05 December 2013
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I don’t understand these mileage figures, unless there are genuine faults. I’m still getting approx 53 urban and 60 on a run. The reports of intermittent clonking when idling hot, which seems to be coming from the engine, is in fact from the exhaust system catching on something at the rear, which is only really noticeable when stationary and facing uphill. It’s caused by a sloppy rubber hanger on the back-box. The dealer tightened it up with a big ty-wrap, but it still does it occasionally.
Submitted: 27/11/2013 18:58:31
I brought my 2008 Note in 2010. Only had 12000 miles. Now I have done 45,000. But the front seat has broken under the sponge on driver side. I am told it’s a fault with Nissan Cars. Can anybody help me on what I can do now to repair it? As it is not very comfortable anymore.
Submitted: 15/11/2013 08:57:23
Very spacious and comfortable to drive, with little body roll (when boot space is not completely empty). Handling is excellent with responsive steering and small turning circle. Be aware that the quality of the engines has changed from the start of 2003. The 1.8l engines from before have a black top cover, and are rock solid. The later ones have an aluminium top cover and start to use a lot of oil after a while due to a slightly different and cheaper (thanks to Renault) design. Also the pre 2003 models don’t have the immobiliser issues. Fuel consumption is better than any other MPV with petrol engine, 30 mpg (average) to move a weight of 1350 kg isn’t that bad.
Submitted: 11/11/2013 09:43:47
Hi, I bought my van in 2008 and have only done 27,000 miles in the years since. It has been fully serviced and maintained by Nissan dealerships, Toomey’s Laindon; Hammonds of Halesworth in Suffolk. A couple of months back injector packed up, £900.00 to replace. However I was told at the time that on this model, and others I have since learnt, due to design the injectors corrode and sieze in the heads and are 50-50 prone to snapping (Toomey’s soak them in Cilit Bang over night). If so because they can’t get to engine bolts they have to break other injectors in order to remove and replace head and all injectors at a cost to me of, with VAT, £6,940.00. No that’s not a typo. So beware, ride your luck while you can, time bomb ticking under bonnet: oh! and by the way Nissan don’t want to know, and I’m not the only one who has this dilemma, Renault, Vauxhall, all the same engine? In a nutshell possibly almost £7.000 to change one fuel injector. Driving van on three cylinders at the moment. Hey, ho.
Submitted: 29/10/2013 22:05:16
Great little car. All the complaints on here seem to be from people who bought the cheapest car they could find and expected it to perform like something costing twice as much. People are awarding the car a low score on the basis of excessive tyre wear. The tryes cost less than £50 each to replace. Some are saying the boot is small. Yes it’s a small car. Some are complaining about getting a wet foot because of the rear washer. This is such a tiny problem. Yes it’s a known fault, but it’s not the end of the world. There is a very cheap and easy permanent fix. Some cars have major known faults which cost a fortune to sort out. Some are complaining at the economy. Only 55mpg! Seriously - that is economical. If I drive mine ’normally’ using a heavy foot up hills and bombing along down the motorway that’s the sort of figure I get. If I drive extremely carefully taking care not to be ont he brakes all the time etc, I get in excess of 60mpg. Spot on! Engine mount problems are an issue but can be sorted permantently. If your dealer / garage isn’t doing it correctly that’s not the cars fault. Happy motoring!
Submitted: 04/10/2013 16:49:10
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Well, read this report. Wife has a 2001 Micra that is bombproof and she won’t get rid, so we got a Tino, had it a week, done just over 1000 miles from Staines to Sunderland, running around, then returned, can find no fault: economical, comfortable, quick once you realise how to use the gears, a bit too much electrical stuff on our SE but all working well. The Tino is bombproof too, I got the Tino to mess about in, but it is now a valued member of the family.
Submitted: 30/09/2013 16:06:10
Bought pick up 1 yr old off main dealer with 1,500 miles on clock, now done 29,000 miles. Jack was replaced under warranty apart from that no problems. I am a builder and it’s one of the best tools I ever had (35 yrs, you get less for muddar) visabilty and lock are fantastic. Pulls well even out out the quarry with 2.25 tonnes of sand on its back. Rides a bit choppy empty but a few bags of sand make it very comfortable. Gear change was a bit stiff at first but I always double the clutch (grew up with crash boxes). I think the fly wheel is too heavy but the change is very sweet now. I get 30- 33 miles to the gallon, not bad for the lumpy part of the Tyne valley. Buy one in red you will love it >
Submitted: 30/09/2013 15:50:15
I have the lower brake horse power model, it is a cracking van with lots of attributes. My vehicle I bought 2nd hand with full service history, I made sure it was HPI clear using the most comprehensive checks via RAC (see reports on the internet as even other established vehicle checks are somewhat lacking) but I too am only getting 40 mpg on mixed driving roads being a service engineer probably carrying half the weight allowed and I drive like a nun, actually changing gear before the indicator comes on. Like I said I still consider this van a good choice.
Submitted: 16/09/2013 14:31:56
We’ve had this car from new, purchased from and serviced by Nissan dealer in Shepperton Middx. car is used daily by my wife for short journey to and from work. Now at less tham 21,000 miles we are told it needs new front wheel bearings! And that’s not all, Nissan what an unbelievable £174.00 for each bearing! A total quote of £695.00 for the work. (£114 per hour labour costs at West London Motor Group) Apart from the fact that no vehicle should need wheel bearings at 20,000 miles, how on earth can Nissan justify that sort of extortionate cost? Never Nissan again.
Submitted: 16/08/2013 23:15:33
We bought this after my old car was written off, it is lovely, with a good driving position and engine. The only problem I have with it is the navigation DVD rom, It completely died on me. After trying all the old tricks to get it to work we ended up buying a second hand one as a new replacement was around £5000, but confusingly the stereo will still not work.
Submitted: 10/08/2013 13:23:26
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I Bought it 12 months ago, so far I have replaced the Power steering pump, new clutch and 4 days later the gearbox virtually exploded on a motorway in Spain. I ended up stuck in Spain for 7 days and had a reconditioned one fitted. Now I have been told there is a fluid leak from the pipes to the power steering, a gearbox oil leak and the front disc pads are loose. I have spent nearly £4000 so far on this van and that is how much I paid for it!
Submitted: 10/08/2013 12:47:31
Having bought this van new in April 2013 and the fact that I am not a business user, I am struggling to get to 50mpg. I have now driven 2500 miles and I have to say a few things concern me: the engine rattles like an old 60’s diesel engine, which I think is due a visit to the dealer. The instrument panel does not dim when the lights are switched on. It is also a rocky ride when empty.
Submitted: 03/08/2013 13:40:17
I’ve owned my Nissan for 5 years now and it’s been totally reliable throughout that time. The only item I’ve changed is the maff air flow sensor and that was my own fault due to being rough with the cleaning. Nissan quoted £316 for this item, but I managed to pick one up on the net new and good spec for £36.00. I also do regular oil and filter changes and it keeps me happy. It had 50000 on the clock when I bought it and it now has 136000. I do a 80 mile round trip every day to work. I would give a good rating for the car - keep it happy and it will last.
Submitted: 21/07/2013 22:38:49
I disagree with the other reports. Mine has been absolutely lovely to drive, very comfortable and very nifty with the powerful engine. Had for 5 years and not had many problems with it, just normal wear and tear. It’s a great size, not too big, but big enough to carry passengers comfortably.
Submitted: 21/07/2013 22:25:56
It’s had a stop/start fault from one month old and I’m still having problems. The car’s been in the garage nearly every month!
Submitted: 21/07/2013 22:05:05
Bought this van with 99000 on it. Drove well for a bit then the slave cylinder went. I had that replaced along with a new clutch at £400. Then the engine management light came on and the engine started to cut out. People keep saying it was dodgy fuel injectors, but I found it’s nothing to do with them. It’s more than likely to be the MAF sensor or the EGR valve. I cleaned my MAF sensor, which is easy to do with carb cleaner. Then I took the EGR out which was clogged up cleaned it up but instead of putting it back in original position I turned it round 180 degrees and bolted the outer part back on and plugged it in. Guess what? It’s running like an absolute dream! No cut out, no management light. Took it in for service and MoT and it only needed new front discs and pads! One happy bunny.
Submitted: 14/07/2013 22:39:04
Following the happy ownership of a Renault master DCi 120 I decided that upon replacement I would upgrade to the latest version. The Nissan version was a better spec than the Renault so I upgraded to a 6 months old ex-demo NV400 H3L3. Everything’s better apart from the one thing that really counts. It drinks fuel. Over 4 years the previous model (same body size) would average 34+mpg. Now after 2 months I find that the new one is only 27MPG. It has been checked by Nissan and they are happy it is within specification. I am driving the same and covering similar journeys but paying £1000 a year more in diesel. If I had known this I wouldn’t have bought it. I guess I wont be keeping this one for 4 years. According to the advertising this was going to be more cost effective than the old model. Do the maths before you consider a Nissan!
Submitted: 14/07/2013 22:18:50
The best car I have ever driven. No complaints and good MPG.
Submitted: 16/06/2013 14:01:09
I bought this car new and service every 6 months. The chain was changed at 50,000 with a Nissan main dealer together with all belts etc at a cost of £850. Its now on 100,000 miles and it has had front drop arms, all new brakes and discs twice, new springs, new crossmember this year. Now 10 years old, so rusting. At 90,000 miles it had new clutch, accelerator pedal with sensor, back window wiper motor replaced, front window wiper motor replaced and back wheel bearing replaced - the second one is getting done tomorrow. The car has been very good with a comfy ride. I do a lot of motorway miles to Scotland and find the seats are comfy and power is there when needed. At 1.4 this the engine is too slow; 88bhp with no modifications. Fuel economy is 50 mpg on motorways and urban averages 37 mpg. I do enjoy this car, but need something with more miles to the gallon, so this is what you will go through if you have a Micra. In 10 years the cost of parts has been about £1000. P.S. Mount broke, got another and broke again, ripping driveshaft out second hand fix, about £120. All good again.
Submitted: 09/06/2013 09:21:08
Bad suspension. Weak engine. Noisy. No head room in back. Will not buy a Nissan again!
Submitted: 09/06/2013 07:28:02
I have had this car for 4 months now under the mobility scheme. Two points I must make are (1) consumption is very poor; driving very carefully I am lucky to get 32.5 mpg urban ( well more like rural) and 35mpg on long runs. Compare this with the figures given by Nissan and you realise theirs is a joke.(2) The car is hopeless on even the slightest of inclines and needs the foot hard down to get any acceleration so I don’t bother because of the poor mpg. My neighbour’s Fiat 500 easily leaves me standing on the road.
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Robert, I had mine also through the Motobility 16th February 2013. So far you have done better on MPG my best yet is 31.9 mpg. Worst car I have ever had for petrol consumption, stuck with it now untill Feb 2016. Slow changing gears, no power up hill, would not recommend this car - Doug Harris from Blaenau Gwent
Hi Robert I also got a Nissan Qashqai through the motability and I get urban 25MPG and long journey I only get 30MPG. I absolutely hate the car. Motability have been good enough to change one car for me I don’t think they will agree to change it again. I am filling the car up all the time and here is an example I just Come out of the petrol station and 300 yards the neede comes from full down to under the full mark. I wished I had stuck with the Ford Focus, much better fuel consumption. - Philippa Vickers from England
I agree on the power, we have that gun metal grey looking 1.6 2012 model with the sat nav and reverse camera. I have to say who ever came up with the engine it is very much under powered, you have to rev it so hard just to get it to go, its such a shame. When you first see the car you think "that’s a nice looking motor", but after owning this car I’m very disappointed. I still don’t get why it sells so well. Also the suspension is terrible, the ride quality feels like it’s got 10 year old suspention, pulling off it dips way too much, you feel every bump in the road even at normal speed it jerks in an sharp thump and the car seems to stay dipped down and then only a few seconds later it comes back level. We have taken this car to Nissan, but they insist it’s ok. I said you have to be kidding for what you ask for money, Now take into account we had in 2012 and now its 2013. The steering is not sharp, it feels like you are always having to over correct to keep in some way of a straight line. The suspension is awful on these cars, way, way way too soft. When I get out and I lift the car at the arch, it rocks and rolls and pitches all over; we have spare Ford Focus old style and that car blows this for suspension out the water. My mate’s Land Rover Discovery is way better, smooth and strong on the ride. And yet this Nissan is only 1 year old. For me don,t buy it, its not worth the money. - Wayne from Nottinghamshire
I have the same model on a 62 plate and although I have had better mpg than the rest of you 32 mpg before a long run to Leeds and had 39 mpg since. But I am having the same accelerator problems even completely losing power at times (just happened again). It has been in to Nissan who took it for a 10 mile test drive and said it was fine and we had to give it to 10,000 miles to bed in! Being a motability car I’ll probably just get to that before handing it back. This latest time it happened I was pulling out into a road when there was nothing at all with my foot to the floor, very scary as a car came round the corner and braked to then sit behind me while I tried sports box and park before d again and it moving. Scary as my 2 children where sitting in the back - Nadine Woollands from Nottinghamshire
I have had mine just over a month it’s been back to Nissan already as it is so unroad worthy. I won’t drive it now, it’s going back and i’m putting a report into the mobility scheme. They should be struck off the list for putting our lives at risk. when I collected my car they said its all in my mind and there was nothing wrong with it. Well with all these reviews I can see I’m not the only one. I will never ever go back to Nissan in my life, they should get their act together. I’m not allowed to use bad language on here, but from a mobility driver, get them off the scheme. - Kevin Robinson from Norfolk
Submitted: 09/06/2013 06:54:37
Having had a Vito, Berlingo, Knago, Escort, Hyundai, etc. All I can say is if I’m still alive in the future I’ll make an updated comment on this overpriced piece of junk. Mine is brand new and I feel they are only worth 2K.
Submitted: 08/06/2013 21:47:07
I have had nothing but problems with this tin can since buying second hand. Both the driver’s and passenger’s door handles have broken, there has been a diesel leak, bearings went on both sides in the front, it is rusting in areas especially underneath and I am just so disappointed having driven a Nissan Patrol for many years, which was just fabulous. Had to downsize and really thought the X-Trail would be a smaller version of the Patrol. It is just one thing after another at this stage and I dread getting into it every day!! The brakes seize up quite a lot and I’m starting to think I bought a death trap. At my wits end.
Submitted: 08/06/2013 21:24:23
I was mad buying this. My wife said my old Hilux mk4, which never cost me a penny in repairs, was looking too scruffy. Nissan customer care is something like you remember from British Leyland years ago. just goes to show what happens when Nissan partner up with Renault, reliability goes out the window! Traded it in after 14 months for a Isuzu Rodeo and I feel confident again when I turn the key knowing it will start every time.
Submitted: 18/05/2013 22:39:01
We have had two cabstars, old ones, and nothing went wrong with either of them. Then in 2008 we bought a brand new one from a Nissan dealer and had problem after problem. It broke down, last year the radiator went and last week the turbo went on it at only 40,000 miles. Today the diesel fitter came to take the turbo out and after he removed all the front seats the paint under the driver’s seat came off in his hand as it is full of corrosion. The metal bar underneath, which the seat screws into to, is held on by a tiny piece of metal I’m surprised the drivers seat hasn’t fallen through the floor. So tomorrow I will be taking photos and emailing them to Nissan because I am really angry. I feel like we bought a guinea pig of a van.
Submitted: 18/05/2013 22:17:38
I purchased my Note 2 years ago with 11000 on the clock, now there’s 23000 on the clock and the clutch has just gone a week after a large spring broke. I purchased my Note from a Nissan dealer. I did not take it back to the dealer for second service, but took it to a local garage as its first service and MOT cost £414!
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Almost ditto - purchased 2008 Note auto 2 years ago with 13000 on the clock. Now with 27000 on the clock have just been hit witha 200+ bill for front coil springs. (Off side failed so am doing the best practice thing and replacing both). I’m not a boy racer and do around 8000 local miles a year so I don’t expect this type of component to fail so early in the vehicle life. I intend to take the offending failed item to the dealer and do a table thump or two. I doubt it’ll have any effect other than making me feel a bit better. After then I might pop round to the locel council and have a table thump there also. - Doug W from Norfolk
Submitted: 18/05/2013 21:56:24
(1) Poor build quality e.g. bonnet, front wings and boot door hopelessly aligned, with no adjustment in the hinges. (2) No proper service schedule manual other than the dealer’s instruction for full service at 15000km while the instrument instructions say 30000km. (3) The stop/start device is driving me crazy (forgetting to switch it off every time the engine is started). (4) Space Saver Spare Wheel is useless in a 4x4. (5) Rear Shocks now leaking at 20000km. Will never again even look at another Nissan.
Submitted: 12/05/2013 13:21:20
Purchased the car in October ’94 with one previous owner and 13k on the clock. It was first used it as a family run around for holidays etc. It was great for the kids and their friends as it has seven seats and was great for long runs and trips to Cornwall with a huge Thule top box. I then started using it for work, removing all the rear seats and basically using it as a van. We also used it for towing quite a bit including a big generator for work, which it did with ease. I sold it in 2005 with 135k on the clock. The only thing that went wrong the whole time was a fuel pump and water pump at about 100k. I changed the brake discs once and the rear suspension springs, but this I put down to the way we abused it at work. Servicing we did ourselves with parts form the local Nissan dealer. This was the most reliable car I have ever owned. The only down side was the fuel consumption, which could drop to as low as 10mpg if driven hard and its average was always sub 20, with its best being 25mpg if I drove it really gently. In fact I liked it so much that three years ago I bought another 4.2 petrol LWB, which I hardly use apart from when it snows, then it it the best as it never gets stuck.
Submitted: 12/05/2013 13:05:46
I have had my X-Trail for nearly 6 years and it has now done 106000k. No problems to mention apart from replacement intercooler under warranty in 2007 until last week when I needed a new turbo and intercooler. The Nissan dealer quoted me £3400, but a local reputable garage did the work for £1800. Unfortunately I now have an oil leak and hopefully this will be sorted on a return trip to the garage. Am thinking of changing and am tempted to have the same again as I love the car, but turbo failure has made me think twice, but I can’t think of an alternative motor.
Submitted: 05/05/2013 21:20:16