2009 Nissan Qashqai Vista 1.6 petrol from Norway

Summary:

A break down away

Faults:

Clutch problems, door hinges, shock absorber and the list goes on.

Rust in tailgate.

Rear windows do not work.

Driving lights need replacing, and water in back tail lights

General Comments:

I was so pleased with the car when the dealership delivered it; very low kilometers and full service history. I never drive the car in town, yet the clutch shudders, and the entire car shudders if the car is not warmed up. I take care of my cars and this car is nothing but work.

I have never had a car with such low kilometers fall apart so quickly. I found forums that relate to the large and small repairs. It seems clutch, shockers and electronic problems are "normal" for this car. The biggest appointment is the rust. The tailgate needs to be removed to fix it. Dealership said it should have never have had such deep rust for a spotless car!

Every day it seems that I hate the car more and more. The worst thing is I can't sell due to the long list of things to do. I fell in love with the glass roof and fantastic specs, but all that gloss hid a poorly built car. I owned a Honda HR-V for years and drove over 250000 klm; never had a day of trouble. Never will I buy a Nissan again!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 14th March, 2016

2010 Nissan Qashqai Tekna 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

A good all-rounder

Faults:

The handbrake cables failed - one side at a time. Note that aftermarket ones do not work well at the current time; genuine Nissan are the way to go.

The air conditioning unit began to make strange noises. This was traced to a leaking condenser. Once replaced, with a new receiver/dryer, we have had no further problems.

General Comments:

After 80,000 miles in four years (taking the mileage to over 200,000), our 2002 Toyota Avensis was getting tired and in need of expenditure in excess of its value, so it was time for a replacement.

My wife wanted a dark-coloured Qashqai with the reversing camera and sat-nav, so that narrowed it down to a Tekna or N-Tec. I preferred the look of the facelifted 2010-on model and did not want a diesel nor an automatic. The 2-litre petrol seems quite rare, so a 1.6 petrol was the optimum choice. I found this car and paid £8000. The price was affected by the high mileage, but this does not put me off and as it was ex-lease, it had a full service history.

After a year and putting nearly 20k on it, we remain very pleased. Aside from the issues noted above, it has had 4 oil changes, two air filter changes, two pollen filter changes and a new set of spark plugs. I have done all of this myself. It is fairly easy to work on, although you need to take the undertray off to get at the sump plug, and the spark plugs require the inlet manifold to come off, which is a bit of a pain (but prevalent on a lot of modern cars).

There is quite a lot of surface rust on the front crossmember, which will be sorted out in due course - but I would have expected Nissan to learn their lesson in this regard with the Micra and Almera.

The car drives very well and is practical and spacious for our family of three. I removed the 18" wheels with their 55-profile tyres and fitted 16" wheels with 65-profile tyres - much better ride quality (so useful on our potholed roads) and cheaper replacement costs with little loss of ultimate grip.

The 1.6 engine is a little undergeared (3500 RPM = 70mph) and could do with a sixth gear. Economy is pretty good - we have averaged 38 MPG over the last 20,000 miles, with two-thirds of the driving being in town.

The top-line Tekna specification has all the fruit - leather seats (heated in front), a Bose stereo, Xenon headlights, cruise control, a full-colour satnav (the 2010 maps are fine) and reversing camera, plus a glass panoramic roof.

We aim to keep the car as long as possible, at least until 200,000 miles ideally.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2015