1997 Nissan Pathfinder consumer reviews

$22,899–$23,899 MSRP range
side view of 1997 Pathfinder Nissan
100% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.9
Explore the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

Indestructible Manual 4x4 with Grittiness

I bought my first foreign vehicle and had it for over 10 years, the Nissan Pathfinder was indestructible and had far superior quality engine and transmission for a manual than the domestic market. I used this suv for hunting, fishing, camping and hauling chopped wood and kept it the longest in all my purchased vehicles. Never once had any concerns or costly repairs and when we traded it in for a Ford Escape the only motivator for selling it was the Nissan was a glutton on gas consumption. It was light but built like a tank and did its job without any concerns or repairs unlike the Jeep Patriot which was poorly crafted with cheap material and substandard transmission.....



My pathfinder have more than 290,000 miles and rides like new, even better than some new cars. Just had to rebuilt the transmission and standard maintenance. Unbelievable!


1997 se is a beast!! 230,xxx and counting

this is my second pathfinder i had a 95 before this one and loved it also i just sold it they hold a good value to them and are unstoppable !!!!!


Best vehicle I've owned

This vehicle might not get the best mpg but the reliablity and performance more than make up for it. It will take you anywhere you want to go and back. Because of the Pathfinder I'am going to buy another one IF this one ever quits on me.


My Reliable Tank!

I bought this SUV a few years ago, it's great! My only down side to it is that I usually get 16- 17 miles to the gallon and that's just not alot these days! But it's very reliable, I've had a couple of brake downs over time but it's mainly small things like a hose (mostly just alot of labor cost) and my starter went out. The only other problems I've had seems to be mostly with the parts holding the vehicle up and stopping it (I think because it's a REALLY Heavy car). For example: My Struts, Shocks, some other parts down there holding the car to the wheels.... and I also go threw brake pads fairly quickly! But, no real major problems considering it has 120k miles on it. On a side note, I was in a small accident in this car over the summer and I messed up the other vehicle pretty badly and my car... really didn't look much different at all! That's why I call it my Tank! So, I feel pretty safe in it now. So, over all I do like my car alot. If it could just get better gas mileage (which to some people this may be good gas mileage) I would consider it to be a "Perfect Reasonable Reliable Vehicle".


GREAT!! (as long as you can afford the fuel)

I love this car but getting only 14 mpg around town is killing me! Supremely well designed for comfort and versatility. 106k miles so far with no major repairs. The perfect blend of car and truck. Buy one!