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#2664 of 2771 Extended Warranty
Nov 15, 2009 (3:11 pm)
I'm driving a great 2000 Nissan Pathfinder SE 2x4 with 142K miles on it. I keep seeing these commercials on tv like stoprepairbills.com and it got me thinking...if i plan on driving my car for another 3+ years, should i seriously consider getting an extended warranty? do any of you have experience, advice, or insight to share with me? i've had a rough past couple of years in terms of saving for a rainy day, so i'm worried that a major repair to my great but ageing car might bite me in the butt if a major problems occurs with my car. another question, if i do go with an extended warranty, tell me what you think i should be paying a month so i don't get ripped off. i appreciate your answers and the great knowledge on these boards. thanks.
Nov 15, 2009 (3:56 pm)
I would read the fine print on those warren tees,some times it dont pay with over 125,000 on the car. and sometimes the coverage is only for the drive train.
#2668 of 2771 Re: Extended Warranty [amoreno]
Nov 15, 2009 (4:04 pm)
I have zero expertise with this question; I'm just going to share my personal opinion. I've almost always felt that extended warranties are a waste of money, with an exception being a warranty on new, unproven technology. That said, I haven't done any research on these new warranties you mentioned, so I'm not sure how good they are.
Here's some info on my 2001 Pathfinder with 110k, in case you find it helpful...I've tracked the cost of nearly every repair I've done on the truck, such as new belts, oil changes, bulb replacements, wipers, tires, sensors, you name it. Based on the age of the truck as compared to the total cost of all maintenance and repairs, I'm paying on average $60/mo. to keep this truck running. This figure does not include gas, inspection, insurance, etc.
There are a thousand variables that go into a calculation such as this. However, overall I think I do a good job of keeping up with routine maintenance to prevent unnecessary repairs while not doing the excessive maintenance a dealer might recommend. I do most minor maintenance myself (oil changes, coolant flush, bulb replacement) which will keep the cost down vs. someone who is dependent on a mechanic to do all the work. The rest I leave to my mechanic who is fair about what he charges.
For comparison, my wife's 2005 Honda CRV with 85k costs us about $35/mo. and my father's 2001 Sante Fe with 120k costs him about $50/mo.
I don't know if this helps you or not. Again, tons of variables come into play with my calculation. But I think this type of calculation is overlooked by most car owners. For me this is a great way to budget for repairs. For you it might give you a general idea as what to expect in terms of monthly cost to keep your truck running. I believe the 2000 Pathfinder is very similar to the 2001 Pathfinder. For the most part, the repairs I've made to my Pathfinder are pretty much on par with what other 2001 Pathfinder owners have had to have done (except for when i was broke and bought cheap tires. That one cost me!) But all things being equal, my guess is you should expect to pay at least $60/mo. to keep your Pathfinder on the road. If I were in your spot I would budget even more than that given the miles you have on the truck. Perhaps compare that to what a warranty may cost you per month.
I hope this is helpful. And if you opt against the warranty and your transmission drops next week, you never read this posting.....
Anyone else do this for their Pathfinder? It would be great to see what others have come up with...
#2669 of 2771 2005 Pathfinder starting problems
Nov 23, 2009 (8:18 am)
Trouble started right after fueling. Running rough, then quit completely. Thought it was fuel pump, so had it changed. Started several times, drove about 30 miles, then would not start again. Mechanic removed cables, then started several times and quit again. No codes are showing up on computer. We have no clue where to start. Any ideas?
Nov 23, 2009 (10:18 am)
EITHER TAKE IT TO AUTO ZONE OR A PARTS PLACE THAT CHECKS IT FOR FREE, OR TO THE DEALER AND THEY HAVE TO DIAGNOSE IT THROUGH THERE COMPLETE DIAGNOSTIC CENTER, IT SEEMS LIKE THE FUEL PUMP IS BEING SHUT OFF AND THATS USUALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A REMOTE STARTER AND STEP ON THE BRAKE PEDAL THEN IT SHUTS OFF THE FUEL PUMP BUT IF YOU DONT HAVE A REMOTE STARTER ITS SOME THING TO DO WITH A CONNECTION TO THE FUEL PUMP IF THE PUMP HAS 2 WIRES THE BLACK ONE YOU CAN GROUND TO CHASSY AND THE RED ONE UP TO THE BATTERY TERMINAL red ONE TO + THIS WILL KEEP THE PUMP ON IF THE PUMP DONT RUN ITS A BAD PUMP IF YOU HEAR IT RUNNING THEN START IT ,IF IT KEEPS RUNNING THATS IT A SHORT OR NO CONNECTION IN THE ORIGINAL WIRE HARNESS, [NOTE] TO SHUT THE ENGINE OFF DISCONNECT THE PUMP FIRST THEN THE KEY INGINITON KEY 2ND. lol
#2671 of 2771 oil index improvers
Dec 11, 2009 (1:11 am)
I have heard the if the oil is say 10W30 there's not a big gap between the 10 and the 30, but if you use a 5W30 ow you have this bigger gap between the 5 and the 30 gap then oil manufactures have to use more viscosity index improvers in the oil in which takes more from the lubrication properties of the oil, so is this a myth or a fact? on the pathfinders, they recommend a 5W30 or 10W30 has anyone used the 5W30 and have gotten over 180,000 miles of use without any engine problems?
#2672 of 2771 06 Pathfinder starting problem
Dec 15, 2009 (4:08 pm)
When I turn the key it slow starts. It chugs along then fires up most of the time after 7 -10 seconds. Sometimes I have to turn the key off and wait a few seconds, then try again and it fires right up. If I try to start it up by turning the key to the accessories on position and wait 10 seconds it fires right up every time. Anybody have any ideas?
#2673 of 2771 Re: 06 Pathfinder starting problem [pathfinder11]
Dec 15, 2009 (7:11 pm)
My girlfriend has a similar issue with her Mini Cooper. I was told that waiting for a few seconds allows the fuel system to pressurize.