2004 Nissan X-Trail 2.2 from France


Worrying reliability issues


My turbo started to whine after 20,000km, the dealer (in France) pointed the problem out to me during a routine service, they replaced it (and the ECU) on warranty and provided me with a hire car free of charge.

At 30,000km an oil leak from the intercooler caught fire on the turbo, a minor fire occurred. Again the dealer replaced the part (a 30 minute) job. He didn't need to look under the bonnet to tell me what caused the fire.

General Comments:

I like the car, I am worried about the long term reliability. Will probably sell before the 3yr warranty is up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th May, 2006

11th Oct 2006, 15:18

Try letting the engine idle for 30-60 seconds at the end of a journey (particularly long/arduous driving) before switching off. This lets the turbo/oil cool down and prolongs its life.

8th Dec 2006, 20:14

I have the Nissan X-Trail 2006 ST-S 4x4 40th Anniversary edition (3 months old). Until recently I was extremely pleased with this car. The added extras (alloy wheels, large sunroof, and fog lights) are fantastic. However, be warned, if you live anywhere subject to hot climate (such as Australia), you will find that the air-conditioner of this car is totally inadequate. Hours of operation on maximum does little to reduce temperatures inside the car, if outside temperatures are in the 30C's. Be prepared for your children in the rear to be sweating profusely, as there is no rear air vents. I have been unable to use the car for the last two days as temperatures in my town have reached the high 30Cs. I cannot get the car to come below 38C. I have three reflective panels on the windshield and front windows, and two rear window socks. This is despite the highest grade (Grand Prix-Formula 1) window tinting.

2004 Nissan X-Trail Dci sport 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Great car, but oh the poor after sales service


Cd player failed. Oil leaks from intercooler. Sun roof rattles.

General Comments:

Car been in twice to have oil leak fixed. Each time Nissan garage said no leak present even though drip of oil is visible! Dealer first service did not change oil filter - two week old filter covered in rust! Complained to dealer who wasn't interested - he had got my money. Tyres wearing very badly, dealer said bad driving. Vauxhall after sales was better than this and they were poor!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th September, 2005

8th Oct 2005, 20:21

I had oil leaking from the inter-cooler in my 2004 2.2Dci, it turned out to be a faulty turbo that had sent oil into the inter-cooler. Nissan replaced the turbo under warranty, but oil kept leaking from the inter-cooler pipework, Nissan replaced inter-cooler as well at this point. I still rate the Nissan X-Trail 2.2Dci SVE as a great car and the warranty as bullet proof. I would buy another one with confidence.

4th Aug 2011, 17:32

Just an update to prior getting rid of my X-Trail - it's a great car, but now needing a third turbo plus a fuel pump problem; does Nissan think I am going to spend 2.8K on a car that's only covered 65k miles with full Nissan service history? Have now ordered a new Toyota. I will NEVER buy another Nissan!

2004 Nissan X-Trail Sport 2.2 DCi from UK and Ireland


An excellent compromise between 4X4 and Estate car


Nothing at all which was part of the manufacturers responsibility. The dealer fitted electrics for the tow bar gave problems, but as I am an Electrical Engineer I sorted this myself.

General Comments:

The car is a model of reliability and tows my Caravan well. The fuel consumption is very good solo, but drops dramatically when towing.

The choice of gear ratios is good for both solo and towing.

The selection of gears however is marred by a crunch if hurried.

The handling is reasonable considering the high centre of gravity, but is does roll quite a lot.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2004