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#1712 of 8191 Slow Pathfinder Windows
Mar 10, 2001 (5:52 am)
My 1998 Pathfinder LE has the dreaded Nissan Window Disease! My driver's side window goes up slowly, and even slower if it is real cold outside. I've taken it into the dealer before (under warranty) and I believe they lubricated the channels - which solved the problem for a couple years. Now that its out of warranty and needs help again, does anyone know if this is somethiing that is easily done by an average guy, or is there some stuff you have to take apart to do this? Thanks in advance for any advice!
#1713 of 8191 PREMIUM OR NOT??
Mar 10, 2001 (8:57 am)
On page GI-8 in the ESM it states that "Use unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 AKI (anti-knock Index) number RON (research octane number 91).AKI is the average of RON and MON (Motor octane Number). AKI is the number posted on the retail gasoline pumps. So therefor it is OK to use regular fuel. drew the HOST might be more help sence this has been brought up several times in the past. Steve
#1714 of 8191 Path Vs Santa Fe
Mar 10, 2001 (9:52 am)
It is really tough to compare vehicles with features and prices....
The Lexus 300 has the traction control, the PF the limited slip differential, Acura MDX variable tourque management 4W drive, the Mercedes M320 calls theirs full-range ASR traction control, etc.
I liked the Acura MDX but it will be $8+ more than the PF Le with the same features that I want. The $30K (more or less) PF LE with the leather 4x4 LSD is already a stretch for me so the MDX is just not within my budget.
Just review each vehicle, and decide which will be important to your buying decision. Maybe a list of what you want on the left and what you can forego on the right on a sheet of paper will help..
Oh I wish all of these SUVs will have the same feature and not confuse us.....
I am enjoying every mile of driving the PF LE... I am one of those who is fascinated with horsepower and that is provided by the New Pathfinder... 240 hp same as what I wanted initially the MDX.. you can really feel the power (don't complain of mileage if you want to drive hard)... Some may go for the looks... others love the front grille of the QX4 but my wife preferred the PF because she hates the QX4 grille...I wanted the Sierra silver and she wanted the Sahara beige (just guess what we ended buying...u are right the beige!)
Once you decided and liked the vehicle, just enjoy it. Good luck in whatever you decide.
#1715 of 8191 2001 LE equipped
Mar 10, 2001 (12:40 pm)
Has anyone purchased a 2001 Pathfinder LE with a power antenna? I was told by a dealer today that none of the Pathfinders come equipped with a power antenna. He informed me that the only SUV, on the market today, with a power antenna is the Ford Explorer limited. Also are Bridgestone tires standard on the LE? I thought Dunlop was the better brand.
#1716 of 8191 Re: 2001 LE equipped
Mar 10, 2001 (1:02 pm)
Your dealer is wrong, plenty of SUVs come with power ant's including the PF. What he failed to tell you/realize is that the Canadian version of the PF still comes with the power ant. And previous years of USA PFs came with power ant's.
Don't you just love "dealers"?
#1717 of 8191 re: Path vs. Santa Fe
Mar 10, 2001 (1:11 pm)
Good analysis. But I was trying to do the comparison for someone else who asked (who was that now??). I am a thoroughly satisfied 2001 Path SE owner. After spending 4+ hours at the auto show the other night I still didn't see a vehicle in it's class I would trade it for.
Now if you through an Audi S4 Avant in there I might be swayed.
#1718 of 8191 re: Power Antenna
Mar 10, 2001 (1:15 pm)
The US Paths don't come with power antenna; the ones in Canada do. So you can either go to Canada to get your Path (and save a few thousand bucks too) or call up to Canada and buy a power antenna and replace the fixed mast.
Mar 10, 2001 (3:55 pm)
Finally got a resolution from the oil change business. After waiting a week on the bolts, tools and time I was able to get the striped holes tapped and the new bolts installed. I bought a Metric tap & die set and bolts extractor from Sears. It was very simple to remove the broken bolt as was tapping the holes.
Take a tip from me, make sure the oil change business you use DOESN'T use an air tool to reinstall the bolts. They are very small and will cross thread very easily.
They refunded all money I spent repairing the Pathy. Although all is OK, I doubt I will take it back and just do the oil changes myself.
Mar 10, 2001 (6:11 pm)
I believe the new 3.5L V6 engine requires premium fuel with at least octane 91. You can use regular (87 octane) petrol if you really cannot find 91, since the knock sensors and engine computer will compensate for the lower octane. However, in order to prevent this from degrading fuel economy or damaging your engine, I wouldn't use 87 octane petrol over the long run. To me, the savings are not worth the risk.
Mar 10, 2001 (6:12 pm)
For uphill sections in deep snow, low range is good. However, keep in mind that with low range, you have over 2 times the amount of torque going to the wheels. This will make them easier to break free on slippery surfaces, and that may cause your vehicle to dig into the ground and get stuck. Just something to be aware of. Have fun in the snow! Wish there was some here...
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