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Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager Tires & Wheels



  • haropharop Posts: 59
    For tire size : X/Y-Z
    X - tire width in milimeters
    y - the percent of the sitewall of the width X
    Z - rim diameter

    So, to calculate the real diameter of the tire, would be this
    RealDiameter = Z + X * ( Y : 100)
    and this will get how many inches(Z) + how many milimeters is your tire.

    Now, when you are staying with same rim size(16inch), then you need to know how many milimeters was the sidewall(rubber) of the original tire and replacment tire. I think if it stays within 5mm then it can be called 0+ size.
    OrigSideWall = 225*65% = 146.25
    NewSideWall = 235*60% = 141

    So the difference is 5.25mm which should be OK I guess.

    This could be extended to count how much difference you would get on your odometer say per 1000miles.
    May be next time:)

    When I replaced my wifes 97 Quest original tires 205/75-15 with 215/70-15 I noticed on the long distance my trip odometer was showing different number. So I started calculating the circumference of the tires and the difference beetween them multiplied by number of rotation I get per 1000 miles. Amazingly I got very accuratelly muching results.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Or you can go to a tire website like and use their tire size calculator (located on the left side). It shows (and recommends) how a different tires size will affect your odometer and speedometer. this confirmed for me that 235/60 was fine for the Quest (along with the recommmendations from 5 tire shops).
  • I replaced the terrible OEM BadYear's with Nokian I3's 235/60/16 about 6000 miles ago. The Nokian's are a huge improvement and I won't need to change them out come winter.
  • My tires are the OEM 225/60/17's. If I switch to 235/60/16, do I need new rims as well?
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    I would call a reputable tire shop to confirm this but I suspect you will need new rims. you should find out how the change in size will affect the speedometer.
  • We are getting ready to purchase a new Quest S 07 which will come with the 16 inch rims and the bad factory tires. My question is later on can we put aftermarket rims in the 16 or 17 inch size and still use the factory tpm gauge in the rim (or the stem)? I realize that my speedometer will be off and would also like to consider recalibrating that or whatever they do if we choose 17's. We love the van and see the tires as the only downside with an easy fix by going to 235/60/16 if we wanted to stay with 16 inch rims.
  • mwokesmwokes Posts: 10
    What model of Kumho tire did you put on your quest. I just got a quote for Kumhos, but all my local garage told me was that it was their "ASK tread". Any info would be helpful. They want $420 out the door for a t rated tire.
  • Thanks to all for the great info here. I have an (early) '04 Quest. Yes, the OEM Goodyears (BadYears) barely last 40k miles and I wouldn't recommend them. I went with Cooper 235/60/16 replacements. (Just now saw the posting recommending against Cooper: I should have consulted this forum first!) You don't need new rims. However, I now have two pressure sensors that are leaking. The van is at the dealer now in hopes that the sensors will be fixed (see the service bulletin posted earlier in this thread). Ironically, the van is at the dealer because we had an outer rear panel on the driver side separate from the van on the highway! (See all the posts about the problems with the driver side passenger door!) Oh, and there's a CD stuck in the player! (Thank goodness for the factory extended warranty.) Anyway, I second the opinion that you probably want to do an alignment regularly. I'm having that done now as well because the van pulls to the right with the new tires. I'll keep you posted. (Out the door for the Coopers: $389.00)
  • Hi,
    I have a Quest 05 SE model. Today I have 2 questions and wonder if anyone can give me some tips.
    First how does one turn off the "low tire pressure" signal on the dashboard? This morning it turned "on" as I took my van to change oil. I asked the mechanic to check them and put more air if needed. He did but somehow the signal was still displayed.
    Second, what winter tires to put on? My OEM tires are P225/60R17. If someone can suggest a few choices, 2-3, I'd appreciate it very much. Also what about the tire pressure sensor in the OEM tire stem. What happens to them when you change to a new set of tires? Can they be transferred? This seems to be a naive question and I apologize in advance :blush:
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    YOu need to add air to your tires. I've found that mine goes off on very cold days if I haven't checked the air in my tires in a while. The recommended air pressure is 35 psi. The TPMS seems to read 3 psi low. If you have 30 psi in your tires, the TPMS reads 27 psi and will trigger the alert. It normally takes an on0off cycle to clear.

    When you change tires, let the instller know you have the sensors on your tires. You shouldn't have a problem since most new cars have this sensors and shops are training their installers on the correct installation.

    For snow tires, I would check Tire Rack.
  • I picked up som non factory wheels to mount winter tires on for my 04 Quest. I found some used 17" wheels and bought a set of Michelin X-Ice from Tire Rack. Does anyone have experience on usingt the Tire pressure sensors on non factory wheels? If they will worl I found a set at an on line Nissan parts store fr $53 a piece I will buy.

    All this because I cand disble the system and run snows without the contant warning!

  • We are using 17" Maxima rims - we use the stock rims for the snows.

    There's a light lit on the dash panel, but it doesn't flash.

    My Subaru flashes every 4 seconds - I put a piece of black tape over it.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    If you take it to a tire shop to have the tires mounted and balanced, they should be able to hook it up for you. When i got my new tires in August from tire Plus, the manager told me they were all trained to handle TPS.
  • On my 04 Nissan Quest SL, I replaced the crappy Badyear tires with 235/60/16 Toyo Proxes TPT tires in March. These are actually directional performance tires but they drive great. I use to have vibration at 70-80mph, but the new tires eliminated most of it. The OEM tires got replaced at 28k and that's another reason why I would never use those Badyear tires again.
  • lutek34lutek34 Posts: 2
    Can some one provide mi with wheel alignment specifications for’95 Mercury
    Villager/Nissan Quest? This car is in Europe and in repair stations they
    don’t have specs in theirs computers to do proper alignment, only way to do
    the alignment is manually enter data do the computer.

  • lutek34lutek34 Posts: 2
    Can some one provide mi with wheel alignment specifications for '95
    Villager/Nissan Quest? This car is in Europe and in the repair
    stations they don't have specs in theirs computers to do proper wheel
    alignment, only way to do
    the alignment is manually enter data do the computer. I need toe-in,
    front camber and front caster

  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    I was perusing and noticed that the special 225-65-16 tires are now available in a few other brands; Michelin, Yokahama, and General.
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    I picked up a pair of nice '06 rims with tires from a junkyard, to run in my '04. The newer rims have the tire valve pressure sensors, but don't register pressure on the computer of my '04? Any ideas? Do the sensors need to be calibrated by the dealer or something like that? :confuse:
  • calvin1962calvin1962 Posts: 34
    Wish I could help. I am pretty sure that some programming is necessary so you are not reading the tire pressure on the Nissan next to you at the traffic light. I picked up a key fob on Ebay for my 04 Quest and the procedure to program it was pretty wierd but it worked. I bought wheels (non Quest) that fit the hubs to mount snows on and just went "Sensor Free". It just reads * * * * for the pressures. No alarms, warnings, or anything, just no readings. I seldom look at presures unless one beeps so it was fine for me anyway.

    Good luck :D
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    I called a dealer and the service rep said that he thought the sensors should work automatically, but also thought that the mechanics have a calibrating tool of some sort.

    With these two tires/rims I also bought a pair of bare steel rims with sensors, from the same '06 Quest. I have a set of 235-60-16 Blizzaks coming from, they're running a clearance on them right now for $82 each. As I'm sure most '04+ Quest owners from wintery climates know, the original Goodyears are horrible in slippery conditions. :mad: We have a sloped driveway, and the van is worthless climbing the driveway with the traction control on. Turn the traction control off and it barely makes it while spinning like crazy.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    Any tire shop should have no trouble hooking up the sensors to the new rims. They change tires and rims everyday.

    The OEM Goodyears have a quiet ride but that is about it. I think any aftermarket tire will be better in the snow. If you get a lot of snow, the Blizzaks will do you well. Smart move.
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    "Any tire shop should have no trouble hooking up the sensors to the new rims. They change tires and rims everyday."- dtownfb

    dtownfb, I wasn't clear in explaining that I have two sets of rims with sensors all installed; my original '04 set and a "newer" set of '06 rims aquired at a junkyard. The issue is that fact that the '06 sensors need to be calibrated to work with the computer and read out the pressures on my '04 van. Hopefully the dealer or someone can easily fix this. The tire pressure readout is a convenient feature on this van, and I've grown spoiled using it. It saved me once already, detecting a slow leak that we had on one tire due to a nail we were carrying around in the tread.
  • carzzzcarzzz Posts: 282
    225-65-16 tire will be standard on Chrysler/Dodge van. So, we will have more choice later of the year!
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    "225-65-16 tire will be standard on Chrysler/Dodge van. So, we will have more choice later of the year!"-carzzz

    That's good news, carzzz, and explains the other choices now available. With a volume like the Chrysler vans, it won't be long and there'll be tons of choices!
  • garycoxgarycox Posts: 59
    I'm not sure that just because Chrysler/dodge has decided to use it that it will mean more choices. Nissan has a good thing going having only 1 size tire available for the Quest and Goodyear making the tire has a good thing going being the only maker of it. Perhaps other manufacturers might decide to make that size or Chrysler/dodge owners will be in the same boat as the rest of us.

    I absolutely hate the Goodyear 225/65/16 tire. Very expensive, rated for only 30,000 miles. They are hard to balance as well as it usually takes the dealer two or three tries before they get it right and only if they "road force" ballance them. The balance problems usually appear to be manufacturer inconsistancies as I have one of them right now not that old but out of specs for roundness.

    Hopfully though another manufacturer will start making the tire. I'll never buy anything with the name Goodyear on it again.
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    "I'm not sure that just because Chrysler/dodge has decided to use it that it will mean more choices."- garycox
    Gary, check, in addition to the present crappy Goodyear tires, 225-65-16 tires are now also available in General, Yokohama, and Michelin. All I can guess is that maybe these companies saw the Chrysler request and the potential volume made it cost effective for them to produce this size. This is great news for us Quest owners.
  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    I still don't think you will have a problem. When I replaced my tires on my 2004 Quest, I asked the service manager (Tires Plus) about the tire pressure monitoring sensor. He said they were trained to handle these sensors since they are very common on today's vehicles. If you have any doubts, simply ask before they do the work. I would be shocked if a tire shop cannot handle this.
  • exploder750exploder750 Posts: 159
    I called another Nissan dealer yesterday and they said they could calibrate the 2006 sensors to my 2004 computer for $34.95. They weren't sure if I would lose calibration for the 2004 sensors, though. I'll try a regular tire shop to see what they say about it all.
  • vinhphucvinhphuc Posts: 44
    Our van Quest 05 SE has ~21.5K, and it looks like the OEM tires may have to be replaced @30K. I have a few questions and would like to have some feedbacks.
    First, some of you mentioned about putting the Yokohama Avid TRZ. On TireRack website, some Quest owners said so, but one of them although started out having a good impression said that he later experienced problems with these TRZ, almost to the point of regretting to buy it. If you have them, please give me some long-term feedback.
    Second, I also saw that Pirelli P4 can also replace the 17 inc OEM on my Quest. Anyone has experience with them so far?
    I'm also interested to hear about other brands if you have them. Reviews on tirerack website tends to be a bit a mix of positive and negative, and of course includes many car companies so it's a bit hard to get a good feeling for what tire may work or not on my van.
  • Look at BFG Traction TA's.
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