1993 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4 3.0L from North America


I can't stand the thought of giving it up


Replaced timing belt at 90,000 and again at 160,000.

Front end alignment was consistent problem. I changed tie rod three times snd then had several parts replaced in front end which eventually solved the chronic alignment problem.

That's really the only trouble I've had. When I did timing belt at 160k, I went ahead and had water pump replaced too.

Original clutch started going out around 120,000.

General Comments:

I've been really pleased with this car. I use it in city for most of my driving, but I also have used it quite a bit in the mountains on the family farm; hauling rocks, dragging trees, pulling small utility trailers.

I also used for years hauling my kayaks and backpacks off into mountains.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2008

1993 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.0L from North America


Great vehicle with a sub-standard frame design


Rear frame rust has caused me to park this vehicle. The rear support cross bar on the frame rusted so bad that it fell off of the frame and onto the axle housing below and broke the right rear brake line. All the brake fluid drained out and the rear brakes became inoperable.

General Comments:

My Pathfinder is a 4x4 and has never given me any trouble. It has excellent traction in the snow. I took very good care of the vehicle. I am very disappointed about the rust problem. This is a design flaw in my opinion. I would expect the engine/transmission to be the first major expense on an older vehicle - not the frame falling apart. Nissan did a great job on the design of all other parts of this vehicle. They faltered in the design of the frame.

I have a nice vehicle with all the options (power everything, sunroof, 4x4) that still looks very nice. Unfortunately, looks are all it has right now. It has been abandoned in my driveway. It is now a useless hulk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th March, 2007

1993 Nissan Pathfinder SE from North America


A disgrace that Nissan should take responsibility for!!!


Both front and rear bumpers rusted from the inside out - replaced.

Body under rear doors rusted out, repaired.

Body above both front tires rusted - not repaired.

Frame rusted out.

General Comments:

Both front and rear bumpers rusted out after 5 years. At inspection was told to replace, they were completely rusted through from inside out. Dealer rep said "that shouldn't have happened". Nissan simply stated it was out of warranty and I lived in an area of snow and ice so it wasn't their fault.

Body under both rear doors rusted and repaired.

At inspection this year told frame was rusting away and had to have plates welded. Shop said that it was common with Nissan's because of the frame design.

More than happy to join a class action suit!!!

Truck has 93,000 miles, and was taken care of. Going to loose it now because of frame.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th February, 2007

1993 Nissan Pathfinder LX from North America


It has been reliable until now


Just found out that my 1993 Pathfinder has a rusted out rear frame. I would like to know if Nissan is offering to repair these since it has happened to a lot of the Pathfinders in the 1990's. What does Nissan recommend? The car is in great condition otherwise.

General Comments:

Great car except for the rear frame rusting out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th August, 2006

20th Dec 2011, 14:59

Hi Pal. I am from Brazil and have a NA Nissan Pathfinder 1993. I saw something about a recall on Wikipedia. You should take a look about this rust problem. Regards from South America.


1993 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4X4 3.0L from North America


A trouble free excellent value


Not a single problem since purchase.

General Comments:

I am amazed with this vehicle, I've always owned fords before getting this on a whim. I had come to accept that having to fix something every 5000 to 10000 miles was part of the deal with a car over 50,000 miles. My Pathfinder however has been driven hard, with a lot of off road and towing miles. It has yet to show a single problem. It runs like new, doesn't burn any oil or other fluids. No leaks, no breaks, no fixes. Aside from routine maintenance it's never seen a shop. I have two mechanics I use, both older guys who have been doing it a long time. They live in rural areas where it's frowned upon to drive a foreign car. But being men who know, they both drive Nissan trucks. It was on there recommendation that I look for a pathfinder. I actually feel bad, if i'd gotten another ford I'd be giving them a lot more business.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

19th Dec 2004, 04:07

Yes, my father owns a 1993 finder since 90k now with well over 200k. Minor electrical repair at first (they're prone) then nothing at all, aside from maintenance. Burns no oil, no coolant, leaks nothing. All after two teenage boys had our way with it off road. So poor on gas dad had mixture checked after purchasing it - it was fine. Bulletproof motor that likes fuel. Add short gearing... I owned a 1994 Chev 4x4 pick up with a 350 v8 that got similar mileage in town, but better mileage than the Nissan on hwy! Heavier, motor almost double in size, pushing more air, etc. But, Nissan's 3.0 liter revs 3000 at 100km/h while Chevy's 5.7 liter revs under 2000 at 100km/h. Pathfinder will outlast the Chev easily, gasoline is the penalty.

14th Aug 2006, 11:13

Or buy a 5-speed manual.