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Nissan Pathfinder



  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The behavior of your truck's fuel gauge seems normal.

    I don't have a 2001 model (I have a 97) but the fuel tank and gauge accuracy is the same as the new models. I can usually go about 60 miles on the first 1/4 tank of gas (from full), but by the time the needle reads 1/4 tank left, I know I've only got about 50 miles to go before the "low fuel" light comes on. However, there are still nearly 4 gallons of gas left in the tank when the indicator lights steadily.

    The fuel gauge behavior on the Pathfinder is significantly different than my 93 Honda Accord (17 gallon tank), for example, which reads "FULL" even after driving over 100 miles.

    As for the uphill/downhill thing, this is normal also, as the fuel level is affected by the orientation of the fuel tank and where the sending unit is located in the tank.

    I think it's just a matter of getting used to the unique behavior of your new vehicle.
  • usarmytttusarmyttt Posts: 21
    What type of front wind deflector is that on your Pathfinder? How does it attach? Where did you purchase it,and finally how much? Thanks
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    As wookyr1 mentions above the most weight can be carried if you use the Yakima or Thule towers that fit into the side rails with the appropriate cross bars. But you can carry lighter loads such as skiis with the factory crossrails by attaching the proper adapters. For US models use Thule C27 or Yakima 10V or 23H. For the slightly wider Canadian rails use Thule C35 or Yakima 17V or 18H.
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    I purchased my bug deflector from the dealer for $60. It mounts with screws in which the holes are already pre-drilled in the hood. Very quick and easy. That deflector is not the "Nissan" brand because Nissan had not released them yet when I got it but it is supposed to be identical.
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    I used Meguiars to detail my pfinder. I first went over it with the professional series Swirl Remover and Deep polish which gets rid of swirls and small scratches. I then went over with professional series Show Car Glaze Pure Polish which adds the shine, and then finished it off with professional series Hi-Tech Yellow Wax for the protection. My arms were very sore. You never realize how big the pathfinder is until you wax on/wax off a total of 6 times. But it looks nice. Once i get going, there is no stopping me, I even wax my wheels, brake light lens covers...everything! I enjoy working on my cars so I dont mind the time and efforts. I used Armor All tire wet for the tires and any other black areas such as the top of the step bars and mud flaps. It's supposed to rain tomorrow but it will still stay clean.
  • Thanks to you guys for responding to my earlier post ...

    DANOG >>> GO LEAFS GOO ... They are leadings their opening playoff series 3-0 over the #2 seed Ottawa Senators. Leafs will likely get their butts kicked once they finish off the Sens and meet the New Jersey Devils and vicious Scott Stevens! I am an environmental engineer and had the privilege back in January of sitting in a private catered box to watch the Phoenix Coyotes play at Air Canada Center. It's sooo much beeter than at home, even though I have a 61" Sony home theater!

    BGRITZ >>> Sounds like you're a mechanical genius! Thanks for your input...I will now search for a Draw-Tite hitch. Any other compatible brands? Where did you plug in your wiring harness?

    WOODYR1 >>> If I can find an engineering job out in Vancouver, I'm on the 1st flight! What beautiful climate you have out there! Did you buy or lease your PF? I bought my 01 SE AWD last month ... MSRP = $40,200 ... I paid $37,000 + $965 freight + $500 gas/A/C tax but dealer included bug deflector, sunroof visor & wheel locks. Also 2.8% financing (ONLY 1.8% now). For our American friends, the Canadian SE is missing only leather, power seats, woodgrain finish & climate control.

    LOFQUIST >>> Thanks for the model numbers...I will have to check for the thicker cross members. Thanks!

    Did anyone here have a stainless steel exhaust tip welded on their exhaust? Did you like it?

    The PF is a fine truck, so refined with that throaty growl on hard acceleration. Just too bad about the gas bill, especially with rising fuel costs! Approx $0.90 Cdn per liter today in Toronto! That's $2.35 U.S. per gallon!
  • That is one fine looking SUV! Pride of ownership really shows through in those pics you posted! I think I'm feeling "LE" envy now as I bought the "SE" to get away from the leather seats which my kids hated in the Acura I last owned. I love colour-keyed exterior mirrors and those rims are more agressive looking.

    Jon >>> is vehicular crime/vandalism in your area? My insurance includes a 2-year rider where if my PF is stolen, Allstate will replace it with a brand new vehicle with no depreciation issues. Up cost is only $40 per year!
  • Is the new 240 HP Altima getting the identical VQ 3.5 Liter engine that JUST debuted in the 01 PF???
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    There is a lot of vandalism where I live. Last week every car on the other side of the street was spray painted and a friends truck was broken into right in front of my house. I am only here for another month though and am moving to Colorado. The only problem is that I cannot have insurance on my parents plan and it is extremely $$$$. Crazy thing is though the insurance on my 2001 Pfinder LE is cheaper than the insurance on my 1998 4runner SR5.
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    It looks like the engine will be pretty is a link that has some cool pics and great info...

  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    Where do you live? I have a dark green 01 PF LE calling your name for a detail. The burnt cherry was my first color choice with the charcoal leather interior, but I bought one of the first ones delivered in my area and got my second choice of green/charcoal. The Burnt cherry looks great.
  • podagrapodagra Posts: 1
    I live in VA and considering a new pathfinder. I am interested in the SE with sunroof or the LE without leather -- not sure yet, about the same cost. I am wondering if there are any incentives/rebates. Also, I wanted to know if the interest rate is still as low as it was last month. If anyone out there is from VA and just recently purchased a pathfinder, how much will one set me back?

    Thanks for the info.
  • sscherrsscherr Posts: 4
    Thanks for the tips, everyone. I have two offers on the table for the Bronze Gray/Charcoal. First is $31,091 for LE, AWD, everything but navigation and entertainment. Second is for exact same vehicle except without tow hitch for $30,573.

    Any thoughts on the importance of the tow hitch? I doubt we will ever own a boat or pop up camper.

    Will decide today. Thanks.

  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    The hitch isn't worth $518...especially if you aren't going to tow.

    It makes a nice step and offers a little extra rear collision protection. Also, there are bike racks and cargo shelves/carriers that can be easily mounted on the hitch. And it is convenient to have the hitch and wiring already on the truck if you ever have need to tow a U-Haul.

    Even if you do want the hitch for the reasons I mentioned, it still isn't worth $518. I paid $250 to have a Drawtite hitch and wiring installed at a local truck accessories shop. I should have done it myself and saved $50, but I needed it right then and didn't have time to do the install myself.

    Congrats on your upcoming purchase! You're gonna love it!
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    The harness is what they call a T-harness. There is a left side, & a right side that both join up and go to a standard 4-bar socket. The right and left sides just plug into the factory wiring near the brake lights.

    For installation you have to remove a few of the trim and side panels in the rear cargo area, but it was actually pretty easy. To allow the wires to come out under the vehical rather than out the rear tailgate, I removed the starage bin under the cargo area.

    Once this was removed, it allowed me to put a hole in a rubber drain-type gasket that went to the outside above the spare tire. I just fed the harness through and presto, the harness now comes out on the exterior, behind the hitch. After putting the storage bin back in and attaching the interior panels, you can't even tell that there is any wiring installed.
    good luck

    An aftermarket hitch would only cast you a few hundred at most installed. So I'd save the $518 untill you decide you need one.
  • On Monday 4/16 my wife and I decided on a 2k1 PF LE. We agreed on a price(under invoice)with the dealer. The current Nissan fin for 60mths was 5.9%. Much to our surprise and delight, when we came back last night to pick up our PF, our sales rep said he had a nice surprise for us. We had signed all the paperwork on Monday, 4/16. They told us there were tearing up the old paperwork because Nissan had dropped its fin rate to 3.9 for the same time frame, effective 4/18.
    I know Nissan had a 3.9 rate which ended 4/2. We were not ready to buy then. Since we had already signed the paperwork they could have just let us
    drive off the lot and closed the deal. The cut in rate saves us over $1600 over the life of the loan. We love our PF.

    Al & Ann
  • I'm a new PF owner (2001 PF LE) and after 2 Jeep's I'm really enjoying driving again, especially cornering. I really love this machine. I am interested in adding the rear window deflector myself. I've looked at instructions on some of the great web sites posted here and then looked at my rear window hinge section.

    There is a black covering over the screws where the hinges are attached and I'm not sure as to how to go about removing this. Do I need to? Does it just snap off? How do I go about removing it? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  • path63path63 Posts: 8
    First unscrew the visible set of screws. Then snap-off the cover that is covering the other set of screws.
    (NOTE:It is important to replace ONE HINGE AT A TIME. Removing both hinges simultaneously will disengage the window and it will be extremely difficult to re-mount.)
    Next screw the deflector onto the new hinges. Hope this helps.
  • jmtreetopjmtreetop Posts: 130
    I live in the ghetto of Spokane, WA. It's not my favorite city in the world. I only live here right now because of school. Originally, I am from Billings, MT (where my pfinder is registered) I am moving to Denver in early May. Maybe this summer I will load up all my detail accessories and make a Pfinder Detailing Road Trip down to SC. ha ha. BTW, I only do everything by hand, no motorized buffers!
  • danogdanog Posts: 318
    I'd say you scored big with those seats at the Air Canada Center. We paid $85 Canadian last year for the nose bleed section.

    The black plastic piece is held in with clips. I was not sure at first, but start at one end and it will pop loose. I had one clip missing when I pulled mine off, but it doesn't cause any problems. The Rear Air Deflector is the best addition so far. Going on 4 days and no dusty grime on the rear area like before.
    Good luck!
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