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Nissan Pathfinder



  • mattman055mattman055 Posts: 57
    Okay, some notes from my drive home today.

    The wheel seemed really TIGHT! I'm not a small guy, 6'2, 190 Lbs. But it sure did seem tight, took lots of force to move, and that’s without applying the brakes.

    When i apply the brakes it gets even tighter. Something must be wrong because i could tell that if an emergency came up and i had to jam on the brakes *and* swerve out of the way it wouldn’t happen.

    What can be wrong?
  • pathy58pathy58 Posts: 15
    Sounds like there may be more than one problem. The advice to ask dealer to drive another unit off his lot is very good advice. I have the 2001 LE loaded and with about 46,000 miles now it still drives like new. My only complaint is the gas mileage. I just wish it would get better mileage. If Nissan would give us a higher gear for highway non towing we could get 20+ MPG.

    Good Luck and stick with the complaining, your vehicle is not normal. I guess there has to be one lemon in a million and sounds like you got it. Don't give up.
  • samalarkysamalarky Posts: 4
    I have two things occuring with my 95 Pathfinder XE that concern me. First off, when my AC is on it makes a little squeaking noise, which I am told is probably the fan. However, when I make sharper turns, I hear a rumbling and fluid leaks into the vehicle on the passenger side floorboard. The higher up the AC is, the more dripping there is. It is also acompanied bya grumbling. whooshing noise with an even louder squeak. The internal dripping really concerns me. Anybody else have this in an older Pathfiner. It has just under 82K on it.

    Secondly, there is a curious noise when I depress the brake, but it only happens when the vehicle is in park. When I press down on the brake in park I hear a little, yet distinct click that appears to be coming from where the shifter is (it's an automatic 2WD). The brakes operate fine and sound fine in drive or reverse. I was wondering if anyone else has ever heard this click.
  • dmahdmah Posts: 6
    I have a 2001 SE no problems until this morning with the headlights. Daytime running lights not working, high beam only on one side, low beams are fine.

    Any ideas? Once I get back home, I'll rip out the bulbs and check them - just wondering if anybody has any ideas. BTW - they are PIAA's, been fine for over 2 years.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    The fluid leaking into the cabin could be the result of a leak in the heater core or somewhere in the heat xchanger for the climate control. What color is

    The clicking sound is very likely the shift/brake interlock and is completely normal. It is designed to ensure you can't shift into Reverse or Drive from Park until you have put your foot on the brake.
  • dmahdmah Posts: 6
    I have a 2001 SE no problems until this morning with the headlights. Daytime running lights not working, high beam only on one side, low beams are fine.

    Any ideas? Once I get back home, I'll rip out the bulbs and check them - just wondering if anybody has any ideas. BTW - they are PIAA's, been fine for over 2 years.
  • samalarkysamalarky Posts: 4
    The fluid leaking into the cabin is clear and has no odor. I assumed it was water like that which drips from the bottom of a vehicle when the AC is used.

    So it is normal for the clicking to start out of nowhere? It didn't used to click. Then all of a sudden when I brake in order to shift into drive (from a parked position) I hear a click. You are saying this is fine. Or should I have it checked out?

  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    DRLs? I didn't know the Pathfinder had DRLs. Are you sure you're not looking at the foglights. My QX4 doesn't have DRLs. I thought that was just an American made thing.
  • woodyr1woodyr1 Posts: 142
    Canadian models of the Pathfinder/QX 4 are required to have daytime running lights by our Federal government. I had symptoms like you describe on my Canadian 95 Pathfinder, and it was the module that controlled the running lamps. Mine was mounted behind the battery. Check with the dealer to troubleshoot. You may want to go to

    as US dealers may have no knowledge of the DRL's.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Can't help you on the clear fluid thing...

    I don't know why it would suddenly start to click. Every vehicle I have owned with this safety feature has always clicked audibly from the beginning. Maybe it just started clicking loud enough for you to hear it? Did you recently have some work done to your truck?
  • dmahdmah Posts: 6
    OK - Looks like the bulb went. Based on the operation of the lights, it seems that they are connected in series (I guess they do this to dim them), so if one fails, the other will too - just like the christmas lights.
  • poswaldposwald Posts: 38
    I am thinking of getting a Class III hidden hitch for my 01 Pathfinder LE. I have looked around but could not find anything that looks like there is some prewiring for the trailer connections underneath near the spare tire connection. I went to the Nissan dealer and saw 2 new PF's that had hitches that they put on by the dealer. Both of them they cut into the rear turn signal wires and spliced them for the trailer electrical connections? Can this be the only way this must be
    done or is there already some prewiring for a trailer? Many people I talk to at work have other late model SUV's that are already prewired
    for trailers/Rv's. Ii'm hoping so does the Nissan. I see that you can buy T connectors for this function from vendors like Drawtite and
    others . Where do they plug into?

    Thanks for the help.
  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    The clicking is definitely normal. All of my Nissans have done it.

    The clear liquid is condensation from the AC. It should drain out somewhere, but the drain is plugged. I'm sorry I don't have any better details for you.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Nissan has two ways of wiring the '01 because of changes in rear access holes under neath. Nissans wire harness connects the wires in the tail lights they do not "splice" the wires. I went with Nissan hitch and wire harness. Some complained that the hitch rattled on the exhaust,ect with other hitches.
  • jflashjflash Posts: 45
    Poswald, installing a class III hitch and wiring on your '01 is a pretty simple process. I found a wiring harness frpm a dealer on eBay for about $25. Installation took me about 20 minutes and was a plug-in deal, using a screwdriver and requiring no wire cutting or splicing. I just loosened the rear interior side panels to run the wiring harness and removed both tail lights to access the connectors. I found a great tube hitch on eBay from for $75. Nice quality, installed in about 30 minutes with hand tools, and no problems with fit or rattles. I installed the entire setup in under an hour at a total cost of about $125, shipping included. Beats the heck out of paying the dealer $400!
    jack <><
  • Does anyone have information on a recent Technical Service Bulletin regarding the Pathfinder's paint? I am having problems with "rail dust" and other contaminants on my rocker panels, doors, and rear hatch (2001 Sierra Silver). These particles (likely brake dust) eventually turn orange and assume a rust-like color. There is apparently a TSB (#01-087A) that addresses how to remove the particles. Any insights or information would be greatly appreciated.

  • JFlash, did the receiver you bought require any drilling on the frame?

    [btw, when you install a receiver (I previously installed one on my '90 PF), make sure you don't let it slide around on the garage floor when you're installing it -- it scratches the receiver, leading to rust.]
  • jflashjflash Posts: 45
    The hitch I purchased (see my post above) bolted right on, no drilling required. It was powder coated instead of painted, but your suggestion to watch for scuff marks was a good one. I try to touch up any scratches ASAP so as to avoid rust.
    jack <><
  • I wanted to know which Mobil 1 Oil Filter would fit a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder SE
  • w62w62 Posts: 27
    I am interested in leasing a 02 PF. I never leased a car before. I'd very appreciate it if you could provide me some information(price, term) I live in Seattle area.

    Thank you very much
  • whothemanwhotheman Posts: 169
    Waiting for a good-looking replacement. New 4Runner is bad-[non-permissible content removed]! The Pathfinder is QUICKLY becoming irrelevant!
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    You are the only one that I have read that likes the way it looks? You like those GM-like plastic fender flares and the punny RAV4 looking front grill. If I was going to buy a 4Runner (and I almost did but went for the QX4 instead in January) I would get the 2002 model since they may offer some good deals on them. I sure would not own one of those 2003's though.
  • path63path63 Posts: 8
    I currently own a 2001 Pathfinder LE and thinking about purchasing Nissan's Security Plus gold plan.

    Has anyone purchased this or any other extended warranty from Nissan? If so, what has been your experience??
  • nissangirlnissangirl Posts: 186
    Test drove a 02 4Runner Sport, then immediately test drove a 02 Path LE.....No Comparison! Take the Path!!
  • nissangirlnissangirl Posts: 186
    I wouldn't do it...they are pricey and as reliable as the Path is, you will probably never need it. Put that money in a savings account and let it earn interest until you need it.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    Don't worry...this is the last year for the "sled" as we know it. Soon it will be larger,about the size of an Yukon and have an V-8.
  • I would be happy with somthing more in the MDX size range.
  • w62w62 Posts: 27
    Hi everybody,
    I didn't get any response from my posting. I will try it again. I want to lease or buy a 02 Pathfinder. I'd appreciate any information. I hope
    I can get some ideas of what deals you've got before I go to Nissan dealers.

    Thanks very much
  • jk1169jk1169 Posts: 1
    My '94 XE won't start if the ignition has been off for 10-60 minutes after being driven for more than 30 minutes straight in 85+ degree weather. No mechanic can find the problem and I've been given hundreds of best-guesses. Has anyone had this or a similar problem?
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