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Nov 23, 2003 (11:59 am)
Hey all, just got a 2003 PF SE and I'm loving it! (my first Nissan vehicle) 2 questions, however: Do all PF's have a LSD differential, or is this an option that I missed getting?
Second, my owner's manual lists 2 different engines, but I thought all PF's came with the same 3.5 DOHC V6. Do you know what the differences are?
Thanks in advance!!
Congrats on your purchase! I'm not sure if all '03 PF's came with the LSD, but it's easy to tell if you've got it: the rear differential shoul have an orange "Use LSD oil only" sticker on it.
Also, not all PF's come with the VQ35 engine. The 3.5L engine was added only in North American Pathfinders. The rest of the world still gets the VG33E.
#7117 of 8191 LSD on 03 Pathfinder SE
Nov 23, 2003 (2:52 pm)
Here in Canada, if you order the 03 Pathfinder with the automatic transmission package, it comes with traction control and other traction enchancements (VDC). Not sure how it is in the USA.
#7118 of 8191 Sound Deadening/ New Tire Reviews
Nov 24, 2003 (9:26 am)
without a sound meter it is very arbitrary. I used my conversation voice during highway speeds as a rough gauge. I know, it is not very accurate but the conversation was easier (very slight, it may be psychological as you stated) to listen to after the install. It is relatively small/incomplete test install.
I would hesistate to tell you that it would make a further difference if what you already installed did not make a difference. Wind noise is still bad on windy days. Can't do anything more to help that. I am going to install new Dueler A/T Revos tires tomorrow. I think that would make the single largest impact in noise reduction.
We will see. I will post my review after some holiday travel this week.
I was thinking about the Yoko Geolander H/T-S GO51, Goodyear Forteras HL, Michelin Cross Terrain, and the Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos. For the price, treadwear, wet traction, looks, and most improtant to me, road noise/comfort, the Revos can't be beat according to the numerous tirerack reviews. I have used their reviews on another passenger tire purchase and wasn't dissappointed at all.
#7119 of 8191 Re: Sound Deadening/ New Tire Reviews
Nov 24, 2003 (1:54 pm)
Thanks Ibinh for the reply. Yes other than replacing with a low noise tire, I think it needs a fundermental re-design if Lexus-quiet is the goal.
BTW I couldn't fine Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos at tirerack.com. I put in 02 QX4 and it poped up with the same OEM tire I think. When it comes to a new tire, low noise/comfort is also my first consideration.
#7120 of 8191 Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos
Nov 25, 2003 (6:27 am)
is not available with 17" from tirerack.com. Wish my wheels are 16" so the size of itself will let tire have more rubber and less noise.
#7121 of 8191 Bridgestone Revos Alternative
Nov 25, 2003 (6:58 am)
Sorry to hear that Jiamin.
I am assuming your '02 QX4 has more sound insulation because it is a luxury brand. If you do mostly on road driving then that might not be the tire for you. I read they make a whirling wind noise from 5-50 MPH. Silent >50MPH. It is because of the aggressive tread design (All Terrain tires). Looks great though even though no 17" size for yours.
Alternative for you could be the Goodyear Fortera HL or the Yoko Geolander H/T-s GO51. Both are rated as low noise highway SUV tires.
Since it is my fiance's car I have racked my brains over this decision and think I will go with the Luxury Highway Goodyears. Poor treadwear ratings (compared to others in category) from tirerack though. Might be taking advantage of 60K treadwear warranty. Will sacrifice treadlife for less noise. Will install today.
Dueler A/T Revos are a better tire in the wet/dry but too many reviews about noisy tread(humming wind noise) at low speed. Best all terrain tire out there. Not for our highway traveling though.
Hope Nissan addresses wind noise problem in current Pathies for the next generation model.
#7122 of 8191 New Tire Reviews by jiamin
Nov 25, 2003 (11:10 am)
My 2001 QX4 came with Michelin LTX M/S tires...245/65-17's...Gone 35,000 and they still are good...Seem to ride well with not to much road noise...
#7123 of 8191 Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revos
Nov 25, 2003 (12:22 pm)
After painstaking review of consumer comments on tirerack, I concluded that the Revos would produce more noise than I want in a all highway setup. I gave the Goodyear Forteras HL a try today and they are much quieter than OEM Dueler HT's. Holiday roadtrip will produce more comments later.
Got the 255/70/16, $587.60 Discount Tire with $50 mail in rebate. Raised the car up noticebly, ~1 inch at least. Fills the wheel wells out nicely. Aggressive sidewalls are nice. The Yoko Geolanders H/T-s were my close second choice.
Sorry to hear that QX4 and Pathy 17"s wheels are limited in tire selection.
I heard Brown Bread deadener was the best value insulation out there. Heard it can reduce interior noise by 7-8 Decibels with full install. It is also cheaper.
I hope they fundamentally incorporate more insulation on their $30K vehicles next time. Wind tunnel testing wouldn't hurt either. : P
#7124 of 8191 Nice webpage by Pathy Fanatic
Nov 25, 2003 (2:00 pm)
Try this. I know I am experiencing what he/she has solutions for. It definitely answers some of my lingering Pathy questions...Great DIY instructions and ideas.
Nov 25, 2003 (4:20 pm)
I just put a set of Bridgestone Revo's 255/70/16 on an 03 SE, they fit great without any rubbing and look great on. The ride quality and handling is good once the tire breaks in (about 300 miles the tread squirm goes away and side walls become a little more forgiving), the road noise is slightly louder than the stock Toyo's but pretty damn good for an A/T tire.
Watch out for decreased breaking ability with a larger diameter tire (1 inch change in dia between 65's and 70's makes a big difference). Also gas mileage has dropped by close to 2 mpg and acceleration and throttle response has been compromised a bit.
Overall a great tire for anyone who will be driving in all weather and terrain conditions.
Best tire I've ever put in the mud, I had the rear tires buried just below the hubs and pulled out without using 4wd.
If I had to do it all over again, I would probably go with the Yokohama Geo's (appropriately sized of course). I hope this helps.