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Nissan X-Trail: What to look for in a used car

Nov 14

The Nissan X-Trail is one of the finest-looking seven-seater SUVs. It is also a roomy car with lots of space for both passengers and luggage. Thanks to its wide range of configurations, decent value, and versatility, it is one of the most practical cars for all-around use. 


Many people consider the Nissan X-Trail a tempting secondhand buy. It offers a lot of great features that could make your daily driver safer, more comfortable, and more practical. Apart from that, it is also a durable vehicle that can last for many years.


If you are considering buying a used Nissan X-Trail, here are some of the important things you need to look for:


  1. Historical report


When buying any used car, it's important to first check its historical report. This report contains information such as damage history, maintenance records, true mileage and possible recalls. While private sellers can trick you into buying a damaged car or a poor-performing car, the historical report will give you the information you need to make an assessment. 


When checking the historical report of an X-Trail you want to buy, check the section that indicates any structural damage to the vehicle which is typically caused by minor or major accidents. Check also for other issues that were consistently reported. And if available, check the odometer data as it will tell you if the odometer was fraudulently adjusted to reflect low mileage.


The historical data is vital to making a decision on whether to move forward with your planned purchase or to drop the vehicle and look for another option.


  1. Trouble spots


Models that are manufactured between 2007 and 2009 are known to grumble. The main issue with these models is their diesel particulate filters that easily choke up. The issue typically appears in X-Trail units that frequently run at lower revs. Fortunately, this problem was resolved in the much later models.


While the electronics in the X-Trail are robust, double-check if everything is working fine. This is especially important if you are buying a unit with lots of powered fittings such as a sunroof, sat-nav and more. While issues with electronics are not very common, you may encounter them if you are not careful.

If you are getting an X-Trail with cruise control, check if it does not randomly disengage during your test drive. It is a known weak spot so make sure to check it to ensure that the used car you are buying does not have this problem.


Furthermore, the X-Trail is a capable tow car with a maximum capacity of about 2,200kg. However, be extra cautious in buying a used X-Trail with two bars as they may have been abused by the previous owner. Carefully inspect for any signs of cracks or damage under the car.



  1. Check what's under the hood


What's under the hood will also tell you more about the real condition of a car. When checking a used Nissan X-Trail, open the hood and check for signs of damage, dents, and rust as they can be a sign of poor maintenance or damage caused by an accident. Here are some important things you need to check under the hood:


  • Check the hoses and belts to ensure they are still in good condition without any cracks. 
  • Check for any leaks or corrosion in the engine. The oil stains in the engine could be a sign of a leaky gasket. 
  • Make sure the brake fluid reservoir does not leak.
  • Look for foam residue on the filter cap. If it does, it's not a good choice.

Knowing what to look for in a used Nissan X-Trail is key to finding a used vehicle that offers you the best value for your money. If you are not confident to check all these components, it's a good idea to bring your trusted mechanic with you during the physical inspection and test drive.