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#1191 of 2128 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage
Apr 27, 2005 (8:06 am)
I bought new in December 2004. Currently have about 9,000 miles. I have experienced about 16 mpg city and 19 mpg hwy. Gas mileage is not anywhere close to what was advertised ( 19 - 26). This has been very disappointing. Van is at dealer today for "creaking" sliding doors, Traction Control System that does not prevent wheels from slipping when accelerating in rain, two dry starts (metal grinding for about three seconds when starting cold) at 2000 miles and 7000 miles, consistent pulling to right after alignment at 5000 miles, popping noise on front right when accelerating normally, and four burned out light bulbs in headliner. The mileage is puzzling. Some in this forum state they are getting 25 mpg or better. The majority seem to be getting worse than advertised. I have been relying on fuel economy computer. I will calculate manually and compare. Has anyone pursued the poor mileage with Nissan? What was the outcome? It may be time to band together and press the issue. Also, be careful with quick lube places. Engine only takes four quarts of oil. Most are in the habit of automatically putting in five quarts.
#1192 of 2128 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage [ricklaugh]
Apr 27, 2005 (2:24 pm)
Did you ever get the creaking sliding doors sound fixed? My 2005 Quest is having the same problem.
#1193 of 2128 Re: High Speed Vibration - Follow-up #2 [samuelg]
Apr 27, 2005 (8:08 pm)
Hi. I just found this board, and it's a relief to see I'm not alone in having these problems (high speed vibrations and no radio sound). My dealer was really quick to replace the radio since they admitted they had received many reports on this problem, but I'm getting the "we can't fix it if we can't confirm it" response on the vibration. They claim to have test drove it several times, and I took them on a test drive once (of course the problem didn't arise). I think they believe me, but with this many people reporting the problem you'd think Nissan would be on top of this.
Sorry, I don't have the patience to go back through all 60+ pages of postings to see if anyone has ever gotten this problem fixed, but if somebody has any solutions, or at least something specific I can go to my dealer with, I'd appreciate it. They've done the balancing and rotor repairs twice, with little if any improvement.
Has anyone noticed any factors that set the problem off? It seems to happen inconsistantly and unpredictably (as evidenced by my "unsuccessful" test drive), but based on the descriptions I've read here from others, I'm sure it's the same problem, especially the part where the vibration significantly increases when I apply the brakes. I really think I need to get this taken care of, because it's getting to the point the car feels like it's going to fall apart.
Sorry about the incoherent rambling. It's late and I need to get to bed. Thanks.
#1194 of 2128 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage [quest2005]
Apr 27, 2005 (10:17 pm)
I also just bought new Quest 3.5S and i notice a noice from power sliding door, I went to dealer and service guy fixed it. It does not make noice now. He told me that they had this problem with 2004 and it suppose to be fixed in 2005.
#1195 of 2128 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage [ricklaugh]
Apr 28, 2005 (5:23 am)
We are currently getting about 19 mpg in the city, and we do a lot of starting and stopping, so the mileage sounds off. We were also told by a friend mechanic that Nissans need to have a Nissan filter installed with oil change when filter change is necessary. He stated that he recommends Nissans oil only be changed by Nissan dealers for that reason.
#1196 of 2128 creak, rattle, TPMS, mileage, etc...
Apr 28, 2005 (5:54 am)
Creak/rattle: My van just passed 200 miles. During the running board installation a couple of days ago, I reported creaking noise coming from the driver side manual sliding door. The dealer adjusted striker plate and door bracket. The creaking actually is more pronounced now. It seems that the door is either flexing or moving slightly causing the metal contacts in the striker plate to create creak. I think so because when I put some grease around the metal contacts in the striker plate, the creak is mostly gone. There is also rattle from the passenger side rear but it's intermittent and I have no guess. Overall ambient noise inside the van is actually very low. The underside of the van, however, seems to have little insulation as I can hear the road debris hitting beneath sometimes. I'm going to wait out for a while until the van breaks in before I bring it in for service.
TPMS: Another issue I had immediately after purchase was that the tire#4 (driver side rear?) TPMS reading was not showing up. It was never programmed and easily fixed.
Mileage: I can only say about purely highway driving at this point. The computer MPG showed 20.5 MPG as I was driving at 70 mph over the weekend. The van right now has regular grade gas in the tank. (BTW, the dealer filled it up with the regular. According to the dealer, I was encouraged to use the regular grade as the use of higher octane, albeit recommended in the manual, is complete waste. My experience from the past says otherwise. I'm going to use only premium grade from now on.) Since the van is so new, I believe this figure will go up.
Overall: I'm satisfied with the engine (contrary to those who complained about low end torque, it's actually pretty good to me and I haven't gone over 4k RPM yet as I'm still breaking it in), 5 speed automatic transmission is crisp, and considering the size of the van (huge) it handles quite nicely. Aside from some audible nuisances, I'm happy with my Quest. It was the only minivan I was considering to buy as I was seriously looking at sports sedans. Oh, well, this was a big compromise I had to make but in the end it made my wife and and myself happy.
#1197 of 2128 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage [ricklaugh]
Apr 28, 2005 (9:52 am)
If you have a 5 speed you need to check your RPM at highway speed. At 100 Klicks you should get 1800 RPM if it's at 2100 the tranny is not going into lockup and it won't unless you make it. There's a difference of between 4 to 5 MPG. Nissan says this is normal so if we want if fixed we better all get together and complain about the problem.
#1198 of 2128 Re: 2004 Quest is a Lemon! [army4us]
Apr 28, 2005 (2:26 pm)
Look at my previous postings and it will describe at least 8 problems. What a person should watch for is whether there is a danger to the occupant or/and to the public. All I cared for is to have a safe and reliable vehicle.
I've looked at the 2005 Odyssey and I've seen problems in workmanship and reading the forum has convince me and my wife not to buy one. I found it to have more problems than the Quest.
We are currently considering a Sienna but we will put it to deep scrutiny before buying one. I am already uncomfortable with the 2nd row seats but my wife likes the drive.
I am still a Quest lover even after the problems I've had and wished I never encountered those problems. I still would like to buy the 2005 Quest hoping they have fixed most of the problems but my wife owns half of the decision. I have to provide her really good reasons why not to buy the other minivans.
I am not seeing a lot of 2005 problems out there. Am I correct to assume that most of the problems are fixed????
#1199 of 2128 Re: 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 - Poor Mileage [ricklaugh]
Apr 28, 2005 (3:26 pm)
The mileage is puzzling. Some in this forum state they are getting 25 mpg or better. The majority seem to be getting worse than advertised. I have been relying on fuel economy computer. I will calculate manually and compare.You can drive down the highway a few miles and the mpg reading will change. I'm not sure what the "gate" is to measure the mileage but it's not the full tank or the last reset. I've called the manufacturer and asked the dealer of every car I've owned with this feature since 1994, and not once have I gotten a real answer. I have a similar electronic problem with my Garmin GPS, which has recorded a maximum vehicle speed of 122 mph on a trip where I didn't exceed 80......
I have kept a log detailing every gallon of gasoline that's gone into our 05 Quest because we use it as a company delivery vehicle as well. The average for the first 6,000 miles, including breakin and a lot of Winter driving, and it was 22.3 mpg - actual. I recently took a day long trip and averaged 25.5, with the A/C running. Sorry some of the folks with 2004's have had problems, but this vehicle has been flawless and has exceeded our expectations for handling, performance, mpg, and comfort. I wish the front cupholders were higher up, though.....