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Hi

I’m considering buying a used Nissan Juke 1.6 5 door automatic n-connecta. 2016, mileage just over 21,000.

I just wondered if genuine owners on here could give me an honest answer to some questions please.

1) Ive heard that the 1.6 petrol engine can be ‘sluggish’. Is this noticeable in normal, day to day, not petrol head driving.

2) I’ve read that the automatic gearbox is known for issues, potentially expensive. Is this true.

3) This next one is a really ‘Newbies’ question but when adverts talk about CVT and some talk about Automatic transmission, are these the same thing. Or two different transmissions (I’ve been manual gear user for 45 years).

4) What is the real world mpg that people get around town and on long runs.

5) I was surprised to read that the Juke had dropped to 27th out of 31 in reliability surveys. Does that reflect the users experience on here.

6) finally, every time I’ve ever bought a car, and then go onto an owners forum, I learn about various “well known and documented“ problems that I wish I had known before the purchase. Can anyone give me an honest appraisal of the Jukes “well known and documented“ BEFORE I splash the cash. Its a significant investment for me so I thought genuine owners could help.

Thank you for my help you can give, it’s appreciated.

Rolyan
 

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1. The engine is not sluggish, quite the opposite actually. It's the transmission that rubber-bands from a stop making it slow off the line.

2. Yes it is true if you drive the car hard. With proper maintenance and good driving habits it should last.

3. Depends, would need a specific example

4. 22-27MPG. If primarily driving highway you will get more.

5. Not surprised. Nissan doesn't make quality vehicles and that is why they are so cheap. A lot of the stock nissan parts are made in China and I know for a fact the stock radiator is Chinese. Nissan pumps out cars with 5-10 year life spans for cheap.

6.Aside from transmission issues the car isn't drastically different in reliability from any other economy car you would buy from another manufacturer. If you plan to keep it stock and drive it around town and you do decent maintenance to it you should be fine. The engine's in these things are bulletproof.
 

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I think topic starter lives in the uk, and there u have more engine options , the 1.6 non turbo has a better mpg ratio, half the fun tough
 

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I believe the 1.6 n-connect does NOT have the turbo engine, and is therefore the 116ish HP engine.

Personally, I would never buy a CVT juke without AWD and a turbo. To go a step further, after 8+ years of ownership, I would never buy another CVT again. Even if it had AWD and a turbo. But this opinion is from a performance and 'petrol head' point of view. It does what it does, but it is not everyone's cup of tea. Test drive it and see if you like it.

Beyond that, from a maintenance standpoint, I have had no issues. Most others will say the same, just do regular things like oil changes and fluid changes, etc.

24mpg. 8+ years. Highway or city, doesn't matter... but again, that is a turbo and performance tuned engine. I doubt you can expect 30+ regardless.
 

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I get between 24 and 30mpg (8-10l/100km). I wish Nissan did give it an automatic and not the CVT but all combined with the AWD (torque vectoring is noice!) and turbo it's a peppy little car. Doesn't need a 10speed auto like the Accord but even a 6 would have been nice.
 

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Thank you for the comments so far.

Yes, I’m in the U.K. I didn‘t check the location before signing up!

This car is the 1.6 petrol, but not the turbo.

Can I just check, do Nissan do CVT and also a different type automatic? So 2 types. Or when the dealers and others refer to an automatic, is it always the CVT. Are there only ever 2 choices, the manual gearbox or the CVT? Apologies if this is a really stupid question.

My driving history is long and varied. I’ve owned a mini, triumph dolomite, escorts, Mgf, MX5 and many others. I’ve had dayS driving formula Ford, Lamborghini, ferrari, Aston martin, porsche sport, etc. But now I’m old and retired and I just want a steady away car!
 

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CVT is the only automatic transmission.

So your only options are:
CVT AWD
CVT FWD
Manual FWD
 

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Get the Juke with a manual. Avoid the CVT. The manual transmission lasts much longer. Compared to the CVT the manual is bullet proof.

You need a good independent mechanic with a high end scan tool who can run a full diagnostic. A high end scan tool will be laptop-sized. If they have a cell-sized device that's not a high end one.

Running a full diagnostic will bring up any trouble codes letting you know any existing or potential problems.

My Nismo Juke was a fun car i enjoyed for 5 years. I handed it back at lease-end because I didn't trust the CVT longterm. I miss the car but my wallet thinks I made the right move. If it had been manual I would have been far more inclined to have kept it.
 

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Get the Juke with a manual. Avoid the CVT. The manual transmission lasts much longer. Compared to the CVT the manual is bullet proof.

You need a good independent mechanic with a high end scan tool who can run a full diagnostic. A high end scan tool will be laptop-sized. If they have a cell-sized device that's not a high end one.

Running a full diagnostic will bring up any trouble codes letting you know any existing or potential problems.

My Nismo Juke was a fun car i enjoyed for 5 years. I handed it back at lease-end because I didn't trust the CVT longterm. I miss the car but my wallet thinks I made the right move. If it had been manual I would have been far more inclined to have kept it.
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Get the Juke with a manual. Avoid the CVT. The manual transmission lasts much longer. Compared to the CVT the manual is bullet proof.

You need a good independent mechanic with a high end scan tool who can run a full diagnostic. A high end scan tool will be laptop-sized. If they have a cell-sized device that's not a high end one.

Running a full diagnostic will bring up any trouble codes letting you know any existing or potential problems.

My Nismo Juke was a fun car i enjoyed for 5 years. I handed it back at lease-end because I didn't trust the CVT longterm. I miss the car but my wallet thinks I made the right move. If it had been manual I would have been far more inclined to have kept it.
Having now read more detail in the U.K. of well known and very expensive problems with the CVT on the 1.6 petrol normally aspirated, we’re going to give this specific one a miss.

Thank you to everyone for your input and help.
 

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Mind you, it is a gen2 so the CVT is improved over the gen1 version...
 
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