2005 Nissan X-Trail LE 2.5 gas from North America


A dependable and fun vehicle to own


The heater motor squealed whenever the temperature fell below 3 degrees Celsius, and was replaced at 120,000 km.

Left rear wheel bearing had to be replaced at 117,000 km.

Right front rotor warped and was replaced at 110,000 km.

General Comments:

The X-Trail is a very stable car to drive, on or off road.

The LE model is feature rich and very comfortable.

The center mounted gauges took some getting used to, but now I prefer them to those mounted behind the steering wheel.

The 165 hp engine has plenty of pep for merging on highways, and will cruise comfortably all day at 110 km/h.

Fuel consumption averages 9.5 liters/100 km in warm weather, but increases to 10.5 or more when the temperature dips below zero and using snow tires.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th April, 2010

2005 Nissan X-Trail DCi 2.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Shame about the troublesome engine


Oil leak from under the intercooler, perhaps coming from a faulty turbo, though some of the comments about this suggest that the intercooler is at fault.

Oil leaks onto the manifold, and creates a nasty smell when the car is stopped.

Accelerating slightly harder than normal causes the car to go into limp mode. This can only be fixed by stopping the engine for a few seconds and re-starting it.

General Comments:

It's a shame about the problems with the diesel version, as it is quite a nice car in most other ways.

Nissan service is appalling, I have never managed to get anything fixed the first or second time. It take many visits and lots of money to get sorted.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd February, 2010

16th Jan 2016, 11:29

My Nissan X-Trail engine stopped functioning while I was driving yesterday. We have checked the alarms, the oil and battery, and still it's not functioning. We suspect the computer box, since one of its capacitors is burnt. Please give us an idea what to do about it.

2005 Nissan X-Trail Gas 4 cylinder from North America


Great SUV with multi purpose use


Only have had 1 problem with the car, and it is a very minor problem.

The check engine light will come on when it idles for a long time in very cold temps. Example -15C to -30C. The problem when I coded it was an idle spike, but apparently it is a minor issue in other Nissans. Since last winter it hasn't come on, and when I watched for the light to come on, the idle barely even moved.

General Comments:

Great small-mid SUV that is good on gas because of the smaller engine size.

Towed our 1600lbs tent trailer all summer with ease!!

Heated seats work wonders in winter.

Drive a lot of long distances with comfort, and have never had any issues with high speed driving, the cruise control or any of the steering/bearings.

Haven't had any engine or transmission hiccups at all.

This is our first Nissan, and we are very happy with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2009

11th Jul 2010, 23:01

This is an update on this review:

Have done a lot of highway driving and towing with our tent trailer and still no major problems.

We are at about 137km's and it still runs like when we bought it.

That original problem with the idle was that it needed new spark plugs (AKA regular maintenance).

2005 Nissan X-Trail LE 2.5L gas from North America


I bought it brand new in November 2004, and only drove 65,000 km.

Had the engine leaking oil, and more than that, I cannot start my car today. Will tow it to the dealer tomorrow. Last time I went to the dealer to check engine leaking, they said it's OK, but when I came back, I found it kept leaking. Don't know why?

General Comments:

If you are lucky, it's OK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 31st August, 2009

2005 Nissan X-Trail Elegance 2.2 dCi from Norway


Not perfect, but a very good SUV


Intercooler broke on 50.000 km (fixed under warranty).

Turbo broke on 52.000 km (fixed under warranty).

General Comments:

The doors refuse to shut in very cold weather, especially when there's a rapid difference in temperatures from warm to cold..

Very good 4x4-capabilities due to instant 4x4 instead of "real-time"-systems. I use it often to tow boats from the beach with sand and high attack-angles, but smells like burned clutch...

Good comfort & powerful engine.

Navigation screen very sensitive to cleaning fluids - screen was totally screwed up after using window cleaning fluids, but replaced under warranty.

Excellent service from my Norwegian dealer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2009