One trip through the mountains, however, in a 170-hp, 3. She: You can tell a lot about a person by what they drive. All are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Did I just name three Toyotas? But in all other respects, the Pathfinder is endearing, most notably for its platform, which is as solid as a truck's but without a whiff of truckishness. This is by far the only vehicle I will feel safe in and I am desperately looking to replace it. While Nissan is trumpeting a powerful new engine for its 2001 Pathfinder, there is little else to differentiate this Japanese-built four-door utility vehicle from a swarm of competitors. I would start by running a 20oz bottle of Chevron Techron fuel system cleaner in a full tank of gas preferably making only shorter city trips, not burning through the entire tank in one go like you would on a lengthy highway trip , then changing the fuel filter.
The interior has held up really well and the leather seats are in pristine condition. The pathfinder has many little repairs that can be costly. With 180k miles, the spark plugs were supposed to be replaced around 105k miles. Interior and exterior toughness is some of the best i have seen. My pathfinder is using crazy amounts of gas. I'll need this to link to the proper revision of the factory service manual as well, which is leaps and bounds better than the Chilton and Haynes manuals. The Pathfinder rides very well on the highway and city.
I'd also suggest skimming through as it contains a wealth of information relevant to maintenance of your Pathfinder. I've recently bought a used 2001 Pathfinder in Toronto with 180k on the clock and was expecting the gas mileage to sit around 14mpg. I regularly take on on dirt roads in the basin and godawful rocky two tracks in the mountains. When I tried, the rpm's jumped up to 5000 and I began to slow down. That's especially impressive for the Toyota, which, unlike the Ford and Jeep, but like the Nissan, was powered by a V-6. I was driving on the freeway today and I could not go past 70mph then I came to a big hill. Where the entry-level Xterra has personality in spades, its elder sibling looks and feels more generic - despite a mild face-lift in 1999 and an all-new instrument panel this spring, plus a generous assortment of gadgets and power accessories.
The truck may need to be test driven with a quality scanner that can reord the data stream when the problem is happening to help identify where the abnormality liesI ass ume the basics such as tune up parts are in good shape. I have read the complaints and I have to say they are likely just the unfortunate who got one a bad one. Last 2 tanks I got 18L per 100 and 19L per 100 respectively. But after a couple tanks of gas and babying the throttle as much as possible I find I'm only getting 11. See and of the factory service manual respectively for adjustment instructions. The high-style mega-value Xterra and the segment-pioneering Frontier four-door pickup started it, and the vastly improved '01 Pathfinder continues the trend. If you're looking for a vehicle for serious off-roading, this isn't it.
The only other critique I have is I wish the cargo bay was a few inches longer- you can easily car camp in the back with the seats laid down, but I am 6 ft tall and have to lay diagonally to fit. The bad: My check engine light has been on for about 4 years now. It starts every time and never dies. Last year marked the debut of a handsome new contemporary look for the Pathfinder, and in the odd way that Nissan does things, this year they have introduced the 2001 model with a new and dramatically more powerful engine. I just got the air intake replaced. I have already spent crazy amounts of money repairing it. Preminum Gas is a killer.
Tires inflated to correct pressure as listed on the driver door jamb sticker?. Towing capacity is 3500 pounds for the manual, 5000 for the automatic. The drivers seat has some wear and tear from so many years of use but is perfect compared to some other cars' leather I've seen. While a luggage rack provides that ready-for-a-trip look, the full frontal view is the most striking. A car with low-range four-wheel drive. I'd rolled out of Las Vegas behind the wheel of a 2001 Pathfinder prototype headed for the Valley of Fire state park.
Adjusting the seat forward was quick and simple, although I wish designers would junk those large wheels on the side of the seat to adjust the seatback. If Nissan's 2001 Pathfinder is still en route to its destination, it should travel a lot faster and easier this year. The blind spots aren't too bad and I feel like I can take it into the tightest corner and successfully maneuver my way out. Thumbing through the Car and Driver archives, we have to look way back to April 1996 for the most recent comprehensive review of a Nissan Pathfinder. Remarkable how well it still runs.
Like 10 mpg or less. Tires inflated to correct pressure as listed on the driver door jamb sticker? Much more fun to take off-roading than a clunky pickup. The Pathfinder tackled it like a well-tuned sedan, the suspension and shocks easing up and down for a beautifully balanced ride that didn't once give way to float. I have about 141,000 miles on the engine with a rebuilt trans at about 139,000 miles and it runs like the first day I bought it. It does ride a bit smoother on Premium and accelerate better, and the gas mileage goes further with premium so it pays off I hope.
The Pathfinder's ride is firm and fun to drive. However, if you are a bigger or much taller person you may feel cramped in the interior. The tailgate is easy to lift, and the cargo area is cavernous, a full 85 cu ft with the rear bench folded down. Fortunately, Nissan left alone what we liked best about the unibody or MonoFrame, as Nissan calls it Pathfinder --the independent-strut front suspension and the five-link, rigid-axle rear suspension, with coil springs at all four corners. With less gas rpms went into normal range but car would not accelerate. Freeway driving for the first several miles meant we could let it out and that new, more potent engine responded so well I had to keep a lookout for Smokies.