Nissan X-Trail (2001–2007)

Last updated 20 August 2018

Excellent, honest vehicle, decent to drive on road and best in class off road. Better than original Freelander.
Marred by diesel engine failures, especially turbo failures on 136.
Updated 20 August 2018

Report of 2001 Nissan X-Trail with 112,000 miles sounding "like a clattery old bag of spanners for a short while after start-up." See beginningof this section: "Rattling timing chains caused by fracture...

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Introduction

Now and again a car surprises me. I should have had an inkling from the delivery driver who said he'd really enjoyed his job that morning. All I'd been anticipating up until then was a biggish mid-size SUV with a smallish 2.2-litre diesel engine, so I wasn't expecting it to set my pants on fire.

But the X-Trail is one of those vehicles that impresses with its basic honesty and grows on you.

For a start, it doesn't pretend to be anything it isn't. Big plastic lights. Bluff front. Rubber mats. Plastic wings. Chunky 215/65 x 16 tyres. It's a solid, sensible, practical vehicle, not an in-your-face status symbol.

Nissan X-Trail 2.2DI 115PS 2002 Road Test

Nissan X-Trail 2.2 dCi 136PS 2004 Road Test

 

Owners' reviews

5
Very comfortable
1
Nice to drive but a huge dissapointment in reliability
5
Excellent all rounder
5
100% reliable in my 5 years ownership
5
Practical & Great Fun
5
Excellent purchase
 

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