"I have never enjoyed a car (excuse me, truck) as much as this one. It looks great for the city, has a great smooth ride while being truck-tough, and is extremely reliable. It's big enough to hold all my outdoor gear and transport furniture around, yet the dimensions are pretty much the same as your standard sedan - i.e., not a nightmare to parallel park. I bought it used (3 years old) and have put 45,000 miles on it, it's currently at 80K and I expect it to last a long time. The cons are that gas mileage is poor (typically around 12-14 city, 18-19 highway), and the turning radius is really large - 3 point turns are often needed when other cars could swing around in one swoop. If they were still making this midsize model, rather than the behemoth third row seating Nissan SUVs now, then I would definitely buy it again when the time came around."
"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!"