I purchased a 1.6 Acenta 2WD new in March 2007. The alarm did not work and it took my local Nissan dealer two months to fix it after having the car in five times, on one occasion for two days.
The boot light would only work when you opened a side door, and the dealer said he would need the car for two days to fix it, yet it still only works when you open a side door.
Apart from that, I like my Qashqai and have had no other problems. I think the car is good value for the price I paid.
Test drove this car last week in 1.5dci visia trim.
We are looking for a roomy car for family use. Other cars under consideration are: Audi A3 sportback (overpriced and just an expensive Golf), and Volvo V50 estate (too expensive for the level of equipment).
I have to say that after driving the Qashqai, the others are no longer in the running. The car is very roomy all round, it has plenty of pull in 1. diesel form, and is very refined when cruising.
Our only discussion point now before we order one, is which trim level to go for. I think the difference in trim levels on the top range tekna model are worth the extra outlay.
Just one note, before you buy, check out prices of the car on the internet. I have been quoted £16500 for a 1.5dci tekna with metallic paint. That is over £1000 cheaper than my local dealer can match!
If your considering this car, do yourself a favour, go and drive one. You better take your cheque book though!
Having ordered a 2.0 petrol Tekna I became frustrated after 3 months of waiting and switched to 1.5 dCi Tekna as there was one in stock. As this was the first diesel I have owned I was pleasantly surprised at the refinement and it pulls enough for my style of driving. I traded in a 2.0 Saab convertable which came to be impractical for my requirements of ferrying young grandchildren around. I can recommend it for any family with young children especially with the way the price of petrol is going. I love the gadgets:- automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth phone system, 6 cd player and cruise control operated from the steering wheel. The electric folding wing mirrors now enable me to use my garage for the first time in 35 years of motoring. It feels rock solid on the motorway and the leather seats are very comfy. Good boot space for the dog when needed makes it very practical. The only drawback I have come across in a months ownership is the back seat is not really made for an adult sitting in the middle of two child seats. As this is the first Japanese car I have owned I'm hoping for great reliablity especially after the 2 Saabs I've owned gave me more trouble than all the other cars I've owned put together. As I do a lot of motoring in France I was pleased to find out the engine was from Renault which gives peace of mind abroad. My only regret was that I was not able to order ESP which to my mind should have been included on every model.
before buying the qashqai I had numerous test drives including audi Lexus Jaguar BMW in my opinion none came close to the Qashqai for comfort and driver appeal. I have now had the car for 4 weeks and can honestly sayits the best car I have ever owned in over 40 years of driving (thats a lot of cars!). Idid test drive other models in the range but if you can afford it go for the 2.0 Auto in theTekna trim. The glass sunroof and leather interior with the power of the 2.0 engine is a great package.
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