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Nissan X-TRAIL 2014 Problems

Are you having problems with your 2014 Nissan X-TRAIL? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest 2014 Nissan X-TRAIL issues & faults. We have gathered all of the most frequently asked questions and problems relating to the 2014 Nissan X-TRAIL in one spot to help you decide if it's a smart buy.

What type of petrol should I use in my 2014 Nissan X-Trail?

The engines in the 2014 X-Trail were tuned by Nissan to run perfectly on 91 RON unleaded petrol. That means that if you use the more expensive Premium ULP available (95 or 98 RON) you鈥檒l basically be wasting money. That鈥檚 because an engine that isn鈥檛 tuned for the Premium brew won鈥檛 run any better or use less fuel on PULP.

The other bit of good news is that your vehicle is also compatible with ethanol-blended petrol. That means, you can fill up from the E5 or E10 pump at the service-station and maybe save a few cents per litre in the process.

My 2014 Nissan X-Trail is jerking in fourth and fifth gear at 2000rpm...

The CVT transmission in the X-Trail has caused plenty of owners problems over the years. Jerking or shuddering is usually down to one of two things: Either the metal belt inside the transmission which provides the drive is worn and is slipping, or; the transmissions valve body is faulty and needs replacement. Either way, it鈥檚 a fairly major repair.

But what you haven鈥檛 told me for certain is that your car is, indeed, a CVT-equipped example. In the off-chance that your car has the much rarer conventional manual transmission, then the problem is more likely to be something wrong with the engine that is causing the problem at a particular engine speed (2000rpm in your case). Changing the plugs is a decent first step, but in the longer term, you鈥檒l have more success by having the vehicle scanned and seeing what fault codes are thrown up by the car鈥檚 computer.

Nissan X-Trail 2014: Shuddering when accelerating.

I would always approach a car鈥檚 manufacturer in a case like this, if only because 90,000km is not, in my estimation, an acceptable distance for a transmission to last before it needs total replacement. That said, I wouldn鈥檛 hold my breath in this case because the vehicle is well and truly out of warranty.

The other people I鈥檇 be talking to would be the RACV. The club will be very concerned to hear that a car it inspected has had such a major malfunction and may have some consumer advice of its own. Then again, if the inspection was a full 18 months ago, then again, I don鈥檛 like your chances. But it鈥檚 got to be worth a shot.

The other thing that bothers me is that the vehicle is an ex-fleet car, probably a rental car, so despite a full service history, that has to rate as a chequered past. The other part of the problem is that the mechanical layout of the X-Trail makes some repairs very time-consuming, and that鈥檚 a great way to jack up the price of any repair work. If it does turn out that you鈥檙e on your own, a second-hand gearbox from a wrecked X-Trail might be a better bet than a brand-new one.

Nissan X-Trail 2014: Excessive vibration

It sounds like a problem with the Continuously Variable Transmission, and I would suggest you have it serviced and the transmission oil changed.

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X-Trail surging problem

The transmission you've got is a CVT type auto, and I would suggest it's got a problem, possibly the computer that controls it. Take it back and demand they properly assess it.

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