What used diesel SUV should I buy?

I normally buy high mileage diesel SUVs. I have £13,500 to spend and am looking at a 2011/2012 Volvo XC60 D5 AWD start/stop with 70,000 miles on the clock and a 2013 Nissan X Trail 2.2 with 45,000 miles. I drive about 12, 000 miles a year and drive on both long journeys and a little off road. What are the pitfalls of buying either and any suggestions?

Asked on 3 January 2017 by Andy Anderson

Answered by Honest John
The Volvo XC60 is comfortable and luxurious, but has an old Audi based 5-cylinder diesel engine that at 70k miles needs a new timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and aux belt for which a Volvo dealer will probably relieve you of £1,000 and a Volvo specialist about £600. Here's what goes wrong with them: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volvo/xc60-2008/?sec.../ A 2013 X-Trail is a chain cam Renault 2.0 diesel, not a 2.2. Bit short on torque and initially had some DPF problems. More here: www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/x-trail-2007/...d
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