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Nissan Quest, Electrical, Engine, Van
#1345 of 2128 A/C, Brakes, Slippage-Info Provided and Input Requested
Jul 04, 2005 (7:36 am)
Well let's start with the A/C. I have opened up a complaint with Nissan about how inadequate the A/C is - even in the Midwest. I got so feed up between how little it cools and the brake problem I will note below, that I decided to test the A/C cooling levels of various vans - since I am at my wits end with this 2004 Quest and thinking of trading, but don't want to take a $9,000 depreciation hit in one year.
I took temperature readings from inside the vent and inside the passenger seat of each van - note the temperature reading in the vent will never be that cool in your seat. A/C folks have told me that you can expect a 20 degree difference between the vent and the actual temperature in the passenger seat. Well what you will see is that the Quest A/C just does not cut it.
My 2004 Quest and a Brand New 2005 Quest - 57 vent - 82 seat
Brand New 05 Sienna - 54 vent - 79 seat
Brand New 05 Odessy - 43 vent - 73 seat
Brand New 05 Grand Caravan - 47 vent - 77 seat
Well as you can see the Quest just can't keep it cool. The dealer said they put freon in mine, and it was within specs. Well the specs must be bad, because this vehicle does not cool in a midwest summer. (PS - If I had the money and could afford the trade in hit - the Honda is a no brainer - ride, looks and AC.) Nissan says they will talk to engineering and if I want something fixed on my dime go ahead. Obviously if a brand new one and mine cool the same(unacceptable), no changes will be forthcoming.
Well after 3 sets of rotors and and equal number of resurfacings, they think they found the problem - a caliper. Now they need to order the part and put on the 4th set of rotors at 27,000 miles. Unbelievable. When braking down a hill, thing shakes like an 11 year old watching a horror movie...
When picking up speed after slowing down(going from about 20 mph, building up speed) there is a noticeable slippage. Of course the dealer could not duplicate when they had it. Anyone else experience this?
I did talk trade in with the dealer, and they said they have heard plenty from the early 2004 model buyers. However, they are not doing anything special. Same deal as general public would get, and Nissan 1 hotline says they only help repair - will not assist with a retail purchase. And I thought my Ford Windstar was a POS. Nissan pretty much has lost this customer for any future business.
Jul 04, 2005 (8:16 am)
Vent temp for AC should be, as a rule, 48 degrees or less on any car.
#1347 of 2128 TRANSMISSION, DOOR RATTLING, ROTAR PROBLEM, SQUEEKY BRAKES
Jul 05, 2005 (4:29 pm)
I CANT BELIEVE SO MANY NISSAN QUESTS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS AS MINE ! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE . MY 1998 NISSAN QUEST HAS ALL DOORS THAT RATTLE LIKE CRAZY!! I JUST HAD NEW BRAKE PADS INSTALLED AND THEY SANDED OR DID SOMETHING SIMILAR TO MY ROTORS BUT AFTER 3 WEEKS THEY SQUEAK LIKE HELL AND GET LOUDER BEY THE DAY! THEN MY TRANSMISSION GIVES ME PROBLEMS AT FIRST IT FELT LIKE WHEN I REACHED SPEED IT WOULD PULL BACK A BIT AFTER 5 VISITS TO THE REPAIR SHOP AND HAVING DONE EVERYTHING FROM A TRANSMISSION TUNE UP TO A TRANSMISSION FLUSH BUT THEY CANT FIND THE PROBLEM WHEN DRIVING MY VAN JUMPS IT FEELS AS IF I RAN OVER SOMETHING!!!! WHAT IS THE PROBLEM???????
#1348 of 2128 Just took a long road trip
Jul 05, 2005 (4:53 pm)
I have a 04' SL (Jan '04) with 22,000 miles. Had a family drive from NJ to Florida (2,500 miles in all). We are all still talking to each other. Here are some notes:
1) A/C worked fantastic. Had to keep shutting off the back as it got too cold. 95+F every day with 95% humidity.
2) DVD kept the kids entertained, even played my DVD from a DVD burner (DVD -RW)
3) Got 21.9 without Cruise Control. 22.5 with cruise control. Measered by calculation at each fill-up (200 - 250 miles each).
No rattles, squeks etc.
What a joy. Got the luggage for Five (3 adults, 2 children and toys into the van with no blockage of isles or rear window.
This was a lot better then I expected.
#1349 of 2128 2005 S - Hot air from foot vent
Jul 05, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I have 2005 S; Today I notice that there was little amount of flow of very hot heat was coming out from foot vent. I have turn on the fan, turn off the AC, and set fan at only at body (Not at foot), and from upper vent you get a good cool breeze (Of course, if its cool air from outside) but some how it was still blowing very hot air from foot vent even though it was not set up for foot at all.
Does any one notice this problem with 2005 Quest, I know they had this type of problem with 2004.
#1350 of 2128 Re: 2005 S - Hot air from foot vent [njdude101]
Jul 06, 2005 (7:10 am)
I could be wrong but I believe people have had this problem and found a fix for it. Change the fan to 'recirculate' as opposed to 'outside' (or whatever the other one is). Its a known design flaw and to my knowlege there is no know fix. Aditionally no dealer will really take it that seriously. Sorry if it's that much of a hassle, but thats the only way I know around it.
Let us know how it turns out. Of course you limit your fresh air options with recirc, but thats the solution as I know it.
#1351 of 2128 RE; just took a long road trip(plashenick)
Jul 06, 2005 (8:33 am)
Glad to here you had a great road trip with your Quest. I too have had many enjoyable road trips in my Quest. I'm on one now ( in san Diego.) I'll share some
of my experiences at another time. Did you experience any steering wheel vibration at highway speeds?
#1352 of 2128 RE: a/c brakes, slippage-info provided & input requested(value911)
Jul 06, 2005 (9:06 am)
I am sorry you are having so many problems. I did a quick check of the temp coming from my a/c. ( I have an 04 SL) Car warmed up and driving. On fan setting # 4, in recirculate, 54 degrees. On fan setting # 3, in recirculate, 46-48 degrees. I'm not sure why fan setting # 3 gets cooler than #4. I live in Phoenix, AZ, so in the summer everyday is over 100 degrees.
Back around post # 830, Notcool, did get Nissan to buy back his Quest for a/c problems. His was, however, more extreme than yor reading. His van would only cool to 75-80 degrees in Phoenix, AZ heat.
I hope you get your problems resolved.
#1353 of 2128 Re: New tires, steering wheel vibration [eyeblind]
Jul 06, 2005 (10:31 am)
What you are experiences is definitley the tires. They could be out of balance, uneven wear, etc. Without spending too much money, i would try rotating and balancing the tires first before replaicng all four tires. If you read other car forums, this is common problem unfortunately. Also check your tire warranty that came with the owner's manual.
#1354 of 2128 Re: A/C, Brakes, Slippage-Info Provided and Input Requested [value911]
Jul 06, 2005 (10:38 am)
Last summer I had some issues with my AC then I started using the recircualtion mode and now we ahve to turn down the AC. I live in the Northeast and we have had 7 or 8 days already where it has been over 90 and high humidity. e have been fine. Most of the time I leave the fan speed at 2 and have to switch to "outside" air to warm it a bit.
You also have to take into account the rear air conditioning (kids love this) and the huge area to cool.
If you go to www.nissanhelp.com, I beleive they have a "fix" for the warm air at the floor vent issue.