I traded in a 07 plate 1.4 Note SE and picked up the Qashqai 08 plate early in July this year, one of the reasons was to give my kids more room in the back as I holiday in the UK, generally 3 times a year. I've clocked up 2.5k in miles since July and as most of my driving is about town I feel I'm never away from the petrol station. The Qashqai feels solid and you get the feeling of safety whilst driving it especially on the motorway. The difference in the cab between the Note and Qashqai (spacious wise) isn't massive which was a surprise not to metion a dissapoinment. Nissan have fooled people into thinking they are buying a very big bodied car with loads of space which simply is not the case. Before you buy the Qashqai check out the actual height of the car and deduct that figure from the road clearance height, you might get a shock. The Qashqai isn't a bad car for the money it's simply just not as good as Nissan would have you believe. I'm glad I bought the Tekna with all the onboard toy's or I think I would be paying the garage another visit for a trade-in.
Felt slightly underpowered and noisy , gear change good . Could do with more storeage around dash area . Like high driving position . Noticed rust on underside of 2K mile car , this is a common problem (check 'qashqaiclub') http://forum.qashqaiclub.co.uk/forum_posts.asp?TID=1191
Purchased the car in Feb 2008 for which I think the spec is superb compared to some other vehicles I have owned. Yes the 1.5 lacks the oomph at take off, but with todays rising fuel costs, its not an issue - I've found myself driving more sensibly anyway as a result.
My major gripe with the car is that at speeds of 65mph+ the car undergoes a transformation and mimics the actions of a kangaroo! Nissan are aware of the problem but it has taken 2+ months to date without resolve - they are apparently working on developing a new part.
Its a great shame that they have still not managed a resolution to the problem as this is otherwise a super car.
I bought this car in Nov 07, initially I was looking at the astra convertable, but knew running costs would be high. Then I saw the Qashqai on the internet test drove it and was sold. I really like the car but wish i had gone for the Acenta. I don't think it's that economical(I drive over 100 miles a day). It lacks power on take off, (yes i like to beat you guys at the lights). The drinks holder is not very convenient (especially when you are vertically challenged). However I would go for a better spec when I decide to get a new one.
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