just bought it two weeks ago
family transport,use it two three times a day not far distances and ive noticed it burns oil, do i replace motor or fix it.Havnt taken it to my mechanic yet.
2005 X-Trail T30 Series II - Under-rated and often overlooked little workhorse...sometimes older is better
Just over 10 years ago now, we bought our first X-Trail. Since then we've owned 3, all petrol 2005 T30 models, and quite simply, whilst maybe not the best looking sort in the SUV line up, the pros far outweigh the cons for you to consider this as your family day tripper / weekend warrior.
Originally, our decision criteria was as follows: We wanted a vehicle to use for both the (new) family run about as well as a camping weekender/interstate mover, that was inexpensive on fuel, registration and insurance, and with loads of space for those big t...rips. Alongside the X-trail, the line up consisted of the Toyota Rav4, Honda CR-V, Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Subaru's Forester. Although the pick of the bunch for offroad capability is the Vitara, we wanted something roomier. We decided to steer clear of the Honda due to $$$ and being the least capable off road. The Rav4 and Forester were close 2nd...both great offroad, the Forester had more boot space (amazingly) but the back seat had issues fitting 3 car seats and pretty squishy leg room, and the Rav4 lost points on the swing out rear door (same as the CR-V) and lack of interior space. Which leaves the X-Trail... We originally bought a manual 2005 ST-X, and as fun as the manual was to drive, we traded in for an automatic 2005 ST a couple months later due to the wife preferring auto transmission. With 78000 Km's on the clock, it was to become our go-everywhere for the next 9 years. Base model, however the previous owner kitted it out with roof racks, towbar, spotties, LED driving head lights, sway bar, and upgraded front disc brakes. Engine is a 4 cylinder 2.5 litre petrol variant with a 60 litre fuel tank, and a solid 132 kW of output. For a 4cyl engine, it's punchy, and it never let us down. Easy to service, generally inexpensive, we only ever had an issue with perished head rocker gasket at 245,0000 Km's. Fuel economy averages just over 9 - 10 litres/100 Km highway driving, just over 11 around town, depending on how much lead is in that driving foot of yours.
A true workhorse!!!
Purchased in 2009 with just over 100,000kms on the clock. It is now about to tick over 300,000kms and has been an awesome drive.
Onroad it handles and cruises well. A little sluggish on hills but 300ks may well do that! Reliable to the core!! Only issues have been a new starter motor, rocker cover gasket and front left CV.
Offroad it has been unbelievable - tackling more than an SUV should or could.
Would I recommend? Absolutely. Driver position and view, room for 5 adults and all the luggage they require. Will tow a boat but yes the hills ...
I am wanting to upgrade a the 08 model however we want a 7 seater car, if the nissan x trail was to make a 7 seater (I hope they do) we would buy a xtrail without any hesitation
This car has been a fantastic family car. For it not being a huge car the boot is fantastic. I find it great on petrol and it does have a bit of get up and go. We have a 2002 model and mechanically nothing has been wrong with it, a very reliable car. The boot of the car is great it will fit a jogger pram in and still room left over for a trolley load of shopping to b...
Reliable family SUV
I purchased this vehicle in April '05,after having resisted the temptation to go to AWD for years. Now with 17k on the clock I am still impressed with the power, comfort, interior space. Yes, the center mounted controls were difficult to get used to, however, after short period of time found to be functional. Have only used in in limited off-road capacity, beaches and sand. Bearing in mind that is is only a soft roader it handled these conditions perfectly. On a long trip with a family (4) including two 182cm boys, luggage and surfboards, the X...Trail exceeded all expectations. Now a couple of years later - traded vehicle with 175.000km on clock - very satisfied - traded for a 2013 Dualis - just a smaller car all round. X-Trail Ti: Interior space, immense sunroof, good + audio system with 6 cd stacker. Very comfortable seats, far better than previous car(Verada Xi.)Intergral roof racks, functional and very efficient air con. Magnified driver's rear vision mirror. New experience and takes some getting used to.Lack of audio controls on steering wheel.Other than these minor irrations, I can't fault the X Trail
Nissan Xtrail - Best Value for money
Best of the xtrails are those built between 2002 to 2007. Mine is auto has done 200k and still drives like a new vehicle. SErvicing is cheap approx $250 every 15,000km. Drives like a car whilst also get the benefit of all wheel drive.
Longer term update
I purchased the auto base model ST in early 2006 mainly on it's price of $32,000 and have now done 53,00 km. Car was quite a lot cheaper than its rivals and has performed well. Replaced original tyres at 51,000 which cured the slipping and squealing of the originals. Replaced front pads at 53,000 slight bowing to rotors but they did not need machining. Rear seats fold level with the back area making a easy to use huge storage area A+++. Length and width about the same as a sedan which with the higher seats and good visibility make this car a p...leasure to drive and park. I tow a small van comfortably at 95 kmh but have noticed that auto transmission fluid smell ?? if I do 110kmh for longer periods. Aircon re-gassed once with a slight improvement. Overall it's not a Triton or Navara but it is significantly cheaper, easy to drive and quite competent in 4wd and towing. Update 3 1/2 years later and vehicle has done 92,000km. Crank angle sensor went at around 60,00 km and ruined a holiday. I was a bit bad as my model supposed to have the updated sensor and it still failed. $85 for a $20 sensor plus labour. Replaced diff inspection plug, front shock absorbers and rear brake pads at 92,000 km. That's right 92,000 for rear brake pads. Vehicle still uses no oil between my 5,000 km changes. Petrol consumption around town with auto transmission remains at 26 mpg (converted from litres/100km). Not great but it is an auto. Aircon still not good enough on hot days and would be next to useless for kids in the back. Later models may be better. Overall it is still a really practical and nice car to drive. I quite like it but feel at 150,000 km would be a good time to move it on. My mechanic thinks so to. In both city and country driving this is a very easy/comfortable car to drive. I now prefer the centre mounted dash. Storage with rear seats down is fantastic. The motor has plenty of power. My wife likes driving it. Yes the plastic trim does scratch easy. My aircon is a bit marginal on hot days. Original tyres slip and squeal. Exterior paitwork marks easily but don't they all if you don't get white.
Update after 6 years
Excellent fuel consumption from the auto. Normally around 8.6 l/100km. Comfortable on long distances. Great tourer. Not sure about the rated 3000kg towing capacity though! (more like 2.5k) 4X4 capability quite acceptable I have no need to climb mountains any more. Paint work will fade like all new cars. reversing lights are poor, even when fitted with stronger bulbs.
Great car. Drives well, comfortable with plenty of space.Fuel consumption. Looks good.
Hate the small instruments on the dash Problem with fuel gague never showing full. Apparently a commom thing for this model.
Reasonably good car
We own an petrol, automatic 2006 Nissan X trail ST-S. We purchased it second-hand 2years ago. It has been a very reliable car and It is very cost-effective to fix. It is quite a good family car. We have 3 children under 4 and we can fit all their cars eats across the back seat. The boot size is great but it does require a carpet boot mat as the plastic base is very slippery. We have a cargo barrier in our boot which is also recommended so that no one cops a bag of groceries in the back of the head if the driver brakes suddenly. The ride height ...is good and the seats are comfy. The speedo & tacho in the middle of the dash is a bit of a dumb feature but no real complaints about that. We have taken our x trail off road a few times and it has been fine. We have crossed large rivers in it and gone places that you cannot access in a sedan. Our biggest complaint is that it is quite 'thirsty' and has terrible body roll. I get quite car sick in the front seat as a passenger because of the body roll. It's so bad it also makes you feel like you could tip over! Other complaints are that the steering is very light which can exacerbate drifting if you are not careful. The interior is also not very pleasing to the eye and the back row has no air vents for heating or cooling. And one other complaint is that it is gutless, which I suppose is to be expected - It's a heavy 4cyl car with virtually no torque (having said that, we have towed a trailer full of sand but it strrruuugled to get up hills). Overall, this car has suited us well and has met our needs. Roomy. Large boot. Comfortable. Well priced, family 4x4. Fuel economy not great. Lacks power. Terrible body roll. Steering is a bit too light. Interior is unattractive & outdated. No air vents in the back row.
Great family car, Plenty of room for the kids stuff and comfortable for family travels. Enough space to keep the kids apart from squabbles and battles
Plenty of room. Comfortable to travel distances.
I test drove just about every SUV on the market, and this X-Trail is far ahead of the rest. One contributor here, mentions the tyre squeal ( wheel spin )on take off at the lights. This can be eliminated by leaving the AWD selector in "Auto", or just selecting Auto on take off, then switching back to 2WD if desired. Also, don't scrimp on fuel type. Use 98 Octane, and you will get better economy and cleaner running.
I bought my 2007 ST-S to cope with Tasmanian winters, including snow and it does all of this very well. A great alrounder, fun to d...
A versitile go anywhere do anything family car not pretending to be a luxury soft roader. Probably would buy another one but there are too many alternatives atm in the 35k - 45k price bracket. Nissan dealership at Liverpool service department is pathetic do not use them for scheduled services,they play stupid to warranty claims and are not very helpful. I used a local mechanic for 10000km service with Nissan Oil/Filter plus tyre rotation and balance and as per log book , it cost me only $120 with better service and attention to detail.
Now 125k on the clock never a hickup - loveit
Mine is an early model 2003 4 door, bought it at 79k on the clock in 08 and had a full service replaced all belts and lubes and fitted a new battery and BTA towbar. The car has been great for work and play. took us up through lake mungo nat park last chrismas, now at 125 k it hasnt missed a beat. I did get used to the centre mounted dash in about 3 mins. fuel eco is good a bit thursty when in 4wheel lock.
id by another xtrail whithout hesitation
ergonimic and comfortable to drive and ride in,
no mat in the back, I cut one from some carpet, vision when reversing, needs sensors or camera, I fitted a reversing beeper tells the kids to get out the way
Transmission rebuilt at 110,000K No Support From Nissan Australia
My Ti X-trail has been trouble free until 3 weeks ago, when it started to jolt starting off in low gear or slowing down in low gear. Took it to my Nissan dealer, who had to remove the transmission and rebuild because a condenser failed.The car whilst being a 2004 model has only just exceeded the 100,000K warranty. I have asked through my dealer for Nissan Australia to assist with some of the $3,369 cost to repair as a sign of Good Will because I believe when you buy a top of the range vehicle for $46,000 you expect to get fair and reasonable mi...leage before you have major issues with the transmission, certainly not at 110,000K, especially as this vehicle has never been off road of harshly treated, This is my second X-trail and I am disapointed with Nissan Australia's lack of Interest, Iam sure I could have bought a new cheap $13,000 vehicle that would of lasted longer than 110,000K without a major concern occurring. Nice Car to Drive Expensive poor Nissan Support
A very good car and one we will keep for years. We got a demo model with 5000kms on the clock and it has never let us down. The 4WD auto function is fantastic in the wet and gives you extremely good traction. Nice and light if you wanted to go on sand. In all a very good buy for the price.
The features it comes standard with are very good quality. The rubber matts seem to last forever and the towbar is unbreakable. Ample power with the 2.4L 4 cyclinder.
A bit of a fuel guzzler on the highway when the cruise control is switched on. The quality of the original tyres are suspect as well.
We loved our Extrail. I was a great car for driving to work. It doubled as an adventure car for the week ends.
Ecanomical and easy to drive
No cons to mention.
It's a great crossover apart from the minor steering and ride comfort issues.The fuel consumption is amazing!.And the towing is spectacular.My favourite thing about the car is the styling.The styling is not too girly but it doesn't look angry.
Very good space,great fuel effiency and towing.
Ride comfort and steering.
We purchased the 2007 ST-S auto about a month ago as it ticked all the boxes for what we wanted in a vehicle and suited our budget. We love it! We do quite a bit of travelling around on weekends and needed a vehicle with plenty of room to accommodate a 3 way camping fridge and other luggage. The extra 12 volt socket in the boot is a real plus for us as we can plug in the fridge, as well as the extra 12 volt socket in the front driver's storage compartment which we use to plug in the Tom Tom. There are plenty of hidden storage compartments in th...e dash area which is also a plus. The front seats are very comfortable, there is plenty of room in the back for passengers and it's easy to get in and out of the vehicle. Doing the shopping is a breeze as bags can be hung over the luggage hooks to prevent them from rolling around in the back. We're also impressed by how well this vehicle handles in the wet weather and how smoothly it drives on the freeway. We haven't taken it off road yet so can't comment on the 4WD aspect. We weren't sure about how we would cope with the dash layout in the centre but soon became accustomed to it and now prefer it this way. My partner's a bit of a leadfoot and I can now keep an eye on his speed without cricking my neck! I have found that the vision is great while driving but need to be conscious that cars are much closer than they appear to be in the side mirrors. It's a bit disappointing that there is no bluetooth or ipod dock but this can be easily fixed by installing a bluetooth car kit if you really need it.
I bought my X-trail 2005 brand new Ti model (middle range) and paid $40000 for it. But the car only valued at $16,500 in 2008 when I tried to sell it. It's a great car, but there are so many on the road. ONE main disadvantage about 2005 model is that the back seat doesn't fold down completely flat, so it's that good for storage. Apparently some other X-trail models' back seats can be folded down completely.
Higher suspension is really good - can see traffic ahead easily. Heaps of room inside. Also there is heaps of space between the windscreen ...
I think it's a great 'family' car, however I took it on the beach and the 4X4 light came on after 20 min of driving, this means the car goes in to front wheel drive mode only. This is not ideal when driving on sand! Some people call these cars "soft roaders" and if you keep this in mind you can't go wrong.
X-Trail Ti: The car goes well off road as well as on road.Unreal twin spot caliper brakes.The engine makes good power.If you get the luxury pack it comes with just about everything accept a coffee machine.
Nissan claim 10 litres per 100km (no chance), try 12 litres per 100km.Interior scratches very easy.Cup holders when used also scratch the dashboard.In the automatic version you cannot empty the ash tray without selecting a gear.
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