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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems



  • In reference to your brake light's not working, I have a 1994 Villager Nautica that had the same problem. I changed both bulbs at least 3 times.
    Turns out it is a wiring problem, which Mercury dealer informed me was covered under a recall. albeit a quiet one. Check with your Nissan dealer, and you will likely get it fixed for free. Make sure they do both tail-lights. Seems the wiring inside the bulb harness works itself loose, and the bulb does not make contact with the receptacle (sp?)
  • clu3clu3 Posts: 5
    Thanks for the brake light response
  • lithialithia Posts: 1
    I owned a 1994 Nissan Quest. For the most part it served my needs for a minivan with 3 kids. I had very little problems until 80K miles. I had serviced it regularly and always required the technicians to do a thorough check. I had noticed a few small things...such as the headlamps had the "ford" emblem stamped on them...hmmmmmm. Then at 80K miles my transmission went completely out. There was no indication of ANY shifting problems at all. Of course there was no warranty left so I traded for a Toyota. You get what you pay for but you usually don't wish for the quality until you realize you don't have it!
  • tdkl10tdkl10 Posts: 1
    My 94 Quest started acting up about 4 months ago. It had hard time shifting out of 1st gear. Then about two weeks ago when accelerating fast from stop the rpm would go to 6000rpms at 28mph before shifting into second gear with a lot of engine whine. My van has 85000 miles on it. From all the postings I've read on this forum most transmission failures appear to be happening around 80000 miles. It's going to cost me 3700 bucks to get it fixed at a local dealer,that's on top of 500 bucks it cost to see if the solenoid was the problem.
  • Bought a 99 Quest in late June of this year. Bought it for the space, seating, hauling capacity, professed miles/gallon and yes, I like the funky look. Drove like a dream until the last 400 or so miles. Now, @ only 3800 miles, I am getting only about 18 miles/gallon on 99% expressway travel, the van has obvious body rust about the size of a quarter on the door panel, noticeable high pitched engine whine, very sluggish acceleration, noticeable gear changes/surges, noticeable clunking when decelerating, driver's outside mirror vibrates, and a noticeable vibration is felt @ idle. In addition, there is a noticeable gritty feeling under foot when applying gas now. NONE of this was noted @ purchase or for the first 3000 or so miles. I originally felt like I was in an express elevator; no idle noise/vibration, not able to feel gear shifts, not able to notice any feel under foot at all, no real noise to speak of, stopped on a dime without jerking...I thought I bought a great mini van. Needless to say, I'm not a happy camper now. I've called the service manager at the dealership to schedule my required maintenance and to note these major annoyances, and all he said was bring it in. Not the type of response I was hoping for. Only thing I seem to have gotten for my money now is a payment book.

    As an aside, my boss also has a Quest, though a 96, and he just found a steady stream of gas pouring out of his gas tank.... makes you wonder.
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    I saw your similar post in the Nissan Quest IV, topic #630, and I posted a response there. Good luck.

    Community Leader/Coupes, Convertibles, and Sports Cars
  • hugozhugoz Posts: 82
    I've logged 112,000 miles on my 1993 Quest XE that I bought new; still going strong! Am on the third set of brakes and third set of tires; have replaced all belts and the windshield (which was damaged by rocks) and the rear muffler/exhaust pipe, but otherwise the rest of the van and engine are fine!
    My main quibble: don't go to the dealer for ANY service; they rip you off. I would buy another, but I'm thinking about buying a new Villager, because of the current rebate/finance deal mainly -- any advice pro or con on that?
  • Sounds to me like the Nissan's are a better deal, with the TV, longer powertrain warranty, etc. Villager makes you pay for the anti-lock brakes and other items.

    Although, Villager does give you a low interest rate and rebate (both). Check out the costs, could be a toss-up.
  • retzer2retzer2 Posts: 4
    It really boils down to what options you want vs. what you can live with because the two makes have very different configurations. For the base models (my choice) the Quest offers ABS, the air filtration and keyless remote/anti-theft as standard equipment. These are listed only as options or included in options packages on the base Villager. But the base Villager also offers options not available in the base Quest -- two-tone paint, power seat, power rear window, pop-out tailgate window, upgraded interior lighting. Of course, if you want the power rear windows, you'll have to get the power seat too etc.

    I was hoping to get a Villager but wound up with the Quest. The Quest was cheaper -- even when I factored in the Mercury rebate (financing didn't matter) -- because Villagers I found came with more options I didn't want but would be forced to buy in order to get the stuff I did want.
  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    I remember a couple of folks posting some disappointing gas mileage numbers. As I remember, someone took theirs to the dealer where they hooked it up to the computer to check for trouble codes and came up with none, so they said there was nothing they could do.

    Well, I just changed the oil in my Quest last night and I noticed that Nissan still uses the old fashioned distributor (most if not all others have gone to fully electronic distributorless ignition). This means that the ignition timing is adjustable and may be off. This may not show up as a trouble code on the computer and could affect mileage. If you are getting poor mileage I'd have the dealer check the timing.

    Hope this helps.

  • jadams2jadams2 Posts: 5
    Own a 93 Quest. Have had very few problems with it. At 65,000 miles, it has acquired a ticking noise that corresponds to acceleration. I don't know much about engines, sounds like lifters? Other than the ticking sound coming from the engine, it is running fine.

    Anyone have this problem? Anyone know what the problem might be?
  • Is this an overhead cam engine? If so, have you had the tappets adjusted? One possibility is they need adjustment.

    Community Leader/Vans Conference
  • The ticking noise I reported earlier is most likely being caused by a breach in the exhaust system caused by a lost seal in the Exhaust Manifold. A mechanic noticed at least one broken off EM Stud. I called the Nissan Dealer and they told me this happens and I am looking at a $350 to $400 bill to replace the Exhaust Manifold (which is most likely warped).

    I noticed a Apr 1994 Tech Service Bulletin put out by Nissan to fix this problem.

    Could anyone email me a copy of this bulletin?

    I would like to take it to my local mechanic to see if he could do the work, and save some money.
  • At what speed does this ticking sound appear?
  • vlsvls Posts: 1
    Hi everyone,
    I had posted in this
    townhall back in the
    latter part of Jul about
    mileage on my SE. At
    that time I had 4K miles on it and since, I have taken a trip from
    Houston to CA & back. I
    now have almost 8K miles on the car. I found out
    some interesting facts
    on the mileage. If I
    kept the speed from 60
    to 70 I averaged between 23 & 24.5 mpg. If I
    cruised at 75 or higher
    the mileage dropped to
    20 & 21. In my book
    this is still not good
    however. (either
    figure). After some of
    the responses received from before I have decided that is pretty much normal. Also any hill of any consequence and with the cruise on
    invariably, the
    transmission downshifts
    to third. I finally
    cancelled the cruise as
    I started climbing so it wouldn't downshift
    everytime. Quite
    I still enjoy the car
    very much however. With the 2 A/C's one sure
    will not get hot, even
    in the desert in AZ, &
    CA. It is a tremendous
    road car.
  • The sound is there pretty much all the time. Most notably from 20 to 50 mph. By only when giving gas to the engine.

    I now believe the noise is caused by escaping exaust from the warped Exaust Manifold. I am taking it into the Nissan garage tomorrow.
  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    when my '94 villager's manifold bolts broke, I experienced the same ticking sound when accelerating. good luck.
  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    look at some posts I made earlier in this topic(as well as in the mercury villager topic) concerning how I got Mercury to fix the problem on their dime. It may help you out.
  • esp63esp63 Posts: 27
    see #201 in Mercury Villager topic
  • Thanks I read your earlier posting and the hassle Ford put you through. Thanks for the info. Our emmission warranty on our 93 Quest has expired. The Nissan garage confirmed that 3 manifold studs have broke and are causing our problem. We are waiting for Nissan to act on our claim before we get it repaired.
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