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#2362 of 2475 Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time
Apr 14, 2009 (4:52 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 (9:24 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 (8:28 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 (8:17 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.
Apr 18, 2009 (6:46 am)
can someone give me all the codes for the service engine soon light in a 2004 Nissan Quest SE
#2367 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [deltheking]
Apr 19, 2009 (7:26 am)
Hi Del - I could list the problems, but there are too many to mention. I did not buy an extended warranty as Nissan wisely extended the warranty themselves on thes '04 Quests given the problems everyone was having. I had all the squeaks, rattles, seats, doors problems which were covered under warranty. I also had a couple of interesting ones that only affected a "handful" of cars from the factory: (1) the seals on my "skylight" windows leaked. So the kids were getting water dripping on their heads whenever it rained. Of course the dealer thought I was crazy until they got the "bulletin" from Nissan. So those were all re-done. Also, I lost AM radio reception. This was about 4,000 miles before my warranty was up. They had to practically remove the dashboard to get to that one, and tried to convince me that ony losers listen to AM radio anyway, so why would I want to get that fixed?
Then of course my catalytic converters, first replacement at 18K miles (also engine replaced at that time since my Service Engine Soon light never came on, and by the time the car died the engine had been destroyed by the catalytic converter failure), and then this second replacement at 94K.
I have only ever had the car serviced by the dealer and have had most of the oil changes done there, too.
Just as another example of how jinxed my particular car is, once I decided to get it detailed at the dealer, you know, trying to make nice with the car and all. The guy backing it into the car wash area ran into a wall and practically knocked off the back bumper. They had to keep my car for two more days while they sent it down the street to a body shop.
#2368 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [blarney]
Apr 19, 2009 (5:44 pm)
Thanks a lot Blarney for the reply.
1.Regarding the squeaks,rattles did the dealer fix the issue??I had mine taken to the dealer as it was only 58k and they used the Rattle TSB to fix it.So now it is ok.But does the problem come back?
2.There is a lot of air and windnoise coming from the driver`s door especially on highways-- like a leak or glass window vibrating.Did u have this??
3.Steering wheel shake-- I took it to dealer,,he replaced brake pads and rotor under warranty[[ good dealer]]--so now no shake..But does it eventually come back?
4.Also the transmission slips occasionally.I just had an auto trans. flush.Now ,it kind of jerks occasionally on the highway-- like sudden stop and go type of jerk??Did u have this??Is this the cat.converter problem??
Thanks once again.
#2369 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [deltheking]
Apr 19, 2009 (6:54 pm)
1. In my case, the TSB fix seemed to mostly fix it. The car is big, and the seats rattle around a bit, but not to the point of distraction or complete irritation when I'm driving.
2. I'm in constant worry that my drivers side door is going to open when I"m driving down the freeway. I can physically see it rattling, but when I look in my rearview side mirror, it seems to be perfectly aligned with the back sliding door. But my door and window shake something awful sometimes. I live with it. It's almost loose like a cabinet door gets loose. I think I just need to tighten up the screws.
3. It's the brakes. They need to be "done" often. When the shake comes back, time for a brake check. They'll tell you it's because the van is heavy. I think it's because the van is poorly designed and manufactured.
4. I have had the "slip" or mine is more of a "surge" where the rpm suddenly jumps and settles back down almost immediately. Mine occurs mostly when I'm coming off a freeway, slowing down through an offramp curve, and then when I go to accelerate back onto the road. This, in my case, is NOT an indication of the converter problem. My first indicators of a converter problem were noise - pinging, etc. Then, ultimately, the Service Engine Soon light comes on, or of course, the van simply stops going.
And, I must say, these problems seem to come in batches. Big problems the first year, nothing for five years, big problems now. During the five years in between, I have loved this van.
#2370 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [blarney]
Apr 25, 2009 (10:26 am)
Sorry to hear about your problems. I'm in San Diego too. I just had the catalytic converter replaced under warranty. The part if I recall correctly cost about $700 at the dealership (Mossy), definitely not $1689. Did you mean that to be for both parts and labor?
#2371 of 2475 Re: Catalytic Converter Replaced for SECOND time [tamu2002]
Apr 28, 2009 (1:26 pm)
How is your Nissan Quest going??I bought a used 04 quest with 58k miles.
1.The dealer replaced brakes,rotors and rattles under warranty..Not entirely rattlefree now,,but much better.
2.Very slight steering wheel shake--dealer said that`s the max he can do and it will be present.
3.How often did u replace brakes/rotors and tires?
Please list all problems u experienced and their fixes or solutions and other helpful info on the Quest.