1997 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Poor performance, expensive re

1997 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

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Poor performance, expensive repairs
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1997 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4dr SUV 4WD


Bought this vehicle used with 98,000. Good for first six months, after that, it got real expensive. Replaced both front struts/shocks twice in the same year, persistant belt noise. Rear suspension was crap. Seriously lacking power, even with the standard transmission. Repairs extremely expensive compared to my last vehicle, a Chevy. Wanted $350 just for one headlight, part only, that consistantly had water leaking in and blowing the bulb. Dealer service was horrible, bad enough that they went out of business. Above problems were from normal everyday road driving, no offroad, harsh use. Went back to Chevy because at least I can repair it at about 1/4 the cost of foreign autos.

Best Features

Brakes were strong. The interior and exterior fit and finish held up well. Looked good, good paint etc.

Worst Features

Much larger/more powerfull engine needed. Gas mileage on a 3.3ltr V6 was worse than my full size Chevy Silverado 5.7ltr V8. Build an SUV to be an SUV, not something that performs more like a car with 4x4. Dont plan to haul, tow anything. Upgrade suspension with more durable/beefier components.
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