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#2097 of 8191 New & Question
Mar 30, 2001 (1:55 pm)
Glad I found this forum as it appears to be made up of respectable and knowledgeable members.
This past Monday we became the proud owners of a 2001 Pathfinder LE. It makes a fine addition to our other vehicle, a 2000 Maxima SE. Yup, we are Nissan fanatics!
The Pathy is Bronzed Grey with Charcoal Leather. Options include LSD, Cabin Microfilter, Hitch, Sunroof Air Deflector, Floor Mats, Body Side Moulding, and, did I state that lovely Leather package?
So far my wife and I are very impressed with the ride and handling, and of course we are familiar with Nissan quality, this being our 4th.
I haven't had the chance to get underneath and pull the splash shield yet to see the oil filter, but I do have a question about it. My owners manual states to use 15208 31u00, but when I went to my dealer today to swap some 15208 9e000 filters that I had from a group Internet purchase, the Parts Manager entered my VIN into his computer and came up with 15208 65f00 which he gave me. These filters are small and the information on the box indicates that they are for 4 cyl. applications. If they are in fact the wrong ones, the dealer will swap them for the correct ones. Can anyone clear this up for me? Thanks in advance.
#2098 of 8191 Who wants to pay over $30,000 for drum brakes?
Mar 30, 2001 (1:57 pm)
Does anyone have a problem with the rear drum brakes on this expensive SUV?
I am looking at buying one, but I am hoping that the 2002 model will have 4-wheel disk brakes instead of the rear drum.
Do any of you owners have complaints about the wet weather braking behaviour?
Or braking in general?
#2099 of 8191 2002 Pathfinder
Mar 30, 2001 (2:46 pm)
I'm new to the board but all of you seem very knowledgeable. Quick question for you. Motor Trend notes in its future vehicles section that Nissan is redesigning the Pathfinder for 2002, making it bigger and giving it a new look. Has anyone seen any other information on this or seen a design? If so, any leads to the info would be appreciated. I'm interested in the Pathfinder but if the design is going to change, I'd rather wait to see what it looks like before I commit to the 2001.
Mar 30, 2001 (2:57 pm)
I haven't had any problems with the braking system after one year and 12k miles. Several emergency braking maneuvers have gone smoothly and ended quickly. Someone posted that it had a shorter breaking 60-0 mph distance than did another similar SUV with 4wheel discs (? was the RX300 but can't remember). Anyway, don't notice the rear drums.
#2101 of 8191 drum brakes
Mar 30, 2001 (2:58 pm)
I too agree that the PF would be better with four wheel disc brakes! However, we have had ours for a year now and the only problem we have had is the annoying brake squeaks. Maybe Nissan will offer that option on future models.
#2102 of 8191 Redesign mid-year 2003...
Mar 30, 2001 (2:59 pm)
This is according to Nissan enthusiasts at:
Truck/Suvs, Feature + Nissan/Infiniti Model Matrix
#2103 of 8191 PF Brakes.
Mar 30, 2001 (3:06 pm)
My 2001 LE brakes like a charm. Both Motortrend television and Motorweek spoke highly of its stopping power. In fact, it stops in a shorter distance than most SUVs in its size class, including some of those with 4 discs (129 feet versus 134 feet for the RX300 and 141 feet for the ML320). I guess a well designed disc/drum braking system can perform well, even compared to a disc/disc system.
#2104 of 8191 path01/Oil Filter question
Mar 30, 2001 (3:11 pm)
This question was kicked around pretty extensively in the past, and I haven't updated the FAQ with it, because we never really settled anything to my satisfaction. Here's what we know:
1. The Service Manual calls for 15208 31U00 "OR EQUIVALENT."
2. Two dealers I went to state that 15208 31U00 is being replaced by 15208 9E000. This is how it's listed in their computers.
3. The dealer that another member (meca2, I believe) went to has 15208 65F00 or 65F01 listed as the correct part in its computer.
4. The 15208 65F00 was designed for use in the Sentra (4 cyl) engine.
5. The mechanic at the dealership I went to said that 9E000 will currently replace all of the above part numbers. He states that the apparent discrepancy now is due to the residual supply of 65F00, and dealers who have computers which list this part as the correct one are in areas where they are trying to offload that inventory. Once they run out of 65F00, it will be replaced in the computer by 9E000.
6. The filter that came on my car from the factory was 65F01.
7. The 65F01 and 9E000 have the same diameter, but the 9E000 is longer. They both have check valves.
This whole discussion was triggered by my going to the dealer to get oil filters, and being given 9E000. After all that, I decided that the 9E000 was the way to go (especially the two dealerships in my area didn't even carry the 65F00 or 65F01, nor did they have them listed in their computer).
I currently have the 9E000 on my car, and it's the second one I'm running. I do not think it's bad for the engine. It is, in fact, a larger filter than the 65F00, and it also has a check valve, like the picture in the service manual shows. There's no way it can void the warranty, since the dealers are using it, and Nissan has its own internal documentation which indicates the 31U00 being replaced by 9E000.
Hope this helps!
#2106 of 8191 escalade & drum brakes
Mar 30, 2001 (5:44 pm)
Escalade will drive the same as the Yukon/Tahoe. Not worth the extra $$$ in my opinion. It looks the same too. I heard that the 2002 Escalade is a little more distinctive looking though.
The rear drum brakes are fine. You don't feel any difference when driving in wet conditions versus dry. I had a Saab with 4-wheel discs and my LE brakes much better than the Saab ever did.