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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
Feb 18, 2001 (9:01 am)
You can do better than $34,000. I bought both an Xterra SE and a Pathfinder. My Pathfinder matches your specs exactly (except for the towing package) and I paid $31,011.00 including destination. I paid this in a high socio-economic area where prices are generally higher.
Nissan has hidden incentives for dealers above and beyond the 3% holdback in February. If they sell a certain amount of vehicles, they still make a huge profit. On a general rule, you have to walk out of the dealership twice for a good price and let them call you back in the morning. Pathfinder's are moving very slow; hence the 3.9% interest rate to boost sales. Many dealerships are overstocked and have to sell before the end of February.
I have to say, I am thrilled with both vehicles, although the Xterra's fuel guage is not working properly. The Xterra has more room, but less ammenities and a totally worthless moonroof that is obscured by a roof rack. However, it drives like a dream off road and I am thrilled with both purchases.
After owning many Ford Trucks, I will NEVER go back! Anyone want to buy a black 1996 Explorer (Goodyear Heavy Duty Tires) Sport with 53,000 Miles, all service records provided and every imaginable option? LOL.
Bravo to Nissan for soing such a good job with their entire product line!
#1340 of 8191 re: my little adventure
Feb 18, 2001 (9:46 am)
I have a 2001 PF LE AWD with Bridgestone tire and had a similar problem a couple months back. I was driving in Auto-4WD after about a six inch snow fall. The road was completely covered with snow and it was difficult to determine exactly where the road was. Unfortunately for me the road curved left and I didn't. My right front tire went off the edge of the road only slightly at about 30-35mph but I went into a spin anyway. Similar to your situation, I: 1) almost killed myself, 2) switched to 4HI immediately afterword and didn't have any further problems, and 3) came to the same conclusion you did.
Has anyone else had this problem and is our conclusion a valid one? Or is it possibly something else (inferior tires)?
#1341 of 8191 More Good Deals/msiseng/npathfinder
Feb 18, 2001 (10:33 am)
Ok - LE 4WD invoice is:
body molding 73
So, npathfinder, your quote is $450 over invoice. Msiseng claims to have gotten the same without tow (lowering the invoice to $33,245) which would be $2,234 below invoice! I think I want to know who that dealer is! Do you have to buy an Xterra also to get that price? :^)
npathfinder - carsdirect.com has your configuration for $33,448.
On the comparison between the Xterra & PF...I test drove both and found a huge difference in the handling...the PF was much more responsive and much less harsh a ride. I don't understand your comment, msiseng, on the X having more room...the PF has 85 cu ft of space and the X has 66. The X does have 1" more legroom in the rear and it is certainly a good vehicle for the $.
Feb 18, 2001 (11:27 am)
Yikes! Glad that you're okay. I hope your truck wasn't damaged (was it?)
When the road is completely snow covered, I would recommend switching to 4WD High lock. The reason for this is that the auto 4WD mode needs rear wheel slippage to activate the front wheels, and as quick as the system is, that loss of traction for the split second may be enough for you to lose control. In 4WD High mode, all four wheels are receiving power (proactive vs. reactive). Just remember to switch back to Auto 4WD when you're back on a partially snow covered surface.
Yes, your tires probably contributed to the problem too. The 4WD system is only as good as the tires. After all, the system can only work with whatever traction it has. Winter tires may be something that you may want to consider in the future.
Vans, SUVs, and Aftermarket and Accessories message boards
Feb 18, 2001 (12:16 pm)
Anyone experiencing problems with the 2000 PF... I went through all
the messages but nothing (I guess thats a good thing). I own a PF LE
4X4..love it...but when I drove the 2001 and noticed the power .. I
wondering if there is anything I can do (to add more power) without violationg the
warranty... pls advice
#1344 of 8191 Can't Decide Between QX4 and Pathfinder LE
Feb 18, 2001 (2:09 pm)
I can get a 2001 Pathfinder LE with a Navigation system for less than I can get a QX4 without one.
Can anyone tell me if it is worth the extra money to buy a QX$ over the Pathfinder? Can anyone comment on the Navigation System?
#1345 of 8191 change the tires
Feb 18, 2001 (2:25 pm)
response to 1302: ever since I've put new Michelin LTX snow/mud tires on my 01 Pathfinder SE, I have no problems on snowy and icy roads. Now, with good tires and LSD, very often, I don't even need to engage 4WD anymore when the roads are bad. I am puzzled why is Nissan using such louzy tires as Bridgestones on an SUV. Switch to BF Goodrich, Michelin, or some other, more capable tires.
Feb 18, 2001 (2:52 pm)
Are you sure that you got the same Pathfinder as I am looking at?? Does it have the Navigation System? Please let me know!! If I could get one for that price I think I would buy two of them!!
Feb 18, 2001 (2:59 pm)
I just got my Pathfinder LE with the NAV system and I love it. I went on a short trip earlier today and the voice system is un-real. I guided me to the exact address I entered in. Can't wait to make some more trips with it!!
Feb 18, 2001 (3:03 pm)
for all who might be interested....
I received a call today from a local dealer offering me a 2001 LE 4x4 with nav, entertainment, leather etc. for $5,000 below MSRP. all for
$31,000 and some change. she said the fully loaded PF's weren't quite as popular as they anticipated.
not a bad deal.
I live in the Northeast. Would love to take advantage but unfortunately, its a couple thousand dollars more than I'm able to spend.