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#7831 of 8191 Pathfinder vs. QX4 quality
Mar 11, 2005 (2:37 pm)
I currently own a 2001 2wd QX4 with about 100K miles. It is a very solid vehicle, and seems like it could easily go to 300K or more without major problems. However, I am considering trading or selling it and purchasing a 2001-02 Pathfinder with 5-speed tranny and LSD, possibly 4wd, for the fun and versatility factors. Had an Altima for 10 years with 5-speed and enjoyed it. My question is how much of a difference in overall quality is there between the QX4 and the Pathy? I was told once by an Infiniti service manager that the Infiniti gets all of Nissan's top quality parts, while the Nissans get moderate quality parts. Infiniti hype or some truth to that?? It seems like the Pathy and the Q may be almost identical mechanically, but can't find much documentation on that.
I'm working on talking myself out of this due to the cost of the trade. But, anyone out there, driving a Pathy with 5-speed with strong preference one way or the other? I do tow a small pop-up periodically, and I understand the auto. is better for towing, but I would think that is more important for heavier loads.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
#7832 of 8191 Pathy vs. QX4
Mar 11, 2005 (3:34 pm)
So the Infiniti is JDM "Prime" while the Pathfinder is JDM "Choice"? I don't think so. Under the skin, they are mechanically identical. Same unit body, same suspension, same engine, etc. The QX4 will have more luxurious items in the interior, like the seats have higher quality leathers, HID's on the more recent versions, and I think the 4WD from the QX is only available on the LE Pathfinder, but those differences don't amount to much. And they are both nearly bulletproof. 300k should be easy for either of them.
The only real negative about getting a 5-speed SUV is when you try to get rid of it. It might be a fun toy for you, but it's an odd duck when it comes time to sell it. 99% of buyers want the slushbox.
You already have the 240 HP engine, so there's no need to trade for that.
You can only get the 5-speed on the Pathfinder SE, so you'd be giving up most of the "luxury" goodies.
If you don't really need 4WD, I'd stick with what you have. Maybe spending a few bucks to get it professionally detailed and having the dents bumped out will make it feel "new" for you.
#7833 of 8191 Re: 2005 Pathfinder - 5,000 Mile Report Card [gjaugie]
Mar 13, 2005 (4:50 pm)
gjaugie you said "It's also developed a low end vibration that seems to be coming from the tranny at lower rpm's. It's almost like the engine is lugging and the vibration is very annoying"
I have this too. Has this been resolved?
#7834 of 8191 Re: 1996 vs. New Models [utter]
Mar 14, 2005 (7:41 am)
jgriff - I never experienced to many complaints about leg room in my old Nissan, have they changed the spacing for the new ones then?
Iím 6í1Ē, and when Iím get into the back seat of the í05 PF my knees are pressed right up against the front rows, unless the front seats have been move up a lot. It would have been nice if the 2nd row move forward & backwards ie. Pilot.
Iíve test driven several 02 & 03 PF and found the 2nd row to be very adequate. To me a flat 3rd row is a nice-to-have but not a requirement. I would just as soon have more room/comfort in the 2nd and NOT have the 3rd row.
In the end I will most likely go with the new Xterra, as I like the more rugged looks and smaller footprint, which I feel give it more agile.
#7835 of 8191 Re: 1996 vs. New Models [jgriff]
Mar 15, 2005 (6:13 am)
I have leased a '98 PF and currently am leasing an '01. I am also 6'1" and have found the 2nd row legroom a little tight in both of these models unless the front seat is moved up. I thought for sure Nissan would address this in the '05 since this is one of the few complaints about this truck. However, they opted to squeeze in the 3rd row since that is the trend these days. By the way, that 3rd row is only for children. I attempted to sit back there and they almost had to use the jaws of life to get me out. That being said, I still think the '05 is a great truck and we'll be leasing another one when our current lease expires next month. It has great looks, a great engine, and a great ride. The 2nd and 3rd row leg room is not a 'need' for us. If it was, we'd be looking at something else. Just my $.02...
#7836 of 8191 New Pathfinder
Mar 21, 2005 (5:01 am)
I am intereseted in buying a 2005 Pathfinder, does anyone have one? How do you like it, any problems?
#7837 of 8191 Worn interior leather
Mar 21, 2005 (9:13 pm)
My leather-wrapped steering wheel is starting to crack and erode after about 1.5 yrs of ownership (2003 model). I am wondering what you all have done to refurbish/protect your leather steering wheels. What products are out there that have worked for you?
I live in southern california so I get A LOT of sun - not good for interior or paint I'm afraid. I do use a sun shield underneath the windshield on a daily basis but the top and left side of the steering wheel are still starting to dry out/crack.
Thanks for any insight.
#7838 of 8191 Re: Worn interior leather
Mar 22, 2005 (6:29 am)
Leather on my 02 QX4 steering wheel does not have any sign of crack/drying out. However I often use Turtle leather cleaner and conditioner (2-in-1) on all leather surface, about a few times a year.
#7839 of 8191 Re: Worn interior leather [viking03]
Mar 22, 2005 (7:52 am)
My 2001 LE doesn't have that and I get a lot of hot sun in southern Texas. I make it a point not to use any cheap/inexpensive leather/rubber/vinyl cleaners and protectants such as Armor All. They do more damage than good. I use McGuires and/or Lexol products. More expensive but worth the price vs. cheap brands.
Also, I don't apply anything to the steering wheel leather cause it makes it slippery.
I read from other forums that an internet company specializes in steering wheel refinishing. I think it costs about $200-$300. Will have to look up site URL.
Or simply buy those steering wheel leather covers(non-perforated leather) at autoparts stores. I bought one from Pep Boys($15) for my previous Dakota and it was a nice fit. You just had to thread it yourself, that took a long time.
Mar 23, 2005 (8:35 am)
I can use my key in the driver side exterior door lock to roll up and roll down the windows. Then I can press and hold the unlock button on the remote to roll down the windows, but why can't we use the remote to roll UP the windows ?