1994 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.0 from North America


Excellent vehicle except for the rusty frame


About every 100,000kms the exhaust studs break off. If you get the right mechanic they are used to this and can fix it for about $100.

After about 300,000kms the gas tank may rust through.

After about 425,000kms or 12 years the frame above the rear wheel wells will rust through and will no longer pass inspection.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th July, 2006

1994 Nissan Pathfinder SE V6 from North America


Transmission Eater!



Expensive exhaust leak (manifold bolts broke off in head)



Water pump.



Timing belt.

Power locks and windows malfunctioned.

Too many small problems to list...

General Comments:

I bought this car used in 1999, it had 58,000 miles on it. I drove it for 7 years and probably put 125,000 miles on it. For the most part it was a pretty good ride with normal parts needing replacement like water pumps and alternators, but replacing the transmission TWO times really chapped my hide. I got totally ripped off on the first transmission rebuild by a large and well known Nissan dealership north of Atlanta. The car was paid off and I did not feel like getting wrapped up in another car payment. I paid $3200 for a factory rebuild, with the idea in my head that the authorized service and high price would pay off in the long run by giving me a sturdy transmission that I could rely on for many years. Boy was I wrong. The transmission only lasted 16 months. I did not treat this vehicle rough at all and the thing wore out 4 months after the warranty ran out. Nissan people were not sympathetic at all. Neither the dealership (which I will refuse to name in order to get this warning out) or Nissan headquarters would cut me any slack and refused to assist me at all. I took it to a local shade tree mechanic and he did a rebuild for $1200. I drove it for about a year (until the 2nd transmission warranty almost ran out) then swapped it for a Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which I love.

Along with the transmission problems, there was an exhaust leak that I never would get repaired due to the cost of the repair. Since the bolts that attach the exhaust were broken off in the head, the entire motor was going to have to be removed in order to re-bore the holes and re-attach the exhaust system. Everywhere I took it for an estimate it was over $500, so I just never got it fixed. Every mechanic I took it to said this was a common problem with all Nissan models. A few joked "they come from the factory with an exhaust leak like that."

I never gave this thing a hard time. I do not know why she hated me so. Our relationship finally ended when the exhaust leak progressed to a point where fumes crept into the cabin - causing a gas smell. Passed out at the wheel one morning while driving to work over a mountainous Georgia Highway that crosses the Appalachian Trail. (HWY 75) Awoke just in time to lock down the brakes and come to rest teetering on a ravine so steep that if I would have continued 1 inch further, I would have surely tumbled downward to my death. Not sure if the gasoline odor had anything to do with that incident, but traded the pathfinder nonetheless.

One thing I can say about the Pathfinder however is the motor always ran good. Never leaked or burned one drop of oil the entire time I owned it. Even after I neglected to change the oil for 6 months one time it still registered full on the dipstick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2005

31st Mar 2006, 09:25

I have a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder, and despite the fact that it is 12 years old I love it. My Pathfinder has only been in the shop one time for a water pump in the four years I have owned it. When you have an older car you should expect that you should have to do repairs to it. Come on was it really that bad? You drove it fo seven years.