What's wrong with my Pathy


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Postby mar1 » Thu May 24, 2012 2:46 pm

the guy's obviously had major issues with his Pathfinder and is just blowing off some steam.

all cars from all manufacturers are bound to break down or have some defects at some point in time, but it really sucks when its your own car.
doctorwhom, dont be discouraged from the entire Pathfinder choice, or Nissan in general. you had a bad experience from one of them only.

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Postby jump n fish » Thu May 24, 2012 3:17 pm

ramseyspath wrote:what those CAT converters too!!!!!!!!!!! big $$$$ there ... believe me i know and the same thing happened going through Atlanta I85 to Braves game in far left lane running about 90 and truck just shut off ..... try that and crossing 6 lanes of traffic with dead truck!!!!!!!!

The cat converter caused your engine to shut down?? I heard the cat's are a common problem on these, and I just bought an 06 and it appears thats the only thing that hasn't already been fixed as far as the common items go, but do I really have to worry about the vehicle shutting down on me randomly as I'm driving.

Can anybody else confirm this? I would think a bad cat would be just your typical "check engine" light. Now I'm wondering I should fix this before my truck dies on my while I'm trying to cross four lanes of traffic.

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Postby dared3vil00 » Thu May 24, 2012 4:02 pm

pandarturo88 wrote:LOL, maybe we are just too hostile on these forums.
Nah. He comes on a PATHFINDER forum and rips on a PATHFINDER, what would he expect?

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Postby FLiPMaRC » Fri May 25, 2012 8:06 am

:lol: This forum is one of the nicest on the interwebs. I'm on forums that flame people just because they feel like it :lol:

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Postby smj999smj » Fri May 25, 2012 11:42 am

I can understand his frustration and anger. I think the design of the R51 was good but the execution of actually buiding them was terrible. Cheap parts is a good part of the reason. One of the reasons that Datsun and Nissan were so good at one time is that they used quality, Japanese parts and they were built to close tolerances. Since the 2002 Altima debuted under the Carlos Gohn era, the Nissan is more "Americanized" in they way their built.

When I say "Americanized," I mean they are building them the way Detroit's "Big 3" have been designing and building them. We went to a boxed subframe, a la the domestics. The interiors look cheap, just like the domestics. Parts come from Mexico or some third world nation, just like the domestics. It's getting harder to tell a Nissan Altima from a Chevy Malibu! I know the measures were done to save Nissan from bankruptcy, but, in the end, the product is still subpar to the Nissan products of old. How many tensioner shoes so you see fail on 02-03 Maximas?...none that I can recall.

Now I here the "updated" tensioner shoes for the VQ40DE are being sourced from Borg-Warner, a company who's aftermarket line of auto parts is very "middle of the road" in terms of quality (and, as a note, my Pathfinder had the "updated" shoes put in I had to pull the front cover for another issue. The new shoes were looking badly scored, so I installed a new set of tensioner shoes). As far as the radiator, Calsonic dropped the ball; but Nissan fails to properly take care of the problem. The rear suspension on our R51's suck, but it could have been made a lot better if Nissan used slightly more costly monotube shock absorbers, like the Bilsteins that came on some Chevy Blazers.

Fuel sender issues...never been much of an issue in the past, but suddenly we have them. WHo else has fuel sender issues? GM! Cheap parts lead to problems; the least they could have done is provide an access panel like the r50's had so we could service the fuel pump and sender without having to drop the tank! We all know of the R51's problems: failing ECM relays, failing serpentine tensioners, grounding issues, catalytic converters...the list goes on. Had the vehicle been built with high quality parts like Nissans of years back, we wouldn't have half of the issues that we have today and it would have been a great vehicle!

Don't get me wrong; I love my Pathy! But Nissan should have done a better job buiding it. Fortunately for me I'm a former Nissan Master Tech and have access to a shop and a full aray of tools and equipment at my disposal. If I was the typical Nissan owner who had to go to a shop and pay almost $100/hour and full cost on parts, I'd be pissed, too!

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Postby redwing » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:18 am

Hey guys what OEM parts store do you guys buy from? I wanna buy a new scuff plate and door seal for my pathfinder but the shipping costs are expensive.

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Postby smj999smj » Sat Jun 16, 2012 7:00 pm

Check this one out:


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Postby mwetzel394 » Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:24 pm

Love my V8 patyhy it could be better but WOW!!

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