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#7796 of 8191 Re: 2005 Pathfinder - 5,000 Mile Report Card [zzr12]
Feb 24, 2005 (8:42 pm)
just join the forum, Frank good decision.
My wife has the 2001 le 4x4, purchased two month after they roll out to the market, 38,000 plus on the odometer and it is rock solid, only oil changes and the rear bottoming issue which nissan
quickly fixed it. Hoping that the 2005 model we will have the same experienced as the 2001 model so, we purchased le 2x4 this time because of the
added third row seat for hauling kids to schools. To my disappointment it didn't meet my expectations, rattle on the engine compartment
which was the intake manifold issue (replacement parts on order by the dealer), brakes squeaks when backing out from the garage and poor radio
reception. Hopefully they will fixed all this issues and enjoy driving my pathy, Have 1,270 miles on it now. Overall I like my pathy.
Feb 25, 2005 (6:16 pm)
Hi, I have a 95 Pathfinder and my battery died but, the hood release isn't working for some reason. It just won't pop up in order for me to lift the lever. It's been sitting in my driveway for 1 week!!! Anyone have any ideas??? Does this have to do with the cold weather?
Feb 26, 2005 (8:18 am)
For all with cable operated hood releases - BE GENTLE! If you break the cable you are in trouble (unless you really like difficult mechanical problems). Be sure to lubricate the mechanism from time to time.
If you can still feel resistance when you pull the hood release your cable is still connected. Have someone hold the release in the activated position (gently) and work the hood - sometimes thumping it with your fist will let it release - sometimes you have to push the hood side to side or front to rear. Once you get it open, you will need to adjust it so it works properly again. If you have never lubricated it this is the time - use a spray on grease such as door hinge lub.
If you have no resistance when operating the release lever your cable is either broken or the end has slipped out of the notch. You will have to access it from under the vehicle. Study another vehicle like your own to see what you will have to do to release the latch - usually there is a tab that has to be pushed back (it has a slot in it and the cable end goes there to pull it back). Sometimes you can push the hood up enough to get a screwdriver in to push the release, sometimes you have to access it from below.
#7799 of 8191 '01 & '05 Pathfinders
Feb 26, 2005 (1:18 pm)
I have an '01 Path. LE with 85,000 miles on it. Have only done oil changes and new tires at 83,000 miles! (mostly highway driving) Other then a new rattle in the driver's left side woodgrain plastic AC vent, the SUV has been great! Time for a new one. I did extensive research and test driving. Lexus 330, 4R, MDX, Chose the Pathfinder for engine and great new look. Truck had to come from a dealer in Jacksonville so it had 150 miles on it. LE with Nav. and a few others. Storm gray with graphite interior...sharp! Dealer in Jacksonville had added mud guards, wheel locks, front end hood smoke protector, cargo rubber mat and net (Small rubber mat and net). I paid $200 over invoice and paid dealer cost for cargo mat, wheel locks and hood protector. Did not pay for mud guards. This dealer (Bill Ray Nissan) was the only Orlando rarea dealer to meet my faxed offer. The truck has been great...almost 1,000. I have had none of the above problems. Bought the truck end of January. I am wondering if the Jacksonville dealer maybe worked out some of the above listed concerns while they had it? The highway I drive has a stretch of uneven pavement...construction. Truck still rides great. No engine noise. No pillar rattling, etc. Rarely have passengers but the time I did, they could not believe how smooth the ride was. (Back seat still a little cramped and I keep third row down for carting stuff.) I would defintely buy again so far! Keeping my fingers crossed! (Email me if you need salesman's name.)
Feb 26, 2005 (7:47 pm)
Wow... 85,000 miles & only oil changes? Remind me not to buy that PF when you sell.
#7801 of 8191 85,000 mi and only oil changes
Feb 27, 2005 (8:26 am)
Not sure what you think should also be done, smokey75. There is only one grease nipple on the truck, and while the front wheel bearing repack is specified that is about it. Valve lash is to be "checked", not adjusted (it is done with shims, so adjusting is a relative term). I do coolant every two years, mileage not consulted. Same for brake fluid. Trans. oil change is not called for in the manuals, though it's probably a good idea every 50,000 km (30,000 mi.) or so. Transfer case and diff. oil is called for at 48,000 km. Other than "inspections" that's about it according to the manuals.
I think he was refering to no mechanical failures, not lack of maintenance. Mine is in the same catagory, no failures yet (other than warrenty replacement of two O2 sensors), but I'm only just over 50,000 km.
That's why I buy these vehicles (Toyota and Nissan). Same thing happened with my previous 1990 4Runner. Eleven years and 130,000 km with no mech. failures on it as well.
Feb 27, 2005 (6:58 pm)
no mechanical failures.....thanks pathstar1. That is exactly what I meant. The car has been kept in meticulous condition. Have a good dealership near me where all service has been done as prescribed in the manual. I have not had any problems until the slight rattle or vibration in the driver's side left AC vent (the plastic woodgrain) just started. Don't worry smokey75, the truck is not forsale!!!!
#7803 of 8191 Re: How to Clean Floormats ? [steve_]
Feb 28, 2005 (1:52 am)
This is changing the subject but could anyone tell me what body/ chassis the 2000, 2001 Pathfinder is built on? Is it on a car frame or a truck frame? Thanks very much, Patti
#7804 of 8191 Pathfinder Chassis
Feb 28, 2005 (8:47 am)
The 2nd generation Pathfinders (1996-2004 I think) are build on a unibody (car type construction) rather than body-on-frame like a truck. The 1st generation and the current 3rd generation are truck-chassis based. I think the current Pathfinders are built on a modified Frontier chassis, but I could be wrong on this.
#7805 of 8191 Re: Pathfinder Chassis [markjenn]
Feb 28, 2005 (8:52 am)
the f-alpha platform underpins the titan/armada, and is modified slightly to fit under the frontier/xterra/pathfinder.