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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#75 of 192 Quality issues.
Aug 03, 2004 (12:49 pm)
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 (1:29 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.
#77 of 192 05 Pathfinder spotted
Aug 10, 2004 (6:19 am)
Saw a silver 05 PF on a truck with a load of Altima's yesterday on the New Jersey Turnpike heading north.
Should be able to test drive one soon!
Aug 10, 2004 (6:23 am)
That's a first, let's all keep our eyes peeled.
I'm curious to sample the 3rd row, because it splits, and the Armada's doesn't.
#79 of 192 Re: 05 Pathfinder spotted [sevencycles2]
Aug 10, 2004 (11:15 am)
What is your first impression on the looks of the vehicle?
#80 of 192 I saw it up close at the Detroit Car Show...
Aug 10, 2004 (2:56 pm)
and it looks great.
#81 of 192 Re: 05 Pathfinder spotted [ronc]
Aug 10, 2004 (2:59 pm)
When I first saw photos on the internet I was not very excited by the looks. I went to the NYC auto show in April and saw it up close although you could not get in it to check out the interior. It is much better looking in person.
Bigger than previous PF's and smaller than the Armada, in my opinion just the right size. My only comlpaint about the current one is I wish It had more storage room behind second row , which the new one will have with the third row folded flat. Not interested in the third row just the added space.
I think it will grow on me as I see more of them.
I am on my fourth (87,92,97,04)PF and they just keep getting better with age.
Lets hope the US built ones will follow that trend
Aug 11, 2004 (7:05 am)
I like the overall look, after seeing it with Bob in Detroit.
My one complaint is the flares are a bit exaggerated. From some angles it looks like four huge fender flares and wheels with a small body on top of them.
They did not let us inside in Detroit, either.
#83 of 192 Questions about options
Aug 20, 2004 (10:39 am)
Does anyone know if it is true that the steering wheel mounted audio controls or leather seats will only be offered in the LE model?
#84 of 192 New Pathfinders are here!
Aug 23, 2004 (2:24 pm)
I saw a 2005 Pathfinder at a dealership in the Atlanta area.