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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
Jul 18, 2004 (12:59 am)
I can't wait for the 2005 Pathfinder. I currently own a 2003 4Runner V6 4WD & I'm looking forward to some competition. I'm tall, & had to purchase the base SR5 4Runner cuz my head rests against the useless sunroof thats not optional on Toyota's Sport & Limited models. If Nissan builds them the way they say they are going to, I can get a loaded vehicle w/o the sunroof, as well as the desirable side airbags, heated outside mirrors, & auto dimming rearview mirror I couldn't from Toyota due to the way they build their vehicles.
The redisigned Pathfinder will force both brands to have to wheel & deal, and I'd unload my 4Runner in a heartbeat just to get a vehicle loaded the way I'd like it.
I'm counting on you future owners to post, post, post. Can't wait.
#68 of 192 agreed... the competition is going to be FUN
Jul 18, 2004 (7:11 am)
Especially with the new Grand Cherokee, and 2005 4Runner V8 finally gaining variable valve timing (270 hp and 330 lb ft. torque). FWIW, the 4Runner V6 is also going to get quicker and more efficient, as its gaining a 5 speed auto, instead of the 4.
#69 of 192 Re: Bring It On [canddmeyer]
Jul 20, 2004 (10:21 am)
I also can't wait for the 2005 Pathfinder. I like the pictures so far. I cant wait to testdrive one. I choosing between this suv and the Lexus GX470. Any suggestions.
#70 of 192 Re: Bring It On [ronc]
Jul 20, 2004 (11:34 am)
I really like how it looks. The interior looks very nice. A friend of mine has the armada and that thing is beutiful! I figure if I can't affor the Armada I'll get the new Pathfinder since they look very similar. Besides with all the options that the Pathfinder is said to have I think its a very good buy.
Any news on when it might come out??
Jul 21, 2004 (11:39 pm)
I've heard that it's supposed to start arriving in showrooms by the end of September or beginning of October. Can't wait!
Jul 23, 2004 (5:14 pm)
I hope it doesn't have the resonance issues that the Armada has. Hopefully Nissan had time to respond to those complaints by now.
#73 of 192 Re: [ateixeira]
Jul 27, 2004 (9:17 am)
What issues are you referring to?
Aug 01, 2004 (3:43 pm)
In the Armada threads people complained about a resonating sound at certain speeds, even with all the windows closed. You here a whoop-whoop-whoop and it can be very annoying, from what they were saying.
Some had their headliners removed and some adhesives added to the roof to quiet it, but even that didn't help some of the time. I haven't been there lately to see if others have had a satisfactory resolution, but last time I checked they had not.
#75 of 192 Quality issues.
Aug 03, 2004 (11:49 am)
There was an atricle on autoweek.com that described how 200 top-shelf Nissan engineers from Japan decended onto the US plant to resolve major "Customer dissatisfiers" on 2004 Quest, Armada, and Titan. They have been there for about 3 months and are showing major progress. It said that they either redesigned or adjusted production processes for approximately 200 sub-systems. They report that these improvements will appear on the 2005 models, but the CEO will not acknowledge their reports until the 2005 JDM Quality survey shows better customer satisfaction.
I think that these quality problems happen when you rush the products out the door. And the Titan and Armada seemed rushed to me. It also seems that they are rushing the 2005 Pathfinder/Frontier/Xterra. That's a lot of new product to come out in 2 years. I just hope that they do not repeat the quality problems with the new 2005 models.
The product strategy looks good, but the engineering execution can't quite keep up with these demands.
Aug 03, 2004 (12:29 pm)
I agree, I found the new Nissan interiors cheap and flimsy. Even the Armada had sub-par fit and finish (especially the pastics around the roof liner).
Ironically, I think they have very nice designs. So if those 200 engineers can get the quality of assembly up to the level of the design, Nissan will be in good shape.
I say Carlos "le cost cutter" Ghosn cut costs a little too much. Now that the products are revitalized they're adding some cost back.