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Nissan Pathfinder



  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Your list/inv numbers are right but XSE did not spec auto trans. If he meant to, he should go to the LE and get AWD for $300 more...that's the way I got there.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
  • xsexse Posts: 66
    yes, its a 4x4 SE with auto trans, leather,sunroof,hitch 3 towing for $29,400. but i know that pathfinders have been underpriced. maybe dealers are getting big rebates or something, i dont know.

    i thought the LE was the 'luxury' version with mesh-looking wheels and the SE was the sporty off-road version. I wanted to get in under $30,000 so thats why i didnt look at the LE... also, not crazy about electronic 4wd...opinions?
  • yj87yj87 Posts: 1
    Hi all,

    Does the new v6 engine in the pathfinder require premium fuel ? Anybody running it on regular gas ?

  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    Most 4WD systems use a viscous coupling mechanism. A special fluid that changes density characteristics due to heat/friction.

    The activation controls may be electronic, but the drive train is not.
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    >> lofquist/re: Price on 4x4 SE by xse <<
    >> Your list/inv numbers are right but XSE did not spec auto trans. If he meant to, he should go to the LE and get AWD for $300 more...that's the way I got there. <<

    But you can't get leather seats without the auto transmission. I know - it doesn't make sense but Nissan just has it set up that way.

    And sorry the numbers got so out of line on the #521 post of mine. I guess that Edmunds no longer handles tabs in posts. The first number on each line is invoice; the second is list.

    But as those of us who went to Canada to buy know, you could go up to Vancouver or Toronto and bring that vehicle home for about $27,700. And it would include the AWD and limited slip too. That's more than $3000 under US dealer invoice.

  • Okay... I have only been on this site for as long as I have owned my Pathy (3 months, has it been that long!). How would we go about locating two Edmunds hosts? Do we need to find people to use the board? I am sure that we could find enough topics to do around like: Break In Proceedures, Maintenance routines/short cuts, Off Roading Practises, etc.

    But my thought is: for such a "normal" vehicle, will there be enough interest to sustain it? And how many people here really do want it?

  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    ok-I forgot that auto is std w/ that's a great price (barring canada). That's $1600 below my price similarly equipped. Yes, the LE is 'luxury' but if you've got leather you've got most of the luxury already, no? The diff is fake wood on the dash (ugh!), same color mirror/bumpers, 6 spoke wheels instead of 5 spoke, auto temp control, auto on/off headlights and memory seat (anything else, folks?) and of course, the AWD (another subject altogether, but I think it's worth $300 easy). I think you get rear a/c ducts also if it's 4x4. For me, it was "do I want this more attractive SE or the AWD" and I'm leaning to the AWD.

    YJ87 - yes, you need 91 octane premium
  • yj87,
    I use 85 octane (over 6000 feet altitude)and it runs great! Check your owner's manual. It specifies AKI (octane) ratings for different conditions.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
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  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    Well, it happened. A couple of weeks ago, I dropped my keys in the parking lot without realizing it. No big deal, right? Just go pick 'em up. The only problem is that it snowed about 8 or 9 inches that day and the plows had run in the parking lot at least 3 or 4 times before I realized that I had lost my keys. I guess I'll find 'em in April. Anyway, I need a replacement. The Nissan dealer says that I have to be physically at the dealer for him to cut the key and then it will take about 30 minutes to an hour for them to program the key to the truck. $57 for the key and $30 to program the truck/key. Is this reasonable? Is there a way to just buy the key and program the key myself? My wife doesn't like the remote, anyway, so I'm not going to replace that.

    Thanks in Advance
  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    Here is everything about the shimmy. I found my old post. I'd actually saved it in a text file on my PC just-in-case. I'm still shimmy free. Now the other old post:

    I just got the Nissan Service Bulletin I had
    mentioned. It's 11 pages and includes and lot of
    stuff, so I won't attempt to reproduce it on this
    page. I will say that on the flow chart, the first
    question is, "Is this vehicle equipped with Nissan
    OEM wheels and tires?" If the answer is no, such
    as if you have already replaced the tires, the flow
    chart states, "This Technical Service Bulletin and
    Nissan Warranty Coverage do not address vibration
    that can be caused by after market products or
    modifications." Even though you've replaced your
    tires already, you might ask your tech to print you
    off a copy of this NTB.

    I remember some folks talking about having their
    wheels chromed. The next question in the flow
    chart is, "Are the Nissan OEM wheels aftermarket
    chrome plated?" If the answer to this question is
    yes, you get the same response as the guy that has
    already replaced his tires.

    Nissan Service Bulletin

    Classification: ST99-001
    Reference: NTB00-061
    Date: July 18, 2000

    1999.5-2001 Pathfinder steering and/or body

    Applied Vehicles: 1999.5-2001 Pathfinder (R50)

    Service Information
    If a 1999.5-2001 Pathfinder exhibits steering
    and/or body vibration while driven (without
    braking) at speeds between 60 and 70 MPH, the
    cause(s) may be:
    - Road input (road surface imperfections)
    - Out-of-balance front or rear tires/wheels
    - Insufficient steering rack sliding force
    - Tire flat spotting
    - Excessive tire Radial Force Variations (RFV)

    The last part (RFV) is where they look to index or
    match balance your tires and if that still doesn't
    work, they replace your tires.

    Hope this helps.
  • xsexse Posts: 66
    thanks for the info. thanks for reminding me about the fake wood- thats why i wont buy the LE. having to see that every day is too much!

    i use the 4wd for off-road which is why i am hesitant with the electronic switch, but im guessing the electronic awd system is better for street use.

    well, if i get one i guess ill be in here more often! thanks again
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    Thanks loads for your work on digging up the shimmy info. I've already printed it out and will present it to my dealer next week. Have a good day!
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    I have been running regular fuel in mine since new with out any
    problems. Does your area put alcohol in the fuel? The engine has
    a knock sencer and auto spark adjust. I would keep using the
    same fuel or you might drive the computer krazzy. I have read some
    place that even changing to a foam air cleaner takes about 2 weeks
    for the computer to adjust. Who knows about a K&N,might not ever
    get used to that!!
  • duperduper Posts: 127
    For those that have '99 model Pathfinder, here's the TSB for the shimmy

    Bulletin Number: NTB98102
    Bulletin Date: 02/99

    Component: SUSPENSION


    Please Note: Over 6000 TSB’s are issued annually by automobile manufacturers. Most TSBs are only applicable to a small number of cars within each model type.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Smithmd: The key on these SUV have a chip in the key. If you don't
    go to the dealer and have on made with there machine you cannot start
    the engine. I don't know about the lock thats only in the drivers door.
    Good Luck.
  • pat01pat01 Posts: 23
    Did you know that the computer chip and module driving your compass and temperature gauge is the same module that controls all your dashboard gauges and (here is the key one) the odometer. As I am learning, it is no small feat to replace this part. Based on my experience, I do not think Nissan would be easily able to replace this part since it can't easily be switched or traded (odometer laws make this part vehicle-specific).

    Mine has been malfunctioning since I bought my LE November 18. Today is Day #43 in the shop waiting for this part. Lemon law papers filed.

    You may also want to report the defect (temperature gauge off) yourself to the NHTSA directly via their web site. If enough people complain to NHTSA, it may investigate.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    Hi Pat,
    Thanks for the response. I was thinking that the problem was the outside temperature sensor which is located by the front grille. Fortunately I have not had trouble with the compass, gauages or odometer. Ugh! Your story about computer problems is all too familiar...sounds like the Grand Cherokee I used to have!

    I'm surprised, but I have not received any Emails from owners that want to be included on the complaint list. Perhaps the problem is not as widespread as I thought.
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    I admit I don't like the extra 10 degrees added to my outside T gauge in the summer. I also admit I'm too lazy to do all of the numbers getting to add to your file. I would think a simple reposition of the temp sensor would suffice. I would be glad to add my c/o to your list if I could just give my name. I'm sure every Pathfinder has this problem as it is a design flaw.
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