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#7810 of 8191 Pathy on a Maxima chassis?
Feb 28, 2005 (3:33 pm)
Nope. The 2001-2004 Pathfinder and QX4 might share a 3.5L VQ V-6 with the Maxima, but the similarities end there. It's pretty obvious when the Max is FWD and the Pathy is RWD or 4WD.
It's only been in the last few years that Nissan consolidated most of it's platforms, with the FM (350Z, G35, FX), the FF-L (Altima, Maxima, Murano, Quest), and F-Alpha (Titan, Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra, and QX56).
#7811 of 8191 Taking Delivery of 05 LE?
Mar 01, 2005 (8:57 am)
Hello all, this is my first post on this forum, I am taking delivery of a 05 Path LE in a couple of weeks. Any input into what to expect or look for, I am a little apprehensive after reading some of the posts on the poor quality of the 05, I am coming over from Toyota trucks since 82, this will be my first Nissan, RockyMtnPaths.
#7812 of 8191 Unibody vs. body-on-frame
Mar 01, 2005 (10:12 am)
Psells, the dealer is basically correct - a 2001 PF is built on a "car body", in that it is a unibody design where the body and frame are integrated together like most cars are these days. The frame of the vehicle is essentially the sheet metal of the body with some reinforcements added to provide strong attachment points where the suspension and drivetrain bolt on and to provide strength where needed. There is no separate frame that the body bolts to.
Almost all cars these days are built on unibodies as they're lighter, smoother on the road, and make for a quieter ride. Trucks tend to use body-on-frame because it provides a better platform for distributing the stresses of heavy loads and it allows a single chassis design to be used in all sorts of different truck designs.
The time of body-on-frame design in cars ended fifteen or so years ago. SUVs can go either way these days with those SUVs emphasizing more comfort and better highway manners going unibody (e.g., Highlanders, Pilots), and those emphasizing towing, ruggedness, and off-road capability going body-on-frame (e.g., 4Runner, current Pathfinder). The Pathfinder started as body-on-frame, went to a unibody for the year you're interested in (I doubt it is based on the Maxima since the Maxima was strictly FWD, but I don't konw), and then in 2005 went back to a truck-based design.
#7813 of 8191 Re: Taking Delivery of 05 LE? [rockymtnpaths]
Mar 01, 2005 (11:10 am)
"Any input into what to expect or look for"
I should have been a bit more specific! I am referring to the day that I inspect and take possession, Rocky Mtn Paths
#7814 of 8191 Replace VCR with DVD Player in 2001 Pathy
Mar 02, 2005 (7:48 am)
I just became a proud owner of a 2001 pathfinder LE. I love everything about it, but I would like to upgrade the VCR with a DVD player. Has anyone done this in the past? Any recommendations?
#7815 of 8191 Changing Front bumpers..
Mar 02, 2005 (10:01 pm)
Hey guys, soon-to-be Pathfinder owner here..
I may purchase a '95 soon with leather, and i'm wondering if it is possible to slap a '91-'93 bumper on there? Will i have to do any modifications, or will it just bolt right on? I really like the pre'-03 front bumpers a lot better than the later models.
Also, where's a good place to find a pre'03 bumper and other spare parts?
My other choice is to buy a '91-'93 Pathfinder for a lot cheaper and get the interior redone with leather, i'm wondering if you guys know a place that does this, or somewhere I can pick up some leather seats.
Basically I just want a '91-'93 style bumper and a leather interior...
Do you guys have any suggestions/recommendations? Is the '95 model that much greater than the '91-'93 models feature-wise, or are they about equal?
Thanks in advance, i really appreciate any input.
#7816 of 8191 Bumpers/leather
Mar 03, 2005 (8:17 am)
Doesn't the 91-93 and the 95 have the same basic bumper design? These are both 1st generation vehicles. I guess I'm unclear what is different about the bumpers that you're after.
Swapping new parts will be cost prohititve. Junkyards are where you get parts for this sort of swap.
Aftermarket leather is a common upgrade done in shops that specialize in interor work. These shops are common, but you want to find one with a good reputation. A quality job will likely run you $1500 or so, so you want to be sure you aren't investing too much in an old car where you'll never get your money back out if you sell.
Mar 03, 2005 (3:24 pm)
I'm not sure if the bumper will fit but I would look at http://car-part.com/ to find a used bumper. It searches a nationwide database of junk yards for the specific part your looking for. I've had good luck with them.
#7818 of 8191 Re: Bumpers/leather [markjenn]
Mar 03, 2005 (7:22 pm)
In '93, Nissan did a mild modification of the front bumpers. The most obvious change would be the fog light placement- right beside the signal lights. I like how plain and 'rugged' the previous style was, so that's what i'm trying to change. All i'm wondering is if the mounting is different between these two bumpers so I know if i'll run into problems trying to put it on after I find one.
Also, I dont really mind putting out the $1500 to get my interior leather'd....that's a great price to me. I plan on doing a lot of work to this car, it'll be my project car so I dont really mind the depreciation factor on reselling it. Thanks.
#7819 of 8191 Re: Taking Delivery of 05 LE? [rockymtnpaths]
Mar 04, 2005 (7:42 pm)
I'd take everyone's criticism with a grain of salt. Most gripes are minor and nit picky in my opinion. I'm sure there are legitimate problems but it is a vehicle and perfection is an impossibility. Anyway, as for the walk through, someone mentioned something about the drivers door not being right. Ours is fine and I haven't heard anyone else mention it. For the walk around look for things like scratches, dings or marks on the interior. Other than this if there's something, you'll be covered under warranty anyway. Basically, it's nothing to stress over, just enjoy the new car feeling and write things down as they come up. We love our 05 SE 4x4; not an LE with all the whistle, but all that extra stuff would only confuse me.