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#1903 of 2475 Re: Nissan Quest Quality [jipster]
Nov 23, 2005 (9:10 am)
Thank you for providing garandman the clarification, jipster.
While the subject has been raised, I would like to share some of my hard-earned experience to set your expectations at a realistic level. In my experience, vibrations come in two types.
The first is probably fixed within the first or second visit (re-balancing, rim\tire replacement, steering rack adjustment/replacement).
The second type ends up in no resolution at all. Eventually even the most accommodating dealer will run out of fix attempts. At this point, it seems, the automotive industry follows the same protocol. The manufacturer goes into a defensive mode. Subsequent test drives with technical specialists will result in the finding that the vibration is a normal operating condition (even if it is plainly obvious that it is not). This is a defensive call to preempt a lemon law case. Invoking a lemon law on a defect the manufacturer does not recognize will drag out the proceedings and wear down the consumer.
In order to force the manufacturer to acknowledge the defect, NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigation (ODI) requires the public to log a significant number of cases for the same defect to approach the manufacturer. At that point, the manufacturer can voluntarily initiate a recall - the government-enforced recall option would be a PR disaster.
I make these observations based on what I have read in the Nissan Quest, Nissan Murano and 2006 Volkswagen Passat (B6) forums. My wife is loving the Murano. Not a squeak, rattle, vibration to be found anywhere. Most probably the the Murano has a stiffer body structure which contributes to noise reduction.
#1904 of 2475 2004 Quest S 48,000 Miles
Nov 25, 2005 (5:30 pm)
Greetings, I just made a deal for a 2004 Quest S with 48,000 miles, $15995. It seems pretty solid & rattle free. The lower rear bumper covers (where the mud flaps are attached) were hanging loose so I'm having them re-attached. I'm considering purchasing the Nissan certified wrap-around coverage, which covers powertrain in addition to many major electrical and other components; 3 years and out to 100,000 miles for $749. I have to admit that the digital dash makes me nervous, and am thinking this coverage might be good insurance; keeping in mind that I got a good price for the vehicle up front. Would you purchase this extra coverage or keep your money?
#1905 of 2475 Re: Nissan Quest Quality [pier]
Nov 25, 2005 (7:20 pm)
pier, good to see you back at the quest forum. I hope your have recovered from your numb hands from steering wheel vibration. I am glad to see you are still pushing for NHTSA defect reports to be put on file. I would be very worried about your new Murano. It looks as though the Murano forum is chock full of vibration and tranny complaints. Much more so than the Quest forum. It's just a matter of time before your Murano develops the same problems as your Quest. Good Luck, Spoonieboy1
#1906 of 2475 Re: Nissan Quest Quality [pier]
Nov 26, 2005 (9:50 am)
You are welcome.
#1907 of 2475 Re: Service [ivan_99]
Nov 26, 2005 (12:35 pm)
Most minivans do not count the last 1/4 tank in the DTE calculations. I guess the idea is if you think you are low you will fillup before you run out. I always rest the trip odometer as it is more accurate if you know you MPG
#1908 of 2475 Re: Service [plashenick]
Nov 26, 2005 (11:34 pm)
Yeah…it sort of appears that way on the Quest.
I just finished a short trip 700 (est) miles and could only put in about 15 gallons when the fuel light came on. I really don’t mind the fuel light coming on that early, it’s just my wife starts to panic when the DTE says you can go ZERO more miles (something about being pregnant and 2 kids in the vehicle…women)…and then I reassure her that we can go about 100 more miles on the highway.
BTW I got 23.5mpg on my trip averaging approx 75mph (min 65 max 85) with 800lbs of people and 150lbs of cargo; part of the trip was in hilly terrain. I put in 91 octane just because the tech at Nissan said it was required…I’m pretty sure I read only regular was required but thought it was only a couple bucks so I’d check it out.
Another complaint (they are creeping in with me)…the cruise was totally useless in hilly terrain. When I had it on it would shift all over the place from 5th down to 3rd to 4th then back to 3rd then to 4th and back to 5th when it would straighten out. I think the manual says to turn off O/D in hilly terrain; when I turned off the cruise, everything worked as I expected. Meaning when the hills came it (sometimes) would down shift to 4th (really non eventful) and when I reached the top it would go back to 5th…having the cruise kick you down to 3rd gave me the feeling of the old Knight Rider episodes when “turbo boost” was pressed…just holding on trying to aim the thing straight.
Overall VERY satisfied with the Quest…had an opportunity to drive a Dodge GC (loaded) on my trip…yuk is the only thing that comes to mind…thought I was going to roll the thing going around a corner…creaky…clunky…under powered; glad to get back in the Quest.
#1911 of 2475 Re: 2004 Quest S 48,000 Miles [exploder750]
Nov 28, 2005 (3:42 pm)
Picked up the used '04 S today. I had them run off all work orders from new and it appears all recalls and customer service items were completed. Apparently there was a door squeak and rattle kit installed, among other things. I had them flush the transmission and went ahead & bought the extended warranty because of fears of things read on this forum.
Nov 28, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I just have one question has nissan bought ant of these vehicle back from anyone i havent taken it to the shop yet but mine has the rattling in the door stearing wheel tightens up when turn at low speed it vibrates when stopping theres more but like i said i just wanted to know if nissan bought anyone vehicle back for these problem. thanks