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2004 Nissan Quest

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$946 — $6,382 USED
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Passenger Van
2-7 Seats
21-22 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Tightly controlled ride
  • Stable, secure handling
  • Sporty steering feel
  • Energetic engine response
  • Fold-down second- and third-row seats

The Bad

  • Hard-to-notice gauges
  • Climate controls
  • Windshield reflections

What to Know

about the 2004 Nissan Quest
  • Center-mounted instruments
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Distinctive styling
  • Extra-long sliding doors
  • Made in Mississippi

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2004 Nissan Quest Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
In January 2002, just as Nissan was abandoning its original Quest minivan, a striking concept version of a possible next-generation Quest appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At Detroit’s show a year later, a near-production Quest minivan took the spotlight. Loaded with innovations and intended to stand apart from the pack, it went on sale in July 2003. The Quest is produced at a new plant in Mississippi.

According to Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president of design for Nissan, styling took precedence with the 2004 Quest. “We believe design is the interface between customer and brand,” he said. This new family carrier is more than a minivan — it’s intended to provide “comfortable room in which to share interaction.” Product planner Ken Kcomt calls it “the urban loft” theme — roomy, open, configurable.

Early on, Nissan tackled the image problems that minivans continue to face. A series of early commercials featured young women admitting that they drive one — but extolling the exciting merits of Nissan’s new rendition. According to chief designer Alfonso Albaisa, developers had asked: “Why can’t it be fun to drive? Why can’t it be sexy?” Three trim levels are offered: the 3.5 S, 3.5 SL and sportier 3.5 SE.

Exterior
Though it is considerably more imaginative in overall appearance than most minivans, the 2004 Quest isn’t quite as dramatic as the 2002 concept. A belt line that sweeps downward toward the front is among its distinctive fea...

Vehicle Overview
In January 2002, just as Nissan was abandoning its original Quest minivan, a striking concept version of a possible next-generation Quest appeared at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At Detroit’s show a year later, a near-production Quest minivan took the spotlight. Loaded with innovations and intended to stand apart from the pack, it went on sale in July 2003. The Quest is produced at a new plant in Mississippi.

According to Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president of design for Nissan, styling took precedence with the 2004 Quest. “We believe design is the interface between customer and brand,” he said. This new family carrier is more than a minivan — it’s intended to provide “comfortable room in which to share interaction.” Product planner Ken Kcomt calls it “the urban loft” theme — roomy, open, configurable.

Early on, Nissan tackled the image problems that minivans continue to face. A series of early commercials featured young women admitting that they drive one — but extolling the exciting merits of Nissan’s new rendition. According to chief designer Alfonso Albaisa, developers had asked: “Why can’t it be fun to drive? Why can’t it be sexy?” Three trim levels are offered: the 3.5 S, 3.5 SL and sportier 3.5 SE.

Exterior
Though it is considerably more imaginative in overall appearance than most minivans, the 2004 Quest isn’t quite as dramatic as the 2002 concept. A belt line that sweeps downward toward the front is among its distinctive features, and the arching roofline adds a certain flair. The wheels are accentuated, said Tom Semple, president of Nissan Design America, because “Nissan is about the driving.” The door handles, mirrors and side moldings are body colored. Heated mirrors with puddle lamps are available.

Jack Collins, Nissan’s vice president of product planning, says the new Quest is curvaceous and fluid in shape. It rides the longest wheelbase in its class: 124 inches. Nissan claims that its sliding doors are 4 inches longer than those on any rival, which promises easier access to the third-row seat. They’re actually 6 inches longer than the doors on the previous Quest. Power operation of the sliding doors and rear liftgate is optional. Fog lamps are also available.

Standard tires measure 16 inches in diameter, but 17-inch tires are installed on the 3.5 SE model. The Quest has a fully independent suspension and shares its basic platform with the company’s Altima, Maxima and Murano.

Interior
Collins claims that the Quest is “as comfortable as people’s ambitions for their homes” and its interior “feels like high-end furniture.” The Quest is said to be the roomiest of any front-wheel-drive minivan on the market. A “tip-up” feature on the second-row seat helps ease entry into the third row.

Rather than sitting ahead of the driver, the instruments are mounted high in the center of the dashboard. The automatic transmission’s shift lever extends from the instrument panel.

The new Quest seats seven occupants, and the third-row seat folds into a recess behind it. An option group permits both the second- and third-row seats to fold down. Eight cupholders and a standard 150-watt CD stereo system are installed.

A four-panel rear SkyView roof and a full-length rear overhead console are optional. The optional 10-speaker Bose audio system is a first for a minivan. A DVD entertainment system with either one or two roof-mounted display screens will also be available for backseat viewing. Additional options include a leather-appointed interior, Nissan’s DVD-based navigation system and a sonar-based backup warning system that can detect obstacles to the rear while backing up.

Under the Hood
Nissan’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine generates 240 horsepower and 242 pounds-feet of torque. A four-speed-automatic transmission goes into the S and SL models, while the SE gets a five-speed automatic. When properly equipped, the Quest can tow as much as 3,500 pounds.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes that incorporate Brake Assist and electronic brake-force distribution are standard. Nissan says the Quest’s side curtain-type airbags were the first such installation in a minivan; they are designed to protect occupants in all three rows of seats. Traction control is standard, and Vehicle Dynamic Control is optional.

Driving Impressions
More than any other minivan, the new Quest possesses styling and performance traits all of its own. It’s full of pleasant surprises, along with agreeable ride and handling qualities. Though body lean in curves isn’t absent and wavy surfaces are noticeable, the Quest is tightly controlled and recovers smartly when the pavement straightens or smooths. Ordinary imperfections are significantly softened, but larger bumps may yield big bangs from the suspension.

The Quest is highly stable and secure on the highway, and it has a distinctly sporty steering feel that’s well removed from typical minivans. Energetic response from the V-6 engine is coupled with outstanding five-speed-automatic transmission reactions in the 3.5 SE.

Even though the location of the center-mounted tachometer and speedometer is easy enough to get used to, these gauges are a little hard to notice at a glance. Other instruments also require some closer scrutiny.

Windshield glare can be troublesome, and the climate controls are less than intuitive. Highly comfortable front seats have somewhat short bottoms but offer top-notch support. Access to all of the rear seats is as easy as promised. The optional SkyView roof panes add just a bit of brightness to the interior.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

3.9
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(3.8)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.9)

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(4.0)

CAR FOR BIG FAMILY

by Rossini from Rockville on September 16, 2018

Car spacious, comfortable, economical and good to drSpacious, comfortable, economical and good car for driving on long trips. I made several trips with my family in this car. We went to Canada ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most Reliable Van I’ve Owned

by CMRTNZ from San Antonio, TX on April 12, 2018

This van met all my family’s needs. Lots of leg room for front and back. The DVD package kept my family entertained for extended travel. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2004 Nissan Quest currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Nissan Quest has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Quest received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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