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My 2004 X-trail faulted with a warning light and loss of power a week ago. Took it to the dealer who are saying that the fault code is a Fuel pump. It seems intermittent, sometimes it seems fine sometimes it goes in to limp mode. The dealer is saying the intercooler is also starting to leak oil a little.

I have just been quoted £2400 for Fuel pump and £1476 for Fuel Injection Rails(??) replacement. They are not 100% sure this will fix the problem. It could be both or either. I can't see that this car would be worth much more than £4000 if I sold it privately (in working condition), so I am minded to think this is now terminal. I have googled this car and it seems they are prone to fuel pump, turbo and intercooler failures.

My questions:

- Are there any specialists who fit the fuel pump for less
- What might happen if I ignore it for a couple of weeks?

I'm amazed that a modern car could fail after such low mileage.
 

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I might try that thanks - I was wondering if people had come across companies geared up for this. My Nissan dealer was next to useless. The car is currently driving fine, though they said the problem will come back. I'm minded to chuck it on autotrader at £2.5K - declaring the faults. Someone mechanically minded with access to trade price parts might be tempted at that price. Having checked the mileage is actually only 46K, not 55. I bought it for £14,500 4 years ago with 12k on it. :sad: Its been a very reliable car apart from this.

Its Nissan prices that I find a joke, 2 grand for a pump.
 

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Hi DIY
My local dealer in Dunfermline get reconditioned fuel pumps from a company in Glenrothes in Fife. The choice is a Nissan fuel pump with 12 months warranty or your old one reconditioned for around £1000.00 fitted with 12 months warranty. My X-Trail has low fuel pump pressure and I am having problems with uneven idling and going into limp mode and stalling. My local Nissan dealer has said it could be the fuel pump but they are not 100% sure. No fault lights come up as of yet.
It is very intermittant at the moment and the idling has got better lately so I will hold off and wait for something to go that will give me a more definate answer as to what is wrong. If it is the fuel pump then I personnally will go for a recon as it comes with the same warranty.
 

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Hi, I have the same model, same year as yourself with the same problem, only on 39k miles though and like you I'm pretty much pee'd off with Nissan and their dealerships at the moment!

First off, don't assume your cars only worth £4k, I had a quote from those thieves at webuyanycar.com for £6.5k, so you could fetch more than that with a trade in or private sale.

Secondly, is it really the pump, my car issues a fault code of P0089 which relates to a fuel pressure valve fault, which according to Nissan should be replaced first before replacing the pump, at a much cheaper cost of around £300, you don't need to remove the pump for this job and its only 2.5hrs labour.

I've had this valve replaced and was told bluntly by the dealer it did not fix the problem, and I will need a new pump! However when the pump was sent for testing and repair / replacement at a fuel injection specialist, they could not find fault with the pump other than it being a bit stiff and visually checked it before bench testing it. The fault they tell me lies with the valve again so they replaced that (again) and said all is now fine.
However I dont have the car back yet so this may not have a happy ending yet, meanwhile my wife is currently rippng into the main dealers regarding their lack of customer service, apparent lack of knowledge over the car they sold us, suppling faulty parts etc etc!

Personally I don't think a diesel fuel pump should fail before 150k miles, let alone 40k, Nissan seem to think this is acceptable as they refused any goodwill jestures as the cars 6 years old, if this was a commercial vehicle and your fuel pump failed every two years, Nissan wouldn't be in business for long!

PS: Your local Nissan dealer would probably not carry out repairs on your pump, they would send it away to a specialist as they did with mine, might be worth asking them about a local fuel injection specialist if you've had enough of Nissan and their customer care!!
 

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Are you getting a warning light when it goes into limp mode? Mine never had a warning light show any time it slipped into limp mode, my only warning was a loss of go (revs limited to 2000 rpm), a useful thing to have at a roundabout!!
This is a huge safety issue in my opinion and could easily put you in danger if pulling into traffic, something to take up with Nissan maybe?
 

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Hi David, yes the uneven idle was a symptom now come to think of it, we had the local garage (non Nissan) clear down the fault codes and replaced the fuel filter. It has since done 400 miles without any further problems, although the idle problem happens occasionally.

SteveJ - yes the amber engine symbol showed when the car went in to limb mode.

I did find a pump on ebay at 800 quid on an exchange basis, but still this is an item that should cost no more than £500 new in my view. What is so clever about the fuel pump?

We have decided to part-ex it while everything is running and I'm currently shopping around for a good deal on a non-Nissan equiv.

It does seem rather strange to have to replace fuel pumps, turbos and inter coolers (the common problem on this car) more frequently than tyres.
 
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