Used 2002 Nissan Pathfinder

2002 Nissan Pathfinder
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Pros

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

Cons

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

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Edmunds' Expert Review

With plenty of power, off-road capability and luxury, this is one of the best midsize SUVs available.

vehicle overview

Nissan's hardy Pathfinder has always been our vehicle of choice for seeking a new path to the premium outlet center. Though the exterior may exude that tough-guy outdoorsy image, the interior has always been comfortable enough for the dilettante woodsman who doesn't like to get his nails too dirty.

So revel, all you who seek liberation from urban ennui -- the Pathfinder is energized by a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine. When mated to a five-speed manual transmission, it produces a mighty 250 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque. Matching it to an automatic tranny will usurp 10 ponies but add 25 foot-pounds of twist. Either way, it's ample power to haul plenty of equipment for mountain climbing, as well as merge onto freeways without fear.

The Pathfinder comes with rear-wheel or part-time four-wheel drive, the latter of which provides a shift-on-the-fly transfer case that can be engaged at speeds up to 50 mph. On LE models, an automatic All-Mode four-wheel-drive system can be specified, giving you one more reason to skip paying the extra tariff the Infiniti QX4 commands. All-Mode operates in two-wheel drive, automatic 4WD, 4WD-Hi and 4WD-Lo, all selected using a simple rotary knob on the dashboard.

We've long admired the Pathfinder for its excellent ride and handling, further enhanced by solid unibody construction. Quality construction, supportive front seats and useful features make the interior one of the friendliest of any SUV on the market. For 2002, there are only two trim levels available: the SE, which gives you a choice of automatic or manual transmission along with sporty exterior trim, and the more luxurious LE, which includes foglights, 17-inch wheels, a Bose audio system and fake wood accents.

Both models can be ordered with a wide array of equipment. Highlights include a leather package (which includes side airbags) and a mobile entertainment system that includes a 6.4-inch flip-down LCD screen, a video or DVD player, and ports to plug in a gaming console like Sony's PlayStation 2. A navigation system, of the variety found in the Infiniti QX4, is also available, but we don't recommend it. While the "Birdview" perspective is interesting, teensy, tiny, little, itty-bitty buttons control the thing, along with some of the climate control functions. Get a map.

Items that remain static this year include a substantial maximum cargo-carrying capacity of 85 cubic feet (surprising for what appears to be a relatively small vehicle). However, some of this space, in our humble opinion, should have been used to alleviate the still-cramped rear accommodations.

Despite a few quibbles, we highly recommend the Pathfinder. Nissan has a product that is truly the best compromise between car-like ride and truck-like utility. As more and more consumers are utilizing their SUVs as primary transportation, stylish, comfortable and rugged rides like the Pathfinder will truly offer the best of all worlds.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2002 Nissan Pathfinder.

Bought new and 165k miles of trouble free driving
Steve Lake, 6/6/2016
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.
Bulletproof!!!
jonnom130, 1/10/2015
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
navycorpsman, 9/6/2014
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.
Awesome ride!
Leila Keebler, 8/6/2015
The gas mileage isn't the greatest, other than that if you find one for sale you better snag it or I will!! :)
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Features & Specs

MPG
13 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
13 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
14 city / 18 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
240 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover2 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

More about the 2002 Nissan Pathfinder
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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