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2000 Nissan Quest Van

4dr Van SE w/Cloth

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2000 Nissan Quest

Source: New Car Test Drive

Sharp, swift family wagon.

by Martin Padgett Jr.

Base Price $22,259
As Tested $22,779

In the seven years since the Nissan Quest was unveiled, the state of the art in minivans has evolved to include dual sliding doors, more powerful engines, and slick interchangeable seating. Completely redesigned for 1999 and just mildly updated for the millennium, the Quest now offers all of those features. Yet somehow, in an age of ever-increasing waistlines, the Quest has kept its appealingly slim figure.

Far and away, the Quest's best feature is its adjustable seating configurations. By increasing the length nearly five inches, Nissan has made the interior much more usable and flexible - though it's not as roomy as the larger minivans: the long-wheelbase Chryslers, the Ford Windstar or the new Honda Odyssey.

Though it's longer now, the maneuverability and car-like response of the Quest makes it one of the most pleasing minivans available from a driver's standpoint. A myriad of features inside keep children happy in the back seats and, when fitted with the optional second-row captain's chairs, it's a comfortable ride for a full load of adults.

Model Lineup

The Quest is offered in four different flavors - GXE, GLE, SE Cloth and SE Leather. Now standard this year on all Quests are power steering and chrome door handles. And Nissan's video entertainment system, with a larger screen for 2000, is included with every Quest at no cost. Other standard features include air conditioning, power windows, mirrors and locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, a vehicle security system, a luggage rack, and a rear window wiper/washer.

The Quest GXE's base price is $22,259.

The two Quest SE models have been upgraded as well. Both SE models gets Super Sound and a rear anti-roll bar, as well as auto on-off headlamps. Standard equipment includes larger 16-inch wheels, a suspension tuned for improved handling response, black-on-white gauges, second-row captain's chairs and rear heating and air conditioning controls. The SE Leather model also gets perforations in its leather trim. The SE Cloth goes for $24,399, the SE Leather $26,699.

The luxuriant $26,399 Quest GLE adds a rear stabilizer bar and Super Sound, along with faux wood trim, for the year 2000. The new features complement its standard leather interior trim, power driver and front passenger seats, automatic climate control and a six-disc console-mounted CD changer.

Several option packages are available. The GXE Comfort Plus Package ($899) adds rear air conditioning and controls, leather steering wheel, 15-inch alloy wheels. An SE Convenience Package ($799) offers a power driver seat, a unique adjustable rear parcel shelf and garage door opener. The GLE Popular Package ($500) adds the parcel shelf, rear lift glass, and a CD changer. For the finishing touches, there's an SE Audio Upgrade Package with CD player ($349), and a Sunroof Package ($899).

Walkaround

Nissan's Quest is a fraternal twin of the Mercury Villager. When both Ford and Nissan fell behind in the minivan market in the early 1990s, they teamed up to create a vehicle both could build and sell in the U.S. Since its introduction in 1993, the Quest's platform and its Nissan Maxima-based powertrain are shared with the Villager.

The first Quest demonstrated Nissan's knack for making any type of vehicle - minivan, SUV or truck - feel more like its sporty sedans. For this second generation (starting with the 1999 model), Nissan adopted features buyers are clamoring for in minivans: more doors, more cupholders, and more versatility.

The most important change is its size. The Quest was always among the smaller minivans, so this time around Nissan added 4.6 inches to the length, and 1.2 inches in width. Although the wheelbase is unchanged, the Quest's interior clearly benefits from the added room, especially in leg room between the benches. Visually, though, the Quest still looks as trim as the last edition.

Once again, the Quest is powered by Nissan's charming 3.3-liter V6 engine. It produces 170 horsepower (up from 151 in the first Quest) without much noise or fuss. The transmission is an electronically controlled four-speed automatic with overdrive. The Quest's body now offers five doors in all -- two hinged front doors for the driver and front passenger, two sliding doors on the sides, and a rear liftgate.

Interior Features

Minivan owners are a picky bunch. Their vehicles have to carry the load of children, friends, groceries and hardware, and still provide an enjoyable driving experience. The Quest satisfies those needs with a sleek body that neatly encases a flexible interior package.

The driving position is typical of minivans and sport-utility vehicles. The driver sits upright in a comfortable, if slightly narrow, seat. The view outside is commanding: The front fenders fall away for maximum visibility. The rest of the cabin is tall and glassy, which makes backing up a snap.

Quest GXE comes with a second-row bench seat with optional integrated child safety seats. The SE and GLE come with second-row captain's chairs. Either way, the Quest's seating system wins high marks from owners. It's easy to see why. The second-row bucket seats in the SE and GLE tip forward for easy access to the third bench. The middle bench in the GXE tilts, flips forward, even comes out altogether to create a limousine-style space for important passengers or a large cargo area. Best of all, the third-row bench can be moved forward into one of six positions on a track that permits nearly five feet of movement front to back, allowing it to accommodate every possible variation of passengers with limousine-quality room.

Behind the third-row bench, an adjustable shelf offers three vertical positions, and holds 30 pounds. The two-tier capability adds some usefulness to the area, which is about half as deep as the cargo hold on a standard-issue Dodge Caravan.

The Quest's instrumentation is complete and well-designed, although some of the plastics and vinyls are less than rich-looking. The dash is arranged well, and the flurry of little buttons normally found with a vehicle this well-equipped is absent. Most of the Quest's buttons are square, flat plastic, functional and clean.

Driving Impressions

Many minivans seem to take pride in lulling their owners to sleep with sluggish handling and slushy ride quality. The Quest reacts to the road more like a sports sedan, with sharp steering and well-damped ride motions that might make you forget you're in a vehicle as large as a Manhattan powder room.

The Quest simply acts smaller than it is. With a fair amount of weight to throw around, but with less body roll than the larger minivans, the Quest felt planted on the winding roads of north Georgia. It responds to small changes in steering with a sense of connection that long-wheelbase minivans with big tires aren't able to match. Combined with a firm, controlled ride, the Quest's handling is among the most satisfying in its class.

The downside to the Quest's amiable personality is its 170-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine. The addition of 19 horsepower to the bottom line has improved acceleration performance, but the Quest won't match the truly quick acceleration of Ford's 200-horsepower Windstar. Weighing nearly 4,000 pounds, the Quest could use some more power. More torque would help the Quest launch quickly from stoplights. More top-end power would allow it to pass other cars with authority on uphill highway stretches. Yet it could also stand some constraint; its 17/24 fuel-mileage rating is a bit thirsty.

Final Word

If you're in need of a minivan that can replace your favorite sports sedan, the Nissan Quest deserves a long test drive. As one of the more compact minivans, the Quest has a decided advantage over the big boys when it comes to driving feel. Its short wheelbase and quick steering add up to a driving experience that's more rewarding than the dull-edged responses of long-wheelbase minivans.

Overall, the Nissan Quest should satisfy anyone willing to sacrifice a little interior room for a minivan that's fun to drive.

© New Car Test Drive, Inc.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade
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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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