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2005 Nissan Pathfinder



  • zmaczmac Posts: 3
    Argh, ugly, ugly! This seems to have been designed in the Rust Belt with the Rust Belt buyer in mind.

    I have been waiting for the new Pathfinder to add to my old one, but I guess I will have to go German now. It looks like Nissan hired the guys who designed the Navigator and the Highlander, and then had them get inspiration from the Armada.

  • canddmeyercanddmeyer Posts: 410
    I can't wait for the 2005 Pathfinder. I currently own a 2003 4Runner V6 4WD & I'm looking forward to some competition. I'm tall, & had to purchase the base SR5 4Runner cuz my head rests against the useless sunroof thats not optional on Toyota's Sport & Limited models. If Nissan builds them the way they say they are going to, I can get a loaded vehicle w/o the sunroof, as well as the desirable side airbags, heated outside mirrors, & auto dimming rearview mirror I couldn't from Toyota due to the way they build their vehicles.

    The redisigned Pathfinder will force both brands to have to wheel & deal, and I'd unload my 4Runner in a heartbeat just to get a vehicle loaded the way I'd like it.

    I'm counting on you future owners to post, post, post. Can't wait.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    Especially with the new Grand Cherokee, and 2005 4Runner V8 finally gaining variable valve timing (270 hp and 330 lb ft. torque). FWIW, the 4Runner V6 is also going to get quicker and more efficient, as its gaining a 5 speed auto, instead of the 4.

  • roncronc Posts: 4
    I also can't wait for the 2005 Pathfinder. I like the pictures so far. I cant wait to testdrive one. I choosing between this suv and the Lexus GX470. Any suggestions.
  • olisitoolisito Posts: 6
    I really like how it looks. The interior looks very nice. A friend of mine has the armada and that thing is beutiful! I figure if I can't affor the Armada I'll get the new Pathfinder since they look very similar. Besides with all the options that the Pathfinder is said to have I think its a very good buy.
    Any news on when it might come out??
  • tbcreativetbcreative Posts: 357
    I've heard that it's supposed to start arriving in showrooms by the end of September or beginning of October. Can't wait!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I hope it doesn't have the resonance issues that the Armada has. Hopefully Nissan had time to respond to those complaints by now.

  • roncronc Posts: 4
    What issues are you referring to?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    In the Armada threads people complained about a resonating sound at certain speeds, even with all the windows closed. You here a whoop-whoop-whoop and it can be very annoying, from what they were saying.

    Some had their headliners removed and some adhesives added to the roof to quiet it, but even that didn't help some of the time. I haven't been there lately to see if others have had a satisfactory resolution, but last time I checked they had not.

  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    There was an atricle on 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.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    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.

  • 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!
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    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.

  • roncronc Posts: 4
    What is your first impression on the looks of the vehicle?
  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    and it looks great.

  • 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
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    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.

  • ufgatorsufgators Posts: 58
    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?
  • atlgaxtatlgaxt Posts: 501
    I saw a 2005 Pathfinder at a dealership in the Atlanta area.
  • mypathmypath Posts: 1
    Yeah I Like the leather also but not the price
    I also had the same thought about the crome grill witch looks great, witch is only available in the LE compared to the painted one any input ?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Funny, I don't like chrome so if I had a base model I'd swap with you. ;-)

    I bet that's a $120 item from the parts dept. Shouldn't be too much to sway an entire purchase.

  • sivisivi Posts: 20
    why can't nissan put a in diesel in pathfinder like my s-claff s class mb diesel . the mb pulls like a v8. 21 city 28 highway. this m-b 3.5 hog weighs'5500 pounds?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Let's see how the Touareg sells with the diesel option. It's mega-pricey though.

    Liberty is the only affordable SUV with a diesel option, if it's even here yet.

    So, production moves from Japan to the US? I hope they dot the is and cross their Ts.

  • rshollandrsholland Posts: 19,788
    not really a good comparison. It's mega-expensive because it's a mega-engine (5.0 V10) and super expensive to build.

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Well, that's all we have to go buy as this time. You can't even get a 1/2 ton truck with a diesel, only the HD ones get it.

  • 2fastdre2fastdre Posts: 59
    Nissan announced the power for the Frontier 4.0 V6: 265 hp / 284 lb-ft. I assumed that this is same for all 3 applications: Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra. Well, future vehicle section says that Pathifinder 4.0 V6 is rated at 270 hp and 291 lb-ft! They tuned the engine even higher for the Pathfinder. They also rate it at 6000 lbs maximum tow weight. It also has all the other goodies, including DVD based navigation system. It sounds very good!

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Holy horsepower, Batman!

    Torque is solid, too. Guess the extra displacement helped there.

    Solid. Ought to compete well with the 4Runner V8, even.

  • The article really didn't say much about the 4wd system. I was somewhat hoping for a full-time 4wd option, like the Land Cruiser.
  • cericceric Posts: 1,092
    It is the same used in Armada. Read all your want in Armada description.
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