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#821 of 2519 Brake Problems
Nov 16, 2001 (6:35 pm)
Okay, we have a 99 Quest and, I kid you not, we have just had the brakes replaced for I believe it is the tenth time - yes 10th time - in just over two years. We have almost 60K miles on the van but we are only averaging 4,000-6,000 miles out of each set of brakes. We have had several cases opened with Nissan Consumer Affairs. The latest "solution" was to replace the wheel covers with the 1997 version to see if they allowed more air to circulate, thus reducing the heat and brake wear. We are so frustrated - this has added up to more money than we can even count. A couple of the brake jobs have been on Nissan but they won't even repair them under warranty anymore. We had our mechanic replace the brakes a few times and he got metallic brakes, the same used on police cars, and they lasted the longest but he got to the point where he refuses to do the brakes on the van because he says there has to be something wrong with it - he has never seen a car need brakes so frequently. When we first had the problem soon after we got the van, the dealership told us that the "wrong brakes were put on the 1999s and that they had newer brakes to accomodate the 99s". We live in So Calif so we do heavy traffic driving but this is ridiculous! Does anyone have any advice?
Nov 16, 2001 (9:17 pm)
We don't drive in heavy traffic, but I've only needed one set of front pads so far and we're right at 58,000 miles on our '99 GXE. Sounds like something is wrong, and sounds like it's a safety issue too.
Have you replaced the rotors and how many times? Do you brake with your left foot (maybe you ride the brake and don't realize it?).
I'm not sure what the best way to "escalate" the issue is - maybe a lawyer? Anyone want to throw out some ideas here?
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#823 of 2519 Need advice on '98 Villager
Nov 17, 2001 (9:46 am)
i would like some feedback on your thoughts of a 98 gs villager with 28k. i have heard good things about the villagers/quests but with 700 posts on this forum it doesn't allow for quick information(as i need).
i have been in and out of the market several times in the last year looking for a van, it will be our first. we have two kids, 11 and 4. i would really appreciate any advice you folks have about this van.
#824 of 2519 Plastic grill cover replacement
Nov 17, 2001 (12:21 pm)
Hi. My boyfriend and I just purchased a 1995 Villager a few days ago. Im very pleased with it so far, but of course its only been a few days. My boyfriend took off the plastic black grill on the front of the van to replace a burnt out bulb on the light bar, now he can't get the grill back on. Are there any tricks that anyone has that would make replacing the grill easier. Thanks in advance.
#825 of 2519 Re: wow mperesle
Nov 18, 2001 (5:38 pm)
Thanks for the response, Steve. Yes, we have changed the rotors, in fact we just did this last brake job last week. I know we have replaced them at least one other time, maybe even twice or more.
My husband is the only one who drives the van and he drives with his right foot. The dealership has not been able to find anything as I had said in my previous posting but I consider this a safety issue as well which is why our mechanic won't have anything to do with repairing the brakes.
We have only had to replace the rear brakes once to the 10+ times in the front. We are SO FRUSTRATED at this point. I am going to talk to Nissan Consumer Affairs again tomorrow and see what they say.
If anyone does have any advice, it would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.
#826 of 2519 mperesle
Nov 18, 2001 (6:56 pm)
Sorry to hear of your trouble. We have around 55,000 on our 99 Quest on the original brakes.
Obviously there is something wrong if you are not riding the brakes. Did the dealer check if the calipers are sticking? I'm surprised you only had to change the rotors once, if the brakes are dragging enough to wear them out in 5000 miles the rotors must get red hot. I'm really surprised they haven't been able to find a problem. The braking system just isn't that complicated.
And obviously it's a safety issue. Perhaps a complaing to the NHSTA is in order. I hope you are able to get the problem fixed.
#827 of 2519 Oh yeah
Nov 18, 2001 (6:59 pm)
And if your dealer tells you again that they put the "wrong brakes" on your 99, tell him to put in the right ones and have the factory pay for it!
#828 of 2519 RE: Plastic grill cover replacement by megapow
Nov 20, 2001 (1:17 pm)
To replace the grill, you need to locate the black plastic snap in tabs, lock them all into the GOR (support piece under the light bar). then line them all up so the square on the clip will fit through the square opening in the plastic grill part. I believe there are 4 snap in tabs total. It will take a few tries to get them all lined up, then rotate the square 45 deg to lock in the grill. Tug on the grill to verify it locked. FYI, the bulbs you paid $6.00 each for, typically last 12-14 months, after two complete sets, I gave up. Unless the light bar is the "coolest" thing about the van, it isn't worth the money and aggravation.
#829 of 2519 Brake issues
Nov 20, 2001 (8:41 pm)
Which brakes have been replaced? Have the rear brakes ever been replaced? If you're wearing all four wheels out I'd suspect a general brake failure if you're not riding the brakes or if something is not interfering with the brake pedal and keeping it depressed. Anyone ever check to see if the brake light switch is misadjusted (and not allowing the brake pedal to go to the top of it's travel)?
If it's just front brakes, then I'd suspect calipers.
In either case, the brakes ought to be heating up quite a bit in short travel. Anyone ever check that out? How's your gas mileage? If the brakes are dragging it should be terrible.
#830 of 2519 Easy plastic grill replacement
Nov 21, 2001 (8:08 pm)
I just had the grill off again to replace 2 bulbs in the light bar on my '94 Villager.
The grill comes off with a quarter turn either way of the 6 plastic screw slotted head fasteners. Don't push in to hard while doing this, or the fastener will be pushed into the mounting hole, possibly falling in some place.
When off, take the plastic fasteners out of their locations, and fit them in the grill. On the back side of the grill, there is a channel for the 2 wing locks on each fastener to fit into. Snap them into those rectangle molds. When correctly done, they won't turn, but still allow the 2 wings to flex in.
When properly positioned, both wing locks will flex in to lock into their mounting holes. With the 6 fasteners in position on the grill, the grill can then be easily put in it's place, with each fastener snapping into place when pushed in.
When out, I treat the plastic with Armoral Exterior, including the fasteners. It really brings the black color back, and I hope, will make it last forever.
I like the light bar so much, that the $6/bulb - WalMart is the cheapest I can find, is worth it.