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Nissan Pathfinder



  • loboyloboy Posts: 75
    If what jimxo describes is true, what's going to happen to the Xterra? Or is Nissan going with the ways of Toyota, with 5 SUVs, one to cover every demographic who wants a SUV or maybe just the image of a SUV. I guess if the need is there..."build it and they will come."
  • rcagateprcagatep Posts: 3
    Just bought my 2001 LE pathfinder. love the vehicle but after 1000 miles I am hearing squealing noise from the steering wheel when I move to left and right . I don't think it a problem but will take anyway to the dealer. Also, I'm six feet tall, My hair is touching the head liner and it is very aggravating. I've tried to lower the seats as low possible. I feel sorry for those buyers that are more than 6 foot. This is just FYI.
  • omega11omega11 Posts: 36

    Does anyone recall what the residual value of an automatic PA is in Canada? I saw it on the nissan Canada site a while back, but it is no longer posted.

  • omega11omega11 Posts: 36
    I forgot to mention that it is a PF SE.

  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    jeckles:do you or any one you know have a dial indicator that you can install on the drive line and check any runout yourself? The service manual shows a maximum runout of .024 " and to measure the shaft in several places. It also said if runout is over the .024" to rotate 180 deg and if no improvement replace the shaft. The vibration should be at med to high speed and should not be porpotional to engine rpm. My PF has a very slight vibration at 22 mph and very smooth at
    all other speeds up to 75 mph. Me...
  • omega11omega11 Posts: 36
    I forgot to mention that it is a PF SE.

  • dmahdmah Posts: 6
    I was reading this TSB - Can anybody explain to me "flares" in this case, I think that I may have it, but I can't describe it.

    Service Bulletin Number: NTB00084
    Bulletin Sequence Number: 187
    Date of Bulletin: 0010
    NHTSA Item Number: SB618803
    Make: NISSAN
    Year: 2001
  • omega11omega11 Posts: 36
    I forgot to mention that it is a PF SE.

  • tonverangatonveranga Posts: 29
    i think i have the same problem too. It's like the transmission hesitates or jerks from 1st to 2nd gear and mildly from 2nd to 3rd. I think that the computer controls the gear shifting based on the RPM. Where can I find the TSB by the way?
  • nismofreaknismofreak Posts: 120
    Please let us know what the dealer tells you. I have the same issues as well. I just want to know what to grease to quell the noise.
  • mansdmansd Posts: 7
    Does anyone have the detailed information by lofquist abou purchasing the Pathfinder from Canada? I would appreciate it if you can email it to me.
  • hattrick16hattrick16 Posts: 16

    I was wondering if anyone had trouble registering their Canadian PF. I live in MA and I have not even taken delivery of the truck yet, but I am trying to figure out how to do this with as little trouble as possible.

    MA says that the NVIS. is not valid and I need a Certificate of Origin, (there is no such thing in Canada) or a bill of sale and proof of prior registration. I am getting a temporary trip permit from Ontario, but I am not sure they will accept that as registration.

    Has anyone else had to deal with this situation when registering a Canadian PF?
    Here is what the Registry of Motor vehicles requests to complete a MA registration:

    New Vehicles From Canada
    Customers must have ALL of the following:
    1."Unplated Registration" form (NOTE: a "New Vehicle Information Statement"
    is NOT acceptable)
    2.U.S. Customs Entry Document
    3.Bill(s) of sale providing a complete chain of transfers and ownerships

    Any help you can offer is appreciated!
    The countdown is on....8 days until I pick up my 2001 PF SE!
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    My understanding is that a "flare" is when the tranny hesitates before engaging the next gear. This causes the revs to temporarily jump as the engine is unloaded before the next gear is engaged...hence the "flare". I used to experience it occasionally on my 92 Jeep Cherokee Ltd. I've never felt it on either my 99.5 or 2001 PF LE.
  • ballfire8888ballfire8888 Posts: 131
    I own a 2001 PF SE AWD and love it. My buddy did his due diligence and purchased a HL! Before I made my purchase, I did try the HL but felt it was too much like a minivan. Anyone else here have any comments?

  • bimmer4mebimmer4me Posts: 266
    I also test drove the Highlander and was impressed with the car like handling. But it looks like the last generation Honda Odyssey to me with a dose of the minivan gene. I went with the Pathfinder LE because it looks like what in my opinion a SUV should look like. I only wish I could get the gas milage the HL does, but I have no regrets. In comparison to my 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the PF is superior in quality and reliability!
  • mansdmansd Posts: 7
    Some of the dealers I have contacted do know of the unplated registration document required for the Pathfinder. Have you bought your vehicle already?
    How did you finance your vehicle? When I speak to the banks they say that they require a statement of purchase before closure. When I tell them that it will be in Canadian dollars then they say that they cannot do it.
    You can contact me at my email.
  • hattrick16hattrick16 Posts: 16
    It was such a pain in the butt to find out what the heck an "unplated registration" is...but after e-mailing the RMV here in MA like 5 times and talking to them on the phone for 1/2 hour today I have finally found out. When you pick up the truck the dealer they give you what is called in ontario a "trip permit" this lets you drive your truck home w/o getting ontario plates. It is a decal that goes on your windshield. This is what turned out to be the unplated registration. To get the trip permit you have to fax a letter stating that you are insured and a copy of your license to the dealer. My dealer is getting the permit for me for $20 cdn.

    I am picking up my 2001 PF SE on friday from 401-Dixie Nissan in Toronto. I got financed through a credit union. When you make a deal with the dealer, he/she will fax you a "purchase agreement" yes the funds are in canadian, but it was ok with our credit union. Our situation is a little different because the loan officer at the credit union is a friend. He is going to wire the money to our bank account and then we will change it over to Canadian Dollars. If you have any other questions let me know.
  • shark715shark715 Posts: 382
    The maintenance schedule for my '01 PF mentions greasing the propeller shaft. I have a 4X4 model, and I see a grease fitting on the front shaft a couple of inches from the U joint next to the transfer case, but I don't see any grease fittings on the rear shaft. Is there just one lubrication point on the front shaft and none of the rear shaft? How will I know when I have injected enough grease? Thanks in advance for your help.
  • mansdmansd Posts: 7
    Actually, I would like to have as much information as possible on obtaining this car from Canada. Any advice would be valuable as I plan to purchase this within the next 2 weeks. By the way whom did you plan to buy this from? Can you email me the info -
  • ddssjsk9ddssjsk9 Posts: 36
    At 17,000 Mi. My Toyo tires are cupping and noisy.
    Have had 3 alignments and 4 roate & balance.
    Can't get anywhere with dealer. Anyone else had
    a problem with Toyo Tires.
    2001 LE 4x4.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    The servive manual only show one lube nipple on the slip joint. I haven't lubed
    it yet so I can only say it's a judgement call. Dought if it could be lubed to much.
    The excess should flow out some where,probably in the middle of the drive way!
  • zenforgezenforge Posts: 4
    Looking to buy an LE, and I like what I've seen re PF's except for (a) headroom, (b) rear seat, (c) max payload. Checking (a) and (b) during a test drive, but concerning (c): I've heard that the PF (with the opts I want) has a max payload of something like 960lbs.

    Most of the time, I'll just commute, but if I'm taking my 3 buddies and backpacks, or some buddies and towing a sailboat, that max payload sure seems pretty low. My friends and I aren't overweight, but were pretty healthy and pretty tall. Should I be worried about this? Other SUV's seem to have at least a couple hundred lbs more rating...

    Thanks for any advice or personal experiences...
  • Hello everyone!
    I have owned my new PF LE 4x4 for a week now and couldn't be happier. I got the crimson blaze red with leather interior. The first red vehicle I have ever owned. Just wanted to say that all the information about the pathfinder on this discussion board was real helpful to me in the buying process. I was also looking at the new 2002 Chevy Trailblazer but I believe I made the right decision based on everything I have read on both vehicles. Anyway, I will stay posted on how my new PF is doing in the weeks and months ahead.
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    OK Guys,
    I asked this question on the Expedition board, but have had no takers. I am planning to use a hard shell rooftop cargo carrier this week on my other Car (2000 Expy EB 5.4L 4wd). Needless to say the gas mileage numbers already make my PF look like a hybrid. Anyway, is there any agreement on where to place the carrier to reduce noise and salvage gas mileage? Should I place it more to the front or to the back?
  • kevinmackevinmac Posts: 5
    Does anyone know how to access the National Rebates list for the PF? I can only access the regional list. Did they move or delete it?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I thought we were bringing the "national" list back, but I haven't heard anything about it lately. Edmunds is doing all the incentive info "in-house" now so that may be one reason that feature hasn't made it back up.

    Car_man over in Smart Shopper is a great rebate and incentive resource. If you have a specific "national" question, you may want to visit the Rebates and Dealer Incentives discussion.

    Vans, SUVs and Aftermarket & Accessories Message Boards

  • zenforgezenforge Posts: 4
    I heard a "through a friend" rumour about the engine mounts for their PF (not sure which year) breaking during off-road travel. I suspect the friend of the friend did something horrible, but wanted to glean info from other owners. Anyone out there heard of engine-mount issues, or experienced?

    Getting close to plunking down that money for a new PF!
  • Got shot down on request for refund on US Customs duty charged on Canada taxes. Most other buyers have escaped this but I got nailed for 2.5% on entire purchase, including natuonal and province sales taxes. FYI Customs also used exchange rate as of day I entered US, not sale date. Appealed to my US congressman who went to bat (he says) with DC Customs. Guess what, they're right, I'm wrong. You would have to be a lawyer to appreciate their reasoning that these taxes are refunded and are, therefore, rebates and fully taxable.
  • yrideyride Posts: 21
    I'm heading to Vancouver Thursday to buy an '01 SE. What's the best way to move my funds there? I'm considering taking a bank draft in US dollars payable to myself for the estimated purchase price. I'll then use a Canadian bank or exchange house to issue a draft in CAN dollars after I've met with the dealer and inspected the vehicle. This gives me the flexibility to use a secondary dealer if anything goes wrong AND hopefully get a better exchange rate. Does anyone know where to go for the best exchange rates in Vancouver? PS - Thanks for all the great tips on buying in CN. I'm looking forward to the adventure.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Someone had to # 3000
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