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Nissan Pathfinder



  • I just checked my tire pressure which I do every once in a while. The 2002's are spec'ed at 30psi all around, yet this time my pressure was 26 lb psi all around. I suspect when I took it in for an oil change at the dealer they air-ed it down to 26 lb. I know previous years had 26psi as the spec, but it was changed. I don't notice a difference in ride at all, I am going to take it back up to 30lb per the door sticker.
  • jmw4jmw4 Posts: 67
    I just bought a new 02 LE -- List $34,570 for $30,000. Certainly a lot of vehicle for this price. I even got a relatively fair price for my Trail Blazer trade as they were very eager to close the deal.
  • I am looking for rear split exhaust system for my 2002 pathfinder Le. Does anybody around los angeles area know where I can find good deal for exhaust system. I have been having hard time to find rear spilt exhaust system, if anyone knows any brand that makes for late model pathfinder please lemme know.
  • Is it for looks only or will it provide any benefits ?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    There really isn't a "manufacturer" of dual exhausts for your truck. Virtually every 96-02 Pathfinder that has dual exhausts has been custom-done by a shop local to the owners.

    If you want a dual exhaust system for your truck, call some local muffler shops (NOT Midas, though) and see if they can set you up.
  • pbk77pbk77 Posts: 23
    I was wondering if anyone else had this problem. Every time I start out using the brakes on my 2001 Pathfinder SE after a cold start, the brakes make a squeaky/squealing sound. After a few times of braking, the sound seems to go away. My dealership has told me this is normal, are any of you guys suffering from this as well??? Other than pathfinder has treated me very well.
  • poswaldposwald Posts: 38
    I too have the same brake noise that you mention in my 01 PF LE. I have had it since new. Dealer also told me there was nothing they could do. The best explanation I got on it was that the rotors get slightly oxidized and that squeak you hear is the oxidized layer being scraped/cleaned off. It goes away after a couple of minutes every time which is why I never worried to much about it. I really love the strong braking the PF has as I have a heavy foot.
  • mjohnr99mjohnr99 Posts: 193
    What kind of financing offer did Nissan give you along with that '02 price? Thanks!
  • I have real problem with the rear suspension on the pathfinder. When 4 average size adults sit in the truck, it hits the bump stops when going over a moderate bump with both rear tires at the same time. THis is with no other wieght other than the 4 people. None of the 4 were over 200 pounds. How can anybody consider this to be appropriate? I've ridden in Sedans that were able to carry more without riding so poorly.

    Last weekend I went deer hunting with two other people so we had 3 people, a couple bows and some clothing, not really a load and it was the same way, sitting low in the back and bottoming out on medium size bumps. I like driving the truck, especially with the manual trans. but I can't wait to get rid of it so that I can get a real truck. I hope the new full size pick up isn't this weak in the knees.
  • Would installing air shocks in the back help the "bottoming out" problem

    If I'd buy a Pathfinder I would install these shocks the solve the sagging done by my boat trailer tongue weight.

    The bottoming out could be a problem for me. Almost every weekend during the summer I pack the kids (2), lots of luggage and a large cooler, I attach the boat (250 lbs tongue weight). Gee I'm worried that I will bottom out with such a load.

    Opinions ?
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    The PF bottoms out w/ more than a couple of people because the shocks/struts are tuned for a very soft ride. This is great when there's only 1 or 2 people, as it gives you a soft ride that soaks up most of the bumps. But, the downside of this is that w/ any more of a load than a couple of people, it's too soft & hits the stops. I'm not saying this makes it acceptable. In fact, there's plenty of vehicles out there that have managed to balance this much better. But, buying a "real truck" won't help anything. You'll have a stiff suspension that hits bumps hard all the time.
  • I'm sure that there is a way to fix that problem. I was suggesting airlift in my previous post to help bottoming out and sagging.

    Anyone here have airlift on a 2000-2001 or 2002 Pathfinder
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    There are a number of people who have done this mod quite successfully to their PF. A search of this board (or the PF Mods board) should find you some testamonials.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    The suspension is basically the same for Pathfinders from 1996 to current, so if you're interested in seeing an installation on a 97 LE, click here. The only major noticeable difference between the rear suspension current models and older ones (96-99) is the location of the shock mounts.
  • smibradsmibrad Posts: 34
    I have a 2001 Le and want to upgrade the shocks. I am having a hard time finding an aftermarket shock for the 2001 Pathfinder. Rancho, KYB, and Koni do not have shocks for the 2001 PF. What have people been using? By the way, I really feel this is poor that I have to install upgraded shocks and/or air springs just to haul 2 adults or a small trailer.
  • smibradsmibrad Posts: 34
    xplorx4 - I see you used an RS9000 shock on your 97 LE. But I also noticed you raised your PF by 2 inches. According to Rancho, there is not an RS9000 and RS5000 shock application for the 2001 PF with no lift kit.
  • My previous full size truck rode smoother due to the longer wheelbase and could handle over 1,000 pounds in the bed without ever bottoming out. My neighbors trailblazer can handle 7 people without bottoming and rides great when empty, smoother than the PF even, though the PF handles turns better and is a more solid feeling vehicle. I was just trying to say that I think this is a poor design and adding aftermarket equipment to allow you to use the truck as it is advertised is unacceptable to me.
  • I was told by Tirerack that Konis will fit 2001 LE's. They're expensive, $356 for a set of four, plus shipping and installation.

    I'd like to hear more about the improvement in ride and handling before committing that much money.

  • From the post I read it seems that the bottoming out has more to do with the 2001 model.

    Is it possible they have fixed this problem with 2002 or 2003 ?

    And for those who bottom out, does it occur often or is it occasional.

    Will I bottom out each time I will pull my boat ? Some people here say they bottom out with fishing rods !!!! and obviously some passengers....
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,627
    I don't know, I have an '01 LE and tow my boat along with many others at the marina I work at. I've never had a problem with bottoming out, even when towing with 400lbs of tonque weight. Granted I don't have any passengers when towing boats at work and my kids are 4 and 4mos, so they don't add alot of weight when towing my boat. Even if I did have a problem with bottoming out, it wouldn't ruin my opinion of the Pathfinder.
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