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Nissan Pathfinder



  • cretecrete Posts: 105
    I have a 2001 QX4 and it is making the same whining noise when I first start the engine...have you been able to get a solution to the problem as I'm going to the dealer soon.
  • roger619roger619 Posts: 4
    Hello, fellow Pathfinder owners. Two weeks ago I bought an '04 PF SE and immediately started using it on my daily 86-mile round-trip commute, respecting the break-in rules of varying speeds, gentle acceleration, keeping RPMs below 4000, etc. However, I noticed last night when the engine was cold that the coolant level in the overflow tank was barely at the MIN level, although I haven't had any problems, smelled anything unusual, or noticed any leaks. The outside temp. has been around 80 during the daytime; maybe after the vehicle's been driven the excess coolant just takes longer to seep into the overflow tank? Advice appreciated.
  • If you purchased a used vehicle, it doesn't matter what kind of gas you use because you don't know what the previous owner put in it, or even if they serviced the vehicle according manufacturers service recommendations. They could have put in the cheapest, lowest grade fuel from a gas station with "one location to serve you" because they knew they were going to get rid of their new car in 2 or 3 years time, knowing that some one is going to buy a 2 or 3 year old used car. I bought my Pathfinder brand new and have had it just over one year. I have been using regular grade gas since day one from a well known gas station with many locations to serve me. The owners manual says "Premium fuel is recommended for maximum performance" it even says so when you open your filler door. People seem to think that 'recommended' means 'necessary'. If you're going to use premium, then use it all the time, don't be day premium, next time mid-grade...and if you use premium, don't even think about complaining and being a cry baby about the price of gas. You choose to put in expensive gas, nobody forces you to put it in. Gas prices and MPG was NOT a cosideration when I bought this suv, which allows me to persue my favourite hobby, that I like to call : Driving around, wasting gas !!!
  • zzr12zzr12 Posts: 18
    I have made an interesting observation using mid and premium grade fuel on my 04 Pathfinder. On mid grade I averaged 18.8 Mpg and was able to reach 145kmh on a steep long uphill stretch of road that I travel. The following week I filled with premium and averaged 17.8 Mpg and reached 139kmh up the same hill with similiar load and weather conditions. Based on my unscientific research I will be using mid grade and possibily trying regular.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Let us know how you do with regular gas. I would think it would be the worst of the three grades.
  • drbigzdrbigz Posts: 21
    I have a 2001 LE 4x2 automatic tran. I can't seem to find any documentation that says that I have Limited-Slip Diff. How do I find out or does that come standard on an 2001? What kind of fluid do I need to replace what it currrently has?

    Also, I will be changing my transmission and transfer case oil. Do both of these use the same automatic trasnmission oil?

    Thanks in advance.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,041
    the PF on what's called here in AZ the "back way to Crown King" yesterday. We made it, with only a few bumps. This "road" is well known here as about the most difficult one a stock SUV can ever hope to do.

    Ours did it, not without a few raised eyebrows and other body part dislocations by various people in the party, but it well and truly did it.

    It was an excellent opportunity to bond with the "new" vehicle. I'm very pleased to have bought something truly capable of gnarly off-road travel. Can't wait to try other trails. Most of the book difficulty ratings don't go any higher than this one for stockers.

    Stay tuned.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    and jeeps, land rovers, and xterras are the only ones ive heard of that do it without difficulty. glad you got through it!
  • pcrowlespcrowles Posts: 11
    Does anyone know of any?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    An LSD is indicated with an orange sticker that says "Use LSD Oil Only". Look for the sticker which is applied to the top of the back cover of the differential (the bulging center portion on the rear axle). If you don't have the LSD, the sticker won't be there.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,041

    How did you come to live in KY and have knowledge of a trail in AZ? Are you expatriated to the Bluegrass country from the Southwest, or do you spend winters out here?

    Just curious.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i grew up in detroit, went into the army, and was stationed here at ft. knox. after my parents divorced, my mother moved to tucson (she had cancer) for health reasons. i go there 2 weeks every nov/dec.

    ive never been on the trail, but i know of it.
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I just changed all the fluids in my 2001 AWD 4x4 LE this week. I used synthetics instead of oil. Yes you will find a yellow sticker on the rear differential case stating to use LSD oil only, if you have one. The manual says to use automatic trans fluid in the transfer case if you have AWD and a automatic. I used royal purple automatic fluid in the transmission and royal purple synchromax fluid in the transfer case. I used royal purple 75w/90 Max gear oil in the front and rear differentials, this oil is formulated for LSD differentials. I used royal purple 5w/30 sync oil in the engine. I took about two hours to do everything. If you don't want to use synthetics, you can get your fluids from your local nissan dealer. I prefer the synthetics over oil. I have been using synthetics in my motor home for seven years now and they really make a difference in performance and cooling. You also gain the benefit of extended oil changes.
  • sjd16bsjd16b Posts: 1
    I'm all set to buy a 2004 Pathfinder SE (Popular Package and Sunroof) for $28,500. This is the FINAL cost and includes taxes, fees, etc.

    Am I getting ripped off or not?

    Would love some of your viewpoints.

  • viking03viking03 Posts: 21
    I think that's a little high, unless you're including taxes and registration fees. I bought my black 2003 SE 4WD with popular package, microfilter, side moldings, floormats, for $25450 (this included $250 documentation fee and temporary registration). At the time there was a total of $2500 in rebates available. Don't know about that now.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the sunroof package was around $1000 extra....?
  • viking03viking03 Posts: 21
    Ok, I just noticed you included taxes/fee etc. Sounds like a decent price to me - probably better deal than I got assuming approx $2000 in sales tax. I'll go drink my much needed caffeine now.
  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZPosts: 4,041
    to me if sdj16b is discussing a 2WD or 4WD. That he didn't mention it tends to make me believe it's 2WD. Clearly, the price goes up if it's not.
  • I've been using regular gas since day one, and I have averaged 20.12 MPG, or in our Canadian version, that's 14.20 L/100km. I don't think I'll try going 145 km/hr. You said you might try regular, has there been any change in your MPG ?
  • My Pathy has 45000 and is a 2001. So far I have not had any problems. But last week I disconnected the negative cable to change the Micro in cabin filter (per their instructions).
    I reconnected the negative cable and a few days later I tried to open the sunroof without any luck. Has anyone experienced this problem? Can it be a fuse? If so does anyone know which fuse box to open? Under the hood or in the vehicle?

    Any response would be greatly appreciated...
  • zzr12zzr12 Posts: 18
    I just filled the tank with regular yesterday. I will keep you informed on the results. Everyone should give mid grade and regular a try and see if there is any difference in performance. That is unless you don't mind spending money on premium.
  • dieselonedieselone Posts: 5,721
    I've run 89 and 87 on occasion w/o problems. I've noticed on 87 that I can hear slight pinging on initial throttle (on hot days) until the knock sensor makes adjustments especially if I'm towing. When I tow my boat I try to use premium, I need all the extra ponies I can get. Since I don't drive the PF but 80-100 miles a week, I stopped calculating my mileage. I'll be interested if their is any differences with the fuel grades.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    My 2001 LE experienced the same kind of short. I replaced the microfilter per the Nissan instructions and after the job the CD Changer ERR2 on me. Luckily it was still under the 36K warranty and got the dealer to replace the whole radio unit. I followed the instructions and removed the negative cable. However, when I reinstalled the negative cable I noticed it sparked about three times. The sparks were from the neg. cable to neg. battery post contacts. Quite normal I thought but, now I think that contributed to the CD changer short.

    I thought my electrical short was an isolated incident but apparently you experienced the same thing but with your sunroof instead. I hope your CD changer still works. You might want to check all of your fuses.

    Next time I change the InCabin filters I will NOT disconnect the battery. I am hessitant to disconnect it even for electronic/electrical parts servcies....Good Luck and let us know how it turns out.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Actually that might be normal. Due to the increase in temps, I assume in your area it is getting hotter, the coolant now flows more freely than it did in winter time. When engine is cold, check the radiator cap for coolant level. Fill to rim if necessary. Check over a period of weeks and especially if it gets hotter outside. You are good to go if the cold level in the radiator is stable and full. The overflow tank is not a good indicator of high or low coolant levels. Just have the min. is fine.

    If not, you might have an internal leak that can be detected by a compression test(head gasket, etc). Done any repair shop or dealer. Milky oil is an indicator of gasket leak. Sounds like you are still under warranty. Take it to the dealer to check out. Takes time but it covers your bases when they have service records of concerns/visits.

    Good luck and let us know.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    I changed my 02 QX4 in-cabin micro filter without disconnecting battery. I don't think it is necessary, as there is no electrical parts or wires in my way, not even nearby as I could still remember, when I performed the change.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    ...just make sure the sunroof isn't tilted open slightly. I've tried to open mine before & it wouldn't slide back, only to find it was tilted up slightly.
  • Jack44Jack44 Posts: 221
    This could help a lot of folks...
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    It depends :-). Our member agreement asks you not to promote, link to or encourage others to visit auto sites that provide message boards, forums or chats.

    A description here would be great too, since links have been known to die. Thanks!

    Steve, Host
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Here is a link to the HTML instructions from a Nissan Dealer here in Dallas:

    It is the same as the printed instructions I got with the part.
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    That's the link I mentioned this morning. It's one of the best.
  • bmtbmt Posts: 1
    I purchased a 2001 Pathfinder new. It's more than 3 years old now but still under 36k miles. Will my vehicle still under warranty??? Thanks in Advance!.
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