IM BACK IN A NISSAN

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  1. ugame

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    No Patrol.
    No Maxima.
    No Navara.
    No to group genre guesses.
    I'm out of close up photos so will take some more later.
    But here's a very very cryptic clue that possibly only WA members would get, if at all.
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  2. Brock32

    Brock32 Active Member

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    Qashqai
     
  3. J3bba

    J3bba He Who Struggles

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    Not a cube is it?
     
  4. ugame

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    No Patrol.
    No Maxima.
    No Navara.
    No to group genre guesses.
    No Cube
    No Qashqai

    Clues
    1) Flash
    2) You wouldn't want to see it parked on the verge.
     
  5. lidz

    lidz Well-Known Member

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    R51 Pathfinder...
     
  6. ugame

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    I wish Pathfinder but no.

    My clues are clearly too kryptic or everyone from WA has given up :p

    This car......

    Has easy room for my mountain bike in the back.

    Until recently, was assumed to be a speed camera in disguise if you saw one parked on the verge (in WA anyway).

    It's a 2006 model.

    It cost $5K.

    It is a 4 pot Petrol.

    In Japan, it DID also come out with a 4 Pot Petrol TURBO engine, but ONLY in Japan. (mine is not).

    I think what's throwing you all is my apparent attachment to the car already. It's not the kind of car you'd expect anyone to "bond" with.
     
  7. brisz

    brisz Well-Known Member

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    X Fail ?
     
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  8. ugame

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    DING DING DING
    [​IMG]
    Yep. X-Trail.

    Write more about "why" later.

    [​IMG]

    And the main reason.....
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  9. AndyZ32

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    Damn, beat me to it. I was googling nissan clusters to match the shot of the speedo and thought I'd found the answer.
    Well done Briz.... Now ask him what you get as a prize !!:rolleyes:
     
  10. Boll!

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    Ahhhhhh, the suspense is over, Shit- I never thought of the X-Trail even though my mates wife drives one lol
     
  11. ugame

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    lol yep fun is over. X-Trail, X-Fail, Entrail it is.
    As said, it's a 2006. WITH the huge moon roof. Cloth interior. Tow bar. Nudge bar. ORIGINAL Nissan Stereo :O ;)
    180000k's on the clock.
    Picked it up for $5K

    It's in the condition you'd expect for it's age. Clearly used.

    Why an X-Trail?

    Well....I've been rearranging the fleet. As some of you know, I got into Alfa Romeo's and LOVE them to bits (present tense), however, with the Cayman in the garage I decided I needed to off-load everything that would continue to cost me money to own on an ongoing basis, so that I could build up a sensible "oh crap" fund for the Porsche.

    So the Alfa's and beetle are gone, and I have a boring 07 Civic, but we needed a second daily.

    My criteria were simple for this one.

    1) Small frugal engine.
    2) Timing chain.
    3) Room to throw the bikes in the back
    4) Something we don't care if it gets dinged.
    5) Some off road capability would be nice.
    6) Something you could sleep in if you happened to go on a lads camping weekend. (optional).

    After much research, I really couldn't go past the Nissan X-Trail, even though I'd previously HATED them (and all SUVs)

    It ticks all the boxes and is piss easy to work on unless you're doing a clutch ($2.5K job with a million hours labour my research tells me).

    So immediate jobs are:

    1) Front brake pads and rotors (this weekend DIY job)
    2) Service
    3) I'll prob replace hoses with the service
    4) Adjust handbrake
    5) Replace blown climate control resistors (fan speed controller)

    ....and that's it really.

    Mods?
    1) Set of slightly larger AT tyres.

    That'll do.

    I'd have LOVED a Freelander 2, but I'd be looking at at least $10K for a cheap one, and be looking at Alfa like maintenance, and it's a V6.

    Other cars I considered include Outlander and Rav4 and a few others.

    But bang for buck and versatility the X-Trail just won out every time.

    Here's a great Fifth Gear comparison


    Spoiler, the X-Trail wins.

    If you're ever in the market, here are my tips from my research:
    1) If manual, ensure clutch is good or has been done. Expensive job
    2) If clutch has been done with after market SINGLE mass fly wheel, you may have some engine vibration on idle.
    3) If auto, aim for anything up to an 07 as these were true auto. Anything 08 onward is CVT with a $1K oil change price and known issues.
    4) Anything pre 06 is prone to sensor issues as they improved the sensors over time. No biggie but just be aware and be ready to swap them all out. (3 of)
    5) Be patient, but also be quick. My god there are some well kept bargains out there. Single owner low K old people cars where they just throw them on the market for Redbook price. Those are the ones to jump on but they sell within hours. Trust me I know. I missed out on heaps. The great thing is, there are X-Trails everywhere. Shopping for a car I could happily walk away from anything but "the one" was a wonderful feeling for a change.
     
  12. ugame

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    Sorry, I'll also add a slim line rear muffler as that's the only real bad ground clearance issue.
     
  13. Fists

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    But, you said it was awesome? Red Herrings are one thing but that's just a lie.
     
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  14. ugame

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    lol fair comment.

    But oddly, in the niche it fits, with the above criteria, it actually IS awesome.
     
  15. brisz

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    Yeah not a vehicle I go running to but when I came up with a criteria of something I could use as a run around with good fuel economy or at least better then the Z, high seating position for better view and easier to haul my fat old arse in and out on a daily basis, some carrying capacity and basic off road capability camping fishing beach etc, it kind came to the top of the list after deciding a wrangler was a bit suspect quality wise and not so good on fuel, a Suzuki Jimny didn't have good highway capability and a bit small, but the new 2019 Jimny may have improved its highway appeal .. a bit, looks good but $30k new is a bit much for a shopping trolley, maybe once they drop to $20k used I would be interested, and by then there will be a turbo kit. :) Until then, I agree an X-Trail could be pretty handy.

    EDIT: Yep must be auto and no CVT thank you, so pre 08 huh.

     
  16. ugame

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    Just wanted to update this thread.

    after several months of owning a cheep ugly shitty used Xtrail.......we're STILL LOVING IT.

    fk me now I see why these are everywhere. It just does...everything.

    I've even taken it down the power line trails. (video coming soon).
    ...on street tyres.

    Of course I had to use chicken tracks but still, it was very impressed. Thought i'd need to pack up and go home at first but once I got used to how to place it, and where the ground clearance issues were, it was fine.

    Wife wasn't happy when i got home. It's meant to be her car. I may of kind of scratched it....reversing through a tree :D
     
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  17. NI85

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    Way back when, whilst only a passenger. I liked the 98 model X-trail. Nice interior and effortless to get in and out of. For someone of my height (6 ft) to only step into a vehicle with no upward or downward motion.
     
  18. TWIN TERROR

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    Legend of a car. You can not kill them. Funny thing is I just rang my nephew tonight to ask him if he wanted my old xtrail over 400,000 ks because I bought a x5 last year thinking it would have to die given the age. Bloody thing is still going strong and I actually love driving it so much the X5 sits in the shed. Regos about due again I just don't see the sense in paying 2 regos and insurance that the the only reason he gets a free car. I will almost bet I will be ringing him up in a few years to get it back after the bmw dies :eek:. You won't be disappointed great choice. oh and the 4wd system is one of the best and easiest to use around. Mine has the can coolers in the dash and they cool a beverage real fast lol
     

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