2005 NISSAN PATHFINDER
I bought this car used with 80k miles to support my fishing habit. It will carry my kayak and drive on the beach, but it also has to transport my family on highway trips of 150-200 miles. If you don't need the 4 wheel drive, then buy a more refined vehicle - like a newer Explorer or Highlander.
Pros - Real 4 wheel drive. Works great on sand. Drive mode is selectable between Rear, 4 Wheel, 4 Wheel Low.
Lots of cargo space - 3rd row seats fold flat. Composed ride and pretty responsive steering. Powerful engine.
Cons - Loud fan noise. Cold weather brake fade - disappears when rotors warm up. Cheapish interior. Weak headlights. Seats lack support. Gas mileage.
1997 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Bought mine used for $1800 bucks. 150,000kms on the odometer. Needed a new oil pan and left front CV boot. Also some rust repair to pass inspection. I use it as a winter beater but I'm promoting it to winter vehicle. Nothin beat about this vehicle. Runs great! 4WD with winter tires is adiquate to get through the winter.
2000 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Extremely happy with it. Bought it with over 200,000 miles on it. Still feels as solid as new. I am a mechanic and did a LOT of research on vehicles in this class. The pathfinder had one of the best reputations for being well built and for a long life on the power train. I use it monthly for light to moderate use off-roading in the desert and mountains.
2013 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Featured options very well thought out. CVT transmission very quiet and smooth. Interior more luxurious than anticipated. Bose sound system is the best I've heard.
2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Bought this vehicle to replace my 2005 F150 with 200,000 miles on it. I needed something that got better gas mileage and was still able to tow my boat. So far I have taken it on several road trips and am very happy with it. I really like the fact that it has a lot of space inside and I haven't missed having a truck at all.
2009 NISSAN PATHFINDER
A mercedes at chevy prices, Solid, no rattles or squeaks. Hits bumps with a reassuring thunk. Rear hatch seems to be the only weakness, feels flimsy.
Used Nissan Pathfinder Information
The Pathfinder was introduced in 1985 as a compact sport utility vehicle, and it has since grown into a midsize SUV and now a midsize crossover SUV. It has been one of the most popular sport utilities in the United States, earning a reputation for offroad capability, durability and dependability. The first-generation of the Nissan Pathfinder was a two-door SUV based on the Nissan Hardbody pickup truck to compete with other small SUVs on the market at the time. The Pathfinder was one of the first vehicles in the SUV or pickup truck segment to offer shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, allowing the driver to shift into four-wheel drive as the vehicle was moving.
The Pathfinder underwent some facelifts during the first decade before the second-generation appeared in 1995. The Nissan Pathfinder at this point became a more refined crossover built with unibody construction and no longer related to the pickup truck line. A facelift in 2001 saw this Pathfinder grow in size and receive a larger, and popular, V6 engine. It was in that year that the smaller, still truck-based Nissan Xterra was introduced as an SUV fitting below the Pathfinder.
The most popular Nissan Pathfinder on the used car market is the third-generation (R51 series), produced from 2005 to 2014. The Pathfinder returned to a body-on-frame construction method. This larger, more family-friendly, and more capable Pathfinder proved to be a popular choice among SUV buyers. It shares components with the Nissan Titan, Armada, and other trucks and SUVs in the Nissan. In 2008, the third-generation Pathfinder saw a facelift and extension of its wheelbase to bring the styling up to date and has continually received interior updates to match trends in the market.
The Nissan Pathfinder tends to retain value fairly well as trade-ins and used options are not as plentiful as are some other, similar SUVs, due to owner retention rates for the Pathfinder.