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Nissan Pathfinder



  • climber3climber3 Posts: 13
    Thanks for steering me to the FAQ (no pun intended).
  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    Great board, nice people. I enjoy reading everyday

    Wish list
    I agree with Starchecker. I should have waited for one with the navigation
    I like the after market navigation like the Alpine but still too expensive
    I wish they can offer Xenon headlights for the PF
    Better tires, although the Bridgestones are ok
    Should have a better fog lamp

    I have
    Installed the rear window deflector (looks nice for me)
    Ordered the all season rubber mats
    26 tire pressure taken early morning in the garage no sun out yet
    Got the nose mask only for long trips to avoid marks
    Using premium after reading the pros and cons (Costco price is affordable)

    Plan to
    Apply Zaino car polish for the first time
    (Any idea on the difference between Zaino car polish compared the other wax in the market?)
    Apply leather conditioner (any experiences with some products?)
    (Is there any suggestion when the leather seats be conditioned 3 or 6 months after?)
    Some day the Alpine navigation (big plan for me)

    The power (I am getting used to the mileage after a while)
    The way it looks (I still keep on staring at it up to now)
    Clean it a lot and keep the tires having those wet look
    The extras like homelink, auto temp, auto and memory seats
  • wcrolandwcroland Posts: 26
    MY 2001 LE is only about a month old. Is the rear wind deflector easy to put on?
  • kbehnkekbehnke Posts: 60
    I was reading through some of the 2001 PF owner's reviews at Carpoint's web site. One person mentioned that they had to replace their Toyo tires due to wear at 25000 miles. When I traded my 98 SE in at 63000 miles it still had the original Dunlops. I have noticed that the Toyos seem much quieter, but I hope it's not at the expense of 40,000 miles.

    Has anyone else experienced this kind of wear with the Toyos?
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Just to add a little info from the shop manual.
    - You can program remotes yourself; no need to pay the dealer.
    - Only the dealer can program in new keys (needs the diagnostic computer).

    pondfull5 -
    Glad you had a great trip (at least uneventful) back from Ottawa. I'm sure a few thousand in savings can make up for an unhelpful clerk at the DMV.

  • denverndenvern Posts: 1
    How much do Canadian dealers sell SE's for in Canadian funds pls.

    The MSRP is $40,000(CAN) for an SE with the Automatic Package, according to but what kind of deal did you guys get?

  • selight2selight2 Posts: 9
    I need some help on pricing. Last week I looked at a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE demo with 5500 miles. Due to the mileage it doesn't qualify for 3.9% financing or $500 rebate. Heres the info:
    2001 Pathfinder LE
    Manual 4WD (not auto AWD)
    Cloth seats (yes cloth - not leather)
    Sunroof w/deflector
    Floor mats
    In Cabin Micro Filter
    Limited Slip Differential

    MSRP is $32,354
    Dealer offered $28,173
    I thought a fair price was $26,500
    Vehicle is in excellent condition with minor rear bumber scrape. Any thoughts on a fair price?
  • lofquistlofquist Posts: 281
    Canadian list on an SE with AWD and auto is actually 40,200 + 972 shipping = $41,172. Best prices I've seen are about $37,900 out the door (that's US$24,300 for you folks south of the border!).
  • I've been dancing around trying to force a decision for some while and have driven and evaluated new entries, i.e. Envoy, Highlander etc but feel that the two best values are the Pathfinder (buy in Canada) and guess what, an Isuzu Trooper. The Trooper has lot of virtues including Japanese built quality, a price around 22K but is just a little too "truck like."
    I've gotten most of the info from Jon on Canada but might call your contact in Thunder Bay. Would appreciate details on your quote (LE also), phone #, etc. Post here or my E Mail from profile if you prefer. I live in Kansas City, where is Thunder Bay? Thanks, Bob.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Hey, look on the bright side Starchecker. If you had gotten the Nav System you'd have to stop your PF & open the trunk to load Audio CDs. Apparently the Nav System forces the 6 CD Changer to move in back to a cartridge type. Plus, it might not have even had coverage for those drives through the mountains. It seems if you're out of the detailed coverage areas you only get major streets (not sure what that means though). I had the choice to buy one with or without the Nav & chose to go without for these reasons... & I'm a gadget nut. I too am looking at the Garmin StreetPilot III. Any idea how much they're selling for? Hey Baddestbob1, the Isuzu Trooper may be Japanese built, but it's without typical Japanese build quality. In all the surveys, etc. Isuzu has been known to be very unreliable. I just got rid of a 1995.5 Isuzu Rodeo to buy my PF.
  • selight2selight2 Posts: 9
    Last week I found a NY Nissan dealer who had a 2001 demo Pathfinder LE with 5500 miles. It was not eligible for the 3.9% financing or $500 rebate because it was over 5000 miles:

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder LE
    Automatic transmission
    Manual 4WD (not auto)
    Cloth seats (first one I saw without leather)
    Sunroof w/deflector
    Limited Slip Differential
    In Cabin Micro Filter
    Floor Mats
    5500 miles

    MSRP $32354
    Dealer wanted $28,175
    I thought $26,500 was fair

    What is a fair price? Any comments?
  • mazadimazadi Posts: 26
    OK, call me paranoid, but I was checking out the safety/crash testing info on the Pathfinder (NHSA, etc)and am realizing that it didn't do very well in the tests. One of the reasons that I bought the car was that I thought it was extremely safe.

    I imagine I'm a bit overanxious because we just had our first child, but still. Does anyone have any insight on the Pathfinder's safety history, or what the tests really mean?
  • qx4qx4 Posts: 99
    you should get them to go down 8 to 10% of the suggested price.
  • Don't Do it. I got my Pathfinder LE with all your options listed plus the leather for 31,300. That is not even the best deal possible. However not only does mine have leather, with power, heated and memory seats, it comes with the AWD and only 42 miles and pristine condition. That deal would not be horrible if you could get the 3.9% financing which comes out to $2700 in interest savings on a 31,300 PF. By losing the 3.9 it essentially makes your $28000 car closer to 30,500. Example: Payments on a 31,300 loan at 3.9% are $600 while a $28,175 loan at 6.9% assuming you can get it are 582. In otherwords for $18 per month you can get a brand new car with 5400 less miles, pristine condition, AWD and leather! One final way of looking at it, for giving up the leather package and all its options, losing the AWD, and a new car, and all the miles, you are only saving $800! You are right the $26,000 would be a more reasonable price! In my opinion if you are looking at payments in the high $500's, and an extra $18 a month gets you everything please do it!
  • pathy57pathy57 Posts: 25
    Lots of new owners coming into forum, Eat your Hearts Out other Suv Owners. For you old timers and new comers I am getting ready to turn 12,000 miles. Never been more satisfied with a new vehicle as much as this one. Getting out of a Domestic SUV, 1 year old and only 16,000 miles, what a horrable experience, makes this vehicle a JOY! I have been back to dealer for regular service and thats about it. I LOVE this Truck, cant wait to pull the boat. Mileage getting better, last tank all city driving, 18 miles round trip per day was 16.8 MPG. Had been about 15.6 to 16.3MPG. Best highway MPG 19.6 to date. Will probably not be much better.
    Glad to see new folks coming into forum, Welcome.

    Pathy 57
  • Thanks for helping me feel better. I didn't realize you had to move the 6 disc in back. The more I read about the Garmin's Street Pilot III the better I feel. I have seen prices for the 32MB model for $880 and the 128MB one for $1090. They all include one detailed coverage area. for $99 you can get more or for $220 you can get all the US and Canada!! The advantages of the hand held are that you can enter addresses and plan trips on a computer and load it into the memory card instead of doing it all in the car. Plus entering data in a computer is probably easier than the indash. It isn't tied into other systems like the climate control. For 900 to 1100 you can use the GPS in any car you want, including a rental when you are on vacation if you flew instead of drove. That is big to me. Once we flew to chicago and had to drive to milwaukee we got lost in a very bad area!! Getting out to ask directions almost cost me my life! You can get the whole USA for $220 instead of $1200 in CD's. Although the 2002's will have one DVD. The disadvantages are it doesn't have a nice big factory installed screen, and isn't fixed with an external antenna. I really dont want to stick velcro on the luxurous dash. But since this new model has the turn by turn nav with voice prompts it has taken away a lot of the sting of not getting the factory nav system. When I get the Garmin I will tell more about how it works in the real world. All in all for $30 a month I probably still would have gotten the factory, but at least now I can truly enjoy this awesome vehicle without that twinge of regret.
  • linleylinley Posts: 12
    I bought a demo 01 SE 4x2 leather, sunroof, fog lights, auto headlights in mint condition...4900 miles for 27,000. The thing is it was no problem to get the 3.9% financing. They referred to it as not ever having been titled. I had to edit this because I just went back and read the second post about the 5,000 miles. It seems if you really want this vehicle that might be a good bargaining point and since it is now considered more as a used car maybe you could get him to come off alot more. BTW my sister ordered a brand new leather LE for 27,900. Although not 4WD...Anyway I probably should've waited and ordered a new LE instead of the SE since the dealer was discounting all Pathys 4000. Oh well I really love mine because it is the burnt cherry with the titanium fenders and the cool grill so I know it is hard to wait..Good Luck
  • This vehicle with automatic transmission lists for $40,200 + $972 freight + $500 A/C tax + 15% taxes.

    I just took delivery of a sierra silver PF SE AWD last week. I paid $37,000 + all those extras above but dealer also included bug deflector, moonroof visor & wheel locks.

    Already I have to bring this truck in for servicing. The steering wheel is OFF CENTER even though I'm going straight! Has anyone here experienced this problem? Is it a big deal?
  • OOOOPS >>> I forgot to mention I financed my purchase of this fine vehicle at 2.8% through Nissan Canada.
  • sanandtonsanandton Posts: 342
    One other thing to consider. A car will not likely experience 5000 more hard driven miles than those put on it while serving as a demo. Everyone wants to punch it to feel the power. I would go for a new one with low miles.
  • I'm thinking of buying a 1995 XE, 5-Speed and wanted to see if you all could alert me to any potential problems to watch out for on these vehicles. In particular, how long does the clutch generally last on these vehicles?

    The vehicle has 53K miles and the owner is selling for 11.5K/bo.

    Any thoughts/comments would be appreciated.

  • smithmdsmithmd Posts: 167
    I think that most of the people on this forum have recently purchased 1999-2001 Pathfinders and probably don't have a good answer for you. At the address below is a forum with many owners that have the Pathfinder you are looking at and would be better qualified to answer your questions. Also, while this Edmunds forum is very informative and helpful, the forum listed below seems to be frequented by people with more mechanical knowledge.

    Personally, I think a '95 with a 5-speed with only 53K miles sounds like a great vehicle! Good luck with your purchase. I hope you get a good answer at the other forum.

  • Thanks for the redirect to the other site.
  • poswaldposwald Posts: 38

    I also just turned 12,000 miles and I am coming up on my 1 year anniversary of my 01 LE. I can second that the gas mileage is getting better. At first I thought it was a fluke but I have recently confirmed this. Maybe some of it is that I don't nail the throttle as much as when I first got it but maybe some of it is also the engine settling down.
  • woodyr1woodyr1 Posts: 142
    I bought a Pathfinder XE in 1994, being a new 95 model. I traded it in last month at 100,000 km (62,000 miles) and bought a 2001 XE.

    I was happy with my 95, hence my purchase of another one. I had original brakes, muffler and clutch on mine. I had replaced 4 oxygen sensors under warranty (6 years back then), a pilot bearing for the clutch, and recently, exhaust manifold studs. I understand there was a problem with the manifold studs, but would agree with smithmd that the vmag forum is a good source of information. I sure miss my 95, even though I find the power of the 2001 quite refreshing (I live in mountainous country).

  • brian60brian60 Posts: 76
    Best friend had a 95 SE with the bad studs that ended up warping both exhaust manifolds. Cost about $500/side to repair and it was not done under warranty because he bought the car used. Other than that, it was a great vehicle and I still think it's one of the "tougher" looking vehicles out there.
  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    Installing it yourself is not difficult. You only need a philip screwdriver and a rachet. No drilling.

    I found it a little difficult installing the new hinges because of the hydraulic (not sure of the right name) that pulls the window. You have to pull this a little bit to fit the screws back.

    If you are one of those that do some household chores, you can easily do it. If not, maybe you can ask the dealer to do it for you for about $50.

    Be sure you have all the parts with it specially the new hinges to replace the old one.

    You will enjoy looking at your PF when installed. Good luck!
  • Hi, 840 miles and already an oil leak. I took the car back to the service center and they told me that the rear main seal is leaking. It looks like the silver bell houshing that has a hole in it but not a hole. However it is leaking oil and lubricant from there. No problem until now. The technician said he will order the rear main seal part and it will take a day to fix it. Sad that this car has problems already. He said it might go awaY because the manufacturer put alot of lubricant in the housing but hopefully that is the case. Hopefully when I bring it in next week the problem will be fixed. Does anyone have the same problems. Please get back to me.....
  • filodfilod Posts: 189
    I check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and here is what I found out:

    PF 4X4 (just for comparison the RX 300 has the same rating)
    Frontal crash rating driver 4 stars
    Frontal crash rating passenger 5 stars
    Side crash rating driver 5 stars
    Side crash rating driver 5 stars

    Roll over resistance rating has not been done for the PF 4x4 as well as the RX300. The 2X2 is rated 2 stars. The highest for most of the SUVs for the roll over is 3 stars. I think this is understandable for SUVs because of their height.

    Because of the aggressive way in which the vehicle is driven and/or the age and skill of the driver, certain five-star vehicles such as sports cars, may have a higher number of rollovers per hundred registered vehicles than certain three-star vehicles, such as minivans, due to the fact that they are in more single vehicle crashes

    Thank you for the query, I also learned after some research. Visit their site and you will learm more about these tests.
  • equimanequiman Posts: 12
    GM has just recalled all 2001 Envoys, Trailblazers and Bravadas. The situation is so serious that they advise you call the dealer to pick up the vehicle. Be glad you own a Nissan.
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