2002 Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Reviews

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2002 Nissan Pathfinder
4.8
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I'll never own anything other than a Nissan

by from Seattle, WA on November 12, 2010

This is my first SUV and first Nissan. I've owned Jeep, Pontiac, Honda, Buick and Dodge and after this I will never buy anything but Nissan again. I bought this used about 2 years ago. It had 90k mil...
This is my first SUV and first Nissan. I've owned Jeep, Pontiac, Honda, Buick and Dodge and after this I will never buy anything but Nissan again. I bought this used about 2 years ago. It had 90k miles on it and I have since put 30k on. It still runs beautifully. I beat up my cars and this has taken a beating as well, but there are very few issues for a 9 year old vehicle. It still has the get up and go I need and the engine is great. The few issues I have had are the keyless entry sometimes won't respond, the windows are rolling up slow, fan belt needs changed and there is a tiny leak in the exhaust causing a small putt putt noise. Quoted at $600 to fix, but otherwise doesn't affect performance, just makes a little extra noise. This is only a 2WD but I have taken it out in the desert of AZ, the rocks of Sedona, which although not the smartest idea for a 2WD, the truck stood up to the test. Now I live in WA and it handles really well on these wet roads. The only con I didn't list, which my list is minimal for a year old vehicle, is the gas mileage. It's not the best, but I know Nissan improved this on newer models. Overall, I am very impressed with Nissan and the durability of their vehicles. I am looking at the Armada next and anything else they put out. I am sure that with another 40 years ahead of me to buy vehicles, Nissan will be it, until I can afford that Ferrari of course.
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Are you kidding me???

by from Pennsylvania on November 28, 2010

I bought my 02 Pathfinder new. Now it has 144,000 miles on it. Mechanically this is the best vehicle I've ever owned. It still does not burn oil and runs and feels like the day I bought it. In 2001/02...
I bought my 02 Pathfinder new. Now it has 144,000 miles on it. Mechanically this is the best vehicle I've ever owned. It still does not burn oil and runs and feels like the day I bought it. In 2001/02 the Infinity Q45 was called the best SUV with the best 6 cylinder in the world by trade mags. This the exact same vehicle! Excellent in snow Always starts and runs beautifully! The 3.5 motors gives more than enough power. This things rides sporty and is a rock!
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It's Worth It

by from Video Security Experts, Milton mass on January 6, 2011

nuf said. I've owned two and drove a pathfinder for the past 8 years. It's fine in all Northeast weather conditions. Cleans up well too. You need to watch out for the rust in the long term (not a big ...
nuf said. I've owned two and drove a pathfinder for the past 8 years. It's fine in all Northeast weather conditions. Cleans up well too. You need to watch out for the rust in the long term (not a big deal) and the foolish oxygen sensor idea, but other than those nuisenses and slightly poor milage being traded for safety, comfort and functionality, it's fine to own. I'd do it again.
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Great little SUV

by from San Francisco, CA on January 25, 2014

Bought my 2002 Pathfinder LE 4x4 used with 80k miles in 2012. Beautiful Silver paint with black leather and faux wood interior. Power everything. Love the seat warmers. Initially, the vehicle had off-...
Bought my 2002 Pathfinder LE 4x4 used with 80k miles in 2012. Beautiful Silver paint with black leather and faux wood interior. Power everything. Love the seat warmers. Initially, the vehicle had off-road tires which handled poorly on grooved freeways (felt like you were never in control of the steering..very scary). Switched to Michelin LTXs and the SUV now handles fantastic. This is virtually the same vehicle as the Infinity QX4. Since it's a California car, I didn't encounter front suspension problems due to rust (known issue). Did have the rear upper bushings replaced and shocks to improve handling further (based on age of vehicle). Has been reliable, looks good, comfortable and feels safe. Not too big, but enough room to take passengers and/or my dogs and ability to haul stuff. Not great gas mileage, but this SUV is a keeper. l like that it looks like a truck and not like all of the newer SUV hybrid types out now. Do yourself a favor and find a good condition used one.
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extremely grateful

by from on May 6, 2013

This is the car I grew up with. This is the car I learned to drive with. This is the car I grew to love like a part of my family. This is the car that saved my life. This car, ever since it was hande...
This is the car I grew up with. This is the car I learned to drive with. This is the car I grew to love like a part of my family. This is the car that saved my life. This car, ever since it was handed down to me, had become an important part of my life. Everywhere I went, I went with this car. After a decade, it racked up over a quarter of a million miles, and it still ran great. It faced fierce blizzards, heavy downpours, and relentless winds as if they were light flurries, april showers and summer breezes. It actually required quite a bit of maintenance, especially to the engine, but after all it's been through there's no question that it would require some attention. The exterior of the car, though it may seem rugged and "tough", is simply wonderful. The interior of the car is very comfortable and provides a lot of space. This car would be a perfect match for anyone, no matter what their personality or preference. It's a style that anyone can and will love. Recently, I was involved in a terrible car accident. I was t-boned on the drivers side and the impact caused my vehicle to rollover twice. The damage to the car was appalling, to the extent where it was deemed a total loss. However, despite the damages to the car itself, me and my passenger made it out unharmed. The 2002 Nissan Pathfinder gave up its life to save ours. This vehicle is extremely reliable and will protect its passengers (as long as those passengers are being responsible and are wearing their seatbelts). There is no other brand that I will trust more than this one. There is no other brand that I will love more than this one. r.i.p leslie 2002 - 2013
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2002 Nissan Pathfinder - most reliable car

by from New Jersey on September 24, 2010

Pros: Performance, size, reliability, engine, drivetrain. Cons: Brakes (rotors can only be cut once), stereo (CD player broke), Exhaust - never seemed to be lined up right Just a great all around ve...
Pros: Performance, size, reliability, engine, drivetrain. Cons: Brakes (rotors can only be cut once), stereo (CD player broke), Exhaust - never seemed to be lined up right Just a great all around vehicle. Have 161,000 now and should have no issues getting to 200,000.
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A Good Friend

by from Vero Beach, Florida on February 19, 2010

I bought this truck used a few years ago and it still drives as smoothly and quietly as ever. Performance is great and I have all the power I need when passing slower cars. I have not had any major re...
I bought this truck used a few years ago and it still drives as smoothly and quietly as ever. Performance is great and I have all the power I need when passing slower cars. I have not had any major repairs other than tires, oil changes and a belt since I have owned it. Gas mileage is OK at about 18 in town and 21 on the highway. I use premium gas which isn't as bad as it sounds considering the difference between regular and premium is less than 10%. I use this truck for fishing, golf and other out door activities. It has never let me down. I hope it last forever, its really like a good friend to me
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solid rig is a solid value

by from Missoula, Montana on June 11, 2011

I bought my '02 for $15,000 used in 2006 with around 50k I think it was. Since then I've driven it across the country through all sorts of weather conditions as well as around the ranch and out campin...
I bought my '02 for $15,000 used in 2006 with around 50k I think it was. Since then I've driven it across the country through all sorts of weather conditions as well as around the ranch and out camping. Through it all the Pathfinder has been steady and reliable. Never once has it failed to start and after warming up it is still hard to hear if it's running. Now it is sitting at 120,000 miles and cruises down the road as good as any other car or trucks I've owned that were newer with lower miles. The stereo is decent and with the windows down and the sunroof open it is a fun summer ride, then put it in the variable 4X mode and it's sure footed in the winters. I gave it four stars for performance as it gets the gas mileage of a full size truck / suv (using premium no less) and it could be a tiny bit better on hills or passing. Mind you it is not enough to change my opinion of the vehicle. I gave it four stars on comfort as I would like it if the drivers footwell was more flat. It seems that due to the tranny / 4X diff then there is a bulge in the floor where I like to rest my right foot on prolonged drives and that is not possible in the pathfinder. Over all it has been a great vehicle with very few problems and all of them have been minor or regular type maintenance. A well designed, manuverable rig in town or the outdoors with comfort for four and a full size trailter hitch. Speaking of the trailer hitch! It is an awesome feature to have. Not only does it act as a step to the roof rails but I have been rear ended twice and each time the trailer hitch has gone into the grill of the car behind me while absorbing the impact and preventing any damage to my car completely!! If you shop smartly and find one in good shape then you will have an excellent all around vehicle for years to come!
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10 YEARS..almost...GOING STRONG

by from baltimore, md on February 18, 2011

My aunt purchased the pathfinder new in 2002. Since then she got all of the regular scheduled maintaince on the vehicle. Yes, at times some of it was expensive, but what truck isnt. I was given the ve...
My aunt purchased the pathfinder new in 2002. Since then she got all of the regular scheduled maintaince on the vehicle. Yes, at times some of it was expensive, but what truck isnt. I was given the vehicle in 2008. It was my first vehicle. it is now feb 2011 and the truck has 171k miles on it. It has been all over the east coast and is still running smooth. When i buy a new car my liltte bro is getting is getting the pathfinder. ITS WORTH THE MONEY AND THE EXPENSIVE MAINTAINCE. This truck will NEVER let you down...Its my best friend lol.
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Over 83K miles in 4 years

by from Arizona on July 28, 2006

So reliable - it's our 3rd Pathfinder. I get about 20 mpg overall (regular). At over 83k miles the breaks are still orginal - not the tires, though. Most of my driving is Arizona city freeway off ...
So reliable - it's our 3rd Pathfinder. I get about 20 mpg overall (regular). At over 83k miles the breaks are still orginal - not the tires, though. Most of my driving is Arizona city freeway off peak hours (commute 34 miles each way). I figure this is ok for a 4X4 suv. We like the size of the Pathfinder - smaller and more easily handled than the larger SUVs. I've owned and driven scores of vehicles including the large SUVs and pickups. We are not large people - some of my large friends do feel cramped in the Pathfinder, but say the seats are comfortable for them. If you do a lot of off-road camping, the Pathfinder does well on all but the really difficult paths - we pull a Coleman tent pop-up trailer, and the 4x4 really shines climbing slick hills - hearing one wheel slip while others dig in is a confidence builder. Our next vehicle for camping will probably be a 4x4 pickup, because I really miss not having one. I like the Titan, but it's too big - maybe the Frontier 4-door. Grandparents must often cart more than pills and Depends. Wish the Frontier had more ba__s. Don't like? Small stuff - wish the towing package had the large round trailer electrical connector. A couple of power points that do NOT turn off with the ignition would allow my Palm Pilot to charge when parked. Guess I could scab one in. Don't like to mess with what works, though. Running board design shouldn't get flimsy on the end. Can we cut a few hundred pounds off the weight? Lost my "love" for cars, except the unusual. The Pathfinder comes close, though - it's more like a really good friend. amen.
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