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Date Registered: 10-2010
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Hopefully I've posted this in the correct place.

I've been looking at a number of 2nd hand xtrails recently. 2007 t30 st-s is the model since you asked emoticon

I've found a contender recently but there are a couple of things about it that I'd like some advice on.

The First and worst is that when asked, the current owner couldn't produce a log book. I'm assuming that this puts the car at a serious disadvantage as I can't tell if the servicing is up to date and done on time among other things.

He hasn't serviced the car with a Nissan dealer, after reading about sensitivity issues with the radiator this is a bit of a concern.

There seemed to be some (not excessive) surface rust, but not on the exhaust where I would expect. How much should I expect on a second hand xtrail?

Other than that the car seemed to drive very well. It was in very good condition inside and out.
The engine oil was extremely clean, it must have been changed very recently.

Given some of the issues above, I'm wondering if this car is too risky to take on.

thanks for your time.



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Hi Andrew,

I reckon that car is too risky to consider, especially without a service history and log books which could suggest that current owner got it from the auction and it could an ex-rental car, which in turn means it may have been abused. How many kms are on the clock?

In terms of rust, there should be NONE whatsoever, as I haven't come across any T30 model (even a 2001 one) that has surface rust in Australia. Overseas with snow condition, it's a different matter.

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Thanks Jalal,

It has 43k-ish on the clock, so I don't think it'll be an x-rental.

I was considering an RTA vehical history check. So I'm assuming that would iron out details like how many owners and if it has had any accidents etc.

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Yes Andrew, it would and it would be the best $18 bucks you have ever spent. You can then call Nissan Australia and check the all recalls have been done of this car, if he hasn't done the recalls either, look for another exy emoticon

Oh, the corolla we previously had and which I bought 2nd hand had 19.000kms on the clock and it was ex-rental.

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I wouldn't worry about rust on the exhaust as mild steel doesn't take long to turn rusty brown.
If you could ask where the previous owner got it derviced then you can give that centre a call about any service information.

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Tony,

I think Andrew was talking about surface rust on the car itself, not the exhaust. That's how I read his post anyway. If that is the case, it's not normal at all.

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Dont think its goverment or rental as its an STS and dont see many t30s in the auction catalouges.

Also ex rentals are serviced properly and it is displayed in the book as it increases the cars value at the end of its rental life when sold off. My brother got a ex rental getz for his girlfriend with 8k on the clock so the amount of kms mean little in identifing the old owner.

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Matt,

Have a look at Pickles auction page and you'll see heaps of T30s being auctioned off.

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@ cooch t31

The rust that I though I saw was on the underside of the car under the driver and passenger seat floor.
I'll have to have a closer look, it was red tinged and it had rubbed of on my fingers and wasn't on any other part of the underside. If it was dust from dirt tracks I would have expected it to be all over the underside.

The paint was in amazing condition, hardly any scratchs. What I thought was rust was only in the areas mentioned.

Thanks,

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If you're buying from Auction avoid ex Integral Energy vehicles, they have all had a hard life and most have extensive off road use.

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