fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,134 miles

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2004 Nissan Quest transmission problems

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2004 Nissan Quest Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #18

Sep 172004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,500 miles


Have 10,000 miles on my 2004 Nissan Quest and they have had to replace the transmission 9/04. Now two weeks later it's doing the same thing it did when they replaced the transmission. The dealer can't duplicate the problem. And they won't pull the pan.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 142004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
When accelerating from a stop transmission hesitated before acceleration. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #16

Jun 012004


  • miles
1.fuel pump failure, replaced by dealer. Transmission starts out in3rd gear vehicle will not travel over 10/15 mph. Dealer claims inadvertantly turning off od can cause this. A/C unitunable to cool off car in weather over 85degrees.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #15

Sep 032004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


Transmission slips intermittently when attempting to accelerate. Dealer describes problm as transmission going into third gear default. Problem has not been fixed yet. The consumer filed vehicle under the Florida lemon law.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 232004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 501 miles
I bought my vehicle in dealer new Nissan Quest 2004, and since I bought had the problem when you stop and you try to accelerate the transmission stock when I keep press the gas accelerate after the 40 mph the car start to respond really slowly. When I drop the car to service in the dealer the service people said is this problem dont ocurr all the time its very difficult to identify what happen. The last time happen my car went to dealer in tower because dont want to run. Another problem is vibration in front when I driving I feel vibration in all the front and when I going to stop its more vibration and feeling terrible. The dealer balance mi tire 6 times all ready in one year and aligment and rotate. I think its no normal this problem.

- Lake Mary, FL, USA

problem #13

Aug 062004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,700 miles
We purchased our 2004 Nissan Quest on October 6th, 2003. This was a vehicle that we wanted to get for our family after reviewing safety information etc. Not even two weeks after we had finalized the sale, transmission fluid was all over a parking lot due to a plastic clamp not being replaced at the dealership. Our van would not start and had to be towed to the dealership in order for everything to be checked out. Our second incident happened about a week ago and we are very lucky that there weren't any injuries to report. We were driving down the highway and with the accelerator "floored" our van would not go over 55 mph. On a main highway this is not safe due to other drivers doing above the speed limit or well above. We tried to take it to our dealership but with it being past business hours there was no way that we would have been able to meet with a service representative. The next morning when we took it to the dealership, it was as if nothing had happened. I am very disappointed in this car and can't believe that in less than a year, we are taking it in again to the dealership to have it worked on. Luckily our dealership has gone above what we asked and has done their best to work with us, but without other people complaining and this not being investigated there is little that they can do to pinpoint the problem to fix it. This is the most expensive car that we have bought ever and this is the most times that we have taken in a car for problems in such little time. With two small children, we thought that this van would be the most economical and safe vehicle that we could afford for our family, but we are sadly learning that there are underlying problems that need to be officially recognized and taken care of before something happens to someone. It would be disappointing and sad to see if this occurrence is what it takes for Nissan to investigate such complaints.

- Mounds, OK, USA

problem #12

Jul 102004


  • miles


Three days after purchasing my 2004 Nissan Quest the driver side window would not close, after 3 days at the dealer the problem was fixed only to happen a few months later. Today while driving 70 mph my van lost power causing me to pull to the side of a busy interstate. When I pressed the gas pedal the RPM's would go up, but there was no power. The van would not go over 20 mph. I contacted the dealer and was given a rental car. I have to wait until Monday morning for the service depatment to open. My van only has 26,000 miles on it.

- Thompsons Station , TN, USA

problem #11

Dec 052003


  • miles
We have the 2004 sl and have had two occurrences where the car has no power and accelerated very slowly from a stopped position. This occurs the first time the car is turned on and does not stop until the car is shut off. It appears that the transmission is slipping since the rpms are high, the engine is revving, but the car is not moving. After about 35-40 mph it breaks free. The dealer has witnessed the problem, I took it straight there the 2nd time it happened. They have done nothing to fix it, can't duplicate. I went to BBB arbitration and lost. I am pursing with an attorney.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 132004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,975 miles
After vehicle is started and placed into gear, drive or reverse, the vehicle barely moves. The engine revs normally but the transmission does not respond. The only way to remedy the issue is to turn the vehicle off and restart.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #9

Apr 162004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Transmission problem. Drove home afterwork let vehicle sit for no more than 15 mins. Proceeded to drive vehicle out of drive way at which time I had noticed no power engine very sluggish. If it were a standard stick shift vehicle it seemed as it was starting in 3rd or 4th gear. I continued to drive the vehicle, proceeded up a slight incline of which I needed to floor the gas pedal. My car has now been at tony Nissan dealership since May 6, 2004. They have acknowledged that there are other vehicles with the same reported problem, however they are unable to duplicate the problem. They have been in contact with Nissan tech line, per Nissan tech line until the dealership can "duplicate" the problem there is nothing that can be done. Per tony Nissan GM his service department has checked everything possible they don't see any problem with the vehicle that it is "okay to drive". I acknowledged, I'd pick up my vehicle if he's saying it safe to drive, however if something happens to myself or family, I will hold tony Nissan and the GM liable due to the fact it's a reported problem but, they can't duplicate it. As I spoke to the GM, I read to him 9 complaints listed on this website regarding this transmission issue. My complaint should make 10, not to mention the other vehicles here on the island of oahu.

- Ewa Beach , HI, USA

problem #8

May 152004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


While applying the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate. Within seconds of parking the vehicle a fire occurred. The vehicle displayed a dangerously slow acceleration as if the transmission was in the wrong gear when trying to accelerate the vehicle. There was also poor fuel economy (11.6 to 12.1 mpg instead of the normal 19-26 mpg). Also, within the first few weeks of ownership, the power sliding door on the right side opened independently on two occasions and failed to open or close on several occasions, there were problems with the control buttons, the radio text display on the dash read malfunction multiple times and sometimes it occured when the engine was started. There was a problem with the catalytic converter.

- Chapel Hill, NC, USA

problem #7

Apr 092004


  • miles
Quest sl 2004 has failed to accelerate from a stopped position twice; once 2 weeks after buying, and the second about 4 weeks after; dealer not able to replicate problem. When the gas pedal is depressed the van does not accelerate, just moves very very slowly, as if it was in a higher gear. When car is stopped and turned off, the problem goes away.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #6

Mar 112004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Had an episode where the automatic transmission wouldn't go into the right gear. When accelerating from a stop, the engine raced and took alot of power to start rolling. At highway speeds, the car acted normally, but in slower speeds, the engine misbehaved again. The problem resolved when the car was turned off and on again.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #5

Mar 142004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,012 miles
2004 Nissan Quest would not shift out of 3rd gear even from dead stop.

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #4

Feb 102004

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The interior lights illuminated as the automatic, rear passenger side door suddenly started to open. Vehicle also having problems with radio equipment being inoperative, windshield wipers, and transmission making a whining noise.

- White Plains, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 242004

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,400 miles
Automatic transmission stuck in 3rd gear. Backed vehicle out of parking place. Put into "drive" to pull forward and van didn't move. Shifted into "neutral" then back to "drive" and pressed accelerator, and vehicle didn't move. Pressed accelerator further and vehicle finally started to move forward very slowly at approximately. 3500 RPM. Drove about 2 miles this way and parked in another parking lot; transmission did not shift the entire 2 miles. This issue is yet another in a long list of issues with this vehicle. Phoned sales/service dealer, who had it towed to their lot.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 012004

(reported on)

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
The transmission operated poorly. When pulling out from a complete stop, the vehicle accelerated to 25 mph within 225 feet without pressing on gas pedal. The driver had to press the brake pedal really hard to slow down. This occurred on downhill slopes and was an ongoing problem.

- Fortuna, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 052003

Quest 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 173 miles
The automatic transmission will not down shift. When the consumer was pulling onto the freeway, the vehicle failed to accelerate. The cause of the failure was undetermined because dealership was unable to duplicate the problem. When the sun shined onto the dashboard, the reflection reflected onto the windshield and caused an obstruction and distraction to the driver's view. The correct model year 2004. From the park position, the consumer was unable to go up an incline. The transmission did not engage to low gear for the power to move up the hill. The consumer had to back down the hill. The radio would get static when going over bumps, and the driver's side lower panel was coming apart.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

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