Nissan Xtrail

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 13:52
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Hi Guys,
Have been looking at Nissan XTrail 04/05 and an wondering if there are or were any issues with them. I was told that they did have a clutch problem.
As to whether they did I don't know and am sure there are quite a few Xtrail owners out there. Would appreciate some info about them.
Cheers, Nugget
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Reply By: BuggerBoggedAgain - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 16:30

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 16:30
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Reply By: escapesilv - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 18:38

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 18:38
Hi Nugget

I Don't have an X trail myself, but 2 of my kids have manual, never had a problem ,of any type.

One has approx 115.000 Km and is an '06 model.

Never the less have a look on the Nissan forum.

Cheers Robert
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Reply By: StormyKnight - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 19:48

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 19:48
a couple of issue that may arise....mainly if driving in sand. I have the newer body shape Xtrail for work. I think the running gear is the same though...

No low range so clutch gets a work out
The 4wd system is not mechanical. It like an electric clutch & distributes torque to the rear wheels (normally just front wheel drive), it can overheat & shut down leaving you with front wheel drive only until you turn the car off & on & the unit cools. You may then only get 10 minutes from it before it happens again.

Other than that the only issue I have is that the steering is a little odd. Its electric but so is our Fiesta & the steering between the two is chalk & cheese. The Xtrail doesn't seem to centre properly & you find yourself wandering down the road. It may just be my car, I don't know?

Getting 9.2l/100km mostly highway (average speed by trip computer is 61km/h)

Minor issue, the car just buzzes if you leave the lights on. They don't turn off when you take the key out. You have to turn the lights off to stop the buzzing noise. My Prado from 2001 has proper light switching!

Car if quite to drive & is comfortable on the open road with the suspension doing a good job. AC works well too.

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Follow Up By: the nugget - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 19:16

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 19:16
Thank you to all those that replied. Certainly food for thought.
Cheers and Happy 4wheel driving,
the nugget
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 21:57

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 21:57
We have 04 model Auto and have had issues with the Auto selector not engaging correctly and not being able to start it :(

Now having issues with wiring in the dash etc.

Hates towing as the fuel economy doubles even when driven sedately.

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Reply By: Member - Craig F (WA) - Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 22:13

Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 at 22:13
Have a 2004 auto bought it new. To date we have not had a single issue very happy. We have only used it off road few times. My sister and her husband use there car on the beach weekly. They have had it since 2004. On the beach they are brilliant. They do lack ground clearence so tracks and dunes can be a issue.
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 00:42

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 00:42
We've got two Xtrails we've had since new - 2005 manual with 90,000k and a 2007 auto with 40,000k - zero problems with either, but we don't 4wd and we don't tow with them.

The problems with the catalytic converter, and the screws dropping in the air intake were sorted by 2005.
The Jan2006 models onwards lost 9Kw because of the clean air laws.
I've not heard of any clutch problem.
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Reply By: happytravelers - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 08:17

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 08:17
The Clutch is very weak and does not last long, especially towing or 4wding. My workshop has replaced many X trail clutches and it's not a cheap exercise. If you're looking at buying one, get an auto, which have very few problems and are a good reliable vehicle. If you're looking at getting a car for 4wding, consider something else. X trails are not really a 4wd, they're a front wheel drive vehicle with an electro magnetic clutch on the rear diff. which is designed to disengage if it gets too hot which it usually does when driving in sand etc. Mitsubishi Outlanders and several similar vehicles also use this system. Great if you're trying to get out of an icy driveway in Europe but I wouldn't class it as a 4WD.

Regards Jon
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 10:11

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 10:11
While not exactly contributing to the original question, didn't the US versions of the Xtrail get a CVT auto, rather than the conventional auto transmission as supplied in Aust? I assume the CVT wasn't up to Aust driving conditions. Or has the Xtrail now gone CVT here?
Or am I completely barking up the wrong tree?

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 13:46

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 13:46
Petrol autos have had CVT since 2007 when the T31 was released.
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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 02:26

Monday, Jan 17, 2011 at 02:26
Wrong tree..............

Xtrails aren't sold in the USA. If they were I probably would have got one as I rented quite a few on trips to Oz before we bought our own car down there.

They are however made and are available in Mexico so we do see a few on the roads around San Diego with Mexican number plates.


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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 11:30

Sunday, Jan 16, 2011 at 11:30
I was told they have a very low air in take and like to drink, so it probably wouldn't be of much use on the east coast at the moment :-)
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