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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
128,457 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replace transmission (1 reports)
  3. replace transmission solenoids (1 reports)
2004 Nissan Quest transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Nissan Quest Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 012014

Quest SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


The transmission slips when is hot when I had driven for about 15-20 mins and the car downshift to 1st gear the entire car shakes like if I was hit from behind. The RPM gauge moves/shakes every time this happens.

- , Inglewood, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 082015

Quest 3.5 SE 3.5L Se V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

2004 Nissan Quest model 3.5 SE , 110000 miles gave up this morning while driving to office during rush hours.While merging on highway the van was loosing speed. Driving carefully i pulled over to the curb (luckily, otherwise there could have been accident). Engine Service Soon lights came on the dash-board. I was able to restart the van, however rpm were slow, and pressing on accelerator the speed was missing/ slowing down. Towed vehicle to the dealer.

This van is well maintained, all servicing was done thru the Nissan Dealer (100%).

The cost of replacing a new transmission is approximately $4000.

I was not mentally prepared to loose transmission so early at low mileage 110k - specially when vehicle is well maintained and serviced regularly. Transmission fluid was replaced at 75k mile servicing.

I see this is a common problem reported on Nissan quest 2004 and a law-suit filed. Nissan USA should accept the responsibility for this widely common problem and should bear this cost of transmission replacement, shouldn't pass on to the consumers.

I will seriously support this public-law-suit case against Nissan USA.

Update from Nov 21, 2015: I have called Nissan USA customer service 800-647-7261 on 10/24/2015 and told them about the problem and opened a case #20635659 They has assigned the case to the Regional Specialist who care least about customer safety or the pains, really horrible experience. All he said was "I am sorry not able to help, you are beyond the Nissan's warranty period - and closed the case".

I had to fix the transmission thru the dealer at a cost of $4100 out of my pocket.

I am updating this to this site ( as recommended BUT like to followup what goes next and if someone from NissanUSA, US Auto Regulatory agencies or NHTSA ever looking these issues?

Please add a column on you next page, 5th option - Its fixed out of customer's pocket, thx

- , Carmel, IN, USA

problem #5

Oct 082014

Quest SE 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles

While driving on interstate and reach between 60-65mph there is a significant shudder. I was told this is a sign of the transmission going bad. $1500-2000 for a new one. Please this vehicle isn't even worth that anymore.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

problem #4

Feb 012012

Quest SV 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 202,200 miles


It shifts hard... Slams you into gear and then slips.

- , Hope, RI, USA

problem #3

Jan 012014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Transmission will not shift gears. Slowing down and then returning to normal speed causes horrible jerk when accelerating

- , New Market, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 012014

Quest SL 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

The transmission is horrible and the coolant leaks in to the trans causing it to fail.

- , hammond, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 082011

Quest 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

The transmission slips every now and then when going up hills or even accelerating too fast. Got a quote to fix for $3,750. The dealership is a rip-off!!!!

- , Grandy, NC, USA

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