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Nissan Quest 2004+



  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    84 months?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    you could have leased for around 48 months and come out back at square 1 in half the time! i just dont get it...will you actually keep this van for 7 years? in 7 years, will you still want to make that kind of payment on a vehicle that will be upwards (or close to) 100k miles? im in the car business, and do you know how many people ACTUALLY complete a finance contract of 5 years or more? 3.6%!!!

    the odds are against you, buddy, but i really wish you the best.
  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    The Quest is on eBay motors; just buy there and avoid the dealer.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the one on ebay motors is either one of two things:

    1. used, and titled to a private owner.

    2. a dealer listing it there.

    if its used, you lose warranty for the time its been used, and any miles on it. but more likely, its a dealer listing it, and you'll have to deal with them anyway.

    if nissan sells a new vehicle to a non-franchised dealer, they could face a class action lawsuit from the dealer network for breach of contract. that wont happen.
  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    It is interesting to see discussion here about the center IP. I have a 2003 Saturn ION and its center IP is also cause for much discussion--usually negative. I like it. It allows Saturn to use a smaller steering wheel and that makes getting into and out of the car is much easier. What was Nissan's main reason for using a center IP?
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    to be different
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    the reason the nissan reps gave was so the average 5'6" woman can see the front of the car. this works along with the low cowl and beak-like front end. im 5'4", and i can see better in the quest than any minivan ive driven.
  • I don't know if anybody notice this but the all-new 2004 Nissan Quest is the first European design and feel minivan ever developed in history since the Volkswagen Eurovan and Microbus. If anybody didn't notice this, Renault of France controls Nissan of Japan. Nissan of Japan does not control Renault of France. They both agree to be alliance in the two in 1999.

                      Walter Chan
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  • uga91uga91 Metro AtlantaPosts: 1,065
    I have to agree. On our ION, front visibility is much better--as compared to our two previous Saturns anyway. Who knows, in a few years, center IPs may be the norm? Toyota, Mini and Panoz use them now in addition to Nissan and Saturn, so their usage has grown a lot in the last couple of years.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    i dont think it will become the norm, just because lots of people hate it. i really dont like it myself...i can just see better.
  • shenkarshenkar Posts: 159
    Has anyone seen pictures of the Rouge interior anywhere on the web? I haven't been able to find any.
  • shenkarshenkar Posts: 159
    Uh-oh! "Full capacity"..."hottest model"! Seems like the increased popularity of the Quest is going to have an impact on what the dealers will take for them. Anyone seeing this happen? Are the best deals out there now, or will they come later on?
  • juliziojulizio Posts: 18
    There's a smoke colored SE with rouge interior on ebay. It's an SE, fully loaded. They have some pictures of the interior.
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    best prices will come later on, but MUCH later. if you are willing to wait up to a year for a thousand or so, then by all means, wait. if it were me, id want it now, regardless of a minimal discount.
  • lando622lando622 Posts: 51
    There are a couple of rouge interior pics here:

    You can click on the pics again after choosing the one you want, and they blow-up well.
  • Nissan did right with the Quest. The commercials showing the 5 (!) sunroofs/moonroofs are really quite nice. The fold flat seats are also impressive. The flared wheel wells look a little like my Cruiser.

    I think Nissan has a good chance at hitting 80,000 units in 2004. Not quite sure how many they will sell this year, but I think they are off to a good start.
  • mehulj72mehulj72 Posts: 30
    I still remember two years back when Nissan came with redesigned Altima and they started whole new trend (Toyota & Honda were forced to follow redesign pattern instead of just changing few lights and placing next year model). I think atleast Nissan has got good designer. If you see Maxima 3.5SE from inside you will definately feel this. And with Quest Nissan is changing defination of Minivan (I personally own Honda Odyssey EX 03 model, but I think Quest did good thing for consumer, now Honda will need to come with something really good if they want to retain there No. 1 spot - no more copy paste for new models).

  • jchan2jchan2 Posts: 4,956
    The rouge interior is on eBay motors.
  • budcpabudcpa Posts: 1
    Hi dealer tells me that he cannot get his dealership's ordering system to accept the SE model with both the nav system and dual screen DVD (I can build it that way with the on-line consumer system on nissan-usa). It will take the nav plus single screen, but not the dual. Anyone else seen this issue? Are dual screens available at all at this point? My wife really wants the dual screen, and we're trying to decide whether there is a delay in the production of this, an error in the Nissan brochure, or a dealer who doesn't know what he's doing. Thanks for any help.
  • We were able to order an SE with dual DVD and Nav. It is supposed to arrive sometime in the second week of Sept. I'll let you know if it doesn't show up the way we ordered it.
  • exb0exb0 Posts: 539
    We have test driven the Quest SL this weekend. My wife is gugu gaga over it. Nissan has done an excellent job marketing this van. I personally think it is odd looking, and its looks might affect the resale value. However, my biggest concern is the reliability. Historically Nissan was not as reliable as Honda and Toyota, but more reliable than most. In the latest J.D. Power survey Nissan has dropped below most of the American nameplates in initial quality.

    New Nissan owners, what do you think about Nissan’s quality?
  • thequestthequest Posts: 11
    The Quest is my 3rd Nissan. I like to own a vehicle until I run it into the ground. I ran the '92 Sentra into the ground. My '98 Maxima is running fine with no unscheduled maintenance. The gas mileage is just as good as when I bought it. I have only 90,000 miles on it so who knows what might happen during the next 90,000.
  • thequestthequest Posts: 11
    This questions is not unique to the Quest but, why does Nissan set up the fog lights so that they only come on with the headlights? The few times that I have been in enough fog for it to matter I wished I could have turned off the headlights because the fog only reflected the light back into my eyes. Anybody have insight on this one.
  • leagraleagra Posts: 7
    My second new car was a sentra. I ran it for 8 years, and traded it for a Volvo. I just replaced that 1989 Volvo with 135000 miles on it, with a 2004 Quest SL. My brother has a 1996 Quest with over 118,000 miles on it. He is still driving it cross country. He gave his 1992 Maxima to my nephew. He recently drove it from Virginia to California. We have no problem with Nissan quality.

      My Volvo was not well-rated, I followed routine maintenance and never had a problem with that car. The interior was falling apart, but the engine purred.
  • iserumiserum Posts: 15
    Overall Nissans are not bad in quality, they are not as good as Toyota though, Honda has some problems too, I owned a Honda Accord 1984 had lots of problem with it, never bought a Honda after that.The only Honda I liked was the odyssey (it is practical)but after reading transmission problems, door problems, stereo problems we were skeptical about Honda Quality especilly if we have to buy at sticker price.
    Few of my friends have Nissan Sentra the car ran more than 150 K miles without major problems.
    I really don't care about JD Power rating I usually will buy the car if I like it and fits my budget, If people were paying attention to JD power no one will buy cars with problems. JD power rating put Lexus and Buick on the top three i can't afford to buy lexus or Buick (if I need to buy a mini van ) solely on JD power rating. I take JD Power rating as a measure what to expect in a car quality wise, if i am paying less money for a car what problems do I expect.
    Car manufacturer should see JD power rating to improove their quality.
    This is my first Nissan, since it is first year production vehicle i bought extended warranty. I don't see any issue with engine (it is one of the best out there) the interior quality might be an issue (lots of Plastics used inthe interior), Nissan should pay attention to it better quality material should be used, I liked the interior styling though the pod seems to look odd first but as I am getting familiar with it I like it now.
  • eflimeeflime Posts: 5
    I believe that there's not one perfect car manufacturer, but the chance of getting a reliable vehicle with Honda, Toyota & Nissan is better, sorry big three.

    My friend has a Chevy Astro van & he's had to replace so many stuff it's incredible (alt(2), H2O pump, ac compressor, etc. all between 30K-50K miles).
    I have a 1992 Sentra SE-R bought new, it now has 218,000 miles w/ the ORIGINAL clutch! and that's w/ alot of mountain driving (snow skiing). Original Alt., AC (never been re-charged still cold), H2O pump lasted 200K, it's been so reliable, I don't want to give it up.

    So, I had no problem/hesitation buying the 2004 Quest SE!!!!
  • bowke28bowke28 Posts: 2,185
    you CAN get it with both...we've already had 3 in stock, and sold 2 of them (the owner is driving the other). more are coming, but i cant say anymore without sounding like

    one difference between the SE and the SL is that the SL's nav system comes with a 2nd cd changer in the rear, where the SE doesnt.
  • aggiedogaggiedog Posts: 238
    That initial quality rating probably factors in quality and reliability. There's no doubt to most nissan owners that reliability is not an issue. Quality is another story. Of late nissan has begun to wrap their interiors in "aluminum foil" and cheap plastics. While this may appeal to some buyers, repeat buyers probably would prefer the styling of old. Of course I could be wrong.
  • vmaturovmaturo Posts: 71
    I have the last 16 years worth of Consumer Reports April (car) issue.
    And here's how the Maxima placed against the Camry & Accord in the last 11 years ( that's when CR started to actually show how cars placed against each other.

    1993 thru 2003. A total of 11 years, but each car is represented only 10 times. CR does not include the year a car has it's big makeover.

    Maxima.........(1st) 7 of 10 times......(2nd) 1 time ....(3rd) 2 times
    Camry...........(1st)3 of 10 times......(2nd) 5 times....(3rd) 1 time....(8th) 1 time (2003)
    Accord.........(1st) 1 of 10 times......(2nd) 4 times....(3rd) 4 times

    For 2003 it was Maxima 1st (again) and Camry 8th. No Accord due to new model.

    I find JD Powers interesting, but remember they refer to the first 90 days. Consumer Reports covers years of data.

        This is how Maxima/Camry & Accord placed agains each other, but in their catagory (Mid/Family) of CR reliability ratings, only one car company has placed FIRST in EVERY year of the last eleven. It is Nissan/Infiniti.

    The only car that does better than the Maxima is Infiniti (almost any of them).

    I think that speaks volumes about Maxima/Nissan reliability ( not that I'm keeping track).
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