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Nissan Pathfinder



  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Personally I'd not buy Extended Warranty if the new car is Japaness big three, Toyota, Honda and Nissan. So far I bought four new cars with no Extended Warranty: 94 Altima, 96 Maxima, 00 RX300 and 02 QX4. None of them had ANY failure, not even a loose screw, although some are too new to claim they won't fail.
  • The extended warranty is a waste of money for the Pathfinder. I bought a QX4 without it. If I felt that it was going to need a $1000 worth repairs after the manufacturers warranty runs out and before the extended one would, I wouldn't buy the car at all. So much for "Made in America". The phrase just doesn't denote high quality in the automobile industry anymore.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Still remember when I signed contract for 94 Alitma, the finance manager strongly recommended Extended Warranty, saying if after 7 years or so the timing belt is going out it'll be covered (later found it is a chain, not a belt! A perfect liar). I said NO. He was very unhappy with me.
    My rule of thumb is that if they push to sell something then I won't buy because I know they are going to make a profit out of me.
  • Thanks everybody for the help, I'll try running the fresh air before I shut down. I do use recirculate most of the time. I'll let you know if it works...
  • From the "SUVs for Tall People" messages- thought this would be interesting for those of you reading this message board as well...

    Well, over labor day weekend, I drove a Trooper, Escape, & Explorer. We also drove a Pathfinder as well for my wife's review - I had already driven one.

    First off, I'm about 6'4" tall. When I drove the Trooper, I couldn't see the traffic light when we were stopped! My eyes were at the same level as the top of the windshield! Plus, the seat didn't go back enough. Didn't like it. By the way, also sat in an Axiom - worse leg room than the Toyota Corolla we traded in.

    The Escape was a little tight for leg/knees, but had plenty of headroom. Not bad. Not 0% financing however. Couldn't justify paying for a new one when I could pick up a used SUV with not too much mileage for a lot less.

    The Explorer was awesome in a lot of ways. Fit-wise, it was the best. Seriously. We drove a 2002 or 2003 I think. Lots of bells and whistles. I wasn't up to paying new car price however, so I started researching older models, and found that the optional 3rd row of seats wasn't offered until 2002 I believe. Anyhoo, we nearly started looking hard for a used one anyway.

    Then I found 2 2001 Nissan Pathfinders with less than 20,000 miles for around $21,000. We drove about 5 hours on a Friday night (as you might remember, my wife is (was) pregnant and was actually due on that date!). She was feeling fine... so it was okay. We ended up purchasing one for $21,200 with 16,000 miles, putting down @ $7,000 (including trade in here) and financing $14,000 @ 4.75% interest.

    Whadda deal!

    Reasons for buying:
    Good headroom - no probs there. Leg room was just right at it's maxed out seat position. Wheel was very comfortable to reach to. Amenities were fine - we bought an SE w/ Bose CD player & power everything. No sunroof, and cloth seats - but I like the seats.. not your normal cheap-looking cloth seats. Additionally, after doing the research, we found that the 2001 version had a bigger 230HP engine - and has great pickup. Finally, the deciding factor over the Explorer was probably the reliability - as Consumer Reports lists it as one of the only recommended used SUVs out there.

    - Mike & Jenn
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    2001+ all have a minimum of 240HP. 240hp in all the models with an auto tranny, and 250hp in the SE mated to the 5spd. ;-)

    You will love it! We all do!
  • you're right - 240hp!!! It was 215hp before I think.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    it was around 170 hp before...a significant difference, although still a good engine with lots of torque.
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    Recirc is fine when you're trying to warm or cool the vehicle quickly but I personnaly wouldn't want to drive for long distances this way - without fresh air make-up ...
  • Actually COUIMET, I use Recirculate just the opposite. I leave it on all the time because this uses the same air rather that having to bring in new air & cool it over & over again. This helps w/ fuel economy because your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard (although very little I'm sure). On long trips I occasionally turn the Recirculate off & let some fresh air in before turning it back on for a while. Just my 2 cents, both ways are right...
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    OK as long as nobody ate chilli for lunch!! I find that with more than one person in the truck, the air starts getting stale pretty fast on recirc...and in the winter the windows won't defog...
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    My point exactly Phil47 ...

    With Recirc on, oxygen is only being replenished through leaks. And, Carbon Monoxide and Dioxide and odours go up ...
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    I put my recirc on when I'm driving behind (or relatively close to) beaters that spew those god-awful black and/or blue smoke. Here in Florida, there seems to be an abundance of those vehicles here as there is no state inspection and one can pretty much register any vehicle as long as it runs.

    And with our Florida hot summers, recirculate really cools the engine down fast. Actually, I find that if I let fresh air in, the cabin becomes warmer. Without any rear vents, my kids perspire quickly. Recirc fixes that for me.
  • Hey COUIMENT, you have Carbon Monoxide in your car? Thought that's what the exhaust system does. Didn't know recirculate would let CO in. Might want to get that checked out, kinda dangerous. I've also never heard of anyone dying in a vehicle with recirculate on from a lack of oxygen. In fact, I'd be willing to bet that the Oxygen concentration is still the normal 20.9% :-P
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    It's pretty rare to find PF owners slagging each other...we're better known for getting along!

    Most owner's manuals state that recirc is good to quickly heat up or cool down a vehicle (or avoid someone's poor exhaust emissions) but to avoid extended driving like that (I'm not sure about the PF manual, buy my 2001 Honda Odyssey manual sez somthing to that effect). Of course some fresh air is entering the vehicle even under recirc, but not nearly as much as when it is off. With 3 or 4 adults in the vehicle, I'm willing to bet the % O2 will drop.

    Incidentally, I just found some billet grilles for 2000-2003 PFs at They look pretty good. Anybody use this outfit (or installed these grilles?). I'd like to get something installed before Winter when the gravel starts flying again (my rad looks like a war zone).
  • My wife and I just test drove a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder Se. We have a few questions that we would like to ask those who own a similar Pathfinder.

    The ride seemed pretty bumpy, is that normal for Pathfinders? Every bump, joint, man-hole cover seemed as though it could be felt. Also when pulling up at traffic lights the bumpy asphalt (from heat during the summer) seemed to be felt easily and it would kind of rock back and fourth over it.

    The steering also seemed to be affected a little bit by bumps and man holes. It would lose its track a little bit.

    Overall we liked it, but we just would like to know if this is how all Pathfinders are.

    Thanks for your time
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    I suppose it depends on what you're sed to driving but one thing to check is tire pressures. I had a similar issue with my 2000 SE delivered with 45 psi! Resetting to 32 psi solved my problem ...
  • I did check that. I mentioned that to the salesman and we brought it over to the service bay and we did check out the PSI. It showed it at 30psi (on each tire) as the door sticker said.
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    Go ahead, leave it on Recirc ...
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Huh? It works for me...

    Regarding recirc mode vs fresh air mode, I seriously doubt that hazardous gas levels are going to be an issue with continuous use of recirculate mode. The Pathfinder is hardly air-tight! What if you don't turn on the vents at all? I mean, come on, do you really think you're gonna suffocate because you're not sucking fresh air from the outside?

    I nearly always run with the vents set to "fresh" air because, well, fresh air is nicer.... right? :) It helps keep from making the air feel 'stuffy' and keeps humidity down. It's also quieter to use than recirc mode and it really helps when you've got some passengers with strong BO. ;) j/k...

    Anyway, on really hot days or when I have drive in very dusty conditions (such as off-road), I run with "recirc" full-time. On especially hot days, its actually better to run the AC in recirc mode because the interior air temp will be lower than the exterior air temp. Same goes for really cold days- your heater does a better job heating warmed-up interior air than outside air.

    I've never felt dizzy, short-of-breath, etc. due to lack of oxygen or excess of CO or CO2 when using recirc for extended periods of time. Moreover, I notice that the air tends to feel "sticky" after a while, mostly due to buildup of humidity. But it sure beats having dust blow all throughout the cabin!

    Just my .02 guys.

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