Pathfinders

Submitted: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:41
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Whats good, whats not.

Finally talked the wife out of a XTrail! And have a pathfinder overnight, second hander..

Any Bad/Good stories on them?

Thanks
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:45

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:45
goodday truckster
freinds had about a 2000 modelpetrol little bit heavy on juice but used to lead all the time out in the bush went almost anywhere
steve
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:56

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:56
Yea just been talking with Eric about it (God I love that man), apparently we arent getting the great deal we thought... But still want one over a tinny X-trail.

The quality of X-trail V Pathy to me is amazing, fair enough they are aimed at at totally different markets.. and the price reflects this too. Pathy is about 10k more than a X-Trail new.

X-trail at the young boys wanting to cover them in salt water down the beach.. The sporting advertising campagin shows the market intended.

The Pathy seems to be aimed at the mature if you like people, and the finish and quality is 1000 times better, from just the few I looked at today. The comfort level is also 10 times better in the Pathy, I want a set of them seats for mine!!! The pathy also has low range!

There were 2 pathys in our club setup with HF and all for desert travel, but this is the wifes car (Ive already sussed out a body lift for it LOL), its only for her when she has the kid in few weeks (found out today if it doesnt move or turn in by next week, they are doin a CZer the week after, and there goes my $3000 from the Gov for my lockers).

Thanks for the info!
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:57

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:57
Same Truckster, got a mate with one drink alot but strong and reliable, a bugger to change plugs, but then cant be perfect. Just sold it wont believe what he bought, bloody Ford Ka !!

Baz.

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:59

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 18:59
You have seen those Ford KA Ads with the cat and the pidgeon runnin round the net havent you?

Gawd, of all the bleep boxes to go for!
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:21

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:21
Thats what i said, bloody tastes in his ring, i told him to go outside and give himself 10 uppercuts.
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:48

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 19:48
Bruce.
A friend has recently bought a 97 Pathy... I took it for a drive and was very impressed! And one of our new clubbies has a 2000 model.I have been in it at the DAP track and it goes well!
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 21:32

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 21:32
The one in the driveway we have for tonight is a 99 model, but will be lookin at a nice 2001 mod tomorrow.

Gotta look into the engines, they are basically the same, just stretched out a few more ML, eg, started as a 3.0, then 3.2, then 3.5ltr.... Shame they are hard to find in manual, she really wants manual!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:51

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:51
T, there's no such thing as a 3.5 litre Pathy. It's now a 3.3 litre.

They are thirsty - (don't believe the claim of 11.8/100. You'll only get that with a very light foot on a flat freeway. 15 to 16.4/100 is the norm for suburbia (and that can rise to as much as 27/100 off-road).

Whilst they have a very flexible motor and produce good levels of torque low in the rev range (for a petrol motor), they don't have a lot of grunt for a V6 - lowest Kw and Nm figures in its class.

The fuel tank is small - 77 litres so with the high consumption, touring range is not good.

They have an excellent rear LSD.

Apart from the fuel economy, they are a really good "daily driver" with very good on-road manners and surprise many with their off-road capabilities.

If you need/want more info/comment, you'll find a dedicated Pathy thread over at here
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 20:11

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 20:11
Depends on the use intended.

Heaps better than the Landie on the beach, but serious stuff .... ?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 21:28

Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 21:28
Not really extreme offroad duties... But want the ability to travel if need be. If she wants to go away to club property with the kids she can, if she has her relos over from Shooterville USA, she can take them for a run up to Craigs, or the like...

She has a bad back, so low down cars are out, and with nutha kid in few weeks, puttin in and out of car 20 times day will kill her back, thus nothin for me at night... ;)~

Useage would be takin the kids to school, shopping, lunch with the girls, tennis on thursdays, shopping sprees, crap like that.. I basically want something safe, and reliable for them, dont want it breaking down after dark, thats about it.

Better than a landy.... of course, its a NISSAN :P
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Bris. - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 07:21

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 07:21
Another point. Herself has an auto Pathy and the fuel consumption is atrocious.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:04

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:04
T, given the stated useage, have you considered a Suby Forester. They will provide the height for the kiddy thing (we chose a Suby Outback for our last car for the same reason), are very good on-road, a very capable small 4x4 (you should see some the examples the Overlander boys have created) and Subys are a very safe vehicle.

If you go for a pre-2004 model you can get a manual with low-range.
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Reply By: Member - Toonfish - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 00:58

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 00:58
Ask for Rohan some have 3 inch lift but still ifs though
i like em
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Reply By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:41

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:41
Hi Truckster,

Quite a few Pathy owners on the Overlander forum. Rohan K is some what of an expert, give him a try.

From what I have seen of the ones in our 4WD club they go quite well and get to most places without much drama.

Regards, Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:59

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:59
LOL

Thanks Stillthinkinaboutit. Actually we have a few PCoA members and an associate (in WA) that have modified their vehicles far more than me.

Truckster, we've had Pathys on the CTL track which surprises most folks. One of the PCoA members actually performed a snatch recovery on a Jeep up one the steeper sections.

A decent set of tyres (and aftermaket suspension - 40 - 50 mm lift - if you want to go that far) is really all it takes to make a big difference to the Pathy. However, you can get front and rear lockers if you want :)
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Reply By: flappan - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:53

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 09:53
I know you aren't a fan of Overlander Truckster but a BIG thread there on the good and bad of the Pathy's. The guys have spent a lot of time putting it together.

Generally speaking the Pathy's are a good vehicle. With a few mods (like most vehicles) will go most places.

The couple of negative points seem to be , No snorkel available (despite about 3 years of trying) , and a Small Fuel Tank. 70l from memory. Can be very thirsty when pushed , including towing , so range is pretty ordinary. Couple of the guys have gone bigger fuel tanks.
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Reply By: Grog - Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:15

Thursday, May 27, 2004 at 10:15
I've had a '96 for 6 years and have just sold it having added 150 000 ks to it. Not sure where you are, but in WA I put it on LPG straight away and it is as cheap to run as a 4cyl!! $22 for 300K (62L of LPG). I had a tonne of extras, but one absolute must do is put in Poly Air Springs (an absolute MUST). And for the people who say its not 'serious' off road, it's highly likely they haven't owned one. Mine went everywhere, though it did have about 80mm lift at the rear and 50 at the front with 16" wheels and 275/75/R16s. I love mine and only sold it so I could salary package a newer vehicle and buy a camper. I bought a '99 100 series and it's nice, but cost a packet more too! Bad points - nil (except only 5 seat). Good point, where do I start!!! Advice - put it on gas if its readily available and get poly airs in ASAP. Great for towing lighter vans/boats. I don't reckon you'll regret it one bit!!!!

Grant
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