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#1663 of 2475 Nissan Quest Instrument Panel
Jun 11, 2005 (11:51 pm)
From the 2004 Quest Prices Paid forum:
Does anyone who is currently driving a Quest have a complaint about the instrument panel? Does it's placement bother you when driving? This is the only reason I would decide not to buy one. I will want the redesigned panel when it comes out, it just looks wrong to me the way it is. Maybe leasing one until the redesign comes out and then buying is the way to go for me, I don't know, anyone have a comment?
We use a Quest as a company car, and I also use it sometimes with my family. We have an 05 with 8,500 miles on it.
Four different people drive it regularly. On average they report getting used to the center dash pod, "In about five minutes."
It depends upon your attitude towards change, and towards technology. Some people are late technology adopters, hate change, and won't even set foot in a Quest. They were unlikely to buy one, anyway. Others like it. Others are indifferent, but like the clean look in front of the driver. New Mini owners don't spend a lot of time carping about their central dash pods.
Friday I spent the day traveling with a wealthy entreprenuer that was about to buy a 50,000 Land Rover to replace their Chevy Tahoe as a family hauler. He was really impressed with the design of the vehicle, and especially the performance. When we accelerated up an uphill highway ramp and it pushed him back in his seat (I was showing off) he said, "Wow!"
He is not bothered by the central dashpod. In addition to a Mini, they also own a BMW Z8, a hand-crafted roadster that also has a central dash pod. They were going to a dealer this weekend to look at an SE with Leather, sunroofs, and nav.
You can wait for the 2007 but you'll likely lose the $2,000 rebate currently available. A one year lease is not going to make economic sense. If you can't live with the current design, cough up the extra $2-4,000 that a Honda will cost and live with the styling and [apparently] lower gas mileage.
I use a Garmin 2610 portable GPS that has giant digital numbers right in front of you - $800.
#1664 of 2475 Re: Hello all! .... [billncat]
Jun 12, 2005 (7:33 am)
Thanks Bill. I asked this question before, but could you tell me if you need to drive the Quest up a ramp in order to reach the oil filter and drain plug? Thanks.
#1665 of 2475 Re: Nissan Quest Instrument Panel [garandman]
Jun 12, 2005 (11:00 am)
Thanks for the advice. The dealer at the Nissan lot said the same thing about getting used to the pod quickly. His wife drives one and they like the van very much.
I would not lease for one year I would do a two to three year lease and then get the redesigned panel but who knows what the redesign will look like? I may not even like it.
I have no problem with change, we have traded every two years since 1999 and haven't had the same style car twice, I like to mix it up. I am only concerned with how safe it would be to have all the gauges placed out of the line of view especially since I travel to work daily with both of my very young children and are already distracting enough.
I like the body style and interior style of the Quest, it is my first choice in vans right now.
#1666 of 2475 car seat trouble
Jun 13, 2005 (6:38 am)
I'm having trouble securing one of our car seats without the latch system in the 2nd row chairs. Both of the 2nd row chairs' belt latchs have an odd angel (where you snap it in place). They don't tilt backwards enough. Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Looks like we're gonna have to buy a new car seat with the latch system. One question on booster seat--none of them come with the latch system, so there's no way to secure them to the seat. Won't they slide and roll with the child in it? That just seems like a bad design. Does anybody have any experiences with these booster seats?
#1667 of 2475 RE:Car seat trouble(tamu2002
Jun 13, 2005 (10:30 am)
If you go to the "nissanusa" website you can click on a link to child safety. Nissan has a program called " Snug Kids." They have worked with the
manufactures of car seats and list car seats that best fit each Nissan model.
You can click on the Quest and it will give you a list of booster, rear facing,
and forward facing car seats that best fit the Quest. I purchased my car
seats based on this list. I hope this helps
#1668 of 2475 RE:Car seat trouble(tamu2002 [eyeblind]
Jun 13, 2005 (11:06 am)
#1669 of 2475 Re: car seat trouble [tamu2002]
Jun 13, 2005 (1:34 pm)
We have two booster seats in the second row and just use the seat belts (no latch). We use a towel underneath both so we don’t damage the leather. No sliding around while they’re in it.
Having the seat “loose” makes it easier to rearrange their seating to the back row, or to move to another vehicle.
#1670 of 2475 Re: car seat trouble [ivan_99]
Jun 13, 2005 (2:57 pm)
I was fine with that. I'm just not sure if it's safe because normally you need to secure the car seat itself separately.
#1671 of 2475 Air Conditioner, etc.
Jun 14, 2005 (5:24 pm)
I've been reading alot of the posts here, and thought I'd weigh in on a few of the recurring topics.
We bought our '04 Quest last summer, and from the very start were disappointed with the cooling of the a/c. Tepid, at best, when outside temps were above 80 degrees. Not what I'd have expected from a new car I'd just spent ~ $25K on. We never experienced the "hot air out the floor vents" problem, just that the air blowing out the vents was not anywhere close to cool enough. We live in Texas, and the summers can be unbearably warm. A/C is not an option for us with small children.
Anyway, we brought the thing back in probably 4 times through the end of the summer and into fall. Each time we were told (courteously!) something different: the system was low on freon but no leaks were detected; the system was cooling to specs but that the cubic feet in the van just took longer to cool off; that everything checked out, but that they'd put dye into the system to see if the thing were leaking; that the new freon didn't cool as well, etc. etc. (sigh) We were growing more frustrated by the day. Oddly enough, I'd also on occasion hear a faint "beep" while driving when the a/c was turned on. There were no associated lights with the sound, nor were the beeps the "normal" louder ones that you hear with the auto doors, etc. It was very soft, and seemed to occur consistently when I accelerated past about 42 mph, and sometimes at speeds into the 60s, but never when the a/c was off. Ordinarily just one beep. Strange, huh? Anyway, soon enough the cooler fall/winter rolled around, and the lack of cooling became less of an issue.
Well, spring/summer comes this year, and we quickly discovered that our nemesis, the faulty a/c, had returned. By this time, I had immediately returned to my previous level of aggravation, and was at my wit's end. I was due for an oil change, etc., so I called 800-nissan1 (or whatever the number is) and quizzed them about the a/c in advance. They were very nice, and advised me to take the van in, and while it was still in the shop, to call them back with the case number they assigned to my complaint. They would then contact some regional supervisor or other such person, who would in turn call the dealership and "consult" with them. Seemed like smoke being blown up my skirt, but I followed their directions anyway. When I brought it in to the dealership's shop, I went a little on the offensive, telling them that I just didn't believe that this level of cooling met ANY person's (quality control's) reasonable definition of functional air conditioning. Circulation was not a problem, I continued, but the temperature of the air coming out of the vents was. I wanted them to know that their opportunities to satisfy THIS customer were quickly running out, and that I had heard all their bunk before and was not buying it. I think I even said something like if this time didn't get it, I was about to start raising hell with Nissan b/c I could get no satisfaction from the dealer.
I'm happy to report that the goofy thing finally is cooling. The invoice said something like a lower ______ was loose (I will try to find the exact wording they used and re-post it later). Don't know why they couldn't fix it before, but my patience finally paid off, and they thankfully got it fixed. Funny thing is, the faint beep also stopped. Could it have been a warning of some sort for a freon leak??? Go figure.
We also experienced the extremely sluggish starts on random occasion--almost like the silly thing was starting off in a higher gear. After you get up to speed, you're fine, but no passing downshift, and no shifting to get up to highway speed. I guess it resets itself after killing and restarting the engine. They could not duplicate the problem, but told me to leave it running and bring it in the next time it happened. Not a far drive if I'm in town, so I plan on doing it.
They also repaired an annoying 3rd seat rattle (didn't know that was the problem until I saw the TSB on it).
Overall, we really love the van, the smooth ride, etc. We just felt like we were getting duck-bitten to death (except for a/c which WAS a major deal) with several little things wrong. If they can work out the kinks for 2005, I would even recommend it.
One more thought. We added an aftermarket DVD player in the ceiling. Worked great except alot of interference when the radio/cd player was on. We hadn't noticed it because the audio is through wireless headphones, and our kiddos hadn't told us (could they have missed it???). Circuit City was going to pull the thing out to send it in for diagnosis. I just happened to be monkeying with the radio one day before we took it in for removal, and I turned off the "rear controls" for the radio. Immediately the interference through the headphones disappeared. We decided to leave the rear control off permanently, and now everyone is happy.
One last thing: the "pod o' control" does take a little getting used to, and the speedometer, etc. also being in the middle is weird at first. One quickly grows accustomed to it, however, so don't let that alone influence your decision.
I'll duplicate this post on the competing thread as well (like you wanted to know that!)
#1672 of 2475 New Quest Owner
Jun 15, 2005 (8:11 am)
We have had our Quest for about 1 week and we love it so far. Had to part with my 300M Special but with a growing family and the Quest SE, it was a little easier.
We are sill learning the buttons and levers in this minivan. It will take some time. The kids love the DVD player.
Hope to learn some things with this board.