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Nissan Quest Prices Paid and Buying Experience

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    A lot of our pricing information comes directly from dealerships. This includes the True Market Value data, based on actual vehicle sales prices. So, it takes time for sales to occur, then to receive and compile the data. Three weeks is too fast!

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  • lumbarlumbar Posts: 421
    Congrats on your new vehicle, and I hope it treats you well. I'm in full agreement with you on the benefits of the Quest, but have been unable to pull the trigger because of reliability concerns and (somewhat lesser) MPG concerns. Since you are one of the first 2005 owners to post here, I'd really appreciate it if you'd keep us posted on quality control and real world miles per gallon. Also I've heard some concerns about the visibility of the gauges (gas in particular) but it sounds like they've addressed that. Enjoy your ride.
  • jod5jod5 Posts: 3
    Long...I apologize in advance.

    Coming from a 3 series the term "luxury" for me has been set quite a bit higher than in earlier years. What I liked about the Quest over all of the others is that I continue to have the luxury features I have become accustomed to with a hint of the sportiness I had in the BMW (with the exception of side supports on the seats). The Quest does not come with Rosewood trim (not even faux), but the SE interior truly "fits" the van's style. I did not enter into this decision easily and it has taken me over a year to even accept the exterior looks of the Quest. My opinion is that you have to absorb the Quest as a whole, not in bits and pieces, then take it for a drive. That should do it.

    Toyota - Good van, fair value, but I found it pretty boring to drive and frankly nothing exceptional to look at. Back seats were not very comfortable and second row requires my husband to remove them (they will not fold flat). I really had a problem with the placement of the gear shift (sticks straight out of the middle console when in drive...impalement of a family pet came to mind). Single screen DVD. No power passenger seat even on the top end. The word "fun" never entered my mind when I test drove.

    Honda - 2005 Odyssey. Pretty vehicle, but predictable in looks and style. The back end is almost like the older style, which Toyota also mimicked to some extent. I think it will be difficult at a glance to identify it from Sienna. Second and third row is not very comfortable. The pop up seat is VERY small (only a younger child could use...not teen or adult). Single screen DVD. Oh did I mention that I need that husband again on this one. MSRP is pretty much the same, but Honda is VERY proud of them (i.e. NOT dealing).

    2005 Quest - The only van that actually finagled a smile out of me during the test drive and did not leave me sobbing while getting back into my Beemer. For a minivan, the acceleration is great and handling is better than the others (I almost rolled a Town & Country powering into a turn too fast...the Quest was able to handle the same turn much better). The transmission is very nice with shifting gears barely noticed. The Skyview windows are second to no one and safety is not compromised for the sake of being a bit frivolous (T&C deletes side impact air curtain if you get a moonroof). Second row seats are high back and just as comfortable as front row. Third row has more room than the others. The rear sensors are wonderful and work (I purposely backed toward a light post while test-driving). Turning radius is not as tight as some of the others, due to the longer wheelbase, but I find the difference to be pretty inconsequential. I rode in every seat at one point or another and found the view forward from the third row seat to be quite a treat ("awesome" according to my teen). Everything on the van seems to "fit" with regard to clean lines and contemporary seat styling. Maybe I am odd, but I actually like the "football" leather Nissan chose to use because I think it will hide dirt and grime better than a smooth leather ever would. I always removed center consoles so I can't help you there. This is the 8th new vehicle I have purchased and none of them have ever been trouble free (I had a failed auxiliary fan that left my new BMW in the shop for three weeks back in 2001). I purchased from Busam Nissan in Cincinnati, OH because they offer loaners for warranty repair, a 7/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty, and a fair deal over invoice. Very easy to work with.

    MPG right now with a whopping 111 miles on the van is 16.4. The dealership filled the tank so I have no idea what they put in it. Have others noticed a difference with 87, 89 or 92+ octane? I thought I would just run the tank down and keep trying different grades to see what happens to performance and MPG.
  • Your mileage will improve over the next 5,000 miles. Trust me. I would wait until then before you start worrying over mileage. 92 octane does improve your MPG and performance. Treat yourself every now and then.
  • farmer3farmer3 Posts: 21
    jod5 - thanks so much for the lengthy description. I appreciate it! Please post how you like the van in the next couple of weeks as you get used to it!!
  • farmer3farmer3 Posts: 21
    jod5 - sorry just a few more questions - does the van have a compass?? And, were the DVD and NAV already in the van when you found it or can they be installed by the dealer. I've searched every dealer in my area and not one has the DVD or NAV.

    Thanks!
  • jod5jod5 Posts: 3
    Farmer3 - Yes, a compass is built into the GPS (Navigational) system. You can ask, "Where am I?" and it will bring up your location, including direction. I believe the one's without Nav. system show current direction being traveled. DVD and NAV are factory installed and cannot be installed by the dealer (my husband asked). The 05's are just starting to hit the dealers so I would just keep checking Nissan's website for stock changes. I think Nissan will build more SE's this year.
  • lee_wlee_w Posts: 239
    jod5, Congrats on your purchase. We have a lot of boards for discussions about your new vehicle. Owners Board has a lot of topics specific to your new vehicle! Does anyone else have a new buying experience here?
  • suiosuio Posts: 42
    Nissan dealers in Chicago area are selling the 04 Quests SE at $6100+ off MSRP. What do you think of these deals? What are your best deals?

    http://www.quirkcars.com/specials/nissan/ad.htm
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,824
    These ads are from Massachusetts, so I'm not quite sure how that relates to Chicago pricing. I'm missing something, I presume. Have you purchased a 2004 Quest?

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  • suiosuio Posts: 42
    Sorry, my mistake. It is a MA dealer. It is on the Boston Global. It shows the amount of discount Nissan dealers are giving in the country.
  • We live in Fairfield County CT and are looking at a 2004 smoke grey quest SE with single DVD. Can anyone tell us what this model is going for right now or if there will be a better incentive/rebate if we wait until November. Has anyone recently purchased this model? They have quoted us a price of 31,500.00. Thank you for your help!
  • I have been doing some preliminary price shopping getting initial quotes. I have been quoted at invoice and up to $300 over invoice. I am hoping the quotes will get better and the rebate will increase. I am wondering what other people are paying now and if anyone has info on what the rebate will be for November?
    Thank you
  • abkoolabkool Posts: 4
    A couple of weeks back I bought an 04 S with DVD for $23200. This was during the 1500 rebate period. In this area(nj) S models are rare to come across in comaprison to SE or SL. For an 04 model to pay 300 over invoice, you could do better. But location/dealership combination does might play a part. check carsdirect for a reference price. I used the same price on there and got it matched-took less than 10 minutes.
  • I am in Columbus OH and have been working the Columbus and Cincinnati market. So far invoice is the lowest anyone will go. Busan Nissan will add into the deal a 7 yr. / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

    Still trying to get a better deal. Should I expand my search outside Ohio?
  • berkyberky Posts: 2
    You should be able to get under invoice, especially when you take into account the current cash back rebate of $1750.
  • I'm with ya and I probably should have explained my situation better. The firms are offering me invoice ($32,251 give or take for single DVD seat package etc. on a $35K+ MSRP)AND I get the $1750 rebate on top of it taking it to about $30,500 before tax, title, etc. ($5000 off MSRP)

    With the earlier post of $6100 off MSRP, I am wondering if I can push for $500 to $1000 below invoice? $1750 rebate ends 11/30.

    I am also making sure the remaining cars are later builds (44000 and up).

    Any ideas are greatly appreciated
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Wait until after Thanksgiving (end of November) and offer $500 under invoice (not including any rebates, of course) and be prepared to walk. If no luck then do the same thign at the end of the year.
  • I have been offered $600 below invoice on a 2004 SL by 2 dealers, 1 in Rochester, Ny and 1 in New Jersey via the internet. I am holding out for at least $2000 below invoice by the end of the year. I think that with all the 2004 Quests still on dealer lots this type of deal is doable towrd the end of the year.
  • Tried to do a deal with the local Columbus, OH dealer and got $300 under invoice + rebate, but they'd only give me $500 for my 96 Windstar. I made it clear I needed their best deal that Saturday since I would be going to Beau Townsend Nissan in Dayton OH that afternoon.

    I think he probably felt I was bluffing but I drove the extra 60 minutes down there, got the $300 under invoice matched and an additional $500 on the trade ($1000 for a 96 Windstar with 133K miles isn't too bad). Took exactly 10 minutes to close the deal, no pressure after the deal, and they even let my wife and daughters watch Lilo and Stitch on the DVD while everything else was done.

    All said, KUDOS to Beau Townsend Nissan in Dayton, OH
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