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  • Can these two tail lamp be retrofit each other?
    Pathfinder is $110-140/each
    QX4 is $60/each..
    Why is that? I thought Infiniti one should be more expensive that other.
  • Howdy all..I'm Ed, San Antonio, Texas. We now have 3 PF SE 4x4s in the family. A '00 in Alaska. a '01 in Illinois and I just took delivery on a '02 PF 4x4 SE, auto, leather, ltd slip diff, sunroof & popular pkgs. Dealer went for invoice and took my 92 Exp in trade for near what I wanted.

    My 02 SE has the new roof rack with the XTierra look...the rack has a front air dam (you can't call it a deflector!) and there's a 1/2 inch gap between the bottom of the air dam and the roof...the wind noise w/ the sunroof open is considerably higher than the '00 with no air deflector or the '01 with the Nissan installed air deflector. It's not intolerable...just louder than it should be!

    Anybody else having this problem with the '02 SEs? Any ideas? The dealer's parts manager is sending a query thru Nissan channels. If there are other '02 PF SE owners with sunroof wind noise situation, we might try and make some group noise to our dealers and see what happens. Only the '02 SE has this rack with the air dam in the front...the LE's are like last year and most have the air deflectors installed.
  • Hello everyone. I purchased 18 months ago (April 7, 2000) a 2000 Pathy. Got it with 7km's on the odometer. This is only my second new vehicle (first was a 1991 Nissan 240SX). After 18 months of ownership no problems, except for that annoying sqeak in the rear end. It goes away when I turn on the superb sound system though ;)
  • Hi all, my name is jack. Screen name jackburton. Just bought a 2002 Dark Green LE with tan leather interior. I love it so far. I feel really confident I made the right choice. I looked at a lot of sport ute's and finally settled on the Nissan.

  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    Should come with the Subaru-Isuzu owners crew to a light off-road trip to the Pine Barrens of NJ. Check this thread out:


    '00 Trooper

    '88 XT6

    '91 XT6

  • Hi Folks

    Name here is Andy and I've just made the decision to get a 2002 Sierra Beige 4x4 SE 5-speed (man, it was -hard- to come by!). This is after 15 years of being a loyal Honda owner.

    I have a rack question that's similar to cagy11's.. I haven't investigated the workings of the rack, but are the crossbars adjustable? Further, can the system be removed to make room for an aftermarket rack? I suppose I'll find out when I take delivery of the truck next week, but I was curious to know if anyone else had similar experience. I'm an avid kayaker who has found that factory racks are renowned for being unable to handle heavier loads (like a 50lb, 14' long piece of plastic!).

    Raleigh, NC

    p.s. - For those with concerns about Bridgestone tires, my Prelude has had them ever since I bought the car and they've been second to none in terms of performance and reliability. Most sport tires (I know, different from M/S) aren't guaranteed past 20k miles. Mine have lasted to 50k and I'm just about to replace them. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat.
  • meca2meca2 Posts: 284
    I set a 18' 100 lb on the factory rack and it works
    great!! The rack is good for 150 lb. And yes
    the rack can be moved and removed if needed. I have
    removed the factory rack and installed Yakima
    Easy rider and installed my kayak and and two
    mountain bikes!! No problem.
  • neckredneckred Posts: 2
    Cagy11, I bought Silver 2002 SE with sunroof, I have the same problem as you described about sunroof wind noise. I almost thought about to take away the wind deflector or other ways to seal it at the bottom.. But I agree with you that we should have some group voice back to Nissan to get some solution. People have the same problem, please pass that through your dealer. thanks. David, Cary, NC
  • dlundgrendlundgren Posts: 17
    I have a 2002 SE with that rack, but the front fairing is right down to the roof - no gap. I have the sunroof open almost all the time, day, night, whatever, short of a steady rain. I've found it to be very quiet with minimal wind noise, less buffetting than on our 2001 LE with the add on sunroof deflector. My only gripe is that the fairing should be see through tinted instead of opaque plastic.
  • Well, I bought it new last February and have 12,000 miles on it now....

    Hello, great site here! I am Brad from NW sububan Chicago and I am so glad I found it. Edmunds helped me so much last February in making my decision to wean myself from Volvo wagons (wonderful vehicles) and purchase a new '02 PF LE. What a great decision that was.... (sorry Volvo). This past summer my wife and I and our two teens piled into the PF and went ALL over Wisconsin. What a joy the Pathfinder was - in everyway (even though the teens didn't moan about the lack of space in the backseat - I hope Nissan improves on that in the future). I fitted my large Thule Adventurer luggage box to the top and it fit perfectly. Like Meca2 said above, the LE rack (one of the best around) can be removed to make way for another roof rack system.

    My PF does everything I ask it to.... My work commute on Chicago's expressways is a joy (it's even saving me from the dreaded road construction) as is taking it out on weekends.

    I love the 3.5L V6. Since Ward's Automotive has started naming the World's Top Ten engines, this Nissan V6 is the ONLY one to have made that list every year (7 years running).... Another reason why I switched to Nissan. They got it right!

    Thanks, Edmunds, for this area on your site!
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I have a 2001 PF LE AWD. I have about 10,000 miles on it. One problem, the rear end has a tendency to bottom out over rough roads and dips.
    I purchased Air Lift air bags for the rear. problem solved. has any one else had this problem?
    Dan from Clovis CA.
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    Yes. Lots of people. I believe there are several posts on this exact issue in some of the other Pathfinder forums here.

    Basically, you're not alone.
  • Picked up my new Blue (which is a really nice color btw) 02 LE from the dealer last night. I cross-shopped it with the Highlander and the Explorer and for me it wasn't a difficult decision. The Explorer felt too big, much cheaper, and long-term reliability was a concern. The Highlander is nice but they arent really dealing on it and my wife and I had some issues with some of its interior aesthetics. I've also heard rumors that the Highlander may only have a AWD system capable of 85%F/15%R which isnt very confidence inspiring. I would have loved to have a look at the Murano but they keep pushing the release date back and the reliability on first year releases for any manufacturer generally isnt that good.
    I live in Upstate NY (Albany) and am hoping it will be surefooted in the snow and last a long time.
  • I would think you are more likely to bottom out in an LE vs. the SE which has the sport tuned suspension.
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    who confirmed that all replacement parts for the suspension of both the SE and LE are identical. This was during my research to "sport tune" the suspension on my 2001 LE.
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    Yeah PHIL47, you're right. The SE & LE have the identical suspension. This was a discussion in the boards a while back & everyone came to the same conclusion. No difference, unlike other Nissan vehicles...
  • I've just completed the first week of ownership of my '03 Chilkoot.My wife has had Nissans for the past five years("98 Altima and now an '02 Max GLE) without trouble.Hope my experience is as good.(so far so good!)
  • phil47phil47 Posts: 394
    Welcome to PF ownership. I've owned my 2001 LE for 2.5 years now, and I'm still not over that "new car" love affair. It's a great truck.
  • Did my first road trip this past weekend.The PF was very comfortable for a 2 hour ride and as solid as a rock with the cruise set at 125.
  • Is that really a good idea being brand new? I was told...No!
  • xplorx4xplorx4 Posts: 621
    is probably KPH, not MPH. Note sailor16's country of origin is CA, not US.
  • That was scary. Thank you for correcting that for me.
  • zgxl04zgxl04 Posts: 4
    Hello Pathfinder Lovers,
    I bought my Nissan in 1989 4WD brand new just out of college....basic as they come-no radio (still no radio installed), manual windows and doors. I have since driven her 195,000 miles and I know it will be time to retire her but I get emotional everytime I think about. I cannot bring myself to even look at other vehicles.

    She has been very reliable and after all these years the only problems I've had were: replace alternator, replace starter, replace radiator and replace transmission. The reason why I had to replace the transmission was because I did a stupid thing by having the fluid flushed out at 120,000 miles for the first time since purchasing. The transmission fluid looked clean. They say that if you don't flush out your fluid regularly after 30,000 mi then you shouldn't flush it out at all.

    I get a lot of flack from friends and co-workers about driving such and old car but I love the vehicle. We owned a BMW while we were living in Europe but I let my husband drive that and I shipped my Pathfinder overseas and drove her there for 2.5 years and paid to ship her back to USA.

    I hope you Pathfinder owners get as much enjoyment out of your vehicle as I have mine. If you treat them right they will be reliable...:)
  • smokey75smokey75 Posts: 434
    That's good to hear ZGXL04... I plan on keeping my 2001 PF at least 10 years & hope it will be just as reliable
  • pathstar1pathstar1 Posts: 1,015
    Hi guys. I was Pathstar, now pathstar1, as (so far) I haven't been able to move my login to my new home cable modem account. Was lucky enough to be able to retire very early from work, so now I can do "more productive" things. Just to jog minds, I have a 2001 LE in Edmonton, Alberta Canada (still in snow!!!). Well, it's raining now, but there is still some snow on the ground. Don't let anyone try to tell you an SUV isn't needed!
  • Hi, I'm Roy Stewart from sunny Northern California. I have owned Nissan's since 1986, and recently purchased a 2004 Pathfinder Armada LE. This is my second Pathfinder. I love this car, but I'm having trouble with my climate-controlled heater system. The heater will not responds to the temp setting--it tends to discharge cool air regardless of the setting, except full hot (90 degrees). Is anyone else having similar problems?
  • pathy04pathy04 Posts: 27
    This is my 2nd pathfinder, i had traded-in my SE 2001 to 2004 LE4x4 platinum edition. Its the most dependable vehicle i have owned

    I really like this vehicle, This one had VDC on it

    I was expecting a HID head lights and the fog lights similar to Q4. I beleive Nissan was matching the features of Q4 on this platinum edition

    Great SUV !!!
  • danpf1danpf1 Sunny CaliforniaPosts: 90
    I purchased my 01 in Dec. 01. I have 22,000 miles without any problems. I made a few modifications to the rear, added air lift air bags and rancho shocks and a grill guard. It runs great and is very reliable.
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