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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • All these minivan brands are getting ready to compete with the Dodge Grand Caravan and Honda Odyssey. The Toyota Sienna, Nissan Quest, Chevrolet Venture/Pontiac Montana are being redesigned. And the Nissan was one of those outraegous vehicles I've never seen from a company like Nissan. Goes to show, when your owned by some funky making car company, this will probably happen...

    The Quest is just really dissapointing me. Yeah all these cool features are avaliable. What happened to the reference standard. If you load this car up it'll probably end up at a price tag way over mom's and dad's budgets. Soon they'll be switching back over to sedans because the "big" pricetag of minivans will be blowing there minds. Nissan is up to something good but pricey...
  • I wouldn't be so sure about that. Families need more room than your typical sedan offers these days. First, with airbags in the front passenger seats, most car manufacturers recommend that no person under age 12 sit in the front passenger seat. Next, car seat laws are expanding. Many states require a child to be in a car seat til age 6, and I think one or two states even have laws stating a child should be in one up to age 8. Some car seat advocates recommend car seats for children up to age 10! We need room for all of these car seats and kids. It is difficult to fit 3 car in the BACK seat of a typical sedan. 20 years ago I suppose a sedan would not have felt cramped to me. I'd have my 7 yo in front and only one car seat in back for the 2 yo. 4 yo would be in back in a regular shoulder strap. But as it stands today, all 3 of my kids are in the back and still in car seats! My oldest also loves her booster and sitting up high, so I think she will be one of those kids in a booster til age 10 - enter our new *need* around here - a minivan! Even families with only 2 children like the roominess of minivans. Kids don't just play with the neighbor's kids anymore while mom and dad hang out in the house. Parents are more involved in who their kids are playing with and. Playdates with kids are arranged for certain dates and you end up taking extra kids home after school for the playdates - so the extra seats come in handy.
  • I think this van will be another homerun for Nissan and will be roomier and probably outhandle the new Sienna. I have been unable to find any specific info about the Quest other than the Nissan website and wonder if anyone does have any advanced info about pricing and option packages. Perhaps the introduction of the new Sienna, the improved Oddessy, and new products from Ford simultanously will force more competitive pricing closer to invoice.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Who said the Venture would be redesigned? The Quest from what i've heard is due on sale in June, but I didn't have a base price to compare to Sienna. (My friend wants a Sienna but wonders if the Quest might be cheaper with the same options and equipment)
  • The new Ford Windstar will be released in the Fall of this year. It will be renamed and include fold-down rear seats, much the the HO. The Quest, from my internet cruising, simply looks nice, very un-minivan-like with improvements in cargo room, comfort, engine and handling. OK, this is a matter of personal taste, but I like the design. Price will be important - Toyota is offering a wide range of Sienna models for every budget. Let's see if Nissan will be competitive.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    It's going to be called the Freestar I guess. Ford Windstar - 2004 Redesign

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  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    I currently own a 1995 Mercury Villager which I purchased 2 years ago, used. I have to say that I really like this van and it currently has 103,000 miles on it. Runs great. My issue is with safety. My brother in law is a paramedic and just recently went on a traffic accident call involving a newer Nissan Quest Mini Van with dual sliders. The van was hit on the side in a 25 mph collision involving a Honda. All 4 occupants in the back of the van were killed. Nobody in the Honda was hurt. This all prompted me to do some additional research. I have found that the Quest/Villager duo are not that safe! We spend quite a bit of time in our car not just local travel but long distance. I really want to feel safe. Is the 2004 redesign of the Quest making it any safer? If anyone knows where I can obtain this information would you email respond. I'm looking for the offset crash test information. It is the most common type of collision.

    Thanks!
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    Crash test results probably won't be out for a while. And they may be suspect when they are published:

    Crash tests may make SUVs even more deadly

    fwiw, your '95 does better in tests than my '99 with two sliders.

    The NHTSA has crash test results and links to other testing organizations.

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  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    please do not refer your board memebers to that article. it includes some of the MOST BOGUS comparisons and assumptions I HAVE EVER READ regarding vehicle safety. It is sensational, and on crash test can hardly a blanket statement make.

    ~alpha
  • Although there is no data to review on the safety of the 2004 Quest, Minivan buyers tend to be extremely safety concious and judging from the desciptions of the size, handling, safety engineering on the new Nissan Van, this van will probably be much safer than the smaller Quest/Villager(that I own). BTW, I was struck from behind by a car doing 40 mph without braking...thrown into oncoming traffic and had a head-on with a chevy sedan. I was not injured and my 1990 Nissan Van survived amazingly intact.
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    I think that any information that is published on vehicle safety is worth reading. From that information, people like myself can make informed decisions on what vehicle might be safest for their families. The article on the SUV's is relative. They are bigger and heavier therefore they can cause severe damage to smaller cars in any kind of crash. It's also a proven fact that many SUV drivers feel more secure when driving in severe weather conditions. Throwing it into 4 wheel drive in icy conditions is dangerous and many SUV drivers don't realize what they are doing. But anyway, I really appreciate all of the input. I will most likely continue to drive my Villager for a few more years. By then, who knows what will be available. I do worry about the integrity of the dual sliders. The accident my brother in law told me about was awful. He sees so much in his line of work and it's hard to not listen.

    Thanks!

    Leslie
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Does Anyone have a base price for the next Quest?
  • cavillercaviller Posts: 331
    "Although there is no data to review on the safety of the 2004 Quest, Minivan buyers tend to be extremely safety concious and judging from the desciptions of the size, handling, safety engineering on the new Nissan Van, this van will probably be much safer than the smaller Quest/Villager(that I own)."

    Chrysler had lots of press and high hopes that the 2001+ Chysler minivans would do better in the NHTSA and IIHS crash testing. It turned out they did about the same as the previous generation. Not horrible, granted, but nothing to brag about, either. Hopefully, the new Sienna and Quest will do very well all around. Feature-wise, the Sienna certainly does appear to get it right, but we'll have to wait a while for crash test results...

    I think that article has some misconceptions. It is true that stiffer frames may help in the offset crash test. A stronger front end and safety cage will tend to reduce cabin intrusion on the test. On the other hand, stiff frames can be a liability in the dummy measures on the IIHS offset test, and in the NHTSA full-width test. Stiff frames tend to transfer more energy to the occupants. The occupants get less ride down time from the crushing frame and incur more serious injuries.

    Getting a "Good" offset crash score AND 5-star NHTSA frontal crash tests is the challenge. Few trucks-based vehicles do... While the NHTSA tests can be improved (higher speeds), it would be bad if they switched to an offset test. Having both types of testing in this country is very important, in my opinion.

    Also, it is very irresponsible to try to correlate injury and death statistics to crashworthiness. Those statistics have a large factor of driver profile in them, so of course they may not correlate. Automakers love this sort of uncertainty, of course. Then they can claim that Car X has the lowest injury/death scores even though its crash tests are mediocre. Then on Car Y they tout the crash scores instead. The more confused consumers are, the better for the advertising spin.

    If you are concerned about surviving a crash, choose a vehicle that does well in both the NHTSA and IIHS tests and also has a nice complement of safety features.

    Also:

    http://www.car-safety.org/carguide.html

    http://www.car-safety.org/family.html
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I completely agree with your points about injury and death statistics and crashworthiness.

    I dont think you need to worry about the Sienna's crashworthiness. I doubt Toyota could mess that up, given how much they sold the Sienna on safety last time around. (Especially with regards to offset- Toyotas internal testing EXACTLY mimics that of the IIHS).

    ~alpha
  • lsinclsinc Posts: 270
    I also agree with caviller. When I learned of the IIHS off set test and the fact that the Villager/Quest did very poorly I became very concerned. Who wouldn't! We are always going someplace as I have young children who are very involved in school activities. From what I read, the "off set" collision is more common then a straight head on collision. I also worry about the integrity of the dual sliders. I don't have dual sliders on my van but when I go to get another one I probably won't be able to avoid it.

    Overall I really like my Villager. It runs great, drives great and gets pretty decent gas mileage. I drive about 15,000 miles a year and I'm a stay at home parent. We travel quite a bit so there are many factors in what I am looking for in a vehicle.
  • geevee35geevee35 Posts: 1
    does anyone have any information on when Nissan plans to release the quest 2004. thanks.
  • zero4zero4 Posts: 2
    Quest June 30
  • FEHarperFEHarper Posts: 70
    I just received a Nissan Quest 2004 Brochure from Nissan and it highlights the major differences with other vans. Available overhead windows with overhead controls, 2cd and 3rd row DVD entertainment, front navigation system. Seats appear wide and supportive, as others have pointed out. Chassis is based on Altima with all independent suspension. My local dealer says June 30 delivery date. Will be interested in pricing.
  • zero4zero4 Posts: 2
    This new Quest, Also has a power rear lift gate, 300+ watt Bose, Fold flat 2nd row, and 3rd row, you can fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in the back with out removing the seats, go to nissanusa.com, then click on quest, environment, then rear view, then click on second row head rest for the link to play the movement of the seats.
     http://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/FutureModelHomePage/0,,24365,00- .html
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Does anybody have a base price? I was wondering how much the Quest will base at and whether it will be competitive with the Sienna in terms of price.
  • FEHarperFEHarper Posts: 70
    I have a new link for the 2004 Quest. These pics demonstate the beauty on the interior and the fold down 2cd and 3rd row seats. Also, my local dealer confirms July as the start date.

    http://infinitihelp.com/Nissan/Models/Quest2004/Photos.htm
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    A few of you have commented on the dash. I don't like the looks of it in the pics either - put the van in drive and you block some of the climate controls it seems. Otherwise the interior and sunroofs look pretty nifty.

    My '99 GXE just passed 80,000 miles w/o any significant issues btw.

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  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    I sure like the looks of that new Quest. We are going to be buying a new car this fall. Hubby is saying VW Jetta TDI Wagon, I'm not sure yet. Can't wait to see that new Quest in person though.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    That gearstick would be a good place to hang your horse leads or mittens I guess :-)

    I'm hopefully heading up your way next week to visit friends, get some Ice Classic tickets and pick up a used Outback to drive back to Boise. I don't want to read about anymore more "dry" hurricanes or 7.9 quakes please :-)

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  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    I'm just glad we didn't get hit with the wind that anchor town did, holy cow!!

    Why you buying a used outback up here? I would think they would be cheaper down there. Subarus bring crazy money up here, you should know that.

    BTW, Ice Classic tickets are $2.50 each now, guess they had to raise the price to pay for who knows what.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    I'm buying up there because I know the car; I realize it's totally backwards from the usual procedure. But I like being a bit contrarian now and then, and it's a good excuse for a one-way road trip. And actually Soobs aren't much cheaper here either! (lol, I verified the TMV with Terry).

    and now back to the new Quest....

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  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    Well, that makes sense I suppose.

    Now, as for the new Quest, you going to get one?

    I doubt I'll be able to get one, hubby said we could *look*, but he's pretty set on an 04 VW Jetta Wagon GLS TDI.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,799
    Mine's just getting broken in at 80,000 miles :-)

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  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,596
    I wish I had kept my Quest that's for sure. I miss it, was a nice van.

    Ah well, I don't have a payment on my current car and it doesn't cost me anything in repairs either.....who says Ford can't build a reliable car.

    Of course the minute they get it right they discontinue the model, yes, I'm refering to the loveable Escort.
  • pda97pda97 Posts: 88
    I remember reading somewhere that the new Quest only seats 6 passenger. Can anyone confirm this ? If so, make mine a Sienna.
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