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Nissan Pathfinder



  • Phil,

    can you still put the front license plate on after you installed the insert??? i am just wondering since i would like to add one myself.

  • Don't they have for the upper part also.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    we're not required to have a front licence plate. I'll have to check on the mounting holes, although you can probably check for yourself just keeping in mind that the insert sits about 1/4" in front of the 2 vertical fins in the opening, and is flush with the top of the opening. I have a block heater cord that exited out that opening, but it was nothing to just move it down to the lower openings.

    As for the upper, there isn't an insert. I think the radiator is by far the most vulnerable behind the middle grille opening (at least based on my experience). Even if an upper grille insert were available, it would probably be much more difficult to attach as an "add-on" behind the existing grille, and not as attractive as the existing Nissan grille if it were a swap (IMHO).
  • I have a black 02 LE. I waxed it last month using Meguiar's gold class clear coat car wax. The wax is great but I now have white smearing on all the black trim (eg. roof rack, door handles, window trim..) I was able to get rid of it (or I thought) by using Mother's "Back to Black" but it has since come back (it looks like it just covered over it rather than removed it.)

    Does anyone know of any product that will remove old wax and restore the black appearance of the trim?
  • Bigchillin

    Honest to god.... I heard that peanut butter would fix wax residue on plastic trims.

    Please try it on a very small hidden area first and see if it works for real.

    This is not a joke. I read that on a serious car forum a while back, never tried it myself.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I installed my RS90116 rear shocks on my 2001 LE yesterday. I found one problem the bottom part of the shock fits on the lower mounting bolt without a metal sleve. I e-mailed 4x4 and they said to tighten the nut enough to squezze the rubber bushing and to use lock-tight to hold the nut in place. they do not supply a metal sleve for the lower mounting bolt. Has anyone else come across this when installing rear rancho shocks on 2001 and newer Pathfinders?

    The shocks work fine and eliminate the bounce when going over road bumps and dips. The combination of air bags and rancho shocks have made a big difference in ride control and handling, no more bottoming out.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Does the bolt diameter match the inner diameter of the bushing? If it does, then no sleeve is required. If not, you'll need to use one of the metal sleeves that should have come with the shock. Either way, the bolt should not be loose within the shock bushing.

    If no sleeve is used, you tighten the bolt enough to put moderate pressure on the bushing. Either way, you may need to insert additional spacers or washers between the shock bushing and the lower bracket so that the bolt can be tightened without bending the bracket.

    I hope that helps...
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    The lower shock mounting bolt on my 2001 LE is wielded to lower shock bracket and is the same Dia. as the shock bushing. They are a perfect match. I was a little concerned about over tightening the 22MM nut and washer against the rubber bushing. Without the sleeve this is a possibility. But I also found out that there is a shoulder that limits the amount of travel the nut can go. So everything is tight and torqued properly.
  • mjohnr99mjohnr99 Posts: 193
    Just looked at radiator on my new '03 LE with now 900 miles on it (after trip across state) and more tiny bent fins and tons of bugs and crap. I'm in and ordering a grill-tech today. The license plate bracket does not seem to be any problem based on your description and an inspection of mine. Thanks for the post! You should put a copy over on the Accessories board as well . . .

    P.S. Thanks for the phone #s; still waiting on a return E-mail from that Canadian dealer you bought the exhaust tip at.

    P.S.S. Anyone on this board have a preference between the draw-tite versus hidden-hitch class IIIs tube hitches? The former seems better rated but the latter has a step similar to the factory Nissan hitch. If the step is only useful for waxing the roof, couldn't you just similarly (and carefully) stand on the draw-tite's no-step receiver almost as easily? There's a hitch by Putnam that seems to have the best of both worlds, but I am not familar with that Brand. Any owners of Putnams?
  • Here's some more information on the TSBs.

    Temp display TSB affects all 1996-2002 PF built before 9/10/01 where the display reads "inaccurately, particularly 7-10 degrees F too high."

    The fix is an improved temperature meter assembly. I'm somewhat surprised thinking it would involve the relocation of the sending unit.

    The rear suspension TSB affects 2000-2001 2WD and 2000-2002 4WD.

    The fix is the installation of revised (larger) bound bumpers in the rear springs.

    I'll have more comments next week about the rear suspension after putting some miles on my "fixed" PF this weekend.

  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,041
    That sure helps to know that my 2001 PF qualifies for the TSBs.
  • pathstarpathstar Posts: 201
    I stand on both the Nissan tube hitch (no step on mine) and the rear bumper. It's dangerous to stand on the hitch as it's slippery when wet. Standing on the bumper is fine for washing the roof at the rear. I stand on the "running boards" (2001 LE) to wash the rest of the roof.

    BTW, a hint for others - avoid my mistake of using a heavy metal hose nossle (gun type). I dropped it on the hood once this summer and left a nice dent in the hood - right where I can see it when driving (to add insult to injury). Use a lightweight plastic nossle.
  • mazadimazadi Posts: 26
    I had the same thing on all of my door handles from using Meguiars (although I think all waxes would do the same). Someone suggested I rub the handles with cooking oil before washing, and it worked like a charm. I just poured some Wesson oil onto a rag and wiped all of the handles off. Just don't do it on a hot day or your car will start to smell like a french fry :)
  • thanks for the cleaning tips. I've never heard of using oil or peanut butter to clean wax but it's worth a try.
  • Living as I do in an area where grasshoppers hit the front of a vehicle like bullets, I have always attached a piece of plastic screen with wire ties immediately behind the grill of my vehicles. Have never experienced a cooling problem and the screen also keeps the millions of bugs from plugging the rad, they just dry on the screen and are easily brushed or blown off.
  • think it's time to replace orig Dueler tires at 30k miles. anyone else that low?

    anyway, any recommendations for new tires??

  • drbigzdrbigz Posts: 21
    Can I find the new QX4 wheels in 20 inches anywhere? I don't want just 17s. I might even settle for 18s or 19s. Are there any wheels that look similar. I love that 3 star look. Cost is really not much of an issue.
  • Just decided on a 03 PF Chilkoot auto 4x4.The Canadian Chilkoot edition appears to be similar to the US SE version with the exception that it comes standard with the 150w Bose cd and the "allmode" 4x4 system. What really struck me was how much cheaper our Canadian vehicles are compared to the US(over $5K US in this instance).I know this has been discussed here before but it makes me wonder 1:How manufacturers can possibly justify this huge price difference between two close geographic areas? and 2:Why anyone in the US who lives within a day or two's drive of the border would buy in the US and get ripped off so badly? I know that some manufacturers (Honda for example)won't honour the warranty on their vehicles sold in Canada to US buyers(Even though they come from the same factory!)but many,including Nissan,do.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Nissan-USA changed their policies a while back and they won't honour warranties on grey market cars any longer.

    Steve, Host
  • My 98 came with Dunlops?? Just had them replaced to Duelers HT after 55K miles. Seems to be pretty good, and every PF has them. Not sure if one brand is that much better, all around the same price. Paid 100 apiece, plus alignment 50, balancing 30. $500 later, I got me some new timres.
  • pstppstp Posts: 2
    I have a 1998 Pathfinder,for 6 mos. virtually runs like a top. Was driving home 2km's from work yesterday, and heard a thunk, neutral grinds and park. Reverse won't work. I researched many vehicles before buying it and this one has nothing but fantastic reviews. My mechanic can't believe that this occurred. I only put 4,000 km's on it, and never abused it at all! Used the 4x4 once or twice on a dirt road; I'm so shocked and disappointed. I just put a tow bar on it in July to pull a 14 foot fishing boat (1000 lbs), 3 times to the ramp, 2 blocks away? I can't afford this repair! Please help, need suggestions!?
  • It's too bad (at least for US buyers)that Nissan USA has changed their policy on warranty for Nissans sold in Canada.I still wonder how they can possibly justify the huge price variation between the same vehicles sold in Canada and the US. If anything Canada has a reputation as being a MORE expensive place to do business than the US. Based on that you would think our prices would be higher not some 20%less then the US. Strange.....
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I've read similar problems with buying a car in the UK vs on the "continent" - the EU recently made some regulations to try to level the differences in car prices from country to country over there. link

    Steve, Host
  • I have just replaced my Duelers on my 2001 LE after 40,000KM (24,000 miles) with Michelin LTX M/S. There was not enough tread left to survive the winter. The Michelins are a beautiful tire, both quiet and smooth. Highly recommend!
  • smibradsmibrad Posts: 34
    I recently replaced my Toyo's at 40,000. I went with Michelin LTX M/S. They ride nice and are quiet. They are a little more expensive, but they have a longer tread life.
  • Hi there,

    My '98 Chilkoot developed a Tranny problem after 40,000 km.

    Problem was that the input bearing failed - must've got a bad bearing.

    Nissan fixed it under warranty, but the mechanic that worked on it put the synchro on backwards so I couldn't shift from 3rd to 4th, but can downshift to 4th.

    Great car, but questionable work.. Sunridge Nissan.

    I'm guessing your warranty's out?
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    Have a '01 QX4 bought in June of '00 when they first were introduced...Tires at that time were the Michelin LTX M/S...Over 20k on tires and hardly any wear...Quiet...Now stock tires on QX4's are the Bridgestones...Money saving???
  • pstppstp Posts: 2
    Well, I talked to Nissan Canada, and they will not stand behind their product. They wouldn't give me the time of day. The tranny experts are telling me they've rebuilt quite a few Pathfinder tranny's lately even on the 1999 models due to radiator cooler failure, which in turn blows out the tranny over time..go figure. The cooler is made with plastic fins for God's sake, which melts over time!!!! I'm not too happy about this one!
  • kbehnkekbehnke Posts: 60
    Does anyone know what the future holds for the Pathfinder? I've heard that the '04 will be the last year it's made. I know that's when the new full-size SUV is supposed to come out, but I find it hard to believe Nissan is actually going to stop making this great truck. I'd hate to think that when my lease expires in '05 that my Nissan truck choices will be either the less-refined Xterra or a full-size SUV - neither of which really appeal to me. Anyone else heard anything different?
  • haironghairong Posts: 153
    There are two rumors floating around. One says the new full-size SUV will be named Pathfinder, so the name lives on, but the mid-sized one as we know it will be dropped. Second rumor says the big SUV will get a new name and current Pathy will be built until '04 or '06, then be moved to a BOF truck platform to be a true off-roader. Similar to Toy's 4runner/highlander, Nissan will have 2 entries (pathy/murano) in the mid-size SUV/CUV market.

    If you don't hate the Murano's futuristic style, it will probably be a better fit than the others.
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