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Nissan Quest, Van
Sep 21, 2005 (7:55 am)
When I read this, I was thinking Nissan had chalked one up against the competition.
Several Minivan Head Restraint Systems Test Poorly
Earning poor overall ratings were seven models subjected to a simulated crash: versions of the 2004-2006 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country; a version of the 2005-2006 Toyota Sienna and 2005-2006 Chevrolet Uplander, Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay. The 2005-2006 Honda Odyssey received the second lowest, or marginal, rating.
Then I went to the IIHS website and read this in the fine print:
Some seats automatically earn poor ratings: The Institute doesn't test seats with head restraints that are rated marginal or poor for geometry because such seats cannot be positioned to protect many taller people. The seats that weren't tested in this group include all of those in the Chevrolet Astro, GMC Safari, Mazda MPV, and Nissan Quest plus some seats in the Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna.
D'OH! Too poor to even bother testing...
#1865 of 2475 Re: head restraints [ahightower]
Sep 21, 2005 (9:01 am)
Well, that's vague. So, the seats cannot be positioned to protect taller people. Hum....
#1866 of 2475 Re: head restraints [ahightower]
Sep 22, 2005 (9:53 am)
If there is a specific geometry that works, why not make it standard for all minvans!!!! Not sure what they mean by "seats cannot be positioned to protect many taller people". I'm 6' 4" tall. I fit pretty well in my Quest.
ahightower: After seeing the results, I think the IIHS is looking for ways to justify themselves. Car safety ha imporved so much in the last decade that the IIHS and NHSTA need to find ways to justify their existence. The amazing thing is this is the first time I have seen this test publicized like this.
Sep 22, 2005 (12:40 pm)
Our van has almost 3K miles now. And it's time for an oil change. I'm debating wether to take it to the dealer and pay $39.99 or do it myself. Could somebody who has done it tell me how easy or difficult it's to get to the filter? Would I need to use ramps? And what about using synthetic for the 1st oil change, is it too early? Thanks!
#1868 of 2475 Re: oil change [tamu2002]
Sep 22, 2005 (2:01 pm)
I have done the oil change and it is pretty straight forward. I was able to perform this by simply jacking up the passenger side. The oil plug and filter are both closer to the passenger side. And 3K is certainly not too early for the first oil change. The recommended oil is 5W-30. And you should only use synthetic if you are not conscienctious about changing the oil and go a long time between intervals. Otherwise, regular oil is fine.
#1869 of 2475 Re: oil change [shg]
Sep 22, 2005 (6:35 pm)
Thanks. I got on the ground to take a look at the bottom of the van. Seems like the filter is pretty hard to get to without jacking up the van I have 2 ramps that I've been using on my cars. Not sure if the van is too heavy for them. I'm taking the van in to the dealership for a couple of warranty issues. Will have them do the 1st change.
#1870 of 2475 Re: oil change [shg]
Sep 23, 2005 (7:11 am)
Did you need to take off some panels underneath? And I couldn't see where the drain plug was. Thanks!
#1871 of 2475 Re: Hello all! .... [billncat]
Sep 23, 2005 (9:47 am)
Hi Bill, I hope you're still reading this. I took a look underneath. It doesn't look like I can get to the filter (let alone the drain bolt) without jacking up the van Oh well, I'll try it today after work.
#1872 of 2475 Re: 2004 Minivan Comparison Test [nissanfan]
Sep 23, 2005 (5:53 pm)
When they rate the best worst, we buy the best for less.
#1873 of 2475 Re: oil change [tamu2002]
Sep 24, 2005 (6:47 pm)
Tamu2002: Check your owner's manual. They have section showing how to do it. It looks pretty simple.