1995 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews - Page 8 of 11

1995 Nissan Pathfinder XE 3.0L from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance330500 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Awesome little SUV, but the tin frame and corrosion caused by the salt the frame does not stand up!

Faults:

Rust on the frame behind rear wheels, what a damn shame! Absolutely hidden by the tires!

General Comments:

Same problem with me. My 1995 Nissan Pathy XE. Went to have it rear brake work and was told that the entire frame was rusted through. Count me in on any lawsuit. This is just like their transmission flaw as well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd July, 2006

9th Aug 2006, 23:48

Wow! Deja Vu. Just had a rear brake inspection yesterday for my 1995 Pathfinder and was told the rear frame rails had rusted through. The good news is I won't have to spend any money on new brakes. Great truck until now.

1995 Nissan Pathfinder EX-V6 VG30E-V6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission VG30E-V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired206600 miles
Most recent distance212805 miles

Summary:

Amazing, simply amazing

Faults:

Radiator needed to be replaced after 11 years.

Distributor cap, timing belt, shocks, had nasty oil leaks... Aside from normal work (i.e. brakes).

General Comments:

This is my first car (handed down from my mom who got a '05 VW Jetta) and runs absolutely fantastic. The car already had 200 K+ miles, and much of it was original. Worse thing that happened was the radiator popped off while climbing up a mountain, causing it to overheat. After replacing the radiator, among other things (overall, $2100 dollars), it runs cooler than my mom's new car.

Shocks have to be replaced and may be expensive, but well worth it. The tires can get out of wack pretty easily, so that might also be a frequent expenditure. I'm having minor electronics problems, mostly with the door sensors, but not much more than that.

Sound system should be replaced, the stock unit, although great back in 1995 started acting buggy and the large speakers were dead. Tweeters still work great.

At 212,800 miles, absolutely no problem with rust or body damage or engine problems. This car is absolutely great and drives nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2006

1995 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.0 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance117000 miles

Summary:

Substandard frame assembly kills a fine vehicle

Faults:

Cosmetic rust appeared on running boards and rear bumper at about 80,000 miles. Very poor design job on rear bumper which catches moisture inside the assembly.

Frame almost completely rusted through in the last 6 months. This makes the vehicle an accident waiting to happen due to frame collapse. Otherwise the vehicle is in excellent condition but is headed to the junkyard. Have heard a number of other similar horror stories concerning 94 - 98 Pathfinders and pick-ups that use the same frame. A mechanic asked my neighbor if he was driving his '95 in the ocean because his frame was also about to collapse.

General Comments:

Stay away, very far away from these model years. They are about 10 years old now and beginning to die of frame cancer. Affected owners and former owners should probably band together in a class action suit against Nissan, especially if this led to any accidents.

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

Review Date: 28th July, 2005

2nd Sep 2005, 10:36

Just found out today that my 1994 Nissan King cab 4x4 just failed Virginia inspection because of a severely rusted frame. The mechanic said that there is about a 4 inch long crack starting in a rusted section of the frame over the passenger side rear wheel. I do not live anywhere near the ocean nor do I overload this truck so this was a complete surprise. My hope is try and get the frame welded/repaired by a body shop at a reasonable cost.

1995 Nissan Pathfinder XE straight 6 from North America

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission straight 6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carToyota 4Runner

Summary:

This is a definite keeper to drive 'till the wheels fall off!

Faults:

There is so very little wrong with this SUV that listing anything is just nit picking. BUT:

Needed to replace all shocks and stabilizer bars twice.

Needs realignment quite often due to my love of the off road.

Had to replace radiator.

Seats are not very comfortable, but I added cushioned seat covers.

Turning radius could be better for a truck this size.

Gas mileage varies from 15 - 19 mpg.

General Comments:

I have had this SUV for eight years now and it looks as good as the day I picked it up. Even the paint job looks good. I change the oil every 3000 miles and do routine maintenance every 20,000. This vehicle still looks good on the highway. How many 1995 autos can say that?

I had a 93 Toyota 4Runner that had a serious problem in crosswinds. In my opinion, it sat too high for it's light weight. The Pathfinder does not have that problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2005

21st Apr 2006, 21:46

I totally agree, I have a 1995 Pathfinder and having done all the recommended services- it is now at 108,000 miles running strong. I was just curious what else I needed to do as far as maintenance, but I guess it's okay for another 20,000. Great long-lasting, trouble free truck - I will be sad when I have to replace it. They are not built like that anymore.

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 41 reviews