The distributor shaft bearing can become rusty, and seize causing the engine to stall or not start. The failed distributor will commonly require replacement.Google+
Car Problem Reports
Nissan Pathfinder No Start, Engine Stalls
Nissan Pathfinder Problem
Engine Affected: 3.3L V6
Average Mileage: 160,000 mi (160,000 mi - 160,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
Car cranks energetically but fails to start. Replaced distributor.
Visitor, 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, 3.3L V6, 160,000 mi
While trying to figure out a different problem, my mechanic told me that there was play in the desitributer shaft along with metal shavings. This was about three or four years ago and I now have over 200K.