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#437 of 730 Re: Looking for great deals in Philadelphia PA area [tamu2002]
Jun 11, 2005 (5:08 pm)
I am looking at maybe buying a Quest and after the deal I was quoted yesterday I am seriously considering it. Yesterday I spoke to a salesman at Hudiberg Nissan in OKC and told him what I was wanting, for instance, leather heated seats, power front seats and liftgate (actually, power everything), dual power sliding doors, sky view, memory driver seat, single dvd, cd player and some other things. I don't want a new one because once you drive it off the lot you own a used car that is worth a few thousand less. It makes more sense to me to buy slightly used and knock off about 6,000 on the price. Anyway I did not want more than 25,000 miles on it but he told me he can get a 2005 with 28,000 miles SL package with sky view and everything I mentioned for 22,000.00, it sounded reasonable to me, what do you think? I know you have been researching this for a while and I would appreciate your input. I have also been looking at the Siennas but I can't get a deal like this one with the features I want.
#438 of 730 2007 Quest instrument panel redesigned
Jun 11, 2005 (7:46 pm)
I am a little concerned about the location of the instrument panel on the Quest. It seems dangerous to me.
I have been researching any changes Nissan may have in store for the panel and I found an article at www.autonews.com claiming that "Nissan Motor Co. plans to change the controversial instrument panel on the Quest minivan." The redesigned panel is scheduled to debut in 2007, this article also states that Nissan is "not happy with the performance of the Quest" as quoted by Patric Pelata, executive vice president for business planning at Nissan. They say that "in addition to complaints of squeaks and rattles, Pelata said many consumers did not like the instrument panel." They say they are "trying to fix a mistake with the design. The quality issues have been fixed."
Does anyone who is currently driving a Quest have a complaint about the instrument panel? Does it's placement bother you when driving? This is the only reason I would decide not to buy one. I will want the redesigned panel when it comes out, it just looks wrong to me the way it is. Maybe leasing one until the redesign comes out and then buying is the way to go for me, I don't know, anyone have a comment?
#439 of 730 Re: 2007 Quest instrument panel redesigned [str]
Jun 11, 2005 (11:36 pm)
I posted a response to your question on the Nissan Quest 2004+ forum.
#440 of 730 Re: Looking for great deals in Philadelphia PA area [str]
Jun 13, 2005 (10:58 am)
Hi there, I just saw your post. I looked at used too, but the problem was availability was limited, and the prices weren't that much better than the new ones. The used ones tend to be loaded versions, which end up selling for about the same price of a basic model, for example the 3.5 S model. For the same money, I'd rather get a new van with zero miles and fewer gadgets, than a loaded one with higher miles. Plus the interest rate is lower although not by much nowadays. But that's just me.
$22K sounds like a very good price for a Quest with pretty much every option. I say go for it if you think it's in good shape. I wish the mileage were lower but 28K miles is not that bad, probably all highway miles anyway. One of the dealerships I worked with had an 05 base model with nothing but the seat package (an Enterprise rental car) with ~15K miles, and they wanted $22K for it. And get this--they offered me ~$20,500 for a NEW 05 base 3.5
Good luck and let us know what you end up getting
#441 of 730 Re: 2007 Quest instrument panel redesigned [str]
Jun 15, 2005 (8:31 am)
We've only driven the van for a few days. So far the center panel hasn't appeared to be too distractive yet. My wife seems to be totally fine with it. It looks so cool that I don't think I'll mind that much
#442 of 730 2004 Nissan Quest "S" Model - 13,500/mi - $18,500.00
Jun 20, 2005 (8:55 pm)
Just a few short years ago I distinctly remember saying "I WILL NEVER BUY A MINIVAN". Now that we have four kids my wife and I finally caved and went looking. We loved the new Nissan Quests because of its looks inside and out (including the wacky instrument panel) and because of how powerful it was.
So we bought ours just two weeks ago. Of course I bought mine used so hopefully I don't get dirty looks but we are extremely happy with it. They only complaint that we had was that for whatever reason Nissan chose to put horrible OEM tires on the vehicle. We just bought new tires tonight (alternate size of course) so even that little problem is solved.
Jun 21, 2005 (6:30 am)
That's a very good price for a S model. We paid $21,750 for our new 05 S. I would've definitely considered a used one at that price. Does yours have power door, hatch, rear window and parking sonar?
#444 of 730 Re: congrats [tamu2002]
Jun 21, 2005 (7:30 am)
Thanks... and no, it doesn't have power doors/hatch or parking sonar... just the standard "S" options. I would have paid extra for those options but I was buying privately and the used inventory from private sellers within 100 miles was exactly two !
So I bought the one with the lowest miles. I figured that if I bought a car with only 13.5K on it there wasn't too much that could have gone wrong.
After getting it home I found all of the guys maintenance receipts in the glovebox it looks like there were about a dozen recall items that he had fixed (all the stuff listed on the problems forum). So in the end I saved some money and some hassle.
We've already taken it on a 2000 mile road trip and it did great. I just set the cruise and sailed down the freeway.
#445 of 730 Re: congrats [sh86894]
Jun 22, 2005 (10:49 am)
Remember, it's a 2004, so the options weren't standard (or even available). But nice price on the van regardless!
#446 of 730 Re: 2007 Quest instrument panel redesigned [str]
Jun 22, 2005 (2:43 pm)
We too wondered about the center instrument panel, but, we love it. The best advantage is most realized at night. The panel lights aren't under your eyes and allow a clearer view with no glares.
Automotive News had a picture a few weeks ago of a new seating system, that just happened to be in a Quest. Was a totally flat floor without removing seats. I suspect Nissan will not change the exterior, but, will 'standardize' the dash layout as they believe that's why sales haven't hit their goal.
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