my dad bought this car brand new, and then he gave it to me when i was in college. I put 278,000 miles on it before I traded it in because of my ego of having a mini van. BAD MISTAKE. From brand new this van ran rock solid, 100% reliable. I wish I had it back never gave me a problem
Well, it's been two years since I last wrote and the thing just keeps chugging along. No big problems (knock on wood) but some more minor annoyances have cropped up: antenna is stuck in the up position, one power door lock is manual only now, tape player is effectively dead. But, as a sign of faith I converted the AC last summer and will get new mats this spring. 128K so far and hasn't been garaged for the past two years in the snowy NE. Body is still rust-free. Gotta love it.
I guess my favorite "feature" is that they built the thing well enough that it's going to last long enough to make me feel I got my money's worth. Cargo area, 2nd row removable captain's chairs, sliding rear seats are all pluses.
None, though I'm still grumpy about those header bolts. The new Quest is just too expensive. If I have to replace this thing I'll look at the Element, CRV, Mazda MPV.
A great car that has really lasted and
done fine service--but the
manifold/header bolts went, front and
back, around 80K. I found out through
the dealer that a call to Nissan might
get some help, and they did volunteer
to pay almost half the cost, but it was
still plenty expensive. Other than
that, I like the car a great deal and
plan to drive it until it simply falls
Cargo area, general reliability, car-
like ride, ability to take out 2nd row
captain's chairs, driving position for
My manifold bolts went at 75K, and
though I was "told" at the dealership
that it was after warranty, it was also
made clear to me that "you might want
to call Nissan and tell them about your
unhappiness." It helped. They covered
several hundred dollars of the work
that I had done. It is ridiculous for
the bolts to go at that mileage; this
was obviously one of those "hidden
Otherwise, my experience mirrors that
of others: water pump at 109K (I did
timing belt then, too), but otherwise
it runs and runs. It will be ten years
this fall, and--knock on wood--I'll get
another 5 years/50K. Finish has held up
well through loits of snow/salt.
Captain's chairs, though bulky, come
out relatively easily and make for a
lot of cargo options. Good car for a
family of four that makes vacations.
Don't buy used unless you have absolute
proof that manifold bolts were ALL
replaced. If not replaced, plan on
$1200 to get the job done; the rear set
is a killer!
I bought my Quest new in 1993 and
enjoyed it since. Smooth comfortable
ride and ideal for long trips. Only
major problem I had was the broken
manifold bolts. I done 122, 000 miles
and had to replace the water pump. I
think, replacing the timing belt every
60,000 miles is somewhat excessive.
For some reason tires wear out faster.
I am still driving it and plan to keep
for few more years.
Audio system with rear controls.
Better mounting for the rear view
mirror, which comes off in hot weather.
Locking mechanism on the sliding door
to prevent sliding close on slanted