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Nissan Pathfinder



  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    I've see some of these SUV's and Vans with independent suspensions all loaded up with the rear wheels at what seems like 10-15 degree angles - that can't be good for tire ... ???
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    but I like it that way. If you want one that looks and rides like a car, an RX300 or Highlander are good ones.
  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    Compare my '99.5 4x4 Pathy to my in-laws' '02 Jeep Grand Cherokee and it has a smoother ride. Compare it to my parents' '98 Expedition or friend's '99 Explorer and it has a better ride. Compare it to my wife's '98 Honda Accord and it rides like a truck with a solid rear axle.
  • Has anyone come a cross braking problems on the above model. At low speed the ABS comes on and the brake pedal pulsates. The car does not stop.
    Brakes are spongy. Nissan refuses to bleed brakes. Vehicle was involved in car accident. My hubby thought I was lying until he got a phone call from an insurance company to say that they had a customer that had the same problem with her car and Nissan fobbed it off and told the assessor he was kidding himself just like they did to me. This other vehicle is also a 2001 Pathfinder. Has this happened to anyone else or does anyone know anything about it.
  • dlo1027dlo1027 Posts: 1
    I don't see how an air filter can increase gas mileage at all. More air flow may give you a little bit of hp but with more air also goes more gas at a ratio of about 14 to 1. Maybe slightly less vacuum at the intake might affect something.
  • Sometimes when opening the front driver's door on my 02 PF it takes a lot of force to open. Does anyone else have this, and if so what do I do?

    Also, the rear doors are a [non-permissible content removed] to close, you have to 'slam' it to get it to propery close.
  • nissangirlnissangirl Posts: 186
    Does anyone know where the best place to go to purchase this and other items such as the back light gaurds, side molding, etc.??
  • I just spent six weeks in researching my purchase of an 02 Pathfinder. I found the discussion here to be very interesting, helpful and entertaining. Although my final purchase was made very carefully, I came to the final determination that there is not a perfect vehicle out there. If there was, the whole world would own it. Subsequently and subjectively, we all have our preferences and likes and dislikes related to finding transportation that meets our own individual needs. Isn't it wonderful that we have a choice and that there are so many choices?

    Without going on and on about the many reasons I had for finally purchasing a Path, let me say that it is my belief through all of my research that this vehicle will not only meet my personal needs, but it will last a long time and will require less maintenance than most other SUV's in its category.

    I leased a 97 Pathfinder XE for three years. Before this particular pathfinder was leased, I had done a lot of research which lead me to the truck in the first place. It was for other reasons I ended up for two years in a Ford Expedition on a short term lease (but a long story). Anyway, this go around, I found myself back again to a Pathfinder, not for a lease this time, but for a purchase. I think that says a lot in itself. I've owned a Toyota SR5 (pre Tacoma) pickup, a Ford Tempo, two Dodge Caravans (for the family), but my personal preference is the Pathfinder. My experience before, and my expectations now, are all very positive as related to the Pathfinder.

    I just thought I would throw in my two bits. There are some of folks who are having a few problems with their Pathfinders and there are a multitude of Pathfinder owners who quietly "enjoy the ride" and never complain or even comment. They just quietly turn over the miles (almost always well over 100k and often over 200k).

    Thanks very much to those of you who have posted interesting, informative and thought provoking comments here. They have been very helpful for me. I'll keep reading what you have to say and I'll comment where appropriate. In the mean time, I'm going to make my "Path" a fun one…to all of those places I need to go.

    And, I'll keep going and going and going.
  • dcavicdcavic Posts: 9
    Just purchased side window reflectors from Nissan on the internet. Thought they would install in the window channels but discovered upon arrival that they are glued on with tape. Anyone have experience with these type reflectors?. Will they damage the paint if removed in the future? Are they really secure?
  • Assuming that you're talking about the window ventshades that deflect wind from the edges of the windows...yes, they are very secure, assuming they're properly installed. I have them on my Tacoma and they'll break before they'll come off. I don't know if they would damage the paint, but you probably won't take them off. If you do, the glue will most likely come off cleanly with mineral spirits.
  • jefepro2jefepro2 Posts: 16
    I am curious as to why the Pathfinder was rated for a 5000 tow limit. Here is why...
    The Nissan Pathfinder 4x4 has (which I am sure your aware)
    Horsepower @ RPM
    240 @ 6000
    Torque @ RPM
    265 @ 3200
    Towing Capacity (max) 5000 lbs.
    Curb Weight (Automatic Transmission) 4304
    The GMC Envoy 4x4
    Horsepower @ RPM
    275 @ 5800
    Torque @ RPM
    275 @ 3800
    Towing Capacity (max) 6200 lbs.
    Curb Weight (Automatic Transmission)4616 lbs.

    So, does 10 pounds of Torque plus 35 horsepower = 1200 more pounds of max towing capacity??

    Also, do you think a Pathfinder would be able to tow a 3200 lb. boat with a 1300 lb. double axle trailer using disc brakes fairly well, or am I pushing it? I am leaning to the Pathfinder, however, I am planning on trailering this boat alot (which is why I am getting an SUV in the first place)


  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Although the new PF has more HP and Torque (new powertrain in general), it is essentially the same chassis and suspension. I believe it is these items that are limiting the towing capability of the PF...but dang...the new engine can sure haul that 5000 lbs easy!
  • Dodge Viper
    3442 curb weight

    Must be able to tow 15,000
  • isguyisguy Posts: 13
    I am one of those Finder owners that "quietly enjoys the ride" I have an 02 LE and it has been perfect since day one! I have 21,000 new miles on it - almost entirely highway, but I have towed my boat 3 or 4 times. Boat and trailer weigh 4800 lbs combined. Never had a problem.
  • Nissan's V6 has been the only engine in the world to make the "Ward's Top Ten" engine list all 7 years it's been picking the top world engines....

    Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
    3.5L DOHC V-6
    Engine type: 3.5L 60° DOHC V-6
    Displacement (cc): 3,498
    Block/head material: aluminum/aluminum
    Bore × stroke: 95.5 mm × 81.4 mm
    Horsepower (SAE net): 240 @ 5,800 rpm
    Torque: 246 lb.-ft. (334 Nm) @ 4,400 rpm
    Specific output: 69 hp/L
    Compression ratio: 9.5:1
    Application tested: Altima 3.5SE

    The bad news: We have to say “so long” to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.'s spectacular 3L “VQ” DOHC V-6, retiring from Best Engines competition after seven consecutive wins only because, (paradoxically to us,) Nissan is discontinuing in most world markets the 3L variant of the ground-breaking modular VQ engine family.

    The good news: the larger 3.5L VQ we now get to replace the 3L simply is more of a good thing. Chocolate fudge smothering chocolate ice cream, if you will.

    The outgoing 3L VQ checked out producing a maximum of 227 hp. The new 3.5L V-6, as tested in the 2002 Altima, makes 240 hp. In the Maxima, the engine's tuned for 260 horses, and next year we'll see it develop even more juice when it shows up for duty in the reincarnated Nissan 350Z sports coupe.

    Sharp readers will know that we first tested the 3.5L VQ V-6 last year in its inaugural application, the Pathfinder SUV. To save time, we'll summate by saying that the aging Pathfinder was not the ideal showcase for the engine.

    That's changed, of course, proving our assertion that a Best Engines award often comes down to an auto maker's acuteness in matching the right engine with the right vehicle (and, sometimes, the right transmission, too). In the new Altima chassis, the 3.5L VQ is downright invigorating: there's momentous thrust in every gear, right through to the redline — thanks, Nissan, for the available 5-speed manual, by the way — and this engine feels stronger that its 240-hp rating. For the new engine, though, it's at least partially explained by the healthy 246 lb.-ft. (334 Nm) that comes from the extra half-liter.

    The 3.5L VQ V-6 is a rare treat: delightfully flexible, but backed up by the muscle of bona fide torque. And it's not all attributable simply to extra displacement. The 3.5L VQ V-6 offers some serious upgrades: an excellent infinitely variable valve timing system, a first to the VQ family and, Nissan's engineers claim, the world's first variable valve timing to use electromagnetic control of camshaft phasing.

    Finally, we're impressed and relieved that the VQ family's competitor-crushing NVH and refinement haven't been compromised. A new “silent” camshaft chain drive and strategic block stiffening pitch in to ensure levels of refinement that continue to be the envy of engine designers worldwide. After building the world's best V-6 engine for the last seven years, Nissan engineers haven't relaxed — their new 3.5L VQ V-6 again rewrites the definition for “world-class.”
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621 determined by other factors besides engine power. Factors such as transmission load, chassis weight, and braking capacity are also taken into account.

    The higher rating of the Envoy vs the Pathfinder could be a combination of all these factors.

    Nonetheless, the Pathfinder can 'officially' tow 5000 lbs, but be prepared for the rear end to sag somewhat under this condition, especially with a heavy tongue weight.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Let's refrain from quoting substantial excerpts of copyrighted material. It gives our lawyers heartburn and I am sure it doesn't make the copyright holder particularly happy either.


    SUVs; Aftermarket & Accessories
  • dcavicdcavic Posts: 9
    Thanks for the info, and I meant deflectors not reflectors. I got to stay away from early morning posts.
  • texamau1texamau1 Posts: 42
    Just got my 02 PF se last week ($200 below invoice & 0.9% for 36 months)! I was very pleased with the ride. This is my first SUV with a manual 4 wheel drives transfer case, my question is what's the fastest speed that I can go in 4H? the manual said the max speed is 50mph, (and you can shift between 2H & 4H on the fly.) Has anyone ever go faster than 50mph in 4H? The reason I asked is that I wanted to have 4 wheels traction in the rain, it seem like 50mph is a bit slow on a 65mph road. My brother have a 02 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it had a fulltime 4H and it can cruise @ 75mph with no problem.
  • scantyscanty Posts: 171
    I'm currently looking for a 1999.5 SE 4x4. Dealers seem to be in the $17,000 - $18,000 range. I'm looking for some info from those of you that have leased or traded in your 1999.5's. What was the residual price from your lease or how much have you been offered for trade-in? Thanks for your help...
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Do not use 4H while driving on pavement in the rain.
    Wet pavement is not slippery enough to prevent drivetrain binding while the transfer case is locked. 4H should only be used off pavement or in snow, and it's unlikely you'll be driving much faster than 50mph on dirt, so that's the main reason why Nissan says "50 mph" even though mechanically it will operate above that.

    2WD traction in the rain is sufficient, provided you don't try to drive like a Formula1 racer. ;)

    Only full-time 4wheel drive systems (like the one on the LE model) are designed to function well in all weather and terrain conditions (except for extreme weather, like floods, hurricanes, mudslides, etc. of course).
  • poswaldposwald Posts: 38
    I assume you have surge brakes on the trailer. If so on one or 2 axles? Did you do anything to beef up the rear suspension (air bags etc)? Also did you put in an "additional" transmission cooler and/or switch to synthetics in tranny. I'm sure pulling is no problem...but how about stopping? Please more info!! I am thinking of towing the same as you (3200 lb boat + dual axle trailer with some gas and gear approx 4500 lbs total) but have been very worried about being able to do so. I have an 01 240 hp auto PF LE 4x4 with a class III hitch. I would only have to tow about 10-20 miles on mostly flat highways or major roads. I have been advised by several others not to go above 85% of the 5000 lb rating mostly because of ability to stop, rear end sag and extra load on tranny. It sounds like from your experiences I should be able to do this...right?
  • dupersc1dupersc1 Posts: 11
    For those that are afraid carrying heavy load or towing can sag the rear, you can give these a try.


    More info can be found at


  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Hey, folks...looking for a source for replacing my left rear seat shoulder/lap belt. My dog chewed almost completely through it. I've looked around a bit and found nothing. Any ideas other than getting it directly from my Nissan dealer?

    2001 PF LE
  • isguyisguy Posts: 13
    My boat weighs 2900 lbs, and I tow it with a single axle trailer with surge brakes. When on the highway I towed at @ 65 with O/D engaged, on back roads I turned off O/D. To be honest with you, I can't remember if the trailer weighs 900 lbs or 1800 lbs (it's one or the other). Looking at your values, it probably only weighs 900 lbs, which would put the total at 3800.

    In any case, I have done nothing to beef up the rear end, nor have I done anything to cool the tranny. The tongue weight must not be too bad, because I notice very little sag.

    Braking has not been a problem since the surge brakes have worked well.

    My typical tow lasts @ 2 1/2 hours, with @ 80% highway.

    Good luck!
  • If texamau needs 4wd at 75 mph he better invest in some of those z rated snow tires.
  • texamau1texamau1 Posts: 42
    Thanks xplorx4, for the info ... on 4H !!
  • w62w62 Posts: 27
    Hi all,
    I drove my new 02 PF for about 900 feet with parking brake on a few days ago. I was in a hurry and forgot to release it. Could you let me know how much damage it may have done on the brake and other systems of my PF? I seem to feel the brake is not as sensitive as before. I am just not sure.
    After driving for 700 miles, I noticed that the engine of my PF tends to make a sort of rumbling noise when accelerating. This engine sound is particularly louder when climbing hills. The engine sounds like it’s working hard when this happens. I feel the gas pedal gets tighter too when this happens. It makes the little rumbling noise when I first start driving, but after a while it gets quiet. Is it normal for a PF to do that during breaking period? Do SUVs just run like this not as sedans.

    Any information and comments are greatly appreciated
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721

    You'll be fine for short trips. I'm sure your boat trailer has surge brakes (atleast I hope so). I work for a marina and have towed up to 23' boats with my 01 LE to and from different boat shows. The 3.5 6 really has decent pulling power and the transmission never seems stressed even while towing around 5,000lbs. Generally boats have low tongue weights compared to most other trailers. Usually no more than 5-8% of total weight. What really keeps the pathfinder from towing heavier weight is the relatively short wheel base. It becomes very noticable when towing loads near the tow rating. If sway becomes a problem you can always add anti-sway devices.

    Good luck
  • bigorange30bigorange30 Posts: 1,091
    I had been told that I should run in 4H on wet pavement because you just need to run the 4X4 parts occasionally to keep them lubricated. The old saying "if you don't use it, you will lose it" was told to me. Its not a question of needing it as I don't. I just want to keep it in working order. Where can I get the authoritative answer on this?
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