Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:23 AM
You are in the Nissan Quest
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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
#242 of 2519 Turn signal
Mar 01, 2000 (7:53 pm)
In my experience, the turn signal gives me the following problem: lets say the road bends a little to the left, so when I get close to the intersection the turn signal just will not be turned on. My feeling is that others here complained about the same.
I had Nissan sedan "made in Japan" a few years ago and it was virtually flawless car "(except for the radio/tape that went dead a month after warranty excpired).
Due to relocation I sold Nissan and bought Corolla in 1994 and thought it to be a rather mediocre car after Nissan sedan (1-2 problems a year, such as water pump went dead in 1994, and for the second time again in 1999, etc). But this is nothing compared to Quest. I will give this second Quest dealer a chance at repairing belts, but if/when battery goes dead again I will definitely file a formal complaint as you suggest.
#243 of 2519 Dead nissan
Mar 03, 2000 (1:46 pm)
Most battery problems are due to a bad battery. Sure, it might check good when fully charged, but that does not ean you do not have a bad cell. The Nissan Quest turns off all interior lights after 1/2 hr so i doubt it is a battery drain. My Windstar also has the same turn signal "problem", which is no problem in my opinion. My 99 Quest has been flawless so far.
#244 of 2519 Steering Wheel Noise
Mar 05, 2000 (3:26 am)
I have a 2000 Quest (purchased 11/30/99) and the steering wheel makes a noise as if something is rubbing in the column. I've been to the dealer twice about this and the second time they sprayed some lubricant in the joint area but this did not help. It is not just a mechanical problem of two pieces rubbing together since the sound is different depending upon whether the engine is on or off, therefore, there is an electrical component to the problem. I'd be interested in hearing from Pocahontas as to whether replacing the "spiral cable" did the trick. Thanks.
Mar 05, 2000 (3:41 am)
I have a 2000 Quest (purchased 11/30/99, current miles 3,800) and the brakes make intermittent noise. It sounds as if the front brake pads are grinding. I took it to the dealer and of course it did not make the noise when the service rep drove it He gave me the Technical Service Bulletin about non-asbestos brake pads and said that one of two things were probably the cause 1)the non-asbestos pads are known to make noise or 2)a piece of grit/stone may have gotten into the brake system.
However, I don't think that's the answer. For one, I have had non-asbestos pads on my previous vehicle and the sound from them was of a much higher pitch. Second, for the stone theory to be true, I must be regularly reintroducing stones into the brakes and I don't think that is plausible. Which leads me to a third theory, one not offered by the dealership. Could it be the "Ford designed" calipers as posted on this site about the 1999 Quests? Does this apply to the 2000 Quest? Insight appreciated. Thanks.
Mar 09, 2000 (6:20 pm)
I had the same grinding noise that you describe at the 6k mark on my 99 GXE. The dealer knew right away what it was - a bad Ford designed front brake caliper which allows the brake pad to work loose. They had to grind my rotors and brake pads plus fix the caliper. The dealer said that it was common with this caliper design.
#247 of 2519 Problems with VCR?
Mar 16, 2000 (11:42 am)
Has anyone had problems with the VCR. Mine worked fine for 2 months and now suddenly has no video. The sound works fine but all I get on the screen are wavy blue and black lines. The dealer says he's not familiar with this and an outside place says that this is a "Nissan Product", since it is installed by Nissan when the van is built(not an aftermarket add-on like the 99 models).Any thoughts would be appreciated, my kids are getting antsy!!!!!!
#248 of 2519 Cleonjones
Mar 16, 2000 (1:23 pm)
I seem to remember reading in the manuals that came with our Quest VCR that it has a 90 day warranty from Audiovox. You will probably have to find your local Audiovox dealer to get it fixed. You should be able to find your dealer at :
Just another thought, is there a tracking control on the VCR or remote? That may be why you are losing the picture but not the sound.
#249 of 2519 Nissan complaint
Mar 16, 2000 (8:31 pm)
Sometime in December I sent a letter to Nissan office in CA complaining about my battery problems and some other problems with 99 Quest. I already did not expect any response recently when all of a sudden yesterday my wife got a call from a lady sitting in central Nissan office. We officially got a case # for our problems.
To the battery problem we were advised:
1. Next time it happens not to charge the battery with cables but tow the car to the dealer (yea, right, the closest dealer is 35 minutes away from me and Nissan is not paying for towing).
2. Leave the van with the dealership and let them ride it for several weeks till the problem with the battery happens again.
I would not comment on these suggestions, I just smile at them ( my wife does not smile since she is the one getting stuck in this car).
Another suggestion was to take the van to the electrical guys who installed AudioVox as Nissan does not have any warranty on this.
(Seeing my AudioVox installers before I doubt they are still in business, or that they will understand what I am talking about).
Regarding some other problems we had - she confirmed that engine belts are on national order since this is very problematic part (we have been waiting for a few weeks already to have this part replaced). I guess we will have to wait another year or so given the speed they moved so far, or till it goes out of warranty.
I understand why consumer reports in the latest April 2000 issue according to customer survey put Nissan service/dealers as the worst among all dealers (in previous years, this place was reserved for arrogant Toyota dealers).
Wish everyone else better experience with Quest.
Mar 16, 2000 (9:41 pm)
So now I'm curious now, since it's been several weeks since they charged your battery... How is it doing now?
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#251 of 2519 Audiovox VCP Warranty on '99s
Mar 16, 2000 (10:02 pm)
Just to clarify the warranty on the VCPs provided by Nissan for the 99 Quests - That one is a 3 year warranty from Audiovox. I have a separate Audiovox warranty form that came with the "free" install certificate. It has all of the "Limited Warranty" disclaimers (basically the same words as the 90-day warranty), but it is for 3 years. If you didn't get the form, you're still covered for 3 years. This covers the combined VCP/TV unit. (If you took yours apart, I suppose that might void the warranty?)
I do not know what the warranty is on the built-ins for the 2000s, but wouldn't that also be the same length as the Nissan warranty now?