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Nissan X Trail
The Nissan X Trail is a crossover vehicle, which makes it a compact SUV. It has become a familiar sight on South African roads, which makes it easy to forget that the X Trail helped to change the car market when it was first released in 2001. It was one of the first crossover vehicles meaning it was bigger than a normal car but smaller than an SUV.
The evolution of the Nissan X Trail has seen it become sleeker and more rounded. It is still SUV-tough, but it is less rugged. There are also more luxuries inside, while lots of work has gone into improving its fuel efficiency. You can get 4WD versions but 2WD options are also available if you want the crossover look but have no intentions of taking it off road.
Buying a Secondhand Nissan X Trail
The Nissan X Trail is a durable car that is known for its top quality Japanese reliability so there are many options when buying used models. As with buying any type of secondhand car you should look for a good service history and low miles.
Diesel models are popular because they are cheaper to run and give better performance but they also give the most problems. Checking the maintenance history of a diesel X Trail is particularly important.
A rattling timing chain is one of the most common issues so check if that has been replaced. However, it is not a universal problem and there are no other specific issues that occur with any frequency. With the X Trail, it is more a case of ensuring that it was well cared for and maintained. The servicing intervals for the Nissan X Trail are 14 500km for the petrol version, and 19 300km for the diesel.
Finally, check the specification, particularly on the earlier models. Since 2003, Nissan has included a lot of equipment as standard but before then the Nissan X Trail was basic.
Overall this is a good family car. There is a lot of room in the backseat for the children and a big boot. If you are looking for a good quality family car that is a bit bigger than the norm, you will find it hard to beat the used Nissan X Trail.