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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks Bill. I asked this question before, but could you tell me if you need to drive the Quest up a ramp in order to reach the oil filter and drain plug? Thanks.
  • strstr Posts: 64
    Thanks for the advice. The dealer at the Nissan lot said the same thing about getting used to the pod quickly. His wife drives one and they like the van very much.

    I would not lease for one year I would do a two to three year lease and then get the redesigned panel but who knows what the redesign will look like? I may not even like it.

    I have no problem with change, we have traded every two years since 1999 and haven't had the same style car twice, I like to mix it up. I am only concerned with how safe it would be to have all the gauges placed out of the line of view especially since I travel to work daily with both of my very young children and are already distracting enough.

    I like the body style and interior style of the Quest, it is my first choice in vans right now.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I'm having trouble securing one of our car seats without the latch system in the 2nd row chairs. Both of the 2nd row chairs' belt latchs have an odd angel (where you snap it in place). They don't tilt backwards enough. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Looks like we're gonna have to buy a new car seat with the latch system. One question on booster seat--none of them come with the latch system, so there's no way to secure them to the seat. Won't they slide and roll with the child in it? That just seems like a bad design. Does anybody have any experiences with these booster seats?
  • eyeblindeyeblind Posts: 156
    If you go to the "nissanusa" website you can click on a link to child safety. Nissan has a program called " Snug Kids." They have worked with the
    manufactures of car seats and list car seats that best fit each Nissan model.
    You can click on the Quest and it will give you a list of booster, rear facing,
    and forward facing car seats that best fit the Quest. I purchased my car
    seats based on this list. I hope this helps
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    We have two booster seats in the second row and just use the seat belts (no latch). We use a towel underneath both so we don’t damage the leather. No sliding around while they’re in it.

    Having the seat “loose” makes it easier to rearrange their seating to the back row, or to move to another vehicle.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I was fine with that. I'm just not sure if it's safe because normally you need to secure the car seat itself separately.
  • peppermanpepperman Posts: 9
    I've been reading alot of the posts here, and thought I'd weigh in on a few of the recurring topics.

    We bought our '04 Quest last summer, and from the very start were disappointed with the cooling of the a/c. Tepid, at best, when outside temps were above 80 degrees. Not what I'd have expected from a new car I'd just spent ~ $25K on. We never experienced the "hot air out the floor vents" problem, just that the air blowing out the vents was not anywhere close to cool enough. We live in Texas, and the summers can be unbearably warm. A/C is not an option for us with small children.

    Anyway, we brought the thing back in probably 4 times through the end of the summer and into fall. Each time we were told (courteously!) something different: the system was low on freon but no leaks were detected; the system was cooling to specs but that the cubic feet in the van just took longer to cool off; that everything checked out, but that they'd put dye into the system to see if the thing were leaking; that the new freon didn't cool as well, etc. etc. (sigh) We were growing more frustrated by the day. Oddly enough, I'd also on occasion hear a faint "beep" while driving when the a/c was turned on. There were no associated lights with the sound, nor were the beeps the "normal" louder ones that you hear with the auto doors, etc. It was very soft, and seemed to occur consistently when I accelerated past about 42 mph, and sometimes at speeds into the 60s, but never when the a/c was off. Ordinarily just one beep. Strange, huh? Anyway, soon enough the cooler fall/winter rolled around, and the lack of cooling became less of an issue.

    Well, spring/summer comes this year, and we quickly discovered that our nemesis, the faulty a/c, had returned. By this time, I had immediately returned to my previous level of aggravation, and was at my wit's end. I was due for an oil change, etc., so I called 800-nissan1 (or whatever the number is) and quizzed them about the a/c in advance. They were very nice, and advised me to take the van in, and while it was still in the shop, to call them back with the case number they assigned to my complaint. They would then contact some regional supervisor or other such person, who would in turn call the dealership and "consult" with them. Seemed like smoke being blown up my skirt, but I followed their directions anyway. When I brought it in to the dealership's shop, I went a little on the offensive, telling them that I just didn't believe that this level of cooling met ANY person's (quality control's) reasonable definition of functional air conditioning. Circulation was not a problem, I continued, but the temperature of the air coming out of the vents was. I wanted them to know that their opportunities to satisfy THIS customer were quickly running out, and that I had heard all their bunk before and was not buying it. I think I even said something like if this time didn't get it, I was about to start raising hell with Nissan b/c I could get no satisfaction from the dealer.

    I'm happy to report that the goofy thing finally is cooling. The invoice said something like a lower ______ was loose (I will try to find the exact wording they used and re-post it later). Don't know why they couldn't fix it before, but my patience finally paid off, and they thankfully got it fixed. Funny thing is, the faint beep also stopped. Could it have been a warning of some sort for a freon leak??? Go figure.

    We also experienced the extremely sluggish starts on random occasion--almost like the silly thing was starting off in a higher gear. After you get up to speed, you're fine, but no passing downshift, and no shifting to get up to highway speed. I guess it resets itself after killing and restarting the engine. They could not duplicate the problem, but told me to leave it running and bring it in the next time it happened. Not a far drive if I'm in town, so I plan on doing it.

    They also repaired an annoying 3rd seat rattle (didn't know that was the problem until I saw the TSB on it).

    Overall, we really love the van, the smooth ride, etc. We just felt like we were getting duck-bitten to death (except for a/c which WAS a major deal) with several little things wrong. If they can work out the kinks for 2005, I would even recommend it.

    One more thought. We added an aftermarket DVD player in the ceiling. Worked great except alot of interference when the radio/cd player was on. We hadn't noticed it because the audio is through wireless headphones, and our kiddos hadn't told us (could they have missed it???). Circuit City was going to pull the thing out to send it in for diagnosis. I just happened to be monkeying with the radio one day before we took it in for removal, and I turned off the "rear controls" for the radio. Immediately the interference through the headphones disappeared. We decided to leave the rear control off permanently, and now everyone is happy.

    One last thing: the "pod o' control" does take a little getting used to, and the speedometer, etc. also being in the middle is weird at first. One quickly grows accustomed to it, however, so don't let that alone influence your decision.

    I'll duplicate this post on the competing thread as well (like you wanted to know that!)
  • birdobirdo Posts: 5
    We have had our Quest for about 1 week and we love it so far. Had to part with my 300M Special but with a growing family and the Quest SE, it was a little easier.

    We are sill learning the buttons and levers in this minivan. It will take some time. The kids love the DVD player.

    Hope to learn some things with this board. :)
  • birdobirdo Posts: 5
    You might want to check online before spending via the dealer. Here is a link I found. I assume they are the same from the factory:

    Head Phones for Quest
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks for the informative report pepper. Glad to know it was a happy ending. Here in the Northwest, we don't have much use for AC ( I'm still using the fireplace :( ), but I'll keep an eye on it.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    Fireplace sounds nice…better than your shirt sticking to your back.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    It'd be nice to actually have some summer-like days in summer, although I can't say I miss the Texas heat :)
  • squestsquest Posts: 25
    There is a TSB out on the sluggish starts. When this happens the transmission is in the "fail safe" mode. It is actually locked in third gear. Turning the motor off, and back on will fix it. I have had it happen once in 15,000 miles. Since the pan must be dropped on the transmission to replace the faulty part, I am waiting awhile to fix it. This happens only on the 2004 Quest SL with the 4 speed automatic I believe.
  • peppermanpepperman Posts: 9
    Yes, I saw that. I even printed it up and brought it in to them thinking that it might be the problem. I'm convinced it is, but will have to wait for them to witness it firsthand for them to do anything about it. Now then, if they have to drop the transmission pan to get at it, I may join you in your wait to fix it. No sense in "borrowing trouble" as my grandpappy used to say. Thanks for the heads up.
  • sopecreeksopecreek Posts: 203
    I did a couple of really stupid things today.

    First, I wear glasses with clip-on sunglasses that are specifically designed for my frame. I placed them on the steering wheel column momentarily when the clip-on slid and fell through the gap between the column and the dash. Has any one tried to access the area I'm describing?

    Second, came back home parked the van in the garage my mind just fixated on how to retrieve the clip-on, and I activated the rear lift door to take library books out. The door hit the bottom of the garage door and now about 2 inch strip of paint peeled off.

    Well, not sure what I'm going to do about it at this point, just bummed out. My van is less than two months old :cry:
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    Lift door…I installed a Styrofoam piece at the front of my garage that my wife can tap so she knows she’s in far enough (far enough to open the lift).

    My wife was coming home one day and the kids ran out to see her. They proceeded to climb into the driver’s seat and pushed the driver’s door against the wall…wham! Luckily I also placed a long strip of Styrofoam along the wall where the car door would contact it. I also placed a long strip of Styrofoam along the garage entry door to the house, incase the van is parked to close to the entry door and it swings inwards…it won’t hit the van.

    Too bad the rear lift door couldn’t slide into the roof…almost the way your garage door opens in sections…might be dumb though.

    Maybe I’ll put Styrofoam strips on the inside of my garage door…so if the rear lift gate does hit it, it’ll have a chance to reverse without crunching the paint.

    I guess we can learn by your mistakes; to much consolation though.
  • peppermanpepperman Posts: 9
    Sopecreek

    You might try taking apart the steering column cover (it comes apart like a clam shell if it is like my '95 Camry, which it looks very similar to). Loosen the screws with a phillips head (or other appropriate screw driver attachment) from the bottom. The top and bottom come apart and out drops your clip on. Tricky part is fitting the two back together afterward--but it can be done! Clip on might have fallen further down behind the dash cover panel, but it can be fished out from there, either from the top or up from the floor board area.

    As for the paint scratch, take heart. My wife has backed into our half-closed garage door and torn the brake light off (got it repaired at the dealership). What she doesn't know, b/c she is too short to see, is that she also scratched paint off the roof around the brake light--I dont' have the heart to tell her. She has also raised the hatch door into the garage door, much like you did, and scratched the back. I told her that I did it so that she wouldn't feel so bad. Life's short. Don't worry about it. The dealer could fix you up with some touch up paint, or spend $200 at your local body shop to have it repainted professionally.

    Kind of makes your stomach hurt at first, but after a few weeks you'll get nice and used to it! ;)
  • sopecreeksopecreek Posts: 203
    Pepperman,
    Thanks for the advice and kind words.
    I did loosen those screws (three of them) from the bottom. But those clam shells are tightly shut. I forced them a while but eventually chickened out fearing I could possibly break something (that would make it three in a day.) Called the dealer service dept, they told me to come in tomorrow morning. I'll try again in the morning but as you said putting them back may be difficult... I just want my :shades: back.
  • sopecreeksopecreek Posts: 203
    I was able to pry them open with screwdriver from the front. They opened up slowly but without any drama. Putting them back was also fairly easy.
    I wouldn't have tried it without Pepperman's advice. So thank you Pepperman!
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    "I told her that I did it so that she wouldn't feel so bad."

    Man, what a sweet husband you're! I probably would've yelled at my wife ;) The van barely fits in our garage. I fear the same is gonna happen to us sooner or later. Our younger kid, almost 2, loves to poke at the buttons and knobs in the van, I fear she would inevitably find the one for the power hatch and push it. Either that, or our minds drift off and we accidentally mistaken the hatch button for the side door... But for now, we'll enjoy the NEW van :shades: Sorry sopecreek, didn't mean to make you feel bad :blush:
  • ahightowerahightower TXPosts: 476
    Stick a pice of foam pipe insulation on the lower edge of the garage door, so you can open the rear hatch without scratching.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    Yes, also with pieces (so the door can bend) along the inside of the door; in case the rear hatch scrapes a closed garage door.

    Will have Styrofoam surrounding everything…
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    I may have a problem…sort of.

    I’ve noticed that my mileage, as displayed by the on board comp, does not even average the city EPA mpg.

    For the first tank of gas it seemed fine 17.4, then again a 17.4, then an 18 etc. I expected more, but realized that we have a huge (not so mini) van with a powerful V6 engine.

    I noticed that we’re putting on a lot of miles 2100 so far (purchased mothers day) but are not stopping for fuel frequently.

    Today I filled up. I noticed the comp reading out 16.9 mpg. I added 16.2 gallons of fuel and according to the trip comp went 415 miles. This is NOT 16.9 mpg but 25.6 mpg; not even close.

    The tank is 20 gallons and the fuel indicator showed empty, the trip comp displayed an * for the DTE, so naturally I got to a gas station as soon as I could.

    Think I’ll go for an early oil change and get them to check this out.
  • gonzasgonzas Posts: 2
    Ivan_99. I'm experiencing the same exact "issue" with the fuel mileage as you are. my tank also reads empty with about 4 gallons left. I had thought about mentioning it next service, but I'm not all too pleased with the dealerships service dept here. If you can post your results when you take it in, it would be appreciated. For the time being i'll consider the 4 gallons a big cusion :P
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    We've only refueled once so far. But the trip computer always stays around 19.2 mpg. I can't wait to see what real mpg we get for this 2nd tank...
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    In order to get a "accurate" reading, you have to reset the computer at each refill. Even then the computer will be off. Best way to keep track of mileage is by pen and pad.

    My tank also reads empty with about 3-4 gallons of gas in it. I too just thought of it as a cushion. Let us know what they say.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,669
    Yes, I reset the mpg comp and trip comp settings after each fill-up.

    I used to do pen and paper with mileage but figured the comp would know exactly how much fuel it used and how far it had driven…since fuel injection is pretty precise.

    Knowing that the mpg comp is not accurate delegates it to the 60’s Star Trek blinking lights; kinda looks neat the first time but quickly turns out to be a waste of money and space.

    tamu2002 – my comp read EXACTLY the same for the first two tanks 17.4 (with resetting). I found this odd but didn’t think much at the time.
  • billncatbillncat Posts: 16
    No, I didn't use a ramp. Just make sure you have plenty of newspaper down for the first time.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    No more driving up the ramps? Sweet! ...Judging from the ground clearance, can you really squeeze underneath the van?
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