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Nissan X-TRAIL 2012 Problems

Are you having problems with your 2012 Nissan X-TRAIL? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest 2012 Nissan X-TRAIL issues & faults. We have gathered all of the most frequently asked questions and problems relating to the 2012 Nissan X-TRAIL in one spot to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

I am trying to make my fuel consumption as economical as possible. Do you have any advice?

Changing the fuel filter may affect fuel economy indirectly, but not to the extent of dropping consumption 3.5 litres per 100km. The indirect effect we鈥檙e talking about here is having an engine with a clean filter that is making all the power it possibly can, and that, in turn, allowing you to drive it with less throttle input and, therefore, lower fuel consumption. But the end result would be fractions of a litre per 100km.

A camshaft-angle sensor, I think, would be in much the same boat. By having the camshaft timing perfectly spot on, you鈥檒l have an engine that鈥檚 making the most of each litre of fuel. But, unless the current cam-angle sensor is faulty, changing it for a new one won鈥檛 make a scrap of difference to your fuel economy.

The best way to reduce your fuel usage is by driving the vehicle smoothly and gently and with a light right foot. My suspicion is that that鈥檚 exactly what you鈥檝e been (sub-consciously) doing since changing the fuel filter and chasing better fuel mileage.

How can I fix a faulty clock spring in a 2012 Nissan X-Trail?

The clock-spring is the electrical linkage that connects the driver鈥檚 air-bag and everything else that lives on the steering wheel (cruise-control, stereo controls and more in a modern vehicle) with the rest of the car. The clock-spring is needed to allow the steering wheel to turn while maintaining those electrical contacts.

It鈥檚 quite a common thing to have to replace and will probably cost a few hundred dollars to have a workshop do the job.

Nissan X-Trail 2012-2013: Diesel better than petrol?

The obvious benefit is fuel economy, the diesel is much more economical than the equivalent petrol model. On average the diesel consumes 20 per cent less fuel than the petrol model. The other possible benefit is that the diesel has an automatic transmission whereas the petrol has a CVT transmission.

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Best SUVs for freeway driving and occasional towing?

There are lots of SUVs to choose from, it's a very crowded market, which works in the favour of the buyer. The Territory of the vintage you are considering is a decent car, the diesel is economical and it would tow up to 2700 kg. Also consider the Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail, Honda CR-V.

Used Nissan X-Trail review: 2007-2012
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Best used 7-seater under $15k?

The three cars you name all have merit, none has any major issue to be concerned about and all fit your needs, but you will have to shop around to find them within your age and budget limits.

Issues with CVT automatics?

The main concern with the CVT transmission is shuddering, particularly on takeoff from a standstill. It's easily recognised if your car has it. If it isn't showing any signs of the problem I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

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Nissan X-Trail 2012: End of warranty report

An auto club report would not force anything from a dealer but would alert you to any problems you need to raise before the warranty expires.


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