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Nissan Pathfinder



  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    There's only one t-case skid plate that I'm aware of, and it's only meant to fit the lever-selectable t-case, not the all-mode version.

    This is a shot of the t-case with skid plate attached, taken from the passenger side.


    Why do you wish to install the skid plate?

  • I just wanted to add more protection on transfer case, but since i have the all-mode 4WD, i guess i can't bug the skid plate in the picture you showed. thanks anyway.
  • I just got my 02 LE and love it. Thanks to all the posts from the last year. My only question is this: when I turn the ignition off, the pathy lurches forward a bit (an inch or so). I have driven previous cars where the car shifts when you put the car in park or take your foot off the petal, but never when you turn off the ignition. My question is whether this is normal and what causes the car to move when the ignition is turned off? The dealer told me that on Pathfinders, this is normal. Any help is appreciated.
  • lb03lb03 Posts: 1
    I had the same question for this forum a few months ago. I was told it was normal when in "Auto" or 4WD. In 2WD this doesn't happen. It has something to do with the engagement of 4X4. Glad you like your ride. I'm extremely happy with mine.
  • Even coming from Honda Accords in the past, I have to say I'm not dissatisfied with the mileage on my 2002 SE. I've had it four months now and put on almost 10,000 miles already. It has been from here in the Hudson Valley NY to North Carolina and back with two kayaks on the roof, cruise locked at 75mph, and gotten about 17.5mpg on that trip. It's been to Lake Placid many times with the kayaks on top and gotten similar results. I've gotten a bit over 19mpg on some other trips with no boats on it.

    For the way these things perform and everything they give you, I think that's pretty good. I do run high test gas in it all the time, for what that's worth.

  • wjqiwjqi Posts: 8
    We have a 2002 Pathfinder LE, I have read about the backend bottom out or sag problems for some time now. We have carried 4 normal size people in our Pathfinder a lot of times. Would someone please explain to me what it feels like when the backend bottoms out? I would appreciate your help.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    It feels like you drove over a curb at 30mph! It's usually a pretty bone-jarring THUNK! that comes from the rear of the vehicle. Passengers who are sitting back there will probably complain, wondering if you're still on the road or not.

    You can't miss it if it happens to you.

    PS. The term "normal" is kind of a vague way to describe people, since everyone's perception of "normal" is different. The weight of "Normal" x 4 can vary by quite a bit! (i.e. a "normal" healthy man might weigh 180 lbs, and a "normal" healthy woman might weigh 140 lbs. for a total difference of 160 lbs- about the equivalent of an extra passenger).
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I think my 02 QX4 is nearly identical to Pathfinder so I post this here. One time I flipped down rear seats and carried 200 bricks plus three bags of mixed mortar, maybe 60 pound each. Two people were in the front, I was the driver and the other passenger. Before we drove home we found the that heavy weight made the rear side much lower. But looking into the rear wheel well, I thought it was marginally OK to drive slowly home. I made sure nothing was touching when driving. The overall feel was just a little heavy, no other noticeable feels maybe we were all in the front and there was no bump, just typical cith drive of 2 miles. I weighed the brick and it's roughly 4 pound. So we overloaded the QX4 by quite a lot, 2 people (about 260 pound) + 3x60 pound + 200x4 pound. I think it's rated 950 pound max. Will never do that again.
  • We came across a 1999.5 Pathfinder 4WD SE with 41,500 miles, 5 speed manual . . . There is one major dent that is rusting near the running boards and some minor rust spots (almost pin - size). The owner must have installed a towing mechanism (seems to be rusting underneath as well)...not factory installed.

    Is $17,000 a good deal, considering the rust spots? We would be purchasing from a Nissan dealer.
  • I purchased my 02 pathfinder in early May of last year. I've done my own oil and filter changes, checked visible fluid levels, belts ,air filters and hoses etc..As I have only had the vehicle in 4x4 mode once for a short period of time and have less than 8000 km on it so I'm wondering what if anything needs to be serviced ? The manual suggests every six months but am I just wasting money if everything seems fine ? Also any advice on winter tires and rims (live in snow country) would be appreciated ( I've checked out already ). I've heard that the stock Bridgestones are terrible on ice and snow ? So I would like to get winter steel rims and tires. Thanks for all your opinions
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Anyone got any Patrol info? Please see:

    wishnhigh1 "Nissan Patrol" Sep 15, 2002 1:34pm

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  • We also have a problem with pinging on 91 octane gasoline under gentle acceleration that you posted Sept 8, 2002. Our PF is two weeks old. Have you gone back to the dealer? Does your PF still ping and what has the dealer done to help? Any advice you could offer us would be appreciated? We have not talked with the dealer as yet, but will do so soon. Thanks in advance for your response.
  • My 99.5 has an a/c fan noise. Subtle, but there constantly. Is this normal? Thanks.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    I've also noticed that my 2001 LE has a subtle fan noise which seems to be coming from the center vents. Not extremely annoying, but I'm getting my dealer to check it out next time I'm in.
  • Anyone ever have a problem with a bad odor coming from the vents? My 2001 PF does. I've heard of this before & that it's algae or something growing in the ventilation system. Anyone know a fix for this? Thanks...
  • srocsroc Posts: 15

    I am still researching SUVs on the web (have not reached the stage of visiting the dealer yet) Does Pathfinder have a cramped rear seat? - have heard a number of views on this. The measuremnt is 31.8" of rear seat leg room. Most other SUVS of this kind provide 34" or more. Is there something in the design that makes the 31.8 livable with?
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    is not the "best in class", but the fact that you can recline the rear seats really makes a difference to the comfort level. I find your feet are still a bit high for my liking, but the headroom is fine once the recline is adjusted. I have driven in the back seat for 3 hours and been quite comfortable (I'm 6'1").
  • My 2001 LE also has a smell from the vents when I first start out in the mornings. A co-worker has a 2001 LE and her PF also has the same smell. I replaced the microfilters but that did not help. A fix to this musty smell would be nice!
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    Skid plate-
    Dean, I just went to your site to pick up that part #, but it's "under construction". Could you post it again if possible? I'm gonna throw one on before our UT trip in a month.

    Stinky Vent-
    I has made a HUGE difference in our '01 SE if we run a bit of "clean" outside air through the system before powering it down. When I pull into our neighborhood, If re-circ. is on, I'll turn off the re-circ. button and let it pull dry air from the exterior for the 5 mins or so it takes me to get to the house. Granted the relative humidity here in Denver is usually 10-15% max. I think it also makes a bit a difference on how much you use the re-circ. vs. the fresh AC air-fresh air being drier coming into the system.

    just some thoughts,
    good luck,
  • Should I buy an Extended Warranty for my '02 SE 5-spd or not? The Pathfinder replaced an '87 Land Cruiser that was about as basic as they come. A friend sez all the newfangled computer stuff is very expensive to fix. He sez I should buy the Extended Warranty regardless of the Pathfinder's top Reliability rating. I'm still gonna need it.

    What do y'all think? TIA.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Personally I'd not buy Extended Warranty if the new car is Japaness big three, Toyota, Honda and Nissan. So far I bought four new cars with no Extended Warranty: 94 Altima, 96 Maxima, 00 RX300 and 02 QX4. None of them had ANY failure, not even a loose screw, although some are too new to claim they won't fail.
  • The extended warranty is a waste of money for the Pathfinder. I bought a QX4 without it. If I felt that it was going to need a $1000 worth repairs after the manufacturers warranty runs out and before the extended one would, I wouldn't buy the car at all. So much for "Made in America". The phrase just doesn't denote high quality in the automobile industry anymore.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    Still remember when I signed contract for 94 Alitma, the finance manager strongly recommended Extended Warranty, saying if after 7 years or so the timing belt is going out it'll be covered (later found it is a chain, not a belt! A perfect liar). I said NO. He was very unhappy with me.
    My rule of thumb is that if they push to sell something then I won't buy because I know they are going to make a profit out of me.
  • Thanks everybody for the help, I'll try running the fresh air before I shut down. I do use recirculate most of the time. I'll let you know if it works...
  • From the "SUVs for Tall People" messages- thought this would be interesting for those of you reading this message board as well...

    Well, over labor day weekend, I drove a Trooper, Escape, & Explorer. We also drove a Pathfinder as well for my wife's review - I had already driven one.

    First off, I'm about 6'4" tall. When I drove the Trooper, I couldn't see the traffic light when we were stopped! My eyes were at the same level as the top of the windshield! Plus, the seat didn't go back enough. Didn't like it. By the way, also sat in an Axiom - worse leg room than the Toyota Corolla we traded in.

    The Escape was a little tight for leg/knees, but had plenty of headroom. Not bad. Not 0% financing however. Couldn't justify paying for a new one when I could pick up a used SUV with not too much mileage for a lot less.

    The Explorer was awesome in a lot of ways. Fit-wise, it was the best. Seriously. We drove a 2002 or 2003 I think. Lots of bells and whistles. I wasn't up to paying new car price however, so I started researching older models, and found that the optional 3rd row of seats wasn't offered until 2002 I believe. Anyhoo, we nearly started looking hard for a used one anyway.

    Then I found 2 2001 Nissan Pathfinders with less than 20,000 miles for around $21,000. We drove about 5 hours on a Friday night (as you might remember, my wife is (was) pregnant and was actually due on that date!). She was feeling fine... so it was okay. We ended up purchasing one for $21,200 with 16,000 miles, putting down @ $7,000 (including trade in here) and financing $14,000 @ 4.75% interest.

    Whadda deal!

    Reasons for buying:
    Good headroom - no probs there. Leg room was just right at it's maxed out seat position. Wheel was very comfortable to reach to. Amenities were fine - we bought an SE w/ Bose CD player & power everything. No sunroof, and cloth seats - but I like the seats.. not your normal cheap-looking cloth seats. Additionally, after doing the research, we found that the 2001 version had a bigger 230HP engine - and has great pickup. Finally, the deciding factor over the Explorer was probably the reliability - as Consumer Reports lists it as one of the only recommended used SUVs out there.

    - Mike & Jenn
  • bgritzbgritz Posts: 139
    2001+ all have a minimum of 240HP. 240hp in all the models with an auto tranny, and 250hp in the SE mated to the 5spd. ;-)

    You will love it! We all do!
  • you're right - 240hp!!! It was 215hp before I think.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    it was around 170 hp before...a significant difference, although still a good engine with lots of torque.
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    Recirc is fine when you're trying to warm or cool the vehicle quickly but I personnaly wouldn't want to drive for long distances this way - without fresh air make-up ...
  • Actually COUIMET, I use Recirculate just the opposite. I leave it on all the time because this uses the same air rather that having to bring in new air & cool it over & over again. This helps w/ fuel economy because your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard (although very little I'm sure). On long trips I occasionally turn the Recirculate off & let some fresh air in before turning it back on for a while. Just my 2 cents, both ways are right...
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