"I have a 2004 Pathfinder. I have owned it two years and it's been a great vehicle. However I wish it had better pickup. Sometimes it seems like the transmission just doesn't want to change gears when I'm getting onto a highway and trying to pick up speed.
The 4x4 works wonders through mud and snow!
I also had problems with the tire pressure sensor but it was fixed under factory warranty and every once in a while the auto window acts up. It's not under warranty anymore so I won't be fixing that but it's not a terrible thing.
The gas mileage is typical for a SUV, about 19mpg highway and 14 city and no more than that.
I will probably drive this thing till the wheels fall off because it has been a great ride."
"I bought my 2000 Nissan Pathfinder (3.3 L) in 2005. Two months after I had to replace the water pump and the timming belt. No more problems since then; just put gas, change oil, and other normal maintenance. It has now 107 KM and is a pleasure to drive. It is great to drive in highway and around the city, as well. Although it is a 2WD, is very well balanced off road.
It is smooth, powerful, and confortable. The looks is pretty good. The gas mileage is not great, but good enough for its size.
Although I am looking for a Toyota 4Runner 2003 or newer for me due to its looks, smooth ride, slightly better gas mileage, and brand, I will keep the Pathfinder for my wife. I think she will be more protected driving the Pathfinder in case of an accident than she will be in any sedan. Also, women look so beautiful driving SUV's.
In my opinion, the new Pathfinder (2005 and up) looks terrific, is very powerful, and the room inside is great, but it is more noisy than the older design.
I love my Pathfinder."
"I am the 3rd owner of a 1998 Pathfinder and I like it! It's great in the snow, of course you'll have things go wrong with an almost 10 year old car here and there. I don't really think it's the HOTEST looking SUV out there but it gets ya through the mess! And it is quite comfortable I must say!"
"I have driven a 01-SE 4WD for about 3 yrs. I put on it about 90,000 miles. not too many complaints. Great ride, very good performance, high quality interior materials, ok MPG. other than having to replace a mass air flow sensor at 118,000 for about $300, and some other sensors in the engine for $400 earlier this year, it's too bad."
"Find one of these used with low miles and you have yourself a great vehicle. I bought mine 2 years ago, and short of oil changes, I have done nothing to it. Such a nice vehicle, plenty of power, plenty of comfort, definately have and will recommend it to many more friends."
"I have a 2001 Pathfinder that I've had for about 3 years now. Love it. It's powerful, a smooth ride, very comfortable. I've taken it offroad in Colorado and it is great in 4WD. My only complaint is relatively poor gas mileage. But, I know that's what I'm getting into with an SUV."
"This SUV has BALLS. It has great torque and acceleration, and its very reliable. I've never had problems with the engine or tranny at all. I just maintained it regularly and it still runs mint. Its a comfortable ride for 4, but gets kind of uncomfortable if you try to seat 5. The interiors nice and the stereo system is outstanding, the bass stays clean and crisp even at high volumes.
Every thing's great except the gas mileage isn't so good, that's the only complaint i have for this vehicle."
"Bought our 2000 Pathfinder when it was 3 yrs old to travel the back roads of Turkey (yes, Turkey). Trust me, the 4wd got a work out. It has been rock solid reliable in the most questionable of circumstances. After moving back to the states we have traveled extensively in the western U.S. without a single glitch. My only complaint is that you have a 175hp motor propelling a 4200+ lb car, so it's not exactly quick or strong on hills. But if reliability and flexibility (we routinely travel with 2 kids and 2 Siberian Huskies) are your concerns, then a Pathfinder should be on your list."
"I like it pretty much. The only problem so far is the ticking/clicking noise from the chassis after I turn off the engine. I heard that it is normal due to the cooling after the engine is off.
Do you guys have similar problem? Any comment?
"But has a minor problem, which is the ticking/clicking noise after you turn off the engine.
Anybody has the same experience or problem? Heard that it is due to the cooling system and very normal, not a problem.
Any comments? thanks."
"Have own this beauty for more than 6 years now. Have been very pleased with its performance. The initial 3-4 years driving the SUV was very quiet. The last two year, road noise is getting much bigger.
Last winter Seattle had a huge snow storm. It took my wife more than 6 hours to travel 16 miles to reach home. But this was due to the congested roads filled with stuck vechnicles. She was really impressed with the 4WD of pathfinder.
The only quality/reliability complain I have is that having to replace the oxygen sensors twice. Each time cost $300+ ."
"I bought my 1999.5 SE in Jan '00 with 13k miles and it has been the best vehicle I've ever owned. Now with 130k miles it still looks and runs great, not a single rattle, everything still feels tight and new. My wife has a new minivan so she rarely drives the Pathfinder anymore but when she does she always comments on how nice it still drives. It is a pleasure to drive and I plan to keep it for several more years."