Hello all Nissan Vets & Newbies alike. I'm Shane from Lexington, NC. I am a proud 1st owner of a '90 Pathfinder XE 4dr. After several years of owning different new cars & SUV's, I suddenly decided one day to give it all up & go out & purchase a used vehicle for cheap. After several weeks searching online & keeping my eyes peeled in people's yards every time I was out, I came across the Pathfinder I now own. It's a 1990 XE 4dr w/ 5sp tranny. Roughly 275000 miles. 32" all terrain tires on stock suspension. Glasspack. Gorgeous light turd brown with the perfect accent of light rust on the hood. Just a touch of dents / dings all around for that perfect Southern charm. Picked it up for $1000. According to the older gentleman I picked it up from, all mechanical/powertrain parts are original except routine maintenance (tune up, oil, timing belt, water pump, etc), which has been performed at the proper miles by the owner's manual specs. Also original owner stated only reason the tires & glasspack was on because his son acquired ownership for about 8 months until recent purchase of newer vehicle. At first I was skeptical until he brought out a box of receipts. I didn't want to be a smart-alec & read every single one over a older used vehicle but did look at quite a bit & seemed to be pretty legit. I was also skeptical about buying it because I wasn't sure how much longer it had left with those miles. But I came to my senses & remembered that I wasn't out looking for a new vehicle any longer & decided to take the chance. What's the worst that could happen right? Worse case, it lasts half a year, dies, I scrap it & get 1/2 of my $ back. I've owned & have driven it daily for a little over a month now & still can't get over how tough this thing is. Now granted the syncronizers grind a little going into 2nd & pretty moderate going in 3rd & 4th (owner claimed it's been doing it for about 75000 miles & still drove it everyday), but other than that, this thing runs like a champ. 4wd is still nice & smooth, slightly audible tick upon start up for about 15 seconds (from reading on here, sounds like broken manifold bolts), mostly smooth ride on the road, not all bumpy like I thought it was going to be with the tires on stock suspension, pulls my trailer with no hassle, has climbed every hill I have put it in front of so far, just overall very impressed & satisfied. The only issue I have run into with it so far was the sputtering / misfire / starving for fuel type hesitation upon take off which I have seen on here & other sites as well. I replaced the wires (which were free b/c previous owner bought some with lifetime warranty, took distributor cap off & scraped away the rust on the metal points, replaced a hose above the back plug, near the firewall that was missing (vacuum hose maybe? about 8" or so length), & cleaned the air filter & filter housing. Been running fine since. Doesn't get the fuel mileage that I'm used to & my gf hates it but I like my rolling turd & am glad to no longer have a car payment & a new car/SUV that I have to worry about every little ding/scratch/scuff that appears on it. I enjoy this vehicle very much & it feels great to bring out my southern roots again riding around in this. I am curious to see how it holds up over time under my ownership & hope it has plenty of life left in it.
Sorry for such a long post everyone. Didn't mean to ramble on about it. Just wanted to share the whole story of my 1st Nissan with all of you guys, and for the ones whom will actually take the time to read it (not just hit the back button once you see that it's more than 4 or 5 lines) I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have sharing it. Take care!