Nissan X-Trail (2007 – 2014) At A Glance
It has a family resemblance to the old X-Trail. But it's actually completely different. If feels different from the easily accessed driving seat (low door sills will please many drivers). The instruments are in front of you instead of in the middle of the dash. And once you get going it soon becomes apparent it's both stiffer and sharper in the handling department without sacrificing any ride comfort.
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Can you recommend a budget-friendly, reliable, no frills 4x4?
"We're looking for a second car. Something with no frills; a proper 4x4 (rural Highlands and Islands) with a raised driving position, reliable and preferably under £5000. We are considering an old Nissan X-Trail, Skoda Yeti, Mitsubishi Shogun and Suzuki Vitara. Would you recommend any of these or something different? Thank you."
You might find that second-hand Shoguns have led pretty hard lives and finding a good one can be difficult. Diesel X-Trails can be troublesome, while we've also had a lot of issues reported with Yetis. My money would go on a Suzuki Grand Vitara or Honda CR-V. Both ought to be very reliable choices. Also, consider a Dacia Duster if you're after a no-frills 4x4.
Mixing part worn and new tyres ruined my car - is the tyre fitter liable for not warning me?
"My 2011 Nissan X-Trail recently had the front wheel misalignment corrected and two new Avon ZX7 front tyres fitted at my local branch of a national tyre franchise. The rear tyres were part worn but the tyre fitter didn't warn me of the perils of mixing part worn and new tyres on such a four wheel drive vehicle. I have to admit to being naive on these matters. Within a few miles of motorway driving a speed dependant hum developed which I wrongly attributed to the new tyres. Unfortunately the noise got worse and my journey came to a premature end when I had to call out my breakdown service who diagnosed failure of the rear differential. The vehicle was recovered to my local Nissan garage who have informed me that a new diff will cost around £2500 plus fitting. They have measured the front tyre tread depths at 7.59mm and 6.36mm and the rears at 5.48mm and 3.39mm. I'd appreciate your opinion on the possibility of the front/rear mismatch causing the failure of the diff and whether the tyre fitter was in any way negligent in failing to warn me of the possible consequences. If nothing else, it would have been in his interest to sell me two more tyres."
Yes. Highly likely. But I can't tell you if a case against the tyre fitter will hold up in Small Claims. I don't think so.
Will a 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi be suitable for muddy terrain and long commutes?
"I want to trade in my 2011 diesel Nissan X-Trail 2.2 for a slightly smaller 4WD. I commute 50 miles a day, but need a 4WD for rough farm tracks. I have a budget of about £20,000 - £25,000 after trading in my old X-Trail, which is in poor condition and has done 140,000 miles. I've seen an ex demonstrator 2015 Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130PS N-TEC with 5000 miles on the clock. It comes on 18-inch tyres and I don't need all the extras, but would this be a good buy at £19,995, minus the £5000 for my X-Trail? This vehicle has probably only done short journeys, could there be DPF problems in later life? What do you suggest?"
I'm driving a Kadjar 1.6 dCi 4x4 which is the same thing but a bit bigger. Very good. Slow acceleration from a standstill, though, and only about 48mpg. They do actively regenerate their DPFs very heavily if used for repeated short runs from cold. Fans come on. These cars are also far better on 17-inch wheels with 215/60 R17 tyres than on 18-inch or 19-inch wheels and tyres.
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?"
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: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/volvo/xc60-2008/?section=good/ 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: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/x-trail-2007/?section=good