1996 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission  
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carCadillac DeVille

Summary:

Fabulous and very reliable

Faults:

Absolutely the greatest and most reliable car we have ever had. Only issue was the CD player, which the dealer replaced under warranty.

General Comments:

We would absolutely buy Nissan again, in fact we have a 2003 Infinity R35. Fabulous!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2010

1996 Nissan Pathfinder LX 3.3 4x4 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.3 4x4 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

The best car I have ever owned

Faults:

My blower resistor has went out. If anyone knows where it is, please let me know?

Automatic seat gear went out.

General Comments:

Very reliable motor.

Plenty of power for every day use.

Seats are comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2006

1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Nothing better than nissan

Faults:

At 71000 mile I had to change the struts, since the last owner used to drive it like it was a bus. the starter was replaced at 90000 miles, and periodically I have to change the "stop" lights.

General Comments:

It is a great car, very reliable, but not that confortable for the passengers. If you are in the back and are taller than 5 9, then you will have a tough time enjoying your ride since the floor is higher than the front. GREAT IN SNOW!!! 4WD works like you are driving on a dry road. The only problem is the gas efficiency.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2005

1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3 litre from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.3 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance61200 miles

Summary:

We will not buy another Nissan

Faults:

On my third set of tires. Originals lasted 23,000. Second set were Pirelli Scorpion AT's and lasted 30,500. Third set are Bridgestone Revo's.

Timing belt, water pump were replaced at 53,400.

OEM Panasonic CD/radio was replaced four times by dealer. Once warranty lapsed, I bought an Alpine.

As our SE was manufactured in the first six months in production run, it has the adjustable shocks- sport and comfort. We've had problems with this system since new. The relays would always short. It had been back to the dealers five times before it was fixed properly. Currently, the strut on the right side is leaking. Dealer says they need to be replaced. Mucho dollars $$. Anyone put any aftermarket non-adjustable struts/shocks on? Details on how and what please. Dealer says this scenario is difficult because of mounting systems.

Exhaust has been replaced two times. Got fed up with warranty issues so I promptly put a stainless steel Borla on from cat back.

Coolant leaks have been a pain in the butt lately. We even have our SE dealer maintained regularily and religiously. Oil/filter changed evry 3000.

Pinging from engine on occasion. Currently running on octane 87 as per manual.

Brakes have been changed three times.

General Comments:

We have had this vehicle for almost 10 years now. Fortunately with all the stuff going on, it has not let us down except in the pocket book and unexpected garage down time.

The vehicle is great when we overlook the bad things and when it's running well. Comfortable.

The dealers are a bunch of cash grabbers. Who else are we supposed to go to? They are the "pros".

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th November, 2005

1996 Nissan Pathfinder XE 3.3 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.3 V6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carFord Probe

Summary:

The 1996 Pathfinder is fairly dependable, but not exciting

Faults:

On very cold and very windy days it sometimes won't start. This is a problem as these are the conditions I bought a 4 wheel drive for.

I did have a antifreeze hose that leaked, but this was not a big problem.

The factory radio never really worked. The CD player wouldn't play, the volume control doesn't work, and the memory presets are lost at least once a week.

The water pump failed at 97k miles.

The front brakes are a problem. I had the calipers rebuilt, but the still seem to stick.

General Comments:

The gas mileage is poor, which is sort of surprising considering that the horsepower is rather low.

I bought this pathfinder with no real options other than air conditioning. It has manual locks, manual transmission, and manual window cranks. So, there's really not a lot of accessories to go bad on this car.

While there have been some things that have been disappointing about this car, I've been overall satisfied with its dependability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2004

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 9 reviews