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2011 Nissan Quest



  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    Just as an don't have to go to the dealer for regular maintenance; unless it's warranty work.

    Not sure what the distance matters...unless you walk the 8 and don't want to do the 20 :)
  • Well I had my experience with this same thing today. I had approx 1/8 tank of fuel on the gauge and had come upon a road work situation on a 4 lane hwy. Traffic had stopped and I was on a 10-15 % decline. The car sputtered and stalled and started rolling downhill. I tried to apply the brake but without power it was extemely difficult. I finally got it stopped and I attempted to start the car repeatedly. It finally fired and I pulled out of line to head back in the other direction and it ran perfectly - UPHILL! I stopped at the first gas station I found an filled it up. It took 16 gallons and according to the manual, the Quest has a 20 gallon tank. I really don't understand why this happened with 4 gallons of fuel still in the tank :confuse:
  • I have one and would like the sunglesses holder as well- when I asked, I was told that it would be about $200 to change that part out, as it is one whole unit with the lights and that module is also where the bluetooth is. Unfortunately I am also stuck with the funhouse mirror!
  • Well gang, it's not our imagination...I found out today from my dealership service dept there is a Service Bulletin addressing the 2011 Quest "failure to start on a decline" issue. According to my technical advisor, the vehicle requires installation of a fuel float arm extender and fuel tank shims. Sounds like a sending unit location faux pas. I will be taking my ride into the dealership next week and will have to duplicate the problem, butfirst, I will have to run the tank down to < 1/4 tank. Nissan will make all the corrections and adjustments under warranty. ;)
  • rruskrrusk Posts: 1
    We just replaced our faithful 2000 Honda Odyssey EX with a 2011 Quest SV this weekend. The Ody has 179K miles on it but we have maintained it well and it still drives like many 2-year-old cars. We liked it so much that we toyed with buying a used one. Not so for the new Odyssey and Pilot. We were uncomfortable driving the Odyssey - the road holding is not nearly as good as the 2000, and the sight lines were not as good either. And the 2wd Pilot is now rated to tow only 2000 lbs. Not much for a "full-sized SUV".

    Here are some thoughts:

    - Seats - padded like an armchair, but with a good shape underneath that provides proper support. The French have always been good at that sort of thiing, perhaps this shows some Renault influence. The Toyota seats feel like rocks, just like the ones in the 1990s Toyota Previa that we briefly owned. Those wore well but were never very comfortable. The 2000 Odyssey's seats were middle-ground.

    - Power - feels very powerful compared to the 2011 Grand Caravan, the 2000 Odyssey or the 2011 Odyssey, the Chevy Traverse and the Dodge Durango. And that CVT delivers the power very smoothly.

    - Fuel economy - Drove a 90 mile expressway trip yesterday evening, averaged >24 mpg without having broken it in yet.

    - Driving Position - my wife is nervous and uncomfortable driving many vehicles, but pretty comfortable with this one. Not so with the Sienna.

    - Covered Trunk - as big as those on some cars, nicely hidden out of the way.

    - Outside Mirrors - these are a great size and shape. Too many large/tall vehicles these days have small ones.

    - Backup camera - the best we have seen in a sub-$40K vehicle.

    - Easy-fold seats. We don't need the huge hauling capacity of the van as much as we need to stop wrestling with those 2nd-row seats when we carry large things.'
    - Noise Level. The Quest, Sienna and Durango were all very quiet. The Odyssey always had a lot of road noise.

    - General visibility. The view to the sides and back is very unrestricted.

    - 2nd and 3rd-row space. About the same as the Odyssey. I can't sit in the 3rd row of a Sienna without hitting my head on the ceiling due to its shape. Same with the Grand Caravan.

    - Sound system. This is the #3 of 4 trim level, but the stereo is decent. The speakers are nothing special but not bad. The controls are excellent, both on the head unit and on the wheel. It remains to be seen how well the bluetooth works, we've never had that in one of our vehicles before.

    - No trailering package required. Odysseys require an add-on tranny cooler. Siennas, Highlanders and Grand Caravans require an add-on package that is hard to find. You can't even order the trailer prep package on the Grand Caravan in the lower levels of trim. I tow 3000 lbs. The Odyssey was just OK for that due to its gearing. I expect the Quest to do much better due to the CVT's ability to just pick the ideal ratio for the load and conditions.

    - No timing belt. Honda still has one, that's about a $1K maintenance item.

    - Price. The local Toyota and Nissan dealers were having a great closeout on 2011s. We got the color and equipment we wanted on the Quest and paid less than we did for the similarly-equipped Odyssey 11 years ago(!).

    - Ride in town. Soft and compliant, but adequately damped. The Durango rides better on less-than-perfect roads (amazing ride!) but this one is very good.

    - High-speed cornering. Not what you generally buy a minivan for, but the Odyssey was genuinely fun to push hard on occasion. The Quest just goes limp. Not unsafe, just un-fun. It reminds me of my father's old Suburban.

    - Highway ride is "floaty". Like an older American car. Many/most people like that, but it's not my cup of tea. My wife likes it a lot, though, and this is her primary vehicle.

    - No sunglasses holder - we thought it had one, but it's just a "conversation mirror" where the sunglasses holder belongs. Sometimes being "different" isn't such a good idea.

    - High dashboard - It's not really bothersome, but we got back into the Odyssey yesterday (it went to a family member) and the low dashboard was pleasant to have.

    - Trailer wiring - I have not found any aftermarket "T" connector for it. The Odyssey has a connector near the jack that was designed to plug a trailer harness into. Nice feature. I will check for a factory harness, but in the aftermarket I will have to tap into the factory wiring using Scotch-lock connectors, not the best arrangement.

    - Lids on the "trunk". It sure would be nice to have a real hinge or at least a way to hold the lids open. You have to either remove the lids' 3 straps and take them out of the car or load one-handed.

    - Concerned about the reports of running out of fuel downhill. That happened to me going uphill in both my '96 Jetta and my '00 Odyssey, but this one sounds even worse. Anecdote: When that happened to the Ody, I pulled off the highway onto the shoulder 1/2 mile from the gas station. Sitting on an angle, I had to put >4 gallons into it to get it to start again. Having to add a lot of fuel to restart on an incline is not uncommon. But that day I only managed to burn 17 of the 20 gallons in the tank before running out of fuel.
  • maui77maui77 Posts: 7
    I took my Quest to the Nissan dealership last Wednesday and had a service technician test drive the vehicle with me. We were successful in trying to duplicate the problem with the engine stalling when on an incline with the nose of the vehicle pointing down. The service advisor showed me the Service Bulletin that was issued by Nissan which described the problem and had instuctions to the technician as how to correct the issue. The bulletin calls for actual replacement of the fuel tank and tank shims which apparently are necessary to achieve a proper fit with the construction/design of the vehicle. The parts have been ordered and I will be notified so that I can take the vehicle in. The advisor stated the correction will take one day and Nissan will provide me with a rental car. I was given a copy of the buletin and now I am waiting to hear from the dealership. :D :D
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    - Lids on the "trunk". It sure would be nice to have a real hinge or at least a way to hold the lids open. You have to either remove the lids' 3 straps and take them out of the car or load one-handed.

    There is a strap that holds it in place...I remember seeing this somewhere but cannot recall.
  • I really like these vans, but have a major concern with the reliability of them. The 2005 i own burns oil and needs the top end of the motor rebuilt at 75K miles, luckily i can do this myself.. bad piston rings this early are not a good sign, after i'm done i am selling it, and going to drive my older Toyota Sienna. I have a lot of friends with older Nissan Maxima's and they are bulletproof, but i also have friends with newer Nissans, and they are terrible.. I guess i will check these posts in 5 or so years to get a better idea as to if they are good or i should stick with my Toyota's. To me they are the best looking vans out.. Its just too bad that they do not have the regular automatic or manual transmissions, that CVT makes me nervous.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    Our 05 Quest is the exact opposite. We've had one item under warranty (window seating)...and nothing else.

    We've had annoyances with some rattling...but nothing mechanical at 85k miles (so far...) just oil, brakes, battery, tires, rear hatch shocks. I have a serpentine belt that I was told is I may do that soon.
  • Hello Maui77 and others with this fuel issue-
    Is there somewhere on the internet that I can get a copy of this service bulletin, because I also am experiencing this same issue with my 2011 Quest, however, only one of the times was the vehicle parked on a downward incline... in this downward incline experience, the manual gauge showed 1/4 tank, the "miles until empty" display read 85 miles, however the van would not start until we added 2 more gallons of gas. In the other two instances, I was parked on level ground, and the manual gauge did read lower, probably around 1/8 tank remaining, "miles until empty" read around 45 miles, and again, van wouldn't start until we added more gas. I took the van to dealership where purchased (Hudson Nissan, N. Charleston, SC), and basically was left feeling as if the technician thought I was imagining my problem. This third occurrence happened yesterday, and I would like to have the service bulletin in hand when taking the van this time (along with copy of this thread!) My intuition is telling me that the engine is relying on some kind of computerized signal that tells it whether or not to start based on how much fuel it "thinks" is in the tank... perhaps there truly is enough fuel, and the calibration of this sensor just isn't correct... Oh for the days of the mechanical automobile! :(
  • maui77maui77 Posts: 7 have the same thing I had. I had mine repaired and have had no problems since. I have not been able to find a printable version of the entire bulletin online (5 pages), but have found the reference information and summary description. You should be able to show this to the service advisor and he can find it on the Nissan Service database. If you still get the "trainee salute" from the service guy, you need to find another dealership. ;)
    REFERENCE: NTB11-068
    DATE: JULY 14,2011
  • an125an125 Posts: 1
    Hello, Does anybody know whether the van needs to be in Parked position to operate the power sliding doors? In the owners manual it says the doors can be operated if it meets one of the criteria.

    When the ignition switch is in the â&#128;&#156;ONâ&#128;&#157; position,the system can be operated in the above and one of the following conditions.
    . Selector lever is set in the â&#128;&#156;Pâ&#128;&#157; (Park) position.
    . Brake pedal is depressed.
    . Parking brake is applied.

    However, I am unable to open the doors when it is Drive position , even if both Brakes are depressed. Are there any settings to make this work?
    Any inputs are appreciated.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    On the "old" one you always had to have it in Park...which you might as well do if you have the brake applied or Parking brake on.

    Unless you're trying to open it as you're braking; i think it needs to be a complete pushing the kids out while you roll by :)
  • I find the vehichle skids/ slides more than my 2004 Quest (SL). An ysuggections for a better tire. I have the Toyo OEM currently with 10.5k on them
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    On the 'old' Quest we found the Yokohama AVID to have very good wet characteristics.

    The only thing...we need a tire replacement after 40k miles which is half the 80k rating. Luckily Discount Tire will prorate the difference.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I have Michelin Primacy on my 2004. Great tires! but expensive. Michelin has the $70 gift card with 4 tires promotion going on right now.
  • patnicpatnic Posts: 22
    I still have my 2003 Odyssey and waiting for it to go...

    How do you like your 2011/2012 Quest? Besides the low gas/hill problem, any other problems? Favorite aspect of the Quest?
  • We ave our '11 LE since Apr 1 (10,5kmi - $36,600 plus TTT), Car drive great for the most part
    - Gets about 22/24 on hwy vs 25/27 of my 04 SL. I think the CVT burns more fuel.
    - Interior is great
    - Ride is smotth, but I think the cr slides more in the wet. I have the OEM Toyo tires and am thinking about Michelin or Perilli tires.
    - I don't like the placement of the sliding door buttons. They are to the left of the steering wheel so only drive can access.
    - DVD in dash is better than under the passenger seat (04).
    - We got the Black Amythest (wife's favorite color). I see they discontinued for the 2012. We got a fantastic price (severl dealrs offred $38 with sunroof), I think they wanted to sell their first Quest for '11. We wanted one before new cars from potentially irradiated factoreis.

  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    A CVT is supposed to give better mileage.

    27 is very good for the 04 since it's rated only for 24 on the highway.

    The EPA shows 04 vs 11 as
    17/24 vs 19/24

    so it should be pretty much the same...more or less...

    how did you manage $36.6k for an LE when the invoice is 38.6k...especially in April? Edmunds shows $40k for the TMV.
  • plashenickplashenick Posts: 162
    edited December 2011
    Not saying the MPG is bad, just when I took a 2,000 mile drive this summer and compared it to my 04 when it had 80K on it the 04 did much better at constant highway speed. The highest I got was 24 with the 2011 and saw a lot of 22. Could it be the weight, the efficiency of the CVT, I cannot say.

    For the price the MSRP was ~$42-43k. Several dealers agreed to $38k on the phone (NJ) for an LE with sunroof. No roof reduced price to $36.9 ($1,100 for roof). My Nissan Rewards card added another $250 off the price once negotiated.

    I closed the deal Mar 31. I think it was all about
    - Want to sell their first LE
    - Uncertainty about the inventory stream after Japan quake
    - Quarter & month quota. Although they agreed to keep the price for Apr if they could not find the card I wanted, but agreement was if they find I will be before EOM.

    I never believe what is listed as TMV as there are too many variables at play for a car pricing: dealer incentives, sales quotas, Factory to dealer rebates based upon obtained volumes, expectation of using dealer service. Our dealership is the 3rd largest auto dealership in US, so they do work volume.

    I have bought from them before and always got a good price. I also sold them my 04 for the same price every other dealer offered me. They sold it for several thousand more within 2 weeks. While people want to treat these two transactions as separate, they never are. I do not believe I 'gave up" anything on the trade (I could sell for more on my own, but time = money). I would still have had the same deal on the new van as I negotiated that first, before the trade-in.

    One rule I have is I will not walk into a dealership without a price in my hand to begin with. I see they now are giving ~3k back on the van, makes you wonder how much was transparent in Apr to keep dealer stock moving with Nissan facing a very steep selling issue.
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