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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • Ref: "I'm in Texas too. (Viva Bush!) The info that came with my my new Quest purchased last month indicates 3/36 bumper-to-bumper warranty, 5/60 only on the powertrain. Nissan's website agrees. Haven't talked to my dealer yet, but I suspect they may only have extended it in certain states."

    Did a quick websearch and the warranty extension is mentioned on this page, although the specifics are missing:

    http://www.nissanhelp.com/News/Nissan%20Expands%20Quest%20Warrant- y.htm

    I think this is a good place to start. I've talked to several dealers lately and none of them seem to be informed about the 2004 warranty extension either, including the service departments.

    BTW check the VIN on the vehicle I'm interested in and the dealer validated that the Customer Service Initiative upgrades had been completed.
  • berkyberky Posts: 2
    I just bought a new 2004 Quest SE in Texas and one of the selling points by the dealership was that the bumper to bumper to warranty has been extended to 5 yr/60,000 mi. Also, if you take the VIN to the service manager he can give you a print out from Nissan regarding the service initiatives. My VIN was over 67,000, manufactured in July, and evidently by that time all issues were taken care of in the factory.
  • I would be very impressed if Nissan dealer - at this time - are not aware of the warranty extension. This is a tremendous selling point for comparison shoppers.

    There are only a limited number of reasons for ignorance:
    1) Dealer does not pay attention to Nissan initiative - doesn't really care that much about giving customers what they want / can use
    2) Dealer is incompetent - so why would you want to buy from them
    3) Dealer wants to sell you an extended warranty, but who would spend more then $1000 for a warranty that only adds 2 years

    All reasons to buy from someone else.

    Give a man a crappy fish and he has a poor meal. Give a Man the fish he wanted, and more, he will come back again and again with his friends.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550
    There's a joke about crappie fish in there somewhere ... I like your extended warranty theory but it's probably just dealer ignorance. They probably aren't selling all that many Quests compared to Pathfinders and don't pay much attention to it.

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  • I purchased a late production 04 Quest and it has had none of the problems mentioned in the service bulliten and according to Nissan these issues were fixed in the manufacturing process. I got a great deal on the car and a few weeks after purchase lucked out and Nissan handed me a 60,000 bumper to bumper warranty upgrade. This van is great... do not let anyone tell you diffrent. Drive one drive the rest and pick out what is best for you and your family.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550
    Great engine, not enough tranny gears, and, yep, a power window problem.

    Long-Term Test: 2004 Nissan Quest

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  • 6k...Thats a stretch more like 9K.The S has more features than most competitors and I like the other post could not see spending the extra $ for the SE features. I purchased a 2004 S model with the DVD player and got out for 23,400... Re-sale with the "extra stuff" I have found is good money after bad, as I am sure you have found out buying a Chrysler product. Do not think the other guy who posted had to talk himself into anything. Sometimes common sense takes over and you talk your wife down from what she considers must haves and take her on a cruise and split the difference. But hey its your money...
  • gg2k2segg2k2se Posts: 109
    We replaced our 95 Windstar in December 2003 with an SE. About 6 months ago my brother-in-law, who swore he'd never get a minivan, picked up an S. And just last week my other brother-in-law bought one with skyview, but no leather. I'm still awaiting further details but that sounds like a 05 SL. My early 04 model had a few issues, but we worked through them and are satisfied with our Quest.

    Also, here in mid-state NY, I always get 4 snow tires to keep my moving as safe as possible in slippery conditions. I would normally get a complete new set of wheels/tires, but it was a tough decision this year because of the pressure sensors. So my 3 options were; 1)getting new wheels without sensors or 2)adding the cost of 4 sensors ($400) and the twice annual cost of reprogramming the sensors to the car or 3) Mounting 4 snows on my 17" rims. I picked the remounting 17" rims which eliminates the Sensor cost but still gives me the safety factor. I only found 2 tires, Dunlop, Bridgestone in the 17" size, but they were both run-flats, I beleive meant to go on the Sienna AWD. So finally, I selected a Nokian (great tire) in a slightly smaller 225/55-17 size. This means my speedometer will read 3% too high, but otherwise no issues so far.
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, just arrived in New MexicoPosts: 40,550
    "Changes include three new exterior colors, standard active head restraints for the driver and front passenger and a standard 5-speed automatic transmission on the 3.5SL.

    An inexpensive 3.5 base model was added to the lineup, and price adjustments that make the four trim levels less costly could also help."

    Canton plant making 1,000 of 2005 Quests each week (Sun Herald)

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  • Hello Everyone,
    I have read that there is a way to display DVD image on the main display where the road computer is. Does any of you heard this ??

    Thanks
  • I could be wrong, but I believe this is illegal in most states (not Alaska) as a SAfety hazard
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    It is illegal to have it in any other mode but Park. Many vehicles today LEGALLY have DVD on navigation screens when shift into Park, among them is the '05 Cadillac Deville.
  • Hi Guys,
    I was wondering any of you installed an after market power sliding door to 2004 Quest ? Or is it possible to have it installed through Nissan? If this is reasonable I wouldn't mined to have it.
    Thanks in advance ..
  • I kind of know it is illegal but still wondering the possibility? Also what would be cool to display the Navigation screen on the DVD screen as a auxiliary ? I would imagine with the pig tail video cable you can input the Navigation video to DVD screen.. Is of of you tried it ?
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    After almost a year, my kids have lived up to our expectations and made a mess out of the middle seats. Is there any special method I should use to clean the seats or will any over-the-counter upholstery cleaner do?
  • Same question about the center console ... what's the best cleaner to use on it? tia
  • Well I use a liquide spray from lens crafter that you use the same thing I clean my eye glass. It works very well. Also u can use the same thing on your lap top computer screen.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    I cleaned my seats this weekend with Prestone auto upholstery cleaner (sprays foam and has the plastic bruch covering the sprayer). It worked very well. Just follow the instructions on the can. I bought the Armor All wipes in the tall cylindrical shaped container (40 to a container) for the pod. It also worked well which leads me to believe any auto dashboard cleaner will work. I also used the wipes on the fabric above the grab handles in the second seats. They get grimy from adjusting the rear air button and my daughter reaching up and pullign on the grab handle every once in a while. You can scrub with these wipes and it got all of the dirt off the fabric.

    I was afraid the seats would not come clean but they look as good as new.
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 477
    Another confirmation that the bumper to bumper warranty has been extended to 5yrs/60K miles on 2004 Quest. I emailed Nissan customer service from their website. Set up your "My Nissan" account and email a question. I got a response in 2 days. I'm going to print it off and bring it with me to the dealership and demand an ammendment to my paperwork. Maybe if enough of us do it through this channel Nissan will recognize that their dealers aren't getting the word out well enough.
  • eyeblindeyeblind Posts: 156
    Back in September I recieved a letter from Nissan regarding the 5 yr/60 k warranty extension. The letter explained the extension and had a sticker attached to it. The sticker was to be placed in the owners manual. My dealer has acknowledged the extension. In fact they were the ones who informed me, before I even recieved the letter in the mail.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    As eyeblind stated, you should have received notification from Nissan, not the dealership. I would call the Nissan hotline and let them know you have not received your notification. It's a small sticker to put on the inside of your owner's manual. I got mine sometime in September.
  • eyeblindeyeblind Posts: 156
    For those interested in a DVD system for there Quest 'www.autobarn.net" has a cool system. You can get a headrest dvd system for the 2004 Quest S or SL. They match the Quest headrest shape, color and fabric exactly. You can get one or two headrests. You can also buy them with or without a dvd player. Price starts at $799.00. Two headrests dvd screens and a dvd player cost $1,300.00
    Also, for those who want paint protection. I had a clear bra put on my Quest. It covers the hood, bumper and side mirrors. It keeps rocks and things from chipping the paint. You can barely tell it is even there. You wash it and wax it just like paint. It does not fade your paint and can be easily removed. I had it put on at a local auto detail specialist shop for $475.00. The Nissan dealer a get my car serviced at is now offering it.
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  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 477
    I bought the van in October. They should have had updated materials, or at least already put a sticker on there. I'll swing by and make a stink. Maybe the salesman will give me another free tank of gas.
  • We just purchased an 05 SL from Team Nissan in MAnchester, NH for use at work in New Hampshire. We move computer equipment around to customers and while not heavy, it's bulky and somewhat fragile.

     

    We compared the mid-level trim of the Quest, Honda and Toyota. There are some differences and similarities, none show-stoppers for us.

     

    The Quest's claim as the most roomy is justified on several fronts. We have to load a big piece of equipment in the back and measured the vertical opening height of the rear, the width at the top, and max width. We also measured the side doors. Subject to differences in measurement technique, here's what we found

     

    Quest max height (rear) 42", width 49"

    Side doors 48" high and 32 wide.

     

    Honda max height 40-40.5", width about 30" at the top and 49 in the middle

    Side doors 45" high and 28 wide.

     

    Toyota max height 40", width about 41" at the top and 49 in the middle

    Side doors 44" high and 29 wide.

     

    The vehicle we purchased has floormats, seats, splashguards and cabin filter. We paid precisely the invoice price, according to Edmunds, which is roughly $1,200-1,500 less than the other two. Nissan just implemented 3% financing so we saved that as well.

     

    We will also extend the warranty to 5 years, 100K and purchase the roof rack crossbars (around $130) which only come standard on the SE, apparently.

     

    For us it really came down to the Quest versus the Sienna. The Toyota has their rock solid reputation, but is dowdy looking and the vehicle dynamics aren't great. The Quest drives a lot better than it should, despite the large size. I think pumping up the tires to max pressure in front and a few lbs less in the rear would make it even better.

     

    The dashboard layout is not a plus for us. It's slightly inconvenient, and the increased utility doesn't offset that. Because most of our staff uses Garmin portable GPS's, which can be set up directly in front of you and display your exact speed, the size or location of the speedometer was moot.

     

    At home we have a 99 Dodge Caravan (not Grand) Sport. We live in the city so the short wheelbase is advantageous. We remove one of the Captain's Chairs (we have three kids) and gain as much room as a Grand van for most uses.

     

    For the work van the DVD or Nav system didn't cost-justify itself. At home we have the 10" Samsung portable DVD player that can "flip" the screen display at the touch of a button so we can suspend it from the ceiling. Only downside is the headphones require wires. But the screen is fantastic, we can use it wherever we go, it was only $600, and they didn't have factory DVD in 1999.....

     

    I predict the staff here, mostly engineers, will enjoy driving this vehicle a lot more than they expect. It books!
  • As an addendum, we well noted problems with build quality and other issues with the first 04 Quests. And dislikes about the 4 speed transmission and speedometer and fuel gage.

     

    We bought the SL trim because we wanted the five speed. But there have been a lot of changes in the feature matrix for 05, so go to the nissanusa website and look at the packages there - in general, the packages have had features added.

     

    One oddity is that the roof rack crossbars are optional except on the SL. They're about $130. They seem pretty functional, though.
  • max02max02 Posts: 1
    Went & looked at '05 Quest & I asked the salesperson if it worked regardless of how fast you were going. I know the Chrysler T&C has this option but is only effective til 25 mph. I can't find info on nissan's web site nor the brochure. Also, is there any true about now is the best time to buy...don't want to purchase '04 b/c of problems. So, when would be the best time to purchase an '05?
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    I'm not sure, but I guess it's full time [all-speed] traction control. The only minivan who has low-speed only is DC vans (up to 30-35 mph). And since Nissan offers stability control, it sure works at all speeds.

     

    Usually in the end of the year is you get the best deals to move inventory off the lot, but then the '06 models are already on the lot also, so some people just go with the newer models...
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 477
    The best time to buy is right now. Get an '04. I figured this late in the year they'd have ironed out most of the problems. You can check the VIN number to make sure all the issues have been addressed (see multiple prior posts). For me, the 3.5S had all the features I needed. The '05 3.5S comes with power sliding passenger side door and tailgate, but otherwise identical features to '04, and those power operated things were not important to me. The base price has dropped a few hundred, but the current rebates, financing, and desperation of Nissan dealers more than makes up for it. The guy who chose '05 so he could get a 5-speed tranny in an SL has a good idea, but for me the '04 3.5S was the way to go. Personally the 4-speed seems plenty responsive to me, and the gas mileage is about the same between the two. I've never driven one with a 5-speed, maybe that would spoil me, but this one really does seem fine. I think most of the professional reviewers who complained about the 4-speed either drove like maniacs, or had to deal with lots of hill terrain. I can't imagine it would be worth several thousand dollars for an extra gear under normal family use. And I'm young and used to drive a Mustang, so I do appreciate performance, not just making excuses.
  • I just had my CSIs done, and now my doors rattle worse than before. Has anyone else experienced the same? Does anyone know what the modification entails? Parts? Adjustments? I don't know whether it's worth taking it back. They may make it even worse. Perhaps they still have the old parts and can reinstall.
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    I don't think this would be possible - installing the motors and sensors required would likely be prohibitively expensive?

     

    Are you sure you want them? We have a '99 Caravan without them. My wife thought she wanted them until we rented a van for a week in FL that had them.

     

    While being able to open the door from the fob may be handy if you have your hands full, our experience was that the kids may bolt ahead to the van, instead of staying with you. Most of them are very difficult to open or close manually (the Quest is the easiest we've see so far), and it quickly becomes an annoyance rather than a convenience. I gave up buying a new one without them because only the base models are so equipped and we wanted some of the other features.

     

    The Caravan has the easiest to open manual doors we've run into (by a small margin) but the detent when the door locks back seems very secure compared to most others.

     

    The big plus for the new model Quest is the size of the side doors. They open up wider and higher by several inches than the vehicles from Honda and Toyota, at least.
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