2012 Nissan Quest: Here's What Isn't So Easy
October 5, 2012
Adding air to the tires in our long-term 2012 Nissan Quest is easy. Checking the oil isn't easy at all.
There's still a conventional dipstick, and it's located near the front edge of the engine compartment, but it's buried a couple inches down. As a result, you're not going to want to reach for it during a 5- to 10-minute fuel stop lest you burn your hand. And even after everything's cooled down, it's hard to reach it without getting your hands dirty.
Putting the dipstick back in isn't easy, either, as the filler tube is set an angle, and the dipstick itself is flexy so that it can slither into place. When the light is low, as in a garage, you'll need a flashlight (or your phone) to see it back into place.
With this setup, Nissan is pretty much ensuring that only the geekiest Quest owners will check their oil between maintenance visits. I'm sure someone there has data on the small percentage of minivan owners who actually pop the hood, but still, burying the dipstick makes it a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 22,356 miles