I bought this car brand new in April 2007 so one of the first to own it - and loved it immediately! However, this feeling did not last very long. By Sept 2007 and 5000 miles, smoke poured out of the bonnet and I was told that there was a problem with the clutch - it went in and out of the garage 7 times that month, the garage fixed it and every time I took it home (15 miles from garage) the clutch slipped again and overwhelming smell of burning appeared! Eventually (after replacing clutch 6 times!) they replaced the slave cylinder and it seemed to be sorted. Not so though - by January 2008 smoke appeared again and it went into the garage twice more - dealer kept telling me they'd fixed it and were quite rude (got told by service manager that's why we give you a 3 year warranty when I complained that I needed a reliable car as I used it for business). By June 2008, when smoke appeared again, I lost complete confidence in the car and the dealer and got rid of it - swapped it for a Mini Cooper which couldn't be more different and the dealer was fantastic and 6 months on, I love it! I lost nearly £4k on the Qashqai when I swapped it at just 14 months old and it had done £11k miles - not what I wanted but Nissan just didn't want to know. I really did love the Qashqai at the start - guess I was very unlucky and got a 'Friday afternoon' car as everyone keeps telling me!
This is a very nice car in everyway! I have a 4WD Tekna and I am most satisfied! We have now got plenty of snow here in Sweden, and as I live in the middle of the woods and have to drive on a tiny rroad to the mainroad the car is wonderful! I just switch to the 4WD and off we go!!!
Had this car since march 2007 probably one of the first off the production line. Pleased to say have had no problems worthy of note,the main selling feature was the good height which is essential for my wifes painful back problem (easy access). Having driven most prestige models my last one Audi 1.8T A4 export, must admit I do sometimes miss the power on the motorways. However, overall a very good enjoyable ride. Many standard extras nothing really missing, in reality no complaints .
Not terribly impressed by the Qashquai as a family car. We had this as a (company) car and I much, much prefer our spacious Tino. I disagree with anyone who suggests its 'roomy' for the category that it's in. It unquestionably feels safe – a bit like driving a tank, the handling is a bit clunky although its comfortable, and I do like the high driving position, I'm constantly worried that I can barely see out of the back windscreen, nor what’s going on around the car in general.. The boot is small - not what I would class as 'family' sized, and once I've got just one childs car seat in the back, I have to push the passenger seat so far forward to allow my toddler room for his feet when reclined, I clonk my head on the doorframe when I try to get in. I don't even think we could put a seat (in recline) behind the driver because my husband needs it pushed right back. It feels quite easy to drive, so quiet that sometimes when reversing out the drive I'm not convinced the engine is on, although it does obviously get noisier at speed. Ours is new and therefore super-sensitive in the brakes department - lots of kangaroo jumps at junctions. The handbrake seems to be in a wierd position, although you get used to it. Its definately a mans car - very boxy and angular - my husband thinks its fine, but agrees its much smaller on the inside than the outside would suggest. Glad we dont own it, but theres nothing glaringly wrong with it, I just don't think it qualifies as a family car.
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