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#5490 of 8191 Ride feel on SE and LE
Aug 13, 2002 (6:11 pm)
For 2002, I would actually say that the LE would have a sportier ride due to the 17" rims. But pre-2002 models (1999(?) to 2001), all Pathfinder models employ the same suspension. It is a misconception that the Pathfinder follows the Nissan nomenclature for SE models having a sportier/firmer suspension, because it does not. Please check the Pathfinder brochure carefully, I think you will find that there is no mention of a firmer suspension for SE models, as opposed to a Maxima brochure where it specifically mentions it. I think the SE designation in the Pathfinder distinguishes it as being a more sportier-looking truck while the LE is a more luxurious looking truck.
#5491 of 8191 SE/LE suspension
Aug 13, 2002 (6:20 pm)
Crikey is correct. The SE and LE models feature the same springs and shocks, so any ride difference perceived is due to tire inflation or tire size (or the placebo effect created by believing you're driving the "sport" model)
Aug 13, 2002 (7:22 pm)
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Crikey is quite right about the suspension. Brochure makes no mention of difference in suspension and I noticed none driving SE vs. LE.
If anything, lower profile tires on LE might ride a bit firmer on pavement. Traditionally, higher profile tires like on the SE are preferred for off-roading to avoid rim damage. But the LE wheels do look good.
Note, the brochure is misleading. To clarify, if you want side airbags on '02, you MUST get leather seats.
Also, if you buy an '02 SE with Popular Package that was made early in production (e.g., a demo), it may not have the automatic temperature control.
Aug 14, 2002 (5:23 am)
You know, I didn't think about the inflation of the tires.......and I believe that is a very good possibility that on the LE the tires could have had a lower pressure, which made it feel a bit more car-like.
Thank you.....nuf said.
#5494 of 8191 nissangirl...
Aug 14, 2002 (6:36 am)
...I would actually get the LE, if I were you (or your husband), because of the 17" rims. Better yet, if you really like the Pathfinder, I would wait for the 2003 models since optional packages like leather will become standard. Also side-curtain airbags are going to be standard on the 2003 LE. Hopefully, all these added equipment does not include a price increase, although a small increase would be expected.
But then, you might see the Murano and say, "Whoa! Where'd that come from?" and forget about the Pathfinder altogether. That is, unless off-roading is in your agenda, then the PF might be a better vehicle for your needs.
Aug 14, 2002 (7:12 am)
Thanks! I'm all for the Path LE, and yes, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the '03's. As far as off-road, I do not expect to do any of that. I have seen the Murano, received a brochure on it a few weeks ago, nice, but I think I will stick with the Path.
Aug 14, 2002 (9:29 am)
The suspension is different between the LE and SE.
Spring rating is different. A stiffer setup for the SE.
#5498 of 8191 stillers2:suspension
Aug 14, 2002 (9:37 am)
Funny that Nissan doesn't make mention of this in their literature for the Pathfinder.
I checked out nissandriven.com and found that in the Maxima specifications, it mentions 'Sport-tuned suspension - firmer front and rear springs, front struts and rear shock absorbers; larger front stabilizer bar' for the SE, see http://www.nissandriven.com/vehicles/ModelSpecifications/0,9439,20360||,00.html. But, in the Pathfinder specification, it makes no mention of it, see http://www.nissandriven.com/vehicles/ModelSpecifications/0,9439,20702||,00.html.
I do think they have the same suspension and that the spring ratings are the same.
Aug 14, 2002 (10:20 am)
I will have to agree with you. I drove a '02 SE then hopped in a '02 LE and could tell a difference in the ride right away. Tighter in the SE and smoother in the LE. My sales rep. may have been giving me a line or sales pitch towards the LE (higher price tag), but he said that the two vehicles do have a different suspension. We actually haven't made a purchase yet, but plan on it when the '03's come in.
Anyone know if the '03's are heading to dealerships yet??