"I have owned this car since o bought off the lot and it has been a great car for me. 128,000 miles strong frame, durable 4x4, and very good handling on all types of roads. makes excellent as a car to drive around town in or play in the mud and off road on the weekends. also, a very safe vehicle. i got hit from behind in it by a little altima that was going about 40 and all that happened to my car was the bumper got bent in a little bit. their car got totally demolished and looked like a truck ran it over. overall a great vehicle to own and worth every penny of the $28,000 it cost brand new"
"Awesome vehicle bought it in 2003. I am now selling it in 2010. Only thing i had to repair on it was a brake caliper. Had service done on injectors shorting out. Then just the regular service after that. She only has 99k and is ready to go to someone else for another 100k. Fuel economy is pretty poor 12-16mpg depending time of year and driving highway or city, and the V6 in it is very under powered other than that solid 4x4 SUV."
"Bought a 1992 Pathfinder with 220,000 miles on it from my brother-in-law, it has 260,000 miles on it now. We replaced the fuel pump 10,000 miles ago and recently replaced the water pump, otherwise routine oil changes. 4x4 worked GREAT this winter! Lots of snow and we live in rural KS, we were able to get around where most others couldn't. We pulled out a $60,000 Lincoln Navigator with the "fancy" 4-wheel drive. Hoping to get another 100K miles on this SUV. Looking to buy another Pathfinder 1992 - 1995. They just can't be beat!"
"Mine was actually an 87, 4x4 v6 and it was really solid. Was a high school graduation present and it just never quit. I beat it up pretty good and didn't have much money for maintenance. But it never left me in a jam. Had to replace the water pump a couple times, and the clutch master cylinder. But after 300k+ and 12 years that's really no problem at all. Finally had to let it go because I didn't take very good care of it, it still ran fine though."
"After 21 years, my 1988 Pathfinder is still going. We hit 298,000 miles last week. She needs ball joints and coolant system overhaul but my baby has never EVER had ANY major repairs! Still original tranny and engine. Well, if one includes mouse nests in the AC, then she's had a repair or two. My mechanic tells me the once or twice a year I see him to get a new car but... but I just can't let my baby go. I bought her new and have been all over the country, in every type of terrain and she's never let me down. Not once (aside from a broken fan belt which was my fault for not checking). I hear the newer Pathfinders are terrible compared to the old ones so it breaks my heart to have to even consider replacing her. She has always gotten and STILL gets 20 mpg. Better than the new ones! I could not have found a better set of wheels then or now."
"I have bought my first vehicle a 93 Nissan Pathfinder and have had it for about 2 years now and I'm glad I bought it! It has over 245,000 miles on it and it still drives great! Its very reliable and it starts up every time. I live in a climate that rains alot and sometimes snows and my pathfinder handles beautifully in it! I have had to replace the water pump and the turn signal/light switch, and it has an exhaust leak. It's not a super fast vehicle with a lot of passing power on the highway. Other than that I have no other complaints about it. Its easy to drive and such a dang reliable vehicle!"
"We have owned our 1990 SE since new and it now has 150k miles. The drive train seems like it would go forever but I'm not sure the rest of the vehicle is up to it. An accumulation of problems with the door locks, power windows, ignition and AC have me wondering if it's worth keeping or not. None of this is due to neglected maintenance. Power has never been impressive but the 5 speed helps. Turning radius is terrible for such a small truck. To be fair it has been a solid vehicle but my '97 Ford Expedition has been better overall even if the engine is not as refined."
"I purchased my '93 Pathfinder XE in the spring of '94 with 6,000 miles on it. It now has 160,000 miles and is still going strong. I am ashamed to admit that I have not always been the best at getting all the regular maintenance done on this vehicle, and yet it just keeps on going for me. It is great in snow and has never overheated in our hot summers with the a/c going full blast. The back seat is narrower than we would like as the back wheel wells take up some of the space. We purchased this rig when we had our second baby, now they are both teenagers and fight over who is going to get mom's Pathfinder. Still cool enough for teens to fight over?! Not bad for a vehicle that is as old as they are.
I cannot say enough good things about my sweet little Pathfinder. I will own it until the wheels fall off."
"I am the 4th or 5th owner of this vehicle. Shipped it to Africa with 150k on it. Two mechanical problems: Auto-locking hubs stuck open, and relay blew in ignition system. Both easily resolved. Great car for off-roading in harsh conditions. I have punished it in the African wilderness, knocked down trees, created my own roads, and driven through water above the headlights. It has never left me stranded. Low gas mileage, but highly recommended for anyone who needs a cheap, reliable car that will go anywhere."
"I have 210K on my 94 XE 5 spd 2WD. Was the most basic Pathfinder out. I added running boards and it actually came with power windows, locks, and had the most premium speakers Nissan had. The guy I bought it from was the original owner and ordered it special. Anyway, the 87-95 Nissan trucks - Pathfinder included are gonna go down as one of the most reliable and cost efficent vehicles of the 20th century."
"I bought a 95 Pathfinder sight unseen in the middle of a snow storm and lived up a long dirt driveway off a dirt road...when the driveway wasnt plowed it went up like a charm .......owed it for years without mechanical problems...bought another 95 3 months later.still running like a charm also,with over 140,00 miles on it."
"I brought this 1989 pathfinder XEV6 for $1600 a while back. Now it is pushing 270,000 miles on the original engine and transmission. I have to tell you this engine is unbreakable, it had suck mud into the intake during a deep mud crossing and the engine was fine just needed to change the air filter and clean the mud off the intake and it ran like new again. One weak point that i notice is that the window regulator keep breaking other then that its bulletproof"
"I HAVE OWNED TWO OF THESE AND WOULD RUN THEM NEXT TO A TOYOTA OR HONDA SUV ANY DAY OF THE WEEK. THE BOXY BODY STYLE IS STILL WITH THE TIMES AND THE LEG ROOM IS SWEET FOR AN SUV THIS SIZE. THE GAS MILEAGE IS EASY ON THE WALLETT. THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE IS THE BOLT THAT GOES THRU THE MANIFOLD THAT ISN'T TIGHTENED IN FACTORY AND EVENTUALLY BECOMES LOSE AND LETTING WATER IN. THIS CAUSES SMALL AMOUNT OF RUST AND YOU HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THE SUCKING SOUND THE ENGINE MAKES WITH AIR FLOWING THRU. I ALSO THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE ARM REST ON BOTH BUCKET SEATS IN FRONT."
"After 19 years and 252,000 miles I'm retiring my Pathfinder for a Hybrid SUV. What alot of fun we had. Even though I went through four rebuilt transmissions, two windshields, door lock problems - both sides, in the final analysis it was a wonderful vehicle. Even though the body rusted thru in two places, the master cylinder is leaking, its starting to burn oil off the exhaust manifold, and the tires are almost bald, I'm going to keep it as work vehicle. Snow and rain, its taken me too far, I can't give it up"
"I bought this Pathfinder almost 5 years ago while looking for a inexpensive reliable truck to take me to my office, to run shores on weekends and to pull a 25' Mako. Smartest purchase I have ever done.
Converted the A/C system from R12 to R134a, replaced the old rusted steel radiator with a plastic/aluminum one and replaced the BFG Mud Terrain tires for All Terrain.
The only issue I ever had with this SUV was when I replaced the faulty headlamps switch (a common issue with these Pathys) with a defective new OEM switch. The faulty part caused a short at the clearance lights wiring when the wires overheated.
It has a 3.0 liter V-6 with roughly 150HP good to move the little truck around while giving 22 mpg. Not bad at all.
It is not a luxury vehicle, do not expect a luxury ride. It is an older REAL 4x4 SUV and it will move as one. I consider this Pathy pretty comfortable, with great hauling capabilities and plenty of space inside to carry around all kind of stuff."
"I bought our 95 Pathfinder used from its original owner with 120000 miles on it. We've driven it another five years with ZERO MAINTENANCE! Change oil and tires and ride like the wind. Some guys never use their 4 wheel drive. I'm not one of them. We live at the foot of the mountain and get 4 or 5 good snows per year. I drive 120 miles to work EACH DAY. I've never had a problem. If there was one negative about the truck right now, it's the 19 miles per gallon it gets with the 3.0 v6. When I think about my '72 International Scout getting 8 mpg with its 304 v8, that's not so bad, either. Great value in a tank of a little truck."
"I have always been a Toyota 4x4 fan untill my wife brought home a Pathfinder. This is a nice SUV to drive and I find it has plenty of power to pull the hills and the ride is great. I also don't mind the fuel milage in her Pathfinder, it's better than the Toyota 4 runner we had before this one."
"I own a 95', and made a trip down to california from minnesota. I made it there with no porblems at all. The only problem is big gas eater. I would call it a pathmaker then a pathfinder for i have never gotten stuck any where in these minnesota winters."