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Nissan Pathfinder



  • woodyr1woodyr1 Posts: 142
    I installed the Reese model 74218C wiring harness to my 01 Pathfinder shortly after I bought it. There is no splicing of wires, or soldering or wire cutting. You need to remove the sill plate and partially remove the two interior panels which are at the rear of the vehicle proximate to the tail lights. You plug the Reese product where indicated, and there is no danger of shorts or sparks. Worked fine and flawless.

    You can either leave the 4 prong plug inside the unit and run under rear hatch when needed, or remove the hatch in the floor of the cargo area, then remove the screws holding the storage area in place and feed the plug through to the spare tire area. I removed a rubber grommet, ran plug through, then siliconed the grommet where the cut was made. The Reese plug has a plastic flap which protected the plug from the elements.
  • in the morning was warming the car, and i noticed that the temperature gauge is clicking up and down in qucik motion. This had never happened before, is there something wrong with it or is it normal.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    My 02 QX4 never has that. BTW when fullu warmed up, the needle stablizes at about one fine division below the middle point, and I think it's normal. My three Nissan cars all point that way.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    that's abnormal. It should not move quickly, like a pendulum on a grandfather clock. It should move slowly upwards until it stabilizes near the midpoint.

    Have it checked out. You could have either a bad temperature sending unit, a short, or a bad gauge. It would be very unfortunate to overheat and perhaps not know it.
  • yipikyayipikya Posts: 5
    I just had a factory bug screen installed on my '02 LE and now notice a very noticeable hissing at speed. Is this to be expected? Has anyone else discovered the same thing? Guess I can live with it, but it would seem that Nissan would have taken this into consideration when designing their shield. Thanks for any info.
  • airman72airman72 Posts: 19
    I noticed that too occasionally on my 02' PF SE. It quickly swings up and down a bit moments after start. I wouldn't be worried as long as the needle stays at normal position when the engine is warm.
  • dgobedgobe Posts: 2
    Anyone have one for sale? I saw them at , but they were $210 for the CD version and $275 for printed.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Try eBay. I think there's a publisher that someone may recall the name of that has factory (not Haynes type) manuals.

    No buying and selling here on Town Hall though, please.

    Steve, Host
  • dgobedgobe Posts: 2
    Thank you Steve. I tried eBay and it looks like they only have manuals for earlier models.

    I apologize for the solicitation. If it is OK for someone to post the name of the publisher you referred to, please do so.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Anybody found a performance brake rotor for >MY2001 Pathfinders?
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    I found some & when I get home I'll post the web site. They're Japanese made if I remember correctly.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    The stock Nissan rotors seem prone to early warpage, and with the 18" wheels (and the associated unsprung mass) I'm running they are already slightly warped in less than 20,000 miles. I'd rather replace the rotors with quality aftermarket than turn them.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Hey Phil47, if you're at 20,000 miles the rotors will be covered under warranty. Pathfinders are definitely prone to early rotor warpage, as are many other vehicles these days. I took mine in at 15,000 & they were out of spec for turning so they replaced them. At 33,000 miles I'm about to take mine in for another set (right before the warranty runs out). When these go bad I'm going to replace mine with a decent set. Anyway, the only performance rotors I've found for the 2001 & up PF is at:
    They are Akuta (Japanese) & I was quoted an e-mail price of $129 each.
  • hw88hw88 Posts: 2
    I have had my 2001 Pathfinder SE for 29 months before my in-dash 6-disc CD changer failed with the infamous "Err2" error. I am not able to play or eject any of the CD's. I have been using CD-R's without any problems until I tried a new brand. The dealer says they will have to order a re-manufactured replacement. I hope the replacement doesn't produce other problems, since the unit is built from used parts. Has anyone had any problems with the re-manufactured replacement for the Bose stereo and in-dash 6-disc CD changer?
  • wcl22wcl22 Posts: 2
    I also have a 2001 Pathfinder. The dealer replaced my CD Changer last August and I have not experienced any problems yet. It took a month for the CD Changer to arrive and another month to receive the CDs that were stuck in my original CD changer (dealer must ship entire unit back to Nissan and have them remove the CDs). So a grand total of two months without my CD changer. FYI...all the CDs in my CD changer were CD-Rs as well. Good luck! :)
  • hw88hw88 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the info. The dealer replaced my CD changer today with the re-manufactured one. It seems to be working okay so far. But in the process, they cracked the plastic screen on dashboard clock display. They ordered the part and I have to go back next week. They also said I should get my CDs returned back to me in about a month.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    Does anyone know what is performed on the rear suspension TSB? Am I correct that the rubber bumper inside the coil spring is what they are replacing. My parts are in and my 01 LE is going in Thurs. for installation. I'm hoping this solves my bottoming out problem when towing my boat. My new boat is about 4200lbs dry with a tongue weight around 320lbs (tandem trailer w/ brakes) and I'm towing it to Florida in two weeks. After this trip I'll know for sure or not if more mods (timbren overloads) will be required. I am fully aware of the rigors of towing and the dangers of over loading. GVW of boat and trailer on a public scale was 8400lbs (Pathfinder full fuel, boat empty) my 2 girls are small (4yrs and 1). With wife and kids we'll have a max of 400lbs, we are packing light so we should be able to stay under the GVWR of 9500lbs. Hopefully we'll make it there and back in one piece.
  • deebardacdeebardac Posts: 23
    The OE tires on my 01 LE were Dunlop Grandtrek (SR) the vehicle is highway driven ie 65MPH all the time with light load. The tires were rotated every 4000 miles and the pressure set at the recommended 26 PSI and were replaced with Mich. Cross Terrain that were inflated to 30 PSI at 32,000 miles
    Results: Starting at 10/32nd the Dunlops when removed showed 7/32nd in the center and 3/32nd on the outsides. The Michelins again starting at 10/32nd after 9,300 miles sofar show 7/32nd in the center and 8/32nd on the outsides. I prefer the Michelins they just 'feel' better. The tire pressure has been dropped to 28 PSI which may be the optimum pressure in my case.
  • yipikyayipikya Posts: 5
    For those of you that have had the new spacers put in the rear springs for more support, is this something that you have had to pay for or should the dealership cover this fix? Just curious as I know I will be pulling a trailer this summer and don't want to find out at the last minute that my '02 LE is going to be bottoming out the whole way. Thanks for any help.
  • li_sailorli_sailor Posts: 1,081
    Thanks for the reply on the trailer wiring, it was helpful.
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    Just curious if anyone here has added satellite radio to their PF?

    I think I'm going to add a SIRIUS system this weekend (I have a panasonic FM Modulator setup on order) and was wanting to hear any comments you guys might have.

    For anyone who has done any additions to the Bose sytem in a 2001 (or 02, 03) - can anyone tell me if there is any AUXILARY INPUTS on the Bose/Clarion head unit?

    I would assume that the 6 disc in dash cd changer uses a set of auxilary inputs - hopefully there is a 2nd set of inputs somewhere - this will make it easier to connect - not to mention the better sound versus the fm modulator route.

    Thnaks for any help!
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Just in case you are looking to justify the money for the official shop manual, I'll chime in. I have the 2001 Pathfinder manual on CD. I think it's excellent. It's over 2500 pages and I've yet to find anything missing that I've looked for. It's a collection of .pdf files with and index, and you can print whatever you want (or all of it!).

    Do I wish it was half that price? Sure. But I don't mind working on vehicles and at today's shop rates I know it will pay off eventually.

  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    I just hand the rear suspension TSB performed on my 01 LE. I hooked up the boat and initial squat seems about the same as before, but it definitely is not bottoming out like it did previously.
  • boatman7boatman7 Posts: 7
    Well I did it, bought a se PF, came with TOYO A12's. So my question is: we are expecting 6" of snow today, what am I to expect driving around with these factory dogs? Are they any good in snow? What is a good replacement tire in 255/65/16? I'm actually thinking 245/70/16 BS revo's which I had on my last 4x4 suv. GREAT TIRE! But BS doesn't make it in 255/65. Thanks for any help. FTP
  • I was wondering if someone could point me in the right direction. Someone scraped up my rear bumper and I need to get a new bumper cover. The problem is I am trying to get the right color.

    I have a 2001 SE Black Pathfinder with Titanium Bumpers. I checked ebay and a few other websites but I didn't see anything stating the color. Anyone know where I could look on the web or is it just easier to have the dealer order me the part with right color?

  • I was hit twice in over one year on my front bumper on my 01 SE once a red light runner the next a geo metro rolled across my work parking lot and cracked itBoth times the body shop got the part i belive it comes black plastic and they had to paint it the SE color that gray silver.The body shop kept it over night because they have to use flex paint so it can dry and also to get a good match before reinstalling the front bumper .
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    hey fellas!

    Previously owned a 2001 PF LE and I simply loved it - loved it sooo much that I decided to give myself an early birthday present this year - a 2003 PF LE

    Got a real good deal (just UNDER Invoice) and got what I wanted in Trade on my 2001 - so I said why not. The Internet salesman that I dealt with was awesome! He needed one more sale for the Month of March and he pretty much did everything he could to make me the last one - I came in with a price I was willing to pay and he beat it - so I can't complain.

    Went from a 2001 Sierra Silver LE to a 2003 Polished Pewter LE and I'm really happy to continue to call myself a PF owner!

    I pick it up in the morning - and I probably won't be able to sleep tonight now :)

    I was originally going to wait for the Armada - but decided that I probably didn't need all that extra space and seating that it will offer (when available) and I'm quite happy with the PF the way it is now.

    Just wanted to share my thoughts....
  • mbuntingmbunting Posts: 158
    Is there a "Limited Slip" option on the 2003 PF LE's?

    Or is the feature built in to the PF standard now? Or is it done away with completely?

    Just curious - I didn't see it on the edmunds "price with options" as a choice - and the dealer wasn't sure either.

  • smibradsmibrad Posts: 34
    I'm a little curious, what made you trade in your 2001 LE for a 2003 LE? There is no real difference in vehicles that I am aware of.
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