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#5377 of 8191 The 2003 Nissan Lineup - Charting the Changes [Jul. 15, 02]
Jul 19, 2002 (3:26 am)
Nissan's new product onslaught continues in the 2003 model year with the introduction of the all-new 350Z sports car and Murano crossover sport utility. The Z® arrives in August 2002, while the Murano is scheduled to arrive at 1,100 Nissan dealers nationwide in November 2002.
"Nissan is starting an unprecedented progression of new products in the United States, including a pulse-quickening 350Z two-seat sports car and the Murano, a crossover blending great performance with great versatility," said Jed Connelly, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "We have more on-deck which we know will appeal to a growing number of car and truck shoppers."
Other 2003 highlights include a new Maxima SE Titanium Edition Package, the addition of the Frontier Open Sky model with a power-operated retractable top, 10 additional horsepower for Frontier and Xterra V6 models, and available satellite radio for all Pathfinder models.
All 2003 Pathfinders will be available for optional satellite radio, with a choice of XM or Sirius services. The LE model receives standard leather-appointed interior, while SE models feature restyled wheels. Both models also feature a new 4-spoke steering wheel and electronic rear hatch window release. A new Vehicle Dynamic Control Package offers Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System and tire pressure monitoring system. Four new exterior colors are also offered for the 2003 model year.
Enhancements to the 2003 Pathfinder include:
· All Pathfinders come satellite radio ready
· Standard leather-appointed seats and improved center console/C-stack appearance on LE model
· Standard side-impact and side curtain supplemental air bags standard on LE
· Standard LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children) system
· Restyled four-spoke steering wheel, standard electronic rear hatch window release
· Titanium color interior accents on SE models
· Available Vehicle Dynamic Control Package with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System and tire pressure monitoring system
· New 16-inch 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheel design standard on SE model
· Four new exterior colors - Crystal Blue, Burnt Copper, Sunlit Sand, Polished Pewter
2003 and Beyond
· Nissan will also introduce an all-new, full-size sport utility vehicle in fall 2003
Does anyone have any more info on this new full-size SUV from Nissan?? I WANT ONE!
#5378 of 8191 Nissan's Full-size SUV
Jul 19, 2002 (5:57 am)
AFAIK, this will be a V8-powered truck based SUV. The V8 is a variation of the 4.5L Q45 engine. Funny thing is Nissan developed a pickup and a SUV on the same platform (like everybody else) at the same time, but unlike everybody else, they want to introduce the SUV to the market first. Maybe they also think the SUV boom is coming to an end, and they want to get a foot hold before the party is over. There were some art sketches on the web a year or two ago, the SUV looked pretty marcho.
#5379 of 8191 Thanks Jon..Looks like Canada purchase will not happen, to much hassle!
Jul 19, 2002 (6:28 am)
but thanks again for your info!
Jul 19, 2002 (7:35 am)
It sounds like Nissan (Renault) is turning around their financial problems faster than predicted too. That should help encourage new model launches and other innovations, like this eye opener.
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Jul 20, 2002 (4:56 am)
Nice to hear from you.
I guess, we are the Lucky few who took advantage of the Canadian deal back then.
#5382 of 8191 Regular or High Test ?????
Jul 21, 2002 (5:26 pm)
My 2002 Pathfinder LE just passed 2000 miles without any problems. So far I am loving every bit of this truck. I have been following this post for awhile, and it looks like the consensus is for High Test gas. So far, I have been averaging 17 miles per gallon on REGULAR gas (mixed driving) without any loss of power or performance. It seems that most people here are using high test, and getting the same exact mileage. The book says 87 but recommends 93. Not sure what that means?? I can understand if I use the truck for towing, then I would also use high test, but under normal driving,(in Florida with flat roads) it seems a waste of money to use High test. Can anyone tell me what better performance means?? (better gas mileage??) If the engine would knock or I noticed loss in power, I will be the first one to switch, but so far I can't see spending the extra money. Any comments??
#5383 of 8191 The manual says use premium
Jul 21, 2002 (6:01 pm)
so I use premium. I am not going to risk invalidating the warranty.
#5384 of 8191 Regular or High Test??
Jul 21, 2002 (6:18 pm)
bigorange30... My manual says 87 but recommends higher. Anyway, I don't think the warranty can be invalidated on use of regular gas..
#5385 of 8191 My 2002 QX4 manual says:
Jul 21, 2002 (6:55 pm)
"Use unleaded premium gasoline with an octane rating of at least 91 AKI (Anti-Knock Index) number (Research octane number 96).
If unleaded premium gasoline is not available, unleaded regular gasoline with an octane rating of at least 87 AKI (Research Octane number 91) can be used.
However, for maximum performance, the use of unleaded premium gasoline is recommended."
I don't see this as an endorsement of regular at all. I do think the manufacturer may not honor the warranty if they find alot of soot and buildup in the engine thought to be attributed to low octane fuel and they could verify that premium was available in my area. Don't you think they will find any reason they can not to pay for a $10,000 engine? Are you really going to spend $30,000 on a vehicle and then quibble over a few pennies in gas cost? Now, after the warranty is up, I may consider making a change. However, they put it in there for a reason. They don't just make those things up. What is that reason?
#5386 of 8191 Which octane?
Jul 21, 2002 (7:06 pm)
I have a 2002 LE and I have used both Regular and premium fuel.Fuel milage does stay the same either way at 15 MPG.But the engine seems to run smoother and has a little more pep when I run premium in it.So that's what I put in it from now on.If I didn't buy it and only leased it I would problably put regular in it. The engines in the 2001+ Pathfinder is considered a high performance engine, just like a Mercedes or BMW. And both of these makes also suggest premium fuel. Just my two cents. BTW- 17 MPG is very good fuel milage for a Pathfinder in mixed driving.