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Date Registered: 05-2014
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Ownership thoughts after 3,000klm


OK, after 3,000 kilometers of ownership I have written down a few thoughts.

Things I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to live without –

1. Digital radio, this is great, I can listen to AM stations with an FM quality sound and it is crystal clear.
2. The 360o view camera, I really don’t know how any of us manage without it haha.
3. The push button start and auto unlock. Never having to fish around in your pocket for the key or try and put it into the ignition in the dark really is terrific. I was skeptical of this at first but I am certainly a convert now!
4. The center dash readout for speed or fuel economy or trip times and a host of other items, probably one of the best on the market.
5. The ECO mode, where it deadens the accelerator pedal for driving in traffic and keeps the revs low unless you really sink the boot in. This makes for a more relaxed drive feel. Most test reviews bag this mode but it is really quite good in stop start traffic because the pedal is very sensitive in ordinary mode.
6. The manual shift setup, it does not matter what gear you select it keeps it and allows you to pick the revs, where in auto mode it is sometimes too quick to shift back when you accelerate and can hunt up and down a bit if you get just the wrong amount of accelerator pedal pressure. Most other makes will change gear in manual mode as they override the driver, but not in the Nissan.
7. The rotating switch for 2WD, 4WD or 4x4 lock mode, so easy to operate.
8. The fuel economy, it is a midsized SUV and returns as low as 6.4ltrs/100klm, amazing!
9. 120,000klm of capped price servicing (but see 6 in the don’t want list).

Things I could easily live without, in fact wish I could or wish I could change –

1. The road noise. It is quite intrusive compared to other makes of SUV.
2. Just a bit more power would be nice, so you don’t have to ring its neck to get it moving quickly. I did notice the Rav 4 I tested was a lot more “lively” feeling and the CX5 certainly was!
3. A tilt function on the electronic seat base, it only goes up and down, not tilt the front or rear.
4. The headlights, it should have projector headlights as standard equipment.
5. Have a full size spare, how many 4x4’s do you know that only supply a spacesaver!!
6. 10,000klm service interval when every other make is going for 15,000klm.
7. Paddle shifts on the steering wheel, most other makes now have them and I’m sure Nissan could fit them if they wanted.
8. There is no auto wipe when you put the windscreen washers on – WTF?? I thought every make had that.
9. A few more hidey holes for stuff would be nice, like maybe an underseat drawer on the front seats, or even a coin holder with lid somewhere.

All in all while being a somewhat unremarkable car in a lot of ways it is actually quite a remarkable car. Comfort is very good and I feel considerably more relaxed driving it. I actually enjoy driving again and now look forward to going somewhere, something I had lost over the years and only got excited about driving my son’s Golf GTI.

The standard inclusions list is very good but somewhat marred by the exclusion of some items that really should be there. It almost looks like Nissan has tried to “dazzle” buyers with some high tech inclusions at the cost of some basic things that really should be there.

All in all though I am still glad I chose the X-Trail over the Mitsubishi Outlander, Toyota Rav4. Ford Kuga and Mazda CX5. I still think as a package it is better than those rivals at the same price point. One thing for sure, it is certainly the best looking I reckon.

I have yet to take it off road, I've been too busy to put the mountain bike in the back and head bush but that will come soon enough.




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Date Registered: 03-2014
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I just hit 3,000KM yesterday.

My take on the good and bad after 2 months.

The good:
1. Big and spacious... I managed to fit a fully assembled maternity glider chair in the trunk. Didn't even need to put the back seats down.
2. Fuel economy is improving. Trips that used to run at 9L/100Km at the beginning have now gone down to 7.7L/100Km. My lowest trip was 6.6L/100Km.
3. 360 camera. Leaves me wondering how I ever parked my other cars.
4. Nice interactive driving console.
5. Good powerful CVT drivetrain.... acceleration is a breeze, even at high speeds like 100KM/H, it was so pacey once I had the accelerator down, it easily went up to over 120KM/H..... smooth overtaking....... happy days.

The bad:
1. Poor poor poor light design....
2. Stock front beams are really dim and the rays are not spread evenly. Still find illumination poor even after replacing with Philips Crystal Vision 4500K bulbs.
3. The height adjuster for the front beams is poorly located near where the driver's knees are.
4. The stock bulb in the trunk is a joke. Had to replace with a high powered LED.
5. Noisy tires.
6. Why the tall ugly antennae?


Overall, I'm still happy with my purchase of the T-32 over other makes.
 


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Hi mate, so what changed your mind about its power from post 1 to post 2?

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Date Registered: 03-2014
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Hi mate, so what changed your mind about its power from post 1 to post 2?





My T-32 is 2WD, while L J G's in post 1 is 4WD, same engine in both models.....

I'm thinking.... generating torque to all 4 wheels plus the extra weight of the 4WD system might be the reason for the difference in opinion on the vehicle's power.

Any thoughts?




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The 4WD system on the x-trail is the on-demand type, which means the car is always driven in 2WD (front wheel drive) until the 4WD selector is engaged and/or when wheel slip/spin is detected. It should make any difference in terms of acceleration and cruising power between the two T32 models which have identical engines.

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How about the weight difference between the 2 models?

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Won't be that noticeable to make a difference at all.

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Date Registered: 05-2014
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I mainly just leave mine in 2WD unless it is raining or I have the trailer on. With a full load in the trailer it will run to as high as 50/50 when accelerating off at traffic lights. Strangely there is only 56kg difference between the 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive models, even less if the 2 wheel drive has 7 seats. Agree with vivre, the economy is getting better as I get more kilometers on mine as well.

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Hi,
we are up to 6000k on our T32 ST-L 2wd and here is my 2cent worth.

The Good
1. Love the space both in the front and back seats.
2. 2WD drives very well, brakes very well. The misses had to slam on the brakes in a 90 zone and she was amazed how well it stopped and she didn't feel out of control.
3. Great fuel economy for a 2.5 and its size.
4. Love the round view camera instead of beeping senors. And if you press the camera button again it shows the front wheel.
5. Great Bluetooth/GPS/DAB system (when is works -see bad)
6. say what you want about the CVT but in this SUV it works great for the purpose or driving around town or up the coast with the family. Its not a sport car and that's a good thing.

The bad
1. maybe its my OCD but the dash and glove box rattles, the misses doesn't care but when i drive it I go crazy. One weekend I'll pull it apart and see what can be done about it.
2. About once every two weeks the DAB stops working. I think I've figured it out thou. If I park underground where there is no DAB signal. When I return to drive home it doesn't work even outside the parking station, its like it never searches for the station again. All other functions work fine
3. Randomly the whole GPS/Bluetooth/Radio system just stops working. Buttons don't respond. In both cases turning the car fully off for 5-10 mins seems to reset the system and everything is back to normal. Still i hope Nissan fixes this.
4. LED brake lights, I would have seriously expected this.
5. Shorter antenna. I have it live with it hitting the garage door on the way in and out each time.

Overall, we are very happy with the t32. And it suit out family perfectly. Also red cars go faster emoticon I'm looking to see what mads are out for this model. I would love LED metal scuff plates.
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Hi all

So just clocked up 3,000km on my STL 2WD 7 seat. Just thought i would share my experience with the car...

Things i love:

After test driving a lot of other competitors in its class, the drive and handling was one thing that stood out for me, i have read reviews that say otherwise but i feel that the CVT and engine work together as a great package, and for a 2.5 there's definitely power there when you need it!

For its price point i thought the interior is nicely refined, could be a bit more storage but feels and looks good. A lot of room and rear seats are very roomy and comfortable as for the +2 seating well that's explained on things I don't love haha.

It's exterior was one thing that was really appealing to me as well, i replaced the headlights with whiter globes and looks fantastic now! Although the fog lights are a bit of a let down, i used to have a 2003 CRV and the foggies on that gave a lot more road coverage.

The cameras are nice, an audible warning at the rear would have been nice but oh well.


Things i don't love:

The smell of the faux leather interior, its ok now but for the 1st couple thousand k's a real skunk would get stuck in my throat driving the car, and i always had fresh air cycling through the cabin.

The 2 additional seats are small at bes, I knew this when I bought it though and they cab be used for 1 additional adult or 2 small kids.

The DAB issue everyone has, although i dont get it as much as some. I had it happen just after 1000k service over a week i think it happened 4 times. Then nothing for almost 2 months and then just yesterday happened again, still waiting on dealer system update (hopefully not BS).

ECO mode really helps out on the fuel, although the best i get is 7.6 and I have been running premium too. L J G any tricks to get 6.4? Are you on long freeway drives?

Overall really enjoying the car, could have had an outlander with every option under the sun but i drove 2 of them and both made an unusual noise from the front left strut over bumps, manufacturing default perhaps.

Love that car! Xtrail that is! emoticon





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