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Nissan Quest, Van
#460 of 2475 Nissan Quality
Aug 25, 2003 (7:41 am)
My second new car was a sentra. I ran it for 8 years, and traded it for a Volvo. I just replaced that 1989 Volvo with 135000 miles on it, with a 2004 Quest SL. My brother has a 1996 Quest with over 118,000 miles on it. He is still driving it cross country. He gave his 1992 Maxima to my nephew. He recently drove it from Virginia to California. We have no problem with Nissan quality.
My Volvo was not well-rated, I followed routine maintenance and never had a problem with that car. The interior was falling apart, but the engine purred.
#461 of 2475 reliability nissan
Aug 25, 2003 (7:55 am)
Overall Nissans are not bad in quality, they are not as good as Toyota though, Honda has some problems too, I owned a Honda Accord 1984 had lots of problem with it, never bought a Honda after that.The only Honda I liked was the odyssey (it is practical)but after reading transmission problems, door problems, stereo problems we were skeptical about Honda Quality especilly if we have to buy at sticker price.
Few of my friends have Nissan Sentra the car ran more than 150 K miles without major problems.
I really don't care about JD Power rating I usually will buy the car if I like it and fits my budget, If people were paying attention to JD power no one will buy cars with problems. JD power rating put Lexus and Buick on the top three i can't afford to buy lexus or Buick (if I need to buy a mini van ) solely on JD power rating. I take JD Power rating as a measure what to expect in a car quality wise, if i am paying less money for a car what problems do I expect.
Car manufacturer should see JD power rating to improove their quality.
This is my first Nissan, since it is first year production vehicle i bought extended warranty. I don't see any issue with engine (it is one of the best out there) the interior quality might be an issue (lots of Plastics used inthe interior), Nissan should pay attention to it better quality material should be used, I liked the interior styling though the pod seems to look odd first but as I am getting familiar with it I like it now.
#462 of 2475 Nissan Reliability
Aug 25, 2003 (9:19 am)
I believe that there's not one perfect car manufacturer, but the chance of getting a reliable vehicle with Honda, Toyota & Nissan is better, sorry big three.
My friend has a Chevy Astro van & he's had to replace so many stuff it's incredible (alt(2), H2O pump, ac compressor, etc. all between 30K-50K miles).
I have a 1992 Sentra SE-R bought new, it now has 218,000 miles w/ the ORIGINAL clutch! and that's w/ alot of mountain driving (snow skiing). Original Alt., AC (never been re-charged still cold), H2O pump lasted 200K, it's been so reliable, I don't want to give it up.
So, I had no problem/hesitation buying the 2004 Quest SE!!!!
Aug 25, 2003 (12:08 pm)
you CAN get it with both...we've already had 3 in stock, and sold 2 of them (the owner is driving the other). more are coming, but i cant say anymore without sounding like advertising...lol.
one difference between the SE and the SL is that the SL's nav system comes with a 2nd cd changer in the rear, where the SE doesnt.
#464 of 2475 Initial quality/reliability
Aug 25, 2003 (5:44 pm)
That initial quality rating probably factors in quality and reliability. There's no doubt to most nissan owners that reliability is not an issue. Quality is another story. Of late nissan has begun to wrap their interiors in "aluminum foil" and cheap plastics. While this may appeal to some buyers, repeat buyers probably would prefer the styling of old. Of course I could be wrong.
#465 of 2475 Well here's an indication on Nissan reliability.....
Aug 25, 2003 (7:08 pm)
I have the last 16 years worth of Consumer Reports April (car) issue.
And here's how the Maxima placed against the Camry & Accord in the last 11 years ( that's when CR started to actually show how cars placed against each other.
1993 thru 2003. A total of 11 years, but each car is represented only 10 times. CR does not include the year a car has it's big makeover.
Maxima.........(1st) 7 of 10 times......(2nd) 1 time ....(3rd) 2 times
Camry...........(1st)3 of 10 times......(2nd) 5 times....(3rd) 1 time....(8th) 1 time (2003)
Accord.........(1st) 1 of 10 times......(2nd) 4 times....(3rd) 4 times
For 2003 it was Maxima 1st (again) and Camry 8th. No Accord due to new model.
I find JD Powers interesting, but remember they refer to the first 90 days. Consumer Reports covers years of data.
This is how Maxima/Camry & Accord placed agains each other, but in their catagory (Mid/Family) of CR reliability ratings, only one car company has placed FIRST in EVERY year of the last eleven. It is Nissan/Infiniti.
The only car that does better than the Maxima is Infiniti (almost any of them).
I think that speaks volumes about Maxima/Nissan reliability ( not that I'm keeping track).
Aug 25, 2003 (7:23 pm)
Actually JD Power has long term reliability ratings too, and we have many of them on the vehicle pages. There's little data available for a new vehicle of course, but we have various Quest ratings going back 5 years from JD Power:
#467 of 2475 my issue with quest
Aug 26, 2003 (12:43 pm)
again the options list and packages for the sienna are confusing to the point consumers have complained and it messes up the buying experience, i believe they have had enough neg comments that toyota will change the packages to make them simpler come this fall.
the quest and sienna are so close but these things stand out
split 3rd row seat in sienna
quest has killer style
quest has to remove the head rests and put them in a bag (yech!!!) sienna clean and neat.
quest cloth interior looks cheap but i'm going for the leather--???non issue????
quest rouge and silver is way cool
quest dual dvd screens (you could probably do this 3rd party)
quest those skylights are way cool
sienna has power windows in the slide doors
quest has far reach for the cd changer
sienna may be more expensive.
sienna has more appealing features hid, rear camera front and rear parking sensors.
waiting for info about the redesigned ody and Consumer reports or other respected mags comparo
we have to drive both in as close a trim line as we will be purchasing as posssible. hard to do with the quest right now, i'm not purchasing till march 04 so can parkbench quarterbacking till then.
basically i rate the sienna as my first pick till i can do the above. It is also a toyota which tends to have higher quality acroass the board than others, ody had noise and sliding dooor problems.
Aug 26, 2003 (1:09 pm)
reasons for a few of the issues with quest:
"quest has to remove the head rests and put them in a bag (yech!!!) sienna clean and neat"
quest uses NHTSA approved head restraints, as does odyssey. siena's "in-seat" headrests are not approved, but are allowed.
"sienna has power windows in the slide doors"
the doors are smaller, with 6" less space when fully opened. the longer doors in the quest mean that the windows are too long to operate in any fashion. you give a little, you get a little, etc...
Aug 26, 2003 (1:29 pm)
When I got my Quest back in Dec. '98 my salesperson let me look through his big (400+ pages?) training book that compared the Quest to every other minivan out there. For every argument a customer could come up with, the book had a ready rebuttal.
You have a copy of that book too, right?