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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
#135 of 2519 Why buy Quest
Oct 17, 1999 (8:13 am)
With so many problems identified with these cars, why should anyone buy them ? I mean, the list is becoming endless.... brakes, wipers/turn signals, road noise, engine noise, antifreeze housing, power windows, rust, trannies, etc... etc...
I ask this question bcos the other day I had to take my 1996 Nissan Maxima to the Nissan dealership for a recall to fix the oxygen sensor. As I waited for my car to be fixed, a sales guy approached to try and sell me a Quest. He had a lot of good things to sayabout the car. I listened patiently but decided I'd like to get more info from other sources before coming back to talk to him. Now, I have no plan to even think of a Quest.... Jeez... it is a bad vehicle period..
On a different note, on a recent trip to Japan, I learnt that Nissan has merged with Renault ! Does anyone know this ? A merger story b/w Nissan and another car manufacturer has not been announced in the US. Being in Japan was an eye-opener to the cars even *most* Japanese favor to buy... certainly NOT NISSAN, more often than not, it is either a Toyota (more) or Honda...
#136 of 2519 Response to #151-
Oct 17, 1999 (4:39 pm)
Relatively speaking, the 99 Quest has actually had very few/minor problems.
If you don't want problems, don't buy a vehicle, period. There isn't a single make/model in this forum that does not have their list of problems... even the Hondas and Toyotas.
As for your Nissan Maxima, Consumer Reports rates it as the best in reliability, above both the Accord and Camry. (Much to my own surprise.) So don't let a little problem with an oxygen sensor get you down.
"one a different note": Nissan merged with Renault about one year ago. Since then, Nissan stock has risen over 100%. Wish I had invested before the merger.
Talk to everyone later.
Se Quest owner
Community Leader/Coupes, Convertibles, and Sports Cars
Oct 18, 1999 (4:50 pm)
Take a look at the problems page for the Sienna and the Oddessy - the two hottest vans on the market- seem to be more problems with these than with the Quest. Then if you really want to see big problems look at the Chrysler vans or the Windstar reports. The only problem that I have with the Quest was the less than stellar crash test results.
Oct 21, 1999 (9:28 pm)
I have Quest 99 GXE with 4k on it. I've mentioned before about brake noise and someone adviced to check it out, because it could be brake pads designed by Ford. I wend to dealer and described him the problem. He told me it is known problem. Many new customers complained about it and NISSAN knows about it. He said that noise is not consistent (it is true) and caused by some new abrasive materials used by NISSAN for brakes. He says that nothing wrong with it and this is the way it works.
Has anybody hear about it?
Any comments would be appreciated.
Oct 21, 1999 (11:13 pm)
Periodically, manufacturers switch materials in order to mate a proper material to the particular vehicle. Sometimes strange noises abound. Remember in the 1980's when many brakes were squealing? They changed the materials due to asbestos being outlawed. People wanted the squeal to go away, so they changed materials. The new ones were silent, but wore quickly. Worse!
A long term test to see how the pads and rotors wear will be your best bet.
I yield to those who have more info on this particular problem.
Community Leader/Vans Conference
#140 of 2519 manifold bolts
Oct 22, 1999 (1:34 am)
Had a mechanic tell me that the cause of the
broken manifold bolts might be the combination
aluminum/iron motor. Different expansion for
the 2 different metals. The all aluminum motor
in the Maxima probabaly doesn't have this problem.
#141 of 2519 ayersrt
Oct 22, 1999 (1:51 am)
I'd say probably 80% of engines now are aluminum head/iron block. The exhaust manifolds attach to the heads only, which are aluminum. They are attached with steel studs threaded into the heads. This is common practice.
I think the problem Nissan had was the studs were underdesigned and too weak and broke easily. They are now replaced with a redesigned, stronger stud.
Oct 22, 1999 (11:22 pm)
we are debating between a 1999 grand caravan SE, and a 2000 Nissan Quest SE. Any suggestions
#143 of 2519 battery is problematic.
Oct 25, 1999 (4:08 pm)
our 10 month old 99 Quest battery died twice within the last month. Visit to our dealer did not give us anything, they said they checked the battery and its charged and is OK. Immediately after that I went to the store and bought battery tester, it showed only 65% charge the next morning (at the same time, showed 100% charge on my 5.5 year old battery in Corolla, so tester is working fine). I believe it is not OK for a new battery, or it just drains somewhere in electric circuits.
Anybody had any experiences with that and was it addressed by a dealer. I do not know when the van will not start next time and this is rather unpleasant. I have TV/VCR connected to power seats and am thinking if it can drain battery that much.
#144 of 2519 Brake problem?
Oct 25, 1999 (5:29 pm)
I have the Brake problem also, my Quest is 3 weeks
old and has 1600 miles. I have an appointment
tomorrow at the Nissan Dealer, I will let everyone
know what they have to say.