We bought this mini-van brand new. Normal maintenance is all we really performed on this vehicle. The rear cooling feature is a must as it cools the people in the back seat quickly. I am very happy with this purchase. The engine runs smoothly and quietly even though it has over 100k miles.
Rear cooling feature and the entertainment system.
This is a decent vehicle with so-so amenities, but has a reliable engine. If you can find one with low mileage with a low price, here are a few things to look for that I have found at over 200,000 to date: have windows up and listen for engine when at idle and then at driving. Engine mounts tend to break easily. Check transmission oil pan for leaks. Check CV boots for tears, and listen for any clicking noises when you turn wheels while driving at parking lot speeds. Make sure A/C and fan(s) blow properly with no strange noises.
Used to be the VCR when few other makes had anything, but DVD players are the hip thing now.
Nissan has addressed all the problems by finally canceling the contract with Ford and building the Quest itself.
Bought the 2001 Qwest brand new on 1/1/2002. We have owned it for 7 1/2 years and it has been very dependable. All we ever had to do is the routine maintenance and oil changes. In all that time we just had one window latch break on the van. It has been through a stress test of three children.
The entertainment system with the audio controls on the steering wheel. The running boards really gives the VAN a sporty look.
The van is actually built by Ford, and although I have never associated true quality to Nissan, the product is more of a black eye to them, which probably explains their choice to cancel the joint project (Mercury Villager/Nissan Quest) with Ford Motor Co. The Quest was a great product in its first incarnation, but the second generation (this model) that started in '99 was ill prepared and obviously not given much attention, especially in the engine and transmission department. It has decent power, fairly good handling (at least the SE does), and offers decent room. The engine has held up quite well with nearly 190,000 miles on it, and the only major problem was a broken tranny oil pan.
One of the first vehicles with entertainment system, although it came with VCR, but it was back in '01. Has good handling for a minivan (the SE does), and it's shorter, narrower and lighter than the Odyssey, Sienna and others.
Nissan kinda knew this thing wasn't working, which is why they stopped allowing Ford to build it and finally put in all the stuff that the other had, including more power, torque, room, styling and features.