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Housing : March 2009
Exclusive Nissan Deal NISSAN Pathfinder RRP: From $46,490 (before extras and HIA member benefit) Load capacity: 598–719kg Engine capacity: 2.5L turbo diesel and 4.0L V6 petrol Manual or automatic: Six-speed manual or five-speed automatic with M-Mode Fuel economy: 9.8L per 100km for diesel manual model and 13.5L per 100km for petrol automatic model Tank capacity: 80L Braking: Four-wheel ventilated discs Ground clearance: 211mm Tyre size: 255/70R16 for ST model and 255/65R17 for ST-L and Ti models Wheels: 16 x 7 JJ alloys for ST model and 17 x 7 JJ alloys for ST-L and Ti models Safety features: Driver and passenger airbags, front active headrests, stability control and traction control, ABS with BA and EBD, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, side and curtain airbags on Ti model Vehicle maintenance: 10,000km Warranty: Three-year/100,000km Roadside assist/after-hours service: Three-year, 24-hour roadside assist Comfort/other features: Seats seven, driver seat height adjust and lumbar support, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, cruise control, All-Mode 4x4 system with active brake limited slip Additional Comments: Rear DVD/MP3 entertainment system in Ti models. upgrade their current Nissan Patrol to the new model. ‘There was a considerable saving as far as in the initial purchase price. I’ve just got this belief that you either pay for a new car or you’ll pay for repairs, so I’d rather have a new vehicle,’ Les says. Already familiar with the capabilities of the Nissan Patrol, he says his new model is ‘a big comfortable vehicle that is going across the dirt roads and everything out here – and some of the rough bitumen roads – and you’re going to get to the other end in one piece! And if you collect a ’roo or something like that, well you know you are going to survive!’ ‘The Nissan is magnificent. The new upholstery inside, the leather seats – they’re just magnificent to ride in’ After driving a manual for 30-odd years, it has taken Les some adjusting to get used to his new automatic, but now, having already covered 6000km in it, he is learning that there is no longer much use for his left foot while driving. ‘The Nissan is magnificent. The new upholstery inside, the leather seats – they’re just magnificent to ride in.’ But while Les loves the upholstery, the most important feature to look for when purchasing a new vehicle, he says, is ‘your pocket, of course’. ‘Everything comes down to the bottom line and costs. You’re looking at the comfort of the vehicle, the cost of the vehicle, the maintenance of the vehicle – that’s what I look for anyway.’ And how does the Nissan rate against that? ‘I think it does extremely well.’ And if you go to any other brand, he adds, there is a huge difference in price. Patrick Simonelli of Symon Bros Construction (Vic) Pty Ltd in Victoria, couldn’t agree more. Patrick switched to two Nissan Navaras and a Nissan Pathfinder for his business. So why the switch? ‘Better price and a good product,’ he says. ‘Before the Nissans we had a Holden for the Pathfinder and we had another Nissan also… and one Toyota too. With the savings I’ve made compared to, say, a Toyota, you can buy a top-of-the-range Nissan for the same as a base Toyota.’ Patrick was aware that as an HIA member he should get a good deal when he went into his local Nissan dealer. The dealer was really friendly to deal with, he says, and gave him extended warranty which he was very impressed with. The benefits to his business are clear: the initial savings are really important and the vehicles are user-friendly, he says. ‘The guys really like them.’ 18 HOUSING MARCH 2009