Sliding side doors do not fully latch if van is shifted into reverse as door is closing (known defect, subject to recall). The recall work did not fix the problem, however.
There is a clunking sound from the rear, heard only when the rear seat is folded down. This is likely innocuous, but is slightly annoying.
The front DVD screen vibrates--attachment to ceiling vibrates with road vibration. Not actually noticeable to viewers, interestingly.
One skylight leaked water when the car went through a high-pressure car wash.
Rather good acceleration for a van.
Skylights and moon/sunroof nice.
Good sound system, DVD system, navigation system (although DVD controls hard to use to start/stop movie).
Many electronic tweaks and features are nice.
The driver's seat right arm rest is not adjustable, and is mounted too low for comfort.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th April, 2005
2004 Nissan Quest SL 3.5L from North America
Great van, but get the bugs worked out of the 4sp transmission!
1. Sliding door hardware (Recall) 8k
2. Transmission Control Module (Recall) 13.5k
3. New transmission 13.8k.
TCM was replaced due to starting in 3rd gear and no reverse on occasion.
The first transmission also slipped out of first and popped into 2nd. Second transmission now slipps put of first and slams into second. I guess the industry term is 'flair'. This occurs when warm and under medium acceleration from a stop.
Anyone else notice transmission flair?
Other than the transmission, the van has been great. Great engine (the 3.5L make this thing a rocket-sled). Great interior. Great room... and decent fuel MPG.
One the bright side, Nissan considerably extended the Bumper To Bumper warranty on the '04 models. If you find a new, left-over, you should be able to get a good deal and a great warranty.
More 'conventional' seat shapes, less wind noise at 75mph, and a quieter air-conditioning blower would be nice, tough.
Oh yea, the Goodyear tires are an odd size (only Goodyear makes them in the 2 Quest' sizes) and they tend to shake, regardless of tire balance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th March, 2005
27th Mar 2005, 19:28
I just wanted to state that you are not alone in this feeling with the Quest Van. I am a Nissan Service advisor and my mother owns a 2004 Quest SE and I can tell you first-hand that her's has been in the shop more than once for squeaks, rattles, transmission ECM and many more. On a daily basis I receive calls from upset Quest owners with the same complaints.
I wish I could help, but sometimes my hands are tied if we cannot duplicate the problem in the shop.
I can say though, be patient, every Nissan Service Department is working to make each and every Nissan what it should be when there's a problem.