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#7674 of 8191 cv axle/wheel bearing problem
Dec 26, 2004 (3:11 pm)
I have a 2001 nissan pathfinder 48K miles. About a year ago had an accident where they had to replace basically the whole left driver side suspension.
I'm now having problem with squeaking while turning on low speed with 4wd engaged.
I took it to two mechanics:
First one wanted to replace just the strut mount and second wanted to replace the cv axle, lower ball joint, and front wheel bearing.
I don't quite understand the mechanical portion of this problem. The nissan dealer stated (if I understood it correctly) that the pathfinder does not have a ball joint--has a strut instead.
Any suggestions/comments/solutions? any input greatly appreciated.
#7675 of 8191 Considering a Pathfinder
Dec 31, 2004 (12:38 am)
Hi guys, I'm looking at a couple of pathfinders. The first one is a '99.5 LE, with 79k miles on it. It's fully loaded with leather, heated seats, bose sound, moonroof, etc. The price the dealer has on it is $14,950. The second is an '02 SE 5 speed, not as loaded up but still quite nice, 35k miles, for $17,900.
My questions are, do these sound like good prices? What are known problems to look for when trying one out? What major services have to be done to them? I have a '99 Explorer that I can't wait to get rid of, and it needed a transmission fluid change at 30k, ect. I have heard about the timing belt having to be changed, a water pump having to be put on, stuff like that.
I have a friend who has an '88 Pathfinder with, as he calls it, "over a quarter million miles," or in laymens terms about 260k. He also has a '96 Pathfinder with about 105k on it. He swears by Nissan and will not own anything other than a Nissan or Toyota, and possibly a Honda.
I'm also looking at 4Runners as well. They're a little more expensive, and most of the ones I've seen have higher mileage than the Pathfinders. I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions. Thanks!
#7676 of 8191 I have one just like that!
Dec 31, 2004 (11:22 am)
I have a 1999.5 LE loaded up just as you describe that I bought in September, 2002. It had 68,000 miles on it, and I paid $15,300. I now have close to 93,000 miles, and other than wear items (tires and brakes) and regular maintenance, it has been flawless. With proper upkeep, it should easily make it to 250,000 miles. They're pretty darn bulletproof.
Make sure the major services were done at 30k and 60k. It shouldn't need a timing belt and water pump until 105k.
I'd like to have the 240HP 3.5L V-6 in mine, but there is no way that I'd want the manual tranny. If I was buying today, I'd be looking for a 2001 or newer LE. When I was shopping, I also looked for 4-Runner's, but they were significantly more money for similar years and miles.
You should copy that post over in the Real World Trade-In Values board, with as much information as possible. When Terry wakes up from his New Year's Eve festivities, he will give you a good indication of what you should be paying.
Dec 31, 2004 (3:02 pm)
Thanks for the info. As far as I know, the 30 and 60k mile services were done on the '99.5. Since the '02 has 35k on it, and it was Certified, I'd say the 30k mile service was done. What has to be done to it at 60k?
#7678 of 8191 Re: 2001 5 Speed is the way to go ..
Dec 31, 2004 (3:08 pm)
If I was in the market to get an SUV in that price range, the only one on my list would be the 2001-2002 SE 4X4 5 Speed. I have heard from many sources it performs great and handles well unlike other SUVs in the class. The auto tranny one is good too but I am a sucker for performance and the manual tranny can't be beat.
However, the price on both seem a little high. Have you checked the blue book value ?
#7679 of 8191 Re: coupedncal
Dec 31, 2004 (3:18 pm)
I had a 5 speed before the automatic explorer, which I liked, but, I also like being able to talk on the phone and not have to reach down and change gears, haha. However, I love a 5 speed too. I checked the value on the '99.5 on both KBB and Edmunds, but KBB is always high. The price they're asking is right on with Edmunds, but significantly less than KBB. If I could find someone with a black book, they could look up what the black book value is on it. I looked up the '02, but I'm not exactly sure what all it has on it yet. I called the saleman today and told him to transfer it over to his lot so I could look at it tomorrow. I'll let ya know what I find.
Dec 31, 2004 (8:34 pm)
The newer models have a metal timing belt that doesn't need to be changed. 2001 and up. My 2001 LE is automatic. I wanted the manual trans. but I also wanted leather, so I had to go auto. If I was doing it again, I think I'd get the manual with the cloth seats. They are more durable. I just had to have one vehicle with leather to see what it was like. I also liked the "running boards" the LE has over the "door sill protector tubes" the SE and XE have. They protect the side body better than the tubes (from stuff thrown up by the tires).
As for service items, there aren't any major things to do. Eventually the valve lash will have to be done, but I suspect the engine will be worn out by then. Make sure you change the diff. and trans. fluid when you choose one. The older engine has a cast iron block (aluminum heads), the newer engine (3.5 L)is all aluminum. It's why I bought the vehicle. A wonderful engine that has won many design awards.
#7682 of 8191 Re: Towing with the '05 [fitguy]
Jan 01, 2005 (11:22 am)
I replaced my 2000 Expedition with a 2005 Pathfinder LE a few months ago. I tow a 16 foot trailer loaded with two large ATVs and some firewood, fuel, coolers, etc.. The Pathfinder has plenty of power to pull, and handles fine overall. My trailer has 4 wheels and trailer brakes and without them, I wouldn't feel too confident stopping with a large load...the Pathfinder is much smaller than I'm used to, and I'm having trouble adusting to the smaller size overall (including the interior space)...you feel the trailer much more, and while the ride is nicer than the truck-like Expedition, I don't have the same confidence level driving it, with or without the trailer.....I've had to slow down a lot in order to feel safe.
Couple of other complaints if I could nit pick for a second... The high beams leave a lot to be desired.... And the navigation system should be operable by the passenger while you are moving..having to pull off the road and put it in park is a terrible PIA. Also needs more cupholders and a seat pocket on the driver's side seatback.
#7683 of 8191 It's Interesting. . .
Jan 01, 2005 (12:56 pm)
that the traditional timing chain is now known as a "metal timing belt," and thought of as some kind of innovation.
Times change. Is it progress?