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Nissan Pathfinder



  • Folks, just bought my "new" 1991 Pathfinder. The shocks need replacement and I'm probably going with KYB gas-a-just shocks. Does anyone think it's worth spending the extra $$$'s for Bilstein?
    Also, from the look of it, replacing the shocks seems to be a rather simple jack car up, unbolt and bolt on affair. Am I wrong?
    Thanks!!! :)
  • I have a 2002 Pathfinder with 71k miles. Recently developed an exhaust noise that sounds to be coming for the passenger side exhaust manifold.
    I haven't been able to verify the location yet.
    I used to do my own car repairs, usually exhaust and brake type stuff. Been away from it for a while. Should I attempt this repair and what are the pitfalls.

    Thanks. :)
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    If you're lucky, it's just the downpipe leaking at the flange. If it's a cracked manifold you -may- have to release the motor mounts and deflect the engine to the other side to get enough room to replace it. xplorer4 can probably comment further.
    It's tight in there.

    The previous engines (3.0 and 3.3 L) had some problems with manifolds cracking. I haven't heard anyone complaining about the VQ 3.5 L engine manifolds.

    I hope it's just the downpipe. I don't want to be replacing my exhaust manifolds!
  • swaireswaire Posts: 1
    Has anyone purchased an extended warranty on a new 06 pathfinder? If so, could you please share what you paid and the details (deductible, millage, etc..). I recently purchased an 06 SE with comfort package and have not decided on the extended warranty. I'd like to have some negotiation power when I call the dealership next week.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Before attempting to fix it yourself, check with the dealer to see if the manifolds are covered under an unadvertised extended warranty. On the 3.3L engines, manifolds were covered up to 100,000 miles.

    Get a quote from the dealer to see how much it will cost, then consider whether it's worth your time. Personally, I would pay to have it done, and I'm a decent backyard mechanic. There are just some things I'd rather let someone else do.

    If you do choose to do it yourself, it's fortunate that the driver's side manifold is OK. It's a lot harder to replace.
  • My 02 Pathfinder has 72000 mi. on it with the original belts.
    I've noticed small random cracks on the inside (ribbed) surface of the belts and I'm assuming that it is time to change these belts.
    I'd like to do this myself and I'm wondering how complicated a job it is. I consider myself mechanically inclined and have done some moderate car repairs in the past. Any advice would be appreciated.
  • Does anyone know if there is a retrofit kit for a 2001 Pathfinder to add LATCH points? The middle seatbelt really doesn't hold our car seat securely enough. I'd rather retrofit before I try one of thos "sardine can" winders that take up all the slop in the belt.
  • Hi, I'd like to purchase a pathfinder where one or more of the seats in the second and third row fold flat, I know they make them for the 2006 but I'd like to get something used, anyone know?
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Only 05+ have 3rd row seats. In 96-04, there's no third row, but the 2nd row seats fold nearly flat.

    Why do you need fold-flat seats?
  • davidcwdavidcw Posts: 11
    Has anyone seen the new desert stone color in person? I've seen it on several websites and in print but I'm curious how it looks in real life. Is it more like gold or copper or...?

    I've been holding out for a red brawn or majestic blue Pathy with desert interior and navi but that combo has proven very hard to find in Washington State. The new color may be a worthwhile option.

    Love to hear your opinions on it... thanks.
  • glg20glg20 Posts: 2

    I just bought a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder Chilkoot.

    I was wondering if the Anti-theft security system that comes with the car has an immobilizer?

    If so,what kind?

    Does anyone know if this immobilizer (if it exists) is enough to convince my auto insurance company (in Alberta Canada) to reduce my auto insurance cost?

  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Does the key have a little rectangular plug on the handle and replacement keys cost $100 or so and must be programmed into the car? Does it have the flashing red LED on the dash? If so on both questions, it's probably the immobilizer system.

    As for the insurance, I suppose it depends on the company, but I haven't seen any that give discounts for this. They have already factored that into the "book price" for insurance. Asking for further discounts really only applies if you add an aftermarket system, and even then they would probably laugh you out of the office.
  • glg20glg20 Posts: 2
    No to the first part of the question.

    There is a red flashing bulb on the bottom left side of the dashboard, next to the steering wheel. Underneeth the bulb it it says "security".

    I know that if I remote start the vehicle and then try to drive without the key in the keyhole/not turned the key, the car will shut down.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
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  • rwrsrrwrsr Posts: 4
    I have a 2006 PF with heated leather seats. The switches to activate them have what appears to be two LED lights on them. The "light" at the top for the "high" setting is large and the one at the bottom for the "low" setting is smaller. I recently noticed that only the bottom light come on regardless of whether "high" or "low" is pushed. One Nissan dealer told me that both lights should light up and they set me up to come in for service. I then went to another Nissan dealer where I was told only the bottom light lights up regardless of whether high or low is pushed. Who is correct? Thanks.
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  • jxamjxam Posts: 2
    My 99 pathfinder -160,000 miles-developed oil pressure problems (warning light, tappet noise) after sitting in a shop for a few days. The oil pan and oil pump intake screen were cleaned but the low pressure light came back on, mechanic cleaned the oil pan again and tested but seems pressure is still low so he wants to clean it again, says that more gunk is coming down and clogging the intake.
    Is the oil pump shot? Will I need to rebuild engine?
  • jxamjxam Posts: 2
    Does anybody know were to find a free online service manual for 99 Pathfinders?
    I'm in South America, it's not even available here, no online version from Nissan either. :confuse:
  • My 1999 nissan pathfinder is having a little bit of trouble starting up, when i turn the ignition to start the vehicle it takes about 4-6 turns (sometimes more)for the vehicle to actually turn over... from there i have no problems anywhere. I dont know if it's the starter or what... but does anyone have any wise bit of info or solution for me?
  • :cry: I lease a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder SE with 270 horsepower. I'm now seeing from the Nissan website that the 2007 Pathfinder has 266 horsepower. So my question is why the drop in horsepower. All the other carmakers are raising the bar when it comes to horsepower. Very soon Hyundai vehicles will have more horsepower in their vehicles. And please dont tell me that it was done to help with gas mileage issues. Toyota does not seem to have a problem with developing vehicles that have good gas mileage and high horsepower. What the hell is Nissan doing?
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    I believe the new standards went into effect for measuring horsepower. The new standards more accurately reflect the horsepower being produced at the wheel so that may be why their number dropped for 2007.
  • Are you saying you have to turn the key in the ignition 4-6 times before the engine begins to crank? If so, yes it could be an internal starter problem. It might also be a loose/coroded battery lead, a bad ignition switch, or a bad wiring connection between the switch and the starter. Regardless, it shouldn't be too difficult for a mechanic to track down. I'm not one, so that's easy for me to say :shades:
  • Yep! Toyota revised their HP ratings for the 2006 model year. 236 V6 and 260 V8, compared to 245 and 270 in 2005. Based on that, Toyota was fudging just a wee bit more than Nissan. ;)
  • Hello, sorry if this has been asked before. I have an '01 pathfinder se and would like to install a new rear view mirror with the compass and temperature. A dealer told me that it could be done, any suggestions and has someone done this before ? Thanks very much.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    The compass and temp display have nothing to do with the mirror. They are on a ceiling console. The mirror just snaps on that console. You'd need a new headliner to do this, unless your headliner has the console - it's part of the headliner. You'd also have to run the wires and install the temp sensor in front of the rad. I think you'd have better luck with an aftermarket temp display and compass. A LOT less expensive and much easier to install.
  • path2duxpath2dux Posts: 2
    OK, I'll check on that, thanks for the help. The dealer mentioned that it is an auto dimming mirror and my pathfinder should already be wired for it. I can check out the aftermarket suggestions as well to see what that will take. Thanks again for the time on answering me.
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    I think your dealer is confusing the newer model parts with the 2001 parts. I have a 2001 LE (which was fully equipped with all options), and it doesn't have an autodimming mirror as far as I know. There are no wires to the mirror.
  • dmhinzdmhinz Posts: 1
    Hello everyone;

    I have a 2005 LE 4x4 and I live in the middle of "no where" Alaska. Evertyhing that comes in here comes in by air. That included my beloved Pathfinder. I have taken very good care of the truck but, I became lazy when the temp dropped to -30 and an unhealthy amount of corrosion built up on the (+) terminal. So much corrosion that the battery could no longer fire the starter.
    I solved that problem and now clean the posts all the time (even when it gets really cold. Sadly, something has now happened and my truck seems to be stuck in 4th gear.

    The "O/D Off" light will not turn off. Pressing the O/D button changes the gear display between "D" and "4" but, the "O/D Off" light persists. Their is no torque at all, even in 4L w/ 1st gear.

    A local here has a nice OD2 scanner and my poor Pathfinder is reporting code P0744D "Torque converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent".

    I called my "local" Nissan dealer in Anchorage and he suggested I fly the truck in...for $3K.

    I would be very greatful if anyone had some suggestions that might help me fix the problem. I'm not afraid to get dirty but, I'm not an auto mechanic. Thanks folks!
  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,703
    Not meaning to be disrespectful, but had you EVER considered moving???...:):):):):)
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