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Nissan Pathfinder



  • Thanks both for your reply. The rack and wheels are just minor reasons for my looking to get rid of the SE. Mainly, it is the AWD system. If I did not find out that the LE had one after I had leased my SE, I probably would not care at all. But since I found out a few months after, thats what made me want to change for that.

    I saw in the members photo's section that someone with a Se did put on a Le rack. I don't think I am going to change mine however, I don't mind the rack too much.

    Again, with the wheels, just a minor thing, I wouldn't buy them to switch, like I said, it is really the AWD system that I want, and the only way to get it is an LE.

    This brings up an interesting question. Why is Nissan not offering the AWD system on the SE as well? In 2002, the LE and SE were pretty much the same cost (when comparing a SE w/ S/R and Pop) to a LE w/o Leather. Of course in 2003 the Leather is required.

    But if there wasn't much of a difference, I wonder why they are doing this. To me, it puts the Pathfinder at a disadvantage to the competition. The 4runner has a full time 4wd system (can be used on dry roads), and many others do. I think the Pathfinder SE must be one of the last mid-size SUV's with a part time system.

    Its just a lesson I learned, I have to do more research before I purchase my next vehicle.

    If I were to buy it out, I would get reamed I am pretty sure. With the way the Pathfinders are discounted, I am sure that if I choose the same configuration on a 2003 SE I could get it for 2K less, and then you have to factor in its a 02, has some miles on it (only 10k), but with the way the market is, I probably wouldn't get more than 22K on it.
  • Interesting how Nissan packages for the US market. Here in Canada all automatic transmission PF's have had the auto AWD system since 2001.As far as I know the Chilkoot edition 5 speed is the only PF to still have the lever on the floor 4hi/4lo system.
  • Just a reminder that while the Auto-mode is nice to have for driving around town in crappy weather, its still not something that is supposed to be used on the highway when you are going over 60+ mph (since it drops from RWD into 4-HI). Personally I dont think it would be that big of a deal to use the shift lever. It certainly wouldnt be worth losing a great deal of money on IMO. Instead if you are bent on trading in, you'd probably be happier with the true AWD system in the new Murano.
  • Are you sure about this? I know there's been a discussion about not using auto mode over 70 MPH but I was under the impression that auto applied various amounts of power between the front and rear wheels as needed while 4Hi had the centre diff locked with a 50/50 split.My owners manual says not to engage or use 4Hi on dry pavement or above 80KPH(approx 50MPH).It makes no mention of a speed restriction on Auto mode.It's probably not a major issue.If conditions are slippery enough to need 4WD you shouldn't be going that fast anyway.
  • Hi,

    Im looking to sell my model year 2001 SE 4WD and
    am curious to what people are really getting. I
    think that these numbers that edmunds has are way
    high, as much as I would like to believe them.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    The AWD system is one of the major reasons why I traded in my 2000 PF LE for a 2001 PF LE (well...that and the new engine!).

    The AWD system is quite advanced and does distribute torque as needed between the front and rear differentials (up to 50/50). It does not lock the center differential unless you choose 4Hi (or 4Lo). While driving in the city with the former part-time 4wd system, I found it a royal pain to always remember to take it out of 4wd when going from slippery to dry conditions then back to slippery conditions (ie. in and out of a parking garage onto snow covered streets). Now I just leave it in AWD until a long spell of dry weather is expected.
  • Just wanted to let you all know that we just took our '02 LE on it's first 700 mile road trip. Such a pleasure! Smooth the entire trip. And talk about room, so convenient to have the cooler in the back, and all the luggage, and stuff you have to take, all out of the way. It actually didn't do too bad on gas mileage, we got about 330 miles to the tank, and averaged between 70-80 miles per hour. Is this on track with everyone else??
  • mazadimazadi Posts: 26
    I used a Britax, rear facing, with the tether in my Pathfinder. Our Britax came with a little secondary loop for the tether. I used that little loop to put around the track of the front seats. It's a tight fit, but it seemed to work pretty well.
    On another note, our neighbor recently took their car seat in to make sure it was installed correctly. The inspector told them that they recommend the tethers not be used on rear facing seats. You might want to look into that.
  • Well my info is really coming from a discussion a few weeks back where a LE Owner contacted Nissan and was told by the head technician that if the car slips in auto-mode and you are going faster than the recommended 4WD-Hi max speed that you may damage your vehicle. I for one was NOT happy to hear this since this information is not in the manual. I would _love_ to be proven wrong as a matter of fact.
  • intmed99intmed99 Posts: 485
    Isn't it on a Nissan car overseas (forgot name)?? I assume that it would not be a problem at high speed.
  • Yeah the literature claims the Auto-mode is based on the Skylines AWD system which definately goes over 60!

    The discussion which I mentioned relating to this issue took place on the Problems and Solutions board starting at around post 445. The owner was complaining of a fluttering at hi-speeds in auto-mode. A corporate Nissan customer service rep (and a local tech) explained that like 4-Hi you shouldnt use auto over 60mph. This would lead one to believe that there is no AWD mode and instead it really just shifts between RWD and 4WD-Hi as needed (which again is pretty contrary to what the manual seems to imply).

    Anyone care to get a definitive answer?
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    to ask them the same question. They said not to worry about it but mentioned that it would naturally lead to increased wear-and-tear on the clutchpack over time (not unusual and typical for most AWD systems out there). They certainly did not consider it a safety issue.

    If you've ever driven the PF at 60 mph on dry pavement in 4-Hi vs AWD, you'll know the center diff is locked in 4-Hi (besides the fact a little idiot light tells you it has locked up). The NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) increases dramatically in 4-Hi vs AWD. You KNOW you shouldn't be pushing it! In AWD, it's just as smooth as in 2WD.

    As far as I'm concerned, the manual doesn't tell me to worry, my dealer doesn't tell me to worry, and Nissan Canada told me not to I don't worry.
  • Just wondering if others are finding the PF fuel gauge quite inaccurate .I filled up the last few times with the gauge hard on E and the low fuel light having been on for the last 10-20 kms.In each instance the tank (which has a published capacity of 80L) took between 60 and 63 litres.I don't mind having a reserve but it seems a little much to be hard on E when you've only used 3/4 of a tank. BTW,I seem to be averaging around 14-14.5 miles per US gallon in mostly city driving. Is this about right?
  • How does one find or obtain information on the TSB's that everyone refers to that are out there?

  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    will give you the number and title of them. You have to pay for them if you want the whole thing.

  • Same thing here !!! But I like it that way. I prefer to fill up 60 liters than 75 since I usually wait for the red light to fill up.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,977
    You can also find them here (The Edmunds Maintenance Guide) and at the NHTSA site.

    Our library just started a subscription with Alldata so it looks like I can get full text copies there if I need them. Unfortunately you have to go there in person to pull them - no online access.

    Steve, Host

  • Been shopping around and researching the hell out of vehicles for about a month and a half. This board and others have been pretty informative. Started with small SUV's then graduated upto the mid-size b/c the small ones just didn't have the versatility that I am interested in. Finally decided on the '03 PF-LE b/c of the total package. I am hoping Nissan creates good incentives for the end of year/holiday push. Does anyone have any insight about new incentives for Dec?? I live in CO and nothing yet. I am in no rush to buy since my car runs great with no problems.

    Normp1: In reference to your possible alternator squeaking on start up: Have you tried using belt dressing?? Had this problem before in cold weather with and old Bronco, no problem after I sprayed them...

    If Nissan goes for a good discount, this is the site that will clue you in. I look at it frequently, and have used it to successfully acquire vehicles, here in Colorado.

  • Thanks fleetwoodsimica, I have been keeping my eye on that site but nothing yet. The 3.9% ended the 2nd, I am hoping they come up with something better to match Ford, Dodge, etc. I am wondering if any forum members have an inside tip...
    Also, besides, the 4-Runner (insurance 250/yr more than PF + less equipped for more $), is there any other comparable vehicle similarly equipped for the $ that I have overlooked??
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