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#1 of 8191 Front Porch Philosopher
Dec 03, 2000 (3:29 pm)
This topic is a continuation of Topic 3255....
Nissan Pathfinder Main Comment Area - VIII.
Please continue these discussions here. Thanks!
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#2 of 8191 Buying from Canada summary
Dec 03, 2000 (6:35 pm)
So as long as we've started a new forum I'll jump in. Everytime we change over like this I get lots of mail looking for the info on how to save money by buying a Pathfinder in Canada and bringing it home to the US. So this time I'll put the info right here on top.
So why to do this? Save some big money! The exchange rate just keeps getting better for the US. Here's some rough numbers for prices in Canada (converted to US dollars, and including duty):
- SE 4x4, 5spd, LSD, sunroof. $24,100. (US dealer invoice is $28,214)
- SE AWD auto, LSD, sunroof. $25,400. (US dealer invoice is $29,339)
- LE AWD, LSD, leather. $27,900. (US dealer invoice is $31,433)
Here's the answers to the most asked questions:
- Yes, it's perfectly legal as a US resident to buy a new car in Canada.
- Pathfinder meets all US safety and emissions requirements (California too).
- You will have to pay some Canadian sales taxes, but they send you a refund after you take the vehicle out of the country.
- The warranty is honored in the US.
- It's identical to the US Path, but in Canada they come better equipped with options.
- No two-wheel drive available in Canada.
- Speedo is in km and miles; odo is in km, but can be changed if you prefer.
- I have found some dealers willing to sell over the phone at close to invoice, far below list price.
- Get your financing at home first.
Quick summary of the process:
1. Call dealer and make a deal. Get VIN number.
2. Call Nissan and get US emissions and safety compliance letter (will fax if in a hurry).
3. Go to Canada, pay, drive away.
4. Stop at Canadian customs. Get form stamped.
5. Stop at US Customs. Show compliance letter. Pay 2.5% duty.
6. Register vehicle and pay your state's sales tax when home just like normal.
7. Get Canadian sales tax refund check in the mail.
I bought mine in Canada in September and I know of close to twenty more who have done it or are in the process. It's not difficult at all. Sure, there's a little paperwork to do. Many people are surprised how close to Canada they really are. Anyone from Chicago to D.C. is easily within a one days drive of Toronto. And much of the west coast is close to Vancouver.
There is a lot more info and success stories in the last forum. I'm glad to help anyone out with questions or good contacts. Just email me.
#3 of 8191 Compared to a Jeep Cherokee
Dec 03, 2000 (10:48 pm)
Had the opportunity to ride in a new Jeep Cherokee this weekend. Wow what a poorly put together vehicle. Rattles, road roar (when it could be heard above the engine roar), and even full time AC (air blowing in through the door panels and around the window seals) in 32 degree weather were the highlight of my trip. Another pleasing affirmation of the PF decision.
#4 of 8191 Pathfinder Accessories
Dec 04, 2000 (12:55 am)
So I have been to the previous web sights and I guess I should now ask my question.
Has anyone been able to locate the super bright headlights that come on some of the European model vehicles??? They really are an asset to night driving and they are not as disturbing to oncoming traffic. I have seen these light on such models as the Lincoln Mark series and the Audi series vehicles. I have also seen some of the imitations on American models too. The look almost blue.
I am hoping to obtain a pair of these for my 2001 PF. ============================================
On the windchill factor question. I am no expert but I believe the wind chill calculations are based on what the temperature feels to the human body based on the amount moisture that gets to the skin. The windchill factor applies only to humans and not machine parts or having an affect on machine parts.
#5 of 8191 To MP superone
Dec 04, 2000 (1:13 am)
MP superone in S Florida;
thanks, I thought so too.
E-mail me jihca msn.com and I'll be gald to help;
Dan Lehrman, LCSW
(We will arrange a conference call; that way, there will be no (oh, we don't do that anymore
type of conversations, etc.) dan
#6 of 8191 WE still B happy
Dec 04, 2000 (1:20 am)
Going on 300 miles with the 2wd LE; tight!
no (thank god ) problems thus far; my wife noticed
the littler "play" in the transmission lever. This was noted as "normal" in previous posts here, so that was good info to have.
I look forward to hearing more on the "lights" here; I remembered reading too, re: "airshocks"
in rear as a means to make the rear a tad more
"carlike" in ride, esp. for rear passengers; will explore this in future.
The prev message re comparing this vehicle to the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, is SO true. The PathFinder
wins, tires down. We have one, we know. Not to mention, the rather pathetic way we feel we have been treated by the factory when our engine mounts started going out every 24 to 30,ooo miles
(my problem, not theres).
#7 of 8191 Great Price, Happy so far
Dec 04, 2000 (3:16 am)
After MUCH looking and research we purchased a new black 2001 Pathfinder LE w/leather,tow package, mats, sunroof deflector, body side moldings and microfilter - drive off the lot for 28,100 plus tax, tag, title - roughly $1133.00 below invoice. After searching the Atlanta market we felt this to be a fair deal.
The ONLY complaint so far would be the fit of the carpet in the drivers side floorboard. There is a left footrest in the carpet that does not seem to stay in place.
Also, is the LE supposed to have a power antenna?
All the pictures show it in the down position - yet mine is fixed. What is normal?
Happy in Atlanta!
#8 of 8191 re: Power antenna
Dec 04, 2000 (4:24 am)
None of the 2001 US Pathfinders have a power antenna. Only if you buy in Canada do you get one.
#9 of 8191 Pathfinder Accessories
Dec 04, 2000 (4:53 am)
You mentioned Whistler in your post so I am assuming you are in Canada.
Contact your Nissan dealer. They should have be able to order a rack that will attach to your factory rack. Racks that are available are, Ski racks, Snow board racks, Sailboard/Kayak, Canoe, Sport box, Bicycle racks.
The rack attachments are made by a company in Canada. They will not sell to individuals, only the dealership.
They were very helpful in educating my local dealership in getting part numbers and also faxed two diagrams of some racks that I was looking at.
I have also bought a Cargo liner from my local dealership.
If you need any more info drop me a line.
Dec 04, 2000 (7:58 am)
Which dealership in Atlanta were you able to get such a great deal below the invoice? Since I already have the 01 PF, I want to go there to check out the new Frontier.