I am in the market for a mid-size. So far, Pathfinder is #1 on my list.
I read somewhere that the pathfinder would be re-designed in 2004 and a new model would come out in mid 2003. Anyone has anything on this. According to my reading, it would be bigger, based on a truck chassis from a new truck from Nissan. I just can't remember where I read this!!!
It does make sense since the Xterra is somehow in the same market then the Pathfinder. In fact, what brought me to the pathfinder was the XTerra. However, when we looked at the price of the version we wanted, it cam out $1,000 highet then the Chilkoot! We like the Pathfinder better (much better truck, as far as we are concern).
I am worried that the model value may decrease rapidly if a new model comes out next year. On the other end, we could see some decent offers from Nissan in the spring, which is when I want to buy.
Don't waste your money on the tornado thing. I've read a lot about them and have never read anything (other than their literature) that gave me any reason to think that it might actually help anything.
Fuel Gauge: same experience as WT, light comes on slightly before E, I refill when I hit E, and always have 2+ gallon reserve. I don't see as a problem.
Leather on '03s: I think it's tough enough to withstand my Lab (who happens to have very worn, short nails from all his activity) on the back seats, but prefer to keep in back to prevent wear, dirt, etc. Reason: most dogs have longer nails which may pose a problem, moreover that rear cargo area is perfect for the pooch. Caution with wet dogs and leather: they will tear that leather up. We had a leather Lincoln Towncar where our lab (wet from the river, etc.) eventually tore it up from a year's worth of soakings and use.
Problems with Dealers: my advice after, like most, "years" of problems with furniture co's, retailers, etc. is: 1) keep records of all attempts/efforts/conversations and take down ALL names, first and last (start Day 1!); 2) do as much as you can in writing, even initial contacts to service departments when you predict it will not be an easy to resolve problem (just drop off a written description with date and name blanks you can fill in when you get there - they will look at you crazy, but know you are serious); and 3) escalate it up the food chain to regional/district managers and owners and corporate if need be.
I have found this to be 100% succesfull and in many cases have received free product "to make me happy" so that I do not forward my paper trail to the Consumer Affairs desk at, e.g., The Washington Post. It's amazing what having things in writing and a long paper trail combined with diplomatic threats of "bad publicity" will do: this method has resulted in Honda replacing with wife's Civic with a brand new vehicle (rarely done) and Home Depot (love/hate relationship like most) installing products at my home for no charge. Try to orchestrate your efforts and concentrate your effort versus spreading around to many individuals (none of which will be immediately inclined to take ownership of your problem). Good luck!
I bought some BFG 245/75/16 A/T for my pathy. if anyone is thinking about getting a slightly larger, more agressive tread tire, I highly recommend it. Works great in the mud Only gripe is that I lost about 1 mpg on the gas mileage.
anyone on here do any real 4x4ing in their late model pathfinder??? i need some nissan friends over at www.offroadworld.net. I'm the only nissan on the board. everyone else has ford f150's.
Don't mistake the Pathfinder's swirl valves for Tornados. The location of the swirling air in the intake system makes a big difference. The Tornado product swirls the air at the throttle body, not at the intake valve, so any swirl effect created by the tornado is mostly lost before the air enters the cylinder head.
About 2 years ago on this forum there was much discussion about steering wheel shimmy in the 55-65 MPH range on '01 PF's. A TSB at that time suggested replacing the rack and pinion assembly, and my dealer did so, but the work did not make any difference. I gave up and learned to live with the shimmy as it happens only intermittently. I'm getting ready to replace the original Bridgestone Dueler tires, and I would like to permanently resolve the problem in conjuction with replacing the tires. I recall someone on this forum mentioning that a Hunter 9700 wheel balancing machine can solve the issue. Has anyone here suffered the shimmy problem, and been able to permanently resolve it? How? Thanks in advance for your help.