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Date Registered: 02-2014
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Bringing my new-to-me 2005 X-Trail up to speed?


Hi all - First, my apologies if this should be in another section, or if this has been adequately covered previously. I couldn't find anything when I looked...

Last week I picked up a 2005 base model XTrail, AWD manual, with just over 100 000 km on it. It was at an auction, so while I was able to confirm that the vehicle has a clean registration and insurance claim history, I have no idea how well it might have been maintained. No service records were included. It looks like it has seen light duty, but it does have a "tiny" trailer hitch and the corresponding electrical hookup in the spare tire well, so maybe it was used for pulling. I can't imagine you could pull much with that hitch, though!

Anyway, what would you recommend I have serviced or checked?

Here's what I've done so far:

-synthetic oil change (oil was not super dirty, but likely "old")
-new battery (OEM part was weak)
-air filter (OEM part was filthy)
-cabin air filter (OEM part was filthy)
-tires switched to 215/70R16 (Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 - It's a serious winter here!)

What else would you recommend? In particular, I'm wondering if I should have the fluids checked / replaced for the manual tranny, transfer case, and differential. I'll probably drop in new plugs soon (if the temps ever crack zero!), but should I also do the coils? In the spring, I'll probably have a coolant and power steering flush done. I haven't looked closely at the brakes, but they "feel" okay (except for that loose parking brake, which I see is going to require an internal drum adjustment).

Is any of this a waste of my time? Anything I am missing?

I paid much less than I anticipated for the vehicle, so I don't mind spending more than I normally would on preventative maintenance at this point. I will be using it mostly for highway and dirt/gravel road travel, with some rougher unmaintained logging roads thrown in.

Thanks in advance, and your advice is much appreciated!

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Hi Tony,

Due to the absense of the service history you would need to make sure that everything is fresh, so you can start tracking the maintenace periods from scratch.

As such, I would do the following:

* Change Oil (both engine and transmission)
* Change Oil filter
* Change spark plugs (at 100,000kms they are due for replacement anyway)
* Change air filter (the cabin filter is a bonus, as it doesn't usually come with one, so change that too while you at it)
* Check the engine coolant level and make sure that only the Genuine Nissan coolant is used.

Other things as required. If you are noticing the battery is playing up, change that too.

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Being a 2005 model there are some things which might be "on-the-way" and if you wanted some trouble-free motoring it might be worth doing depending on how much you saved and how much you can spend on preventative maintenance at this stage...
- Cam and Crank sensors
- O2 sensor
- Check existence of all butterfly valve screws and loktite them inplace
- Check cat convertor for deterioration
- Compression test engine as a check neither of the above 2 faults have already occurred

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Thanks very much, gentlemen! I'll look in to each of these.

Jalalski, is there a particular reason that only genuine Nissan coolant should be used?

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Also, Kev, I've read that the valve screw problem was confined to certain production runs. Do you happen to know if it is a particular concern for the Canadian X-Trail?

Thanks again!

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quote:

GoldCoastShipping wrote:

Thanks very much, gentlemen! I'll look in to each of these.

Jalalski, is there a particular reason that only genuine Nissan coolant should be used?



Yes, X-Trail's radiator is the sensitive type to any other coolant and with time it will cause blockage due to casting sand and this in turn will lead to overheating and blown head gaskets.

Almost all of the cases of blown head gaskets we have come across were caused by using non-genuine Nissan coolant.

As to the loose intake butterfly screws Kev referred to, the screw design got changed in the 2006 models, so yours will definitely be on the "risk" list even though Nissan Canada (just like Nissan Australia) never issued a formal recall for this defect despite Nissan US doing so for the Sentra Spec-V with exactly the same engine. (read all the info about this HERE)

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Excellent, thanks!

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I just browsed through the thread on the loose intake screws. It's 41 pages long, and it appears that most (or perhaps all) of the photos are no longer hosted. Understandable, given the age of the thread!

Is a complete DIY fix located somewhere in that thread (hopefully with pictures!)? Or should I take that request directly to the thread in question?

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Apologies, I found the DIY guide in the DIY section on the main page, not directly part of these forums. Just in case this thread comes up in someone else's search:

http://www.australianxtrail.com.au/files/Butterfly_Screws.pdf

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