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Nissan Pathfinder, SUV
#167 of 679 Pathfinder SE 4x4 Off Road in VA
Jul 23, 2005 (6:10 pm)
I got my Pathfinder today....got some good stuff on this board including info on Darcars Nissan in Rockville, MD. Their internet prices currently show $1300 under invoice - likely includes the $500 rebate. We had a trade and didn't necessarily want to drive up there though we'll be in that area next weekend visiting family. I got the package from www.fightingchance.com that I found on www.carbuyingtips.com. It says to wait until the last week of the month to get the best prices because that's when dealership need to meet their goals for the number of cars sold but we'll be out of town. So I'm sharing my great deal that I got by being an informed consumer and doing my research. I used the fax attack and got numerous quotes ranging from invoice to $500 over invoice. It wasn't easy for dealers to find what I wanted since it's getting close to the new models coming out on top of the Pathfinder lease that many took advantage of. The dealers were basically quoting me what they would give me on the same vehicle that they all located up in Northern Virginia - the lowest was $100 over invoice. I called my local dealer who I test drove with a few months ago and they offered me what I wanted for invoice - which was less than everyone else's invoice. I got the Pathfinder from Victory Nissan of Chesapeake, VA. Here is my breakdown:
-SE 4x4 Off Road (standard with SE Comfort Package)
-SE Premium Package
-DVD Entertainment System
-Sunroof Wind Deflector
-Body Side Molding
Paid Invoice - $33,196 minus the $500 rebate and used the 4% financing for up to 60 months.
We also traded in our 2002 Nissan Xterra SE 4x4 Supercharged. I wanted more than what was given on it but it did have 61K miles. We did not disclose a trade until after the price was negotiated and accepted.
It was a very pleasant buying experience. I faxed 15 dealers and got a response from 8 with quotes. When I finally accepted the best price, it was confirmed via fax of the price including out the door. So all we did is show up, signed the papers and got the keys. I am very pleased and love the new Pathfinder.
#168 of 679 About to Buy Path Le Nav. & DVD. Or so I thought
Jul 26, 2005 (6:36 pm)
So, I've done plenty of research, and I'm ready to buy the Path LE 4x4 with Nav and DVD in the Gaithersburg, MD area. I've gotten a couple of quotes from dealers that are approx. 800-1200 below invoice incl. $500 cash back. I also plan on utilizing the $500 recent college grad cash. Is this available only through Nissan financing? How does the SE comfort package compare with the LE, can I get Nav with the SE also?
Thanks for your input.
#169 of 679 Re: About to Buy Path Le Nav. & DVD. Or so I thought [socachile]
Jul 27, 2005 (6:07 am)
nav is not available on the SE, and you can only get the college rebate if you finance through nissan.
the LE has leather standard, and heated seats, and auto mode 4WD versus switching in your own, standard sunroof, etc...so the SE comfort package has less, but its still a great value...
sounds like you are getting great prices btw! good luck!
#170 of 679 Shopping for 4x4LE w/ NAV and DVD
Jul 29, 2005 (2:50 pm)
I am new to this forum and a novice at negotiating a good deal for cars. I read a thread about faxing dealers. What is the best way to do that? Do you fax them the exact SUV you want and what you are willing to pay? What is the best starting price (? under invoice). I am in VA.
Jul 29, 2005 (10:08 pm)
I've been perusing this board and followed some of the advice from other posters. It's the end of the month and almost the end of the model year. Trying to figure out the best price for the LE w/NAV. So far, the best price I've received for an Oregon purchase is $34,100 (this includes the $500 rebate). Do you think this is a good offer or should I hold out until the end of August. They say there's only one left with this option in the color I want in our region.
#172 of 679 Happy owner of New '05 Pathfinder SE 4x2
Aug 04, 2005 (2:12 pm)
We bought our New '05 Pathfinder SE 4x2 about 2 weeks ago. We Love this vehicle!
Price before tax, license, registration was $26,300. Out-the-door was $28,600.
Ours came with SE Comfort Pkg, splash guards, floor mats, body side molding, cabin microfilter (um.. i think they ALL come with those last 4 items!)
This 4.0L V6 seems to really be put together well. First things I noticed at the dealership were the: oil filter right in front (easy to service), the Engine Oil Cooler and Transmission Oil Cooler in front of the radiator, the BIG airbox, standard hitch in the rear, the nice Throaty Exhaust note, and those Big Fat 265/70-16 tires!
Too many standard features to list, but my favorites are: dual zone AC (should be called tri-zone, it's got rear controls too), low tire pressure warning, full analog gauges,
My favorite thing.. one word: VQ40DE! This engine flat out Hauls!
I ran across some performance #s the other day (forgot which automotive website) that quoted... 0-60 mph in 7.38s, 1/4 mile in 15.86s 89.2mph. Sounds plausible just from seat-of-the-pants. There's a Ton of Low-end Torque! Throttle response is shear pleasure. When you stand on it, this Smooth-revving V6 Pulls Strong all the way up to 6000rpm!
I've owned a LOT of cars from just about Every maker.. I'm a bit jaded and not easy to impress, but this '05 Pathfinder was definitely Worth it for the Grins the Engine alone gives! This is a 270hp, 7-passenger Muscle SUV that'll eat some sports cars in the 1/4 mile, while comfortably pulling family-hauling duties on a rugged, yet easy-to-drive, truck frame. We really Dig this vehicle!
Hey some questions for you other '05 Pathfinder owners...:
1. What octane gas do you all use? I understand Premium is recommended... My neighbor runs 87 octane in his '05 Honda Odyssey all the time, (iirc) that's 10:1 compression compared to 9.7:1 for our VQ40DE.
2. What's that little round black dome in middle of the dashboard? I tried lookin in manual but got bored (that's one Thick manual !)
3. Oh hey.. is it just Me, or are these '05 Pathfinders really Rare?? I usually notice a lot more of a vehicle after buying one, but after Lots of freeway driving in SoCal I haven't seen ONE! I kid you not, in fact I've seen more brand-new Hummers, every new Euro SUV, even a Rolls Royce! ..but I haven't seen a Single '05 Pathfinder! And like I said, I live in SoCal, got 20/20 and can spot trim levels from a mile away.
Happy pathfinding & ride safe,
#173 of 679 Re: Happy owner of New '05 Pathfinder SE 4x2 [tony22r]
Aug 05, 2005 (6:16 am)
I'm considering an '05 Pathfinder and from what I've read in Consumer Reports, the fuel to use is regular, not premium. With gas prices around $2.50/gallon for regular, that's an important consideration. I was thinking of a Maxima but that engine requires premium and I cannot justify the price each week. It's good to hear the new Pathfinder has great low-end torque. I'm used to that in my front-drive Quest. Also, I live west of Boston and haven't seen any new Pathfinders around here either. Maybe I'll be the first.
Good luck with yours
#174 of 679 Is this a good price - SE Loaded
Aug 05, 2005 (4:46 pm)
I've been searching and negotiating with dealerships for the last two weeks. I wanted a 2005 SE with comfort pkg, leather pkg, airbag pkg, premium package. After much haggling, I found a dealership on the other side of Houston TX that gave me an OTD price of $31,400. Considering this is the end of the year, it this a good price? I our tax rate is 6%. I would think they would give better deals since we are approaching the end of the year.
#175 of 679 Re: Is this a good price - SE Loaded [txburgs]
Aug 05, 2005 (5:22 pm)
you are approaching the end of the year, but not there yet...its still the beginning of august, and chances are, the 06 pathy wont be out til november...so your leverage on "end of the year discounts" is pretty weak as of right now. if you arent in a rush, wait, otherwise, sounds like a good price to me!
Aug 11, 2005 (7:25 am)
I just got my Pathfinder LE in the D.C. area with minor extras (sunroof deflector, body side molding, mud flaps, microfilter and floor mats) for $1300 under invoice plus no dealer prep fee ($300) and no dealer add ons for an "appearance package". That's $32.2K (not counting taxes only and trade in) for an LE without the Nav System or Video system.