Buying a new new Xtrail

Submitted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 08:21
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I'm buying an xtrail (a little excited!). I'm towing a 1200kg (tare weight) caravan, the xtrail has 2000kg capacity.

What extras should I get? So far, I have Tow Ball (der), nudge bar, windowshield, bonet protector, and scuff plate. Have I missed anything???
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Reply By: Member - D&G SA - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:04

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:04
Do you intend to go off-road? What type of tyres will you need? Car bra?
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Follow Up By: LeeJ - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:40

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:40
I wont be doing any 4wdriving- at least not for a little while yet.
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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:06

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:06
Hi Lee, congrats on the new car & good luck with it. Your 1200 Kg tare on the van will
quickly increase with water & all the stuff you take ,so be aware of that. If the car is an
auto I would have a transmission cooler fitted as it will be working quite hard with 1500 Kg or more. Some sort of weight distribution hitch may be advisable.
cheers......oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: LeeJ - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:41

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 09:41
Hmm, good point. It is an auto. I might have a look into a transmission cooler- assuming this can be fitted after factory.
Will def be getting a WDH.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:40

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 10:40
If you having a Nissan towbar fitted to an Xtrail, go check whether they recommend or not the use of a WDH with the Nissan towbar.

It may be in small letters on the tyre placard.
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:39

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:39
Lee sorry to be the bearer of bad news but one of the guys at work brought a new auto xtrail to tow his van, then found the transmission was not up to it, similar weight to yours. I would suggest a google search on this subject before out laying a heap of money. The manual is ok.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: LeeJ - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:46

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 14:46
Pete- oh no- that would be bad news. It's rated for 2000kg. Did he buy the 2wd or the 4wd and did he have it in 4wd mode? I hope so because it's already purchased. I would be trouble for Nissan if this did happen though- I can make a ruckus with the best of them. Thanks for the heads up though- I might be able to provide some insight in another 2months or so.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 18:58

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 18:58
fisher...when you say a mate bought one and the auto wasn't up to it......please tell the bloke (Lee ) why it wasn't !!
if it's rated to tow 2000kg, then I can't see a manufacturer installing a transmission that wasn't "up to it "
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Follow Up By: fisherPete - Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:13

Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 19:13
The fellow at works xtrail would now be three years old, and featured the CVT transmission. He chose to use his falcon ute rather then over stress his transmission. All I am suggesting is google xtrail transmission problems when towing. But next time I see him I will ask him for further info.
The transmission may also have been upgraded in the meantime. His was the 4wd version. Personally the xtrail is one of my favourite soft roaders .
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - J&R - Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:02

Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:02
Hey Gronk,
'I can't see a manufacturer installing a transmission that wasn't "up to it "

You're kidding right.......

Anyway, good luck towing yr approx 1500 with the softy. It'll be working hard.
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