10 March 2014
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1.5 dCI Manual Acenta Premium - The idea of sticking a supermini inside an SUV is an odd one but Nissanís twisted crossover strikes a good balance and successfully integrates what motorists love most about both cars. Practicality may not be a strong point but a stylish and bubbly drive is virtually guaranteed. [...]
World Car of the Year 2011 the Nissan LEAF is the first mass production small family car powered purely by electricity. Designed from the wheels up as an electric car, the LEAF promises a new dawn in personal mobility. Protected from the upward spiral of petrol and diesel prices can this vanguard to [...]
One driverís ultra-modern crossover is another oddball. Yes, itís the Nissan Juke: a car more certain to split opinion than Marmite. For all its unusual-ness, though, the Juke is a fairly straightforward, if pricey, alternative to most superminis at heart. If the cost is a concern, take a look at th [...]
2011 - The first rule of launching a new car is it must move the game on from its predecessor. Nissan has decided to move the goal posts a little with its new Micra, which is designed as one car for the whole world, or at least 160 countries. So, no more Sunderland-built northern soul and in its place Chen [...]
A mild facelift keeps the Nissan Qashqai in the running as a family-friendly crossover thatís good to drive and affordable to own. Thereís also the +2 model for those who need some extra space for people and luggage, while a new Pure Drive model lowers emissions. Otherwise, the Qashqai continues to [...]
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Purchased a 2011 model with 9,500 miles. Had it a week only to find foam under rubber mats were soaked in water, also behind step as you get in was half full of water (big leak somewhere). Going back in to Nissan to fix, that’s if it’s not rotted away first.
Submitted: 09/03/2014 15:40:24
I have had my Pixo for 4 years now. Being a young driver I needed something cheap to tax, insure and run, and for that purpose the Pixo has been brilliant. It’s very economical to run with a full tank of petrol (around 35l) that will last me for 350-400 miles and car tax around £20 only! It copes well on both motorways and through country lanes, very nippy. The acceleration isn’t as good as a car with a bigger engine, but is good enough for overtaking cars once at speed and on the motorway. The boot is small, but then it is a small car and a price I am happy to pay for the fact that it is cheap to run and cheap to buy. On the outside it certainly doesn’t look like a cheap car which is an added bonus. I’ve not had any problems with the car breaking at all since I’ve had it although I don’t do very many miles per year. Overall I wouldn’t change my car for anything else for the time being!
Submitted: 03/03/2014 22:27:39
My wife and myself both have Notes and are now trading in this model, which we have held for 3 and half years for a newer version, top spec diesel model. We cannot fault them and find them the most spacious small car on road with also plenty of leg room for passengers in rear. I am 6ft 7" and find it a great car to drive.
Submitted: 23/02/2014 21:25:24
This car has been faultless throughout my ownership, and considering this is the cheapest car I’ve ever purchased it has been the most reliable. I know I can rely on this car to get me to the other end of the country and back unlike previous vehicles. The main dealer has been fantastic considering my first 3 services were free, with a courtesy car offered every time. I recently did a 190 mile round trip on just over 15 pounds worth of petrol, which I was surprised at as the weather wasn’t great. Mine’s only at just under 30 thousand miles, this car seems to get faster as the miles roll on, I would have given full marks. I think this vehicle needs the 0-20 oil for better MPG, I had a year on stock oil from the dealer and only returned late 40s- mid 50mpg. next service i insisted on 0-20 and mpg raised after next fill up. This was the only thing I could think of that changed the running costs. This oil, whilst it is available is apparently difficult to find, but can be found by the dealer.
Submitted: 20/02/2014 18:01:10
After an accident I needed something cheap to run around in until I could get a newer car sorted out. The Primera, at six years old and 60K miles, was £2000. That was 40 percent of the cost of a Focus of the same age and mileage. To my surprise the car proved so good that I decided to keep it for the rest of its life. I joined the owners club NPOC and have not visited a garage since except for tyres and the MOT. In 8 years it has been off the road once, when I decided to replace the kingpin bearings on one side myself at a cost of £30. The other side is like new. I also replaced the MAF with a genuine Bosch one for £90 when the engine light came on. This car is superbly engineered and very pleasant to drive, although the otherwise excellent sports suspension feels the speed bumps in town. They are available for a few hundred pounds now and I’d have another in an instant. I’ve not enjoyed car ownership this much before.
Submitted: 17/02/2014 18:25:55
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In my experience this vehicle is nowhere near as robust as the Toyota or even the Mitsu... seriously annoying, the clutch went before 80,000 km and the turbo at 120,000 km, there have also been several other mechanical failures that really seem to be the result of a vehicle that is simply not strong enough. Couple this with REALLY POOR cutomer service in Thailand and you have a recipe for misery. I have been completely unable to contact any higher management at all.
Submitted: 03/02/2014 14:30:55
I’m very disappointed by the Qashqai, we hve the typical gun metal grey with the big fancy wheels. Ok I said, I’ll treat myself to a new car. I have to say I have had so much stress with this car, that it’s going, I’m selling if I can. It’s now only coming up to only 1 and half years+ ’ish and it’s on its 3rd set of shock absorbers. Nissan, what is going on with your shocks? All that motor racing you do and sponsor. Have you purposely put cheap parts on these cars? It seems you have gone back in time on absorbers. My neighbours Qashqai suffered the same thing, not once, but time and time again. He gets the same treatment on service at Nissan; they test drive the car and they come back and say there is nothing wrong. I said to my neighbour to bring it over to my house and we will put it in my garage and we will inspect it ourselves the way it should be done as these people claim to be proper mechanics, yet they did no proper testing or diagnosing or analytical diagnosing whatsoever. We jacked it up and I took a cutting of thin black rubber sheet and a rubber mallet too and crowbar, we went all over the suspension pats. We got to the bottom where bushings go through the bottom of the rear shock absorbers, and hey guess what folks? The shocks are moving around! This causes the back to feel like it’s out of key when driving, I know as I have experienced this. I checked the other side and that did the same, so I went into my house and took out my camcorder and recorded the the whole thing. I also spoke the reg and day and date etc. (Cover yourselves people, do it right!) And we also recorded where the lower joints were also moving around badly causing badly aligned steering problems and a feeling of steering that when you turn it felt as if it was totally out of alignment to its normal position. We took our recorded footage to Nissan and we even got the guy who said there is nothing wrong with the car, and then we asked why Nissan was not testing components in the manner we did, by actually pulling on components and lightly tapping with a rubber mallet and pulling and pushing on all components, they so far have failed to respond. Ours has now gone back again because of these cheap shock absorbers. Why do you keep replacing components that keep failing, millions of dollars or what ever and this is what you came up with? If it fails on normal drive I guess a quick trip across the grass, is going to do it big harm. If you want a true experience don’t buy a Qashqai. I was pulled into its nice appearance, then after owning never again. Even my neighbour is now selling his. We both agree, it’s a terrible car and just a shiny pebble. Oh to report further I have the condensation thing happening every time i get in. I reported this and guess what? They said it was me and i wasn’t giving myself time to adjust. Hmmmm really? So how come our cars never did this. After careful strict online searching, I started to see a catalogue of faults online with these cars like a hidden world of fault after fault and even found one Nissan mechanic who stated, and I quote he has "replaced an awful lot of shock absorbers on Qashqais, and I found a string of faults with the front windscreen badly fitted and needed refitting or replacing". Nissan is just replacing faulting parts with the same part, but new. A part that will fail again and again and again, where is that good sense? You’re just replacing the problem Nissan not actually fixing it. Yet no other car we have owned needed to keep going back to your for constant new shocks and then being told there is nothing wrong with the car, and yet we had recorded footage proving you wrong. You are suppose to be fully trained, but obviously don’t no how to correctly carry out diagnosing of cars. You only stand there and look impressive and say there is nothing wrong with it. Terrible service, I’ll never buy a Nissan again. The worst mistake ever! I do not rate these cars. I’m not saying don’t buy one, but if you want a quality car this is definitely not it. its just a shiny pebble nothing more. Very poor Nissan. A couple of novice, DIY people and we found the faults that your mechanic’s missed. That would have looked good in court for you!
Submitted: 27/12/2013 22:28:18
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.
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I have had my Tino for one year this coming January. I have travelled 15.000 miles in that time, it is now at 70,000. It is a 2005 SE. I have to top up the oil, 400ml every 1000 miles. I wondered why, now you have explained it. Apart from that it’s a fantastic car. - Will Howard from England
Submitted: 11/11/2013 09:43:47
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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
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
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
Oh my God, where to start? I stupidly chose one of the 1.6 N-tec+ models in 2012 as a company car. I had it 19 months and it went in to the Nissan garage 13 times! A month after I got it the climate control failed so I had a choice of red hot or bloody hot, pair that with a glass roof in summer and you’ve got a cabin temp of 42 degrees. Sick of the "we can’t find anything wrong with it" rubbish from Coventry, I took it to Warwick, where they still didn’t know what the hell they were doing. They called to say it was fixed, I picked it up and on the forecourt it was red hot! The back windows went down ok but struggled desperately to go back up until one day the motor couldn’t cope and just stopped - great. Let’s see, what else? Oh yes, the hamster in its wheel under the bonnet, otherwise known as the optimistically labelled 117hp engine. Simply put, it couldn’t pull the skin off a rice pudding. I was the butt of jokes at work for the ridiculously underpowered engine while my colleagues sensibly turned up at work in their German built vehicles. The ABS kicked in for no reason one day and wouldn’t let the engine rev over 2000rpm so had to crawl home and call the AA. It was so bad even the lease company didn’t want it back! It’s been auctioned off and now I drive an Audi and it is a world away from that bloody great big underpowered cheaply made oaf. Take it from me and never buy a Nissan! - Craig Smith from Warwickshire
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