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Nissan Quest, Mercury Villager, Van
#881 of 2519 Villager exhaust studs
Feb 05, 2002 (5:57 am)
I hate to keep beating this subject, but after reading about all of the problems Villager owners have had with their exhaust studs breaking, I chickened out and had mine done on my 1993 Villager with 77K miles on it. We plan to keep the van for several more years. As far as I know, none of the studs were broken, but it was cheaper to have it done now than fixing broken studs later. I had to buy the studs, locking nuts and gaskets at the Nissan dealer since my Mercury dealer would have had to order the parts. Two of the studs broke off when my mechanic tried to get them out and he drilled and tapped them. On the other 10 studs, he had to weld the old nut to the stud so he'd have something to get a socket on.
Feb 05, 2002 (7:10 am)
Cnack - I own a 2001 Quest SE that has developed a very similar rattle. This is the only problem the vehicle has developed in 13,500 miles.
I'm taking it in tomorrow for its scheduled servicing and will have the mechanic take a look at the passenger side sliding door. As was mentioned by our host, I think the rear window latches are loose.
#883 of 2519 Thanks corsicachevy & steve
Feb 05, 2002 (8:10 am)
Thanks for the good word fellas. I don't think it is the rear window latches, but I'll check them anyway to be sure. Again, it sounds like the door and door frame insulation sticking and unsticking together...like driving across blacktop on a hot sunny day and you can hear your tires sticking to the surface. We have to turn the radio up a bit to drown it out. I'm concerned that the doors may not be shutting tight enough or not sitting in the door frames snugly. I may bring it up next time I have it at the Nissan dealer for service.
Feb 05, 2002 (8:32 am)
cnack - I'm familiar with the noise you referenced. I believe that noise is what many of us call Quest/Villager "character". These vehicles have always had their share of creaks and rattles, which are sometimes annoying, but never detract from the Villager/Quest's overall durability.
I think you are correct. Here is my theory. The sound you are hearing is coming from the front doors and is a result of minor body flex. A more modern design would likely not suffer from these somewhat annoying squeaks and rattles. But who are we to complain - these vans are durable and offer the most bang-for-the-buck in the minivan market (will, they did until the Sedona came along).
#885 of 2519 2001 Quest SE Sticky Noise
Feb 05, 2002 (11:54 am)
Thanks corsicachevy for putting words to my thoughts. Minor body flex is probably what is causing this phenomena...I guess what I wondering is whether anybody else has this rickety sound and whether they were able to do anything about it. From the tone of your last message and Steve's thoughts, it sounds like this is just part of owning a Quest. You're right, the Quest is the most bang-for-the-buck with features. I suppose that is what keeps me from being more upset about the cabin noise.
Feb 05, 2002 (12:27 pm)
My '99 has a few occasional rattles, but I attribute them to the empty Diet Coke cans rolling around and the spinner tire iron bungied to one side of the van.
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#887 of 2519 Body flex ???
Feb 05, 2002 (6:59 pm)
I solved this annoying noise by spraying the rubber moldings with "Wurth's" Rubber care. Do not use silocone sprays. My son is a paint and body man at one of our car dealerships and this is what he uses for that problem. It sure worked on our "99" Villager.
#888 of 2519 Annoying noise
Feb 05, 2002 (8:09 pm)
cookie22, could you please explain how did you remove the rubber molding. I have the same kind of noise in my SE '01.
#889 of 2519 Didn't remove
Feb 05, 2002 (9:52 pm)
the rubber moldings. I just held the can close to the moldings and sprayed them.
#890 of 2519 1995 Quest Considering a Purchase
Feb 10, 2002 (1:37 pm)
I am considering a purchase of a 1995 Quest with 50,000 miles. the cost is 7900. I have read with interest the manifold bolt issues, and the fuel pump and related problems. Is there a way to see if the bolts will be an issue on the particular car? What other considerations should I have. For owners of the 1995 Quest, would you do it again and why or why not Thanks very much.