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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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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Shane writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr XE 4WD SUV Review
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4x4 plus gas mileage

Cons

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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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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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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Llauger1964 writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr LE SUV Review
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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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Chait writes:
1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4 Dr SE 4WD SUV Review
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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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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