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1996 Nissan Pathfinder

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 17/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 3.3 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

1996 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 631 Ratings for the 1996 - 2004 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

BEST Car I Have EVER Owned!!!!!!

By on Friday, January 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 168,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "VERY reliable, great 4WD, storage, etc!"

Cons: "Gas millage, pick up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 1999 Pathfinder in 2007 when it was 8 years old. It had about 120k miles or so. I don't drive very far in my daily routines so now the millage is considered much better for being 17 years old with almost 170,000 miles on it. Even still it's going VERY strong!! The 4WD is very reliable and works very well every time I need it, especially in these NJ blizzards. Aside from regular car maintenance – tune ups, break pads, oil changes, new belts – the only other things I've had to get fixed or changed was the original exhaust system, two oxygen sensors, the a.c., radio and strut mounts. I will probably have to replace the original shocks soon, but it's not urgent. That's pretty good for a truck that's almost 20 years old! I have yet to have it break down on me, I don't exactly go off roading, but I'm somewhat of a "hard driver" with a lead foot and this truck keeps up!! It's also very comfortable and the storage space is AMAZING. You really can't go wrong with this car. 2016 and I'm still driving it around everyday. I'm having a hard time trying to find something to replace it! Will most likely go with a newer Pathfinder, just don't know when!!"

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great vehicle!!

By on Thursday, January 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"bought used with 42K miles, driven daily with only routine maintenance required ie: oil, filters, front brakes etc. currently at approx 175K miles. Recently installed 4 new tires and an alignment. Recently replaced the full exhaust system (original) Very positive ownership experience"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

THE BEST CAR EVER, EVEN AFTER 5 OUTSTANDING MAXIMA

By on Monday, January 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 270,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "RELIABLE, CONVENIENT, UNBEATABLE VALUE - DURABLE"

Cons: "GAS MILEAGE COMPARED TO NEW MODELS"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"IN 14 YEARS, IT ONLY REQUIRED 2 TUNE-UPS! TOTALLY RELIABLE. BOSE SOUND SYSTEM, HUGE STORAGE:REAR SEATS COLLAPSE TO CREATE A FULL STORAGE COMPARTMENT. FRONT SEATS TOTALLY RECLINE TO FORM CHAISE LOUNGES WITH THE REAR SEATS SO THAT YOU CAN VIEW THE FLIP-DOWN VIDEO SCREEN WITH WIRELESS HEADSET. INCREDIBLY CONVENIENT FOR ALL FAMILY NEEDS. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS CAR BUT WITH NEW CAR GAS MILEAGE & MY LONG COMMUTES, IT'S TIME TO GET - HMMM.... - ANOTHER NISSAN! I DROVE 5 MAXIMAS IN A ROW - EACH TO 280,000 MILES. THEY HAVE MY LOYALTY FOR LIFE. AFTER DRIVING FINICKY JAGUAR, CUMBERSOME (BUT STRONG!) VOLVO, UNRELIABLE FORD & CHEVY, NISSAN IS THE WAY TO GO!!!!!!!"

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best car I ever owned

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 275,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliability"

Cons: "gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car in '97 and have taken it camping off-road, used it in the mountains during ski season, and have never had an issue with it. Only major repair I have had to do was to replace the transmission 8 years ago."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I have ever owned

By on Monday, November 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything. Purchased fully loaded and love!"

Cons: "The 2 Front square finishers pop off"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this vehicle in the fall of 2000. Other than routine maintenance, the only thing I've ever had to replace were 2 oxygen sensors. One while the vehicle was still under warranty. Have never had a breakdown or any mechanical problems--super reliable. Also, very comfortable and roomy. By far, the best vehicle I have ever purchased."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Beloved family car - runs smoothly still!

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Low mileage, engine runs smoothly & powerfully"

Cons: "Minor rusty on exterior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"My parents purchased this car brand new in 2001 as our first family car. My dad meticulously cared for the car with all the engine maintenance on time. He only drove the car around the neighborhood, to work and back home in the same town hence the low mileage (77,500K miles). Interior is still in great condition. Engine runs smoothly. Exterior has taken tolls from the weather of Boston with rust on the side, however nothing major that affects the car."

11 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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