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Nissan Quest 2004+



  • cmesurfcmesurf Posts: 1
    My engine has aquired an electric car whin. It was all the time until this week. The only thing that has changed are our temperatures. They have reached 70+. The sound stays the same no matter what you are doing. The engine runs really well wxcept for this whin. I took it to our mechanic and he had no idea, suggested it was the timing chain??? So I dropped it off at the dealer 3 days ago...They still have no idea what it might be. Told me that it might be an electric motor mount it if so it could burn up and it would not matter? :confuse: :mad:

    Is anyone familiar with this noise and have some intelegent ideas as to what it might be and what I should have repaired to get rid of the noise?
  • vonbill3vonbill3 Posts: 20
    The plastic part that retains the visor has failed on 2 driver-side visors. I returned to the dealer and had a new one ordered under warranty. The new one as delivered to the dealer had the same plastic part broken in addition to the electrical connector which also was broken. The visor has been back-ordered at Nissan and I am not sure when a new one will be delivered.

    Out of curiosity, I checked the passenger-side visor. The plastic retainer was not broken, but had 2 holes in the exact area where the other retainers have failed.

    There have been only a few reports of broken visors on this forum so I am wondering
    if this is a rare problem and am I just unlucky to have 3 failures and a potential failure or have others had failures which were not reported here.

    My 2004 Quest will be out of warranty in July, so I am concerned about future failures--the visors cost about $80.

    Also, failure is a serious hazard, because when the retainer fails the visor has a habit of dropping and hanging by the electrical connection and blocking vision. The last time this happened was on the freeway at 70 mph.
  • Hey,

    I had a buzzing/clattering noise when my timing chain tensioner failed. Other posts have described a similar failure as a whine. I think if it is the main chain, it is louder as the chaincontacts the housing. The secondary chains are shorter andrun faster so they may whine when a tensioner fails. There is a TSB out on the problem....You are not the first. If you are out of warranty you ar looking at $2000 or mor if it uis a tensioner failure.

    Good luck!

  • jpjrjpjr Posts: 1
    Here goes. This van is an electrical disaster. The radio comes on and off as it pleases. The alternator has gone bad on me twice, and now the acwill randomly blow warm air. The cd player has stopped working all together. I took it to the dealership and they had no answer for the ac or the cd player. I did a little research on my own and replaced the clutch sensor for the ac as it made the most since. Wrong. It is getting very hot in Texas, and I would like for the ac to at least work. Short of checking for ground issues or replacing the ECM, any ideas? Thanks for your time.
  • ernie144ernie144 Posts: 5
    Radio and CD were recalls. Check with dealer. Haven't heard about (nor experienced) AC issues
  • famof3kidsfamof3kids Posts: 160
    We had the timing chain problem summer of '06 I believe. Yeap, it's costly. The dealer has a TSB and they should know what it is. The dealer here says they are seeing a lot of failures in all Nissan/Infinity 3.5 engines.

    Be aware that if you have a 2004 Quest, Nissan revised the powertrain warranty to 100k miles due to a 2004 customer service/satisfaction iniative.

    2004 Quest SE
  • sharriersharrier Posts: 1
    I have had the same problem with my drivers side sun visor failing and falling in my face at least 5 times. The new one replaced broke within a day. Nissan dealer said too bad . It falls and and hangs by a cord blocking my vision. This is very dangerous. The nissan dealers over the years have made me feel like I am to blame for it. I am 49 years old. I have never had a problem with a visor. They say I am too rough with it. I am not. Now they are refusing to fix the last one. So I am left to deal with this dangerous problem. I am going to have to trade it in I guess. I can not drive it like this. I do not know where to turn for help. Anyone with suggestions On what i can do
  • calvin1962calvin1962 Posts: 34
    I've expressede my view on the timing chain tensioner failure before. Mine was on the main chain chain guide. The platic hook on the end simply broke off. I had to drive 1100 miles to Forida last Decenber to get Bill Ray Nissan to fix it under warranty (Thanks again Bill eay!!!!), but it is running great now.

    Recently (since we have owned it actually) it has been the little things. Our local dealer lubed and adjusted our power door several (like 10 times) over the four years we have owned this van, and now they say that the problem is a grease build up, and "we" should be using a silicone based lube! The just did it as a "courtesy" for us since it is not a warrany item (still under 60K & 48 months). My question is...Is the door designe to only work part of the time afte the car is a couple months old?

    GRRRRRR!!!!!!! Thanks for the vent time.

  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    Do your power doors stick?

    We've had one of ours stick...periodically. I've had them look at it (when it was under warranty) and all they did was spray it. They said they adjusted it...but I doubt they did (it performed exactly the same after).

    Our rear lift gate also periodically would reverse itself (going up or down)...this started a month or so out of warranty.

    Also just out of warranty we started to get the "odd" light show up (VDC off...BRAKE light)...but a re-start of the vehicle would correct it.

    We're still dealing with an exhaust rattle (for over a year now)...I've had it to 5 different places...last one cut off an exhaust shield (said it wasn't needed)...and I was tired dealing with it so I said "If it works, cut it off"...still there.

    Rattle is an 2K and 3K rpm it sounds like an empty coffee can with bolts in it...violently shaking.

    Not too impressed with the durability of the's only 3 years old...we want another 5 years out of it but I doubt it'll make it that far...or it will with all of the "features" VDC...power doors etc. non-functional.
  • calvin1962calvin1962 Posts: 34

    Never had the door stick shut, just intermittently stop/reverse when it is 80% closed. Several other smaller annoyances (radio reception is awful), but only the timing chain tensioner guide was potentially costly...about $3000.

    We do get the occasional start up in 3rd/4th gear, but turning the motor off for a few seconds has always reset it. I have seen a TSB, but have little confidence that my local dealer will have a clue.

    I look at my quest like a couple Caravan's I have owned. Great features and forward thinking design, but poor execution in too many areas. Ours is paid off in December. I hope to get at least 2+ more years out of it before I move on.


  • reg914reg914 Posts: 1
    Where can I find this information? I just took my Quest in today with 62,000 miles on it and they said they only honor up to 60,000.
  • I have an 06 Nissan Quest that has the Michelin Pax wheel/tire system. I am looking at replacing with non Nissan rims/tires, due to the replacement cost & hassel of fixing a damaged Pax tire when out of town. Does anyone have any info on what wheels & tires seem to work well as a replacement. Also if I don't replace the TPMS will the warning light or buzzer stay on, or can I have that bypassed. Any info would be appreciated.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    I don't have any info on the PAX tires...but we did replace our GoodYear Eagle LS2's with Yokohama AVID TRZ's (much...much better in every way) and we didn't have any problems with the TPMS or any additional costs to 'hook' it up to the new tires.

    It works the same as before.
  • calvin1962calvin1962 Posts: 34
    I bought a setof Alloy wheels off od a 2000 Dodge Avenger To mount snows on my 04 Quest SL. I was concerned about the pressure sensors, but with none installed all you get is a **** reading. No bells, alarms, et at all.

    Good Luck.
  • tjshantjshan Posts: 28
    did the dodge wheels have the same bolt pattern and offset? anyone know what other wheels fit the quest? I have been thinking of trying a set of tires and rims to fix my vibration problems...I hate the goodyears!!!
  • New Quest owner here. My last new Nissan was in 1993... it has been a while!

    I am wondering which after market DVD system you have been happy with and does not have wires hanging everywhere. I believe the car is WIRED for the DVD as an option to add at the dealership, but I did not want to pay retail for 5 years on the Panasonic one.

    Any experiences you can share :confuse:

    Thank you!
  • I have the beige carpet and need to know what has worked to cover the carpet in the rear cargo well. I have seen the OEM black vinyl sheet, but that does not look very attractive.

    In my Honda, I had a black tray lining at the bottom for spills and it came out easily to dump out or clean.

    Any suggestions?
  • Are you still getting the VDC off/ Brake light warning lights or has it been fixed? I just started experiencing the same problem in my 2004 Quest(also just out of warranty) and was wondering if you knew what the solution was.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    It hasn't been fixed...but I know what the problem is.

    My brake pads wearing out evenly so the brake fluid is a little lower than normal...this is what the "guy" told me when they inspected them.

    I think I'm at about 15% front and back.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Any Audio/Visual store should be able to install a DVD unit and conceal the wires. Places like Best Buy, Circuit City can do it.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    So is he saying the low brake fluid is causing the lights to come on? If bringing the brake level to normal doesn't work, you may want look at the wheel ABS sensors.
  • Thanks for the info. I did add brake fluid (it was a little low) but didn't seem to improve the warning lights but I am definitely due on brakes, so hopefully that will take care of it.
  • I am having the same issue with timing chain on my 2004 quest. Did nissan really up powertrain to 100,000 miles.
  • Looking for a good solution (in-dash preferable) for a combination Nav GPS and backup rear camera.

    Does anyone have any examples of what has actually worked in practice? When I went to CarToys, they said nothing would work in-dash... Crutchfield shows a couple options, but not many. CarToys also said that I would lose functionality of the trip computer if I replaced the standard in-dash radio.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Best thing to do is talk to your dealer and find out what electronic shop they use to install elctronic equipment. Every dealer has a shop they deal with to install radios, DVD, etc. They may have solution for you. Plus they will be familar with the workings of Quests.
  • majjmajj Posts: 17
    Hello people its me again! I was wondering if there is anybody else out here with
    water in the trunk? I always thougth it was my kids fault untill we pulled the back bench up and found it with MOLD. :( HELP i'm tired of a :sick: rguing with nissan.
    this has been the WORST car we have.
  • ivan_99ivan_99 Posts: 1,681
    We had water due to the rear side fold out windows being open in the rain...I think the kids may have manually pushed the windows out...

    I don't *think* we had mold...
  • majjmajj Posts: 17
    that is not may case, all windows are close and the water is in the cargo driver side. and when it rains all I get is a poddle of water in the floor.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    There may or may not be a TSB on this but I remember folks were having trouble with this in the early 2004 models. If I remember right, the seal along the rear hatch failed. Check the gasket the top of the rear hatch. You can probably use a clear silicone sealant designed to adhere to metal to fix it.
  • 93lt193lt1 Posts: 2
    I've recently encountered a well known audio problem with the 2004+ Clarion audio unit in my Nissan Quest. There's a TSB in which the audio unit just stops functioning. (No sound what so ever from the Radio, DVD and CD units) Apparently this feature is caused by starting the Van. A lovely feature to say the least. Any way I have 51,200 miles on my van which means it's out of warranty and now the dealer is requesting over $1,200.00 to repair it.

    I would like to know who else has encountered this issue. Please reply back. I want to begin the process of a class action lawsuit. I believe Nissan/Clarion should issue a recall to fix this obvious problem.

    Its extremely frustrating paying a very high price for a vehicle and the dealer requesting over $1,200.00 to repair a defective unit that was not caused by the driver what so ever. I'm being penalized for turning on the radio.

    This is completely unacceptable and it's time we join forces to minimizes these practices to the consumer.

    You can check this issue by going to:
    The Service Bulletin is 04078 and the NHTSA Item Number is 10009555
    You can also file a complaint.

    So once again, please help this cause by replying to this message if you've encountered this issue. It doesn't matter if the issue was repaired or not.
    Please specify the year of the Nissan Quest.
    Thank You
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