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Nissan Pathfinder



  • Path13,

    To some extent I agree with W62. I too feel that my Pathfinder had more punch the first few weeks I had the truck. For now I think the cold is the culprit, I think higher-end engine tend to perform less in cold weather.

    Or maybe it is just that I have become "used" to the power....
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Brisoup, you may want to look around the XM & Sirius Satellite Radio discussion too - some people have had good luck with the Circuit City type stores, believe it or not.

    Steve, Host
  • w62w62 Posts: 27
    Path 13,
    I'll try to keep O/D off for climbing.See how it works.Do people leave O/D off when climbing hills?
  • I don't turn O/D off unless I'm pulling my boat and climbing a hill.

    I think that a 240HP truck should be able to climb a hill like the one I have here without turning O/D off.
  • I'm interested in purchasing a '03 QX4 but have been put off by the chronic vibration problems sited by the Pathfinder owners in their recent discussions. Any information or advice would be appreciated.

    Also, any idea what month this year when manufacture of US QX4 and Pathfinder models will cease? How much longer will US dealers receive these vehicles? Thanks, John
  • pathstarpathstar Posts: 201
    Just a little speculation here. Note that the Pathfinder has VDC and the QX4 doesn't. From this and the introduction of the new Infinity "super SUV" I suspect it (AWD wagon, as in car) will replace the QX4. This would "broaden the market" for the Pathfinder. I hear the Pathfinder is going to get larger (like the 4Runner). This is supposed to happen in the next two years. Nissan is also supposed to introduce a competitor to the CRV and RAV4 next year ("small" SUV). I hope it has the 3.5 V6!!

    All this being said, I wouldn't wait, if the current vehicle meets your needs well.
  • Help, I need to change it from km to mph.
    Thanks to all.

    Pss: I am in the NYC area.
  • what kind of Gas you're putting. I have only notice powerloss when I use low grade fuel; other than that no problem.By the way, the Pathfinder will remain same size but with new look and power, I got this information from Nissan designers who usually comes to a japanese bar where my gf works. I also saw the new ad for the truck. It's really kool wait till it's shown on tv. I will try to get more information.
  • I just brought my '02 Pathy LE in for the 7500mi. check and when I got it back the rims were scarred by the lug-gun they used when they rotated the wheels. Has anyone else had this problem or did I recieve a bad job and perhaps am entitled to something in return. My biggest gripe is that the truck was virtually brand new when I brought it in and now I have to keep eyeballing these nasty scars on my wheels...on all four! I'm not one for complaining but when someone brings in their brand new 350Z do they have to leave with blemished rims? I'm a fanatic about my vehicles and now I can't bear to look at my rims.I haven't gone back yet but I wanted to check with some owners before I stampeded into the dealership...thanks guys!
  • Brisoup, about four months ago I bought an '03 Pathfinder, all of which are advertised as being "satellite ready", but Nissan doesn't seem to know what to do to actually make it receive satellite broadcasts. I was told by my dealer that the transmitter would be modified, but Nissan hasn't provided the part or any other guidance to my dealer. I don't want to go to an after-market FM modulator, but that may end up being my only option. I'm told by after-market dealers that you don't get full digital clarity from this arrangement because the sound clarity of your satellite reception will be about that of your FM radio. I would not have bought the car had I known this, and I am very disappointed with Nissan about this. I would recommend that anyone considering buying a Nissan - and who wants satellite radio - buy it with the satellite radio already installed. I would appreciate input from anyone else who had this problem and how you got the problem resolved.
  • Gumdoc,It seems a little odd that your dealer doesn't know anything about your satellite radio.It's a factory option for god sakes.Did you try going to another dealer?Call the Nissan customer hotline?It is a option you paid for and there isn't any reason why the dealer can't get it working.The after market ins taller is right about getting FM like sound quality. If you do not buy a satellite head unit,they will install a tuner somewhere on your dash and run the connection to your factory unit.You then have to tune your factory radio to 87.9 or something like that and tune the satellite stations through your tuner on the dash.I still havn't decided if I'm going to go through with it or not.
  • Check the sticker that came on your PF. My PF was equipped with the XM radio option. This option should be on your sticker for about $400.This is OPTIONAL equipment. Not every PF is equipped with this option. The XM radio comes with 2 months of service but you must contact XM or Sirius first to get your service started. When you hit the radio button you will see the AM/FM/XM SATELLITE displayed. I also received a XM radio brochure with the paperwork for my PF. The service cost about $10 a month after the inital contract is up.
  • I had the same problem but mine was only on one wheel. The dealer didn't take any responsible for it so I just told them this is why people don't buy Nissan. I went to local wheel repairment shop, cost me $75 to fix it.
  • sivi1sivi1 Posts: 82
    i bought cheap italian air horns for 90 4runner, had dealer put same horns on 96 4runner, and same horns are on my 02 pathfinder. still working. always got dealer to install after making deal. i usually give the tech $10 tip and he really did nice job. always use a relay.
  • Can someone tell me which way the oil drain plug washer is supposed to face when changing oil? Is the side with the ridge facing towards the oil pan or towards the drain plug head? Thanks for any help.
  • I've had my 03 Pathy LE for 5 months and 5000 miles now. In 90% city driving with occasional stop and go traffic I am getting between 14 and 15 mpg using 93 octane. One question I have for the board is what type of motor oil is best for the truck. On my first oil change I went with Mobil 1 Synthetic ($8 quart from the dealer was painful....they suggested I could buy the oil somewhere else for much less and provide it myself next time) I want to maintain this vehicle as well as possible and am willing to spend the extra $$ to keep it in top shape for a long time. I was under the impression that synthetic oil was far superior, but one of the mechanics suggested that synthetic leaves a residue that builds up over time, and that standard motor oil may be better. Does anyone otut there have some good reliable info on this subject? Thanks for any help.
  • pathstarpathstar Posts: 201
    I buy the Mobil 1 at Wal-Mart (though I've seen it even cheaper at Superstore, but that's a Canadian store, which will not help you). The residue claim is a first for me. They claim to have run it in a Corvette for over 100,000 mi. from new, with no problems (but they were trying to sell it, so take that with a grain of salt). The Nissan dealer mechanics told a friend of mine on several occations that he shouldn't be using it in his Sentra Spec. V. This was after they recommended he use it! Each time they told him not to, they had a different reason. Personally, I love the way the engine runs with it in, and I think all the warnings are typical "old wives tales". Maybe they are afraid they will not be able to sell a new car to us as soon as otherwise possible?

    The one warning I have heard is related to the seals in the engine. Some older vehicles seal material will not absorb synthetic oil, and the engine will leak oil because the seals shrink. The other thing is that if you use synthetic oil for a long time, and then change back to regular oil, the seals in the engine (we're talking of newer engines now) will then leak. Personally, I find this hard to beleive as well.
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    You might want to check out the synthetic oil discussion board. I use Mobil1 and supply it to the dealer at $17.88/5 qt jug from Wal-Mart. That is $3.58/qt. I also use the Mobil1 synthetic media filter. I provide them both to the dealer and he does the change for $16.80 in labor on my QX4. I increased my mpg by 1.5 for a savings of $72/7000 mile change which pays for the increase in oil cost. I also tested the oil on my first drain of the synthetic which you can see on the sythetic board. I was told that I really needed to wait until after 20K miles and do it again to verify my interval.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    Synthetic motor oil

    and for equal time for the dead dino crowd:

    Engine Oil - A slippery subject Part 2

    Steve, Host
  • In order to change wider tire do I have to change the wheels too.Right now the size is 245/65 17...and i want to change it in 265/40 17. Can anyone help me with this...
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