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Nissan Quest, Electrical, Engine, Van
#427 of 2128 Heat/Door Problems
Feb 01, 2004 (5:25 pm)
Nissan has never been exceptional in heating. My sister had a Nissan from the late 80's that was slow to heat. My 1997 Pathfinder barely provides enough heat at max when below 0 F. It's tolerable, but I wish they would do better.
The posts above have me scared to commit to a Quest. I live in central Wisconsin and we haven't seen 32 F in three weeks and below 0 F (most -10F or lower) just about every night.
Ironically, problems with the passenger side sliding rear door reported above was apparent in our test drive of a 3.5SL, which took place when the temperature was about 2 F with -35F wind chill. It would not go all the way back and reversed on itself. Dealer said it was ice in the track - I think not since car was very clean on outside. My wife and I decided then and there to opt for the no frills 3.5S - if we went through with a purchase.
Couldn't tell if the heat was an issue because salesperson seemed to want to warm it up for what seemed forever for the test drive, seemingly stalling on the showroom floor to buy time. Maybe he knew about the slow heating and wanted to hide it.
All of the above makes me think about waiting until late summer to see if they can solve the heat/wiper issues.
#428 of 2128 #426 of 427 by mama10
Feb 01, 2004 (6:08 pm)
Really? That is incredible! How many of them that wouldn't start?
Feb 02, 2004 (9:25 am)
I chose two to compare but after 30 minutes of failed jump start attempts the salesman suggested we wait inside where it was warm while he tried other quests. After another 30 min he came in looking for a mgr. and we said forget it we're leaving. He replied I don't blame you! Since we waited inside I'm not sure how many he tried to start but I do know there were two of them with jumpers so I assume it was quite a few. Too bad I really like the quest but getting stranded with 4 kids is not my idea of fun.
#430 of 2128 LDegrelle re: heat
Feb 02, 2004 (10:46 am)
About the heat, I use my Quest to commute to work which is about 4 miles ( or 20 min., lots of stoplights) from my house. If I want to use the heater right away, I put it in recirculating mode and wait for the engine temp to read 1 bar less than middle(normal operating temp), which means I have already driven about 5-8 minutes however, even with the recent arctic blast, I would wait for the engine temp to get to the middle before turning on the heater in fresh air mode and this after driving for about 12-15 minutes . In the weekends when the whole family goes out for longer drives, you will feel the kind of heat that hurts your eyes and dries up your nose after driving for about 30 minutes (vent position pointing to feet for front and temp set to max heat, rear set to max heat) afterwhich I adjust the temperature to a more comfortable level. One of the reasons I got the S was because I could manually set and control the interior climate, I don't like the a/c compressor going on in the middle of winter unless I have to defog the windshield.
#431 of 2128 tire leakage
Feb 02, 2004 (5:37 pm)
It was below zero for a few couple days in Central Illinois and we didn't have any problems starting our van at all, odd that a several wouldn't start in 30 degree weather. We did have a problem with a tire losing air pressure - the tire store guy said that is somewhat common with alloy rims and he resealed it - not looking forward to having that happen on the other three tires, we shall see. The tire pressure gauge light won't come off now but the tire pressures seem fine when we check the maintenance button.
#432 of 2128 Possible reason for the door problems?
Feb 03, 2004 (1:41 pm)
Several posters here mentioned the problem of door won’t close in cold weather. I encountered the same occasion this morning from the driver side door. We had a snow last night and the temperature was below frozen point. The Quest started OK and I jumped in and drove to work. However, I found the door could not be closed…..
I pulled off and checked it out. I soon realized that the handler did not bounce back to the original position after I pulled it to open the car. I slightly push the handler back and the door closed!! No problem after that. I think this could be the one of the reasons some posters complained about the door. Make sure the handler bounced back right to the original position.
#433 of 2128 Re: tire leakage
Feb 03, 2004 (2:48 pm)
Make sure to add enough air pressure to all of the tires to pring them up to at least 35 psi. Then drive at least about 1/2 mile- the tire pressure monitoring system will automatically reset and the low pressure light will go out. We had this happen twice when the temps got real cold and the tire pressure dropped below 28 psi. The tire pressure monitoring system warning light/alarm goes off when pressure drops 7 psi below the recommended 35 psi pressure.
Hope this helps.
#434 of 2128 Great website for TSBs and Complaints
Feb 04, 2004 (7:32 am)
I was surprised when I read some of the serious Quest complaints here...
btw: I have a SE with 6k miles on it. I had the auto-reversing door problem, but my dealer fixed it. No other major complaints (except the slight door rattle).
Feb 04, 2004 (5:25 pm)
Nissan Consumer Affairs and my dealer both suggested to utilize their TSB for the door rattle. It had it in (600 miles!) for a second fix of the radio. They replaced the unit once and are now going through all the connections for the system. (two strikes already) one more and I get a new Quest. On the NHTSA site it describes one person having a ground added to the radio which corrected the cut-out problem.
Makes sense as this could be a charge buildup that is tripping an internal radio system. Re starting the car brings the radio back.
#436 of 2128 Slider rattles gone?
Feb 04, 2004 (7:12 pm)
We picked up our Quest in September '03. The day after pickup, we had problems with the panel falling off above the slider track and the driver seat lumbar being broken.
Just a few weeks ago, we recieved a call that the parts are in. I can understand the slow supply channels with new car parts, but almost 4 months....
While we patiently waited, we developed the door rattle. My patience with rattles was slim so I tried a variation on the WD40 theme and added white litium grease to the lower latch and alignment device. So far no rattles, even on frozen roads in PA.
The van goes in for service on the other items Monday, do I tell them to look at the rattle or hope it is gone for good w/ grease? I hate the thought of them tearing something apart that could create more problems.
Heat and other items seem fine.