1997 Nissan Pathfinder from North America


Tough to tell


I had to have new tires put on twice. I have little rattles all over the place. Belts have been tightened twice. In the winter I get maybe 12 miles per gallon if I'm lucky. And that's not even driving in 4 wheel drive. I had to replace the entire exhaust at 60000 miles, and it is showing signs of wear again.

General Comments:

Overall, it is a good car. I drive a lot of miles so some of the problems are to be expected. For a four wheel drive car though, I do not feel safe on wet or snowy roads. The back end tends to slide around a bit. I felt a lot safer in my Integra in bad weather. Even with the noise and miles, the engine is still powerful enough to get moving. The seats can be a little tough on the lower back on long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th December, 2002

1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 3.3 from North America


A reliable and first-class Sports Utility Vehicle


Replaced the front struts at 70,000.

Compact disc player doesn't eject the disc occasionally.

Parts are expensive to replace, when needing replacement.

General Comments:

Extremely comfortable and quiet on rough roads.

Very expensive feeling, from the sound of the doors closing to the click on the gear shift.

Some cheap plastics used throughout the cabin.

Plows through snow, ice and mud.

Gas consumption is fairly high and power is fairly short.

Very comfortable seats, great on long trips.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2001

1997 Nissan Pathfinder XE 3.3L from North America


Nice looking, comfy and trouble-free!!


Nothing yet except an annoying rattling in the area of the passenger-side air bag.

General Comments:

Engine is I think a little too underpowered for this vehicle.

Gas mileage is on the high side.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2001

21st Sep 2004, 08:07

I am sixteen and was thinking about getting a pathfinder after what I read I'm not so sure if I want one anymore. Thanks for your help.

1997 Nissan Pathfinder SE 3.3 from North America


Nothing, although it had recall concerning tire rotation and a new muffler.

General Comments:

The BOSE auto sound system is the best in the world. Unfortunately the plastic trim around the speakers is not. Too many rattles from a 30k auto.

Excellent ride for an SUV, better than most cars.

Engine roars like a bus, and is a bit underpowered.

All-in-all, I like the truck, but I am not sure of getting another Nissan. I've had two Hondas before it, and miss the Honda-like quality.

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

Review Date: 3rd January, 1998