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Nissan Quest 2004+

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  • blarneyblarney Posts: 9
    Well, after a long 5 years away from the forums, I'm back. We had an entire catalytic converter AND engine replacement after just 18K miles on our 2004 Quest (back in 2004). Just this week, for the first time, our Service Engine Soon light came on. Guess what? It's the Catalytic Converter! But guess what else? When they replaced the catalytic converter the first time, the warranty (on replacement parts) goes down to 12 months. If it were the first time we were replacing it, our warranty would be at 8 years/80K miles. FYI, in San Diego, a new catalytic converter for a 2004 Nissan Quest costs $1,689. Good times, good times.
  • thanks again. How did you know that you had bad wheel bearings?
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Hi Blarney,
    I purchased a used 04 Nissan Quest 1 month back with 58k miles.
    Since u bought it new,, could you list all the problems you have had and what repairs were done for that?Did you buy an extended warranty?

    Problems Like-- Rattles and squeaks,,brakes,,rotor warping,,steering wheel shake,,power door problems--These were the most common problems reported.

    Did u have any of these and others??If yes,, how and where was it repaired??Did corporate Nissan USA help you or gave u any info??

    Would really appreciate the info..Thanks.. :shades:
  • I bought a new 05 nissan. I guess its the same 04 model. I had to replace brake pads, batteries. The dealer had to resurface the rotors at one point. charged me a twice as much. I also had doors squeaking problem. dealer fixed it at not charge. 2 weeks ago, I took my van for a whinning noise. they had to replace the secondary timing belt. Lucky I am still under warranty. If not I would have to pay like 2k. I didnt buy extended warranty. But if you think about it, extended warranty DOES NOT imply that any power train repairs for that period would be free. I mean if you buy a new car today and your transmission needs replacing a year after. the new warranty on the transmission is only for 1 year and NOT for the period of your car.
  • can someone give me all the codes for the service engine soon light in a 2004 Nissan Quest SE
  • blarneyblarney Posts: 9
    Hi Del - I could list the problems, but there are too many to mention. I did not buy an extended warranty as Nissan wisely extended the warranty themselves on thes '04 Quests given the problems everyone was having. I had all the squeaks, rattles, seats, doors problems which were covered under warranty. I also had a couple of interesting ones that only affected a "handful" of cars from the factory: (1) the seals on my "skylight" windows leaked. So the kids were getting water dripping on their heads whenever it rained. Of course the dealer thought I was crazy until they got the "bulletin" from Nissan. So those were all re-done. Also, I lost AM radio reception. This was about 4,000 miles before my warranty was up. They had to practically remove the dashboard to get to that one, and tried to convince me that ony losers listen to AM radio anyway, so why would I want to get that fixed?

    Then of course my catalytic converters, first replacement at 18K miles (also engine replaced at that time since my Service Engine Soon light never came on, and by the time the car died the engine had been destroyed by the catalytic converter failure), and then this second replacement at 94K.

    I have only ever had the car serviced by the dealer and have had most of the oil changes done there, too.

    Just as another example of how jinxed my particular car is, once I decided to get it detailed at the dealer, you know, trying to make nice with the car and all. The guy backing it into the car wash area ran into a wall and practically knocked off the back bumper. They had to keep my car for two more days while they sent it down the street to a body shop.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Thanks a lot Blarney for the reply.
    1.Regarding the squeaks,rattles did the dealer fix the issue??I had mine taken to the dealer as it was only 58k and they used the Rattle TSB to fix it.So now it is ok.But does the problem come back?
    2.There is a lot of air and windnoise coming from the driver`s door especially on highways-- like a leak or glass window vibrating.Did u have this??
    3.Steering wheel shake-- I took it to dealer,,he replaced brake pads and rotor under warranty[[ good dealer]]--so now no shake..But does it eventually come back?
    4.Also the transmission slips occasionally.I just had an auto trans. flush.Now ,it kind of jerks occasionally on the highway-- like sudden stop and go type of jerk??Did u have this??Is this the cat.converter problem??
    Thanks once again.
  • blarneyblarney Posts: 9
    Hi Del:

    1. In my case, the TSB fix seemed to mostly fix it. The car is big, and the seats rattle around a bit, but not to the point of distraction or complete irritation when I'm driving.
    2. I'm in constant worry that my drivers side door is going to open when I"m driving down the freeway. I can physically see it rattling, but when I look in my rearview side mirror, it seems to be perfectly aligned with the back sliding door. But my door and window shake something awful sometimes. I live with it. It's almost loose like a cabinet door gets loose. I think I just need to tighten up the screws.
    3. It's the brakes. They need to be "done" often. When the shake comes back, time for a brake check. They'll tell you it's because the van is heavy. I think it's because the van is poorly designed and manufactured.
    4. I have had the "slip" or mine is more of a "surge" where the rpm suddenly jumps and settles back down almost immediately. Mine occurs mostly when I'm coming off a freeway, slowing down through an offramp curve, and then when I go to accelerate back onto the road. This, in my case, is NOT an indication of the converter problem. My first indicators of a converter problem were noise - pinging, etc. Then, ultimately, the Service Engine Soon light comes on, or of course, the van simply stops going.

    And, I must say, these problems seem to come in batches. Big problems the first year, nothing for five years, big problems now. During the five years in between, I have loved this van.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Hi blarney.

    Sorry to hear about your problems. I'm in San Diego too. I just had the catalytic converter replaced under warranty. The part if I recall correctly cost about $700 at the dealership (Mossy), definitely not $1689. Did you mean that to be for both parts and labor?
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Hi Tamu,,
    How is your Nissan Quest going??I bought a used 04 quest with 58k miles.
    1.The dealer replaced brakes,rotors and rattles under warranty..Not entirely rattlefree now,,but much better.
    2.Very slight steering wheel shake--dealer said that`s the max he can do and it will be present.
    3.How often did u replace brakes/rotors and tires?

    Please list all problems u experienced and their fixes or solutions and other helpful info on the Quest.
    Appreciate it,,,thanks..
  • tjshantjshan Posts: 28
    Hi all, you can search my posts if you want to see the problems we have had with our 06 quest: brakes, rattles , trim... so the long and short is after springing for new Yoko's on our 06 quest with only 30K miles on it (good tires, drive funny though) I had a worse shake in the wheel then with the OEM goodyear junk so I brought it back to the tire dealer and they checked everything and found one rotor was 140 deg hotter then the other...caliper was hanging up just a tad. brought it to the dealer who had tried 15+ times to fix the brake/shimmy problems (search my threads) and after much fussing they changed both calipers and boom...6000 miles of shake free good brake driving!!! I am finally happy!!!

    as for the Yoko's , I find them quite a bit harsher then the Goodyears...kinda make you cringe over the bumps and potholes of upsatate NY . They do handle better though they have an odd tendency to carry the van into a curve rather then letting it roll out like most other cars I am used to. On an onramp to a highway at speed you can take your hands right off the wheel and the van tracks right around the turn, it will even keep going if you dont roll out....very odd but not all that bad...I kinda like it.

    WE are still battling the passenger door rattle but the last trip to the dealer was probably the finale for that as they had no more things to try and even stuffed a piece of plastic tubing in the door weatherstripping to push on the door some...they said all the adjustment was out of the latch...now something my wife just started complaing about may have signifigance here...she says she hears a thump thump from the back when going over rough roads...sounds to a freind she had with her as a bad strut. we are 500 mi shy of the warrenty going out so I will have to take a drive and see what I can hear but I tought I would ask if anyone else has had strut problems at 35K.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    All told, our van is not bad, other than the catalytic converter problem (fixed under warranty),

    We just had all 4 brake pads replaced at 38K miles (4 years) at Pepboys for $300 out the door, ceramic on front semi metallic on back. The old ones maybe had 10% life left? The rotors were in very good condition. We'll need to replace the OEM tires too soon. Due to my neglegence, the tires were not rotated untill maybe 15K miles, which caused the two front tires to wear cinsiderably more than the rear two. To delay the replacement, we had the two front ones put on the back a year ago. But I'm thinking it's finally time. We'll most likely replace them with Michelins at Costco this summer.

    We do hear some slight rattles. But I'm not sure if it's the van itself that rattles or our two car seats and one booster.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    Thanks for the reply.
    Are the aftermarket brake pads/rotors better than the original OEM nissan parts??Do they improve performance or are they just less expensive than the Nissan pads? Did they stop the steering wheel shake?
    Is there any specific aftermarket brake pad u suggest?
    And regarding the tires-- the Yokohoma Avid Touring TRZ are supposed to be the best for the Quest.It`s been posted a lot in the forums before.
    I still have OEM tires on my 04 quest now at 60k.They have decent tread left,,about 10k .So after that it`s Yoko for me.
    I just had the auto tranny flush,coolant flush and in cabin filter replacement for the 60k service.I use 5w30 full synthetic oil.
    Did u get any other services done- like power steering and brake flushes?
    Thanks.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915

    And regarding the tires-- the Yokohoma Avid Touring TRZ are supposed to be the best for the Quest.It`s been posted a lot in the forums before.


    There are other options available in the 225/65 - 16" size now. I put on Michelin Primacy's back in December when Sears was having a special. The price was the same as Yoko Avid TRZ.

    My rear brakes are due to have the rotors and pads replaced. They were replaced at 38k miles. Now at 72k. In general, minivans are tough on brakes esp. if you do a lot of city driving (stop and go). In-laws had to replace their Grand Caravan brakes at 15k miles (2 years of driving). Not sure if aftermarket brakes are better than OEM. I would go with the brand your mechanic feels comfortable with.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    I saw the OEM brake pads with my own eyes. The rear pads are tiny! And they are pure metallic which is one grade below semi-metallic. Pepboys uses the Prostop brand. Interestingly they couldn't find semi-metallic pads for the front so I had ceramic pads put on. For the rear I had the options of either metallic or semi-metallic and I went with the semi-metallic. I feel the Prostop pads are probably better than the OEM because the rear ones are semi-metallic and if I remember correctly bigger too than the OEMs. At Pepboys the whole job cost me HALF what it would've at my local dealer who only had the OEM inferior metallic pads.

    Other than changing the oil with Mobile 1 5W30 (myself), we haven't done any other service.
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Are you happy with the Michelin Primacy tires? These are the same tires I'm thinking. Can anyone comment on the difference with the Yokohoma?
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,665
    You mean the diff between Primacy and Avid TRZ or diff between OEM and TRZ?

    The TRZ's are far superior to the OEM's...everything, feel-comfort-noise-wet traction. If I would have known the TRZ's were so much better I would have scrapped the OEM's years earlier...OEM's really started to show age after a year or so. Plus they were dangerous in the rain.
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    1.From all the posts before in this thread,,the Yokohoma Avid Touring TRZ`s are the best tires for the Quest.The OEM tires are absolutely the worst.Very few feedback on Michelins.Even CR gives a good rating for Yokos.And they are not costly--100 per tire at tirerack +shipping.
    But the Yokos had gotten a lot om support.
    2.Regarding the brake pads-- are even the Front OEM pads metallic or just the rear ones?And are the rear pepboys pads working out much better?There is no pepboys in my area,,so I have to use some other aftermarket pad.Do u have any suggestion?Or do I stick to OEM pads?
  • delthekingdeltheking Posts: 1,152
    I just spoke to the Nissan dealer about the OEM pads--I was surprised to hear that both the front and rear OEM brake pads on the Quest are semi-metallic!!
    I thought for such a big van - the fronts would be ceramic.I dont think semimetallic is enough for a huge van.So do u suggest ceramics for the fronts?Do u have any recommendation?
    There was a lot of discussion previously about the Hawk brake pads and Frozen rotors.Are they better?
  • tamu2002tamu2002 Posts: 758
    Thanks guys for your replies. Sorry I meant differnce between the Michelin and the Yokohama. I'd think the Michelins are at least as good as the Yokos, no?
  • 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!
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