23rd Aug 2010, 12:37
I own a 1991 Pathfinder SE. I have 342000 kms on it and the thing still starts better than my mom's 2005 minivan. I do the oil every 4000kms (a bit too often), which is probably the reason that it works so well.
I've gone 4x4ing many times, as well as camping in the mountains. I also pull garbage trailers with it very often. I also do a fair bit of highway driving.
I recently did a major routine maintenance for 700 bones which included the following; air filter, spark plugs, thermostat, thermostat housing (not a big job), brakes, shocks, front right axle, fan belts, muffler tape on that famous exhaust header, and some WD40 to boot.
The tranny also was rebuilt and a cooler installed about 10 years ago. There have been no other mods made to the car.
Rust will eventually steal the day, but for now, she pulls like a racehorse. I would recommend this car to any person who like to do a little bit of everything.
16th Oct 2011, 20:58
Only problem with that is you have to pay for the info!! I'll find the "FREE" info. that is available, thank-you!
21st Apr 2012, 13:29
I own a red 1991 Pathfinder SE 4x4 (5 sp. manual) that I bought only about a year ago in great shape with 170,000 for $2,000 in Denver, CO. Immediately, I replaced: all belts including the timing belt, clutch and all clutch components, water pump, fan clutch, power steering pump, and a couple other small things. Runs great!
Before this Pathy, I owned a 1988 two door, two tone black and grey automatic with 180,000 miles. It was my first 4x4 and I purchased it for $1200 in Denver, CO when I was 21. They are a lot of fun to drive. The '88 experienced much offroading, camping, cruising, and driving up Interstate 70 from Denver to go snowboarding over 20 times a season; a drive not easy on any vehicle. The only "maintenance" done at all was: changing the oil every 2,500 miles, some free 31 inch tires from Craigslist, and one replaced alternator. An overall pack mule that never quit.
With no more than a self tune-up, and changing to oil halfway, I took the '88 on a 7,000 mile road trip to the west coast. From Colorado, the long way to Portland, all the way down the coastal highway to LA, and back again through the desert. The Pathy went mudding in Oregon, hit more mountains and beaches in Cali, and off-roaded her way back through the desert with no more than a grumble.
Unknown to me at the time, the stock automatic transmissions coolers were faulty, and she gave up on the way snowboarding on the side of the road with over 270,000 miles on her :( With little to no maintenance or initial cost, this 88 Pathfinder took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. I just might keep my 91 forever, but I'll always remember my first 4x4. Thanks for reading!