Last post on Dec 06, 2007 at 8:12 AM
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#6 of 10 Re: Low Ground Clearance 2006 Nissan Quest [mrragu2u]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Nov 28, 2006 (9:01 pm)
I've grumped about the low clearance on my '99 Quest before and I have a few logging road scars to show for it. Nothing worse than dings on the oil pan although I almost scraped off the ebrake Y gizmo underneath early on.
I have more problems with speedbumps and dips around town though - most of the time I'm scraping the bottom of the front bumper (it's attached at the bottom with zip ties now so there is a bit of free play ). Another inch or two of clearance and/or less front overhang would be great, but it's never been bad enough to make me research a lift kit or different shocks or springs or something.
I tore up a $300 brake equalizer on an old Voyager I had (love those logging roads!) but at least it was a short wheel base minivan and handled the dips ok.
btw, my Quest mpg didn't hit its stride until after 10,000 miles either.
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#7 of 10 Re: Low Ground Clearance 2006 Nissan Quest [mrragu2u]
Nov 30, 2006 (8:40 pm)
We have a 2004 Quest with 69,000 miles and are very happy with it. It was something my wife "had to have", so I settled on it to keep her happy . The other posters are correct, your gas mileage is very good all things considered. I've noticed a general deterioration of gas mileage at 70mph, so try to keep it at 65mph. Also, you can rest easy knowing that you have by far the very best engine/transmission combination on the minivan market, bar none. As for towing, it appears that it is rated for 3500lb, with tongue weight of no more than 350 lb, and passenger/cargo weight of no more than 1204lb. While towing, I'd advise keeping the overdrive shut off unless under light conditions; ie going down a hill or slight decline.
One other thing; keep a close eye on the engine air filter. The intake is in a spot that is conducive to picking up a lot of bugs and dirt. I've changed to a Fram Airhog filter, very cost effective at $40 when cleaning every few months; vs buying a new paper filter at $10 a pop.
Good luck with your wife pleaser, surely she'll reward your thoughtfulness and sensitivity to her needs.
#8 of 10 Re: Low Ground Clearance 2006 Nissan Quest [mrragu2u]
Dec 03, 2006 (5:48 pm)
I had the same dragging hitch problem with my 2004 Quest. With kids in the back it would drag when backing out of my driveway. I also tow a 1000lb popup camper and it would drag quite often. I ended up putting on Airlift air springs and this solved the problem. They are small airbags that go inside the vans coil springs and you can pump them up with a bicycle pump. I also now tow a 2200lb boat and it rarely drags. I paid $90.00 from the JC Whitney web site for the Airlift springs. It does take a little muscle to work the air bags into the coil springs but the installation did go easier than I expected.
#9 of 10 Re: Low Ground Clearance 2006 Nissan Quest [mrragu2u]
Sep 29, 2007 (4:45 am)
I was surprized at the low clearance.
the van does a great job of pulling
I had a special heavy duty hitch installed, just in case...
I used to pull a boat, but when I became widowed, wasn't sure if I would still would.
I'm not sure about how to 'raise the vehicle' because when I was checking out replacing tires on my van - they are expensive cause of the rims and size.
Your milage will go down with towing.
I was surprized at how low my milage was on this van - especially when it was published alot higher in papers.
#10 of 10 Ground clearance
Dec 06, 2007 (8:12 am)
From day one, my 2000 Quest has scrapped the plastic panel under the bumper when the tires hit a tire stop in a parking lot. Tire stops seem to be a standard height- so what is Nissan's problem? I rememeber using those twist in coil spring spreaders from my younger days. Would that be the simplest solution? I only need 1/2 inch more clearance.