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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems



  • dc52dc52 Posts: 2
    After a year of fighting this intermittent problem, and having mechanics "guess" at what could cause it (fuel pumps, fuel filters, idle air valves, etc) I found one who seemed to know his stuff and take the time to figure it out. He found the fuel pressure regulator was at fault and replaced it. I was getting at least one stall a week, but since the repair, no stalls in two months. I am now cautiously optimistic, but this is the longest I have gone without a problem in over a year. The part is $95.00, and labor was $65.00. Definitely worth taking a shot for the price.
  • The sliding doors on our 99 Quest have frozen shut for the 2nd time in a week. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a solution- other than moving south? The van was driven through heavy rain and then the temps plunged. The doors were not locked. Very frustrating!
  • bonreabonrea Posts: 48
    If the problem is the steal frame sticking to the seal (rubber gasket) around the door this is easily fixed. Purchase from your local hardware store a can of silicone spray. Spray it on the seal making sure you don’t get it on anything but the seal. It can make the paint job feel greasy. This will prevent ice and sticky stuff from forming.
    If the rollers or the roller arms on the door are getting stuck then take it to your dealer ASAP while it is still stuck. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  • bonreabonrea Posts: 48
    Just purchased a new 2000 Quest on Dec 20, 2000 with the 3.9% interest deal. Wouldn't have otherwise. Drove it home and parked it in the garage. Wife loved it when she followed the red ribbon across the living room floor and out to the garage. The ribbon was as big as the rear hatch door.
    Haven't had it long enough to have problems. Did get lots of oooohhsss and aaaahhsss from the neighbors when fitting it into the garage. It's a little bigger that her old '94 Altima.
    Dark Blue and Quicksilver and loving it.

    If anyone out there is reading this thinking if they should purchase a Quest let me tell you. We have had 7 Nissans over the years and there is a reason for purchasing another one. RELIABILITY! AAA not needed with a Nissan...
  • I have 1999 Nissan Quest GXE. It has little over 20000 miles. My accelerator gets stuck sometimes at 0 miles speed. It never happened when I am moving. This does not happen always. Does any body have the similar problem?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Hi vijjis,

    I've never had anything like this (same van as yours; 47k). Can you describe the symptoms with a bit more detail? It kinda sounds like a sticking throttle caused by carbon buildup in the throttle body....

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  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Do you mean that the throttle sticks OPEN, so that the engine rpm's don't drop down to idle? Or do you mean that the throttle sticks CLOSED, so that you have to push hard on the gas pedal to speed up the engine?

    If it is the latter, it most likely is carbon buildup in the throttle body. I have had this happen on my 99 Quest several times. Every 10,000 miles or so I have to clean it out with spray solvent.

    There was a previous post on how to do this, but I'll be darned if I can find it now. If this is your problem and you want to try cleaning it yourself, let me know and I'll post instructions on how I did it.

    Hope this helps.

  • Vijjis it sounds like your throttle plate is sticking from carbon build up like Steve and Doff stated in the above posts ... Cleaning the build up off of you throttle plates is easy to do... Something that you may want to do at home..

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  • I just signed papers for 2001 Quest GXE (w/ comfort plus). Is $23K a good deal or i got ripped off? I looked around the web, and I feel stupid for not paying little less. And no CD player in the van.. i just saw the CD button on the dashboard and assumed that CD is there.. am I alone who thinks that it's misleading to have a CD wired dashboard and no CD player?
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Edmunds "True Market Price" for this model is $20,689, plus destination and your option package. More detail is here.

    The CD button could be confusing I suppose (it's on my non-CD equipped '99 GXE too).

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  • sam7068sam7068 Posts: 28
    I paid 21K (total including destination)for mine in San Jose CA. Mine also came with comfort package. You can really make a good deal on these vans if you shop around.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,557
    Just an update for some earlier posts about using up the brakes. I have 19,000 miles on my '99 SE, and just had the tries rotated. While the tires were off, had them check the brakes. According to the tech, the fronts were at 80% and the rears at 95%. Based on that, this thing may not need a brake job in my lifetime.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • I have a 99 Nissan Quest GXE and I too had the wiper problems. At first I thought it was me and then I receivd a recall notice in the mail. I took it into the dealer where I bought it and they repaired it free. It is the switch in the turn signal indicator. On the subject of recalls, I also received on for some models having steering problems because the bolts were not tightned properly. I took my car into the same dealership and they checked them out and they are all fine. If you bought your car new, you should have been sent a recall notice telling you about these problems.
  • troutrou Posts: 4
    I unfortunately own a 2000 Quest. At approx. 7000 miles the front and rear motor mounts were replaced as was the an axle and the transmission. These were all done because of a clank noise when shifting. It is still there not as loud but now I told is normal. Also my steering wheel makes a swooshing noise when you turn it. It gets so loud and annoying that I am forced to keep the radio on. (I am told this noise is normal) Does anyone have this problem?
    We also had on turn signal replaced - but it still doesn't stay down when I want to signal left and the steering wheel is turned only slightly or turned to the right. Does anyone have this problem?
    We also had the passenger air bag cover replaced - it was coming off. These are a few of the problems we have had.
    I have contacted Nissan because I don't feel safe in this car. They would only offer us an extended warranty. They didn't feel any of these problems were "safety" issues. We tried to trade it in at the dealership where we brought it at. They wouldn't even consider any trade because they said they couldn't sell it to someone else knowing what was wrong with the van. I feel like we are stuck with this lemon.
    I will never buy another Nissan Product. I my opinion and my experience with them shows me Nissan doesn't care about their customers. They have your money.
  • clu3clu3 Posts: 5
    My 94 Nissan Quest has a rear fan control in the front dash panel as well as one in the middle seat area. The rear fan now does not working no matter I control it from the front or middle control panel. Any one has any ideas?
  • jr1drjr1dr Posts: 5
    I just received a recall notice from Nissan about my 2000 SE steering rack. According to the recall, the steering rack bolts may not be torqued the proper amount. Has anyone had any problems with their steering? I've got 7000+ miles on it now without any problems.
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,591
    I received that recall for my 99 Quest SE and although I had 15,000 miles on the van with no problems I still had the dealer check it out when it was in for other stuff. Everything was fine. Might not hurt to have it checked when its in service for something else.
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Trou, I'm sorry to hear of all the trouble you have had with your Quest. I can't say as I have had a swooshing noise in the steering. The turn signal lever not always "catching" is unfortunately normal in this van. Mine does it too. It seems like the detents in the switch are big, and if the steering wheel is turned a bit, it doesn't want to catch. I've learned to live with it. If I were you I'd jump on the extended warranty. It will at least give you some peace of mind.

    What I find curious is that the dealer would not take it in on trade because of the problems with it. If they tried that on me I'd say, "Well, let's go back to the service department and talk to the manager. They were supposed to fix the van and it should now be problem free. If it's not, they have some more work to do".

    Clu3, it sounds like you have a bad relay or loose solder connection in your blower controller. If you are handy and have a soldering iron, you can fix it yourself. Check out this web site:

    You will find instructions there to fix the problem, complete with pictures.

  • troutrou Posts: 4
    Thanks for the advise on the warranty but at this point the only way we will have piece of mind is to get rid of the Quest. It has brought nothing but problems and a lot of stress. I don't want to wait to see what will brake next. I would never recommend a Nissan product to anyone because of the way we have been treated.
  • clu3clu3 Posts: 5
    Thanks Dave, that looks like a very useful web site.
    I will check it and let you know once I find the problem.
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