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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems

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  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    Duraguard PF-2057 or Bosch-3323.
    There's also the Purolatpor-Prem but nobody seems to stock it.
    Been using the AC, my next will be the Bosch (if it matters, it's also some $1.50 cheaper).
    The filter is upright under the coolant reservoir area (under the splash guard). Can't miss it. Easy/quick to replace - out in front and no mess.
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    Per the service manual graphic it's underneath a splashguard (the graphic isn't very clear on the location, it appears next to a subframe). An inspection under the van should be staightforward (the splashguard is secured by 2 nuts and 2 bolts) - I suspect the filter is on the driver side, forward of the tank/axle.
    Let us know.
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    By the way, I'm sure you know that fuel line/system is pressurized.
  • esuteresuter Posts: 1
    How do I search this group?

    I had a 98 Villager and traded it in on a 2002. I want to replace the radio with a new MP3 player but I can't seem to find a radio install kit for my Villager. Best Buy gave me one for up to a 98, but it didn't work (Go figure). Where can I get one from?

    Either way, I'm sure that this question has been asked and I would also like to know how to search this group. Or, is there a better forum to ask these Villager questions on?

    Thanks,
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,035
    Our search engine isn't especially good. That said, I don't recall seeing any recent posts about installing aftermarket radios. MP3 players really haven't hit mainstream, so there's very little about them on Town Hall yet.

    Anyone got a vendor suggestion? Crutchfield maybe?

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  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    You won't find a more active forum on the Quest/Vill than here in Edmund's.
    What format are you looking at (is that a double-DIN receiver)?
    Another, be prepared (probably) to lose steering/rear-seat controls when you go aftermarket (unless maybe you spend some $200 on fuzzy-logic language translator adapters).
  • I don't have a Quest van but there is something I have been wondering about for about a year now. About 10% (just a guess) of these vans that I see on the road has the rear hatch bashed in as if they were rear-ended by something tall or they backed into something tall. The glass is always intact - usually it's just the sheet metal. Is there something about this design that predisposes these vans to this kind of damage? Thought maybe it was related to poor visiblity, exceptionally good brakes (other guy couldn't stop!), bad brake lights (other guy didn't know!), really soft sheet metal in the hatch (I think not on this one), etc. Any ideas - I am not making this up. I have seen far too many of these vans with this type of damage and I don't see this pattern on the other models of vans - there has got to be a reason.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,035
    That's interesting - I drive a Quest so I tend to notice them and Villagers on the road. I'll have to start looking at the rear hatches more closely because I haven't noticed that. My hatch has a small (2"?) dent from slamming it using the sheet metal instead of the liftgate handle, but it's hard to see (especially when it's as filthy as it usually is).

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  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    I've noticed the phenomenon myself. I put a dent in my hatch when I smacked it with the side of my fist(not THAT hard). The lift struts were completely "out of gas"(one of the many minor warranty issues I've had) and it lowered itself just enough that I banged my head on the bottom of the tailgate when I stood up after loading some boxes into the back. Sheet metal has definitely gotten lighter... Maybe others have vented their frustrations in the same manner. More likely, people have been pushing against the tailgate to slam it closed. Flimsy, very flimsy.
  • cookie22cookie22 Posts: 73
    my son ,who is a paint and body man at the cadillac dealer here in town , was talking about how much more flimsey the sheet metal is in the newer autos. He restores a few 55 chevys and says the material is so much better in the older cars. So I will be a lot more careful how I close the back hatch on my Villager from now on.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,035
    Light, thin steel (or some other material) means better gas mileage which helps the manufacturer meet its CAFE requirements.

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  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    No doubt it costs and weighs less. It probably helps dissipate crash forces as well. But I wonder what lighter sheet metal does in terms of driving up total cost of ownership and insurance premiums if we're all winding up with lots more dents and dings. Just grist for the mill...
  • jwestjrjwestjr Posts: 2
    I've also got the disappearing display problem. Sometimes there's no display after starting the van, but it lights up eventually. Really weird but not worth spending the buck on a new unit.
  • charles15charles15 Posts: 57
    Anyone changed or had the brake fluid changed on the 99 or later Quest. Seem good sound preventive maintenance calls for brake fluid changes every two years but there is nothing about either brake or transmission fluid changes in the owners manual maintenance schedule.
  • ngoh9ngoh9 Posts: 7
    My 1995 Villager wants to stall after start the engine and shift to Drive, even it already warmed up.It does not happen every time but it getting more frequent now. I affraid it will die on free way some day.I 've replaced sparh plugs, new fuel filter, air filter,filled in 1 bottle of concerntrate fuel injection cleaner. What else It could be wrong ? Help

    Ngoh9, San Jose
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,035
    Charles15, near as I can tell, those are "inspect" only items, but I have had my tranny fluid changed on my '99 GXE.

    Ngoh9, Check out the The Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest Owners Resource and consider whether it may be a dying fuel pump. Good luck.

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  • stanvstanv Posts: 10
    Ngoh9, We have a 95 Villager and experienced a similar problem in Oct 2000. On two occasions with my wife driving, the van just died she said. In the first instance the tow truck driver started it just before he was about to put in on the flat bed. Drove it to a Ford dealership and they found nothing. Happened again and back to the same dealership and nothing. They said if they could test it while it wouldn't start they could probably find the problem but everything is probably okay. This time, however, my wife got 50 feet out of the dealership and it died. They were slightly embarrassed and got it back to the shop. They fixed it this time and didn't charge us anything. They said they tighten a loose coil wire.
  • ngoh9ngoh9 Posts: 7
    To StanV, you said: the dealer tighten a loose coil wire . Do you you know what coil wire is that?

    Yesterday I worked on " rear air blower problem". I soldered 2 jumper wires, and now it works great !! thanks Steve.

    Now I still have 2 problems: engine stalled and engine warning light on.I will have to work on it . Hopefully the "town hall" will help me through.
  • johnwngjohnwng Posts: 24
    Gasguzz, thank you very much for your posts. Just as you said, the fuel filter is on the driver side, hides behind the splash guard, approximately underneath the driver seat. Changing the filter itself was easy, but I wouldn't be able to find if not for your posts. Thanks again. And by the way, where did you get your maintenance manual? I checked Amazon.com, AutoZone, AutoBarn already, but nobody carries Quest manual.
  • gasguzzgasguzz Posts: 214
    Thanks for posting the results of your repair.
    I've got the factory manual from helminc.com (Ford).
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