2001 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Review: Not quite as reliable as it pr

2001 Nissan Pathfinder - Consumer Review

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SE 4dr SUV (3.5L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Not quite as reliable as it predecessor
By Mikekai on


2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M)


Previously had a 95 Pathfinder that lasted us 200K miles, this 01 seems it will last another 20-50K at best. It has a good strong 3.5 for hauling even decent loads. It is comfortable but a bit tight for a larger or taller person. Fuel economy is average for an SUV (always 15-16mpg). The inside is easy to use and get to. The 6-disc CD player was dead when we bought it at 45K miles and the dealership would not fix/replace it. This vehicle also eats through 60K mile tires every 30-35K miles even with perfect alignment and maintenance. The engine over 100K miles seems to be weakening, especially at higher RPMs (interstate). The front brakes have needed to be fixed 3 times in the past 40K miles.

Best Features

Great sounding stereo system. Fun to drive. Looks good compared to other SUVs in the same age group. Easy to use controls.

Worst Features

Move rearview mirror up about an inch, taller people will have problems seeing another vehicle to the right at a 4-way stop. Redo the front braking. Stronger moulding adhesive on the doors, especially on dark/black versions.
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