Model year 1999 Year of manufacture 1999 First year of ownership 2001 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 3. Pathfinders run the gamut from basic to fully loaded. Yes Review Date: 27th September, 2005 I very much agree with the comments made. I love my pathfinder and I will keep it until it's no longer drivable. General Comments: This car is great on long trips except for gas mileage. At an off-road course in Canada we found the Pathfinder offered plenty of ground clearance and suspension articulation to handle obstacles that appeared impassable to our eyes. The standard equipment list is fairly long, too.
Power brakes vacuum assist top hose check valve went out at 73,000 miles. Our Take on the 1999 Nissan Pathfinder My brother worked in the newsroom of a television station for a while. Twin form-fitting front bucket seats and a rear bench for three with a 60-40 split makes the rear cargo area more useful. They have since been removed and I've had no more problems with rust. And that suits us just fine.
American drivers quickly learned to prefer five-door 4x4s. Interior is nicely designed, but could incorporate a more space-efficient layout with seats down. Now in its fourth model year, the present Pathfinder differs little from the version offered last year. I love it, but it is expensive and always needs the recommended maintenance items on time as recommended. The Pathfinder copes well with sand, mud and snow. Getting those disparate virtues to coexist in a single vehicle is a tall order. Struts and shocks needed replaced and muffler pipes corroded at 70,000.
Horizontal body creases emphasize length. Not to mention the fuel pump. Granted, the seats are higher off the ground than they would be in a Nissan Altima, but the dashboard, seats and other trim pieces seem to have been selected for looks rather than hose-it-out-when-dirty utility. Before the current sport-utility craze took off, it was little more than a Nissan pickup truck with a glorified camper shell added. It widened its generous track by 3 inches, and stretched its wheelbase by 2 inches.
It's build is reliable and parts can be found everywhere. We think it's better with the slick five-speed manual shifter since the six is simply overtaxed by the four-speed automatic. This vehicle handles well, has a great Bose stereo system, and is an overall great value for the money. Faults: Rust problem on tailgate. Frankly, little in the way of alteration was needed.
This car has taken countless trips up to our family cabin all the way up in the Sierra Nevadas, fully loaded with kids and gear. If not the top dog in its class, the Pathfinder remains a solid contender, worthy of attention. When it was introduced, I was immediately taken with the smooth and powerful engine and stable suspension. Soft springs and generous wheel travel smooth out all but the worst bumps. One feature the Pathfinder lacks is push-button or rotary-switch activation of four-wheel drive. Pathfinder acquits itself well against its competitors — most notably the Ford Explorer, Chevy Blazer, Toyota 4Runner, Isuzu Rodeo and Honda Passport. Ordering these extras is easy.
So, if you need ride quality, comfort, and cargo room, consider the pathfinder. I find it comfortable and especially love the cargo room when you put the back seats down. He spent three terror-filled hours in the backseat of a Pathfinder driven by a photographer going at least 70 mph over glare ice a couple winters back. The steering strikes a nice balance between precision and low effort. Even so, Pathfinder offers a 5,000-pound tow limit when the automatic is ordered. The automaker also switched to unibody construction, for more passenger car-style rigidity. I traded in my Pathfinder 5 years later with an odo reading of 199,896 miles and not so much as a flat tire the entire time I had it.
Shift-on-the-fly capability allows the driver to do this while the Pathfinder is in motion. The only downside is that I live in Nebraska where salt is frequently applied to the roads during winter months and my metal side step boards have rusted. Approaching 300,000 miles, running strong. Braking is competent and without drama, since anti-lock brakes are standard equipment. But we added a foray into the California desert, an unplanned run through a mountain snowstorm and a daylong run around an off-road obstacle course in Canada. Amazing vehicle, engine is bullet proof as long as you keep up with maintenance.
The Pathfinder is extremely stable on uneven ground — as we discovered on the side of a sand dune that proved steeper than it looked. That small dose of history is meant to suggest that the folks at Nissan have paid attention to the world around them, and have adapted the Pathfinder to meet changing needs. The car is fairly comfortable, and it has a lot of room with the seats folded. Pathfinders are prone to all the problems outlined by the previous comment. The Pathfinder is a competent performer, especially in the highway cruise mode. Rounded corners and attractive proportions between body and greenhouse serve the Pathfinder well, as do curved roof pillars.