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Nissan Quest 2004+



  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    I'm REALLY not a fan of the center mounted instrument panel. Didn't like it in the Toyota Echo or the Saturn Ion, and I don't like it here.

    I'll have to see it in person, the styling and seating flexibility does look good. And you gotta love the VQ engine.

    Bottom line, when we replace our 99 Quest, I'll most likely look closer at the Odyssey & new Sienna. But that won't be for a while... the Quest is still running great.

  • pda97pda97 Posts: 91
    Can anyone confirm if the new Quest is a 6 or 7 passenger vehicle ? The Nissan website doesn't say anything. If it can only seat 6, then I'll put my deposit down on the new Sienna.
  • dplachtadplachta Posts: 109
    Photos from the North American Auto Show reveal that the rear most seat is a bench. Given the wide berth of this vehicle, comprable to the Caravan and new Sienna, it will undoubtably fit 3, for a total of 7.
  • dplachtadplachta Posts: 109
    The picture shows it folding as a one piece bench, not split like the Toyota. Look at the Detroit News article to see it in action.

  • I think one thing we might see on the new Nissan Quest minivan within two years is the possibility of a CVT automatic transmission.

    Since the Quest is very closely related to the Murano (which has the same engine as the Quest in a slightly more powerful form and uses the JATCO-manufactured "Xtronic" CVT automatic), it's a natural that the Quest--along with the Altima--could get the Xtronic CVT option within two years. I think Nissan is limiting the Xtronic CVT to the Murano for now in order to carefully monitor the reliability of the new transmission before putting it in their other models.
  • mateyomateyo Posts: 22
    If this is actually a Renault design, badged as a Nissan? It is far too radical for the American market. The front end is almost identical to the Renault vel Satis, and the rest of it is just too "different" to have come out of the Nissan studios. If Renault introduces a new Espace and it looks like this, we'll have the answer.
  • vtec2vtec2 Posts: 43
    I just read some info on the new Quest at and they say it was developed, styled, and engineered in North America. It was designed by Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA) and will be built in Canton, MS.

    Nissannews also has better pictures.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    Nissan Design America is based in San Diego (La Jolla).

    Steve, Host
  • Does anyone know if the 2004 will have AWD or 4WD?
  • pda97pda97 Posts: 91
    This forum doesn't seem to generate as much traffic as the Sienna forum. Is it safe to say that the new Quest is already a "loser" compared to the competition ? Personally, as an owner of a 99 GXE, I was looking fwd to see what Nissan has up its sleeve. Now that I've seen the new Quest, I have to admit, this could be another case where a manufacturer "tried too hard". The new Quest is odd looking at certain angles. It actually tapers from front to back. And I still don't know if this thing is a 6 or 7 passenger van. Rebates anyone ???
  • dplachtadplachta Posts: 109
    I noticed that, too. I suspect it is because this vehicle is farther off in the future. I like the looks, esp. the interior dashboard. Very interesting--more like a piece of art than a car dash.

    Besides the dash, I'm not sure what's to get excited about. The car's a ways off. No test drive info. All we have is some details from Nissan. The Toyota is coming in a month or two and could probably be ordered now. That is more exciting.
  • It seems that most Sienna posts (interest as you call it) is coming from Canadians. I believe Toyota sells far more Siennas in Canada than Nissan Quests. Well, that's not much of point since it's the same case in the US.

    Anyhow, I saw the showcar at Detroit and it has seating for 7 passengers and fold flat 2nd row seats (along with fold flat 3rd row seat. It looks to have more interior room than the new Sienna and the Odyssey. Wheelbase and overall length is definitely longer.

    The new Sienna (fwd version) still uses beam rear axle suspension and rear drum brakes. Quest has independent multi-link rear suspension with vented front and vented rear discs std.

    It will be interesting to see a 3-way shootout between the new Quest, new Sienna and the current champ, Odyssey.
  • deepandeepan Posts: 342
    US counterparts when comparing per capita. (i remember reading this somewhere). Nissan IMHO does a lousy job of advertising. Early 90's when infinity and lexus entered the markets the marketing folks at nissan couldnt keep up with lexus. Also the resale values of nissan doesnt hold as well as Toyota or honda. I used to own a maxima. own a sienna now. There seems to be a turnaround lately but it will take time.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I suspect many Canadians will be interested in the AWD Sienna option too.

    Steve, Host
  • I've posted some new photos from Detroit.

    Comparison's to Quest are almost impossible b/c Nissan's turntable was broke and power to the new Quest was none. They could only open doors and fold seats. The were no spot lights either. Last weekend the table broke and caused quite a scare. Or at least that's what they are saying.
  • I'm back in college after winter break, and I was enjoying my high-speed connection to look at some hi-res pics of the future Nissans. I took a look at this pic of the 2004 Quest (WARNING: Very large file!): 04questshowcar.jpg

    Now, I am not usually a real stickler for body panel gaps. After all, I drive a GM car :-) But some of the misalignments on this van are just unbelievable. Take a look at where the 2 rub strips meet on the doors, or the "four corners" intersection of the left taillight, gate glass, gate panel and D-pillar. Those are like Yugo levels of panel alignment. I know this is a pre-production vehicle, but one would think that Nissan would make sure the body was put together properly before posting close-up photos!

    -Andrew L
  • Check out the first picture in my photo album from the Detroit show.

    The picture shows the passenger sliding door touching the rear side of the vehicle. The product specialist refused to shut the door when I asked because "there is no power" . I knew that was a lie!
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Any pricing on the Quest yet? Will it be in Chicago?
  • shuedshued Posts: 107
    Because New Toyota Minivan has 8 seat configuration, do you think will do that too?
  • wholiganwholigan Posts: 148
    But I have to ask the question...

    For those that have seen me post before, disregard the following statement. As the (not so proud) owner of a 1995 Ford Windstar, I will go to great lengths to avoid providing my hard earned money to FMC. There are far too many comparable (and in most cases better) options - especially in the minivan market. Having said that...

    Will this minivan, the all new Nissan Quest, be built with ANY parts provided by the Ford Motor Company? Will there be an all new Mercury Villager that looks suspiciously like the Quest? For my money, this is a make or break decision - The established Ody and the all new Sienna can easily fulfill my needs, however, it is always good to have options.
    2003 Honda Odyssey EX-LRES - Midnight Blue Pearl
    2004 Honda Accord EX-L Graphite Pearl
    2007 Honda Civic EX - Atomic Blue
    2013 Honda Civic LX - Crimson Pearl
  • wholigan-

    No, the next Mercury Villager (which will be called Monterrey) will be a Windstar clone. As far as I know, Nissan has little or nothing to do with Ford anymore.

    -Andrew L
  • steverstever Posts: 52,571
    I wonder if we'll be complaining about Renault switches in a year or two? :-)

    Steve, Host
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    Have a realtive working in the Windstar plant in Oakville. He has seen a few of these being assembled as prototypes. As stated, just another trim package for the Windstar. No connection to Nissan.
  • shuedshued Posts: 107
    Nissan vehicles may use the Engine and Transmission from Japan, but they use other
    parts from USA auto part market. Although Windstar
    and Quest have no relation, they may use the same
    parts from same auto part supply chain. This is true for Toyota and Honda.
  • jasdmwjasdmw Posts: 118
    Yes it's true that the various manufacturers buy components from suppliers that produce similar parts for all (i.e., fuses, relays, wiring harnesses, seats, trim, wipers, wiper motors, etc.). However, in the cases of the Japanese VS the big 3, there are substantial differences in the way quality is measured and issues resolved. For instance, I recently read a survey of parts manufacturers which indicated, in general terms, that the parts makers prefer dealing with (in this order) Toyota, Honda then Nissan followed by the Big 3. They get less hassle from the first 3 makers and less price bashing as well.
  • couimetcouimet Posts: 130
    As a former abused owner of Ford and part-Ford vehicles, I have learned my lesson. It's a long story but I will never own anything related to Ford again!

    I had extremely unpleasant experiences with Ford and semi-Ford vehicles, unpleasant experiences with Crysler vehicles and pleasant experiences with GM vehicles. But I am currently a very happy owner of Nissan and Honda vehicles.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    Will the Quest be cheaper than the upcoming Sienna? I hope so.
  • rtfirtfi Posts: 14
    "Nissan plans to start selling its new Quest in July."

    I knew production was scheduled to start in May, but this is the first mention of a July sales date that I have seen.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    how cheap do you want these things to be? The new Sienna isnt expensive at all for what you get- $23K to start (well equipped), 27K well loaded (for an LE with option pkg that includes VSC, TRAC, 3 row side curtains, all discs, etc.). Sure if you want ULTRA luxury including DVD players, NAV, wood, moonroof, leather, all wheel drive, etc, you're talking 37 grand, but judging from the Sienna board, there is a good deal of interest in such a vehicle.

    That said, I'm sure the Quest will be competitively priced, but dont expect it to be significantly lower than the Sienna.
  • cavillercaviller Posts: 331
    They did have the 2004 on display at the Chicago auto show, but it was sealed off on a platform with no one around. Personally, I didn't like the styling but that is very subjective. It certainly is distinctive compared to other minivans.

    Kudos to Toyota. In addition to a staffed platform display, they had two 2004 Siennas open to the public. The Sienna really does look like they have taken all the best features from the competition and combined them into one minivan, and even improved on some and added others. I'll definitely be looking at one when the 2005s are out; by that time crash tests should be completed and any first year bugs should be fixed...
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