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#1504 of 8189 Grand Cherokee vs. Pathfinder
Feb 27, 2001 (3:54 pm)
I'm sure you'll get an earfull, but...hey, isn't that what these "exchange of ideas" forums are for? I have been drooling over a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited for the last 18 months (Hey, somebody wipe that up!). My reasons for wanting one were basically the design (great looking vehicle) and the off-road capabilities. They wrote the book, right? I read all the test drive reviews I could and was getting closer and closer to buying a 2000 model in late 1999. I then test drove one here in Los Angeles and noticed an excessive amount of tranny/transfer case noise. I drove another and the same thing. The third one sounded nice and quiet leading me to believe that there was something horribly wrong with the first two and it wasn't just "normal" like a service manager would tell you AFTER you bought the thing.
I then got on all the owner's forums I could and researched the JGC. There are several WELL documented issues with this vehicle. Brake shimmy...this is warped rotors and yes...most start at 5,000 miles. Stalling...no one's got a lock on this one, but many horror stories about "I'm on my fifth fuel pump" going around. Tranny/transfer case whine. Differential (front and rear) clunks, pops and binds. I even read one guy who said, "Now that they've replaced the third rear axle, all the noises are gone. I love my Grand Cherokee!" Um, what? I waited for the 2000 reviews and the same thing. I waited for the 2001 reviews and more of the same. I'm done. I wasn't about to roll the dice and see if I got a good one or not. I scratched the JGC off my want list. I wept. Then I drove a Pathfinder.
I then did all the digging I could on the Pathfinder and found exactly the opposite. Nothing but praise for build quality, lack of noise, no "niggly" little problems, etc...And this covered all the Pathfinder years. Some of the older one's had an exhaust manifold problem, but was fixed by Nissan. At this point, the Pathfinder's on the top of every magazine's list for best mid-sized SUV. I pulled the trigger on the purchase of a 2001 Pathfinder LE 4X4 leather, Nav, Tow...All but the entertainment system and pick it up next week. Do your own research so you feel comfortable...I imagine you'll come around to our way of thinking... : ) We will assimilate you... : )
Thanks for listening!
#1505 of 8189 Deals on Pathfinders-$5,000 under MSRP
Feb 27, 2001 (4:17 pm)
I just spoke with the Sales Manager at Port City Nissan (Portsmouth, NH) and asked him if the deal I got would be given to anyone on this forum.
We'll give $5,000 off MSRP on any 2001 Pathfinder with an MSRP of over $36,000 until the end of the month (tomorrow). Check back with me on Thursday and I'll let you know if we're extending that offer for next month."
It looks like they have six in stock, not including the one I'm picking up (I'm flying from California to get it and did the entire deal over phone/fax/FedEx). I'll keep the list informed about what's hapenning for next month.
Oh, they don't tack on anything hidden either like advertizing fees (what? am I supposed to pay your electric bill too?). The only additional was $195 for licence and doc fees. Ask for Chris in Sales and tell them I sentcha! Maybe I'll get a free keyfob or something when I pick up my new LE. : ) Can you tell I'm excited?
If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an e-mail! ron.chaseinternetmachines.com
#1507 of 8189 Air springs & tranny cooler / mustang5o
Feb 27, 2001 (6:15 pm)
I have a SE 4X2. the brakes have not been affected as far as I can tell. There is not much air that is required in the airsprings so I do not see how it could affect the braking at all. As far as the tranny cooler is invloved it is such an easy installation I would not wast my money at a dealership for the installation unless a screwdriver is a challenge.
78 degrees and no snow
Feb 27, 2001 (6:59 pm)
I have had my EL for a little over a week now.. The navigation system is great. I live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and the detailed map in unreal... It has guided me to restaurants I have never even heard of before... different movie theaters and grocery stores... If you feel like spending a little extra money I would go for it.. The only down side is that you have to purchase several DC's if you want the entire country covered, but I still think it is worth it. If anybody is considering feting a remote start installed in their PF let me know... have done a lot of research and know what will work best with it.. had mine installed over the weekend.. can use both the factory remote and an extra remote that came with the starter...milgradbellatlantic.net
#1509 of 8189 LOACH Pathfinder vs Whatever
Feb 27, 2001 (7:09 pm)
Loach, I purchased my 01 LE loaded around Labor Day. Have 9000 + miles. I watched this forum for several months before I drove the Pathfinder, then I got the courage to test drive on my lunch hour. That night I went back and bought it. Now, here is some real scary stories. You might need to have tires balanced or a CD may stick in the changer. WHEW! Seriously now I think you would like the Pathfinder but if you are not sure dont buy anything yet. If you do buy a Pathfinder you will really like this forum. The big topic here is how much we like em and how much we paid for em. Your ears will be buzzzing with suggestions. Welcome in Advance.
#1510 of 8189 npathfinder - map disc #8?
Feb 27, 2001 (7:28 pm)
I'm picking up my LE with Nav from New Hampshire and I imagine it'll come with MCA 7 (Map Coverage Area) which is New England. Since I live in Los Angeles and will be driving it back, I'll only need MCA 7 for about two days. If your Pathfinder came with MCA 6, maybe we could strike up a deal. I've already ordered the California/Nevada CD (MCA 1) and I don't think I'll be driving back to New England anytime soon. Let me know: ron.chaseinternetmachines.com
You can check out all the coverage areas (9 in all) at:
Also, do you like the rear-mounted CD changer? I'm going to make a dozen or so burned CDs for my trek back across the country. I'm thinking that this changer won't have the "stuck homemade CD" problem some have been seeing with the in-dash unit. Any thoughts?
#1511 of 8189 oil coolers
Feb 27, 2001 (9:27 pm)
nismofreak: Yes,the 2001 has an engine oil cooler it's built into the oil filter base. You can see it when you change the oil filter. The PF with a auto trans has an oil cooler built into the bottom of the radiator. Also there is a trans overtemp light on the left side of the instrument cluster.
#1512 of 8189 meca2 - oil/transmission fluid coolers
Feb 27, 2001 (9:53 pm)
Hey, so you're saying these come on all PFs & are not part of the towing package?
#1513 of 8189 oil coolers
Feb 27, 2001 (10:12 pm)
Yes, the auto and manual trans both have engine oil coolers under
the oil filter. I purchased mine without a tow package. I purchased
the tow hitch and wire harness and installed it my self. The coolers
are installed on all PF with/wo tow hitch. Steve