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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    You want to handle this one, Jon?

    :-)

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  • mattman055mattman055 Posts: 57
    Who wants to take bets on how ugly this thing will look? I sure hope it doesn't, but if you follow the trend.....

    http://www.nissannews.com/?http://www.nissannews.com/nissan/news/products/relmatt2003062583640.shtml

    I wish it would be built in Japan.
  • bd70bd70 Posts: 30
    Anyone know of a good source for ordering the OE Duelers, other than the dealer? I know that they are not a favorite among anyone here, but I had a little run in with a road hazard and need to replace just one. The other four are still in good shape, 3 with about 5k on them and the spare which had no mileage on it. Which leads me to ask, is the spare already balanced and suitable for regular replacement use? It is the same size tire and rim. Just wondering. I still need to have a spare though. If I had more miles on them, I'd replace them all with something else. Not an economically feasible option right now.
  • wildcorgiswildcorgis Posts: 84
    try www.tirerack.com
  • scantyscanty Posts: 171
    A few months back, poseidon asked about the replacement for the Pathfinder - not the Titan based Armada. Here's the scoop from TCC:

    Nissan Pathfinder Moving to Tennessee
    As Nissan moves to the final phase of its North American product renaissance, the Pathfinder SUV is moving to the company’s Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plant, where it seems likely it will share a common architecture with the next Xterra and Frontier trucks. Nissan says the new Pathfinder — not to be confused with the Titan-based, full-size Pathfinder Armada SUV built in Mississippi — will enter production in Smyrna in the fall of 2004. The company will add 800 new jobs at the sprawling factory and its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant to accommodate the new vehicle."
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    Another story:

    Smyrna plant to get $250M expansion, Pathfinder SUV (Clarion-Ledger)

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  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Just a economical thought...Call up your local tire dealers and see if they have a used tire...Then put the good spare on and use the used one as your spare...
  • twelsh140twelsh140 Posts: 7
    I have been the proud owner of 4 Pathfinders. My newest is a 2003 LE. But the performance of the air conditioner has been very poor. The dealer did check it out but said many customers are very unhappy with the AC performace. On a hot day after 30 miles of driving the temperature output at the ducts is 53 degrees outside temp is 90. Thus I was wondering how many 2003 owners were having the same trouble. My 96,98,2000,2001 all perfomed with no trouble and output air at duck was 40 degrees. My dealer has been fantastic through out the years thus i tend to think Nissan is having trouble. I wonder what part or parts they changed between the 2001 and 2003 model years
  • pathfinder13pathfinder13 Posts: 110
    I have been hearing annoying ticking noise which seemed to be coming either from transmission or somewhere else just can't figure it out. I can hear tick tick sound at any speed, I checked everything but no luck. I was wondering if any of pathfinder owners have had the same kind of ticking sound. It would be great help. Any hints guys.

    Twelsh 40, I think the a/c performance problem is not with the 2003 only but also 2002. I have 2002 LE and a/c seems to be very weak compare to other cars. In hot sunny day the a/c does not seem to be cold at all, but I did find a solution. I tinted all windows which helped a/c work better than before.
  • twelsh140twelsh140 Posts: 7
    In my home state of New Jersey we can not tint the drivers, or passenger door glass. I have a sun shade for the windshield, and i leave all 4 windowns open a little bit. I have also tried taking the transmission out of overdrive. This makes the compressor turn at a higher speed with no real improvement. I will contact Nissan factory and see what they can do. The dealer says they have a very complicated chart that shows the performance difference between Freon and R-134 but I have had 3 other pathfinders all having the R-134. So the factory, or the bean counters changed something. I will not be buying another pathfinder until they ( nissan ) fixes it.
  • I am getting about 14 miles to the gallon on my 1995 Pathfinder XE 2 wheel drive. I drive 80% in the city. It is supposed to get around 15. My tires are inflated to about 36 PSI. I know that is a little hight. Could that be contributing to the poor mileage? Is this unusual Does anyone know how I can improve my gas mileage?
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Just finished washing my 2001 LE. Noticed the front bumper skin will move up and down about 1/8" if I grab it and pull/push. Anyone else's do that or should I be checking fasteners?

    The plastic finishing trim (bumper skins, wheel well mouldings, etc.) sure mark up a lot. Mine are turning into an almost matt finish from small rock chips.

    One more warning for those with wheel well mouldings - clean with water under force directed toward you as you stand beside the wheel. Those fender extensions fill with sand and muck (salt filled I'm sure).

    Mine is now 3 years old - 33,000 km.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    My local Costco was able to special order Duelers; it took 2 days for them to arrive. But they were $30 per tire less expensive than anywhere I could find, including tirerack.com.
  • cm3246cm3246 Posts: 8
    Can anyone tell me if there is a good website to go to for ordering a wind deflector for 03 Pathfinder? I really didnt want to go to my local car store or to the dealership unless I absolutely have to. Also does anyone see the need to get a wind deflector for the sunroof?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    cm3246- I'm can't remember if Edmunds allows posting links to specific vendors, so try this link for starters.
  • jett456jett456 Posts: 34
    Will my old Nissan luggage container fit on the 2002 Pathfinder. I have used it on the 2000 and the 98 model. This Pathfinder has a different luggage rack than the previous models. Does anybody know?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    Links to vendors is ok. Links to salespeople is frowned upon.

    It's hard to beat a google search for aftermarket suppliers though.

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  • woodyr1woodyr1 Posts: 142
    With regard to Pathstars comments, I do believe that the rubber on the bumper is quite soft and easier marred. On my trip home with the vehicle (delivery was March), the front of the vehicle was peppered with sand and gravel from a few passing vehicles [had it been broken in, they would have not got passed me :)]. I have applied touch up paint, but the marks are apparent. I purchased the front nose mask to prevent further occurrences, and note that the grille/headlight area has some 'flexibility', as I can force the mask attachments in place by slight movement to the grille area. I have almost 48,000 km on the vehicle, and am ready to install new Nissan long life coolant, now only to find the block drains?
  • mattman055mattman055 Posts: 57
    I got mine from NissanParts.cc

    It was $73 and change, $12 for 2 day air shipping to me. Great prices! $7.50 for ground shipping.

    If you are on the east coast I suggest you take the 2 day like I did, because they are in Washington State.

    It was very easy to put on the defector.

    The only problem was that my 10mm socket was not deep enough so I had to buy a deeper one.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Woodyr1, the left side one is on the front of the engine - look about 1/2 way down and you'll see a "hole". It's in there. Beware, as if you remove it it's real hard to get it back (I had to use a tiny magnet inside a socket to feed it back in there). The right side one is behind the motor mount or under the exhaust I think (I never found it - did the coolant change without draining that side). I just rinsed it several times. You can remove two coolant related things on the top of the engine - there is a plug near the front on a metal line and you can pull the rubber cap at the rear of the engine (as per the manual, as I recall). If you force water into the rad. the pipe with the rubber plug will squirt water on you. Quite funny, I thought (it started out squirting coolant, even though I had drained and rinsed it fairly well). Remove the undertray and the rad. drain plug as well as the cap. I used standard green etheline glycol coolant (Canadian Tire brand) mixed 60% coolant, 40% distilled water. It has worked fine (when I posted this last year one reply from the US said I would almost never need this low temp. protection - nice to live in a "warm winter" climate - and, it only takes once to damage the engine. I figured it would give me better corrosion protection.

    Have fun!
  • mahipalcmahipalc Posts: 20
    Finally, I got my 03 Silver Pathfinder LE with black interior yesterday. The options that it has are XM Satellite radio, floor mats and in-cabin micro filter. MSRP was $34,995 and the purchase price $29,694. Out the door cost was $30,995(with tax, title and tags). Price includes the $1500 Nissan rebate and I also qualified for 4.25% interest rate for 60 months(It was a 0.9% apr or $1500 rebate).
    I have been shopping around for quite a while and it was a big dilemma whether to go for QX4 or the Pathfinder. The best deal I got on a QX4 was $2300 more than PF. After the decision is made, I feel really happy now.
    Can't wait to take the car for a long drive!!
  • sonardudesonardude Posts: 12
    I posted this on problems & solutions, but maybe more will see it here. The changer won't load any CDs and I get the Err2 code. The dealer says that it needs to be sent to Clarion and will cost about $350 since I have 38K miles on it, although it is only 2 1/2 yrs old. Any experience or suggestions on this would be appreciated.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    For $350 you can get a pretty nice aftermarket unit installed. I have seen several complaints on the 2001 units. Mine is still working, but like you, I only use it on long trips (2-3 times a year). I just put a new unit in my RX-7. It was an Alpine that also does MP3 files (put all my CDs on 8 discs). Yes, it wouldn't be a stock part (yea). I'm not too impressed with the Bose hardware, though their engineering seems sound. It seems they get the electronics from the low bidder ;-).
  • nikiblue1nikiblue1 Posts: 44
    I have about 33500 miles on my 2001 Pathfinder, 5spd. Overall I love the vehicle. So far I had the following minor problems with PF:
    1. CD changer would not eject cd's (It would not play them as well)--dealer replaced the whole stereo. I have seen numerous cd systems with 10-12 disc cd changers for a lot less then $350.
    2. AC does not blow cold air. The dealer auth. mechanic stated there may be a leak in the system. Overall I think the AC system itself is very weak compared to American cars. I'll have to drive 150 miles to the closest dealer to get that fixed.
    3. The driver seat move slightly during turns. I had it fixed once already, but it still moves a little.
    4. Outside temp. gauge does not read correct temp---dealer stated it reads fine during their test
    5. Still getting the vibrations of the steering wheel while applying brakes at 60 to 70 mph. The rotors may be warped due to a lot of mountain driving.
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    You want to handle this one, Jon?

    You won't have even the faintest chance of getting any vehicle in from Mexico and get it registered. None will meet any of the US emissions or safety criteria.

    Canadian vehicles do meet all regulations, but Nissan (like most other manufacturers) now won't allow the dealers to sell new to US customers.

    -Jon
  • goose1207goose1207 Posts: 113
    We have a 2001 that was purchased new in Dec. 2000. It has almost 40k miles on it now.

    The CD changer works fine. It is the original changer and I have never had any problems with it. In the past, I've heard people say that it wouldn't play burned cd's/CD-Rs/CD-RWs. It plays them fine on mine.

    The A/C is ice cold. We have had oppressive humidity levels here in Boston for the past week and the A/C performed flawlessly. The A/C and overall the ATC system works great and is very accurate --more so than on my BMW 7-series.

    The front bumper and wheel well moldings are fine. No unusual marks or blemishes. The only thing I have noticed is that the body side moldings are slightly discolored.

    Also, the front passenger side door is hard to close (recent problem). I had the stealer lube the hinge at my last visit but that didn't fix it. I have to take a look at it because I think the weatherstripping could be loose or somehow getting in the way of closing the door.

    I have no doubt that my PF will last 200k miles and then some. I just hope that I can keep it that long --I'm tempted to get the new Titan Crew Cab when it's available.
  • spinbearspinbear Posts: 9
    Wow, dude, relax a little, it's just some scratches, nobody died, you didn't total it. Not the best decision, but full of hatred for yourself? That's a bit extreme. Especially since it can be fixed. Depending on how deeply it's scratched, it might be able to be compounded out by a competent detailer. If you went all the way through all the clearcoat down to the paint, it may need repainting, no idea what that costs. Hope it just needs compounding. Good luck.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Chances are that you'll be able to use some polishing compound, like Meguiar's Scratch-X, to remove the scuffing of the clearcoat. I doubt you actually damaged the paint.

    Never use a Scotchbrite scrubber on your paint, especially not the scrubby side.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,297
    I guess that means that all those VWs and GMs made in Mexico for the US/Canadian market aren't sold for domestic consumption at all.

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  • mattman055mattman055 Posts: 57
    I was on I-95 and and had to brake semi-hard (probably 3/8 of brake travel). My rear locked up and I almost lost control the rear end of the car.

    Ever since, the pedal has been firm, as soon as I touch it feels like I am pressed much more than I am, but I can still press it further, just its hard.

    It slows down by itself now - not that much, but enough that it feels that the rear drum(s) are sticking or something.

    The steering is also heavy at all times since this.

    Besides going to the dealer, which I will, does anyone have any suggestions or theories as to what is wrong?
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