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Date Registered: 08-2008
Location: Mornington Peninsula,Victoria
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Re: Owners thoughts on X-trail diesel AUTO please


Thanks all for your replies. I did take a diesel auto for a test drive, and I quite liked it, although really need a longer drive to be more definative.

However, I have decided to stick with the car I have for a little longer, the trade in values were too far away from what I owe on it.

Cheers,

Byron

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Date Registered: 03-2011
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Hey guise.

As a Diesel Auto owner i can offer the following thoughts, tho i haven't had my exy long or off road...

The auto is good, tho not up to euro standards, but nothing to complain about, just not as refined. 1st is pretty short. It will be good for slow stuff off road, and only just gets you to 20km or so. As said 4th is a bit long. Will only engage at ~80. Slightly annoying for the numerous 70 zones. I actually think it more a case of the speedo being pretty safe with indicated speeds. I figure mine to indicate ~10% faster than actual.


Although my wife and i can both drive manual, I really can't be bothered changing gears myself. If it was an old 4 speed auto or something rubbish, then yeah, manual of course. The only bad thing i can say about autos is the slightly higher fuel economy.
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Date Registered: 12-2009
Location: Brisbane
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I've had mine Diesel auto for 18mths and just love it. I did look at the Hyundai and a couple of others and decided to go with the X-trail for the boot size (to fit my 80lt fridge). I get 6/7lt on the highway and 9/10 around town.

My only gripe is that the 6th gear will only kick in if you manually put it in, as 6th gear only engages at 118kph, apart from that it's a mighty fine car. Ohh i almost forgot the oil on the filter problem.

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Date Registered: 08-2010
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Hi all,

I have a TL auto with 35000klm on it since September 2010. (got it brand new). I love it, occasionally finding the final shift to 6th stubborn, but a quick flick over to manual sorts that out. My fuel economy is getting better with the more miles I do, averaging 7.6 (mostly highway driving). Love the seat heaters!
Problems? I have had a 12V socket in the rear stop working (fixed under warranty), and numb nuts driver forgot to shut the sunroof completely one afternoon, only to realise the following morning after it rained overnight. Thankfully the water was only a narrow band over the rear seat.
My wife loves it, so much so that her Honda never moves on a weekend.
I just wish it was a bit quieter.

Karl

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Date Registered: 10-2011
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I have had the TL Diesel Automatic for 6 months and I think it's outstanding.

Yes, the engine is downrated to 110kW vice 127 for the manual, and the torque is 320nM vice 360nM. But having never owned the manual I don't know the difference. She still takes off at lights (once you get through a couple of milliseconds of turbo lag) and she eats hills in her sleep. She tows a small pop-up van or fully laden 6x4 trailer like you hardly know it's there and the gear shift is very smooth. The auto works fine off-road too.

Being of Renault pedigree, the gearbox is largely geared for European highway running and for example, the written specs for the TS and TL indicate that it is meant to only shift to 6th gear at 115. This can be a little bit of a nuisance in 100 zones as you end up sitting in 5th with the engine ticking at around 2200RPM. However I've found if you surge up to about 112, then ease off the throttle then she shifts up to 6th and you can then slow to 100 and it will then cruise at 100 in 6th at around 1900RPM. Alternatively if you don't like the thought of surging up to 112 to make the thing shift up then you can simply use manual mode like some of the others in this thread. And in terms of fuel economy, I'm currently averaging 7.9L/100km (combined cycle) with the Auto.

I probably wouldn't recommend the Diesel to anyone who does a lot of short trips or a lot of stop-start city driving as the Diesel Particulate Filter may start to give you trouble. In WA I have had no trouble with this as we regularly travel at speeds above 70kmh. However someone living somewhere like Sydney suburbs or Melbourne might find the Diesel start to get a little temperamental. She definitely was not designed for short trips as Mum's taxi!

I am loving the Diesel Auto - would recommend it to anyone. And the extra fruit on the TL is totally worth the money, in my view!

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Date Registered: 06-2012
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Hi Guys,

I own a ex-demo T31 DIESAL and I have to say the cosmetics now give me the !@#$!! the lugs that hold the plastics on last as long as you don't need to replace anything... nissan supplied me with replacements to keep with me after much nagging.

I have had the folling replaced under warranty - car owned 12 months...

 - Roof racks brackets went white like they haad been in the salt and sun for years - replaced,
 - Front bottom dust seal replaced as the clips had dryed our.... hmmm
 - rear boot internal handle replaced....
 - internal drivers side kick panel replaced as it was not styaing on
 - EGR Valve replaced at 15k
 - and have now had the window seals come off on the passenger side....
 - not to mention the recall for the firewall bracket....
tHE CAR has been used for mainly 35Km plus drive at above 8okm to work and open roads in PERTH... Oon dirt - nothing my BA would not handle.....as we have hammered that on dirt roads,..

Apart from niggly thingds the car is good... needs more after market accessoried...
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