Used Nissan Qashqai 2007 - 2013 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
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  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Used test: Peugeot 3008 vs Nissan Qashqai
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
  • Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)
Used Nissan Qashqai 2007 - 2013 review
Star rating

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Nissan Qashqai hatchback?

Be wary of diesel Qashqais, because the diesel particulate filter (DPFs) can clog up under such conditions, and is expensive to replace. Make sure the DPF warning light is working and that it goes off once the car is running.

DPF problems seems to affect the 2.0-litre diesel more than the 1.5. However, the 1.5-litre engine can suffers from sticking valves if used on mainly low-speed or short journeys. This can lead to turbocharger failure and lack of lubrication elsewhere in the engine, so look out for uneven idling or stuttering when accelerating. Check the oil level, too, and ensure there's a full service history detailing regular oil changes.

Squeaks and rattles can appear, especially around the dashboard and front seats. There are complaints about poorly fitted door trims, too.

If the car smells musty or damp, there may be a leak around the edge of the windscreen. Having new glass fitted is the only way to solve this problem.

There have been a number of recalls. Check they have all been done when you buy. 

Reason for recall

It has been identified that the front suspension lower ball joints on some of the subject vehicles have not been fully seated into the hub. This has resulted in the securing bolt not fitting into the groove in the ball joint shank. If the situation goes uncorrected the ball joint could detach which could result in loss of vehicle control.

How the manufacturer will repair

Recalled vehicles will be checked for correct location of the ball joint and rectified as necessary.

Reason for recall

The cover screw securing the pinion shaft may loosen causing noise during steering operation. Continued use in this condition could result in the screw coming out of the gear housing and in certain circumstances cause a loss of steering control.

How the manufacturer will repair

Recall the potentially affected vehicles to fit a locking plate to the cover screw that secures the pinion shaft.

Number of affected vehicles

58342

Reason for recall

There is a possibility that the air conditioning compressor may seize which could result in an unexpected engine stall.

How the manufacturer will repair

Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the a/c compressor and the drive belt and idler roller.

Number of affected vehicles

The Qashqai's air-conditioning system requires attention less often than rival cars’, too, and the timing belt change interval on some versions is 95,000 miles, as opposed to the segment average of 37,000 miles.

Brake discs and light bulbs are on par with the rest of the class, but it's safe to say that the first-gen Qashqai has a good reputation for durability.

Alas the later second-generation Qashqai has always had a poor reliability record, by contrast. In our most recent What Car? reliability survey, it came second from bottom in the family SUV class. 

Reliability rating 87.0%

Few of the cars we were told about had a higher proportion of faults than the Qashqai, with 40% of them going wrong. The battery and non-engine electrical systems caused the most problems, followed by the brakes, exhaust and interior trim. Most of the stricken cars could still be driven, but more than a quarter spent a week or longer in the garage. On the bright side, four out of five of them were fixed for free and no repair bills topped £300.

Nissan as a brand finished in 27th place out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey. 

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