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2005 Nissan Pathfinder



  • Anyone have any insight on availability because everywhere it says October, but it is October. I need to get out of 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 Limited. What a piece of junk the Jeep brand is. That is my second one with engine and transmission problems on both.

    Any info would be great - ready to jump, but want to drive this first!!
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 487
    I agree about not needing a third row on a midsized SUV.

    But before making judgments on its looks, wait until you have seen one. I am not crazy about the Armada and was not impressed with the pictures of the new Pathfinder, but I think they actually look better in real life, since I have been lucky enough to actually see a few.
  • tomgtomg Posts: 2
    atlgaxt, hope you are right about the looks. It doesn't look good in the pics, but maybe the real thing will be better - I have liked most of the current Nissan, and particularly Infinity designs, although this one is American market specific, just like the Armada, and those have been weaker. Apart from the irritation of the third seat, the Made in America label may be the real deal breaker for me: I have had problems with cars made by (prestigious) European makers, so I've had it with them. I have had no problems whatsoever with the Japanese-made Nissans/Infinity. TN just does not sound good, since even though the car makers don't like to publicize it, from the numbers I've seen their US production simply does not have the reliability of the Japanese made cars. Bummer, 'cause I hate the idea of a Toyota, be it a Landcruiser (now the new 4Runner is really ugly, in person too:-)
  • mpg7mpg7 Posts: 17
    You make a good point. I guess 5 kids is a supersized family to some folks. I can say it is an awful lot of fun too (and a sanity test other times). I live on the south shore of Long Island and have beach access (4WD-necessity) and like to show my kids the best parts of LI (fishing, surfing and hanging out at the beach). I, obviously need the 3rd row seat and don't think I should have to buy the 'oversized'(a minor attempt at humor here) Armada if I want a truck to take on the beach and tow a boat. I like the option of a smaller more fuel efficient truck. I am guessing the 3rd row is standard and can't be removed? Perhaps it should be an option and then at least this discussion could be put to rest. Obviously, everyone has different needs/wants/likes and we can't all be satisfied all of the time. Oh yeah, tomg, I also have a tomg. My 7 yr old son Thomas!!! Cheers, Mike
  • Guys, released final pricing for 2005 Pathfinder:
    - XE trim 2-wheel drive starts at MSRP of $24,650
    - SE trim 2-wheel drive starts at MSRP of $25,850 ($1,150 less than 2004 model!)
    - SE Offroad 4-wheel drive starts at MSRP of $30,450
    - LE trim 2-wheel drive starts at MSRP of $32,550

    Wow, these are good prices - considering an all new vehicle. I hope that the interior material quality did not suffer too much.

  • I called a dealership and they said they'd have the new Pathfinder in November. I read (maybe on here) that Nissan is sending in some special quality control people to oversee the initial production because of all the quality problems they've had with their other recent new cars -- Titan and Armada(both Mississippi products not Tennessee products). Basically the company appears to realize that if they screw up the Pathfinder's reliability reputation, they're going to be in big trouble.

    As far as the looks are concerned, I would hold judgment until I see it -- the pictures posted on Edmunds appear to be of a prototype vehicle, not the actual production model. The pictures on the Nissan website look a lot better.
  • hipreckhipreck Posts: 64
    See Car & Driver for a new review on the Pathfinder. They were pretty impressed. The same issue has a review of the new Grand Cherokee.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The Car and Driver article on the PF is a Preview, no real numbers or "Verdict", whereas the artilce on the GC is a Full Test.

  • Official 2005 Pathfinder site is at I went there to see the official specs - and Wow! The bad news first: 2005 Pathfinder gained 500 lbs from 2004 model across the model range! That's five hundred pounds! Those extra 30 hp have a lot of extra weight to haul around. :(

    On the good side, there are 3 extra inches of second row leg room, better fuel economy than 2004 models, 6000 lb max tow rating (tow hitch is standard!), tire pressure monitors standard, voltage and oil pressure gauges, loads of advanced safety features, 5 speed auto box, speed sensitive steering, etc.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    It went to body-on-frame. Unibodies are much lighter, generally.

    Plus it's bigger.

    Still, 500 lbs, wow.

  • Test drove a 2005 Pathfinder LE - Storm Gray color tonight. The dealer just got 2 in this week and the blue one sold already. The pathfinder is much nicer inside and rides better than the 2004. I am waiting to see it in silver and I am going to buy. Anyone find out the invoicing pricing yet - I have the MSRP. Need to get the invoice to make my deal.
  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Looks like Maxamillion might have to get a Pathfinder NEXT.

    Damn, it looks so much better in dealer pictures than it does in Nissan's own pictures.
  • where can I see the dealer pictures?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    How did the interior feel? Was it nice, like before, or did it feel plasticky and cheap?

  • maxamillion1maxamillion1 Posts: 1,467
    Has a pic of the new Pathfinder that is from the real live inventory.

    I like it. Whenever I get my degree (GOD help me) I am getting one of those things...probably an LE with EVERYTHING.

    Sounds like a sweet graduation present doesn't it ;)
  • the black one? that thing looks horrible. the nose looks like the Durango. I hope SE-Offroad will look better with its bigger tires which may actually fill the wheel well.
  • sivisivi Posts: 20
    i have 2002 le and never use the second seat. if i could buy one without third seat and extra storage i would. guess i will go back to 4runner.
  • dweiserdweiser Posts: 288
    I think it's nice they're there in case you need them but they fold out of the way when not needed. What's wrong with that?
  • I agree - the third row is nothing I need but they fold flat - yes completely flat so who cares. I test drove both the 2005 pathfinder and the 2004 4runner and the pathfinder is much nicer and rides better.
  • Where did you drive it? I am anxiously awaiting the '05 LE. My '96 4Runner is getting a little long in the tooth. The other vehicle I am considering is a new Toyota Sequoia SR5 but it is about $40k and bigger than I need.

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