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#2108 of 8191 Redesign of Pathfinder
Mar 30, 2001 (6:26 pm)
I have heard that the PF will be redesigned for the 2003 model. I have been considering a PF but per my earlier post here, I feel that the 2001 model falls a little short (rear drum brakes, cramped rear seat, limited headroom, narrow rear entry doors etc). I suspect that the 2002 model will not change at all from 2001 model since a major redesign is due in 2003. Unless a person can not hold off until the 2003 model is released, it makes sense to wait in my humble opinion. Typically, Nissan will bring a redesigned vehicle to market early. For example: When the Maxima was redesigned for model year 2000, it was actually released for sale in May of 1999. Also, the 2002 model year Infiniti Q45 is a redesign and it is being released in April/May 2001. Hence, I suspect that the redesigned 2003 PF will be released in April/May 2002, which is just next year. The body style for 2001 and 2002 PFs have basically been around for a while. They will surely decrease in market value when the 2003 model is released next year. For my money, I'd rather wait for the redesigned PF next year. Any other thoughts?
#2109 of 8191 Redesign - Skips2-
Mar 30, 2001 (7:31 pm)
I think the earliest the 2003 Pathfinder will come out in late August of 2002 at the earliest. The 2001 Pathfinder is really a great SUV. I'm not a owner(yet) but i've test driven almost every SUV, from an Xterra, to an Escalade, and i really feal that the Pathfinder has the best ride quality/engine/comfort. It is the best bang for the buck if you ask me, especially since the incredible incentives out right now (3.9 APR, plus the invoice sales) on these 240-250hp beasts. Fortunately, I don't have a problem with the Headroom or rear seats.
We also don't know what the 2003 PF will look like. It might not be so eye-appealing, so I am going to get myself a 2001 LE PF, because they are truly awesome SUV's.
Just a thought/opinion,
Mar 30, 2001 (7:43 pm)
I have seen some discussion about oil filters for the '01. Most of the messages referred to buying the filters from the dealership, but I was wondering if it's possible to order them off the internet. If so, what is the price vs. the dealers price?
#2111 of 8191 LE vs SE suspension/skips2
Mar 30, 2001 (8:53 pm)
I see you posted that a salesman told you that the PF SE suspension is firmer than the LE...I stated previously that I thought they were the same...alhough I probably should have said "as far as I know", I've never read anything that said they were different. Anyone else heard that they're different? Jambazi...you have the SE, no? Do you know?
#2112 of 8191 SE vs LE suspension
Mar 30, 2001 (10:20 pm)
The suspensions are EXACTLY the same for the PF (maybe not the Maxima). This was an important issue for me as I prefer firm suspension settings and would have seriously considered the SE over the LE if this was the case (or changed out the shocks/springs on my LE). After driving both quite aggressively and noticing no difference, I asked the service managers at 2 dealers to confirm the suspensions were the same, which they did. Just to be sure, I contacted Nissan Canada and got the same answer. They responded that differences in tires and tire pressures between 2 test-driven vehicles can dramatically change the ride even if everything else is the same (I guess I can buy that). I've learned to be suspicious of what salesmen tell me. I've found that many posters on this board tend to know more about their vehicle than some salesmen
#2113 of 8191 Suspension
Mar 31, 2001 (1:38 am)
Altima SE (Sport tuned)
Maxima SE (Sport tuned)
Quest SE (Sport tuned)
Sentra SE (Sport tuned)
Pathfinder SE (no mentioned)
because it is the same as the LE
Nissan usually advertised the sport tuned suspension for their SE models.
I have the PF brochure and no difference is presented. I also verified their web site and only the Altima, Maxima, Quest and Sentra SE models have the sport tuned suspension.
#2114 of 8191 SE Suspension
Mar 31, 2001 (4:59 am)
I do have the SE, and the ride is nice. Of course, the air in my tires is at 26 psi cold, as recommended. Never driven an LE or XE (does anyone on this board have an XE, by the way? I haven't seen it mentioned), so I can't compare.
I did check the service manual, however, and they make no distinction between SE and LE as far as suspensions go. There's a small difference between 4WD and 2WD, but not between SE and LE.
That difference, by the way, is that the 4WD rides 0.63 inches (1.6 cm) LOWER in the front than the 2WD with the same size tires (255/65 R 16). If you were to put 245/70 R 16 tires on both models, then the difference decreases to 0.12 inches (3 mm), with the 4WD still riding a bit lower. All other specs are identical, as is all the service work.
#2115 of 8191 Oil Filter Question
Mar 31, 2001 (5:37 am)
Thanks for the information on the Oil Filters Howie. I guess I will go back to my dealer with this information and get my filters back. I would much rather use the larger ones with more filtering capacity. Apparently there is no interference by using the larger size.
Apr 01, 2001 (6:46 am)
No problem. Glad to help out. But one thing you might want to consider is to use the filter provided by your dealer. That way you can keep the receipt and be protected if any warranty issues arise.
#2117 of 8191 Cost of PF LE?
Apr 01, 2001 (7:54 am)
I'm planning on buying a new PF LE with the entertainment system and leather pkg, LSD, and a few other incidentals. From what I'm gathering, is it true that I should be paying roughly invoice (about $31,000 plus or minus)? If so, with 3.9% financing, this is a great deal. Anyone have experience with this? Tnx.