pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
155,000 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. repair timing chain (3 reports)
  2. not sure (2 reports)
2004 Nissan Quest engine problems

engine problem

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2004 Nissan Quest Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 072016

Quest SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles


There is a class action suit claiming that Nissan was aware of the defective timing chain tensioner in 2004, and hid the fact to avoid warranty coverage for the problem. Judge has approved the suit for litigation

- , Hockessin, US

problem #4

Oct 282015

Quest S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 240,000 miles

Will be glad to provide pics/video! Rattling when start car, after warms up will stop. Runs very rough and has thrown too many codes too mention. Can't sell vehicle until fixed. But mechanic wants a lot of money to replace. Please help!

- , Creola, AL, USA

problem #3

Sep 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Engine has started the rattling from the timing chain. It's very annoying when sitting in stopped traffic and becoming more embarrassing. Estimate from the local mechanics are 1,500 - 1,900. It's ruined my wife's perception of Nissan unfortunately.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 152011

Quest Leather 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

The car was originally sold to me with this problem. Initially the oil level was one qt over the fill line (this would prevent the timing chain rattle), I questioned this, and the dealers mechanic removed the 1qt.

However at the time of purchase the timing chain would only rattle in the early mornings for about 10 seconds (after, the first start). In hindsight the used dealer knew of the timing chain issue Nissan 3.5 engines was incurring (due to the added quart of oil and the Nissan service bulletin previously sent out by manufacturer).

Immediately after the purchase, I had the vehicle thoroughly inspected by Midas, the report came back as minor issues, none of which would expose the timing chain issue.

Several months later after continuing to hear the rattle, which got worse as time went by, I googled the issue (which explained the bad timing chain shoe and guides) and that's when I drove into a different Nissan dealer, and was explained the problem in which by now, was all to familiar with 3.5 Nissan owners.

The issue now is dramatically worse (I really should have purchased the Honda Odyssey), I'm sure, I'm left with the vehicle spinning the chain and bending the valves, which eliminates a repair resulting in a more expensive engine replacement.

The killing part, is how can corporations get a way with this type of corruption in the US, the damaged vehicles have been basically pawned off on used car consumers, whom cant afford to repair the vehicle, the value has diminished, used car consumers who purchased the vehicle from dealers who advised new car consumers to trade in the damaged vehicles due to the timing chain issue. Used car consumers are usually the last stop before the car ends up in the graveyard.

WHOOOOOO! pays for this tangled web of bullshit.


problem #1

Apr 022014

Quest SE 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

I own a 2004 Nissan Quest. The vehicle started making a bad rattling sound a couple of months ago. I was told that it is the timing chain rattling and if not fixed it could cause serious damage to the vehicle's engine. The price to have it repaired would be $1900.00 out of pocked. There are too many reports on this vehicle concerning this faulty problem. It should be fixed and not just pushed aside due to the age of the vehicle.

- , Phoenix, AZ, USA

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