires=3 sets, back=2, rear tail-lt and headlights way too often.

Worst Features

Better undercoating for the Northeast; my runningboards rusted so bad that I had to remove them. Headlight assemblies are difficult to reach and not sealed well-enough; I have to replace one or the other about every 11 months.
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