No pitching over undulating pavement, no jarring crashes in and out of potholes, no constant jiggle down the interstate. This was the first major reworking of the Pathfinder since its debut a decade earlier. By that we mean it had the more rounded, softer contours of a sedan than the angular, military look of the competition. Copyright 1996— The Auto Channel. Model year 1996 Year of manufacture 1996 First year of ownership 1997 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 3. The dealers are a bunch of cash grabbers.
So, I thought the vehicle would be great for another 60-70-80K at this point - Dead wrong. Submit Company releases or Product News stories to. Most still use body-on-frame, an approach with proven credentials for absorbing off-road punishment. Timing belt, water pump were replaced at 53,400. Lots of cargo space, great for road trips, shopping, camping etc. However, rear seat legroom is still a weak point compared to the Pathfinder's domestic competitors. Keep the oil changed and repairs should be minimal.
Fortunately with all the stuff going on, it has not let us down except in the pocket book and unexpected garage down time. There's a sameness, a been-here used-that feel as we move from test car to test car. In areas where road salt is used, the rust may perforate the tube, causing fuel leakage, increasing risk of fire. And it conveys a sense of muscular mass, which is a good thing to have if you're a sport-utility. All three used a 3. Faults: I have replaced the brakes and struts almost every 30,000 miles. The water pump failed at 97k miles.
An revised Pathfinder debuted in spring 2000, as an early 2001 model. Its power is adequate to move the nearly 4000-pound machine quickly to a hustle, but more noteworthy is its torque curve that produces over 90 percent of its torque at under 2000 rpms, meaning better low-and midrange performance. Repair performed at 90,000 miles. Overall length increased by 6. If you own a Pathfinder and are considering selling it - do so before you get to 100K! I heard of a few problems from owners of 96-97 pathfinders; mainly 96.
This car is eco-friendly, and is designed to improve of the previous model a great deal. The unitbody construction means more room in the engine compartment for easier maintenance, more room in the interior and less weight, which helps fuel economy, performance and handling. Head room is good all around, if not exceptional, but the rear seat offers barely enough leg room for anyone taller than about 5-foot-10. We've had problems with this system since new. Again, not that many Pathfinder owners are likely to do any serious off-road driving, but this improvement nevertheless means the vehicle will be a bear in the mud, sand or whatever. And, as promised, it's quiet in there.
I still think this truck looks great even when it's been out several years 7 now. Brakes have been changed three times. The step-up, for climbing in, is moderate, and a running board or step rail is standard on some versions. Ride and handling rank among the most carlike in the sport-utility field. Road and wind noise are low. Nissan will inspect the strut housing and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. The ride is firm, but devoid of harshness over bumps.
It's very car-like, thanks to the new front suspension, longer wheelbase and more rigid body shell. Even so, you get a surprising amount of body lean and tire squeal during fast turns. Nissan does not yet offer a full-time 4wd system. Trouble Spots Airbags Description: Airbag-indicator light may flash, indicating a failure. Also new this year is its rack and pinion steering system, which gives quick response and increased road feel, and a much shorter turning radius.
For 4-wheeling there's a new transfer system that allows shift-on-the-fly into 4-wheel high-range at speeds up to 50 mph. The original hit the trail in 1986. General Comments: The seats are very overstuffed and are very firm, thus making the seats very uncomfortable. It took over the operations for manufacturing Datsuns from Tobata Casting Co. The new front suspension has been designed to maintain off-road ruggedness while improving on-road comfort and control. I had the calipers rebuilt, but the still seem to stick.
Who else are we supposed to go to? General Comments: It is a great car, very reliable, but not that confortable for the passengers. Nissan will replace them with chrome lug nuts. Details on how and what please. Yes Review Date: 10th March, 2003 Faults: Brakes required replacement frequently. A tight suspension and linear steering contribute to a sense of control.
When it came time—perhaps even past time—to develop a successor, Nissan felt it had the edge in off-road ruggedness, driver control and occupant comfort, so all that was necessary was to improve on what it already had. So, there's really not a lot of accessories to go bad on this car. I know my 1990 Pathfinder is a totally different vehicle than the one on this post body style changed in 1996 , but I have had minimal problems so far. General Comments: The gas mileage is poor, which is sort of surprising considering that the horsepower is rather low. The extra horsepower is easily noticed on the highway; less strain, less noise at launch and cruise, better acceleration, better 50- to 70-mph passing response. But Nissan went much further than that; the new Pathfinder is really all new.