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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-20-2019, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like alot of people are having issues installing a hitch on pathfinders with motion activated lift gate. (Me as well). Dealers states they cannot do it and Nissan states that it is up to the dealer? I asked what the diff was between the SL and Platinum but nobody can tell me? I asked the dealer if he could compare part numbers for installing a hitch on an SL and a platinum. I also have an appointment on Thursday at another dealer that is going to put my vehicle and a platinum up on the lift and compare. They really want to help me. Basically the dealer we purchased it from assured me that they could put a hitch on it when we are ready. Fast forward 3 months after purchase and here we sit. This really put a bad taste in my mouth with Nissans after getting out of a chronic electrical issue with a GMC Acadia. So...long story short. Did anyone compare the platinum to an SL...(pictures would help)
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Others here have done it. Read through this thread:


I don't think there is any difference between the SL and the Plat as far as the undercarriage goes. What makes you think so?

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First my 2018 SL midnight motion activated liftgate doesnt work very well. wife cant get it at all. It takes me several tries.

I have checked out what I can with dealer. Parts guys at Courtesy nissan Richardson have been very good.
Took vin off 2018 platium on showroom floor and pulled finisher. checked against kit for tow hitch install. The mold number is same ! So kit has additional interior part, maybe interferes.
Also to cut bumper calls for sawzall, later instruction call for air operated saw. both these have blades 2 to 4 inches and would destroy sensor loop. now have two possible reasons.
But someone reported dealer fitting kit and all was ok and working. so solveable.
purchased my kit this week but have not installed yet.
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Just buy the PF in Canada as they come with the hitch already and the motion activated liftgates (SL and up)

Plus with the exchange rate, you can get the PF for like $7.

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