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#2356 of 2475 cracked resonator
Apr 10, 2009 (3:58 pm)
I have 2005 Nissan Quest, 3.5S, 95K km, extended warranty, almost no problems.
Currently we found it has cracked resonator(s).
Original symptom - humming or vibration inside the car, exactly at 2000 RPM, seems to be coming from exhaust because we hear it only when accelerator is pressed. It was also reported by other owners here:
there is a tsb 05021 suggesting loose heat shield - so when I went to dealer, all they did was cut off cracked bracket and remove the heat shield, and charge me $50 for it.
When I picked up my car, I was almost happy that it was only $50 fix, but after driving it 50 meters I could still hear it, so I went back. Unsuprised service manager tells me that in this situation it must be the crack in the resonator pipe - $700 and of course, not covered by our extended bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Based on what I have read here and at other forums it seems that Nissan is pretty bad when it comes to the quality of its exhaust system - everything from manifold, to catalytic converter, brackets, heat shield to premature corrosion and anything else.
It is our 1st Nissan and possibly last one - cost us $40K. I'd rather buy GM or Chrysler for $15K and spend $15K on repairs and keep extra $10K for myself.
If anyone experiences similar problems, DO NOT and I repeat DO NOT agree to get a patch repair kit, since these are reported to last weeks-6 months only.
Problems with the exhaust system quality have been like this for a number of years. There are tons of postings from Pathfinder owners (same engine as Quest) with these complaints.
Also, my friend has fixed his 2003 Pathfinder resonator by welding it, it has lasted perfectly now for 4 years.
What I find unacceptable is fact that crack in the resonator is causing leak of Carbon Monoxide, which in the emergency situation e.g. flat tire or stuck in the traffic would cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning of occcupants inside the Nissan Quest - and these should be better handled by Nissan as a corporation rather than settling with Pathfinder owners. What about us - Nissan Quest owners.
#2357 of 2475 Re: cracked resonator [n_q]
Apr 10, 2009 (5:05 pm)
Why wouldn't this repair be covered by the extended warranty? Also wouldn't it be covered by the 8 yr/80k mile emissions warranty? You need to make a call to Customer service or Regional Manager.
#2358 of 2475 Re: cracked resonator [dtownfb]
Apr 10, 2009 (5:11 pm)
My understanding is following (also this is for Canada but should be same for US) - resonator is not part of the emissions like catalytic converter (this is what I have read on Pathfinder forums where people complain about it a lot).
#2359 of 2475 Re: cracked resonator [n_q]
Apr 12, 2009 (5:38 pm)
I can understand not being part of the emission warranty but a exhaust resonator should not go bad so quickly and should be coverred by the extended warranty. It's not like it is designed to be a wear and tear part.
I would keep pushing. If they don't cover it, I would find an independent shop to do the work. You'll at least save money on the labor and quite honestly an aftermarket part can't perform much worst than this OEM part. And it will be cheaper.
#2360 of 2475 Mileage decrease all of a sudden from 20 to 13mpg
Apr 13, 2009 (10:35 pm)
Its about 6 weeks now and my van mileage is down to 13mpg no matter where I drive. I have about 37000 miles on my Quest 2005. I have never had any major service done on it. All I have done so far is just timely oil change.
Any ideas on this is greatly appreciated.
#2361 of 2475 Re: Mileage decrease all of a sudden from 20 to 13mpg [quest2005s]
Apr 14, 2009 (5:18 pm)
If your performance is not suffering & no service engine light it sounds to me like your brakes are hanging (emergency brake stuck?) or some other drag issue. I had two bad wheel bearings at 50,000 miles and lost 3-4 mpg as far as I can tell.
I am only a quasi mechanic, so hopefully somone else chimes in.
#2362 of 2475 Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time
Apr 14, 2009 (5:52 pm)
Well, after a long 5 years away from the forums, I'm back. We had an entire catalytic converter AND engine replacement after just 18K miles on our 2004 Quest (back in 2004). Just this week, for the first time, our Service Engine Soon light came on. Guess what? It's the Catalytic Converter! But guess what else? When they replaced the catalytic converter the first time, the warranty (on replacement parts) goes down to 12 months. If it were the first time we were replacing it, our warranty would be at 8 years/80K miles. FYI, in San Diego, a new catalytic converter for a 2004 Nissan Quest costs $1,689. Good times, good times.
#2363 of 2475 Re: Mileage decrease all of a sudden from 20 to 13mpg [calvin1962]
Apr 14, 2009 (10:24 pm)
thanks again. How did you know that you had bad wheel bearings?
#2364 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [blarney]
Apr 16, 2009 (9:28 am)
I purchased a used 04 Nissan Quest 1 month back with 58k miles.
Since u bought it new,, could you list all the problems you have had and what repairs were done for that?Did you buy an extended warranty?
Problems Like-- Rattles and squeaks,,brakes,,rotor warping,,steering wheel shake,,power door problems--These were the most common problems reported.
Did u have any of these and others??If yes,, how and where was it repaired??Did corporate Nissan USA help you or gave u any info??
Would really appreciate the info..Thanks..
#2365 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [deltheking]
Apr 17, 2009 (9:17 am)
I bought a new 05 nissan. I guess its the same 04 model. I had to replace brake pads, batteries. The dealer had to resurface the rotors at one point. charged me a twice as much. I also had doors squeaking problem. dealer fixed it at not charge. 2 weeks ago, I took my van for a whinning noise. they had to replace the secondary timing belt. Lucky I am still under warranty. If not I would have to pay like 2k. I didnt buy extended warranty. But if you think about it, extended warranty DOES NOT imply that any power train repairs for that period would be free. I mean if you buy a new car today and your transmission needs replacing a year after. the new warranty on the transmission is only for 1 year and NOT for the period of your car.