Last post on Oct 23, 2006 at 1:24 AM
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Nissan Quest, Electrical, Engine, Van
#1599 of 2128 Re: 2005 Quest Automatic Tranmission Problem [spoonieboy1]
Oct 15, 2005 (11:48 am)
Simple economics. No other manufacturer aside from Nissan for was willing to buy me out in total ($20K). I was going to take a $4K hit if I traded it in outside of NMAC (who held my lease). While it is true that I have a gripe with Nissan, it is with Consumer Affairs (notoriously in the vehicle industry), if I buy a Nissan that does not have quality issues, NCA will never hear from me - everyone wins. The gripe is with Nissan because they would not live up to their responsibilities to the consumer when they released a car of inferior quality. The Japanese-built Murano quality is VASTLY superior to the Tennessee-built models. With reference to you inference of imagined problems: when you trust your family to a vehicle's safety, you cannot take any risks whatsoever.
#1600 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [cirruss]
Oct 15, 2005 (11:54 am)
I agree with you, it is not just the tires but a tire/suspension/steering combination. If you should decide to poll the Nissan service managers in your district, you will find that they regard the Quest as a nightmare. Nissan Technical Support refuses to admit there is a problem because a recall would seriously erode their profitability. The only way to tip the odds in the consumer's favor is to report a case to the NHTSA Office of Defect Investigation (as I did). If there are enough complaints, NHTSA will intervene and force the issue. This is EXACTLY what happened in the recent recall of the Toyota Prius.
#1601 of 2128 Re: 2005 Quest Automatic Tranmission Problem [plashenick]
Oct 15, 2005 (11:59 am)
Route 46 Nissan gave me the exact buyout amount quoted to me by Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp (NMAC) around $20K and some change. My 04 Quest S had two years left on the lease. Had I known that it was that easy, I would never had contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs who told me that they did not consider my issue serious at all. In fact the NCA agent told me he could not even get me a free service voucher as an apology.
#1602 of 2128 Power pedals and seat heater
Oct 16, 2005 (5:22 am)
My new 2005 Quest S did not come with the power pedals or seat heating option, but The switches for both are on the drivers seat. Can they be activated by installing the proper fuse in the correct location?
#1603 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [cirruss]
Oct 16, 2005 (5:43 pm)
I am having the same problem with my 2004 Quest SL. I have taken it to the dealer 4 times and they have balanced the tires, then I decided to take it to good year and they balanced them twice, then decided I have 2 bad tires and replaced them. The vibration was still there. I mentioned to the tech that the rack felt like it had a spot that felt like it would bind or I don't know felt weird from lets say the 11:00 to 1:00 position. The other problem I have are brakes. My van has 15k on it now and this will be the 5th time my van will be in for brakes. This time they will be replacing the rotors in the front since the last time they cut them. If they can resolved these two annoying problems I feel this is a great van. I love driving this van, even thought I get messages in my hands when driving and in my feet when braking. Ha,ha. I will be calling Nissan tommorrow and file a complaint. I don't want to blame the dealer because I know they have done all they can, plus I know all of them so I know they try harder. Wish me luck.. Good luck to all others with this problem.
#1604 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [fmunoz1069]
Oct 17, 2005 (6:02 am)
My wife was the primary driver of our 04 Quest S. She noticed the same weird spot on the steering rack at about the same positions as you report. When I drove it, I noticed that on cloverleaf turns, it felt like the wheels were shuddering side ways instead of turning on a track. It was as though the car was skipping sideways instead of actually turning. In the recent wet weather we had in NJ the sensation was even worse. At one point the steering wheel "slapped" back against the desired direction. There was no pothole or irregularity on the road. I urge you to report this to the NHTSA ODI as Nissan refuses to admit to an issue.
#1605 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [pier]
Oct 17, 2005 (9:48 am)
What you are describing sounds more like the tires may have been an issue. Or you were turning too sharply because you were going too fast for the conditions. I've done what you described but simplying slowing up has resoved the issue.
fmunnoz1069: I haven't noticed anything in my steering but something like this could very easily be different for each vehicle. I would try to duplicate the issue and isolate the conditions when it happens. This way others can try the same to see if it is a broad issue or not.
#1606 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [dtownfb]
Oct 17, 2005 (2:55 pm)
Actually, the effect did not vary with speed. You are partially right - the tires are part of the problem - they were not properly roadforce balanced. After the fourth balancing attempt, the effect was reduced by 70%. Here's the rub: this effect seems to be prevalent in Muranos too. There, the steering rack, hub assembly and tire size is different. The only common factor I can trace is:
1. Goodyear tires.
2. Tire pressure monitors. They are quite heavy and can cause a vibration if they are not counterbalanced.
#1607 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [pier]
Oct 17, 2005 (4:15 pm)
I have a Murano with out the tpms and I don't have a vibration problem with it. I have been tempted to take the wheels off of my Murano and try them on the Quest. I am not sure I want to go through all this trouble. My dealer has gotten those tires and rims to zero out and the road force is not that high. I called Nissan customer service and they told me that the vehicle has to be in the shop within the past 30 days, so it will be in this week.
#1608 of 2128 Re: Harmonic Vibration: Quest 04 SL [fmunoz1069]
Oct 18, 2005 (4:27 am)
In very last attempt, the roadforce was completely zeroed out and the vibration persisted. Moving the front tires to the back reduced the effect even further but it was still there. The dealer stated that the vibration will always be there and blamed the tire - end of case.
I wonder, all you Quest owners out there with the same issues: is this symptom common amongst the 17'' rims as they are on the 16" rim?