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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
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Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't 100% safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in 1984 and expanded into Europe in 2007. Around 100 team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
Consumer Reports obtains its reliability data from a questionnaire that is sent to subscribers. In the questionnaire, we ask subscribers to note any problems with their cars that occurred in the past 12 months. They are asked to identify problems that they considered serious (because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime).
A typical model has about 200 to 400 samples for each model year. For some model years, typically those of older or less popular cars, we do not have a large enough sample size to provide results of statistical confidence.
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2006 Nissan Quest 3.5 SL
Front Anti-Roll Bar
Front stabilizer bar
Front independent suspension
Variable assist rack and pinion steering
Rear Anti-Roll Bar
Rear stabilizer bar
Rear independent suspension
Compact spare tire
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
16'' alloy wheels
3.5L V6 DOHC 24-valve
5 speed automatic transmission
Max Trailer Weight
3rd Row Reading Light
Dual-zone auto climate control
Driver Vanity Mirror
Illuminated driver vanity mirror
Speed sensitive variable intermittent wipers
Fuel Door Operation
Remote fuel door release
Garage door opener
Number of Speakers
8 premium speakers
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Illuminated passenger vanity mirror
Power Adjustable Pedals
4 power outlets
Power Rear Quarter Windows
Front and rear reading lamps
Rear heater ducts
Rear View Mirror
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Rear intermittent wiper
Remote Audio Controls
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Steering Wheel Adjustment
Tilt steering wheel
Body-color door handles
Exterior Mirror Colour
Body-color exterior mirrors
Heated Exterior Mirrors
Front and rear mud guards
Power Exterior Mirrors
Right power sliding door
Right side power sliding door
Digital clock in LCD monitor
Cloth door trim
Driver Info Center
Driver info center with LCD screen
Carpet floor covering
Front and rear floor mats
Folding 3rd Row Seats
3rd row 60/40 flat folding bench
Folding Rear Seats
2nd row flat folding seats
Driver lumbar support
8 way power driver seat
Front seat back map pockets
Front bucket seats
Heated front seats
Analog and digital
Number of Cup Holders
10 cup holders
Overhead sunglasses storage
Rear Seat Type
2nd row Captain seats
Steering Wheel Trim
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Water Temperature Gauge
Engine temperature gauge
Anti-theft alarm system
Driver side front airbag
Electronic brake force distribution
Electronic brake force distribution
Front Seat Belts
Height adjustable, pre-tensioner
Passenger side front airbag
Rear Seat Belts
Roof Side Curtain
Roof mounted front and rear head curtains
Front side airbags
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Used Vehicle Review: Nissan Quest, 2004-2009
By Chris Chase
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Not everyone is a fan of the third-generation Nissan Quest minivan, but those who do like the Quest probably do so for its quirky looks. Certainly, it stands out from the minivan crowd like nothing else in the segment at the time.
The 2004 Quest used Nissan’s 3.5-litre V6 engine, matched with either a four- or five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain generated 240 horsepower (235 in 2007, thanks to updated power calculation methods), and gives the Quest all the guts it really needs. Other than that, the only major mid-cycle changes involved an improved interior and a mildly refreshed exterior for 2007.
Somewhat surprising is the fact that, according to Natural Resources Canada, a Quest with the five-speed automatic transmission used more fuel than a four-speed version. With the four-speed, NRCan listed consumption as 12.4 L/100 km (city) and 8.3 L/100 km (highway). Choose the five-speed (it became standard in 2007) and the numbers increased to 13 and 8.5 L/100 km, city and highway, respectively.
2006 Nissan Quest; photo by Chris Chase. Click image to enlarge
Still, that was about average for the class at the time. Note, too, that at least in some model years, premium fuel was recommended for optimum performance. Don’t worry, though: these vans will run just fine on regular, but power output might be slightly reduced. Fuel consumption might be slightly higher on regular, too.
Reliability has been less than perfect, with this van earning “worse than average”, or “much worse than average” used vehicle ratings from Consumer Reports for 2004 through 2008.
A bad ‘O’-ring is the cause of a common oil leak from the engine oil cooler. It’s an easy DIY fix, though, and the replacement part costs just a few dollars.
The Quest’s VQ35 engine is prone to failed timing chain tensioners. Symptoms include a whine and/or rattle noise when the engine is running. Nissan issued a technical service bulletin to address the problem. This thread (from a Maxima forum, but the engine in question is the same one used in the Quest) provides plenty of useful information, if you’ve got time to read 13 pages worth of posts.
Vibrations at highway speeds are most likely caused by the Goodyear tires the Quest was fitted with at the factory. Some owners posting at QuestDriver.com say replacing the original tires with new ones of the same kind didn’t help, but other drivers who replaced the Goodyears with those from other brands eliminated the problem completely.
2007 Nissan Quest; photo courtesy Nissan. Click image to enlarge
A climate control system that doesn’t blow, or only blows at one speed, is likely caused either by a bad resistor in the motor or a faulty blower control module.
Noisy front suspension components, caused by quick-wearing tie rods, control arm bushings and wheel bearings, are a common complaint, as are frequent dead batteries.
As with almost any minivan, the Quest’s available power sliding doors and power-operated tailgate are trouble-prone. Consumer Reports also notes problems with power windows and the sunroof, and its data suggests generally abysmal assembly quality, noting complaints of bad paint, loose exterior trim, loose interior trim, interior squeaks and rattles and CD/DVD players that eat discs. Water leaks from the top of the windshield are common, because the drain passages meant to route water through the structure and out of the vehicle become blocked easily. There’s also a known problem of water leaking through the sunglasses holder in the headliner.
Quest 2006 nissan
New for 2006, Nissan Quest offers a Michelin® PAX® Run-Flat Tire Package with 19-inch alloy wheels and tires with run-flat technology and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is added to 3.5 XL models with this package, and a 3.5 S Special Edition trim, including power right hand door, power liftgate, power 3rd row vent windows, in-dash 6-disc CD autochanger, upgraded audio speakers, rear sonar system, illuminated steering wheel audio switches and Special Edition badges. In addition, a Special Edition Package is available for the Quest 3.5 SL.
“Quest features the customary minivan features of utility and safety, but also adds in emotional elements of personable style and fun-to-drive performance to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind minivan,” said Mark McNabb, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.
The Quest is among the roomiest in the front-wheel drive minivan class and provides such user-focused enhancements as folding 2nd and 3rd row seats and the widest opening sliding doors in the front-wheel drive minivan segment. The standard safety features include Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag System, head curtain supplemental air bags to help protect 1st, 2nd and 3rd row outboard occupants in side-impact collisions and front seat Active Head Restraints.
Style is another key component of Quest, with both the dramatic, flowing exterior and “urban loft” themed interior designed to address consumer concerns about traditional minivans’ conservative imagery. And, as expected from the company behind the popular Nissan 350Z sports car, the 2006 Quest offers responsive acceleration and handling from its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine and 4-wheel independent suspension.
Safety, Security Inside
Safety is a particularly important part of the minivan purchase decision and the Quest was developed with a strong focus on both active safety – through the responsive engine, suspension and braking technologies – and passive safety through a comprehensive set of passive restraint systems.
Standard safety equipment includes Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone and the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, which utilizes crash zone sensor and advanced occupant weight sensing capability to control front passenger air bag deployment. Front seat Active Head Restraints and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) are also standard equipment.
Also standard are head curtain supplemental air bags to help protect 1st, 2nd and 3rd row outboard occupants in side-impact collisions and 3-point seat belts and height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions. Available as an option are supplemental front-seat side-impact air bags for thorax protection (SL).
Every new Quest also includes the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) child seat anchorage system with Fold-Away Seat Package, child safety rear door locks and a Vehicle Security System (VSS).
Spacious, Innovative Interior
With its long 124.0-inch wheelbase, 77.6-inch width and 67.3-inch front and rear track, the Quest offers one of the largest interior volumes of any front-wheel drive minivan with an overall interior volume of 211.9 cubic feet. Special attention is also paid to front seat dimensions, with large first row shoulder room.
Quest’s sliding door openings measure 33.8 inches. The wide doors combine with a 2nd row seat “tip up” feature to address one of consumers most frequent complaints regarding current minivan designs – getting in and out of the 3rd row.
Quest advances the usual folding seat design with Fold-Away 2nd and 3rd row seats, with the 3rd row folding flat. The unique folding operation does not require the owner to remove the 2nd and 3rd row seats in order to create a fully usable storage area.
The 2nd row seats fold down and drop forward to the floor. The 3rd row easily folds and rotates into a storage well in the floor behind it. The Quest also features spring-loaded retractable strikers (versus competitors’ fixed striker designs) for the 3rd row seat for added flexibility in carrying wide objects. The Quest’s ample length and width allows for carrying of standard 4x8-foot plywood sheets on the floor with the rear door closed.
Another Quest innovation is the available SkyView™ glass roof, a series of four roof mounted glass panels for the 2nd and 3rd rows that (along with the front sunroof) help enhance the use of natural light throughout the vehicle.
A full-length rear overhead console, available with the SkyView roof, offers increased functionality while creating an aircraft-like interior environment with personal reading lamps and air vents. The rear overhead console includes heating and cooling vents, reading lamps and also houses the Quest’s available DVD Entertainment System’s single or dual color display screens.
Contemporary Yet Functional Design
Quest’s exterior design is marked by an arching roofline that transitions seamlessly off of the A-pillar, a strong shoulder that adds dimension to the body sides, well-defined wheel forms that have a minimal gap with the tire sidewalls and a fluid gesture in the beltline that starts low off of the headlights and kicks up toward the rear of the vehicle.
The interior’s remarkable sense of openness comes from several design innovations, beginning up front with Quest’s unique, low-height instrument panel. The instrument panel layout utilizes a center-mounted instrument cluster with a standard 6.3-inch information display screen (7-inch color display standard on 3.5 SE, available on 3.5 SL).
An instrument panel-mounted transmission shifter lever and numerous storage compartments – including driver and passenger side lower instrument panel storage – further enhance convenience and versatility.
An Abundance of Comfort and Convenience Features
The 2006 Quest’s expressive and distinctive interior offers a high quality, luxurious feel and an array of standard and available equipment. Up front, Quest offers an available 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, available driver’s seat memory system (seat position, foot pedal position and outside mirror position) and heated front seats.
Also offered are available leather-appointed interior, illuminated steering wheel audio and cruise control switches, dual zone automatic temperature control for driver and front passenger, rear heating and air conditioning system, power front windows with one-touch auto up/down, a front overhead console with sunglasses holder and dual map lights, and a rear sonar system.
Eight cupholders, along with bottle holders/map pockets on each sliding door, offer flexibility and convenience for all passengers and also numerous storage bins and area.
A 150-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with eight speakers is standard, along with an available a 265-watt 10-speaker Bose® audio system (SL Leather and Bose Package, standard on SE). All audio systems also feature “dual media” capability (when equipped with rear audio controls), allowing rear passengers to use wireless or wired headphones for a different media source than what is played through the speakers. Also available for 2006 is a factory installed satellite radio with choice of XM® or Sirius™ providers.
Taking mobile technology to the next level is an available DVD Entertainment System with one or two (SE) roof-mounted display screens. The system’s DVD drive is located under the front passenger seat, oriented toward the driver, for ease of changing discs.
Also offered is a DVD-based Nissan Navigation System with 7-inch color display. A 7-inch color display with RearView Monitor is standard on the 3.5 SE and available on the 3.5 SL.
Non-Traditional Minivan Performance
Powering the Quest is a standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine based on Nissan’s VQ engine series. For use in the Quest, the V6 is tuned to produce 240 horsepower* and 242 lb-ft torque.
The engine design includes state-of-the-art design features as Continuous Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS), microfinished crankshaft and camshaft, molybdenum-coated pistons and sequential multi-point electronic fuel injection. The engines are assembled at Nissan’s Decherd, Tenn. engine assembly facility.
The Quest engine is matched with either 4-speed (3.5 and 3.5 S Special Edition) or 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with overdrive (3.5 SL and 3.5 SE).
A Traction Control System (TCS) is standard and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) is standard on the 3.5 SE and available on 3.5 SL models.
Another element that is often overlooked in the minivan segment is responsive handling and ride comfort. Utilizing Nissan’s advanced FF-L (for Front engine, Front-wheel drive, Large) platform, also found on the Nissan Altima, Murano crossover SUV and Maxima, the Quest features a 4-wheel independent suspension with an advanced rear multi-link suspension and front and rear stabilizer bars.
The Quest is offered with 16x6.5 wheels and 225/65R16 tires on 3.5 (Base) 3.5 S Special Edition and 3.5 SL models and 17x6.5 aluminum-alloy wheels and 225/60R17 tires on the 3.5 SE model. A sensor-type Tire Pressure Monitor System is standard on all 2006 Quests.
Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is also standard, along with 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Models and Packages
The 2006 Nissan Quest is offered in four well-equipped models – 3.5 (Base), 3.5 S Special Edition, 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE. A new 3.5 S Special Edition trim is available in 2006 with power right hand door, power liftgate, power third row vent windows, in-dash 6-disc CD autochanger, upgraded audio speakers, rear sonar system, illuminated steering wheel audio switches and Special Edition badges.
A number of options and packages are available on Quest, including a new Special Edition Package with power left hand door, color display screen, RearView Monitor and puddle lamps.
Also new for 2006 is a Michelin PAX Run-Flat Tire Package with machined 19-inch alloy wheels and Michelin tires with run-flat technology, VDC and cargo organizer.
Also offered is a 3.5 SL Leather and Bose Package with supplemental front-seat side-impact air bags, leather-appointed interior, heated front seats, adjustable armrests, 4-way power front passenger seat and in-dash 6CD Bose audio system; and 3.5 SL SkyView Glass Panel Roof Package with power moonroof, roof mounted glass panels and full-length overhead console.
Other options include a DVD Entertainment System (either single or dual screen) with 7-inch color display screen and DVD navigation system with 7-inch color display screen; satellite radio with choice of XM or Sirius providers; and 3.5 SL Supplemental Front Side-Impact Air Bags.
Alina Joined the Topspeed.com team in the early 2000s as one of the outlets very first experts, and she’s been with Topspeed.com ever since. Over the years, she’s served various roles, but today she’s is relied on heavily to verify automotive facts, assist with formatting, and discover new and engaging topics. Read full bio
2006 Nissan Quest Base
The size class is determined by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The size class for cars is determined by the interior passenger and cargo volumes. The size class for trucks is defined by the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), which is the weight of the vehicle and its carrying capacity.
EPA estimates for fuel efficiency (measured on a mile-per-gallon basis) are based on laboratory tests conducted by manufacturers according to federal regulations. EPA re-tests about 10% of vehicle models to confirm manufacturers’ results.
An engine’s displacement is the total volume of the engine’s combustion chambers, a rough index of the engine’s size and power. This is typically measured in liters (3.2L, for example), though sometimes it is expressed in cubic inches. I-4 and V-6 refer to the configuration and number of cylinders.
The transmission adapts the output of the engine to the drive wheels. Transmissions usually have multiple gear ratios (“gears”) with the ability to switch between them as speed varies (6 gear ratios = “6 Speed”). Transmissions must either be controlled manually by the driver (“Manual Transmission”) or automatically by the vehicle (“Automatic Transmission”). One type of Automatic Transmission is the Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT) which doesn’t have a fixed number of gears.
The drivetrain of a vehicle is the group of components that deliver the engine’s power to the drive wheels. Common configurations include front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
The number of people the car will hold.
A unit to measure the power of engines.
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