The powertrain in this vehicle has been excellent during the 10 years that I have owned it (bought new). The 4 speed auto is outdated but still performs very well. I feed it only regular grade fuel unless towing or loaded very heavily.
Mainly like the great visibility in all directions. Also like the slightly wide based stance of the vehicle
Excellent ride for full 4 wheel drive vehicle with low range.
I like the simple but elegant dash and gages
Brand reputation & image
This car was engineered and assemble in Japan and it makes a difference. The post 1995 Pathfinders were built in the US and their reliability has been significantly worse. I would not buy a US built Pathfinder.
Recently at about 95,000 Km the car developed the dreaded Pathfinder death wobble whereby the rear trailing arm bushings softened prematurely allowing the solid axel to move fore and aft side to side on deeply rutted freeways. Bushings replaced
What can you say--it's powerful, heavy and not very efficient by todays standards. Still given my current millage of 10,000 Km/year, it's not a good enough reason to trade the vehicle.
Safety & braking
Rear drums are mixed bag--very long lasting and not susceptible to road salt and rust. But with just drums on the back, the front rotors need to be larger or of better quality because they seem very prone to warping. Replaced at only 85,000 Km
Front seat support & comfort
My last rant is the front seats--which are leather but very uncomfortable after an hour or two. Oddly I have a friend with the identical vehicle in a different interior colour and no complaints about the front seats whatsoever. ?!?
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