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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • wholigan-

    No, the next Mercury Villager (which will be called Monterrey) will be a Windstar clone. As far as I know, Nissan has little or nothing to do with Ford anymore.

    -Andrew L
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,043
    I wonder if we'll be complaining about Renault switches in a year or two? :-)

    Steve, Host
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    Have a realtive working in the Windstar plant in Oakville. He has seen a few of these being assembled as prototypes. As stated, just another trim package for the Windstar. No connection to Nissan.
  • shuedshued Posts: 107
    Nissan vehicles may use the Engine and Transmission from Japan, but they use other
    parts from USA auto part market. Although Windstar
    and Quest have no relation, they may use the same
    parts from same auto part supply chain. This is true for Toyota and Honda.
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    Yes it's true that the various manufacturers buy components from suppliers that produce similar parts for all (i.e., fuses, relays, wiring harnesses, seats, trim, wipers, wiper motors, etc.). However, in the cases of the Japanese VS the big 3, there are substantial differences in the way quality is measured and issues resolved. For instance, I recently read a survey of parts manufacturers which indicated, in general terms, that the parts makers prefer dealing with (in this order) Toyota, Honda then Nissan followed by the Big 3. They get less hassle from the first 3 makers and less price bashing as well.
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    As a former abused owner of Ford and part-Ford vehicles, I have learned my lesson. It's a long story but I will never own anything related to Ford again!

    I had extremely unpleasant experiences with Ford and semi-Ford vehicles, unpleasant experiences with Crysler vehicles and pleasant experiences with GM vehicles. But I am currently a very happy owner of Nissan and Honda vehicles.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Will the Quest be cheaper than the upcoming Sienna? I hope so.
  • rtfirtfi Posts: 14
    "Nissan plans to start selling its new Quest in July." http://www.automobilemag.com/news/news_12_1/

    I knew production was scheduled to start in May, but this is the first mention of a July sales date that I have seen.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    how cheap do you want these things to be? The new Sienna isnt expensive at all for what you get- $23K to start (well equipped), 27K well loaded (for an LE with option pkg that includes VSC, TRAC, 3 row side curtains, all discs, etc.). Sure if you want ULTRA luxury including DVD players, NAV, wood, moonroof, leather, all wheel drive, etc, you're talking 37 grand, but judging from the Sienna board, there is a good deal of interest in such a vehicle.

    That said, I'm sure the Quest will be competitively priced, but dont expect it to be significantly lower than the Sienna.
    ~alpha
  • cavillercaviller Posts: 331
    They did have the 2004 on display at the Chicago auto show, but it was sealed off on a platform with no one around. Personally, I didn't like the styling but that is very subjective. It certainly is distinctive compared to other minivans.

    Kudos to Toyota. In addition to a staffed platform display, they had two 2004 Siennas open to the public. The Sienna really does look like they have taken all the best features from the competition and combined them into one minivan, and even improved on some and added others. I'll definitely be looking at one when the 2005s are out; by that time crash tests should be completed and any first year bugs should be fixed...
  • 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.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,043
    It's going to be called the Freestar I guess. Ford Windstar - 2004 Redesign

    Steve, Host
  • 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!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,043
    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.

    Steve, Host
  • 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.
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