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Nissan Pathfinder



  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    >> what do you do for non-scheduled maintenance (within the warranty period) <<

    In to the dealer it goes! If something is broke, they get to fix it. I'm cheap. Unless it's something so easy to fix that I can do it myself for less pain than messing with the service.
  • pathy57pathy57 Posts: 25
    All your comments are appreciated and you all have some good points. I agree the package deals are a pain in the behind. I have owned several vehicles and for the most part have always steered away from the package deals. I do believe the "Pay me now or pay me Later" motto and have always had regular service performed or done some of it myself. Everything today is operated as a profit center and rightfully so, but there is an awful lot of stress put on service departments to sell, sell, sell. I remember back in Indiana on the Indiana Toll Road some of the service areas had driveway salesmen cutting fan belts when checking the oil on vehicles or selling items to customers that they did not need. Mostly nickel dime stuff, but today the marketplace is alot greedier.

    One thing for sure, for some of you newcommers to this forum, the Pathfinder Folks tell it like it is and get along at the same time. Thanks for all your thoughts and input, enough now for the 30,000 service. I'm 10-7.
  • I used to change my own oil, but no more. It's not worth my time and effort to go under and remove this shield under the engine, secured by 12 bolts, to save $20. Then having to dispose the oil? Unless I can get to the oil filter without having to remove this shield? Watched a mechanic trying to remove shield, and took him 10 minutes, and couldn't get all 12 botls off. He later said that some heads were stripped, and wouldn't come off. Anyway, dealer also performed free 14 point inspection, and recommend the following:
    1) Front brakes, new pads, resurface $265
    2) Replace all 3 belts $125.
    3) Flush coolant $65.
    4) Change main radiator return hose $65.

    I gracefully declined their offer. But the older fella next to me ok'ed their $950 offer to do some major schedule maintenance.

    I have a 98 SE, and have no complaints, except maybe for low MPG at 16-17. Maybe it's time to get my PF serviced, and perhaps in return with a little better MPG.
  • Not for me. My wife bought her 95 Altima new with lifetime oil change. I always did my own oil changes. I enjoyed not having do that on one of our vehicles, until they forgot to replace the filler cap! She waited 45 minutes in an office w/o customers while they had a pizza feed. This was a scheduled appt she made wks ago. She drove maybe qtr mile before the smoke appeared. That's not acceptable for paid service. I like Nissan vehicles, but they will only service them when I'm left w/o a better alternative. Bought 01 PF last June. I'll do my own oil changes from now.

  • I've got one for you. I had my Nissan dealer do an oil change/tire rotation. I usually do my own oil changes but since I had them doing the rotate I figured why not. About a month later I discovered a large oil spot underneath the parking space. Since it's common parking area I didn't initially worry too much. Took a look underneath and sure enough oil traces galore. Checked the dipstick, didn't have a trace on it. When I reached the oil filter I had to tighten it back on a good 3/4 turn with my hands. It was obvious this had been the cause. Took 3.5 quarts to bring it back. Then I remember my wife's been driving it all week so how long has it been like this?
    I doubt I could ever prove it was the dealer's fault since it had been around 2000 miles.
    Needless to say I'll be doing my own oil changes from now on thank you. I'm really scared about a 30K or other service I can't do.
    Love the vehicle (01 LE) but Nissan dealership service scares me.
  • Hi everyone,,I am new to this forum and after reading it for about 20 minutes I realized this is the place to be..Lots of knowledge and kinsmanship/ On to my problem, I have a 94 path with 110,000 miles. This is my second one and as the first, it has been exceptional. Anyway when my auto lock hubs are engaged I get a sound out of the front that sounds like dirt in the brakes..Kind of a mechanical metal to metal..I changed both half shafts and still have the same prob..Appears it is either my hubs of differential..Has anyone had this type of prob and if so what was the verdict. I can change the hubs myself but I'm not to hot on the idea of repairing pinon bearings..All comments would be appreciated. Thanks
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Welcome to the Town Hall! We have a great group of knowledgeable people who post here regularly and I'm certain they'll be more than happy to help you out!

  • rayg3rayg3 Posts: 7
    I bought it in Aug of 2001. I took it to a Nissan dealer about a month later to complain about the noise. A service adviser rode with me and verified the clunk noise. He said the noise is a result of "slack" in the two piece drive shaft. Nissan has been advised of the problem and had no fix. I read the Tech Service Bulletin part of Edmunds and see a Tech Service Bulletin #NTB99074
    NHTSA #SB61237 for Feb 2000. Has any one had any luck getting this fixed?
  • I was driving my 2001 LE last week in somewhat slushy and spotty ice road in AUTO 4WD mode. Vehicle has 2400 miles - no problems at all to date. After about 3 miles the yellow 4WD lamp turned on (not blinking). I had driven the previous day for 25 miles in Auto mode (under 50mph) and no problems...also driven occasionally before in AUTO mode with no problems. I stopped to read manual and it said to switch to 2WD and inform dealer. My dealer said that the yellow 4WD warning indicator may have turned on due to excessive slippage or possibly a vehicle sensor and to see if it reoccurs. In fact, the owner's manual says that the lamp can turn on (not blink) if there is a great difference in wheel speed (apparently if one wheel has a very large speed difference from others). I put the vehicle back in AUTO 4WD later for a few miles - no warning light. Next day drove some miles in Auto 4WD and no warning lamp.
    Has anyone had this happen?
    I'm assuming one wheel may have been slipping but not sure.
    I always maintain a speed below 50-55 mph in Auto 4WD per Nissan advice at toll free assistance number (took me a lot of calls to get a max suggested speed advice in AUTO-4WD from Nissan).
  • I just had mine done on my 2000 LE 4WD and paid $151 for it. I have a mechanic that only works on japanese cars, has been in business for 25+ years and I trust - A LOT :) He's over an hour drive for me, but worth it - especially when I see how much the dealer is charging - yikes!
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    I looked through the service manual about the light illuminating steady. It would be a great investment if we could purchase a Nissan Consult II and trade it with each other! The service manual menchened about "sharp corner braking" could cause the light to come on? Just turn the AWD off and turn it back on. Should always here the "beep" when turned off
    and on. Cheers....................................
  • Hey hey! :) I'm the happy new owner of a 2002 PF SE 4x4. Got it for $99 over invoice..... and I couldn't be happier with it.

    400 miles thus far and still grinning everytime I see it. This is my first car out of college with my new job and I have to say that I'm happier than I have ever been with a vehicle. I've driven 2 Explorer Sports and numerous other vehicles prior to this and the PF has by far the best ride and comfort I've ever experienced.

    Can't wait for more adventures in my PF!!!!

    Happy Pathfinderin'
  • danogdanog Posts: 318
    I just checked with the dealer and their price is $300. I read over the list of items replaced and checked and that seems accurate for the service. I could do a few things myself and save say $100 bucks but I starting to have less time for those activities.
    We're considering selling the Pathy to save for building a house. It is just now getting broke in good.
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    Can anyone help me with torque lbs. for the '01 16" aluminum rims? Thanks in advance

  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Shop manual makes no mention of specific wheels, but does give the spec as 87- 108 ft-lbs.
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    I knew yourself or Dean could help

  • I have an '01 SE which is coming up on 30,000 miles. After reading the prices the dealer is getting I am going to do this myself.

    In the service manual it specifies to "Use only LSD gear oil API FL-5 and SAE 80W-90 approved for Nissan LSD). Can anyone tell me a brand name of this stuff I can buy at an auto parts store or should I go to a dealer to buy it. The footnote says to get a list of approved oil from a dealer. I was hoping someone on the board has a list.

  • duperduper Posts: 127
    I used Mobil 1 Gear oil. I think Mobil 1 is good for LSD also, but you can add the additive if you like ( I got them at PepBoys). Just remember to open the fill-nut before you drain. It's a PITA; I had to use an extension pipe and my legs to get it moving.

    Ps: I used 4 quartz for the rear (haven't done the front yet).

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,971
    Jon, you may be interested in this press release about the European Commission's proposed rule changes to stop car makers from banning cross-border sales.

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  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Thanks for the heads-up Steve. This is certainly good news and hopefully will have an impact on the Canada-US sales. We Nissan buyers are spoiled in that Nissan does not generally prohibit cross-border sales. But I get lots of notes from people looking for other brands from Canada that are out of luck.

    Also this press release does a great job of describing why vehicles are so much less in Canada. Go on up and get em! It's still pretty typical to buy a Pathfinder for $4000 under the dealer cost here in the US.

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