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  • dbauerdbauer Posts: 416
    1. not necessarily


    2. not necessarily


    3. not on the highway


    give yourself extra distance for stopping, and extra distance for accelerating, and PLEASE stay in the right lane as much as you can.


    also keep in mind that, if your engine gets hot, your xmission is as well...keep an eye on that when you go through the mountains.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190


    Your 2003 will do fine. It is rated to tow 5000lbs. It already has a transmission cooler OEM. I towed with my 01LE pulling 4000lbs Uhaul (8'x12' I think, surge brakes included) very safely within Texas. Albeit, not as long as your distance but with half the weight I think you are good.


    Just change your fluids (oil, ATF, diff.) before and after your trip. I use Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF and Castrol Synthetic blend 10w-30. Make sure you ATF is topped off. That will be the most stressed fluid on your trip.


    Using O/D is fine. Turn off only when it fluctuates too frequently. i.e, going up steep hills. You prob won't even feel your trailer most of the time. You got plenty of torque.


    Get used to towing a trailer, especially if the trailer does not have it's own brakes. Early braking and safe distance from vehicles ahead are essential.


    If your rear end sags, try loading cargo area with as little weight as possible so it can support the tonque weight of trailer without rear end sag. Move heavy items to trailer if possible. Pathies rear end sags easily.


    and...follow the UHaul towing manual they posted on their website.


    Good luck!!
  • I just bought a 2001 pathfinder LE, and less than 200 miles after buying it, it has the err2 problem. I looked into replacements, and nothing is available, since it is Bose. I spent most of the day doing research on it yesterday, and the best option I found was taking it to the dealer for repair. The quoted me at $150 to send it in and have it repaired. The service manager said it has a 12 month warranty after it is repaired, and they have never had a second problem after they are repaired. Does anyone know any more on this?
  • Pathfinder keys. My 2001 pathfinder only came with 1 key. I have tried both a locksmith and the dealer, and they are both unable to program any more than 1 key for the vehicle. Has anybody elso heard of this?
  • I have 2...came that way. 2001 PF LE. Same with my original 2000 PF LE.
  • I also received two keys and two key fobs with my 03 PF. However, after a couple months of ownership, I was looking under the driver's seat, and guess what I found ? Another key !!! It looked identical to the ones I received. So, I tried it out. It unlocked the doors, turned on the accessories, but would NOT start the engine. So on my first visit to the dealership, I told them about this third key. They said it was a spare key, I said I have a second key. They said, oh well, just keep it. They were as surprised as I was. I'll have to pay if I want it programmed to start my engine, but I think this key was misplaced or lost when cars were being shipped & handled. Maybe someday I'll try this key in a large parking lot on two year old Nissans, who knows...I might win a car !!! hahahahaha
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    The vehicle immobilizer can handle up to six keys as I recall (codes, actually). If your dealer can't figure out how to program, better find a real dealer who can! The dealer has to cut the key to fit the lock, then program the immobilizer to accept the chip in the key.


    The key brian found has not been programmed into the immobilizer. It takes just a few minutes, and you should take all your keys in at the same time so if they bump one out of the computer they can put it back (when programming them the new key replaces the first one programmed once you exceed the number of keys possible (6).


    Be aware a new key is not inexpensive! Last I heard they were upwards of $50.
  • tex5tex5 Posts: 1
    I got my Black Pathfinder LE on Saturday evening. Lovely SUV!! Sunday with the family in the vehicle, I too felt the rear bottom out. Quite often, as well. Even at highway speeds on undulating surfaces it would give you a sharp kick in the backside just going over shallow dips. Even one up, under acceleration the rear end really squats, the more you depress the accelerator, the more it squats. Maybe bad shocks or rear spring rates too low? Brake pedal also feels spongy. We have a 2003 Z and I hope the Pathfinder doesn't have the same teething problems - brake pad dust on wheels, failing front hubs, feathering front tires - alignment, spline 'pop' from the rear end, window guide grease streaking, paint chipping, windshield pitting, etc.
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    You are right pathstar,


    Keys have unique RFID and must be accepted into anti-theft system. I tried the program sequence with the dealer over the phone once and it was tricky. Almost got it to work. Had to ultimately come in to get it done. I will try to get the instructions from another web site and paste it here. I hope it still exists.




    Ok, researched and it is a dealer thing to do. Not a DIYer job, See link below: -031.htm


    My bad, it was my key fob that dealer tried to help over the phone. RFID Keys need the dealer to program into system..
  • lbinhlbinh Posts: 190
    Try the link below. I hope it fixes. Good luck.



    Had to get mine exchanged under warranty.
  • I have a 01 Pathy SE and tow a 3700lb boat+trailer. I took it on a trip of about 1200 miles last summer through Colorado and Utah. Switching the O/D off helps keep the transmission cooler. It's especially effective on medium sized hills because it prevents your transmission from "gear hunting" in overdrive. How do I know the transmission is cooler - I can literaly feel it by touching the lower part of the center console. :)


    Diesels are awesome for towing, but in this country you have to move to full size vehicles to get diesel. And once you step up to a full size vehicle - the fuel savings of a diesel are much less because of the size of the vehicle. I would recommend the new 2005 Frontier pickup for occasional towing and daily driving (Especially the smaller KingCab version). The new Tacoma and Dakota are also good occasional towers for less than 6500 lbs. The new Frontier is rated for 6500 lbs max tow rating (it's for a basic KingCab 2x4 version).


  • Sorry, I guess I didn't type in enough info. My Pathfinder only came with one key, so I went to the dealer to get a new one, and they didn't have any in stock. I called a locksmith, who said he made keys for most of the area dealerships, and had all of the programming equipment to program RFID keys. He cut me one and programmed it for $50 (dealer quote was $80). The new key and the old key worked for about a day and then the original key stopped working. I went back to the locksmith, and he could only get one at a time to work. He even cut a third key, but still no luck. The next day I went to the dealer, and he charged me $40 to program all 3 (he also said he had know the locksmith for 10 years and that he was the best locksmith in the area). All 3 keys worked for about a day, and now just one works. I went back to the dealer, and he could only get one to work consistently. The dealer basically gave up. I am now out about $85, and still have only one key. Has anyone heard of similar problems?
  • kris2kris2 Posts: 35


    I have a 2001 Pathfinder LE with AWD with 49k miles on it. I recently had the brakes done at the dealer. Immediately after that I noticed the steering wheel feels jittery and vibrates more than usual when I hit 65-70 mph. Its not consistent so I am not sure if I can replicate that but it does happen 3 out of 5 times when I start out to work. Once on the road even if I slow down to 55 and come back to 70 I cannot replicate it all the times. Has anyone had similar problems ? Would highly appreciate your response.
  • kris2kris2 Posts: 35
    Got some help from the other posts....


    If a 1999.5-2001 Pathfinder exhibits steering

    and/or body vibration while driven (without

    braking) at speeds between 60 and 70 MPH, the

    cause(s) may be:

    - Road input (road surface imperfections)

    - Out-of-balance front or rear tires/wheels

    - Insufficient steering rack sliding force


    - Tire flat spotting

    - Excessive tire Radial Force Variations (RFV)

    The last part (RFV) is where they look to index or

    match balance your tires and if that still doesn't

    work, they replace your tires.


    Thanks for posting this.

  • Joedel:

    I'm looking to purchase an XE in the next weeks. Care to share pricing/options?
  • Thanks joedel. Did you get the 3rd seat? In my estimation, that's a lot of SUV for $26,000! Thanks again....
  • The 3rd row is standard on all trim levels. To me the '05 PF is one of the best values in the midsize class.
  • I recieved a 1994 Pathfinder LE from my sister. She blew the engine in it and bought a new one from Nissan. She never had it put in so she gave it to me. After sometime I put the new engine in it. Things a running great on the engine side, but the transmission slips and it is warmed up. I added some fluid to it, but the prblem is still there. It delays and slips to the point that it won't move. Anybody have an idea what it could be? It's an automatic and four wheel drive. Could it still be low on fluid?
  • hi folks,

    I recently bought a 1999 SE Ltd - has the Bose stereo which has good sound.... but

    I may have overlooked it, but I cant find a way to make a CD song repeat. And there's no button that will advance to the next song.

    Even my 98 Camry had those features.
    Does anyone know ?

    Other than that, I love my 99 PF.

    Thanks, John
  • jiaminjiamin Posts: 556
    PROG (Program):
    When the PROG button is pushed while the
    compact disc is being played, the play pattern
    will change as follows:
    no mark: All the programs will be played
    repeatedly in sequence.
    1: Only one program (the one being played
    when the PROG button is pushed) will be
    RANDOM: Programs will be played at random,
    not following the sequence on the compact
    disc. The same program may be repeated
    When the compact disc is ejected, the
    play pattern will automatically change to No Mark...

    The above is from the 99 Path manual I downloaded a while back. Hope it'll be a little help.
  • I was able to isolate the dash rattle to the A pillar on the right side where the lower screw of the handle attaches. If you push on that area of the A pillar trim near the window while someone else is driving (or even when it's parked) you can find when it goes away. Trying to stop it is harder. I tried stuffing kleenex and rubber stripping in between the windshield and the trim piece and it stopped it for awhile, but it came back. I also tried taking the handle off and stuffing things in there and it seemed to reduce the frequency of the rattle. I think it has to do with the lower screw bracket of the handle mounted on the A pillar. I think it also happens on the left side but it's hard to hear it while driving. If you are willing to stuff rubber in between the window and the trim piece you might get it to stop.
  • Thanks so much jiamin !.

    Other car players have always had a 'RPT/Repeat' button - I didn't even think about trying the Program button.
    I just now tried PROG - It worked.

    Cool. John
  • Hi PathFinders,

    Can you just wash these fabric floor mats on gentle cycle in a washing machine ?

    How do you clean yours ?

    Thanks, John
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    It's important to get the sand/fine gravel out of the pile first as it will cut it underneath. That can be done by beating them while they are upside down, and also by flexing them - hold the matt upside down with one side in each hand - bring the sides together (forming a tight "U") - alternatly move each side up and down. This will open the pile and allow any sand and fine gravel to fall out.

    I then lay them flat on my deck, get them wet with warm water, sprinkle laundery detergent on them and scrub with a stiff bristle brush. Hose them off well (easiest when they are hung vertically), let them dry vertically so they can drip properly, and I'm done. Not sure putting them in a machine is a good idea as they will be folded/bent and beaten with force and that may abrade the stitching or damage the backing.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I put mine in the washing machine on a regular cycle (after shaking them off). It worked better back when I had a front loader that didn't have an agitator.

    Steve, Host
  • Thanks Steve and pathstar1.

    I beat the mat, then poured a mixture of water and detergent on the carpet side. Scrubbed it with a brush intensely.

    Poured water over it to rinse.

    Then put it in a dryer on low heat. Hanging outside to dry would be better but it is raining today.

    This worked out well, but I agree that using a washer or dryer several times will destroy the mat.
    Now I'll wrap some sturdy clear plastic around the driver's side mat to protect it.

    Thanks, John
  • I was getting "spark knock" noises when accelerating (@about2100RPMs). Nissan checked their "techline", and informed me that there is an inherent intake manifold problem.

    The intake manifold was relaced, however, the noise still exsists.

    The gas mileage is a horror, and I consider the engine noise to be inordinate (for a new SUV).

    I am not happy at all.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Multitalented But Flawed

    Full Test: 2005 Nissan Pathfinder (Inside Line)

    Steve, Host
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