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2013 and earlier Nissan Pathfinder Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Thanks so much for the reply. I am likely going with the Pathfinder. I will post a report after I close the deal with a detailed accounting of costs. And on a final note, I had written my original message before I test drove both cars and I much prefer the Pathfinder to the 4Runner! A nice surprise!
  • We went looking for an 05 Pathfinder and while there were told of the deals on the 2004s.
    We Test drove an 04 SE and then an 05 XE and the difference was astounding in the 2005.
    Ride quality was smoother, much quieter, better interior, more features, and we like the new design as well.

    Even with the offered $3,200 back on the 04,

    We picked up a 2005 Pathfinder XE in Super Black with minimal options, as the Base XE is so totally loaded for a base trim, you don't need them..

    Moving to the SE gives you so little for the $1000+ extra, it made no sense to me.. With the SE you get Compass / Temp gauge, Power driver Seat, ugly interior IMO and 70 series tires vs the 75's in the XE. Both XE and SE have the same rims.

    There were only maybe a dozen 05's in the Central FL area only 2 XE's and No SE's, so bargaining power was minimal. Lots of LE's though

    MSRP with options was $25,780 Dealer cost with all the options was $24,122 and we paid $25K even. Basically $800 or so over invoice.. Also got 700 over KBB for the trade in so we are pretty happy having one of the first baby Armadas.

    Super Black looks Sweet on that big truck..

    So now we are a 2 Nissan Family.
    2002 Frontier and 2005 Pathfinder
  • "There were only maybe a dozen 05's in the Central FL area only 2 XE's and No SE's, so bargaining power was minimal. Lots of LE's though."

    Would you mind sharing your dealer experience in the central florida area?


  • All the bells and whistles make this the most luxurious on'off vehicle out there. The NAV and DVD were not a huge deal to me until I bought the truck.... I AM SO GLAD I got those options...! The nav is brilliant- even finds restauants by cuisine! It's fantastic.... and the DVD with the infrred headphones are great. Can even run the iPod through the sound system... This thing is 100%. I was looking at Infiniti FX for months.... saw the Pathfinder and bought same day!

    Got it for about $900 under MSRP.
  • Bought the SE with Comfort Package, floormats, spashgaurds,molding,air filter - MSRP $30,200 - invoice $27,683 - traded in my '02 CRV EX with only 17,000 miles - paid $12,000 difference - works out to be invoice for the new PF and Kelly Blue Book Trade in of $15,800 for the CRV - Dealer tried to add $695 "Dealer Maint" - I refused to even consider that - financed through local bank at 3.9% for 60 months - love the car, especially the power, Granite color was best in my opinion - rides & handles nice -
  • storm gray 4x4 LE with navigation (no DVD entertainment) in the Virgina Beach area, total price quoted $35,300 + TTR. No other hidden fees. Fair price?

    Appreciate all inputs
  • damavrdamavr Posts: 15
    I am looking for a 2005 LE with Navi. A good price is:
    Car $32,138
    Navi $1,735
    Floor Mats $168
    Splash Guards $108
    Microfilter $39
    Destination $560
    Total $34,748 so I made an offer for $35,000 and I think the dealer will take in. I have a trade in that complicates things but if you can squeeze the dealer down to $35,000 it will be a great price. $35,300 is still pretty good assuming it has all the extras I noted earlier.
  • Picking up our 05 LE Pathie tomorrow. We did not get a good deal (I guess my hubbie wanted it really bad LOL) has all options except DVD player. $36,000 Not bad, but not great. And we did get a 3 yr maintenance package (oil changes etc.) We wanted it this week so we paid for convenience.
    If you are looking for a good price without hassle, try Carmax. I was amazed at how good their price was. On the same model they were at $34,500 +/-. Whatever it was, was only about $25 over invoice. WOW! The dealer is in Wash DC/Balt area and can not (or will not) transfer to local Carmax. You can find the price online and they had about 11 this morning of which 5 were LE editions.
  • Well, I have seen a few baby armadas on the road. The 05 Pathfinder are taking longer because of the problems with the Titan. They are trying to make sure they don't repeat the same mistakes with the new pathfinder. They probably won't have a lot till around the Spring. I am surprised they have so many Le's on the market. I was considering getting a used 2002 pathfinder le until to the 2005 pathfinders become more negotiable. I have not driven the 2004 pathfinder or the 2005 pathfinder. The reports definitely point towards the 2005 pathfinder. I think Christmas right around the corner won't make them so negotiable.
  • I used the 'Blast Fax' technique 4 years ago on my 01 PF and it worked like a charm. So, I decided to give it a go on the new 05 PF LE w/NAV. I sent a fax to 10 local Nissan Dealers and the response was great! I received 4 immediate faxes back and 3 calls with their Best Offers.

    The quotes came in at $36,300, $35,800 $35,500, $35,300 and the best offer is $35,000.

    I plan to pick up my new Pathie this week.
  • 10 Local dealers, that a lot for the local area, I only have 2 owned by the same person (Colorado Springs).

    One question, did you just ask for their best offers or did you suggest what you wanted to pay?

    I've heard dealers get so many of these "quote" requests that they ignore a lot of them, but maybe that's not true.

    $35, 000 is a great deal, I guess it depends on the competition that exists in the area.
  • damavrdamavr Posts: 15
    This is a follow up from my earlier message. It appears that the dealers are willing to deal in selling some of the new 05 Pathfinders. In the St. Louis area where I live there are literally 10 dealers within 75 miles so I am not sure if this is why but I have 2 firm offers for an LE 4x4 with navigation and dvd (which is the top of the line - fully loaded with all the extras) at $35,728 plus TT&L. This is about $500 below dealers invoice. I do have a trade in which may spoil the deal but I have asked the dealers what if I don't trade in and sales the trade on my own and they both stated that they will owner the price. On one of the dealers he has the car in stock so he may want to get rid if it and roll the money into something more profitable but the other dealer is willing to order so I am a bit skeptical. We will buying by the end of this week so I will give you an update when the deal goes through.
  • I just purchased a granite SE with comfort package as well. I got the cloth interior. Where are the seating controls located on your drivers seat? Do you find they get in the way when getting in and out of the vehicle? I am tall and my legs always hit the controls on driver side of the seat and I have to continue to adjust the seat when I get in and out. Also, in the comfort package description it read 'Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors'. Are your mirrors illuminated and if so could you describe? I love the vehicle, I am a previous PF owner, but it seems the older models had a little more thought to them. Does the front passenger seat have a storage pocket on the back? The driver side does, but not the passenger? Why? The back window doesn't release from the inside anymore, and the lift gate doesn't release automatically from the outside. Also, did you get the dvd package? The dvd is in an awkward spot, it's between the driver and passenger. Those in the back can't load a dvd they can only control the player with the remote. I can't tell you about the quality of the picture because mine has not worked from the time I picked it up, and I've had the car for a month. I think Nissan should have given more thought to the little things.
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  • jager32 - I live in RI and we have 4 dealerships, then I included part of CT and SE MA, all within 75 miles. Good Luck with your purchase.

    Here's an insert of my fax:

    Nissan Dealers

    RE: Purchase of 2005 Nissan Pathfinder

    Attention Nissan Sales Managers:

    My wife and I currently own a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder and plan to purchase a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder this month. Like all perspective buyers, we are looking to obtain the best deal, as well as develop a dealer/client relationship for years to come.
    I have indicated what I am looking for below:

    · 2005 Nissan Pathfinder LE
    · Super Black, Granite, Storm Gray or Silver Lightning Exterior
    · Graphite Interior
    · Navigation Package
  • damavrdamavr Posts: 15
    We just bought a silver 2005 Pathfinder LE 4x4 with navigation. Great looking SUV, did a lot of research between the Pathfinder and the Pilot. Also looked at the Minivans (Odyssey versus Sienna) and finally decided minivan was not for us even thought they have a lot more room.

    The silver pathfinder looks great and the Navigation system is great. We debated in paying the extra $1,300 (invoice price) for the 7 inch dvd screen but decided it was not worth it. You can get an after market from your local electronics retailer for less than that with bigger screen and more features. Or you can buy 2 portable DVD players for $500 or less.

    Now for the actual transaction:

    The invoice price on the car:

    LE 4x4 $32,138

    Navi $ 1,735

    Floor M $ 168

    Splash G $ 108

    Body M $ 92

    cabin Fi $ 39

    Destin $ 560

    Invoice $34,840

    The dealer showed me his invoices and it matched edmunds at $34,840. I did have a trade in with KBB value at $10,000. I gave them an offer of buying the Pathfinder at invoice $34,840 and give them my 99 CRV at $9,500 giving them a profit of $500 plus what else they could sell the CRV for. After a lot of negotiating and the sale manager coming in and me getting up couple of times to leave they accepted the offer. So realisticly price paid was invoice plus $500 for $35,340. I believe if did not have the trade in I could have even gotten the Pathfinder at invoice plus $300 but I did not want to waste more time to save $200.

    This is the best month to buy if the dealer has it on the lot you ca buy it at least in my area at invoice plus a few hundred bucks which is $2000 less of what edmunds shows as TMV what other are paying.


    Good luck.
  • rgncrgnc Posts: 2
    We started our buying experience last spring. We were originally interested in the Honda Pilot because of the great reviews. My wife insisted on having a moonroof though, so we decided to wait and check out the 05's. While waiting we discovered the 05 Pathfinder and were instantly drawn to it's great looks!

    A couple of weeks ago we began e-mailing dealerships in the region to get quotes on a PF LE w/o Nav and w/o DVD. Here are the quotes we received:

    Ben Mynatt Nissan 34105

    Modern Nissan 34105

    Asheboro Nissan 35350

    High Point Nissan 35573

    Some dealers didn't reply, others wanted to play games. Even if we could have gotten it at invoice we decided we really didn't want to spend that much money. So we looked at the SE model again to see if we could be happy with it and found the SE Off Road. The interior is not leather but it's different than the regular cloth interior of the SE. The next day we called and offered the dealer $31,000 and he countered with $31,500. We explained that we would shop around and he said wait... the manager said you can have it for $31,000. So here's what we got: SE Off Road, SE Premium Pkg, Body Side Molding, In-Cabin Filter, Splash Guards, & Floor Mats.

    I'd like to thank Edmunds and all the people that have submitted e-mails describing their experience. All the information was invaluable in negotiating a satisfactory deal.
  • davmcdavmc Posts: 2
    We just leased an 05 pathfinder SE with premium pkg, comfort pkg, and dvd player. We did the whole deal over the internet and the salesman drove it 4 hours to my house to complete the paper work. The MSRP was 31500 and the purchase price was 29250 or about 500 over invoice. I paid 1999 at lease signing and my total note with all fees is 367 per month. The dealership is Leblanc Nissan in south La. I highley recomend them. I also got 15k miles per year with my lease. This is my 3rd pathfinder lease and nissan has been great. They even waived my last 4 notes on my 02 pathfinder.
  • Got a 05 LE 4x4 w/ Nav for $35052 and then got them to throw in a DVD for $500. Drive off with tax and title was $38600. I feel like I got a decent deal. Let me know what you all think.
  • Looks like I got a nice deal ~= to davmc. Since this website was helpful, I'm just passing along my experience. Like davmc, had a lease due 5/05, got the postcard allowing early trade in, so decided to take a peek. Went xmas eve -- prob a good day to do this as i found out -- got '05 Path SE SuperBlack/Tan interior w/premium & custom packages + DVD (didnt need, but only one on the lot that fit other specs). 39 mos & 15k/yr for $750 down all in ($350 +400 1st payment) + $400/mo at Sloane Nissan in Devon, PA. 2nd Path lease from these guys -- solid shop!
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