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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
#87 of 2519 lithia
Aug 20, 1999 (3:40 am)
I owned a 1994 Nissan Quest. For the most part it served my needs for a minivan with 3 kids. I had very little problems until 80K miles. I had serviced it regularly and always required the technicians to do a thorough check. I had noticed a few small things...such as the headlamps had the "ford" emblem stamped on them...hmmmmmm. Then at 80K miles my transmission went completely out. There was no indication of ANY shifting problems at all. Of course there was no warranty left so I traded for a Toyota. You get what you pay for but you usually don't wish for the quality until you realize you don't have it!
#88 of 2519 Transmission woes
Aug 20, 1999 (8:53 pm)
My 94 Quest started acting up about 4 months ago. It had hard time shifting out of 1st gear. Then about two weeks ago when accelerating fast from stop the rpm would go to 6000rpms at 28mph before shifting into second gear with a lot of engine whine. My van has 85000 miles on it. From all the postings I've read on this forum most transmission failures appear to be happening around 80000 miles. It's going to cost me 3700 bucks to get it fixed at a local dealer,that's on top of 500 bucks it cost to see if the solenoid was the problem.
Aug 21, 1999 (6:14 pm)
Bought a 99 Quest in late June of this year. Bought it for the space, seating, hauling capacity, professed miles/gallon and yes, I like the funky look. Drove like a dream until the last 400 or so miles. Now, only 3800 miles, I am getting only about 18 miles/gallon on 99% expressway travel, the van has obvious body rust about the size of a quarter on the door panel, noticeable high pitched engine whine, very sluggish acceleration, noticeable gear changes/surges, noticeable clunking when decelerating, driver's outside mirror vibrates, and a noticeable vibration is felt idle. In addition, there is a noticeable gritty feeling under foot when applying gas now. NONE of this was noted purchase or for the first 3000 or so miles. I originally felt like I was in an express elevator; no idle noise/vibration, not able to feel gear shifts, not able to notice any feel under foot at all, no real noise to speak of, stopped on a dime without jerking...I thought I bought a great mini van. Needless to say, I'm not a happy camper now. I've called the service manager at the dealership to schedule my required maintenance and to note these major annoyances, and all he said was bring it in. Not the type of response I was hoping for. Only thing I seem to have gotten for my money now is a payment book.
As an aside, my boss also has a Quest, though a 96, and he just found a steady stream of gas pouring out of his gas tank.... makes you wonder.
Aug 21, 1999 (9:07 pm)
I saw your similar post in the Nissan Quest IV, topic #630, and I posted a response there. Good luck.
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#91 of 2519 112,000 miles
Aug 26, 1999 (9:35 pm)
I've logged 112,000 miles on my 1993 Quest XE that I bought new; still going strong! Am on the third set of brakes and third set of tires; have replaced all belts and the windshield (which was damaged by rocks) and the rear muffler/exhaust pipe, but otherwise the rest of the van and engine are fine!
My main quibble: don't go to the dealer for ANY service; they rip you off. I would buy another, but I'm thinking about buying a new Villager, because of the current rebate/finance deal mainly -- any advice pro or con on that?
#92 of 2519 quest or villager
Aug 26, 1999 (10:15 pm)
Sounds to me like the Nissan's are a better deal, with the TV, longer powertrain warranty, etc. Villager makes you pay for the anti-lock brakes and other items.
Although, Villager does give you a low interest rate and rebate (both). Check out the costs, could be a toss-up.
#93 of 2519 more quest vs. villager
Aug 27, 1999 (5:43 am)
It really boils down to what options you want vs. what you can live with because the two makes have very different configurations. For the base models (my choice) the Quest offers ABS, the air filtration and keyless remote/anti-theft as standard equipment. These are listed only as options or included in options packages on the base Villager. But the base Villager also offers options not available in the base Quest -- two-tone paint, power seat, power rear window, pop-out tailgate window, upgraded interior lighting. Of course, if you want the power rear windows, you'll have to get the power seat too etc.
I was hoping to get a Villager but wound up with the Quest. The Quest was cheaper -- even when I factored in the Mercury rebate (financing didn't matter) -- because Villagers I found came with more options I didn't want but would be forced to buy in order to get the stuff I did want.
#94 of 2519 Gas mileage
Aug 27, 1999 (12:25 pm)
I remember a couple of folks posting some disappointing gas mileage numbers. As I remember, someone took theirs to the dealer where they hooked it up to the computer to check for trouble codes and came up with none, so they said there was nothing they could do.
Well, I just changed the oil in my Quest last night and I noticed that Nissan still uses the old fashioned distributor (most if not all others have gone to fully electronic distributorless ignition). This means that the ignition timing is adjustable and may be off. This may not show up as a trouble code on the computer and could affect mileage. If you are getting poor mileage I'd have the dealer check the timing.
Hope this helps.
#95 of 2519 hughesville
Aug 31, 1999 (12:50 am)
Own a 93 Quest. Have had very few problems with it. At 65,000 miles, it has acquired a ticking noise that corresponds to acceleration. I don't know much about engines, sounds like lifters? Other than the ticking sound coming from the engine, it is running fine.
Anyone have this problem? Anyone know what the problem might be?
Sep 03, 1999 (4:41 pm)
Is this an overhead cam engine? If so, have you had the tappets adjusted? One possibility is they need adjustment.
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