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You are in the Nissan Quest
What is this discussion about?
Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
Oct 05, 2004 (8:09 pm)
Quests and Villagers were made by a joint Ford/Nissan venture. Sheet metal was stamped by Nissan in Tennessee, the drivetrain was Nissan and may have been manufactured in Japan (Nissan also has transaxle plants in the States). Ford supplied some of the electronics etc. - my Quest power window switches are identical to my buddy's F150's switches.
All the stuff was assembled by Ford employees in Ohio.
The joint venture ended early in ~2002.
Oct 06, 2004 (7:50 am)
I'm beginning to wonder about the Villager/Quest thing. Maybe an "early" sale or trade would be a good idea. Are we the owners of an unworthy vehicle? Is it trouble prone? This gnawing feeling is not unusual for those of us that participate in such forums, I suspect. My 2000 base model Villager has had no problems but the window switch, which I replaced. Can I get a little commiseration here? I bought it new and am just now reaching 24,000 miles.
Oct 06, 2004 (9:54 am)
24,000 miles? My '99 Quest is at 97,000 miles and I'm behind a few folks. Yours must be cherry!
I wouldn't worry about stuff unless you start having symptoms of something.
#1595 of 2519 re::steve_ HOST
Oct 07, 2004 (7:44 am)
I've got to say, it strikes me as an excellent vehicle. I certainly got an excellent buy on it as a year-end deal on the brink of the Nissan-Ford arrangement expiring. It's the only van of any sort I have ever owned.
#1596 of 2519 experience with P0172 and P0400
Oct 08, 2004 (4:26 am)
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT had been lit on my 1996 Mercury Villager for last 12 months without showing any major mechanical problems. Two things
I had noticed were engine hesitation while cruising between 50-55 mph and 20% less gas
mileage. In order to prepare the vehicle for emission test, I took the car to Firestone and it was determined that (P0172 code) new oxygen/O2 sensors ( both upstream and downstream) were needed. They were replaced at $400.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT had come back on after driving it for less than 20 miles. Firestone determined that it needed EGR-BPT ( back-pressure transducer ) and EGR valves which cost $500 due to P0400 code.
I took my car to another mechanic for a second opinion. By visual inspection, he had determined that the 3-inch BPT hose was cracked. It was replaced at $10. CHECK ENGINE LIGHT came back on again after driving it for 100 miles. It was the same code P0400 which indicated a problem somewhere in the EGR system which could be any of the EGR components.
I took the car back to the second mechanic who took a closer look at both EGR-BPT and EGR valve. Both seemed to be working fine i.e. no carbon build up at least. He cleared the code from the car's control module. I had driven it for more than 100 miles both local and highway, and the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT had not come back on. I decided
to take a chance and took the car for emission test and it PASSED. I have just saved myself $500 for replacing the EGR-BPT and EGR valves. I have 2 more years before the next emission test.
#1597 of 2519 Villager 2001: Front License Plate Bracket
Oct 08, 2004 (5:52 am)
I just bought a 2001 villager. The dealer handed me a ford license plate bracket to put the front license plate. However, I'm not really sure how to install it. It came with four plastic push up type screw/fastners. I see two holes under the bumper (there are no holes on the front of the bumper). These holes are not threaded, so probably the plastic screws somehow need to go in there and hold the bracket.
However, I'm not really sure how it would work. Could somebody look under their bumper and let me know how the bracket was installed.
Thank you in advance for your help.
#1598 of 2519 Re: Villager 2001: Front License Plate Bracket [kc1]
Oct 08, 2004 (9:11 am)
Front plates are not required in Kentucky. I removed the bracket from my car (it was holding the dealers advertising plate). There are two holes in my front bumper that I just pushed the plastic screws back into. You may have to mark where these go and drill them to get the plate to stay in place.
#1599 of 2519 Another victim of a bad window switch
Oct 31, 2004 (7:25 pm)
This is just for the records. As a not so proud owner of a 99 Quest with 65K, I've suffered another annoying failure of the van. After acting flaky for 8 months, my driver side window switch finally died. It was bad when the weather was cool last spring. Bad meaning I had to pull it up hard and wiggled it around in order for the window to close. It got better in the summer when the weather was hot. And now that the weather has cooled down again, it finally died.
So after spending $78+tax for a new switch, she is now buzzing beautifully again. The parts salesman told me that this problem is very common with all Nissan models. And not unique to the Quest alone. When asked, he blamed it on the suppliers, and not on a bad design. He said window switches are the best selling items in his entire inventory, closely follow by hubcabs. Sheesh, why doesn't Nissan fix this stinker ?
Anyway, the replacement job was easy. Let me know if anyone needs help with this.
Oct 31, 2004 (7:28 pm)
Well, it's easy enough to change out the part yourself if yours is out of warranty. Or did you already get it diagnosed and fixed? What year is yours?
#1601 of 2519 The next fiasco
Nov 01, 2004 (7:20 pm)
We got our first snow of the season on Halloween after dark, and to acknowledge this, my 2000 Merc Villager (just under 24K) turned on the dash light that means the window washer fluid level is low. Of course, it is actually full. I recall some distant past time, a series of posts were made concerning this. Can someone of better memory than mine direct me back to the posts, and/or rebrief me on the matter and its solution? Can one extinguish the light and just do away with this feature? It is obviously more trouble than it is worth. I'll replace the switch if I have to, but as I recall, it was described as being hard to get to for exchange. Just a couple months ago, I changed out the $86.00 drivers window switch group. This car is almost new! I'm getting displeased...