I own a 1995 Nissan Pathfinder XE, and overall I'm impressed with it, but if Nissan would have thought through the building process, maybe it could have been up there in the ratings with the big boys "Toyota, Ford etc."
One thing I'm totally dissatisfied with is the poor horsepower they gave this beast; 154 is not enough for such a heavy truck, 200 or 190 would have done it some justice with performance and probably fuel economy but no.
Also the tranny in this particular year and model will go out on you so be careful. And I actually have the same ticking noise that everyone else is having, and I've been told it's the manifolds due to cracking and broken bolts, so replace them with some good headers and it should stop.
OK, I have a 95 Nissan Pathfinder XE. I bought it at 160k, and it now has 189k on it with a blown automatic. The transmission went out because it over heated off road. These transmissions do not like heat, and their factory coolers are bad/too small/plug up. Replace the factory cooler (located at the bottom of the radiator) with one rated for 18,000 GVW and you will not have a problem. If your transmission has already gone out, don't get one from a wd21 Pathfinder, get one from an Xterra, they're the same transmission, but the Xterra is a updated heavy duty model that isn't as weak as the original wd21's.
Also, don't forget about timing belts, 94-95 Nissan Pathfinders need them changed every 105,000 miles, and older ones every 60,000 miles. These are interference motors, so if it goes out, then you need new heads.
Frame rust, yes these cars rust out fast, but they're relatively easy to fix; weld 1/4 inch steel to the frame rails in the back and you're good.
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Could possibly be a throw-out bearing if you have a standard trans. If it's an automatic, could be the front pump. You'll need to have it diagnosed by a qualified service technician.
I currently have a 1993 Pathfinder, and it was making an awful high pitch noise at low speeds, and when turning. I took it to my local mechanic, and it was literally a 2 minute fix. The heat/rock shield on the transmission was rubbing against the tranny. It is common when you get your clutch replaced or tranny fixed. He hit it a few times with a hammer, and it has been gone ever since.