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Nissan Quest 2004+: Problems & Solutions

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  • plashenickplashenick Posts: 162
    I have be using SONY -RW from my Panasonic Recorder (not a PC, but a stand alone). I have not had any problems

    As a rule there is an issue with how DVD's are burned. My Portable has problems with quite a few store-bought. So this is not uncomoon as Auto and Portables
  • raul4raul4 Posts: 95
    It's the "forums" part that's the problem.

    Would you please explain what you mean by "forums". Are you saying that the Nissan link I posted regarding TSB's is against the rules?

    Thank you.

    Raul
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    bmis - with your AC problem, did you still have somewhat cold air coming from the vent or did you have no cold air coming out at all. My 04 quest is showing signs of insufficient AC which is causing the cabin to not cool enough unless I use the MAX or recirc mode.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,832
    CLARIFICATION: Link to a TBS is okay. Just don't link directly into another outside forum.

    MODERATOR

  • bmisbmis Posts: 14
    cirruss - No, I did not have any cold air, it eventually degraded to blowing basically warm air out of all vents.
  • dc_driverdc_driver Posts: 712
    All,

    I am considering buying a 2005 Nissan Quest S minivan. I know there were tons of initial problems, but it seems as though Nissan has tried to work through the issues. Looking through the 05 Honda Odyssey boards, it appears that vehicle has its own share of quality issues. What is everyone's overall feeling of the 05 Quest? Has Nissan put their problems behind them? I have an 02 Altima SE that has never had a problem outside of normal maintenance and recalls...

    Thanks,
    -Tim
  • ewe2ewe2 Posts: 20
    I have a 1996 Quest.

    This does not happen all the time. That's why the dealer tells me they can't fix the problem. But it can't be the only 3.0 V6 to do this.

    Mostly happens going down a hill with the A/C ON. 55 - 70 mph speed range. You let your foot off the gas to reduce speed and the rpm gauge and engine will flucuate between 1500 and 4000 rpm until you 1.) touch the gas or 2.) turn the A/C off. This never happens with the A/C off.

    Any ideas as to what might be wrong?

    Thanks, D
    :-)
  • billy8billy8 Posts: 11
    I would not hesitate to buy an 05 Quest. I own a 05, 3.5s with 4000 miles. Its been back to the dealer twice. Once for warped front rotors, a one hour repair by the dealer and a minor problem with the AC system. Both repairs were handled GREAT. no charge , no problems. The second repair was taking longer than the dealer thought so I was given a 05 Hyundai Tuscon as a free loaner. This vehicle was loaded and cost only $1000 less than my Quest. I could not wait to get back into my Quest after driving the Tuscon, no comparison. I wouldn't by a Dodge Gr Caravan, CHEAP JUNK, TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. I traded my 03 GR Caravan in on my Quest, Good riddance. I had this GR Caravan in the shop for weeks at a time with no fix. In my opinion you will get the most van for your$$$$ by far with the Quest. Good Luck
  • lumbarlumbar Posts: 421
    I don't own one, but I shopped intensely enough (including test drives) that I almost feel that I do. My feeling is that the quality control matters are no longer an issue exept to the extent that any purchase of a new vehicle may present QC issues. There is little doubt in my mind that, feature for feature (including functional space), an 05 Quest is a great deal provided you are (1) not the type of person who is struck speechless by the "pod" and intrument panel; (2) not overly concerned with resale return in a 3-5/6 year time span. The engine/handling is pretty amazing for a minivan IMO, although I had a quibble with the front seats. Also, FWIW, if you are in "D.C." or the metro area, I'd highly recommend contacting the internet people at Herb Gordon Nissan if it's convenient (I have no affiliation there).
  • orientorient Posts: 1
    Yes we have the same problem just on 1750 RPM. When I was at dealership their
    told that fixed something with loose screws... bla bla bla, but after test drive I feel the same "Volvo truck" noise at any speed when engine passing 1700-1800 range
    So I went back and was told that another woman today was complaining about the
    same that morning. Second I took new car for test drive and feel the same (my is 1000 miles). Dealer put me on paper that there is no solution at this moment. Sad
    I have no time to play games..., wife wants Honda Odissey or divorce...Nissan suck*...I feed bad because vibration. :lemon: :cry: :( :mad: :sick:
  • value911value911 Posts: 15
    Just an update on the above issues:

    Brakes
    =====

    4th set of rotors installed - all 4 discs at 28,000 miles. They still don't know what causes it. I imagine if it holds true to form, these will start warping in another 4,000 - 5,000 miles. (Note: To all those paying for rotors in warranty - raise heck with Nissan. I have not paid for any of these 4 sets and 3 resurfacings.)

    AC
    ==

    They continue to maintain the it cools within specs - which is anything 67 degrees or lower coming out of the vent -not what the temperature in the van is. Therefore, it could be 87 in the car, but as long as the vent is 67, it is within specs. Unbelievable. So, I went and had the front windows and part of the windshield tinted. This helped, but AC still does not blow 'Cold'.

    Tires
    ====

    Dealer said the tires are in need of replacing at 28,000 miles. Will look to avoid the Goodyear LS and replace with tires having differing specs due to the single OEM tires noted in previous posts.

    On the plus side-van ran well on trip to FLA., engine is great(knock on wood)
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    I am considering buying a 2005 Nissan Quest S minivan. I know there were tons of initial problems, but it seems as though Nissan has tried to work through the issues. Looking through the 05 Honda Odyssey boards, it appears that vehicle has its own share of quality issues. What is everyone's overall feeling of the 05 Quest? Has Nissan put their problems behind them? I have an 02 Altima SE that has never had a problem outside of normal maintenance and recalls...

    We have 13,000 miles on ours (used for business and family) and it has been flawless. It is delivering much better average mileage than folks seem to be getting on the new Honda, as posted in the Van mileage forum here - we averaged 22.3 for the first 6,000 miles including breakin and winter. The engine is amazing and handling has pleased everyone. We've made Quest enthusiasts out of three self-professed "Minivan haters" and an o4 Odyssey owner.

    I don't own one, but I shopped intensely enough (including test drives) that I almost feel that I do. My feeling is that the quality control matters are no longer an issue exept to the extent that any purchase of a new vehicle may present QC issues. There is little doubt in my mind that, feature for feature (including functional space), an 05 Quest is a great deal provided you are (1) not the type of person who is struck speechless by the "pod" and intrument panel; (2) not overly concerned with resale return in a 3-5/6 year time span. The engine/handling is pretty amazing for a minivan IMO, although I had a quibble with the front seats.

    It never ceases to amaze me that someone will spend $5,000 more on vehicle B than vehicle A, then claim that resale value is great because a few years later it's worth $5,000 more.

    No One knows what the resale value of a vehicle will be in 3 or 5/6 years, especially when a vehicle has been on the market for two years and had a problematic launch that was quickly remedied. Leasing companies make educated guesses but as you can see from the residual values on SUV's lately, short term market conditions can greatly impact those values.

    It is reasonable to expect that the Quest will have about the same residual values as other Nissans, which is in the ballpark with Honda and Toyota - some models better, some worse. The cost of ownership data here shows a range of $34,000 to $44,000 for five years for different trim levels of different vans, based on 12,000 miles oer year, (I think).

    But these are based on assumptions, which can change. The "total cash price" of a Quest SE is listed as around $2,500 higher than a Honda Odyssey EX with leather and navigation. Many regions currently have a $2,500 rebate on the Quest, which impacts the cost, obviously, along with whatever dealing skills you bring to the table. The local Honda only stocks the Touring model, at prices closer to $35,000.
  • samuelgsamuelg Posts: 36
    Hi Value911-

    Just a couple of questions that I posted a while back...

    1. Brakes - do you tend brake the van hard? Ever since the reports of undersized rotors, I make every attempt to go easy on the brakes & try to avoid hard stops. 16,000 miles so far, and the rotors are not warped.

    2. AC- I wrote tons of AC related problems, although my complaints were more about the heat (not turing off). My point: The (AC on + recirculate) settings are much warmer than when I turn to MAX AC on the right knob, and don't even touch the AC/recirc button. The MAX AC setting blows excellent cool air. While he MAX AC is running, if I turn to normal air vent setting and press the left AC button, with or without the recirculate, the air almost immediately gets warmer & stuffier, even though the AC is still on.

    Does your's do the same thing?

    3. My original tires lasted 8600 miles. The second set are infinitely better, with frequent rotation, good balance & a wheel alignment.

    SamG
  • billy8billy8 Posts: 11
    Please provide more information about your brake rotor and tire problems.My 2005 Quest has had the front rotors replaced seven times with only 8905 miles on the van. The dealer has charged each time for these repairs. I have spent over $4000.00 for brake repairs so far. Also the dealer said my tires were wore out at 7200 miles and charged me $875.00 for a new set of four. Is this a good deal? I think I can get em cheaper at Walmart.I think my AC works OK even though I haven't used it. I live in northern Alaska and it rarely gets above 60 degrees.Please Help
  • eyeblindeyeblind Posts: 156
    It sounds like your dealer is ripping you off. Tires are 100% covered for the first year by Goodyear against defect. In your post at 2004+ Quest forum you said the dealer said you didn't rotate the tires enough. The service manual reccomends you rotate the tires every 7500 miles. Your tires weren't even at that point before they said they were worn out. Rotors also should be covered in the first year. You should file a complaint against the dealer.
    I do have a question. Here you say that the rotors were replaced 7 times in 8905 miles and the tires were replaced at 7200 miles. Over in the 2004+ Quest forum you write that the rotors were replaced 7 times in 8650 miles and the tires were replaced at 6500 miles. :confuse:
  • Never mind... just found this... Wow! you've been through a lot in the last 6 days!

    #1481 of 1489 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest Purchase [dc_driver] by billy8 Aug 19, 2005 (9:29 pm)
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    Replying to: dc_driver (Aug 19, 2005 12:39 pm)

    I would not hesitate to buy an 05 Quest. I own a 05, 3.5s with 4000 miles. Its been back to the dealer twice. Once for warped front rotors, a one hour repair by the dealer and a minor problem with the AC system. Both repairs were handled GREAT. no charge , no problems. The second repair was taking longer than the dealer thought so I was given a 05 Hyundai Tuscon as a free loaner. This vehicle was loaded and cost only $1000 less than my Quest. I could not wait to get back into my Quest after driving the Tuscon, no comparison. I wouldn't by a Dodge Gr Caravan, CHEAP JUNK, TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE. I traded my 03 GR Caravan in on my Quest, Good riddance. I had this GR Caravan in the shop for weeks at a time with no fix. In my opinion you will get the most van for your$$$$ by far with the Quest. Good Luck
  • Does anybody else have this problem -- the pressure reading on my 04 Quest SL always reads 4-5 psi higher than what a manual guage says. Thus to keep the pressure reading from going below 27, I need to keep at least 33 psi in them. I usually fill em up to 38 psi cold so they will read 33 and not get too low on slightly cold days.

    Tom
  • psm0110psm0110 Posts: 4
    #1 - not yet, but I intend to hook up my iPod to the SAT input within a couple weeks. Using the DVD Auxillary in is quck & easy, but leaves you with cables on the floor, and a DVD unit that is constantly on. I've begun collecting part numbers and alternatives at http://questdriver.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=4

    2. Yes the 2004 has been granted an extended warranty.
    3. another item on my todo list as well
    4. It think adding leather would be overkill. Best thing for the pets would be to lower the 3rd row and install a gate to keep their mess in the back. More importantly it keeps them and you safe!
    5. Crossbars! I'll be installing mine this afternoon. Look for a write-up on questdriver.com Its nice that Nissan gives us siderails, but why can't they include the crossbars!?
  • moonkidmoonkid Posts: 6
    Your statment:
    "It never ceases to amaze me that someone will spend $5,000 more on vehicle B than vehicle A, then claim that resale value is great because a few years later it's worth $5,000 more."
    Definately struck a cord with me. I bet the resale valures are determined by a function of the original value anyway. That is if Honda raises its MSRP by $10,000 they will sell less vans, but the resale value will go up. Also what is the point in pluging an extra 5,000 into a van in hopes of getting it back later. Not a wise investment.
    I love my 2005s quest (3K miles). I find the "fuel economy" button a great entertainment. I recently got 29.2 mpg on my 37 mile round trip to work (90% freeway). I love the tire pressure gauge.
    My reason for getting the quest was the Power doors, safetey rating, reliability, and price. My wife required the power doors, otherwise I would never have got them. I bet her $20 they would break in 2 years (anyway in 8 years they won't work because I will not spend $ trying to fix them). If I was correct it was the cheapest model with power doors by about $5000 (that is after rebates).
    I couldn't stomach the $1500 for a DVD player, so I built a little DVD player cabnet
    that fits between the seats $50 plus a little 5 inch DVD player ($150). The DVD player can be removed and used elsewhere, or easily replaced. The top of the cabnet folds out to make a little table between the seats for cards. Inside the cabnet between the seats hides a backup battery to run the system when the car is off, and to jump start the car if the main battery goes dead.
    By the way, why don't they desgin a car that runs all the electrical stuff off an additional battery recahrged by solar or plugin power. This would increase the MPG in the city by 4 or 5 mpg, and on the highway by 1 or 2mpg. It would only need to supply power for 2 or three hours per day for most of us. Of couse it should have an overide switch for longer trips which put the electrical system back on the generator. What do you think?
    don
  • squestsquest Posts: 25
    The tire pressure is only accurate at sea level according to one of the techs at Nissan. Use a hand gauge to fill, and then use the dash gauge to keep watch for low pressure.
  • value911value911 Posts: 15
    Samuel,

    1. Wife is primary driver, and she does not brake that hard. Rotors already going bad at 300 miles from the time I posted. Unbelievalble.

    2. I leave it on recirc. mode all the time, because without it, van is like sanua.
    Can't use normal air vent setting - too stuffy as you note.

    3. I rotate every 7,500 or less and have had two wheel alignments.

    Good luck with your van.
  • value911value911 Posts: 15
    eyeblind,

    You need to call 1-800-Nissan1 and open up a complaint. No way in the world they should be charging you for the rotors.
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    BTW for those of you who don't like power doors, if you shut them off at console in the overhead, you can close them manually (which is faster) and the kids can't hit the button. You can still open and close the doors from the Key fob by power.
  • I don't think Louisville, KY is that far off of sea level that this should make a 5 psi difference.

    Anyway, if I fill cold to 35 psi, the TPMS reads 30. One slightly cold day and the alarm goes off. Doesn't reset the light until gauges read 33, so I have to put 38 psi in the tires (which I do all the time to avoid alarms). I guess it is probably not a big deal to have 38-40 psi in these tires all the time, but not sure if it is optimal.

    Tom
  • taxesquiretaxesquire Posts: 681
    I searched this forum for my issue and didn't see anything, so I apologize in advance if this is a repeat question.

    My wife and I rented a Quest for 3 months after our Sienna got squished between 2 trucks. :cry: Anyway, we noticed numerous scratches around each door handle. We never use the key to open the door, and they don't look like the scratches that low-lifes make on purpose. They're not jagged like paint cracks either. Just straight, about 4-inch long scratches around the door handles.

    Anyway, I'm concerned about the rental company charging me for the scratches and want to know if your Quests have similar problems. Ours was navy blue. If you take the time to respond, please tell me your car's color - maybe it's a dark paint thing. I'm really confused by it!! :surprise:
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Based on your last two posts, it sounds like the sensors are not calibrated properly. I'm assumin you have the OEM tires.

    The next time you take it in for an oil change, I would ask the service manager about this.
  • mwokesmwokes Posts: 10
    Have been following this forum for awhile and felt lucky that I have had no problems with the transmission. Foolish boy!! Had the "lack of power" issue for the second time on Sunday. Called the dealership first thing on Monday, was told if it was drivable to bring it in. Of course it had no issue on the way to the dealership, and now the dealership can'r recreate the problem, so I was told to come pick it up. I printed out the TSB #04144 and left it on the front seat of the van when I dropped it off. I questioned the service advisors how was I supposed to get the van to them when it is havint the problem? I can't drive it there, because it won't go more than 4 mph and at that point I am a trtaffic hazzard. I can't turn it off, and I can't let it run until Nissan comes out to look at it, because they don't come out to look at vehicles-you have to bring it to them. Was told buy the advisor to call the 800 number, because the consumer has more power than the dealers. Called this morning, and the consumer affairs rep that I talked to really couldn't help me, because he didn't know what the TSB was- that is for the technicians, as I was told. My question is this, if Nissan knows there is a problem occurring with these vehicles, and someone comes in with the exact problem that they are aware of, why don't they fix it? I'm not fighting over this because I have nothing better to do with my time. I have printed off the other forum letters in regards to this problem and how the issue was resolved, but I think that Niossan needs to admit its problems and fix them. If we as owners were treated well and the problems resolved, I'm sure we would speak much mor highly of the vehicle and the dealers. Any other opinions on this???
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    Sorry to hear your experience. It is too bad that your dealer is not willing to work with you on this. And that stupid Nissan consumer affairs phone service is completely useless. I don't even know why Nissan pay money to maintain that department. They do absolutely nothing, they have no idea about Nissan cars, or any knowledge of their TSB. Anyways back to your issue, my wife had the problem with the car driving slow and feeling it's driving in 3rd gear problem. We took it in to our dealer 2 weeks ago, and they went ahead to replace the A/T control module as per the TSB (the work order did not say they duplicated the problem). My dealer has been pretty good so far as long as you tell them the problem, and there is a TSB, they will do the work (basically they take the word of the customer). Last year, I had the radio problem with intermittent no audio problem, and when I took it in, they immediately agreed to order a new radio for me. I remember reading a post several pages back with another person having the same problem as yours. That person had to complain and change service advisor before they were willing to perform the TSB. Guess you can always try another dealer.
  • samtucksamtuck Posts: 2
    Just curious if you got the hitch installed and what your experience is towing with the '04 Quest. I have one as well and had the hitch dealer installed recently. The van has plenty of power to tow but we are experiencing and annoying vibration throughout the van when towing. I am towing approx. 1300 lbs.-> it is as if the hitch is causing this annoying rattle/vibration throughout the whole car. Don't know if it's just how its attached to the 'Unibody frame' or what??? How's it working for you?
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    Does it help if you turn off overdrive (button on side of shifter)? I think overdrive should be off when towing and use lower gear when driving.
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