1st Generation (1987—1995) Pathfinder Problems

Pathfinder owners with a 1987—1995 model year have the most problems with the engine (52%), electrical (15%), and the body (10%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Bucking and Power Loss 3 complaints at an average of 161,167 miles in the 1995 Nissan Pathfinder.
  2. Frame Rot 2 complaints at an average of 130,016 miles in the 1995 Nissan Pathfinder.
  3. Engine Light Is On 2 complaints at an average of 116,150 miles in the 1990 Nissan Pathfinder.

What Pathfinder Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Nissan model years.

Watch out for the 1995 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1995 10 0 22 1.65
1994 2 2 17 0.35
1993 2 0 15 0.46
1992 1 0 13 0.08
1991 0 1 14 0.0
1990 3 2 13 0.52
1989 1 2 12 0.21
1988 0 2 12 0.0
1987 0 2 12 0.0

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