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Nissan Quest Engine Problems

My 95 Nissan Quest crankshaft has broken after
the dealer put in a new AC compressor, hose etc.
I've contacted Nissan USA & waiting for them to
contact me back. After researching this problem
I believe the dealer tightened the belts therefore
causing the crankshaft to break, & the dealer's mechanic is responsible.
This is a very documented problem with
this make/year of Quest along with the
Villager van. If anyone has any info
what so ever I would appreciate any input.
I need all the info I can get my hands on, I may
end up in small claims court.


  • My 98 Mercury Villager had little warm air coming out of the heater and the engine never got into the normal zone on the gauge. Always stayed cold. A friend suggested I change the thermostat because it might be stuck open. I removed all the wires and upper radiator hose to get to the thermostat housing. Got it installed and hooked everything back up. Now my "check engine" light comes on, the radiator fan immediatly comes on right after I start it and it overheats. What's up??
  • kw_dakw_da Posts: 73
    Did you bleed the coolant system? If you don't bleed it properly, an air pocket will form. There is a bolt you need to crack open and make sure all the bubbles come out.

    I believe that I raised the overflow tank higher than the rest of the engine & filled the coolant from there to force all the air out from the bleed hole. Check Steve Cutchen's Villager site link for one possible method. I'd caution against removing the radiator air relief plug as other sites have said it sometimes cracks.

  • beast2beast2 Posts: 1
    I need a throttle body for a 97 Mercury VIllager I have searched many placec and sites for this damned thing and have had NO success is there anyone out therre who can help me I need the throttle body because my is corroding out and may break when they fix my solenoid. The solenoid needs to be replaced to pass inspection It has sometning to do with emissions PLEASE help stumped in Easthampton
  • also, the dealer wants apx $7000.00 for a new engine when
    the car is bearly worth $3500.00. It has apx 143,000 miles
    right now. I'm into the car about $9500.00 since I bought it in 2001. I've printed up everything I can find so far
    on this problem with the Quest/Villager & it makes me sick
    to have to think that the dealer may get away with this.
    If I want a rebuilt engine I have to go elsewhere. Whatever
    I do there will be very little warranty ont it.

  • cmikcmik Posts: 2
    My 99 Mercury Villager has a slight coolant leak. I appears to be coming from somewhere under the intake. There is a tube that connects to the radiator hose and runs under the intake. Not sure if the tube is leaking. I took it to a shop and they said the tube costs ~$400. Wow. Not sure what to do. Any suggestions?

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    $400 is steep but I guess it's difficult to get to under there.

    This thread may help but it sounds like a different hose than what you are describing:

    motonation, "Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager problems" #2158, 22 Nov 2005 7:18 pm

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  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    Is just the tube $400 or the total cost of the job $400? Was that a dealership or independent shop? That just seems like an unbelievable price for one part that isn't a transmission or engine. Do you remember the name of the part?
  • cmikcmik Posts: 2
    The $400 is just the part cost. They called it a coolant transfer tube. The Ford part number is F6XZ-18B402-AC. They said the manifold will have to come off which is a 5 hour job. So total cost is about $1000. This was from an independent shop. Will probably get second opinion from the dealer. I was just hoping to see if someone else has ever heard of this. Or if the are just blowing smoke up my rear.

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,936
    Yeah, I think I'd take it to the dealer and tell them you smell coolant and ask them to diagnose it. I wouldn't mention that you took it to an independent or already got a diagnosis. It'd be worth the $70 +/- fee just to see if the indy is wrong. Maybe you'll get lucky and it'll just be a $10 piece of accessible rubber hose.

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  • quesmanquesman Posts: 1
    hi....ive got same problem ,,my friend gave me a 95 quest with 80k miles its now 7,07 ok ,,,we thought it was belt ,,but it is crank ,,sheared at pulley,,,im not sure if its worth overhaul 1200$ with one year warr,,,let me know ed
  • mikek847mikek847 Posts: 12
    I have 97' Quest GXE with 150K miles and experiencing engine running rough. At times the CEL light comes on with following two codes:

    P0325 Knock Sensor 1 Curcuit
    P0300 Random/Multiple Cylinder Misfire

    Engine running rough seems to be worse when hot. I've seen from other sources that O2 sensor may be a culprit but then if O2 sensor is bad the code should reflect that.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  • mikek847mikek847 Posts: 12
    I have '97 GXE and have few problems with CEL off and on. One thing I am noticing currently is that in Summer time when outside temperature is high, and I've driven for more then an hour. Especially on the freeway sitting in traffic jam with an air on.

    Engine looses power drastically; engine knocks whenever an accelerator is pressed and engine temperature rises (not to the dangerous level but higher then normal). But then when the stop & go traffic is freed, the problem goes away.

    Anyone with a similar experience what the problem might be? Thanks inadvance for your reply. :confuse:
  • I have a 95 quest and have the same problem, I took to an independent shop and they do the test, and showed me the leaks, it was hehind the manifold and it was the heater hoses, it will take about 3 hr to repair the part not 400 maybe the labor. they ask for 310.00 for mine, but I do it my self, it turn out good. I do not have any more problem of leaks. this happened about 2 week ago.

    take time and do it, it save you money.
    my 95 quest has 235000 miles and it was hit by the strom KATRINA in 08-29-2005 in New Orleans, I am now in LAS VEGAS.
  • Hi, i have a 98 mercury villager with the same sorta problem. 3lt v6 with 269000 kms. Ive spent 2800 dollars before we found the problem. The problem was a loose ground wire on the computer. The simptoms were it started fine and ran fine until it got warm, then it sputtered/misfired and the rpms would dance. I changed the o2 sensor, and the knock sensor and cap and rotor plugs,wires, fuel injector flush, catalitic convertor before the ford dealer had to call the ford hotline for help. hope this helps. D
  • mikek847mikek847 Posts: 12
    This is a valuable information. I am not sure exactly what I have to do. Do I look at my negative black battery cable to be certain there is a tight connection or check the computer ground wire? If computer ground, where is the computer and what computer are you referring to. Thanks again for your reply.
  • ;) The ford technician said it was the onboard computer ground wire. I think it is somewhere inside the van maybe under the dash. Ive spent thousands trying to fix this problem. I even paid to have a stupid knock sensor done with no differance. The ford dealer was flabbergasted as to why my van was so messed up. They paid for a rental and had to call the Ford Hotline for advice- they told them to check for loose ground wires on the ECM .. Sure enough it works good now.
  • Anyone experiencing / experience engine failure?

    I have a major problem and are trying to document other possible problems, including the computer failures and engine issues.

    My quest - with 80,000 km on it has just had the engine die and they want $15000 to fix!

  • Tell me the symptoms. Try to be as specific as possible. Perhaps i can help, although i drive a mer villager/nissan.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,915
    It's b een a while since I have had to convert metric to english but 80,000 km is about 50,000 miles. I thought all 2004 Quests were covered by 5 yr/60k miles bumper to bumper warranty as part of the recall in 2004. Even if you are not in America, aren't all Quest still covered by 5 yr/60k miles powertrain warranty. I would think that the warranty would cover it. As long as you have had regular oil changes and change the coolant, you should be covered. The transmission fluid is not required to be changed until 60k miles.

    What issues are having that would cost $15k?
  • engine replacement
    and they don't want to put it under warranty

    yep - they extended the warranty to 100k - 60m
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