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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Hmm, the service guy at my dealer told me both the front and rear pads are just metallic and not even semimetallic. But I got a feeling he wasn't very sure. Maybe your dealer is correct on this one. Based on what they charge for their pads, you'd think they're ceramic!

    The ceramic pads on my front tires cost ~$30-40 more than the semimetallic, not a huge jump in price. If you're that concerned with braking, you might want to install ceramic pads all around. I'm not sure about their stopping power, but they ARE silent. I'm not an expert on the various brands of brake pads. Someone else can chime in on that one.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Yup,,for the price they were charging,,I too thought that they were ceramic pads! ;)
    Regarding brake pads--I am not too worried about stopping distance--as all are pretty OK and I drive cautiously :P --It`s whether they reduce the steering wheel shake/shimmy?
    Did ceramics on your Quest reduce the shake?
    Also do frozen rotors help with the shake?
    Thanks
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Funny you should mention steering wheel shakes. Ours shook very badly before the replacement when braking, now the shake is completely gone. The fron ceramic pads are silent, but the rear semimetallic ones, as expected, make some noise when cold. I don't feel any difference in stopping power. Overall, I'm happy with the brake job, especially considering the price paid.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Very pleased with the tires. I've put about 4000 miles on them. I belong to the Consumer Reports online forum. the tire experts there highly recommend these tire. Also very highly rated on Tire Rack. I had the Hankook Optimo H418. I bought them because they were cheap and at the time money was tight. Rated 60,000 mile tires that didn't last 25k miles. I could have gotten money toward another set but why put another set of that garbage tire on the van.

    never experience the Yoko Avid TRZ. Read of some issues but overall a very good tire. go over to Tire Rack and read the reviews and surveys.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks. That's good to hear. We'll get them at Costco when the time comes.
  • sopecreeksopecreek Posts: 203
    During the engine oil change at my Nissan dealer shop, I was advised of broken engine mount which was replaced today. (2005 Quest, 71K miles.)

    Now I have a new issue with a low pitch ticking noise and feeling coming through steering wheel at constant rate whenever I turn corners.

    Does anyone have guess to what may be causing this? There is also random high pitch squeal from steering wheel but the source of this problem has been found (or so I heard.) The mechanic insists he has done nothing wrong and these must be pre-existing conditions...
    I'd appreciate any inputs.
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    Hey all. I just wanted to give a little encouragement to anyone down on their Quest. Ours is an 05 SL loaded up with just over 70k miles now and it's been absolutely trouble free since day one. Yeah we will get a little rattle now and again from the drivers side slider but unfortunately, that's a given in this van seeing as the sliders are the largest on any minivan and the 70k on the odo.
    Of course this wasn't always the case. This is our 3rd new Quest. Our new 04 was so troubled that our dealer, who's amazing BTW, told us "pick another off the lot" and we drove off in a brand new 04. As hard as this may be to believe, about 19k miles down the road, the new one also became such a rattle-box (along with one nissan tech who decided to damage the 2 front doors on the lift) again we were told to "pick another off the lot"...this time going for the loaded up 05 SL. Third one was the charp I guess because it's been perfect in all ways.
    Oh and as for the tires, we're now on our 2nd set of Yokohama Avid TRZs and love them! They turn this van into what it should have been from the start. No more front end wandering in the rain and what a smooth ride. But there is one BUT. They only lasted us about 30k miles and they're an 80k mile tire. No problem though because we got them at Mavis Tire and Yokohamas warranty is prorated so they replaced the tires and the percentage from 30k to 80k was applied and the tires were less than half price!
    So don't fret a little rattle from that damn door. The van is mechanically sound with an engine that is just fantastic. Enjoy.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Hi Joe,Nice to hear that your Quest is doing great.I have an 04 model-rattles are present.I think that is a given with this van.
    Also did u have any rotor warping/brake pad/steering wheel vibration issues?
    A lot of folks on this forum suggested Frozen rotors for the 04 Quest.Do u have any info on them?
    What other problems did u have on your 04 model?
    I had the auto tranny flush/coolant flush/cabin microfilter recently and always use full synthetic oil.I am also planning to buy the Yoko Avid tires now..
    Do u suggest any other care that I need to take?
    Thanks..
  • joenissanjoenissan Posts: 313
    We've had no brake problems at all. And believe me when I tell you...I'm REALLY picky when it comes to steering wheel vibration from warped rotors. We just did the rear brakes but only the pads needed changing. We also had the rear shocks replaced because we thought the rears were worn but it didn't change the ride at all....kinda like you're afraid it'll bottom out. Luckily it doesn't actually bottom out though.
    Our SL has the 5 spd tranny and we had Nissan change the fluid not too long ago. I can't rememebr now if we had the coolant flushed. I'll have to look into that. I changed the cabin filters myself and geez...what a PITA! The Bose amp on the firewall behind the glovebox has to be removed! Yeah, those AVID TRZs are amazing the way they change the charactoristics of the van...especially in the rain. The tires are cheap too!
    Not too much else to do really. I use only Mobil1 synthetic every 5 to 7k miles. That's it. It's been trouble free with only regular maintainance.
  • carzzzcarzzz Posts: 282
    I have frozen rotors and hawk HPS pads all around...
    No shake after the installation and even now (~ 12,000 miles)
    Front about 90% life; Rear about 80% life
    The only downsize of HPS is that it takes some extra distance to stop when it is cold!
    Goodyear is wearing down and have around 50% of the tread life 22k miles on the tire; Winterforce still have 90% tread after 2 seasons (8k miles). i also agree these new Quest eats the tires... I have a older model (first gen) and it shows very little wear on OEM after 6 years (still has 70% before i replaced it).
    btw... this is a 2005 Quest base model!
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,663
    No more front end wandering in the rain and what a smooth ride.

    heh...hated those OEM's...I would get the 'stink eye' from my wife when that would happen...sort of "slow down...there are kids in the vehicle".
  • sopecreeksopecreek Posts: 203
    The problem has been fixed. Lower shaft that connects to the steering wheel became loose and caused both squeal noise and bumps. I was able to use my Nissan extended warranty for both repairs and the service rep in charge of my van waived $50 deductible for steering wheel repair, so I'm happy with the service this time.

    The van handles like new now. Regarding the tires, I'm also on 2nd set of Yoko Avid tires, purchased from tirerack.com both times, and as many have noted they are great in rain and also pricewise. If I hadn't run over a piece of brick on the freeway at 65 mph which ripped my rear tire, the 1st set of Avids would have lasted about 40k.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    And for $615, ouch!! The Yokohamas would've been ~$50 cheaper. I wish we had rotated the OEM tires more diligently to make them last longer. Here's hoping the Michelins will last forever. I haven't driven it yet but my wife and kids say the ride is SMOOTH.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Don't beat yourself up over not rotating the tires. The most important thing is to get an alignment done when you buy new tires. Minivans have long wheelbase and can get out of alignment very easily.

    I am also impressed with the Michelin Primacy. I hope they last longer than the hankook Optimo H418. The Hankook performed OK but only lasted 25k miles. sometimes it is not worth buying based on price.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I'm anxious to drive the van to see what the fuss is about :) . We weren't really unhappy with the OEM tires per se, just wish they lasted longer. We could probably go another 10K miles but we were feeling quite uneasy about out-of-town trips. Now rotating the tires will be a breeze cause we shop at Costco everyweek and we can simply drop it off before going shopping. Costco refuses to rotate tires not bought there.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I drove our van over the weekend, and was very happy witht he Michelins. Two major impressions: 1) they obsorb road bumps much much better than the old worn out OEMs, and 2) they are a lot quieter. There's hardly any road noice at highway speed. Overall a quiet and smooth ride. I must say I'm very satisfied.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    My very same impressions. I see that Sears and Michelin are running another special where you get free mounting, balancing, etc. with a set of 4 tires.

    The good thing is Quest owners have more options for tires other than the Goodyear OEM.
  • sidsrsidsr Posts: 2
    Can not find a fuse for the interior lights on my 2004 nissan quest. lights will not work. tried changing bulbs didn't solve problem
  • I have the 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 S with the factory installed CD Player. I am looking to replace it with an aftermarket CD Player that can play Mp3. Any recommendations? Also, how difficult is it to replace it? Would we need any special harness once I remove the existing factory CD player?

    I tried crutchfield but wasn't able to find much information. It looks like many aftermarket systems can be installed - but it also warns me that we need to fabricate a harness for correct fit.

    Any responses/advice is greatly appreciated.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    The best thing to do is visit a local Best Buy or other audio shop and talk to them about what parts are needed.
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