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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
115,256 miles

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2005 Nissan Quest engine problems

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2005 Nissan Quest Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 042016


  • 170,000 miles


I've had this vehicle into my local Nissan dealers service center many times for a loss of power. They had me replace the ECU, which had to be programmed, then they said that it was the catalytic converters. I bought all three of those. After that it needed to be programmed for the air/fuel ratio. Still ran the same. I brought it into a different shop, they said it had a bad throttle. My brother had one I had put in but still no power, and hesitation at acceleration and up hills, and misfires and backfires a lot. One of the codes they found for me was a timing issue. My brother has same van told me he had to replace the timing chain. I've heard a rattling and whining noise from timing area, so I looked into this further. Back in 2004 Nissan issued a tsb regarding this issue telling technicians to make a "goodwill adjustment" to push back repairs of this issue until the vehicle was out of warranty. I am very concerned about this problem with my vehicle since learning about what could happen should it fail. I drive my children in that van and bought it because I thought it would be a safe and comfortable vehicle to drive. Apparently not. Nissan Consumer Affairs even told me that they will not cover the cost of repairs. I currently await to hear from a supervisor to give them an earful and to find out the reasons why it will not be fixed. This should be a safety recall. If catastrophic engine failure due to this happens on the highway (which we travel almost every day), this would leave the vehicle completely crippled and unable to steer out of the way of any danger. Sooner or later someone is going to be injured if not killed in a motor vehicle accident from this if not already. It's a shame Nissan doesn't see the value of potentially saving its customers lives vs. The cost of making necessary repairs. It should be a recall. I'll never buy a Nissan again.

- Greene, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 312015


  • 117,000 miles
The engine makes a rattling noise. Dealer says timing chain guide needs to be replace at a cost of $1700. They also asked me not to drive the vehicle as it may cause the timing chain to jump in the middle of the road causing an accident and also engine damage

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 262015


  • 120,000 miles
The transmission on my 2005 Nissan Quest went out while on vacation in North Carolina from out of state in June of 2015. Just replaced the timing chain today 12/16/15 am losing faith on Nissan reliability.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #6

Nov 122014


  • 150,000 miles


The 2005 Nissan Quest SE has severe problems with motor mounts and their faulty design which resulted in a vehicle crash. My wife went to the dollar store, this being about two months after all the motor mounts were replaced, she got in and started to back out as she pressed the accelerator the engine revved up to 3000 RPM and then jammed the transmission into gear causing it to jerk the wheel violently and bark the tires the engine is so quiet you cannot hear if this is happening it propelled the vehicle right into another vehicle parked all the way in the parking spaces behind her costing us 2000 dollars to pay for vehicle damage there could had been pedestrians around which could have been hit and killed there is over 30000 complaints online of this same problem. I urge you to please make Nissan fix the defective motor mounts problems there is plenty of evidence on this our motor mounts now have to be replaced every 4 months because they keep going bad costing 1200 dollars each time they are a bad design and is urgent to be fixed because they help control transmission engagement thank you.

- Luttrell, TN, USA

problem #5

Sep 152014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Nissan Quest. While driving various speeds, the engine stalled without warning. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the crank position sensor needed to be replaced. The failure was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN and failure mileage were unavailable.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #4

May 012012


  • 85,000 miles
I purchased this van brand new and after a couple years began to hear a subtle tapping noise every so often coming from the engine. I was told its a lifter tapping and may come and go but not worth repairing because it will cost a lot of money and it really doesn't effect performance. After another year or 2 the noise got really loud and the check engine light came on. After doing research online I found hundreds/thousands of complaints about the same thing. Come to find out we all had the same issue, the timing chain tensioner was not applying the correct amount of pressure to the guide due to a defect in engine design that causes the plastic on the guide to break and slip down. This causes slack in the timing chain which in turn caused the rapid tapping noise as it struck the inside of the engine. At this point my engine will not start due to the chain jumping teeth and the timing thrown off. I am now without a vehicle. I contacted Nissan and they told me it's out of warranty so too bad. This is a known serious defect with the engine that was also installed in maxima, Altima, and X-terra. There should have been a recall but most likely deemed too expensive to perform. Also the issue happens over time typically between 70K-120K miles therefore most vehicles that have this problem will be out of warranty and they won't cover it. They did redesign the replacement part guide, which to me shows they knew it was a design flaw but its minimum $2000 to have repaired. Very poor way to do business but they got what they wanted I suppose.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 122012


  • 121,000 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2005 Nissan Quest. The contact stated that the timing chain slack quide. The timing chain fixture can not keep the chain tight. The contact did not contact the manufacture. The approximate date of the faiilure was December 12, 2012. The contact have not had any repairs made on the vehicle. The milage at time of purchase was 120,000 the milage on vehicle at the time of failure 121,000.

- Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 142014

Quest 6-cyl

  • 154,300 miles
My wife notified me that while driving to work, our van a 2005 Nissan Quest 3.5 S, without warning completely shut off leaving her stranded in the middle of traffic. After a few minutes and several attempts she was able to restart the vehicle and return home. On another occasion while I was driving the vehicle around town I experienced a similar incident when again without warning the van shut completely off as I was approaching an intersection on a red light. After bringing the vehicle to a complete stop without braking assist or power steering it restarted after a few attempts. During both incidences the vehicle had a full tank of fuel and showed no indications of trouble.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Jul 162013

Quest 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
While slowing down at the intersection to make a right turn, the vehicle lost power and would not drive more than 10 mph and finally coming to a complete stall after engine died. Restart the engine and drove normal. It has intermittently continue to happen at random.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

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