Final summary of all the work + new parts on my 2008 Pathfinder SE V8 4WD since I got it a few weeks ago.
The idea is to get to near-new reliability on this used high mile (160,000) vehicle.
I say it can be done... especially as Nissan engines for all intents and purposes last forever, if properly taken care of (and not exposed to debris form dying catalytic converters).
As you may recall I bought it a month ago for only 6k
Here again is a pic (new, slightly bigger than stock, tires already on it)
When I saw it first I was blown away on how nice the condition was (seemed?) and it had all the features that I really wanted this time around, such as sunroof(which works like new), V8 Engine, 4WD, leather, Bose stereo.
I immediately decided to buy it, even if it were to need something major.
Which it didnt..
but it did need a whole bunch of small things, due to suspension rust from the upper midwest.
Very nice body with only the most minor flaws only 1 tiny single rust spot on the body barely noticable..
Paint in great shape just a couple of very minor scratches..
Engine running smooth and powerful (later it turned out to have recent plugs too)
Interior appearing near new!
After my return went through it with a fine tooth comb to find any maintenance needs or flaws and address them.
I am fine with spending the money as any other equivalent (V8 body on frame 4x4 SUV) would be so much more and those will also need a few new parts to be up to standard.
1. New tires (Largest single line item at $1300, for 5 Yokohama GeoLandar G015 in 265/65-18)
2. Oil change(engine uses no oil to speak of)
3. New quality radiator (as a prophylactic since the existing part was one of the ones prone to SMOD)
4. New belt (Gates)
5. New hoses
6. drain and refill transmission fluid (what came out, still looked good)
7. Near rear springs (Moog 81117), maybe they are still settling but its been nearly 1000 miles. Seem to give a 1.5-2 inch lift which is perfect IMO.
8. New rear shocks (KYB ajustashock)
9. new front strut (Moog ST8615 w/ spring included) Maybe its still settling but seems to give a mild lift maybe 1+ inch over my previous (worn) stock,
10. Complete Mevotech front end kit which includes:
-Stabilizer Bar links Left and right
-Inner tie end rods both sides
-Outer tie end rods left and right
-Left and right front control Arms upper
-Left and right front control arms lower
11. left and Right upper control Arms, Rear
12. Left and right lower control Arms, Rear
13. sway bar bushings rear
14. Sway bar bushings front
15. left rear Wheel Bearing
16 Phillips Xtreme Ultravision 9007 bulbs for headlight
17 Philips Xtreme Ultravision H11 bulbs for foglights.
19. New balljoints included in the various control arms.. so all new balljoints on the vehicle all around.
20. scraped and repainted the rear subframe assembly with POR 15.
21. slathered Fluid film all over the frame.
23. new brake pads rear (fronts were already new on the truck)
23. Replaced some missing fasteners for cladding under the hood
24. New Cabin Air filter
25. Brake system bled
With labor we are at approx $12K (includes purchase price) total outlay for the vehicle now.
Car now drives like test-driving a brand new SUV off a dealers lot.
PS: Those suspension parts were real beefy.