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Nissan Quest, Van
#1493 of 2475 Re: Feedback on quality issues and rebates [srikanth2305]
Mar 15, 2005 (5:42 pm)
Is the build quality still an issue. I heard that Consumer report lists the new quest as one of the worst ones and also read that nissan has made a lot of progress in terms of build quality. So how is the 05 model, is it improved a lot or still have issues?
Nissan is offering $2000 rebate on quest now. Will it improve during the year end model clearance or is this the best they come up with?
We have a 2005 SL we bought in December. It now has almost 5,000 miles on it - it's a company car.
It's been great, we like it better every day, and the last six tanks of gas have averaged over 22 mpg. This seems to be quite good for a full-size minivan in winter.
#1495 of 2475 Considering a lease on '05 Quest
Mar 24, 2005 (11:57 am)
My husband and I are considering leasing an ’05 Quest before the end of the big Drive to A Million sales event. We’re hip, stylish and with 2 children in car seats we think the Quest is the best fit for our personalities and family.
I’m just wondering though if we should lease or purchase. Can anyone recommend reasons why or why not to lease?
Any input would be appreciated.
#1496 of 2475 Re: Considering a lease on '05 Quest [hapemama0103]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Mar 24, 2005 (12:21 pm)
If you put nothing down and don't exceed the mileage limits, leasing can be a good way to save your cash for other things (like child care!). But I always figured the way to get ahead is to buy and get beyond the payments. Lots more in the Smart Shopper board, like Lease Questions - Ask Here.
#1497 of 2475 Re: Considering a lease on '05 Quest [hapemama0103]
Mar 24, 2005 (4:11 pm)
Don't know much about financing, but I will speak to your decision to drive a Quest with your kids. No knocks on other vans, since I haven't lived with them myself, but I can say I think the Quest is a perfect vehicle for small children.
-First off, all the standard safety equipment and good crash test ratings mentioned a few posts earlier. The only other vans with as high a rating are the Kia and Mazda, which are much smaller, and the Dodge/Chrysler vans which have quality issues, and are for grandparents (not cool Nissan people like us...)
-The second row seats are very accommodating for child seats, very wide and flat, and easy to install LATCH tethers.
-Also you can still adjust the seats fore and aft and tilt forward without having to take out the child seat. Plus there's plenty of space between the two seats, so it's easy to walk through if anyone needs access to the 3rd row, and too far for the 2nd row kids to reach and pick on each other.
-But the seats are still far enough from the doors that our toddlers can't reach to smudge the glass. That's probably good for safety too. In our other car the seats were literally right up against the door and window, I hated to imagine even a mild side impact crash.
-Also, the floor mats are huge, they really cover almost the entire floor surface in all three rows, so it will be very easy to remove them and vacuum and/or steam clean when they get dirty.
Two issues I would bring up:
1) The cloth upholstery is pretty sensitive to all the bunching and pressure from the child seat, it seemed like it was beginning to stretch and wear out where the child seat presses down on it. So I put a towel down, folded over once, and when I removed the seat to check a few weeks later, it seemed to be holding up just fine. Plus the towel protects the seat bottom from their dirty shoes as they climb in and out. So you look kind of dorky for a few years, but it prevents permanent damage.
2) You have to get a car seat that comes with it's own cup holder (probably most of them do these days) because the kids can't quite reach the ones built into the side of the seat.
I know I post a lot here, I'm trying not to be repetitive, but I just have to speak up in favor of the Quest. It takes a lot of flack on the Problems board, but it's been just great for my family!
#1498 of 2475 Re: Considering a lease on '05 Quest [ahightower]
Mar 25, 2005 (7:16 pm)
I echo all your comments. I have '04 Quest S and had same family situation. Nice that the 2nd row seats move forward and back. And the towel idea is one I would use on any van with cloth seats. The seat covers are more durable than they look. They clean up pretty easy too.
It seems the '05 are behaving better than the '04.
#1499 of 2475 Re: Feedback on quality issues and rebates [garandman]
Mar 25, 2005 (9:06 pm)
I recently purchased an SE and I have not had any problems as of yet. So far I am very satisfied with the build quality and performance. Gas mileage has been close to 21 mpg with a combination of freeway and surface streets. Our previous vehicle was a 99' Mercury Villager (Quest) with 156k miles and it was still a good solid vehicle. I am hoping this one turns out to be as good over the long haul.
I had been following the forums for a few months and was aware of some of the 2004 issues. I am a design architect and find the styling a breath of fresh air although my wife prefers the more traditional approach. I have not found the instrument display to be a problem in the center of the dash and the center console in my opinion is very convenient.
#1500 of 2475 2005 Quest Review on Cars.com
Mar 27, 2005 (8:16 pm)
They gave the Quest 5 stars out of 5. Here is the link:
http://research.cars.com/go/crp/reviews.jsp?makeid=36&modelid=338&year=2005&myid=&acode=&c- - - rpPage=summary.jsp&gotopage=reviews.jsp&revlogtype=19&aff=national
I like particularly some of the comments as follows:
"This van drives almost like an Altima sedan, which is not completely strange, considering that the Quest is built on the chassis of the midsize Altima, which also is the chassis used for the Maxima sedan and the Murano crossover SUV.
Under the hood is the same 240-horsepower V-6 engine used in the Altima, which gives the Quest a good measure of performance.
In our test model, it was connected to a really smooth five-speed automatic transmission, and the combination of engine and gearbox moved this vehicle along like a sport sedan. It even corners more like a sedan than any minivan I've ever driven."
A sport sedan!! After one and a half year of experience with my 2004 Quest, I can't agree more. This van drives so smooth and lots of fun. Quality is very good too, and we have no problems so far. I am asking my friends to at least test drive it when they consider buying a minivan.
Mar 28, 2005 (6:34 am)
2004 Quest SE
I have two questions.
Anyone ever notice that the rear bumper is full of water? I was leaning on the van and heard something sloshing. I assumed it was the fuel tank, but, then after shaking the van real hard, water started splashing out from inside the rear bumper. Sounds like a lot of water. Just thought that was weird. I'm sure I can solve that by drilling a few holes in the underside of the plastic cover.
The other question is about the 'Re-lock' feature. You can set it to after 1 minute, 30 seconds, or 5 minutes (I think). However, either it doesn't work for me or I don't understand it. To me, that would mean, lock the doors after this amount of time. Anyone have an explaination about this feature and how it works? The owners manual doesn't explain, only tells you how to set the delay.
Thanks - Mark
#1502 of 2475 Re: Question [famof3kids]
Mar 28, 2005 (6:58 am)
I might be wrong about the re-lock feature of the Quest.
In my ES300, when I unlock a door by remote fob but do not actually open the door, then the door automatically re-locks after certain time period.
So lock the doors (with your remote), unlock them with the remote but don't open any, and see if they locks automatically after the preset period...