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Date Registered: 01-2005
Location: HILLS DISTRICT NSW
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Plastic Front Guards - What have they given me?


After all the research from this website and extensive negotiating with dealers, I finally picked up my 04/05 White Ti-L with sunroof on Saturday.

I received the following inclusions for $39 400 drive away:

1. Nudge Bar
2. Side Steps
3. Roof Bars
4. Tow Bar
5. Driving Lights
6. Smoked Bonnet Protector
7. Carpet Mats
8. Rubber Cargo Mat
9. Chrome Exhaust Tip
10. Full Tank of Full
11. 6 Year Warranty


Plastic Front Guards - What have they given me?

My front guards are made out of plastic or Fibreglass (definitely not metal like the rest of the panels)

Can anybody explain this one for me?




May the adventures begin!


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Date Registered: 07-2004
Location: Sydney
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Standard feature my friend.

Looks like a tentative toe in the water by nissan to see if the public will accept plastic panels allround in later models down the track.




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Date Registered: 02-2004
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LOL Jason, are you saying that you test drove a car without banging on the panels? emoticon

That was the 1st thing I noticed when I went I saw the xtrail and in fact the salesman was very proud of this feature on the xtrail and start banging on the front mudguards/fenders to demonstrate how practical they're against dents and flying supermarket trolleys emoticon

I told him, nice demo mate, but I wouldn't buy the exy you just kicked emoticon

These fenders are OK in our weather here, but they're a nightmare to have in freezing weather like Canada and Russian for example, where a simple bump would see the whole fender just shatter to pieces. (It has happened to a couple of Canadian xtrailers already) emoticon

You haven't been cheated by nissan Jason, it will be fine, don't worry about them, I think they're OK for the time being, but only time will tell if they will suffer from colour fade or something similar compared to the other panels on the exy.


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Date Registered: 12-2004
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Jason,

Nice list of xtras you got ther, i thought that I did ok but you blitzed my accessories.

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Date Registered: 01-2005
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Can you polish these plastic panels? emoticon

Oh well, i did yesterday, seems to be ok emoticon

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quote:

canberraxtrail wrote:

Can you polish these plastic panels? emoticon

Oh well, i did yesterday, seems to be ok emoticon



Depends on what type of polish you used emoticon if you used the heavy duty one, then you no longer have paint protection emoticon

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Date Registered: 01-2005
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no it was good stuff. You can use it on plastic bumpers, so i assume you can use it on plastic panels.

And i didn't have paint protection in the first place.

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I use the same polish on all panels "Scratch X" does the job very good.

Fair enough about paint protection, you have nothing to worry about then and in fact you can have it polished professionally for even a better look. Get rid of any scratches in the process.

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Date Registered: 12-2004
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The plastic front guard is the very first thing the salesman showed us as he leaned on a new X-trail just to get our attention.

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Date Registered: 03-2005
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quote:

jalalski wrote:

These fenders are OK in our weather here, but they're a nightmare to have in freezing weather like Canada and Russian for example, where a simple bump would see the whole fender just shatter to pieces. (It has happened to a couple of Canadian xtrailers already) emoticon




So what happens to all those cars made with plastic bumper bars ? It's been around twenty years since Holden, Ford, and pretty much everyone else made the change from metal to plastic for bumper bars.

Most insurers now allow smash repairers to panel-swap rather than panel-beat - either cause they've been convinced its cheaper, or someone's running a nice little racket.

As an Xtrail owner, it probably has no bottom line effect even if the panel "fell-to-pieces" rather than simply dented like a metal panel would. Either way, your up for a new panel and spray job etc.,. And hopefully, the plastic panel is a lot cheaper to produce and distribute (lower weight, lower transport cost etc.,.).

I don't want to sound unsympathetic to Jasonxti's concerns. I felt apprehensive when plastic bumper bars were introduced and wondered if they'd last as long as metal ones (or be as repairable).

But when you think about it, metal panels don't all last equally well. Some manufacturers' don't do a good a job of rust prevention/protection etc.,. - and few people ever open up the panels to check out how well it's been done. You just have to rely on the manufacturer's brand integrity.

Why worry about the plastic anymore than worry about how well the inside of the metal has been primed and painted ?

Cheers

DOM

PS please don't tell me about rust protection. I last bought that from a dealer who sold me a Mazda 626 circa 1980. Bloody thing rusted only around the holes drilled into the doors and door pillars that were used to insert the entirely useless rust preventative treatment. This happened within 4 years of ownership. And the supplier claimed it was surface rust, not covered by the guarantee - and was unresponsive to complaints/claims via consumer affairs. I never got my money back, company allegedly changed ownership, but continued to trade in the same premises under the same brand name. I don't think I was the only one dudded.
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