This topic started with what do you like better 1995 SE or XE Pathfinder. I still have my 95 SE bought new in early 1996. I had an 88 XE which I traded in.
The XE was impossible to drive on washboard gravel roads which we still have lots of in back country in Alberta. The rear end would just wander diagonally across the road, even when the truck was fully loaded and pulled a 250 lb tongue weight camp trailer.
So lets say I traded mainly for the better ride. The SE came with all sorts of stuff I had no use for. I test drive with the factory giant alum wheels, nearly drove into a wall because the dealers parking lot was not the size of an airfield, which seemed necessary for the vehicle's 100ft. radius to make a U-turn. I had them take off these wheels and put on the same ones I had on my '88. Then we adjusted the wheel turn stops, so now I can U-turn in less than 50 feet. Main reason: I often drive on seismic cutlines in the woods, which often become dead end traps where you want to turn around in less than 8 ft width with timber all around. It would take forever with a larger turning radius.
Next I had them take all the decorative nonsense off, it had plastic fender guards, just the things to break off in tight bush and get sand into the joints that will wear out the fenders in no time. Then there was the front end "brush guard" and the "protective" step rails, I know from experience that these greenhorn features only guarantee to catch fallen branches and then drag the whole dead tree into your trucks front or side. Well I ended up paying $5000 less because of my desire for a more backwoods worthy truck.
Its been really good to me, never got stuck even in deep snow. I never shovel my driveway just pack it down, (my neighbors and got 6 ft. tall snow banks on both sides). I set up the passenger seat as a bed when I am out for big game. Love the truck. Seldom use the roof hatch.
Edited by Canuck, 22 November 2012 - 10:37 PM.