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#2081 of 2771 Re: 2005 Pathfinder Front End Vibration Problem [ken_d]
Jul 30, 2006 (6:08 am)
You are probably right about crappy tires. But at this point I just don't know any more. I just find this "tire manufacturer thing" to be the weirdest thing when you buy a vehicle. It's kind of like you have just bought a $2000 Brooks Brothers suit, and the sleeves fall off, and when you go back to store where you bought it to have it replaced or repaired, they tell you that it's not their problem and that you will have to deal with the thread manufacturer because they are the ones that are ultimately responsible for keeping the sleeves on the suit!
I guess from a customer loyalty perspective and from an "If this were my business perspective", I bought a SUV from Nissan and their passing the buck so quickly has left a very bad impression with me - about Nissan. When you buy a $40K plus vehicle, including additional cost extended warranties, I think that should be sufficient for Nissan to fully support their product. If a car manufacturer makes a cost decision in the manufacturing process to save $5 dollars a tire (or whatever it is) to put on an inferior grade tire on new vehicles, they should then not pass the responsability back onto the tire manufacturer when their product fails prematurely. I bought the SUV from Nissan, I expect Nissan to fully support their product - crappy tires included!
Then to really make it fun, and I guess this is how "car company enemy's for life" are then created, when the service advisor dismisses your concerns about your wheels being out of balance by 3.5 lbs all around only 10 days after Nissan's technicians aparently put them "in balance", well that kinda got to me. After having Nissan balance and align my wheels twice within a two week period, I went to a specialty alignment shop and had the wheel balancing checked 10 days later. I drove normally in those 10 days, actually I'm a pretty cautious driver, it drives my 16 year old crazy in fact. Sorry, I digress. I probably would never have found this problem with vibration in the first place a while back if I had not been running late for an appointment one day and had to step on it on the highway. I usually I drive the highway speed limit (boring I know) at around 65-70 mpg. Once I got it up to 85 mpg the vibration really kicked in.
Anyway, bottom line...you build it...you sell it...you take my money...you support me, because I am your customer!
#2082 of 2771 Re: 2005 Pathfinder Front End Vibration Problem [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 30, 2006 (6:50 am)
Check out reply #2081, a lot of my thoughts and answers to your questions are in there. The service advisor did use the term "cupping" as well, your description is bang on. I also have a 99 4Runner Limited that coincidentially had Bridgestones as OEM's as well. Those tires did not suffer from feathering - just to let you know.
Interesting enough, there is a fellow/gal on this site who is experiencing the exact same problem as I. His/her post is only a few from this one, I'm sorry, I don't have the name. As well, their is someone in my neighborhood who bought a 2005 Pathfinder SE (exact to mine) about 6 months ago. I dropped by to see her on Friday and guess what? At 12,000 miles, her tires are starting to show the high/low spots on the treads.
So what is it - crappy tires or suspension problems??
Only the Nissan gods can really say - and their not talking.
Frequency of rotation/balancing was on every oil change, which was about 4000 miles. I had the wheels aligned twice a year when I switched from winters to 4 seasons - I live in Montreal. I don't know if their was any other front end problems with the truck, as Nissan would always come back with "there is nothing wrong anywhere else", this in spite of a very noticable noise (loose metallic parts) coming from the front end anytime I drove over anything slightly uneven. I guess I can keep going to garage after garage and shelling out dollars to have this thing weeded out, but I just don't have that kind of free time - does anybody have the ability to do that?
The mystery continues.
#2083 of 2771 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Performance Muffer
Jul 31, 2006 (10:57 am)
I own a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder and I need to replace the tailpipe and back muffler. As long as I need to get a new muffler, I would like one that may help get better gas milage and better overal performance. Plus, I would love to get one with a decent exterior sound. I need to purchase this ASAP, so any help would be really appreciated!
#2084 of 2771 Re: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Performance Muffer [greenrach]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jul 31, 2006 (11:02 am)
This is not something that just a back muffler can do for you. At best, you'll make more noise and maybe get 1-2HP but no MPG. That's about it unless you go to exhaust headers, free-flow catalytic and performance rear exhaust. So save your money if you are expecting any improvement in power or MPG from just replacing a rear muffler. The stock OEM is just fine.
Jul 31, 2006 (1:31 pm)
I have an 01 Pathfinder. All of a sudden my liftgate won't open. I can open the window but not the door. Seems like the latch is not catching when I try to unlock the door. I am trying to avoid going to the dealer. Anyone have any good ideas?
#2086 of 2771 Re: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Performance Muffer [greenrach]
Aug 01, 2006 (8:37 am)
Greenrach, one other piece of advice. You will be shocked at the dealer price for a muffler on this truck. There seems to be a huge premium for OEM versus aftermarket. I suggest you also get a price from Midas, although the Midas unit to fit this truck is not exactly the same as the OEM unit...the tailpipe comes out at an angle (like it did on the '99-'00 model years) versus straight out. May not be the look you want, but you may be surprised at the cost savings.
#2087 of 2771 Re: 2001 Nissan Pathfinder Performance Muffer [shark715]
Aug 04, 2006 (5:51 am)
Thanks for your help!
#2088 of 2771 Re: Loss of Power [only1pf]
Aug 04, 2006 (9:02 am)
I just had this problem myself. After $900.00 in service and no results. It was the actual distributer. Not a tune up - the distributer had to be replaced. I am confident that is the problem. I had a full tune up, replaced all the fuel injectors, air filter, exhaust was disconnected and then reconnected. That should solve your problem.
#2089 of 2771 Re: 95 nissan pathfinder dies [mowdddy2]
Aug 07, 2006 (10:31 am)
I also have a 95 pathfinder that has the very same issue. It dies and then a couple days later it is fine. I have taken it to the dealer and several mechanics and no one can find anything wrong.
#2090 of 2771 Re: Liftgate issue [elpanther]
Aug 08, 2006 (7:05 pm)
umm i had the same problem. i gave up, left it alone, and later that day it worked again. just try unlocking it manually with the key a few times. its what i ended up doing.