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Nissan Pathfinder WX

Nissan Pathfinder WX (1996-2004) Questions & Answers

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Kelly B.

Kelly B.asked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Hi, would anyone no if the1996 3.2 diesel version Terrano is ok in soft sand? I've owned a 1991 terrano 2.7 turbo diesel a few years ago but it was ''super sketchy'' in soft sand unlike my Toyota's ive owned which are super safe. None of this deflating of the tyres buzz! Looking at buying the 3.2 96 Terrano. Cheers for some feedback on 4wd in soft sand. I no they're solid on other terrain. Cheers

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millie017

millie017asked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

For my first car, one to last me though my P's getting to and form events all the time, I'm looking at a 1996 nissan pathfinder, but it is a used car with 440,000km on it, unleaded and gas, it feels smooth and is in good condition for an old car, but is it still worth looking at despite its km?

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Ifyyy

Ifyyyasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

How many litres can a 2000 model of Nissan pathfinder use to cover 100 kilometres?

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awigg
awigg

Mine is a 2018 R52 petrol model. Tank is 73litres. I get approx 650-675 kms from a tank city driving and approx 700-750 for country driving. This isn't towing though. Hope that helps

Lottie

Lottieasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Hi. I'm looking at purchasing a 2003 Pathfinder with 300 000km on the clock. What questions should I be asking the seller?

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Jason N
Jason N

Don't !! That is too many kms to buy any car at !! You will have nothing but trouble !

Lukeyboy
Lukeyboy

Mine has done 295k and is faultless. If it has been off road then be weary as that is what wears things out. So that would be a question. Usual questions would be around service history.

Georgina B

Georgina Basked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

need to get the Instructions on How to Use 4-Wheel Drive on a Nissan Pathfinder 1998. Any help?

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Sam

Samasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

I'm interested in buying a secondhand 2002 Nissan Pathfinder ST Plus WX II Auto. It has done 218,000 kms comes with full history and paperwork with the timing belt recently changed (at 200,000 kms). Seems in fairly good condition. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this model? Are there any faults that commonly come up with it etc?

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Blacky
Blacky

Hi.
I'm looking at doing the same and the only thing that seems to be a concern on this model is pretty poor fuel consumption. 13l/100ks highway driving, up to 18l/100ks 4wd heavy offroad conditions. Reading up further, they say it depends on the fuel. Don't use 91 and only 95 (upwards of 50-100ks extra a tank) but if you can afford it use 98 because the consumption is much less. Nobody has quoted amounts though but it makes sense.
One thing I can tell you is DO NOT USE E10 AT ALL. Apparently this will rot your engine seals away. I've heard this on a lot of older vehicles though.
I'm really keen to get my hands on one of these but the fuel consumption is a worry because at best I'd be doing 50/50 4wd/highway use with most use being daily round town. That's my only concern.
Cheers,
Paul

John Harris

John Harrisasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Can't get into 4x4 mode All modes are jammed Any one else had this problem?

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Hendo900
Hendo900

Hello John, This does not sound good. I have never had a problem selecting Auto 4x4 or permanently engaged 4x4. The higher modes engage/disengage on the move (in a straight line) and low range when stationary. You might in due course post a note on the solution. Best of luck. John

delainik

delainikasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Hi Is it worth buying a 1996 Pathfinder with 25500 kms on the clock?

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Hendo900
Hendo900

That's 1500 kms a year - not much, why? If you want a capable mid-sized 4WD and don't plan to use it as day to day/commuter transport, this should be a good solution, depending on price. I would want to know if it is an Australian compliance vehicle (or a grey import) - I think they are different vehicles. Make sure everything works, there are no oil leaks (including shock absorbers) and the tyres are good and you should have a cheap, capable 4WD that will give many years and kms of service. Let us know how you go.

urs317

urs317asked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Hi, we bought a 1999 Pathfinder recently, it's done almost 280,000km, it is in great condition but is using about 18l/100km. Have had a major service done and also had the ignition timing fixed as that was out, to see if that helped. It hasn't. The mechanic tested everything and injectors are okay too. Any suggestions as to what to do next?

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Hendo900
Hendo900

Hi, I think that 18l/100kms is excessive unless you are in 4WD all the time, or driving in heavy traffic with lots of stopping and starting - even so your fuel consumption is high. In normal highway use I get 13l/100kms and it's about the same around town in Canberra - off road 4WD increases consumption markedly. I keep the tyres at 35-36 psi on roads. Was the air filter changed in the recent service? It should have been, but if not and it's dirty fuel consumption will increase. How many kms do you get from a full tank? Regards John H

urs317
urs317

Hi John, filters were changed at service, I do mostly country driving eg sitting on 90-100 into town for work. I only get about 450km per tank. My husband drove it to Sydney a couple of days ago and only averaged 17.5km/100l. Also he said he felt headaches and fluey in the car so now I'm thinking an exhaust leak eg CO in the car :(

Hendo900
Hendo900

Hi, Sorry I missed this post. There is something dramatically wrong with your Pathfinder, you should get the same economy I do. It's probably fixed by now and it would be interesting to know what was wrong. Regards John

nelly

nellyasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

is it possible to get extra seats (fold down or flip out seats) installed into the boot? if so... how do i go about registering this 5 seater as a seven seater?.. qld gal

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Hendo900
Hendo900

Hello Nelly. I don't think this is a good modification for this model Pathfinder. The space behind the back seats is usefully high and wide, but not very deep. Only tiny people would fit and they need special seats and mountings - I can't see how that would get DMV or whatever agency approval. Access to a third row of seats wouldn't be pretty either. The next model Pathfinder can have three rows of seats, or you might think about a Ford Territory. Regards John

Jennifer Galea

Jennifer Galeaasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

I own a 2000 model 3.3ltr v6 just wondering if I can use 10% ethanol fuel? thanks

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Hendo900
Hendo900

Hi jennifer. There's no reason your Pathfinder can't use E10, but if you have a choice avoid it. It's not a nice fuel and you need more of it to do equivalent work as it has less energy than ULP. I find that my fuel consumption increases by around 10% running on E10. To make it worthwhile using E10 in lieu of ULP it should be 12-15% less per litre - I've never seen that and seldom seen it more than 4 cents/L cheaper (around 3%). It's interesting that Woolworths announced that ULP would be phased out around 2010, but it still sells ULP at my local. Shell did phase ULP out, but it''s back - good thing too. Regards John

Kurt

Kurtasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

i have a 2000 pathfinder i was on the beach the other day and i was in 4wheel drive loc and the light was blinking is that normal

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Timmy74
Timmy74

Go see a mechanic if you think it is stuffed,this is not a trchnical blog,just a basic review site!

Micass

Micassasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

we are looking at buying a nissan pathfinder '03 unleaded petrol, and were wondering how much we can get out of the tank and are they gusslers? we also want to tow a jayco camper on a long distance trip and are worried about how much the pathfinder will cost us in fuel over that distance with that load? ideally we would love a diesel but can't afford the extra $5000 price tag

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Hendo900
Hendo900

Hi, There was no diesel available in 2003 when we bought our Pathfinder, had there been I would have chosen it. The Pathfinder uses 13l/100km of ULP in normal on-road/highway driving and upto 18l/100km of hard 4x4 work (low range, difficult terrain). I've little experience of caravanning, but friends tell me that their fuel consumption can double with a medium sized van and is quite sensitive to wind direction (2-3l/100km more or less driving against or ahead of the wind). All that aside, what the Pathfinder does best is soft or hard 4x4 and easy highway at moderate speeds (cruise control at 100k/h - comfortable and car-like, quiet and delivers 500+kms per tank). If you just want a tow vehicle, I'd choose something like a Ford Territory. If you want to tow and go onto beaches and up fire trails and the like, the Pathfinder is a good choice, but will suck down liquids like a sailor on shore leave, as will any other 4x4 that weighs 2+ tons and uses ULP. Hope this helps. John

paul

paulasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Is the 2001 pathfinder good at towing and whats the fuel consumption like?

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Hendo900
Hendo900

I occasionally tow a large, single axle box trailer which the Pathfinder has no trouble with - I wouldn't tow a caravan as I think the impact in fuel consumption with be a fright. Otherwise, fuel consumption doesn't seem to vary much at around 13/100kms around town and with three people and a lot of camping gear and big roof rack on the highway. Full time 4x4 and low range chew through fuel, maybe 50% increase, but that's in really heavy going. If you are thinking of buying one of these vehicles, I didn't mention in my review, but the head lights are weak and you definitely need auxiliary lamps. Otherwise, this is an excellent and capable mid-size 4x4.

Annabella24

Annabella24asked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

Hi I have a 1996 Nissan Pathfinder (which I am in love with!). Insurance companies are askig whether it's a Tx or an Ri. I think in relation to it's engine type. How can i find this out? Any help would be greatly appreiated!! Thanks :)

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goodie78
goodie78

TX / Ri is the model designation (like ST and TI as later models were called. It should be on your compliance plate under the bonnet. If not, I am pretty sure the TX was the base model (wind up windows) and Ri had the Electric jobbies.I know in Aus, there were two models the ST and TI and the difference wasn't much, colour coded bars and maybe electric sunroof velour seats. All models in Aus had the 3.3Litre V6 Auto

Annabella24
Annabella24

Thankyou! Got it!

Michelle
Michelle

Was it a good car Annabella24?

Lin in Florida

Lin in Floridaasked

Pathfinder WX (1996-2004)

2001 Pathfinder has a sizable water leak in read cargo deck area. After 3 trips to dealer for repair, the leak remains. Any ideas on a cause and fix for this?

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cmarch
cmarch

Sorry Lin - I haven't encountered this one.

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