Our cars: Used Nissan Qashqai - April
Week ending April 27
Driven this week: 100 miles
Used Nissan Qashqai review
I waved goodbye to the Qashqai yesterday, not for good, just until the recurring steering wheel whine has been cured once and for all. A chat with Nissan confirmed that it’s a relatively common problem and easy enough to put right. I’ll let you know if that turns out to be the case.
What little driving I did do brought about some more positive news, though. My aftermarket Pure Highway 300di DAB radio signal has been notably better. The black spots that previously had me reaching for the FM button now seem to be fewer and farther between.
It could be something to do with Tuesday’s news that London received a DAB signal boost, with the addition of five new radio masts now covering a claimed 99% of London’s roads.
Rory's Nissan Qashai on video
Week ending April 20
Driven this week: 100 miles
I’ve just spent a week in our used Nissan Qashqai. The packaging and space inside the cabin is as impressive as the day it went on sale in 2008, but even before setting off I noticed the shortage of the technology that’s commonplace in today’s new cars.
Obviously, the Pure DAB aftermarket installation does a lot to remedy this. Maybe it depends on your route taken, but I had no problems with signal dropout while driving through London.
One thing my colleague Rory hadn’t commented on is the gearshift. After 25,000 miles it now feels quite awkward, particularly between second and third, which gets used a lot when you’re trying to drive economically round town.
Week ending April 13
Driven this week: 102 miles
Since having the work completed on our used Qashqai, all seemed well - for the first week at least.
It was while reversing into a space in the What Car? car park that a familiar high-pitched whine met my ears. A few full-lock turns confirmed my worst fears – the steering column fault was back, and this time it meant business.
Fortunately, the front suspension and door check strap problems seem to be solved for good, and the Qashqai is genuinely nicer to spend time in a result. Looks like I’ll be calling the service centre about the steering column, though.
Week ending April 4
Driven this week: 548 miles
I’ve barely had a chance to get behind the wheel of our used Qashqai this week. It has been on various trips to the airport, but I did manage a quick drive, as I was eager to find out if my DAB radio had improved.
After repeated signal problems, Pure have replaced the main unit behind the dash, the aerial and the wiring to see if things would improve. Overall, signal quality and strength is better. However, there are still times when I have to flick traditional FM signal back on.
Staff writer Tom Webster has the same unit fitted to his Alfa Romeo Giulietta, and agrees that in some locations (such as between high sided buildings) the signal can cut out. Thinking back, it happens, albeit less frequently, in our long term Jaguar XF, too. It’s left me wondering if DAB still has someway to go before it trumps FM.
I also promised I’d update you on how those niggling problems were fixed. Nissan’s Cared 4 used approved scheme comes complete with a multi-point check, a 12 month warranty, an exchange promise, road side assistance and a courtesy car included.
Unfortunately, the lubrication of my steering column, front suspension and a new door check-strap, as it turns out, aren’t. £90 was reluctantly handed over, but at least all is fixed.