Overland Classifieds :: 1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE

It’s no secret that Japanese vehicles are some of the most reliable globally , and models from the 1990s are often considered the very best. Why? Well, that’s debatable, but many 4WDs from the period offered a sweet spot between mechanical simplicity and electrical complexity. Subsequently, vehicles like the Pathfinder were not well-equipped by modern standards, nor were they particularly refined or economical, but they were long-lived, durable, and reliable.

Today’s offering is no different, with the seller stating it “has been amazing to my family for our adventures, and hasn’t failed to get us there and back ever.” Furthermore, this rig has been a much-loved family member, with a long list of recent maintenance and a number of tasteful modifications. An honest, go-anywhere 4WD at a bargain price—what’s not to love? This 1990 Nissan Pathfinder has to be one of the best- valued overland rigs we’ve featured, and I’m sure at just $7,000 OBO, this 4WD classic will sell quickly.

From the Seller:

Sadly, work and family have left me little time to get out exploring off- pavement like I used to, so our beloved ‘Waterloo’ is looking for a new home. She’s got battle scars but is a solid rig and has plenty of life to live and miles to give. The only issue is a slow leak on the driver- side valve gasket. I have not gotten a chance to fix it between family emergencies and work, but [I] have all the parts.”

1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE

The Pathfinder is fitted with a V6 motor that produces 153 horsepower, 180 pound-feet of torque, and returns a combined 15 mpg. A bulletproof engine is matched with good all-terrain capability thanks to 4WD, hi and low range, manual locking hubs, and more. The interior is not especially well-equipped, but some models do include air conditioning, power steering, windows, locks,mirrors, and cruise control.

Distinguishing Features

  • ARB front and rear lockers
  • Warn manual locking hubs
  • ARB front bumper and custom rear bumper with twin swing outs
  • Warn winch
  • Dual battery setup
  • JWT Performance Pop Charger intake and auxiliary transmission cooler
  • Calmini upper control arms, panhard drop kit, and torsion bars

This 1990 Nissan Pathfinder SE is listed for $7,000 OBO and is currently located in Santa Cruz, California. Check the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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