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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems

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  • In response to post#581 my van vibrates and does not shimmy. This problem begins at approx. 45-50mph and is most obvious from 55-75+. I've noticed that the speeds at which this occurs varies with tire pressure. For clarification, the Quest's rear suspension cannot be aligned. There are no adjustments that can be made mechancially.
    I've also noticed that for 2001 Nissan has put a different 16" wheel on the GLE. I was told last year(by the dealer) that Nissan had experienced some problems with some pickups(vibration) and had replaced both the wheels and tires to correct the problem. I still have yet to hear from Nissan but when I do I'll be sure to post about the progress or lack thereof.
  • sblumsblum Posts: 5
    I just bought my 3rd Nissan Quest. I went out to
    dinner and tried to open the passenger door with
    the key. Low and behold no lock cylinder on the
    passenger side. Anybody know if this is a brilliant
    engineering decision? My 1999 had a key cylinder
    on both front doors. Do they expect me to always
    use the remote key door opener? Any body noptice
    this with their new Quest?

    Steve

    email me blumen69@aol.com
  • I have a 98 quest which has 28000 miles and is on my 3rd front brake pad! Yes, the first set was replace when it reached 9000 miles! Any one had the same problem? This is my first Nissan and will be my last...
  • 2000 Quests are having issues with tires!!! These problems include tire pulsation,uneven wear,and pulling. I would get the factory to warranty them for you.. Or take them to a tire place that warrantys those brand of tires. An as for the 4 wheel alignment the rear is preset it can't be aligned unless you are replacing a component.. The front toe is what the are aligning when you bring your Quest in for a alignment.

    Kristina/co host Our Turn
  • Do you do a lot of stop and go driving???? What type of pads are you using??? Are you using premium pad or the Key Value Brand??? You must remember the Quest is a big vehicle it's going to be harder on brakes then a car would be..

    Kristina/co host Our Turn
  • sblumsblum Posts: 5
    I just bought my 3rd Nissan Quest. I went out to
    dinner and tried to open the passenger door with
    the key. Low and behold no lock cylinder on the
    passenger side. Anybody know if this is a
    brilliant
    engineering decision? My 1999 had a key cylinder
    on both front doors. Do they expect me to always
    use the remote key door opener? Any body notice
    this with their new 2001 Quest?

    Steve
  • Interestingly, I just saw some decorative cylinder locks at the auto store and I almost bought them for my 99 Quest. Although a good theft deterrent, I can see how they could sometimes be inconvenient. Have you asked your dealer if he could replace them for a regular key lock?

    Btw, you should also post this in our regular Nissan Quest forum. I'm sure some of the owners there would be interested in knowing about some of the new 2001 Quest features.

    Happy Motoring. ;-)

    Pocahontas,
    Edmunds.com/Roving Host
  • massodmassod Posts: 10
    I bought my quest 98 almost 2 years ago. the car has 24,000 miles now. about 3 weeks ago, I replaced the tires and took the car for yearly inspection which they do check for brake problems. the car passed without any problems. about 2 weeks ago, the car started making noise which is coming from driver side front tire. it makes a squeaky griding noise only when i ma driving forward. the noise goes away when I put the brakes on! why do you think may be the problem? I assume whatever the problem is, it must be covered under the basic 3/36K warranty and therefore the dealer shouldn't charge me. right?

    thanks in advance 4 your help,
  • This may have been addressed earlier - but I couldn't find the post, so here's my question:
    After starting my 2000 SE and while backing down the driveway, the brakes make a brief noise accompanied by a pulsation felt in the pedal. It's very noticable, but does not happen again until the van is restarted. Could this be the ABS "resetting"? Anyone else notice this? Thanks!
  • If you feel this every time you start up this is just your ABS system way of checking it's components..

    Kristina/co host our Turn
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    yeah, that is cheap taking out the linkage/electronics on the 2001 passenger side lock cylinder. i've got a 2k-VillSport and checked it (since i always use the remote) - it does have a lock. you're right, batteries go dead and certainly there should be a backup design - especially on a door lock.
    my (very insignificant minor) "question" is: where is the fuel door lock. if anything, it guards against vandalism (don't minivans normally travel and stay at hotels?). that's a simple 60-cent solenoid tied to the power locks.
    oh, well.
  • sopmansopman Posts: 46
    Has anyone changed out brake pads on a 99 Quest? I looked at them last nite and it looks like you need a special (star) tool to remove two bolts.
  • Since the Villager/Quest twins will be discontinued during the 2002 build run (Ford has pulled out of the agreement to build them anymore) talking about any changes becomes moot.
    Sigh, just when he van has received a 5-star crash rating and just may be the best van buy on the market -- including the most reliable. I'll have to go out in the garage and kick mine again -- maybe something will go wrong then>>> chuckle.
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    While I haven't looked at replacing the pads on my 99 Quest yet, I'll bet the fastener is what is called a "Torx" head. It has become pretty much the standard fastener head for auto & motorcycle manufacturing over the past few years in the U.S.. You can get bits for these (that fit into a standard ratchet) at Sears.

    Dave
  • the Quest will still be around after 2002. As a matter a fact, Nissan is planning a "bigger & better" one. Read Edmund's Future Telling. ;-)

    Pocahontas,
    Edmunds.com/Roving Host
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    So, what are Edmunds sources on this?

    More powerful? Will they be using the 3.5 engine from the Pathfinder? That would be great. Maybe I'll trade ours in yet.

    Dave
  • The Quest use a Tork Bit to remove there caliper bolts.. You can find this tool in your local Sears...The Tork bit(T40) is also used on a lot of Ford calipers.. They have the bit in a 3/8 size which will fit a 3/8 ratchet.. The outside pad has a long clip almost touching the rotors. Just pry the clip away from the rotor and the caliper should slid off rather easily...

    Kristina/co host Our Turn
  • derosaderosa Posts: 10
    Audiovox TV/VCR for Sale. Came with my 99 Quest. Used it once for a road trip, but haven't used it since. Original packaging and manual included. Make offer. jumboload@home.com
  • Is it true that Quests don't have transmission problems? My 1996 Quest with 86,000 miles is currently having it's transmission rebuilt. Am I the only one? The first (and continuing)sign of trouble was a lag in shifting to the next gear until it got to 4500 RPMs. The dealer who checked it 7 months ago said that such shifting was not unusual. The transmission specialist says it was due to metal filings. Has anyone else struggled with this?
  • After reviewing past postings it would appear that the Quest does have a tendency to have transmission problems at 60 to 100 thousand miles. It would also appear that dealers may be hiding the frequency of the problem. I doubt I'll buy another Nissan.
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