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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems

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  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    Yep mine had 38,700 when I bought it. Did a search right after I bought it (I know backwards!)and it was registered in January of 99. That's the only thing that showed on the report. I had seven days to return it if I choose.

    The vehicle was bought new at the dealership I purchased it from. I was told a gentleman in his 70's was the original owner. The interior is perfect, leather seats, captain chairs in the middle row, sunroof, six cd, rear heat and radio controls and the electronic instrument cluster.

    So about 39k checks out to about 12k a year. Filled it up four times and have gotten 20 twice and 21 twice. Very satisfied with the ride.

    I'd say this year (98s) are not desirable to some people because there is no sliding door behind the driver. Not an issue with me or my wife. Also 98s were the last year of this run and seem to be fairly trouble free. The only thing I've learned reading these boards is the early models had manifold bolt problems and there are some electrical gremlins once in a while.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    The crash tests results were better in '98 than '99 (and maybe the '00 models). One less slider means a "stiffer" body and fewer rattles. Two sliders are sometimes convenient, but I could live with just one.

    Other common problems include a sticky throttle and interior switch and electrical problems.

    Enjoy the ride!

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  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    they are very reliable. Most people seem to have positive things to say about the Van Twins.

    I'll see how this van ages; can't really tell until a vehicle gets 7 to 8 years old and over 100k.
  • fleetwoodsimcafleetwoodsimca Posts: 1,518
    Has decided to order me a new gas cap for my 2000 Villager. All concerned agreed today that we hope this cures the gas-cap-that-will-not-stay-tight. It will be a week before it arrives.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    I agree - my '99 GXE Quest just passed 66,000 miles, so the jury is still out. 60k used to be my "marker" in the old days - now I expect to get past 100k w/o major mechanical/tranny problems.

    (Touching wood like crazy here!)

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  • cookie22cookie22 Posts: 73
    maintenance is due on my 99 Villager. any advice on the cabin filter? Install a new one or Just clean the old one? Any other advice will be welcome. TIA
  • 3dglasses3dglasses Posts: 11
    I have tried the fuel pump trick (turn on the key until you hear the fuel pump turn off). It helps some. I also asked my wife to switched to regular 89 octane gas and that seems helps too. I think a new fuel pump may be worth the effort. Any advice on the procedure?

    ALSO, I found a TSB on hard shifting...
    Component Description:
    97.POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:UNKNOWN TYPE NHTSA Number: SB051583
    Bulletin Number: BC1022297230
    Bulletin Date: JAN 1997
    Vehicle: 1995 Mercury Villager
    Component Description:
    132.POWER TRAIN:TRANSMISSION:UNKNOWN TYPE NHTSA Number: SB051452
    Bulletin Number: BC3372972301
    Bulletin Date: JAN 1997
    Vehicle: 1995 Mercury Villager
    Summary: A RESOLUTION FOR ERATIC AND/OR HARSH UPSHIFT- THE ROOT CAUSE IS MICRO PARTICLE DEBRIS IN THE TRANSMISSION VALVE BODY.

    I don't have the info on how they fix it. Valve body cleaning or replacement?

    "Also, a harsh shift from 1-2 may be from a bad or misadjusted TSP."

    What is a TSP? Thanks in advance...
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    Just replace the crappy Eagle LS tires on my wifes '99 SE Quest. Never could get them balanced and aligned (best guess is that 2 of them had shifted belts). Anyway, but on a set of Dunlop SP sport A2s. Tremendous diiference. No more sliding though corners, and spinning away from stop signs.

    Havent really had a chance to put them through their paces (especially when on wet roads), but so far a huge improvement.

    Made it 30K. The rears still had some tread, but I couldn't rotate them without putting the problem (pulling) childs on the front.

    Now I just need a front brake job to finish the routine mainainance. Just trying to decide on the best pads to use. Any suggestions?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • budda1budda1 Posts: 3
    I just acquired a 1998 Villager. The dealer that I bought it from have 3 different brand of tires on the van but same sized thought. 205/75/15. I am looking to get the Pirelli P400 at 215/70/15 which have good ratings and cheap. Should I go with the bigger size or stick with the 205/75/15? I am also curious as to what octane fuel should I be using? Super (93), Special (89), or Regular (87) and what brand or it doesn't matter? Because My current Nissan maxima doesn't like Mobil but loves Amoco.
    Please advise.

    Thank you.
  • fleetwoodsimcafleetwoodsimca Posts: 1,518
    I would recommend going back to the tire size the manufacturer says to use. It has to do with power band optimization and transmission performance. I learned the hard way with an Explorer.
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    Woh, seems a safety issue there. I would think 205s are undersized and pose a load rating hazard. If you got that from a dealer that could fall under a lemon law (that's why they take off points/money from your trade if they have to bring it up to "specs").
    I use 87 octane and gas isn't gas (Texaco is my choice).
  • fleetwoodsimcafleetwoodsimca Posts: 1,518
    Today, my Merc dealer replaced my 2000 Villager gas cap with a new one he ordered in. The first time I laid a glove on it, I recognized that he had solved the problem. Here's the skinny:

    The old cap would only tighten for about half an inch of friction travel until the "click" and no further advancing of the perimeter would occur. Over time, the cap would work loose from this tenuous at best grip. The new cap has a friction slide about triple or more compared to the old cap. I have no proof yet, but I am confident this is a problem solved. I'll drop the topic-- unless the problem returns.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    Just got the radio reinstalled in my '99 Quest (premium stereo system). The display has been fixed. No parts involved. They just had to resolder some connections, and the display has miraculously reappeared. My wife is happy again.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,452
    the repair order says resolder regulators/headers/I.C's, dc/dc converter,surface mount componenets/clean and align tape deck (didn't know it needed it, and I'm not sure if I've ever played a tape in it).

    This was at a repair shop that also does a lot of custom installations. The dealer recommended them (it's where they would have sent the unit if they pulled it).

    Repair cost was $150. They have flat rates depending on the type of unit. Probably a rip off for the time it took, but I doubt there are too many places around that could do the work right on a unit this complicated.

    He did quote about $800 to replace the radio, so $150 to make it like new isn't too bad. Only took them 2 days, and boy is it weird to drive without toons.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    Thanks for the update, Revka. My hoses are probably due - I squeeze them when I check my oil and they seem ok, but who knows.

    $150 doesn't sound too outrageous, Stickguy. Here's hoping it stays fixed!

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  • charles15charles15 Posts: 57
    Just purchased a new cabin air filter - the old one had 53K on it and no way you could clean it. I paid $77 for this thing probably because it comes with the housing cover and mounting assembly. Does anyone know if you can just buy the damn paper filter?
  • cookie22cookie22 Posts: 73
    replaced my in-cabin filter. Total cost with filter and labor was $103.20 like you charles15, there must be a less expensive way to go here. I would hate to buy the housing each time. At 35000 mi. I just had it vacumed and replaced.
  • corsicachevycorsicachevy Posts: 316
    My 2001 Quest SE has developed a strange steering "problem". Moving the wheel slightly left or right of center at low speed produces a minor notchy, artificial feed back. The sensation is not apparent when the wheel is turned at speed or when the wheel is turned further than just slightly off-center.

    The steering fluid is at normal levels. Does anybody know what might be causing this?
  • rrogerrroger Posts: 3
    I am looking to buy a 1997 Quest. Since Nissan is fazing out the Quest, is there any concern in purchasing a 1997 Quest.( Parts availability, etc.). I can't think of any issues but would appreciate other's comments. thanks
  • fleetwoodsimcafleetwoodsimca Posts: 1,518
    Have you thought about getting a brand new one? I'll bet the final days will have deeeeep discounts on them-- maybe right now. It just might be worth the extra money over a '97.
  • rrogerrroger Posts: 3
    Good idea, I will keep looking out for deals on a new Quest. Thanks again Fleetwoodsimca
  • I have an 01 Quest with 26K miles. Sometimes when I turn on the A/C (or start the car with the A/C turned on) I will hear a loud grinding noise for a second. This typically happens only if the van has been sitting for over 24 hours between drives. (It seems to cool ok.) I've had it to the dealer numerous times. Although they can't replicate the noise, they've replaced the compressor once, but it is still there. They say that don't know what else to do if they can't hear it. Any experience or suggestions? Thanks!
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Our 99 Quest used to do the same thing, and I remember other owners mentioning the same thing here in the past.

    If it is any consolation, either ours doesn't make the noise any more, or we don't notice it any nore. At about 67,000 miles the A/C still works like new.

    Dave
  • jeromeg11jeromeg11 Posts: 1
    Just bought a 1997 Ls version with just over 61k miles. Check engine light came on and i brought it to autozone, and they diagnosed it through the OBDII to the o2 sensor, code 130. Van ran fine afterwards, but after a couple full tanks of gas , the light went on again...Code was a 300 now, stating it was misfiring. Could it be the second o2 sensor that is after the catylic converter that is causing the problem?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...the wife is getting mad at me...Can you blame me, dealers would have charge me over $200 for the first o2 sensor replacement, where I did it for just around $70...I like to work on my own vehicles...
  • sharimsharim Posts: 1
    We recently bought a 1997 Mercury Villager and noticed the brakes to be quite soft, compared to our 2nd vehicle. Is this common in anyone else's Villager? It's in great shape otherwise.
  • cooper99cooper99 Posts: 3
    I have a 99 Quest with 50K miles on it and the radio display has gone out. I noticed several owners have had the same problem and have either taken their radios out to check for cold solder connections, or had the dealer remove the radio and check for cold solder connections. How do I take the factory installed radio out to check for cold solder connections? My display will come on for a while and then go back out. Most of the time it is out.
  • cookie22cookie22 Posts: 73
    the plastic cover around the radio just pops off. take your fingers and get in the groove at the edge of the panel and pull gently. It should pop off. It covers that whole area radio and all. I poped mine off to install a power antenea.
  • mokydemokyde Posts: 7
    I bought one from Murray's Discount Auto Parts. Any auto parts store thet carries Motorcraft parts should be able to order it. The part # is FP-29. I paid $39.95 plus tax. Installation was pretty easy, about 20 minutes in all.
    After buying the filter I found another one on EBay for 20 bucks. That one will be for the 60K change.
  • mokydemokyde Posts: 7
    Oh yeah. I too replaced those terrible Goodyear tires that came on the van. The new ones are Continental Touring Contact AS. I see that the newer Quests come with them. Tremendous difference in ride quality although a bit noisier. Highly recommended.
  • faruqimfaruqim Posts: 7
    mokyde, How much you paid for the tires and where are they available?
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