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1998 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

1998 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 620 Ratings for the 1996 - 2004 models.

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

Very Good - original owner

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "reliable, good ride"

Cons: "radio needed fixing twice, gives 19 mpg overall"

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

"Bought it new in 2000, have driven 100K miles in 15 years. Very reliable, sturdy, drives very well. The radio/cd and power windows , seatbelt switch needed repair. Overall it still runs very strong and reliable."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very Reliable and Great 4x4

By on Friday, July 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "4x4"

Cons: "none really"

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

"Got my 1997 Pathfinder used and it was a great buy. Will take you wherever you want to go and is super reliable."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Very dependable

By on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great in New England snow, roomy, dependable"

Cons: "Uncomfortable seats, underpowered, rust"

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

"Bought this car as a 3 year returned lease. Carfax was not accurate because car had been in accident and later the body began rusting badly in that area along with rocker panels and over wheel wells. Mechanically I put no money into this car except exhaust parts and tires. It started every time and ran well except that the engine was underpowered. Bigger engine came out the following year. It is now 16 years old and still running well but rusting. One of the most dependable cars I've ever owned. Seats could have been more comfortable though."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Loved my pathy

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: TOTALED

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "perfect size, looks good"

Cons: "gas mileage"

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

"I owned and loved my 97 pathy. i was so prideful in that beaut.. it was the perfect size and i loved the way it looked. After owning it for about a year i recently totaled it .. I miss my pathy. she was a great rig, never had any problems besides codes for a knock sensor. Gas mileage sucked but i loved that thing regardless. would like to own one again maybe."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great 4wd

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,958

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun, sturdy, safe"

Cons: "storage space, gas"

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

"Great 4wd, feels very sturdy, fun to drive, changed tires to in/out off-road and still rides nice. Family loves the "old truck" (it comes with the child seat latches. Does nor have much storage space as far as the glove box and center console goes and the small storage in the trunk is good enough for jumper cables. Not the best in gas. Gasoline gage didn't work had to get a new return valve, I think is a common issue."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Wife's and she likes it. Theres' 90%. Ax Engineers

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

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

"Overall, this has been a very reliable vehicle that has nice looks, comfort and features...for the year. It is packed with the same engine-3.5-used in the infinity...and it has way more power than one would need under normal driving, which I like immensely. Very roomy interior and ok (not great) visibility as headrests in rear impede view from undersized hatch window (what WERE they thinking?. On the down side, the engineering of some of the components is annoying to say the least, I mean, who ever heard of trailing arm (front and rear) bushings wearing out to the extent that the condition has become synonymous with the vehicle on repair forums, and not a very flattering term-death roll-which results in unacceptable swaying of the body at speeds >55mph w/ potential for rollover. Anyone in back seat has already threatened physical violence unless you slow or let them out, in the time it takes to escalate to the level of a threat to those in the front. I guess it's more pronounced in the rear. Yep, No alignment shop could find the problem (my victory, w/ help from above). CD (Clarion) changer is wont to take a dive on these, alarm fob, clock, A/C, and engine control aka "CHECK ENGINE LIGHT", related components have contributed to more afternoons under the hood than I had expected-MAF sensor, recently bank 1 o2 sensor #2 replaced (I guess that's really all the ECM issues in six years of ownership, hard on front brakes, and tires (Michelins (is there any other?)at Costco run around $700 OTD. Would I buy another?????????Depends on the deal. I might try Toyota for better engineering, as the above mentioned problems were challenging even for the dealer to diagnose, and I ultimately troubleshot and repaired (former mech)."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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