"I bought this 1993 Pathfinder SE in 1998.
I describe it as dependable, comfortable and powerful.
This 93 Pathfinder was a dealer demo, so it came with every possible option.
The only maintinance provided are routine oil changes, cooling system flush, tires, brakes & batteries.
This Pathfinder has experienced 99.5% on road use where it performs flawlessly. It is comfortable for local and distance driving. Getting in and out is great, without stooping, as seats are at my 5'10" hip height. Everything still works and until a couple years ago all parts were original. It now has a replacement CD unit.
Off road it also performs great, it came with a limited slip differential, however if you wish off roading to be your primary use you'd want a winch, brush guard and hubs that stay engaged in 4WD in reverse.
Currently the valve cover gasket needs to be replaced as does the charcoal emission cannister, windshield washer motor, drive and timing belts as well as replacement spark plugs, wires & distributer cap for it's first tune-up since I purchased it. All drive and the timing belt were replaced at 75K miles and the catalytic converter was replaced 1n 2006.
This SUV has 122K miles and still all systems operate as new. This vehicle has never left me stranded.
At this moment the original engine, transmission, auto windows, keyless entry, alarm, moon roof, etc. function as new.
I live in CA and the auto clinate control is perfect in sumer and winter. It has a standard 3.0L 6 cylinder motor and an optional "sport/touring" control for the shocks which assist with traction in winter cold, ice, snow, and rain. This option also helps to control the vehicle on bad or no roads. This SUV is still without leaks or subsequent inside fogging. It's exterior and interior design are comparable to newer SUV's, so it still appears to be current in design. It doesn't appear to be a 15 year old SUV.
I am going to have the above mentioned preventive maintinance performed to enable my continued use of the versatility and trailer towing features of this SUV.
The only reason it was replaced as a primary vehicle were gasoline prices & lack of air bags.
This SUV's negatives are;
limited interior cargo space,
expensive parts, (cruise control was fixed)
lack of air bag
poor rear visability, "inherent in high SUV's"
Overall, this SUV has and continues to be a dependable & versatile work-horse.
As stated, this SUV has provided 15 years and 122K plus miles as a commute and long distance pleasure vehicle with some off-road use.
Given it's not in an accident, with continued routine maintinance, and having the items listed above corrected, it should probably provide another 15 years and 150K plus miles of additional service.
As stated, this vehicle is a pleasure to own and opperate."
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