2001 Nissan Pathfinder
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Longest lasting vehicle

by on August 9, 2017

16 years old and still going. It's had a few repairs for sure, but no big ticket items yet! If you are looking for ling lasting, look here.
16 years old and still going. It's had a few repairs for sure, but no big ticket items yet! If you are looking for ling lasting, look here.
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The best auto I have ever owned!

by from Atlanta, Ga on August 3, 2017

I have 162000 miles I have driven to 7 plus states pulled stumps NEVER ever stuck in the snow great!
I have 162000 miles I have driven to 7 plus states pulled stumps NEVER ever stuck in the snow great!
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super reliable

by from on November 18, 2016

I bought my pathfinder with 77K. It now has 195K and I kid you not, I have had to do not a single repair in all that time. I've had it for 10 years and I cannot say how amazing it's been to not worry ...
I bought my pathfinder with 77K. It now has 195K and I kid you not, I have had to do not a single repair in all that time. I've had it for 10 years and I cannot say how amazing it's been to not worry about my car for that long. A couple of times I was down to almost no oil (I know, really bad) and somehow the engine works like new! The only issue that I have with the car is that it's not for tall people. I'm 5'11 and I cannot sit up in my seat to stretch my back because my head doesn't fit. Time to get a new car, but I cannot tell you how reluctant I feel to let go of this oldie, but goodie!
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A Diehard Fun Ride On and Off Road

by from Wyoming on August 10, 2015

I have owned my 01 Pathfinder for 8 years. It is an exceptionally reliable vehicle, and has been a great do it all ride- daily commute, vacation road trips, and off road weekend adventures. The stylin...
I have owned my 01 Pathfinder for 8 years. It is an exceptionally reliable vehicle, and has been a great do it all ride- daily commute, vacation road trips, and off road weekend adventures. The styling is sleek and I think still looks cool even though it is 14 years old now. The size of this vehicle is perfect for a couple or with a kid and/or pet. Lots of well thought out interior design features. I have worn through the vinyl on the armrest, but I think if I had stored it inside the interior would still be in great condition. The Pathfinder rides very well on the highway and city. I REALLY love its off road capabilities. I regularly take on on dirt roads in the basin and godawful rocky two tracks in the mountains. It has handled it all just fine. Obviously the clearance is not as good as a truck, but I have found it works in 99 percent of off road situations. The only time it has failed on me is when I tried to cross a wide ford in it- the stream was about 4 ft deep in the middle, deep enough that I lost traction on the stream bottom and flooded out. The only other critique I have is I wish the cargo bay was a few inches longer- you can easily car camp in the back with the seats laid down, but I am 6 ft tall and have to lay diagonally to fit.
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262,000 miles and climbing

by from Olympia WA on September 6, 2013

262,000 miles and climbing. Replaced transmission and coils... otherwise regular maintenance. Had an oil leak for awhile. LE leather seats. Multi-disk stereo kaput. Great AC and acceleration. Driven f...
262,000 miles and climbing. Replaced transmission and coils... otherwise regular maintenance. Had an oil leak for awhile. LE leather seats. Multi-disk stereo kaput. Great AC and acceleration. Driven from Oklahoma to Maryland to Washington... 3 years Hawaiii...
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Pathfinder

by from Westminster, MD on August 4, 2013

I have a older pathfinder with just under 200,000 miles that is still running fine. Just needed a newer one to get my daughter to college, 9 hours with no worries. Only problem with the old Nissan is ...
I have a older pathfinder with just under 200,000 miles that is still running fine. Just needed a newer one to get my daughter to college, 9 hours with no worries. Only problem with the old Nissan is it is rusting out, but runs and handles well. My son will continue to drive until he graduates high school.
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Owned this Pathfinder for 13 years

by from New Jersey on August 1, 2013

My family purchased a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE brand new in 2000, and it has my daily driver for 3 years since I started driving. The LE is the luxury model with heated leather seats, upgraded Bose s...
My family purchased a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE brand new in 2000, and it has my daily driver for 3 years since I started driving. The LE is the luxury model with heated leather seats, upgraded Bose sound system, 6 disc cd changer, my Pathfinder also has 4WD capability. Currently reaching 180,000 miles. The Good: The styling of this pathfinder has aged really well and is still sharp-looking inside and out 13 years later. I like the truck-like boxy exterior but it's not too overdone. It's not as dated and funky looking as the more truck-like pathfinder which came before it, but yet it's more rugged than the minivan styling of the newer pathfinder. The interior has held up really well and the leather seats are in pristine condition. The drivers seat has some wear and tear from so many years of use but is perfect compared to some other cars' leather I've seen. The materials feel like high-quality, lots of leather and soft touch surfaces. The Pathfinder's ride is firm and fun to drive. It rides like a rocket compared to most other trucks and SUVs. The blind spots aren't too bad and I feel like I can take it into the tightest corner and successfully maneuver my way out. The 4WD works well and is a very fun vehicle to drive off-road, almost as fun as a Jeep Wrangler. Much more fun to take off-roading than a clunky pickup. The bad: My check engine light has been on for about 4 years now. Along with almost every other owner of the 2001 Pathfinder, I've had to replace all the oxygen sensors. The CD player stopped working, but the casette & radio works just fine (I use the casette player to plug my ipod in, the quality is great). The dashboard clock has stopped working. The a/c broke last summer. The fuel economy is awful for a crossover. Our 2008 Tahoe gets 1 MPG better and that's a big SUV. It's not the worst gas mileage in the world but you would think a vehicle like this could do better. I only learned recently that it wants premium gasoline (after filling it with only regular for over a decade). It does ride a bit smoother on Premium and accelerate better, and the gas mileage goes further with premium so it pays off (I hope). The front doors are unreasonably heavy. Almost every passenger I have has to shut the door twice because they don't realize how heavy it is & they never shut it all the way the first time. The interior space may be a concern for some. However, it is perfect for me (I'm 5'8"). Getting in and out is a breeze. You don't have to climb up like in a truck (which takes a toll on the seats) and you don't have to squat down like in a sedan, it's just right. The door opens so that you don't scrape your dirty shoes on the door panel. Everything is within reach. If I have something on the passenger seat, I don't have to lean or extend my reach like in a bigger truck or suv. However, if you are a bigger or much taller person you may feel cramped in the interior.
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Easy on the Wallet with Normal Regular Maintenance

by from Columbus, OH on July 21, 2013

-I am the owner of a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4. It has been a very good car so far. The outside styling is nice and the inside styling is uncluttered and easy to use. -My Pathfinder only has a few...
-I am the owner of a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4. It has been a very good car so far. The outside styling is nice and the inside styling is uncluttered and easy to use. -My Pathfinder only has a few surface-rust spots around the wheel arches and rusted through on the sidesteps. Other than that; I have only had to replace the plugs, wires and change the brakes...why are there drum brakes on a 2001 car?? -A fuel efficient car; this is not. Expect to get roughly 300 miles out of each 21 gallon tank. Not Hummer H1 bad but not good either :) -a VERY GOOD car to have in the snowy months of the midwest. I have really put this car through its paces and it passed with flying colors!! *I would definitely recommend this car to anyone looking for a good used SUV.
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Nissan Pathfinder 2001

by from St Louis, MO on April 23, 2013

My Pathfinder has 174k miles and is still in great shape. Remarkable how well it still runs. The one thing I would say is being a 2001 when gas prices were still pretty cheap manufacturers weren't ter...
My Pathfinder has 174k miles and is still in great shape. Remarkable how well it still runs. The one thing I would say is being a 2001 when gas prices were still pretty cheap manufacturers weren't terribly concerned with mpg especially with SUVs. Even at 174k I still get sticker mpg 14 to 15 mpg day to day and nearly 19 on highway. I have read the complaints and I have to say they are likely just the unfortunate who got one a bad one. EVERY maker has them.
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One of the most reliable SUVs on the road

by from chicago, IL. on June 12, 2012

The Nissan pathfinder is the best used SUV you can buy. As with any vehicle, if you take care of it, it will provide you with numerous years of service. I've NEVER had to do anything major to this veh...
The Nissan pathfinder is the best used SUV you can buy. As with any vehicle, if you take care of it, it will provide you with numerous years of service. I've NEVER had to do anything major to this vehicle other that oil changes, battery and tires. My 2001 Pathfinder has been the most reliable SUV I've ever owned and I am looking to replace it with another. I don't think I can trust anything else. I've owned a Honda pilot, Toyota 4Runner, and Chevy Blazer, but none performed or gave me less issues than my Pathfinder. I will definitely recommend it to anyone. If you have anyone has anything negative to say about the pathfinder, I'm sure they've abused this vehicle and then expect it to perform right.
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