1997 Nissan Pathfinder User Reviews

1997 Nissan Pathfinder Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 12 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 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:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Overall: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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"handling" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 2 reviews
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"fuel economy" 6 reviews

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Shane writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr XE 4WD SUV Review
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4

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4x4 plus gas mileage

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rust

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Awesome — The performance of this SUV is lacking. The 3.3L is under- powered and it feels as if it works to hard. The gas mileage isnt to bad however. I get about 19-20mpg around town, and for a vehicle that has 4x4 that is very good. The build quality of the vehicle is incredible! Ive never had anything go wrong with it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dave writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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Solid Truck

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Eh, seats I guess.

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The Wifes Suv — Dependable truck, but it can be costly to fix. Rust seems to be an issue but all in all it is solid. Rear suspension has some issues but it is fixable by your average guy with the right tools. This is my second one and if gas wasn;t so stinking expensive I'd upgrade to a newer one.

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thehometeam writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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4

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Great winter car; carries a lot of gear as I am an avid golfer, drummer and flea market enthusiast.

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gas mileage but that is expected of this type of SUV

thehometeam
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Love The Pathfinder - I Have Owned Several Of Them Since 1988. — I have owned this car ever since my return from the Philippines. I actually owned an a 1990 Terrano which is the Japanese version of the Pathfinder while I was in Mindanao, Philippines - great car there as well. I had also bought the 2 door Pathfinder in 1988 - It was a great SUV then as it is now...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Llauger1964 writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE SUV Review
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5

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The most reliable car I've ever had... never had a problem with it... first car I ever bought new!

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Poor gas mileage...

Llauger1964
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Nissan Pathfinder — I loved this car ... but its time to move on ... I have to say that it was a fantastic SUV... great camping vehicle and family car... went to Burning Man and Death Valley!!! Again... never had a problem!!! Very safe too!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jimi writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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Comfy and roomy.  Looks nice and like an SUV should not a hybrid station wagon like some others.

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Gas mileage isn't the best.  Issues with the Mass Air Flow sensor and idle.

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Great Suv And Will Drive It Until It Falls Apart.... — I bought the car used in '07. It has some things that need to be worked on. I am doing them as I go along. It has power but an exhaust leak. It is a very dependable rig. This is the 2nd one I've owned. It's much nicer than the '95 I had before. Update Dec '12 - Still have the rig. Had the hood painted since it was peeling the clear coat. Looks good. Runs good. Have had some Mass Airflow Sensor issues. Still trying to get the idle to work right. Other than that, it never leaves me stranded and gets me where I'm going. With the new idle issue, I'm not getting the gas mileage that I did before, but will be working on that soon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Carlo writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE SUV Review
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looks good

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wished I had bought it w/ 4x4 option

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder — Manual tranny, no AC, no 4x4... after realizing traffic commuting, I had wished I paid extra for the automatic... also wished I had 4x4 so I could go 4 wheeling with buds back then.. * Performance - okay... * Build Quality - pretty good * Appearance - loved the boxy look of the old Pathfinders * Cost of Ownership - I don't remember any extraordinary repairs, etc. * Fun Factor - is this car fun to drive? Yeah, it was okay...

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Anthony writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr XE SUV Review
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It was free.

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It's 12 years old.

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1997 Nissan Pathfinder — It's 12 yearrs old. I mean what would you expect for it. I would say that it is in a peak condition for being as old as it is, despite a few problems with the radiator and muffler it is pretty fuel efficient and runs well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chait writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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5

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Power/Torque, Looks ok

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Mileage...not recomended for people that drive alot

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Torque-tastic <--theres A Copyright On That Guys — Not quick but it has power and it looks not that bad

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Jason writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr XE 4WD SUV Review
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mechanically bulletproof

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gas mileage..but who buys an suv for mileage anyways!

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Rusty But Extremly Trusty!! — I love this suv awesome in winter, handles and drives beautifully. lots of room. very trustworthy.

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Joshua writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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powerful, handles good, built tough

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bad gas mileage

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Nissan Pathfinder — It's an awesome car, I like it, has alot of horsepower and has 4 wheel drive, runs good and handles like a dream.

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Nice Looking "suv" And Not The Crossover/minivan Look By Pecknecker

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2010 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

I Just Love The Look Of The Pathfinder And Love Driving It By tlnaka

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2009 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

So So By TEJ

It's a Nissian and will most likely will last for a long time. It's a very uncomfortable car, has little bells and whistles, very small back seat, and a below average radio system. I would not reco... Read More

I'll Be Loving My Pathfinder For A Long Time. By Bill1423

New ride quality is pretty firm, and nicely solid, but it seems to have softened up some around 2,000 miles. I like Nissan's powerful V6 in my base model. Only dislike about the engine itself is tha... Read More

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2008 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

A Good Family Car With Massive Cargo Area By unique2001ng

Likes-Handling and speed, excellent cargo area, 3rd row seating, instrumentation, Dislike-Feul economy, An excellent family car with 3rd row seating, an all round good but very poor fuel economy as... Read More

Great Overall Suv! By rcbcpastor

We enjoyed this car as long as we had two children. When we found out a third was on the way, we decided it was time to move up to something with a full third row seat. Other than that, we loved this ... Read More

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2007 Nissan Pathfinder Reviews

Great Suv By sthpw05

Great vehicle. Strong engine, interior quality could be improved. Good highway mileage. Even better with K&N Cold Air intake. Pretty good pickup for a heavy SUV. Towing capacity is good, could be bett... Read More

My 4th Pathfinder By Glen

Great ride, loads of room. Plenty of power for towing. This is my 4th Pathfinder and over the years have had nothing but good things to say about them. I should have avoided buying the BMW and stuck w... Read More

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