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You are in the Nissan Quest
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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
Jul 08, 1999 (2:57 pm)
I am not totally sure how the Ford/Nissan joint venture worked in 1994, however, presently, the Villager/Quest is pretty much a Nissan designed vehicle with primarily Nissan components/parts. It is assembled at a Ford factory however Nissan had a fair amount of input in the assembly process and many engineers at Ford have spent a fair amount of time in Japan learning their techniques. So, if someone had the problems that you are having with a more current Villager, they could probably curse Nissan for their woes. Assuming the joint venture was the same in '94 as it is now, I would say that Nissan may be as much at fault as Ford.
Now, many in these threads have touted Nissan's rigorous inspections and fantastic dealer service. Maybe those inspections were not in place in '94. But I would think that Nissan would stand behind its product. Good luck.
#53 of 2519 Wipers and transmission
Jul 11, 1999 (4:43 pm)
The wiper swipe problem appears quite common; I've
got it too in my 1999 Quest GLE. I called the service department and he was more than willing to look at it but didn't have a specific record of this problem. I'm concerned because it IS so common - is it a problem with the design that won't be repaired by replacing anything? Or is it we all somehow have a mis-assembled van that allows electrical contact to the wiper switch when we are only using the turn signals? I would think it is the former rather than the latter.
bobs123: On your transmission, it is unfortunate that it requires are rebuild at 86,000 miles, which is out of the standard warranty but still under what I would think is an acceptable life-span for a transmission. Like any other part, some are bound to fail early. The question is whether this is happening to a LOT of vans or only a few. In the case of the Ford Windstars (with Ford AXOD transmissions) it happened to a LOT of owners (including me). This indicated a design flaw rather than an isolated incident.
I guess the best thing to do is check around with other owners and the NHTSA and see if there are a lot of complaints of failed transmissions in Quests.
#54 of 2519 Update to Wiper Woes #2
Jul 13, 1999 (5:54 pm)
We took our 99 Quest GLE in for service on 7/09/99. Service writer at the dealer was much more cooperative in person than over the phone. This guy said he'd seen two other 99 models with same problem, and replaced something called a "combination switch". My wife (primary driver of the van) says the new switch/stalk feels a lot more solid than the original one, that you can really feel the difference between signaling for a turn or engaging the wipers. Of course, the van hasn't been in any rain since the repair, so we hope everything keeps working as it should.
#55 of 2519 1dcfan
Jul 19, 1999 (6:02 am)
We've had our 1999 GXE for about two months already. Shortly after purchase we began to have problems with the driver's side window. Sometimes when we rolled the window down we had a hard time getting it back up. Next business day we took it in to have it fixed. They replaced the switch.
We are experiencing the "wiper swipe." Now knowing it is not just in our head, we are going to take it to the dealer to have it checked out.
We had a 1994 Quest and the only problem we had with it was the brakes kept making noise even after they were worked on. The Quest had over 100,000 miles.
#56 of 2519 Audio System & different media
Jul 20, 1999 (1:12 am)
Bought a 99 Quest GXE with premium audio which is supposed to allow rear passengers use a different media using a headphone. I cannot get that to work. The moment 'media' button is pressed in the rear audio controls the entire music system starts playing the same media.
Anyone had this problem or knows how to get around it - Thanks.
#57 of 2519 Paint problems
Jul 21, 1999 (1:00 am)
I purchased a 1999 Nisan Quest SE. I left the lot at night and the next morning I noticed that there were runs in the paint (Black over Silver two tone). I took it to the dealer and they waxed it showing that there were runs in the entire body of the vehicle, most likely from the factory under the clearcoat. I am now in a fight with both the dealership and Nissan Corporation to try to get a new car. Who should have their brand new car taken apart and repainted for a week to week and a half at a body shop, thus giving paint and molding which is not as nice as factory paint? Any suggestions?
Jul 23, 1999 (9:19 pm)
I have a nissan quest 1999 se.It has 8000 miles, I am very happy with my purchase. However, sometimes I notice that when I drive trough a hole or a rough road a weird sound like something is loose can be herd in the rear. I thouht it was the spare tire loose but it is really tight. I do not have the rear shelf in my van and the rear cargo area is empty. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
#59 of 2519 noise
Jul 24, 1999 (3:13 am)
Check for roof rack and make sure it is tight and not loose ,I had the same problem and it was the dial on the adjustment piece that was causing a sound when you hit highway speeds.
#60 of 2519 senh
Jul 24, 1999 (3:40 pm)
My 94 Quest w/ 71K miles now needs to replace a re-build transmission w/ the cost over $3300. It seems not right for the reputation of this brand. It makes me to re-think to buy this kind van again. I did regular maintenance at 30K and 60K. When I did my 60K fuild change, the shop told me the used fluid is very dirty like having mud in there. It happened in last Dec. Now, it beyonds 70K and over 60K's warranted period. I need to pay that myself. I checked other shops and they quote me from $1800 to $2800. My question is what is the reasonable price to replace this. Is the dealer price over value ? How can I get some money back from Nissan ? thanks !!
#61 of 2519 Transmission woes
Jul 25, 1999 (6:12 pm)
You probably can't get money from Nissan, although it's always worth trying. First try through your dealership, then through Nissan directly (call their 800-number). Your vehicle is out of warranty both in miles and age, so you're probably out of luck.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - your transmission failed a bit early but some will, while others won't. It's unfortunate and shows the value of an extended warranty, which is pretty cheap for the Quest compared to other minivans.
The transmissions are probably the worst, except for all the other vans out there. Go talk to the Windstar owners who had to do rebuilds at 50,000 miles due to a failed forward clutch piston (I know, I was one of those). Then go talk to the Chrysler van owners. Their 4-speed has been troublesome since the 1980's, when they started putting it in the cars.
The Nissans hold up better than most minivans, but nothing is perfect. Some people will have failures. Yours is only the second I've read of in here, the first posted a short time ago, at 86k miles.
Oh, and I would have a reputable company other than Nissan do the rebuild. It will probably get done faster, have a longer warranty, and cost a lot less. Dealers are not known for being cheap.