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Nissan Pathfinder

Oct. 28, 2013, 12:56 p.m.
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Would buying one of these be a good idea? Anyone got one or have an opinion on reliabilty and depreciation and all that good stuff.

Shredding hypothetical gnarr

Oct. 28, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
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What year? There was a major issue with coolant getting into the transmission and turning the tranny fluid to custurd. Next step was blown transmission.

There was a class action lawsuit in the states over the fact that no recall was performed for this.

I almost pulled the trigger on a couple different ones but stepped back due to fear of this issue. There was a by-pass you could get done to remove the offending seal but the whole thing just scared me off.

Is a shame really as it checked every box for what we wanted.

"May a commune of gay, Marxist Muslim illegal immigrants use your tax dollars to open a drive-thru abortion clinic in your church."

Oct. 28, 2013, 1:21 p.m.
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No idea on the Pathfinder, but read the current Lemonade book before you buy one.

Oct. 28, 2013, 1:26 p.m.
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Just in chapters but they only have the car one. Looking at the 2011 / 2012 body on frame model. Lemonaid has a lot of love for the frontera small truck.

Shredding hypothetical gnarr

Oct. 28, 2013, 1:31 p.m.
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Just in chapters but they only have the car one. Looking at the 2011 / 2012 body on frame model. Lemonaid has a lot of love for the frontera small truck.

Does Chapters still sell books? Last time I was in there it looked like a combination gift [HTML_REMOVED] toy store. The Starbucks was busy though.

Try your local library?

Oct. 28, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
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lots of reliability info online

WTB Frequency i23 rim, 650b NEW - $40

Oct. 28, 2013, 3:23 p.m.
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google ???

Oct. 28, 2013, 3:32 p.m.
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The 2005-2012 truck are all essentially the same, except a minor facelift in 2008 and the addition of an optional V8 engine. I have a 2006 Pathfinder SE Off Road with VQ40 V6.

Biggest concern with it was the transmission lines running through the bottom of the radiator where eventually the radiator corrodes and sends coolant into the transmission, costing you $7K or so for a new one.

Fortunately if the transmission fluid is not strawberry milkshake coloured when you get the truck checked over, there are 2 "fixes" for the issue.

1) New radiator: problem can still happen in future, costs $$$
2) Bypass radiator with tranny lines entirely: problem goes away forever, costs pennies

Some say the tranny will run too hot while towing in hot climates, which has been argued by many on the Pathfinder forums. I don't worry about it at all because we do not live in a hot climate, I hardly ever tow and the Off Road version has a secondary cooler already.

I have been running the bypass for 14 months without issue now. Instructions are here:
http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f23/automatic-transmission-radiator-oil-cooler-bypass-42555/

Other area of the truck to watch is the seconday timing chain guides wearing down and causing a squealing noise. It's not really a dangerous thing, just annoying and $$$ to repair. Fortunately for me so far, my truck has not had this issue in its 130,000km life.

I get an average of 400km to tank in the city, gotten almost 600km on a road trip. I have added airbags to the rear coil springs to help the "saggy butt" syndrome with gear in the back, along with a SuperChips Vortex programmer running an 87 octane tune on it. Love this truck.

Oct. 28, 2013, 4:32 p.m.
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^You should upgrade your rear spring pack

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

Oct. 28, 2013, 5:58 p.m.
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Other area of the truck to watch is the seconday timing chain guides wearing down and causing a squealing noise. It's not really a dangerous thing, just annoying and $$$ to repair. Fortunately for me so far, my truck has not had this issue in its 130,000km life.

Nissan issued a TSB about this issue. It was happening on some trucks as early as 40000km. The dealer has a "special" if the job needs to be done. $1200. Bare bones slapper job though.

Oct. 28, 2013, 10:26 p.m.
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My 1992 5 speed is still running strong @ 290K km. It needs the odd oil change and new tires every few years or so.

Oct. 28, 2013, 11:15 p.m.
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I had a 93 5-speed and loved it, right up to the point where I discovered the frame was rotting from the inside out and I could push a screwdriver through it in several spots with very little force. Turned out to be not uncommon for early to mid 90s models, and I think they had similar problems with later models as well.

Other than that, it was a great truck.

Oct. 29, 2013, 2:25 p.m.
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^You should upgrade your rear spring pack

2005+ Pathys are coil springs and independent rear suspension…only Frontier and Xterra are leafs and solid axle.

Oct. 29, 2013, 2:26 p.m.
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Nissan issued a TSB about this issue. It was happening on some trucks as early as 40000km. The dealer has a "special" if the job needs to be done. $1200. Bare bones slapper job though.

Silly thing is that the parts are [HTML_REMOVED]$100, but requires special tools and a lot of time.

Oct. 29, 2013, 6:20 p.m.
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I wouldn't call it a special. The TSB shows 4.6 billable hrs. So not sure what dealer shop rates are but should be around $100 hr. They replace both timing chains ($40.12), and both guides ($31.12). Not tensioners. 4 o-rings ($32.76) and a crank seal ($20.17), 5l synth oil ($65) oil filter and coolant are extra. So aprox $190 I parts and $460 labour. I see aprox $650. Not sure where the $1200 is coming from and the service advisor was not able to tell me either. It just what it costs I was told.

The special tools are available to anybody. One Is for holding the ring gear so that you can properly torque the crank pulley and also holds crank at TDC. Online for $100. The other tool is to click the new shoes to the tensioners. Pliers work just as good.

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