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MY WIFE’S 2004 Nissan X-Trail has done just over 50,000km, but when it went in for service we were advised the clutch could be on the ‘‘way out’’. Much of its life is spent on short runs and I wonder if that has contributed to such a short clutch life? Are you aware of X-Trail’s having a ‘‘delicate’’ clutch and is $1700 a reasonable replacement cost?
Roger de Maid, Mt Martha Graham Smith says: It’s very low kays to have a clutch problem. Our expert, Jerry Newman, rarely sees X-Trails with clutch issues. Those he has seen usually have 100,000-150,000km on the clock. Get a second opinion. If the clutch is worn out and slipping or shuddering, it might well need replacing now, but if it’s not doing any of that, keep driving it until it is. It won’t cost any more to replace it in another year or two. To replace a clutch, including the dual-mass flywheel, with the genuine Nissan parts would cost you more than $2000.
I HAVE serious concerns about the durability of the auto gearbox in my 2005 Mazda BT-50. My friend has to rebuild the gearbox in his 2003 model after 105,000km. WHEN my daughter compares the speedo in her new Subaru Impreza to her GPS, which we know to be accurate, the Subaru is reading 8km/h slower. She has checked it against highway speed checkers Mazda assure me that there is nothing wrong and they have had no complaints, but I estimate it would cost $4000-$5000 if I had to rebuild it. Mine has now done 80,000km and is showing no signs of trouble, but should I be concerned?
Glenn Evans, email Graham Smith says: I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but I would be taking the precaution of having the transmission serviced, which would include a fluid change, and consider having it done every 50,000km or so.
and got the same result, so she has endured 900km of road rage with everyone beeping her or overtaking her on blind corners etc. Subaru told her it’s the government’s fault, that the ADRs (Australian Design Rules) are causing her problem and that it’s illegal to fix it. Maybe she should have bought a car that complies with the same ADRs and is within one to two km/h of the real speed, like Ford or Holden. So much for Japanese precision.
Allan Cowin, email The ADR demands that speedos not read slower than the actual speed, but they are allowed to read up to 10 per cent faster. Your daughter’s car falls within that tolerance, which makes it legal. She now knows how far out the speedo is, so she can adjust the speed she drives at accordingly.
Second opinion: an X-Trail gearbox is said to be on the ‘‘way out’’.