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Nissan Pathfinder



  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Can you explain the difference between 2*4 and 4*4?

    2*4 is 8 and 4*4 is 16... ;) just kidding... You mean what's the difference between 4x2 and 4x4. Well, to put it simply, 2 extra driving wheels. No, really, I'm being very simplistic. ;) There's a lot more to it than that.

    Let's put it in terms of benefit to you. The primary reason why you would want 4WD and not 2WD in the Pathfinder (especially in your severe winter snow conditions) is because the Pathfinder is rear wheel drive, and would be much more susceptible to spinning out in the snow. That's a huge difference in handling from your front-wheel-drive 626, which is basically a 'point it where you want it to go' kind of thing, not to mention it weighs half of what the Pathfinder does. Driving in snow with RWD vs FWD is night and day... with the advantage going to FWD, because the front wheels not only steer the car, they also propel it. 4WD allows both front and rear axles on the vehicle to propel the car, so on a RWD vehicle, the front wheels are given the opportunity to provide traction/propulsion to the steering wheels.

    There are a lot more complexities to describing 4WD systems (and there are many different types as well), so I would suggest reading about 4WD systems at It's very informative.

    If you end up deciding on a 4WD Pathfinder, consider selecting a model with the "All-mode 4WD" which allows the 4x4 system to work without driver engages automagically! (However, it also tends to be the most expensive.) If your budget doesn't allow for the priciest of the 4WD Pathfinders, and you still want an SUV, you might want to consider some of the front-wheel-drive SUVs like the Rav4, CRV, Acura MDX, Mazda Tribute (although it's really a Ford Escape), etc.

    Just out of curiousity, what are your main reasons for upgrading to an SUV?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
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  • lawsonblawsonb Posts: 7
    I have been reading through the comments on the Airlift kit for the Pathfinder. I have a 2002 and would like to consider having the kit installed. Where are you getting the kits, roughly how much will an installation cost and who did you use to install it? I love the PF but don't like how easy it bottoms out in the rear.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The kit can be purchased from many on-line vendors, including, but not limited to and Also, try this link:

    Installation costs will vary widely depending on who does the work, and whether you install just the airbags or the compressor as well. Check the yellow pages in your area for companies that specialize in suspension work, shocks, springs, brakes. Also check companies that service/repair RVs, since many RVs use airbags for springs. They may be able to recommend a reputable shop.

    If you're good with tools and don't mind getting a little dirt under your fingernails (and have a Saturday to blow), consider installing it yourself.
  • Hmmm, I didn't think about stuff getting into the compressor. I launch my boat with the Pathy and I'm just now thinking about it being submerged, but I don't think it will be in the water (I hope.) It's definitely something I'll watch the next time I launch. Yikes, I wonder what would happen if it was submerged!

    The gage never gets in my way. I'm 5'8" tall and like to drive with the seat farther away from the steering wheel than most. I don't know if that has any bearing on the matter.

    I'll email some pictures to you soon.
  • wildcorgiswildcorgis Posts: 84
    Looks nice and not bulky like other I"ve seen. It doesn't cover up the PF front which I think is pretty stylish looking.
    About 20 years ago, I had one on my 75 Datsun "Lil Hustler" PU and smashed into some one who ran a red light. As hard as I hit him there wasn't as much damage to my truck as there might have been. Even though the other guy took off I could see his car was much worse off than mine. So it looks nice and has some possible safety advantages.
    Mine did not have the extensions for the lights but it was very very heavy. How heavy is yours?

    Happy Pathfinding!!!

  • plasmid1plasmid1 Posts: 11

    nice grill guard u put on ur pathy, where did u get it, and for how much??? it seems to be much better looking than the one nissan offers.
  • drbigzdrbigz Posts: 21
    I got the grill guard from an Aftermarket parts company. The guy there is really awsome and the price was by far the best especially since it included delivery. I paid $600 for front and back pieces and installation was pretty painless. Other places were asking for $800 with shipping extra. The [non-permissible content removed] one from Nissan will probably cost about 550 for front and back pieces and it's not even chrome. You can get a black one cheaper but chrome is the best. Right now, he's looking for a spoiler for my Pathfinder similar to the one on BMW X5.

    The grill guard is pretty heavy and sturdy.
  • plasmid1plasmid1 Posts: 11

    do u mind telling us what is the name of the company u got the grill guard from??? do they have a website??? thanks!!!
  • bulgokeebulgokee Posts: 12
    Does anyone with a 2002 LE have the following problems:

    1. Transmission: when the car is parked on an incline (the front of the car is at the top of the incline), it's very difficult to put the transmission into reverse. I sit there trying 3-4 times until it shifts into reverse. I only get this problem when the car sits there overnight. Never happens on flat terrain. And the car is only 4 weeks old!

    2. Rear suspension: Why does the rear suspension sag (??) so much when there's very liitle weight in the cargo/rear seat area. By "sag", I mean, ther's very liitle space between the rear wheel & the wheel well and by "little weight" i mean 2 normal people. Never had this problem with my 1999.5 LE.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Please don't take this as an insult but are you firmly pressing on the brake pedal before you try to shift out of park? I put my foot on the pedal before my hand even touches the shifter because if you do both at the same time, that is press the button on the shifter and press on the pedal at the same time the shifter will not unlock. As for the rear end "sag" some of us have installed air springs on the rear to prevent the dreaded "sag".
    New info on the PF....'03 is the last year year for the Pathfinder as we know it!!!!! A new one or something like it but much larger is going to be built at Nissans new plant in Mississippi. Should be out in late '04 or '05. Will be a full size with a third row seats and a V8 Infinity engine.
  • wildcorgiswildcorgis Posts: 84
    I know on some cars that if the emergency brake is not set firmly, some how the transmission engages and it is real hard to move out of park. I read this in some rental car manual when I was in Seattle. I know after I set my emergency brake my PF rolls a little. Does this happen when you shift into drive?

    Happy Pathfinding!!!

  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The problem you're describing doesn't sound abnormal. It could be just a matter of knowing what procedure is recommended for parking on a hill. As you mentioned, it doesn't happen on level ground. Does it happen on a hill, even if it's not overnight?

    Here are some suggestions to follow when parking on an incline:

    Always turn the tires away from the curb when facing uphill, and toward the curb when facing downhill. Turn the tires opposite if there's no curb. (This will let the vehicle roll off the roadway if the transmission or parking brake fail to keep the unattended car from moving.)

    Set the parking brake, then shift into park. (Keep your foot on the brake while doing this.)

    It's not a good idea to use the transmission as the only means of keeping a vehicle stationary on an incline. It puts a lot of tension on the tranmission's park mechanism, and also makes it difficult to release the tension when shifting out of park.

    Even after doing this, there may still be a little tension on the transmission, but it's normal to have to use a little more force to pull the shifter out of Park in this case.
  • sckellersckeller Posts: 1
    Hi everyone! I recently purchased a bronzed-gray 2002 SE and have very much enjoyed it thus far. One complaint: The rubber strip under the air dam will resonate/vibrate and make a very loud noise intermittantly at speeds >65-70mph. This became annoying on a recent long trip. I stuck a small washcloth under the rubber strip and it stopped the problem completely. Before I call the dealer I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem.
    One other question. Has anyone bought/installed an aftermarket hitch for their pathy? The hidden hitch and drawtite brands seem fairly comparable on most online sites. Thanks in advance!
  • I recently had a drawtite hitch installed on my 2001 LE. It is the round tubular type and was $159 plus $35 to install it. After getting home and looking underneath to see what was involved to install it I could have done it myself. It really doesn't look like it would have been that hard. Because of where the spare tire is located, the hitch sticks out farther than I would like but there isn't any way to avoid it. It really doesn't look that bad though. What I need to have done now though is to wire it up to pull a small trailer. I didn't think about that when I had the hitch installed or I would have let them do it then. Anybody out there have any suggestions on how to do this. I would appreciate any ideas.
  • jflashjflash Posts: 45
    Hey, bkfulbright, the custom wiring harness for your application is easy to find and inexpensive (about $20-$25). I bought one from a dealer on eBay and installed it in about 15 minutes using only a screwdriver. Others might note that adding a hitch is not very difficult, and good products are available at a fraction of the cost of the Nissan hitch. I found a very nice powdercoated tubular class III hitch on eBay for $65. Installed it in my garage in under an hour. Fit and finish are great, with no interference with the exhaust or spare tire.
    jack <><
  • cj724cj724 Posts: 13
    Well I have my first problem with my 02 LE Pathfinder (a minor one). The digital temperature display is reading incorrect. Its reading 77 F when the actual outside temperature is 95 F. Has anyone else experienced a problem with their digital display?
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    What,.... a Pathy that reads 18 degrees low??? A common problem on the '01 Pathy was that they pretty routinely read 10 degrees high. I've never heard of one that's low.
  • dbenjamin1dbenjamin1 Posts: 12
    Sckeller- I recently purchased a HHitch and wiring kit from Automotive accesories. They seemed to have the best pricing and had free shipping. This can easily be done in 1-2 hours depending on how many beer breaks are had. The hitch is pretty straight forward- Remove the tie down brackets from underneath and replace with the hitch bar. Torque to spec. I'd suggest removing the black box from the drivers side(not sure what that is!) as the upper bolt is tough to get to.
    The wiring kit was straight forward- pure plug in, but it took a bit longer for the routing as i could not find a direct path for the harness from each taillight. Others have run it inside to the rear storage compartment and then out the bottom, but i chose to run each separately through the body and out near the drain lines(just aft of axle). Once each wire is through, feed the wires towards the center, taking careful aim to tie back away from exhaust and spare and plug into main (make sure to tape up connections). I ran the plug through the hitch and tied it off using the plug cap. When its time to tow,unplug the cap, insert the ball, and plug into trailer lights.
    Easy peasy, mate.
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