Buy the 2.5 petrol version and avoid turbo issues!
Had a Nissan X-trail 2.0 Sport from new in 2003, and in 4 years and 50000 miles not one problem. Traded this in for a 2006 2.2 dci Columbia in October 2007.
While at first, the performance was fantastic, this started to vary on some journeys, to the point of wondering if the turbo was faulty. It's intermittent and does not last long but annoying.
Then my front brake jammed-on and got so hot I thought it would burst into flames. To Nissan's credit, both front brakes were replaced free and they blamed grit in the caliper.
Then yesterday, the brakes failed completely with the pedal sinking straight to the floor. This resolved itself in a minute or so, but not before a few hairy moments!
It's in the with Nissan today, but they just scratched their heads as I had not been over-working the brakes prior to the incident. I know they will ring and say it all looks fine and can't find a problem. It does not leave me feeling too confident though!
A great family car, but brake problems and turbo issues seem to be common on later models.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th August, 2008