1996 Nissan Pathfinder User Reviews

1996 Nissan Pathfinder Review Ratings

  • Rank your car

Average Ratings from 6 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

Review Highlights Click to filter reviews below

PROS
"ride" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews

User Reviews

Displaying all 6 1996 Nissan Pathfinder reviews.

Walter writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr XE 4WD SUV Review
Overall:
4
Walter
25

The Car Was Great Until It Hit 100,000 Miles, Now I Have Had Several Problems With It. — The car was great until it hit 100,000 miles, now I have had several problems with it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
rustedhorse writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
Back Seats:
Cargo Capacity:
Family Car:
Fuel Economy:
Front Seats:
Handling:
Maintenance Cost:
Price:
Power:
Reliability:
Looks/Style:
Overall:
3

Pros

It's built in Japan, good torque,

Cons

Rough ride, unibody,

rustedhorse
25

Solid Good Looks In The Right Size Package — Update! The Pathfinder unexpectedly threw a rod at 196,000 miles resulting in a total loss of the engine. This engine was whisper quiet, I had replaced the timing belt just 900 miles ago only for this to happen. When I went looking for my first smaller SUV I had compared driven a 5 speed Pathfinder before I bought my 97 Grand Cherokee. I was impressed with the R50 pathfinder but the Jeep name, solid front axle, and 5.2 liter v8 sold me on the Jeep. In hindsight I wish I had gone with Nissan. Before I had reached 120K I had replaced all four of the axle shafts in the Jeep, the rear bearings twice and the water pump. The Jeep was fast, handled good, looked great, but I hated that ZJ. It always had roar from the crappy oddball aluminum center section Dana 44. It never ever got better than 14.2 MPG. I almost forgot to mention the notorious death wobble that will almost jerk the wheel from your hands when you hit a bump in the road at 45 mph. The Nissan handles great but rides rough, I suspect that with 196K the shocks, springs, and struts need replaced. I'm just waiting because I intend on going with a 2 inch lift and 31-10.50 mud tires. The Pathfinder is more roomy inside than the Jeep because the spare is located under rather than inside the vehicle. One note on the Pathfinder, replace the timing belt at or before 105K and 210K. The 3.3 is an interference engine and breaking the belt will destroy the engine. Expect to pay around $600 for parts and labor which should include all belts and a new water pump.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Charlie writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
5

Pros

Go-anywhere and handle-anything abilities, very reliable, looks awesome, and of course, it's paid off.

Cons

Slightly underpowered engine that takes premium fuel.

335

This Truck Can Handle Anything!!!! — My dad bought this Nissan new at Rothrock in Allentown on May 24, 1996 right before we moved to California. He has kept all the service records since he bought it, and Nissan must have done something right because we have owned it for almost twelve years, the longest we have ever owned a car. It has a little under 110,000 miles as of today, and aside from a few dents and dings, and rust spots, and a little crack in the windshield, it is in perfect shape. Everybody who has seen it cannot believe it is a 1996 because it is in such good shape. Everything in it works perfectly and all it has ever needed is routine maintainance, and my dad just put several thousand dollars into replacing the suspension, muffler, tires, brakes, etc. It is like a brand new truck again. Handling is okay for an SUV, and the ride is comfortable, but it is not as comfortable as the van. It has heated leather seats, power sunroof, keyless entry, Bose sound, off-road package (basically adds sporty blackout trim and beefed up suspension), and all the power options. Features I have added include a K&N air filter, an Alpine CD player, and the Navy wings license plate on the front. The fog lights and the sharp alloy wheels are factory. Sweet eh? I only wish it had a little more power under the hood. Under the hood is a dependable 3.3 Liter V6 making about 167 horsepower. It has plenty of torque, and that is where it really shines. It accelerates well on the highway and is very comfortable. The K&N adds about 10 horsepower, and the new exhaust probably helped a little, but another annoying thing is that the engine requires premium fuel, and this Nissan, like most SUVs, is a gas-guzzler. It gets at the most maybe 17 around town, and sometimes it gets 20 or more on the highway.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Andy writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

I can feel the road I am driving on

Cons

I wish the mileage was a little better

45

I Love My Truck — I like that it is black. The mileage is average, I get 19 mpg on the highway and 15-16 mpg in town. It is a very tough vehicle. It has a 3.3 Liter V6. I can hear the rumble of the exhaust.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No
Timothy writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE 4WD SUV Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

bumped like crazy. and a beast

Cons

not fast. ate gas i think about 12 miles to the gallon..

45

Patty Pathfinder — extremely comfortable inside along with a comfortable ride. could blow your ear drums out. heavy as hell but could still power slide it like crazy. best part it beastes garbage cans, small animals(almost got a person one time lol), curbs, grass, deep mudd and portapotty's lol o and fits six- 7 ppl comfortably.. except for the person by the subs

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Is this review helpful? Yes | No
Joshua writes:
1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE 4WD SUV Review
Appearance:
Performance:
Quality:
Overall:
4

Pros

Many

Cons

Smalish Engine

35

Nissan Pathfinder 1996 4dr 4wd Le — Performance: the 3.3L V6 is a little underpowered but it gets out of its own way. It brakes really quick so be careful, and the 4wd can handle the trails out here, they get pretty bad too, mud up to the top of your rims sometimes gets you stuck. Build quality: Its held together well, If you use 4wd a lot you will need to replace the axles at about 200,000 miles but only the front 2. Its quick breaking means it eats pads. Appearance: It looks okay nothing special, the inside is also pretty average, it had a center console with the shifter, which I like better than column shifters. Cost of ownership: Its gets 19mpg on low grade and 22-24mpg on mid grade. Parts are relatively abundant and low cost. Fun Factor: This car is very fun to do a little trail running with. Its not meant for mudding but it can hold its own going on that camping trip.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Is this helpful? Yes | No

Displaying all 6 1996 Nissan Pathfinder reviews.

Rank your car

Reviews From Other Years

1987 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Part Of The Family By TheeBigRig

i like that it is dependable off road and on road. i dont really like the gas but what do you exspect. i like that you are able to take more than two people off roading because of the rear seats and i... Read More

Good Vehical (when New) By Cody

This thing goes anywhere... that open diffs will allow. Wins in functionallity, apart from poor fuel milage and clumbsiness. Carries lots of tires, and is a great candidate for a VG30ET swap as it bol... Read More

Read all 3 1987 Nissan Pathfinder reviews

1988 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Love It And Would Buy Another. Know Where 1 Is? By nschulthes84

i have an 88 pathfinder that we call ol rielable cuz no matter what i do to her she never stops working. i have been driving it once and a while with a ba tran in it and it is still doing what it was... Read More

Pathfinder By Ismael

this truck is a great machine for any terrain, snow, mud, water and pretty much anything, this thing's got tons of horse power and great traction with it's 4X4 on, Gas may be an issue but this ain't a... Read More

Read all 5 1988 Nissan Pathfinder reviews

1989 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

I Would Buy Another In A Heart Beat By badboy1970a

great on gas runs great really don't have to nothing but general pm this car was ahead of its time in 89 Obahma wants to trade these in hes crazy i live in country i would be stranded here and this ca... Read More

1989 Nissan Pathfinder Trail Boss Edition By Alan

Back in the late 80's this was one of the nicer looking SUV's. It was a great daily driver, never really took this truck off the beaten path very much and even those odd occasions was usually on dirt ... Read More

Read all 4 1989 Nissan Pathfinder reviews

1990 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Crappy Looking Good Performance Car By Shanna

It has fairly good acceleration for an older manual. Engine problems, like a broken fan clutch. Its needed a new clutch, new brakes, new tires, a new radiator, and a new heating core since I bought it... Read More

Strong Build, Engine Strong. Transmission Needs Work! By Tyler

This SUV was 100 the best first car i owned. Beautiful paint. Super strong build, really great all round. I loved this car a lot but i sold this one and my CRX to get my BMW now. it was a fun car whil... Read More

Read all 1990 Nissan Pathfinder reviews

1991 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

This Car Is The Best In The Snow By aggiel8d

Bought at 18K miles. best decision ever made tradung in my 5 series Mercedes diesel for this car and have it since 1992. We call her the champ as she is a champ lasting 21 years and running great as ... Read More

Haylock Pathfinder By Rowan

Power is very limited especially uphill, Build quality is good for it's age started squeeking the last year or so, Very reliable has never had a major breakdown, handles exceptionally well on gravel a... Read More

Read all 7 1991 Nissan Pathfinder reviews

People researching a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1996 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE 4WD SUV, exterior
Nissan Pathfinder
29% of the time
Toyota 4Runner
7% of the time
Ford Explorer
4% of the time
Pathfinder
Looking for a Used Pathfinder in your area?
CarGurus has 18,452 nationwide Pathfinder listings starting at $2,250.
ZIP: