That back in early 2000 when we first got our 2001 LE 2wd we were pretty happy with it and started following posts here. I've not been watching for the last, say 6-9 months for various reason but the same old discussions about shimmy, squeaking brakes, warped rotors, harsh rides and a few others are as prominent now as they were when I first started following along. I can't tell sometimes if it is just being over critical or truly bad engineering, mostly a combination.
I have had every single issue and then some but still feel our Pathy has been a "good" vehicle for the past few years and I can honestly say I'm glad the lease is coming to an end. I'd buy a newly updated Pathfinder only after these "issues" were updated and not a second before.
The reason I chimed in tonight is only because I'm online looking for information on the new issue that just hit today on the way home, the Service Engine Soon Light. I remember something about either the fuel cap or some sensor. But it goes to show that after you pass your 36K mileage you'd better be prepared in case something major does happen.
It is a $30,000+ vehicle but that isn't really putting it up on the high end these days. If only Nissan would go through these posts to see what owners are dealing with.
For those of you that enjoy your Pathy, AND for those who have "issues" I can understand.
Good luck trying to cool the rear of your Pathy, getting rotors resurfaced(under warranty, even at 35Kmiles), quieting the brakes and solving the shimmy!
I recently purchased a 99 pathfinder from a Chevy dealer. Immediately after purchase the "Service Engine Soon" light lit up. I returned it to the dealer immediately. They said it was the vacumn switch, but when it was returned to me the problem was not fixed. A friend of mine had the same problem with his Jeep and said a switch should only be reset by the original dealer since each one has specified diagnostic tools. I'm concerned the engine may have a problem. Please help.
I have 1999.5 LE 4x4.
I have the check engine light come on a few times and the dealer would replace the Oxygen sensor. Once it came and went away. It has come on again and now we are a month out of the 36 month warranty. I am not sure what to do so I will just neglect it. I read the emission warrany and noticed that it does NOT cover the O2 sensor!
We have had the permanent shimmy problem. Alignment and wheel balancing makes it go away to some extent but I never had a permanent fix.
Hey, coming up on 23,500 miles & I couldn't be more satisfied w/ the reliability of my 2001 PF. But, I've had a few problems I just wanted to send out & see if anyone else has found solutions:
1) Had new rotors put on at 15,000 or so for warping. Feels like it's time for new ones again. Anybody put any aftermarket (Brembo, etc.) rotors on & had good luck? Also, if they've replaced your rotors did they also replace the pads?
2) Anybody had a squeaking noise as the steering wheel is turned? This is definitely inside the vehicle, not outside.
3) Had excessive tire wear on the outside of my front tires around 15,000 miles so I paid (unfortunately because I waited past the 12,000 mile adjustment warranty) for an alignment & they told me it was toe out & this should take care of it. Well, here I am at 23,000 the front tire wear is just as bad or worse. I've rotated my tires myself per the schedule.
Like I said, these are minor things to deal w/ compared w/ other vehicles... more nuisances. Let me know if you have any comments. Thanks...
My '02 SE has been perfect in every way through the first month of ownership, except for a little squeak coming from the rear when I hit bumps, like pulling out of the driveway, or when I came to a quick stop. On a hunch, I lowered the spare tire and then raised it back up and snugged it up tight. PROBLEM SOLVED! No more squeak. I suspect that either the spare wasn't cranked up tightly enough or wasn't aligned against the bottom of the truck properly.
I could definitely tell that the squeak was coming from the rear of the vehicle, almost like a squeaky bushing. It was a low-pitched squeak associated with almost any medium bump, but I couldn't make it squeak when I bounced the rear of the PF by hand. Glad I tried that instead of taking to dealer for diagnosis and treatment.
In point 2 you mentioned a squeak definitely from the inside when you turn the wheel. I had a similar experience on my 2001 SE when turning the wheel at very low speed such as pulling in or out from a parking spot. It was definitely from the inside from the lower left corner of the windshield. I thought it was an improperly mounted windshield. Took it in and the tech said it was coming from the outside! This apparently is a known problem since he immediately diagnosed it as bearing strut/ bracket problem on the left side. Seems some were installed improperly and resulted in wear causing the squeak....creak whatever. The part numbers of the components replaced were .....................
54320-2W100 (insulator), 54329-0W000 (spacer-front), 54322-0W010 (bracket-front),
54325-5V000 (bearing-st). The noise went away! Your squeak may not have the same cause, but I'd have the dealer check it out. I hope I helped.