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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#173 of 192 The Charcoal interior does look nice
Oct 22, 2004 (3:56 pm)
and IMO MUCH nicer than the Blond or whatever color Nissan calls it.
The ONLY Nissan Interiors I like are the BLACK/Charcoal ones.
That's why my Altima is Smoke with Charcoal interior trim.
I washed my 05 Altima today...the styling IS nice...but boy they need to improve on the minor things about it
#174 of 192 Re: my test drive [jgriff]
Oct 22, 2004 (6:48 pm)
I drove the pathfinder and the steering was not odd. it was very controlled and not loose.
How many times are u changing the position of the outside mirrors? I had no problem with the position - one less thing to clutter the door with.
The easy clean back area is only on certain styles not on all of them.
What dark charcoal color? Storm Gray? I hate that color they should have choosen the smoke from the Armada.
The pathfinder was intended to be more refined - the xterra is going to be rougher on the bumps and the interior.
#175 of 192 dweiser 3rd seat
Oct 23, 2004 (1:12 am)
you lose compartment at rear of vehicle. also looks like you lose rug for cheap plastic!
#176 of 192 Re: my test drive [swdude987]
Oct 23, 2004 (4:09 am)
"How many times are u changing the position of the outside mirrors? I had no problem with the position - one less thing to clutter the door with."
If you share your vehicle with another, then maybe a lot, w/o memory settings.
It just me, in general I like darker interior vs the lighter ones.
I will test drive another (4x4), to verify the steering issue.
#177 of 192 Re: dweiser 3rd seat [sivi]
Oct 23, 2004 (9:17 am)
depending on the model there is either a rug or easy clean cargo area.
#178 of 192 05 Test Drive Impressions
Oct 24, 2004 (10:47 am)
My wife and I have been waiting for this car for months since totaling our minivan. We test drove a Black LE and a Silver SE this past Friday and Saturday and wanted to share our observations. We both like the vehicle. We wanted a safe, non-minivan with third row seats and decent mileage that was reliable and had more cargo room than the Highlander. This fits the bill. The V6 270 HP engine delivers smooth powerful ride. Handling is controlled - not as good as the LX470 but better than Acura MDX. When 4x4 is engaged on the SE the steering at low speeds was labored. Not sure why. The climate controls are a bit hard to figure out. The leather and cloth interiors are both acceptable. Tie trim on both the LE and SE were sufficient for our tastes - efficient, not gaudy or tacky. For the middle seat there are no cupholders on the doors - only on the center console, which is obscured if the center seat is down. Access to the third row requires folding down and lifting up one of the outside exterior seats. This was pretty easy. We'd like to get the SE with the airbag package (curtain airbag). But in New Jersey there do not appear to be any. If you want the airbag package you need to get the LE, where it is standard or wait. We also saw the white and did not like that at all. We're leaning toward the silver. The vehicle is brawnier than the highander. Also, the third row seat has a headrest that is appropriate for children and is is about 12 inches from the rear door window. My wife liked the rear and side visibility even with the slightly tinted rear windows.
#179 of 192 Re: I think I got a good deal
Oct 24, 2004 (1:03 pm)
I picked up an LE in Durham, NC Saturday for $33,993 that had an MSRP of $35,850 (4x4; microfilter; mudflaps; side moldings; no DVD or nav). That was much better than the local dealers, and took no dealing at all. Simply requeested a price over the internet, and got that price in a pretty quick reply. I think the local dealers would have eventually matched the price, but I figured I should reward a dealer that give me a decent price immediately. The Durham dealership is owned by Michael Jordan (the former UNC/Chicago Bulls player), and I had them take all of the their sticker and license frames off the car as well. I went to NC State and Wake Forest-can't drive around in a car w/ "Michael Jordan Nissan" on it. They were very nice to deal with. Talk to Dave Butler or Vincent Elliot. Vincent reports to Dave, who appeared to run the place. MJ was not there, but large screen TVs in the main showroom were set to ESPN and I was able to watch some college football while I was there.
FYI, I really like it thus far. Pretty good ride. My last two cars were BMW's, and it can't really compare to their handling or steering feel, but I'm pretty confident the Nissan will be more reliable and cost a lot less to have serviced. Not as nimble as the wife's FX 35, but much more rugged and has more room than the FX. She does have XM, which I like but did not want to add through the dealer. Has anyone done that with the portable aftermarket equipment XM tuner than can also be used in your house? If so, how expensive was it and how does it work?
#180 of 192 SE/LE Pros and Cons
Oct 24, 2004 (10:13 pm)
I'm pretty set on getting a PF, Dealer here in Colorado springs just got a silver LE with the DVD in for show. No test drive yet but gave it a good once over in and out and fit and finish looks pretty good. I like that the rear air vents are on the roof for 2nd and 3rd row passengers. I'm 5'8" and I had about 1-2 " of headroom left in the 3rd row, so I'm happy about that, I couldn't sit up straight in the 4runner's 3rd row. However, Nissan is making it hard to decide.
- All mode 4wd only LE (That's a bummer)
- Folding flat passenger seat only on cloth (SE)
- Front tow hooks only on SE
- Heated mirrors, heated seats & Seat Memory only with Leather (LE, SE Off Road)
- Easy clean rear compartment only SE
- Hill descent & Hill start assist only SE Off Road
Also the LE 4x4 weighs 4815, thats 500 more lbs than a V6 Toyota 4 runner 4x4 limited. I haven't seen an acceleration test yet, but I think it might be slower than the 04 PF, I hope not.
Overall I think the 05 PF is more than competitive and can't wait for a test drive. I just wish I could pick the options more freely.
#181 of 192 Re: I think I got a good deal [swdude987]
Oct 25, 2004 (6:44 am)
Can you tell us where you found invoice pricing, need invoice on SE Off Road. Has anyone found invoice pricing?
#182 of 192 Re: I think I got a good deal [rharper1]
Oct 25, 2004 (7:46 am)
I was working with my salesman since I qualify for the Nissan VPP program. I emailed edmunds, kelley blue book, and cars.com and all of them are posting MSRP & invoice this week on their sites. Most of them stated 10/27 as the date for the post.