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Used Nissan Pathfinder Ratings

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    2/6/2005 9:47:08 PM

    2002 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x2

    Pros: Its appearance. So gorgeous!

    Cons: No 3rd row option!

    Advice: Get it in black with black leather...classy!

    Lots of room for things. Handles like a car. Burns as much gas a Maxima. Definitely recommend. I like this body style better than the new mammoth Armada look alikes!

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    12/30/2004 6:50:37 PM

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x4

    Pros: DVD and Navigation

    Cons: 2nd row seat distance

    Advice: Test drive all your options

    I know a lot of you may be researching the new Pathfinder so I wanted to write something that may help. I've personally spent of and on 6 months looking for a new vehicle. Since July I've been in the BMW coma where I believed that nothing would compare. I also own a 1999 Explorer AWD Limited Edition and wanted an SUV that had a luxury interior, engine power, gadgets, navigation, mp3 support and a reasonable price. For the record, the loaded BMW X5 3.0, DVD player, Nav, rear climate etc was - $52356.87. Sadly nothing compared to the BM's handling and the 4 year 40K warranty that BMW provided include everything except tires, yes oil changes. Needless to say, I just purchased the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. Buyers should expect quality, luxury and performance. I was very hard on the demo, breakneck turns, ‘floored’ acceleration, emergency 'brake slam' stop, garage & parallel parking, and 90 mph highway cruising. The results bested the BMW. I know it sounds crazy, but I encourage you to compare the two. I even took the Pathfinder to the BMW dealership to compare them, side by side – sticker to sticker. The Pathfinders ride was smoother and there was less noise that from the X5. The cockpit 'feels' similar but is not as cradling as the BMW. The Nissan has a 7 passenger seating which the BMW X5 will have in 2007, but the 3 row is honestly for kids or one adult stretched out diagonally. However, the seats completely disappear when folded down so all the better. This will not compare in terms of a Lexus RX but it is close to a GX in features and sound. Again, it isn't a Lexus to be sure, but Nissan is delivering luxury at a better price. The ride is like an SUV but I think many will find the horsepower and the handling will remind many of a sports car. At 85 mpg, it is quiet but has some wind and tire noise. It is however quieter than any Chevy, Ford or BMW at this speed. But listen for yourself. For buyers, you should be able to negotiate this vehicle to very close to the invoice. Invoice is not what the dealer actually pays, but that’s where their profit margins are, buyback, volume discounts are the icing. Right now, there are no incentives on this vehicle, it’s too new, too popular and in demand. Drive what you’ll buy. Find the exact vehicle with the options you want. If you want NAV and DVD for example, I suggest you do NOT drive one without those features. The features, interior and exterior, are how you’ll make your decision. Just want till they have what you want in stock with the options you’ll expect. Test driving isn’t about a 1-2 hour decision with some stranger in the car next to you and then you sign your life away. It’s about how the car will fit with your personality and your family. Sign a borrower’s agreement and take it home, overnight. See how it fits in your garage, how it feels on ‘your’ streets and most importantly, what your wife/lover/soul mate might think of it. This paragraph sounds a bit prescriptive, but take it for what its worth, just a casual writing. Ford, Chevy and yes, BMW should take a hard look at this vehicle. It will quickly redefine the SUV segment as the Maxima have done for passenger cars.

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    12/21/2004 5:58:26 PM

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x2

    Pros: Appearance very sharp !

    Cons: Blind spot !

    Advice: Test drive first for comfort /Bose system not so great.

    The car/truck rides well, except for driver rear-side blind spot.

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    12/16/2004 2:23:28 PM

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder - SE 4x2

    Pros: The optional Bose 9-speaker sound system and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

    Cons: It does not have auto-defrosting out-side mirrors.

    Advice: Make sure that you get the Premium and Comfort packages as options.

    The new Pathfinder is fun to drive. There is plenty of power both for starting from standstill and freeway passing. The new body style is quite appealing, my neighbors, and people that I pass on the street turn their heads. The seats are comfortable and there are plenty of storage cubbies and cup holders throughout the cabin. The dash lay-out is excellent with the sound system on the top making it very easy to use. The steering wheel audio controls are a nice feature. Also, the automatic heating and air system is a great option. You truly get a lot for your money when compared to other mid-sized SUV's.

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    11/9/2004 10:23:23 PM

    2005 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x4

    Pros: Build quality, handling and power and quality of the interior.

    Cons: A bit too much road noise and insufficient legroom for adults in the 2nd and 3rd rows.

    Advice: The lease program now (November) in effect makes this a screaming buy!!!

    I've had my Pathfinder LE for 5 days and I've got to say it's terrific. I'm moving to it from an Accura MDX and I've previously owned a Lexus RX300 and a Ford Explorer. Suffice to say the Pathfinder is the best handling, most powerful and most responsive of all of them. It has slightly more room for my 2 large dogs behind the 2nd seat than any of the others and its finish and fittings are the equal of the MDX and the Lexus. The Nav system is very different from the MDX's, but I'm coming to appreciate it. Only negatives are slightly more road noise than the MDX and Lexus; not enough legroom for large adults in either the 2nd or 3rd rows; and not as much under-the-floor storage space for tools, etc. Other than that it's just about perfect. Further, I got it for about $4K under what a new MDX, comparably equipped would cost; and it was delivered with ZERO defects. Also, although it's only out a month, the dealership did discount it by $1500; that brought the price for a loaded with everything model to $38,000; and a factory-supported lease brought the cost to $480/month for 39 months and with only $1000 initial costs, which is about $4000 and $140/month under the MDX. It's also $15,000 under the new Land Rover LR3, the only SUV that I liked as much or a bit more. The LR3 has more toys, a quieter ride and lots more prestige; but it's slower, doesn't handle or ride as well, and has a questionable reputation for reliability and resale. Ditto for the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Hemi. It handles just as well, has an engine that's quieter and a tad faster (6.9 vs 7.2 seconds 0-60), and more legroom in the 2nd row. However, It's about $6,000 more, it isn't available yet with discounts or a subsidized lease; it's reputation for reliability and service is spotty; it's interior is cheap looking ; the area behind the 2nd row of seats is too small for my 110# Golden and 70# Australian Shepherd; and it was too high for them to jump into easily. Until Nissan can arrange to drop the Hemi into a Pathfinder, the Pathfinder LE 4x4 represents (in my opinion) the best SUV buy on the planet.

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    12/26/2003 8:34:02 PM

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x2

    Pros: power

    Cons: gas mileage

    Advice: good value

    nice power.fairly smooth. i like the part time 4 wd since i prefer rwd.

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    11/30/2003 9:26:58 PM

    2003 Nissan Pathfinder - LE 4x4

    Pros: Power, gadgets, reliability

    Cons: Gas milage

    Advice: Use CarsDirect.com

    Enjoyable drive at a good price ($29,063). Compared to my ML320, this is a faster car with as much comfort. Add the reliability and I wish I purchased this back in 2002! @#$%!!!