Last post on Jun 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM
You are in the Nissan Pathfinder
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#8051 of 8191 Re: How many miles is too many for a pre-owned? [tjfili]
May 12, 2006 (11:55 am)
What goes? Well, O2 sensors (there are four), the above mentioned cam timing sensors (there are two, you can see them on the front of the heads), and ignition coils (6), though not too many have complained about them on Pathfinders - Maximas are another matter. The 2001 was the first year for the VQ engine in the Pathfinder, though it was used for a few years earlier in the Infinity. So "first year problems" didn't really materialize.
So far that's about all the "common problems". If you are a little handy, I suspect you could change the O2 sensors if they go, and even the cam timing sensors - I haven't looked really closely at them, but there are only two bolts holding them into the head. Unless there is some wild clip inside they should be just unbolt and replace.
As far as telling what is wrong, that is another matter entirely. You need an OBDII reader or the Nissan system. Nobody can afford the Nissan system (even if they would sell it to consumers - which they don't). I tried an OBDII reader and it worked fine. It costs around $200. Without one you will have to rely on the dealer to troubleshoot the vehicle. Most charge around $50 to plug into the system and read the trouble code. Only after the "check engine light" comes on, of course. I'm told in the US "Autozone" will check it free for you.
Make sure the auto. trans. has been flushed and new auto trans. oil put in. The transfer case (if 4WD) and both diffs. should have an oil change. Make sure the coolant has been replaced - look inside the cooling system at an aluminum surface if you can for corrosion. It's an all aluminum engine and the coolant should be replaced every two years. Ditto for the brake fluid - I mean replaced, not just "topped up". Look for leaks on the power steering rack - it's an expensive replacement-only if it's leaking. I'd insist they change the spark plugs before I bought it - they can seize into the head if not removed every 40,000 mi or so - and they last a long time so they may not have been removed! If they seize it can be expensive to get them replaced.
Mine (2001 LE) and most others have been very reliable so far (I've only got 75,000 km - about 45,000 mi. on mine). I just got back from a long trip on 4 lane highway and 2 lane mountain backroads, and I keep being amazed at how well this vehicle works! With gas prices rising at nose-bleed rates I'm also happy - best tank this trip 11 l/100km and worst 13.5 l/100km - amazing for a two metric tonne vehicle!
#8052 of 8191 Re: How many miles is too many for a pre-owned? [pathstar1]
May 12, 2006 (12:20 pm)
I have an 01 SE with 161,000km (100,000mi). So far it has been pretty good. The only problems I have experienced have been fairly minor (1 cam sensor, 1 ignition coil) and the ever present 02 sensor check engine light. I have ignored O2 thing for the past 20,000km and the vehicle seems to run okay. THe dealer wants $400 bucks to fix so one of these days I will get around to doing it myself. The only other annoyances are the drivers side step rail rusted thru -Nissan wouldn't cover this under body corrosion warranty because they consider the factory supplied rails to be accessories . THe cd player has just jammed (ER2) so I will have to fix that soon. Overall I can't complain since by girlfriends 03 Liberty has had more problems and it only has 45,000km.
#8054 of 8191 Re: New JOb Need superlift suspension [jcash]
May 14, 2006 (7:40 pm)
Ok i thought i fixed everything . I not liking this pathfinder Let me add the List again! i have it less than 5 months now i just changed the brake master cyclinder pump, Previous to that was the fuel pump . Calipers Rotors, Brake Pads, Fuel Pump, Water Pump , Timming Belt. POwer Window switch , What else can go wrong with this car!!!! """""THE RADIATOR HAS 10 PIN HOLES THAT LEAK '''' SO I WENT OUT TO AUTOZONE AND BOUGHT A NEW ONE.
I HAVE A QUESTION I HAD MY WATER PUMP CHANGED THE MECHANIC SAID ITS CONNECTED TO THE TIMMING BELT! SO HE HAD TO DO THE TIMMING OVER. NOW THE ENGINE SHAKES AND IDLES VERY WEIRD NOT TO ADD THAT HE SAID I DROVE THE CAR TO LONG WITH A LEAK COMMING OUT THE WATER PUMPED SO I BURNED ONE OF THE CYLINDER PISTONS . SO MY 1995 NISSAN PATHFINDER SE IS NO LONGER A V6 ITS A V5 5 CYLINDERS WORKING IS THIS POSSIBLE?
#8055 of 8191 Car Seats in 2006 Pathfinder
May 17, 2006 (6:50 am)
Does anyone know whether two infant car seats and one child car seat will all fit on the second row of seats?
If not, has anyone had two infant car seats in the second row with the child car seat in the third row? If so, is the second row able to be tilted forward without having to disconnect the infant seat/tether?
#8056 of 8191 privacy shade
May 17, 2006 (9:18 am)
Does anyone know why there is no privacy shade for hiding packages in the rear of the '06 PF? Is there a place to buy an aftermarket shade? Thanks.
#8057 of 8191 Re: privacy shade [rwrsr]
May 17, 2006 (9:40 am)
The dealer told me it was because of the third row seats. When the 3rd row is up there is only a small section behind. It doesn't make sense to me either because I usually always have the 3rd row flat for storage area. I also noticed that are fixtures in the rear that look like they are for attaching a sliding shade like the old pathfinder which doesn't make sense. I searched for aftermarket and oem ones for 05-06 pathfinders but couldn't find anything. I really miss that option.
#8058 of 8191 Re: privacy shade [nissan17]
May 17, 2006 (6:24 pm)
Thanks Nissan17. I guess we will just have to throw a blanket over the items in the back and hope for the best.
#8059 of 8191 Re: Service Engine Soon Light [shark715]
May 18, 2006 (6:46 am)
Hey. Have you recieved any responses to this? I am having the same problem(s).
#8060 of 8191 Re: Service Engine Soon Light [levy76]
May 18, 2006 (6:59 am)
This was more than a year ago...I don't recall receiving any responses on this forum. It was my intention to write Nissan a letter demanding a refund, but I have to admit I never got around to doing so. On the other hand, there is no reason I can't write the letter now. I'd love to find someone for whom Nissan agreed to pay for this upgrade after the emissions warranty expired...obviously it would make my case stronger. What is your situation? Has your dealer already reprogrammed your computer?