I'm Mike Up, I was referred to this site from 92TripleBlack. I frequent the Titantalk forum and recently traded my 2004 XE Crew Cab 4X4 Titan with Off-Road and Preferred Packages in for my new 2005 Silver 4X4 Pathfinder.
A history, I traded my beloved 2000 Xterra in for the 2004 Titan. Loved the Xterra, most reliable vehicle I've ever owned that was fun with added bonus of utility. My Titan was my second worst vehicle I've ever owned next to my old '96 Chevy Camaro which got first place.
Titan problems were all mainly TSBs with window switch replacement, Radio replacement, Brake repairs and then finally replacement, complete brake failure with pedal bouncing off of floor, rear end failure, tons of rattles, bed protective rail caps leaked, making a wet bed even with tonneau covers, and the list goes on and on. I need a vehicle I can rely on, and the Titan wasn't it.
Luckily I have a great Nissan dealership and they worked out a decent deal with me, so I could get out of my trouble plagued Titan and into my "original first choice" of a 2005 Pathfinder. Now I'm there, with much regrets that I didn't follow my gut instinct and buy the 2005 Pathfinder as I originally was going to, before buying the Titan truck.
Can't say how much I love the Pathfinder. Ride seems much better on road than the Titan and comparable to the Titan Off Road. I really love how the SE rides.
I did compare an Xterra SE and an Xterra Off Road and didn't like either to well. Both kept their composure on either type of surfaces quite well, but the SE transmitted every bump to the driver and the Off Road produced a very bad swimming effect when driving on road. If I had bought the X, I most likely would had gone to the SE as I didn't like the swimming effect with on road performance.
The Pathfinder SE has a better on road and off road ride quality than either the Xterra SE or Off Road. I was quite amazed by this which helped my decision pretty good. The Xterra didn't have the towing I needed which is really weird since it's shares it's drivetrain with the Frontier and Pathfinder both of which can tow 6000 lbs and aren't limited to the X's lower 5000 lbs.
Since no local dealer had a Pathfinder SE Off Road to test drive, I stuck with the SE since I knew I loved it's ride on and off road. Beside the skid plates are less than $250 installed. The Off Road Pathy would cost me an additional $1000 for hill assend/descend (which I wouldn't use), Rancho Shocks(which were questionable in their benefit for my needs), and the larger Rugged Trail tires (which I really like, but at $1000, I can get my favorite Bridgestone Dueler AT Revos that I had on my 2000 SE 4X4 Xterra!).
I can't say how much I love the Bose system. It produces near 40 Hz to 50 Hz bass which is good for a car system. The bass adjustment only boosts high bass frequencies so I leave it at 0 as with the Treble, and put mids down to -2 db. Just love the sound, not as good as my PC Klipsh system or my 2 home theaters which one is Denon and Infinity, and the other is Yamaha and Infinity, but for a car system, it sounds good. Another thing that I was thrown from is that Nissan statest the 2005 has 9 speakers with sub and 2006 states has 10 with sub. It's all how you interpet it. It has 8 drivers (4 tweeters and 4 woofers which would really make 4 speakers), then it has one subwoofer module that contain's "2" ~6" woofers. So it has one subwoofer module, but with 2 drivers. There lies the discrempancy but regardless, they're the same.
I've never never had a vehicle with this many luxury items. I have the comfort and premium packages which main benefits are described in my signature. All I can say is that I'm in heaven in this Pathy. Very quiet interior, no rattles or squeaks, and an excellent ride on and off road. Where's my grey mustard.
Well I see ya,
Have a good one.