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Nissan Pathfinder



  • tonychrystonychrys Posts: 1,310
    To All: If you have to ask if you got a good price (after the fact), it really means you didn't do your homework before you bought. As David pointed, might as well relax and enjoy the ride now!

    I still can't figure out why they stopped (that's right, stopped) using a power antenna on the USA PF (especially the LE). I loved that feature on my '97 PF SE w/BOSE.
  • Hi all,

    Can anyone with the navigation system tell me what model Clarion CD changer is mounted in the back? I'm trying to buy additional magazines for my 4100 mile road trip! Many thanks!!!

    Captain Ron (4 more days!)
  • danogdanog Posts: 318
    Thanks for your reply. You are correct about the 10mm bolts. I purchased a new set and will try to match one up with a tap and/or die to make sure I have the correct one. The shop I called will check for me and I should know in the morning. Now I know why they charge $115 bucks to handle this for owners. It is a pain to do things yourself but you can't be mad if you mess it up!!
    Again, thanks for taking the time to look it up.
  • winnyvwinnyv Posts: 30
    Am I missing something??? I just remove one bolt to drain my oil.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    You're missing the fact that an oil change involves changing the oil filter, which is behind a protective "skid plate". This carbon-fiber skid plate/splash guard must be removed to access the oil filter. There are at least 8 10mm bolts that must be removed to take off the guard.

    I think the issue is that some of the bolt holes have been stripped or cross-threaded, and must be re-tapped...
  • Today was my first experince drive my new PF in 4-wheel drive. The truck was great in the snow, but when I went to turn of the vehicle it jumped forward? Is that normal? I tried it numerous times and it did it everytime. It only happens when I am in Auto for 4Wheel HI...If anybody has any feedback on this I would appreciate it.

  • gtatlgtatl Posts: 1
    I'm looking at used Pathfinders, and found a '97 LE 2wd, 70k for $14000. This sounds like a decent deal to me, but I'll be moving to Colorado in a few months and I'm wondering how effective the 2wd will be in snow. I'm not planning on doing much off-roading, but I'd like to be able to get around safely in snowy weather. Will the 2wd work well enough or should I look for a 4wd, with/without the lim. slip differential?

    Also, are there any major problem areas with this model that I should check-out before I buy?

    Thanks for the advice.

  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    danog: The 10mm bolts are 6mm x 1.0 (fine tread) 8mmx1.25 would be the next size. Drill and tap the damaged hole. Sears makes a small metric tap set . Always good to have around these days when everything is going metric. Bolts should be easy to find at any hardwear store. The numbers on the head = class of bolt a class of 8.8 will work very well. Steve
  • What is up with the new Pathfinders? I would expect better fuel economy from Nissan, but I guess they no longer market their vehicles with fuel economy in mind.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    mrobinson3: What fuel milage are you getting. We should get
    alittle better during the summer depends what part of the country
    you live. I think most are getting between 15 and 21 mpg.
  • Hello all.

    Been lurking on this board for some time now. I find the discussions concerning PF maintenance and servicing terrific. Learning a lot.

    I own a '97 QX4. Have had it for about 3 weeks now and wanted to know more about servicing issues, however the Infiniti board only seems to talk about vehicle pricing and dealer negoications. When I post a service related question there is no response. I not complaining, its just outside of the discussion topics that the Infiniti board seems to have an interest in. So I hope everyone doesn't feel I'm intruding in on your PF board. It's just more interesting here!

    I response to npathfinder, the slight lurch you are experiencing when shutting off the engine while in Auto or 4WD is "normal". According to my Nissan/Infiniti dealer anyway. I had the same experience and inquired, with reassurances that all is well. However, I have yet to hear a reasonable explanation as to why this happens. Perhaps someone else here knows?
  • qx4qx4 Posts: 99
    about the fuel consumption
    the prev. pathfinders had gas milage as its not just the new pathfinders.

    but now you get way more power and torque out of it for the same amount of consumption (nissan claims at least). and i think its about right.

    i read somewhere that the Jeep GC V8 has the gas consumption as the pathies. but the VQ (in pathfinders and QX4s) is one of the best engines you can buy. so its sort of worth it.
  • qx4qx4 Posts: 99
    first sentence in last message should read

    about the fuel consumption
    the prev. pathfinders had BAD gas milage as its not just the new pathfinders.
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  • danogdanog Posts: 318
    Thanks for the information. I thought it was either a 6mm or an 8mm. What I was going to attempt to do was simply clean up the thread pattern and us new 6mm bolts. I am not sure if I will need to go up in size and hope I don't. Since the thread on the bolts themselves were pretty bad I am hoping the threads in the holes are OK.
  • markinctmarkinct Posts: 11
    Hi all:

    I am a new buyer starting to look for a 4WD for winters in New England. I HAVE STICKER SHOCK at the prices of medium sized SUVs. All I am looking for is something good in winter weather in Connecticut, something that has good cargo space (do not need a lot ... just enough to move the occasional piece of furniture, etc).

    TheHyundai Santa Fe seems like a terrific deal and has a terrific warranty. Looked at a 97 QX4 w/35000 miles on it for the same price as a top of line Hyundai w/ leather,heated seats, etc.

    I am really torn here .... did any posters here compare the Nissan PF to the Santa Fe? How cheap can you get a PF ... I guess I would be willing to pay $2K more for it ... but not $10K vs. the Santa Fe.

    What's a reasonable deal for two PF (my twin brother will be buying one concurrently). No trade-ins. Clean deal.

    Thanks all....Now I am off to shovel!
  • pathstarpathstar Posts: 201
    I've posted on this before. Mine has done this from day one, in any mode. Try this: put the vehicle in drive or reverse and move it say 10 ft., apply parking brake, put vehicle in park. Let it idle, and about 5-10 secs. later the vehicle will "lurch" in the direction of the last gear you were in. Without the parking brake applied it will move about 2-3 cm (an inch or so). At least, this is what mine does! As usual, the dealer just shrugs sholders and says they'll watch for a TSB.

    The undertray is fibreglass. I'm building a skidplate of 1/8" aluminum (I'd prefer thicker but it's what I have), this spring to replace it, held on by the four large bolts that hold the "belt protector" (the one made with tubing and designed to crimple in a collision - see the scores on the flattened ends). Then I'll only have four bolts to remove to get at the filter.
  • johnskevjohnskev Posts: 98
    what i recall from previous posts as an explanation of the lurching: the 4wd is disengaging. i don't know the specifics of it though.

  • Hello Gang,

    Would like to know if anyone out there has experienced a "roaring" noise from their side window(s) at highway (above 70mph) speeds? My 01 pathfinder has been producing this noise from day 1 of ownership. It is only a problem with the drivers side window. The noise can be stopped by applying significant pressure with hand or elbow to the window.

    My dealership has informed me that a search they performed on the service bulletin data base turned up a similar problem with a fix being new weatherstripping that is on backorder. Anybody out there shariing a simialr experience and if so was it fixed?, with new weatherstripping?


    p.s. I will be happy to share my documented chronic problems (alignment, dash rattles, side mirrors, etc) experienced in less than a one year of ownership if anyone needs to discuss/vent....Somehow I still like the damn thing, I guess it's all the power.
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    If considering the Santa Fe you should look at last month's Car and Driver. They did an 8-way comparison of all the "small" (their term) SUVs out there including the Santa Fe. I believe it came out mid-pack, but the comments are always more helpful than the overall rating. Note here or email me if you need a copy or want comments from it - mine's at home. Also I'm spending the evening at the Minneapolis Auto Show and will again take at look at it.

    The Pathfinder is considered to be "mid-size". I happen to like the little bit bigger size for hauling stuff (but it's not too big). And especially the 240hp power.

    You asked about price. If you are considering the Path and live in Conn, you should be looking at buying in Canada, probably Toronto. A Path SE with auto trans, AWD, sunroof pkg will run about $25,500. Puts it down much closer to the Santa Fe price. A couple dozen of us have gone to Canada to save. See post #2 above for some info. Email me and I can give you more info and contacts.
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