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Nissan Quest 2004+: Problems & Solutions



  • I have 04 SL, and its MPG has been always around 18 to 19. Recently I had a trip from New York to Niagara Falls, and drove highway around 70MPH with premium gas (93), and still got only 19.9. I usually have 3 people in the car. Does anybody has same kind of problem, getting MPG of only 18 to 19?

    We have an o5 SL and made the trip Boston - Niagara Falls - Boston this summer with 3 adults and 3 kids. We averaged 22. something on the way out and 25.9 on the way back.

    We log all fuel use and average every 5,000 miles and it has never been much lower than 22 overall. I keep it in good tune and keep the tires inflated to 35-38 psi. It now has 34,000 miles on it.
  • I have an 04SL and recently drove from NJ to FLorida. Avg 70-75 ewith three adults, 2 kids. A/C on in 95+ temps, with a full trak of suitcases. Avergaed 22.5-24.5 mpg per fillup, 23 overall. Beofre trip I reset the MPG gauge and it had 23.5 So pretty darn close. I ran on Regular and have 38K on van
  • My 05 Quest developed steering wheel vibration @ 4000 miles. Dealer turned front rotors. vibration gone. Tires rotated @ 7500 miles, no vibration after rotation. Vibration resurfaces @ 12,000 miles. Dealer replaces front rotors, turns rear rotors and replaces front wheels,(rims) due to a out of round condition. All repairs done on warranty. Dealer states on work order that all four tires are defective, tire hop, tread seperation, unbalanceable. Dealer refers me to a Goodyear retailer. Steering vibration the same after these repairs. I can't hardly believe this is happening and really can't afford to spend this much time on this. I decide to take the van to Discount Tire to inquire about pro-rated tire replacement. Discount Tire was GREAT!!!! They gave me $90.00 credit per original tire, no questions asked. I had them install Yokohama TRZ 235/60/16's At some cost to me. These new tires cut the vibration by 70%. I returned to Discount Tire and had them remove all wheels/tires and road force balance all tires @ $15.00 charge per tire. I was going to get to the bottom of this problem now or go Lemon Law. Discount Tire discovered one of the new wheels the dealer installed was defective, had a 2" flat spot on both sides and could not be balanced. I had them move this tire to the right rear. Steering vibration almost gone. Returned to dealer. Dealer replaced defective wheel on right rear. I have not had this new wheel road force balanced yet and may not because the vibration is so minimal it may not be worth $15.00 to find out if this is the source of the small vibration. The moral to this story is that if you are having a steering vibration go to a shop like discount Tire that has the Hunter Road Force Balancer. Do this first then you will know if the problem is wheels,tires or brakes/rotors. this will cost $60.00 to find out but time is money. In my case the dealer replaced the front rotors and wheels. I have no way to know if they were in fact the problem or if the tires were the problem. I suspect it may have been a combination of all three with the tires being the worst ofender. If this van develops steering vibration again I will road force balance first the if it's not tires I will return to the dealer with proof as such. I really don't know if this problem will resurface, flip a coin. But I do know how to isolate tis problem in the future. Good Luck!!!
  • We had the same problem with our '04. Luckily thru this website I knew what the problem was right away. We shut it off, re-started, and it was fine. Took it to the dealer with copy of the TSB in hand, and they were very forthright, replacing the TCM under warranty. If this problem happens again, shut it off ASAP and re-start. Not doing this and driving as is can be very hard on the transmission.
  • abraabra Posts: 2
    We have this problem for both doors in our Q04 S van - both sliding doors have inner plastic pannels coming off, so dealer (after several times of fixing it in place) decided to replace the whole inner pannels. Hopefully, we are still under warranty coverage. When we first noted this problem, dealer told us it is became common problem for 2004 Quests with more than 50 000 mileage.
  • abraabra Posts: 2
    We also received it from our dealer, but later, after my husband argued with manager, they accepted 60,000 miles as our warranty. I remember, we received extended warranty letter from Nissan about 60,000 miles.
  • Would that be TSM 04144?
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    My 2004 Quest is mainly driven by my wife and when I do get to drive it, I notice the clock is couple minutes fast. At first I blamed her for setting the clock fast, but she told me she didn't. Right now, it's adding 2-3 minutes a month, and it's just annoying because I like my clocks to be right. What's the purpose of having a clock in the car if it can't keep time!!!! Anyone else have noticed this problem.

    I am taking it in tomorrow and the the dealer said they will have to diagnose if the mechanic has an atomic clock in their tool box to reference my clock to it!!
  • Our Quest clock does the same thing -- inexcusable, given the accuracy of clocks in every other vehicle I know of. When I brought it in for warranty service, Nissan claimed that it was working-as-designed: 4 minutes fast per month is within spec. Our clock drifts about 2 minutes fast per month. Please let me know if you have better luck.
  • benduprebendupre Posts: 121
    That's the limit of the technology. You may not know it but quartz clocks (all clocks you don't wind are based on quartz ocillators) are sensitive to temperature. I bet the problem probably gets worse when the car is parked in the sun a lot.

    I haven't seen a portable cesium clock yet, but you can get one for your home that resets itself several times daily on a radio signal from the atomic clock in Colorado.

    But: does anybody really know what time it is? We've all got time enough to cry... all got time enough to die...

  • dtownfbdtownfb Posts: 2,918
    I think someone discussed this problem a while back. It's a common problem with the Quests.

    The thing you have to consider is do you want them ripping open the dash to replace the clock that will still run fast? Or can you live with arriving at your destination 2-3 minutes ahead of time?
  • I've noticed that the ngine air filter on our '04 gets dirty unusually fast. Our driving conditions are not dirty at all. At the rate it gets dirty, I figure it would need replacement on a quarterly basis. At $10 a pop from the dealer for an air filter, I've decided to try the Fram Air Hog ($43). Cleaning this filter 4 times a year will have it paid for itself in just over a year. We'll see if this filter affects gas mileage.

    Has anyone else observed this issue with their engine air filter, especially those who are getting poor gas mileage?
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    Well went to the dealer today, and the service guy first said they need couple hours to diagnose. After waiting for half an hour, the service advisor told me the mechanic set the clock to their "SYSTEM" clock and ask that I come back in 2 weeks and see how much it changed. If it's outside the Nissan spec, then they will replace the clock. I will be back in 2 weeks and see what they have to say.
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    Yes, the filter in teh Quest gets dirty very quickly and that's because the air inlet is right below the hood. As long as you are moving forward, you will be sucking in everthing that comes your way.

    Last year, I ended up replacing it with a K&N filter (33-2031-2) which is good forever. You don't need to wash & oil 4 times a year. Just periodically remove it and tap the dirt out. With the K&N, you can probably just do a wash&oil once a year.

    By the way, our filter is the same one used on MANY other nissan cars.
  • Fram Air Hog is quite similar (if not owned by) to K&N, so maybe all I'd need to do is tap it out like you do. I just couldn't believe the buildup of bugs & dirt on my 'new' dealer filter after only 3 weeks of typical driving!

    Interesting that this filter is used on many Nissans. It makes sense now that the filter was available in Air Hog and K&N. They're not available for everything.

    How has your gas mileage been since going with the K&N?
  • cirrusscirruss Posts: 87
    It's not going to really change your gas mileage. I am driving it like normal - don't notice any better or worst.

    Here is the K&N website for our filter:

    Here is just a sample of all the Nissan cars using the same filter (there is more earlier models but don't want to do this massive post):

    2006 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2006 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.0L L4 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN SENTRA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN QUEST 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN MURANO 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN MAXIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2006 NISSAN 350Z 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2006 INFINITI FX35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2005 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.0L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN TERRANO LL 2.4L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN SENTRA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN QUEST 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN MURANO 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN MAXIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2005 NISSAN 350Z 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2005 INFINITI FX35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN XTERRA 3.3L V6 F/I - S/C

    2004 NISSAN XTERRA 3.3L V6 F/I - exc. S/C

    2004 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2004 NISSAN X-TRAIL 2.0L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN TERRANO LL 2.4L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN SENTRA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN SENTRA 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN QUEST 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN PRIMERA 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2004 NISSAN PRIMERA 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN PATHFINDER 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN MURANO 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN MAXIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN MAXIMA 3.0L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN MAXIMA 2.0L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN FRONTIER 3.3L V6 F/I - S/C

    2004 NISSAN FRONTIER 3.3L V6 F/I - exc. S/C

    2004 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA TINO 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA TINO 2.0L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA TINO 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA TINO 1.5L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA 2.2L L4 DSL - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA 2.0L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA 1.8L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN ALMERA 1.5L L4 F/I - All

    2004 NISSAN 350Z 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 INFINITI I35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 INFINITI G35 3.5L V6 F/I - All

    2004 INFINITI FX35 3.5L V6 F/I - All
  • We've got 66,000 miles on our '04. I just got a great deal on some Quaker State synthetic oil. Has anyone tried synthetic in their Quest?
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    We're using Mobil I. I never use Quaker State, though.
  • garycoxgarycox Posts: 59
    The clock on my quest also keeps running fast. They may state it is normal but the clock in my 2002 Ford Ranger has been running for at least a year without having to set the time. The quest seems to go about 3 months and I start noticing several minutes ahead.

    ... Gary
  • garycoxgarycox Posts: 59
    Sounds like the same story with my 2004 Quest. I had an alighnment, tires vibrated, they said tired were defective, replaced them ($$$), vibration continued so they cross rotated the tires, vibration continued. Vibration also while braking. After multiple visits to the dealership and an involvement from Nissan Corporate offices the vibration is gone, it's as smooth as the day I bought it, I'm just out of pocked some $$$. They said that they rebalanced them and turned the rotors (4th or 5th time).

    So far I've gone about 3,500 miles and it's held up so far, perhaps the begining sign of vibration while braking again. The weather is cooler and I'm taking it very easy on the brakes. I suspect with cooler weather perhaps the brakes won't warp the rotors so soon again? I'm taking a trip to the mountains soon so we'll see how they hold up on a trip or if it will be back at the dealer for warped rotors again.

    I had looked into the Lemon Law myself. It doesn't look like it's something easy to win because of the money you have to pay to take it court and then what you would end up with. It's all in favor of the manufacturer.

    ... Gary
  • garycoxgarycox Posts: 59
    Anyone experience this problem? I had 3/4 tank of gas and filled it up this morning. I filled it all the way up but the gas gage didn't move. I turned the vehicle off and back on and still it showed 3/4 tank. As a drove it it slowly started moving upward to reflect that it was full.

    What's the deal? I seem to recall some issue where if you fill up when it is near full it doesn't react correctly?

    ... Gary
  • I had this happen once since July 2004. It was when gas was nearly $3.00 a gallon and my tank was on E. After paying over $50, I drove away and thought, "@#$%, the gas station ripped me off and filled up my tank with air instead of gas!" As I drove back to the station in a huff, I noticed that the needle creep up ever so slightly and thought, instead, "@#$%, I've got warranty work to do on my Quest." After another 10 mi. of driving, the gauge read: F. The problem hasn't reoccurred since.

    Still Not Happy About My Quest Clock,

  • tjshantjshan Posts: 28
    We absolutely love our 06 Quest. With only 6000 miles since we bought it in May we have gone on a few long distance trips, packed more goodies then I could ever seem to get in my full size Dodge pickup, and hauled the kids too preshcool for a month now. Garage saling is a breeze!

    So far I have only 3 issues with the van.

    1. Slight, very slight possible vibration I feel under mild acceleration. I actually feel it in my right foot, and hear a change of tone in the car. It is hard to reproduce, and my wife says I am crazy...but then I drive with the radio off and listen to whats going on around me...she has muppett sing-along or something on for the kids. This next oil change I am actually going to subject myself to the dreaded dealer service and see if they can ID the mystery. I will keep you all appraised.

    2. Took me awhile to figure out why everytime I got in the drivers seat the seat back felt straight up. The natural motion of getting in the seat my but or thigh or pant leg hits the seatback lever for just a second. Very annoying.

    3. Boy this van catches bugs...and rocks and anything else you may drive within 200 yards of. Has anyone ever tried one of those Invisible paint protector/plastic bra sheets. There is a guy on ebay selling precut kits for $20 or so. Seems too cheap to be good but you never know. Any feedback on these would be super

    Thats about it really, I still love the look, and feel of being in a van/non van. My wife thinks I am nuts when I wave to other Quest drivers...they probably think so too.

    06 Quest SE
  • Good to hear from others with a positive story! We too love our 2004 Quest SE.

    Yes, your right about the bug catcher bumper. I too have wondered about the invisible paint protector. I didn't try it because I was afraid that it would prevent the paint from faiding at the same rate (over time, of course).

    I have also noticed that there is a lot of debris caught in the air filter box, like leaves, and bugs.

  • eyeblindeyeblind Posts: 156
    I have an 04 Quest SL and have had a clear bra on it for 2 and half years. It covers all of the front bumper and lower grill, 3/4's of the hood and the side mirrors. It is a great product. I wash it and wax it just like rest of the paint. You can hardly tell it is there. It doesn't fade the paint and can easily be removed if I wanted. Some bugs take a bit of elbow grease to scrubbing to get off, but 2 and half years later and the front of my Quest still looks great with no paint chips or scratches.
    I had it installed at a car detail shop that I use. It was $450.00 back then and took them about 2 hours. I don't know what the price would be now. $20.00 seems a bit low.
    I definitely recommend looking into it. I also read they can cut and put this product in the cups of the door handles were rings and fingernails scratch the paint. My wife loves wearing lots of rings and the door handle cups have become scratched. Fortunately our Quest is silver, so it isn't as noticeable.
  • mlm9mlm9 Posts: 1
    I used to own a 2004 Nissan Quest. I encountered just about all the possible problems anyone could possibly have with any vehicle. I can't believe my trade in, a 1993 Nissan Maxima, and my 2004 Quest were actually manufactured by the same company. How a company could produce 2 vehicles that span the entire spectrum of quality is beyond belief, but that was over an 11 year period and ownership changed from Japan based to France based. After a brutal 2 and a half years I put an end to the misery and traded it in for a perfect 2006 Toyota RAV4. It's a little smaller but have only had to change the oil in the first 9 months of ownership.
  • garandmangarandman Posts: 524
    And here we have another new poster - a single post in fact - who has had a PERFECTLY horrible experience with a Quest - but has a perfect experience with a Toyota.

    I'm starting to think there is one person behind all these vague but uniformly negative posts.....
  • Every internet forum will get a certain number of trolls.

    We're PERFECTLY happy with our EARLY BUILD '04 Quest. We've stayed up to date on the recalls and necessary TSBs, now sitting at 66,000 miles on our 3.5 Liter engine that has won Ward's 10 best engines award many years in a row.

    Troll neutralized with this POSITIVE post. :shades:
  • Though my handle says july2004quest, it's an absent-minded mistake -- we're actually a july2003quest. In other words, probably one the first 1000 off the production line and most likely one of the first 20 in Northern Calif. We, too, are happy with our Quest and would buy again.

    No Regrets,

  • I bought mine in Sep 2003 and been keeping up with all the recalls. I can't say that I am NOT happy with the van. I drove my friend's 2005 Sienna and Odyssey and prefer mine over Sienna and Odyssey is actually nicer than mine. Maybe the early built new Quest had better quality??
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