Used 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

2002 Nissan Pathfinder

2002 Highlights

The 2002 Nissan Pathfinder receives only minor refinements. These include a new front grille, steering wheel and a revised audio system with new faceplate and faster functioning in-dash six-disc CD changer. The SE trim, now the base Pathfinder since the XE has been dropped, features a new titanium-accented step rail and roof rack with integrated air dam, body-color bumpers and fender flares, new 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and new seat cloth. Not to be outdone, the luxurious LE has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels as standard equipment this year.


  • Powerful V6 engine, car-like interior, solid reliability record, rear entertainment system option, available Infiniti All-Mode 4WD on LE models.


  • Tight rear accommodations, high price tag, hard-to-fold rear seats.

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Features & Specs

LE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)SE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A)SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M)
Transmission4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic4-speed automatic5-speed manual
Horsepower240 hp @ 6000 rpm240 hp @ 6000 rpm240 hp @ 6000 rpm240 hp @ 6000 rpm250 hp @ 6000 rpm


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

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Bought new and 165k miles of trouble free driving
I bought this new in 2002. Besides basic maintenance (oil, filters, etc), I only changed the plugs and brakes...once. 165k miles of trouble free driving. Good in winter snow (4x4) and some offroad but still really comfortable on the highway too. MPG is not great but that's because its V6 rocks and has good power. (17-19 MPG...once got 22 on a long hwy drive.)The original CD changer sucks but still sort of works. This 2002 Pathfinder is the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. It drives almost like new. June 2017: Still running perfectly with 177K miles. Only oil and gas. Edmunds asked me to update this so there you go.
I recently purchased this vehicle with 220k miles and was skeptical because of the mileage. However, this skepticism was short lived. This truck is solid! There are no fluid leaks, seeping gaskets, or strange noises. It doesn’t smoke, knock, or tick. I am amazed at how well it runs with such high mileage. EVERYTHING works as it should. I have had to make a few minor repairs that are common with high mileage vehicles. I recommend this model year vehicle to anyone looking for reliable transportation. My only complaint is the fuel economy. I have to say it gets terrible gas mileage. Expect about 13 city and no more than 20 on the highway.
Last year for 5 speed stick shift 4x4 Pathfinder
3-6-17 Update Disappointing Rod bearing failure causing Rod Knock. I may now have to Junk, Part out or sell at a big loss. This should Never happen on the 3.5 Ltr. engine of a Nissan. And looking on what it would take to simply drop the Oil pan to fix, constutes 4 pages of text in the Factory Repair manual. Dealer would mostlikelu charge over $3,000 for the job to replace the $10.00 part. Seems Nissan and Toyota have lost their A+ reliability and quality that they use to have. I have owned 9 other Nissan's from the 1980's 300zx's, 280zx's and 1 200sx which I had put millions of miles on with ZERO major engine problems. But I guess like George Harrison said/sang "All good things must pass" also happened to Nissan and Toyota's 4 Cyls all seizing. I just saw a 1986 300zx for sale with 345,000 miles on it. Nissan designers Wake up. Original review; Purchased with 165k miles. Added tow hitch. An outstanding truck with 2 minor exceptions; engine check light comes on. and CD broken. The engine light on from non tight fuel cap code Sensor not working properly? My son had an accident with it (fell asleep @ wheel & hit a poll at about 60MPH) head on, dented front frame about 6 inches in. spun around and crashed another poll crushing passenger doors & front passenger fender BUT, airbag didn't go off? However he did not have a scratch, truck continued to run fine only non- body damage was power steering line. No collision insurance. So Son bought all parts from Junkyard. Hood, 2 doors, front bumper, grill, 2 headlights, 2 fog lights, radiator, 1 fender, 1 electric mirror, and 1 running board. I say a VERY Safe truck. Body shop cost to fix & repaint hood, doors, grill, bumper interior door jams and underside of hood $2,500. Cost if fixed by Dealer $9,000. One issue to date (which I fixed) was, passenger automatic down power window. It would drop down 3 inches after closing. This has been a Bug with Nissan & Infinity cars (all models) since the late 1990's and still exists through 2015 models. There is a Reset button inside the door panel that fixes this. The Dealers will not tell you. They only say they can replace the motor for $500. I have emailed photos and instructions on how to fix this to hundreds of Nissan/Infinity users who had the same problem . I mentioned the fix on a Nissan Blog/forum site. One other common bug is engine check light comes on. The code says fuel cap seal leak. But no mater how many times you change the (expensive ) Nissan cap, the light eventually comes back on. I disconnected the Bulb for engine check light. It is an idiot light anyway.
Used 2002 Nissan Pathfinder Overview

The Used 2002 Nissan Pathfinder is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include LE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), LE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), SE 2WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 4A), and SE 4WD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5M).

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