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2008 Nissan Quest Continues to Offer Performance, Safety, Quality and Distinctive Style For Active FamiliesFollowing a major redesign in 2007, the Nissan Quest continues in the 2008 model year as the most distinctive and original minivan on the market – as well as one of the roomiest front-wheel drive minivans in its §egmènt. Quest was also named the top ranked minivan in AutoPacific's 2007 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA).
For the 2008 model year, Quest receives a number of enhancements, including standard front seat side-impact supplemental air bags on all models and a new exterior color – Lakeshore Slate. In addition, Quest 3.5 SL models receive a standard power left hand door, automatic on/off headlights, dual zone automatic climate control and RearView Monitor. The 3.5 SE model receives standard Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately). Rear sonar is now available on Quest 3.5 S models.
'Quest holds fast to the Nissan philosophy of offering buyers distinctive, driver-oriented, no-compromise vehicles,' said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. 'Its car-like performance, innovative style, sporty appearance and exceptional practicality and versatility keep Quest fresh in a market of drivers wîth ever-changing needs and desires.'
A Practical, Engaging InteriorQuest offers innovative technology and utility features for families on the go. Quest's instrument panel features an advanced Human Machine Interface (HMI) design, dual-zone HVAC controls (3.5 SL and 3.5 SE models) and an available DVD-based Nissan Navigation System wîth 7.0-inch color display.
Quest also excels in terms of space management, wîth its long 124.0-inch wheelbase, 77.6-inch width and 67.3-inch front and rear track providing an overall interior volume of 211.9 cubic feet, one of the largest interior volumes of any front-wheel drive minivan. Quest's sliding side door openings measure 33.8 inches, one of the longest in class, while the ample length and width allow for carrying large items on the floor wîth the rear door closed.
The 2008 Quest continues to advance the concept of flexibility and spontaneity. Special attention is paid to front seat dimensions, wîth large 1st row shoulder room. The seats themselves are a 'furniture-style' design, reinforcing the interior design concept of an urban loft. The Fold-Away 2nd and 3rd row seats, wîth the 3rd row folding flat, do not require the owner to remove the seats in order to create a large, fully usable storage area. The 2nd row seats fold down and drop forward to the floor. The 3rd row seat easily folds into a storage well in the floor. In addition, the 3rd row seat design includes integrated headrests that fold down wîth the simple pull of a strap. The rear seat then moves forward and down – a simple three-step movement that, aided by a spring assist, can be completed wîth one hand.
The sliding side doors and rear door are available wîth remote power operation for added convenience, wîth the switch for the automatic closing power rear door located on the upper left D-pillar for ease of use.
Another unique highlight of the Quest interior is the SkyView™ glass-paneled roof, standard on 3.5 SE models and available on 3.5 SL models, which utilizes roof-mounted glass panels for the 2nd and 3rd rows that (along wîth the front sunroof) help enhance the use of natural light throughout the vehicle. A full-length rear overhead console is available wîth the SkyView glass-paneled roof. It creates aircraft-like interior comfort zones wîth personal reading lamps and air vents. The rear overhead console houses the Quest's available DVD Mobile Entertainment System's single or dual 8.0-inch fold-down color display screens, and includes rear HVAC controls.
A Únique, Stylish Exterior Design
Quest's breakthrough exterior addresses consumer concerns about traditional minivans' conservative imagery. The contemporary body imparts a look of high quality and 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 wîth 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 flowing Nissan-signature grille and angular front bumper fascia offer a bold, aggressive stance from the front. Quest's door handles are chrome, wîth other chrome accents enhancing the clean, modern look of the vehicle. The roof rack features a satin-look finish. One new exterior color is offered for 2008 – Lakeshore Slate – among seven total colors.
Non-Traditional Minivan Performance
Every 2008 Quests is equipped wîth a standard 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine based on Nissan's VQ35 engine series. For use in the Quest, the 3.5-liter V6 is tuned to produce 235 horsepower and 240 lb-ft torque (premium fuel).
The engine design includes state-of-the-art design features, such 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.
Quest's responsive V6 engine is matched wîth a standard 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission wîth overdrive. A Traction Control System (TCS) is also standard, while 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 §egmènt is responsive handling and ride comfort. Útilizing Nissan's advanced FF-L (for Front engine, Front-wheel drive, Large) platform, Quest features a 4-wheel independent suspension wîth a rear multi-link design and front and rear stabilizer bars.
Quest 3.5, 3.5 S and 3.5 SL models feature 16-inch wheels and P225/65R16 tires, wîth 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and P225/60R17 tires on the 3.5 SE model. A sensor-type Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) is standard on all 2008 Quests. Power-assisted rack-and-pinion §teering is also standard, along wîth 4-wheel vented disc brakes wîth Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Safety and Security
Quest was developed wîth 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. For 2008, front seat side-impact supplemental airbags are now standard on all four Quest models.
Other standard Quest safety equipment includes the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), which utilizes crash zone sensor and advanced occupant weight sensing capability to control front passenger air bag deployment; head curtain supplemental air bags to help protect 1st, 2nd and 3rd row outboard occupants in side-impact collisions; 3-point seat belts and height-adjustable head restraints for all seating positions; and front seat Active Head Restraints.
Quest also includes Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and occupant zone, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren) child seat anchorage system, child safety rear door locks and Vehicle Security System (VSS).
Also available is a RearView Monitor system (standard on 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL) that utilizes a small camera mounted near the rear license plate that projects a view of what's directly behind the vehicle to the Vehicle Information Center display screen. The system is activated any time reverse gear is engaged and helps enhance the driver's rearward view.
Quest also includes a standard Rear Sonar System (standard on 3.5 SL and 3.5 SE models, newly available on 3.5 S model), which provides an audible beep when approaching solid objects while backing up.
A Range of Available Models and Packages
|Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder|
Power: 235 hp
Torque: 240 ft-lbs
Other standard equipment includes 'child friendly' B-pillar assist grips, adjustable front row seat belt upper anchors and numerous storage compartments located throughout the interior.
Available equipment includes leather-appointed 1st and 2nd row seating, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), an advanced Nissan navigation system, a 265-watt 10-speaker Bose® audio system and HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver (all standard on 3.5 SE model).
A number of options and packages are offered for 2008, including the DVD Entertainment System wîth 8.0-inch screen and wireless headphones – wîth an additional overhead screen also available on 3.5 SE models; Driver's Power Package wîth power left hand sliding door, rear sonar and 16-inch alloy wheels (3.5 S models); Leather Package which includes heated leather-trimmed seats and a power passenger side seat (3.5 SL model); SkyView™ glass-panel roof (3.5 SL model) and Navigation Package.
The first generation Quest was produced in 1993 until 1998 and featured seating for seven and had second row bench that could be removed to slide the rear seats forward. A successor to the Axxess; which sold in the U.S. in 1990 only and in Canada from 1990 until 1995, the Quest was made by Nissan to compete in the minivan segment. Replacing the rear-wheel drive Vanette which was discontinued in 1990, the Quest was powered by Nissan's 3.0 L VG30E SOHC engine which produced 151 hp and 182 lb/ft of torque. Before agreeing to use the VG30E in the Villager and the Quest, Ford required that Nissan implement some design changes, one of these being that the engine was to be modified to 'become a non-interference or free-running engine'. (This was there would be damage to the valves if the timing belt broke.) The addition of an oil level sensor and relocation of the oil filter assembly for better access were additional updates required by Ford.
The Nissan Quest was available as XE or GXE models and this generation was produced at Ford's Ohio Assembly plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Due to manufacturing issues, Nissan arranged with Ford to assemble the minivans in North America and in turn they were alloyed to rebadge it and sell it under the Mercury brand as the Village. Numerous interior parts, including the power window controls, the radio and heater controls were adapted from Ford and were very similar to the Ford Aerostar. The minivan shared the modified version of the VG30E from the U11, and early J30 Maximas, along with the 4-speed automatic transmission from the Maxima. Unfortunately the Quest engine seems to have a crucial flaw in the crankshafts, as they break at the front stub. Around 1995 the diameter was increased from 25 to 27 mm. The Quest differs from the Villager with a different side trim, front and rear bumpers, taillights and grille. For 1994 the Quest received a driver's side airbag and the passenger airbag was added in 1996. Changes were made to the front and rear fascia's that same year along with the elimination of the motorized shoulder belts and headlights and tail lamps.
In 1999 the second generation of the Nissan Quest was unveiled as a re-branded version of the Mercury Villager. This generation lasted until 2002 and featured a few updates from the previous generation that included a more aerodynamic look, a longer wheelbase and a driver's side sliding door. The minivan also received a power boost through the 3.3 L VG33E SOHC engine which now produced 171 hp and featured 200 lb/ft of torque. The GXE was moved up as the base model as the XE trim was discontinued and two new trim levels were introduced to the Quest. The GLE was the new top of the line trim, and SE was the sport model. This Quest model became the first Nissan minivan to feature 4 doors since the '95 Nissan Axxess.
For 2001 the Quest received various updates which included front and rear styling and new alloy wheels on all models. The GXE received a rear stabilizer bar and the SE now featured acceleration-sensitive strut valving and a strut tower brace.
In 2004 the third generation of the Nissan Quest was debuted and unlike the prior two generations, this model wasn't a re-branded Mercury Villager but a brand new minivan. Uniquely styled, the 04 Quest featured a large moonroof and had all-new placement of the dashboard. Standard on the Quest SE and GLE models were all new interior gauges and fabrics and also a 130-watt sound system. The luxurious GLE models received an in-dash six-CD changer and a wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel. Replacing the floor-mounted model was an optional overhead family entertainment system, though it could still be specified for sunroof equipped SEs and GLEs. Pretensioners were given to front seatbelts.
Featuring more cargo space than the previous generation, the '01 Quest was slightly longer in length. For 02 Quest wasn't sold in Canada and wouldn't return until the third generation model in 2004. By the end of this second generation, both Toyota and Honda marketed solely long-wheelbase minivans. For the 2003 model year no Quest models were marketed.
The third generation of the Nissan Quest was redesigned for the 2004 model year following the '02 discontinuation of the Mercury Villager. Using previous-generation Nissan Altima and Maxima platform; FF-L, the Quest was slightly longer than the Chrysler long-wheelbase minivans. With this third generation, production was moved to a new plant in Canton, Mississippi. Also powered by the same 3.5 K VQ35DE engine from the Maxima and Altima, the Quest produced 240hp and features 242 lb/ft of torque.
The minivan sports a flat folding rear bench and two middle chairs that fold nearly flat into the floor in 2004. This generation also features an unusual moonroof glass arrangement and space for 2 DVD screens with aux input. The SE models features side front airbags, VSC (Vehicle Stability Control), curtain airbags for all rows, dual power doors, power rear hatch, Traction Control, Bose audio with RDS and folding second row seats, rear backup sensors and dual climate control. For the 2007 model Nissan redesigned the dashboard and the front grille and also relocated the DVD player from under the front passenger seat to the IP stack.
Issuing a statement that it needed room at the Canton plant for production of a commercial vehicle the Quest didn't return for the 2010 model year. The fourth generation of the Quest was debuted in 2011 and production took place at the Shatai Kyushu plant in Japan. On a current platform shared with the Nissan Elgrand, the Quest is powered by Nissan's 3.5L VQ series engine with 260 hp. Trying to avoid the 'tall skinny' look of Japanese vans the USDM version has an extra full 5 inches of width, and front wheel drive is standard. Debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show, the Quest went on sale in North America as a 2011 model.By Jessica Donaldson
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