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Nissan Pathfinder



  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    Larry, just curious, what did the trans shop have to say about your truck?
  • I am considering the purchase of the 2008 Pathfinder but have read numerous posts related to hard transmission shifting at around 40 mph. Some owners expressed concerns with the transmission torque converter , in stating their dealer's had no know fixes.

    Does anyone have more information on this issue ?

  • The drop resulted in the way manufacturers determine horsepower. I asked about this with my uncle at nissan corporate.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    I don't believe that's correct. There has been no changes to the way SAE certifies and measures horsepower ratings for many years. I'm wondering if this has something to do with the class action lawsuit against one of the manufacturers regarding horsepower ratings, and if perhaps certain manufacturers on certain engines have gone to more conservative ratings due to avoid potential litigation. Also, are we sure that something wasn't actually changed on the engine, such as minor changes to the camshaft or engine chip, possibly for reliability purposes or so that the engine creates more low end torque? Was there a simultaneous change in the torque rating, too?
  • I was just wondering if anyone knew of any manufacturers that may good chipsets and engine tuning upgrades for pathfinders. I have a 2001 SE
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    I stand corrected, thanks.
  • Hello. I haven't posted in a while but I'm glad to see this site is still up.

    I have a little problem. When my Pathfinder is running or is shut off, I can really smell gas. There are no leaks. In fact I had one repaired because Nissan stopped
    manufacturing the one line I needed. The smell is on the driver's side of the vehicle. It's like the odor from fuel comsumption is being pushed out somewhere and sometimes into the cabin.

    Thanks for your help guys.

    Tony (
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    I have a 2001 Pathfinder & the recommended cold pressure is 26 psi. I seem to remember in 2002 they raised the recommended pressure... this was around the time of the whole Firestone/Ford Explorer blowouts. Anyway, I'm trying to find the Nissan recommended cold tire pressure found on the placard for 2002-2005 Pathfinders. This should be an easy one. Anyone?
  • hi,

    I need to know if my 2002 SE model Pathfinder is strong enough to haul and get a 19 to 21 foot boat out of the water using the ramp, because I want to put a trailer hitch to my PF but don't know if it has the power to get the job done or will it stay burning tires on the ramp while I have the boat on the water ready to come out. If someone knows please help me. Thanks
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    I have an '01 PF and a similar size boat. Assuming you have an automatic trans, you definitely have ample power. But you also mentioned a concern about traction. That will depend on how slippery and steep the ramp is. If you have 4WD, you can likely handle just about any conditions. If your truck is only 2WD, it will depend on how slippery and steep the ramp is, as well as the condition and tread pattern of your rear tires. You might have a problem if the ramp is extremely slippery. I have 4WD and typical all season tires, and I've never had to use 4WD when retreiving my boat at all. What sort of shape is your ramp in?
  • the ramps were I live in are usually slippery since I have to get the SUV's tires to touch water in order to get the boat, some of them are steep but it should be normal. I guess that if yours could without 4wd, mine should be able to handle it. thanks for the help.
  • hi, i just bought a '97 nissan pathfinder. i love it, the only problem is the swing arm with the spare tire will not unlatch. the guy i bought it from said it would cost $200 at dealership to fix, but he had forgotten exactly what they had said was wrong with it. anybody here have any ideas? has anyone dealt with this before and fixed it themselves?
  • The owners manual for my 1999 Pathfinder SE specifies that I must use high test gasoline (at least 91 octane). Therefore, I have two questions.

    1. Is there a way to retune the engine so that I can use regular gasoline? (Or does someone make a computer replacement that does this?)

    2. Does anyone have information about replacing my gasoline engine with a diesel? (Or is this too difficult/expensive?)

  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    Your engine can safely operate on regular grade fuel without hurting it because your engine knock sensor will cause your engine computer to retard the engine timing. However, your fuel usage per mile will increase, and it pretty much offsets the savings in the fuel price per gallon, besides not allowing the engine to develop its full power potential. Several of us active on this thread tried it years ago and each saw similar results. The cost of replacing your engine with a diesel would be far more than you would ever save on the cost of fuel.
  • stmssstmss Posts: 206
    I am looking at an new 08 Pathfinder (V8). Two things concern me.

    The first is that I have seen some reviews that there is transmission problems at 40 mph or so. Most refer to the the V6. Does anyone know if this problem is resolved or limited to V6 model? I did not notice it on my test drive.

    Second item is handling over potholes. I noticed in the test drive the truck gets out of sorts when the front wheel hits pothole or any other bump in the road. Shakes quite a bit. Is this normal for this model?

    Thanks for your help.
  • I notice that my dash clock is always 2 minutes ahead, no matter how many times I adjust the clock. It's an 03 PF, any one else happen to notice their clocks ? No big deal least I won't be late !!!

    In Quebec, snow tires are now mandatory. Just wondering about the PFs in Quebec 1) Have you used snow tires before the new law and 2) If you bought snow tires for the first time because of the new law, what did you purchase ? I'm wondering just in case Ontario starts getting the same idea !

  • Anyone have any information on where I can find lift kits or 2 inch coil springs for my 2000 nissan pathfinder....? HARD TO FIND!
  • I drive a 98 SE with 265,000 miles. Just trying to keep the thing going till I get back to work. I hit a bad pothole the other day and the ABS light came on. I took it to my local shop, but the mechanic says I have to take it to Nissan- he can't fix it.

    He says I will still have braking, just not ABS braking. Assuming I won't be driving on ice and snow, can I get by without ABS, or will my 'normal' braking be affected? I don't want to drive unsafe, but I don't want to drop $900 now if I can get by.

  • shark715shark715 Posts: 380
    Depending on exactly what the problem is, your mechanic may be correct, but how is that you are assuming the repair will cost $900? Even if it does cost $900, is it worth the risk of an accident and possible injury? Also think of the risk of being sued for negligience if you hurt someone and they find out your ABS system was not working and you ignored it? There's a lot more than $900 at risk.
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