Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Nissan Juke hatchback?
The Nissan Juke has tough SUV looks, but its largely painted bumpers can be susceptible to parking damage and the optional 18in wheels on some models are easily damaged when parking.
Many Jukes will have been used as family transport, so the interior can take a bit of a bashing and some interior trims are liable to peeling plastic coverings. It’s also worth checking that rear passengers will be happy; a consequence of the Juke’s bold styling is that the rear side windows are very small.
The Juke has been the subject of seven recalls, with potential faults ranging from possible fuel leaks to oxygen sensor problems, so it's worth speaking to a Nissan dealer to check that any car you're interested in buying has had the necessary work carried out.
What are the most common problems with a used Nissan Juke hatchback?
Generally speaking, the Juke doesn’t have too many problems, but the ones it does have are potentially costly to put right. The main issue is with the CVT gearbox fitted to the 1.6 petrol models; it has a poor reliability record, not least because repairs generally aren't possible and thus the entire gearbox tends to need replacing. Nissan has contributed to the cost in some cases.
There have been some problems with turbochargers on both petrol and diesel models, but regular oil changes should prevent this. Some owners have also complained of premature wear on several components, notably the clutch on manuals, as well as front brake pads.
Like all modern diesels, the 1.5 dCi can be susceptible to a clogged or blocked diesel particulate filter if it isn't driven regularly on the motorway or for longer journeys. As such, for a Juke that’s going to be primarily based in town, a petrol model would be preferable.
Is a used Nissan Juke hatchback reliable?
In the latest What Car? Reliability Survey, the Juke came mid-table in the small SUV category of 14 models, actually a better figure than it normally posts. Nissan’s reliability as a whole has slipped in the ratings recently to 28th out of 31 manufacturers. Not great, really.
If you would like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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