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My very first leak

I guess I should be proud my van is developing some kind of oil leak as it shares the garage with my TR6. The leak is evident with two drops showing at the bottom edge of the CVT. There is a spot also on the garage floor where the van sat for the last few days. I don't use this van as my primary vehicle but more of a backup/weekend driver.
I have an appointment with the Nissan dealer this Friday. I'll keep you all posted. So far, this reminds me of when I bought my Sprinter. It was in the shop for two months out of the 6 from the first day I drove it home. Hope that this little van won't be like that...

I only have 1502 miles on it since new and I bought the van with 320 miles already on the clock.

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I took the van to the dealer today. They found the transmission case was leaking and will be removing and replacing it with a new unit. I guess they don't disassemble these things anymore... I'll be without the van for a week and have been provided with a loaner. I sure hope this is not a sign of things to come Only 1500 miles on it so far. They don't know what the cause is. I bought the van new with 320 demo miles on it.

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TZ that's quite a shocker, but hope its just a one off!

If it makes you feel better I had a coolant leak after 400 miles, I was on business 100 miles from home, I coaxed it home after seeing I had water in the expansion tank.

I took it to main dealer who quickly denied a warranty repair due to stone/impact damage! Live and learn...... Mesh grill fitted on lower section of bumper now.

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Oh, yes, you were the one that gave me the idea to install a mesh grille under the bumper. I was going to use gutter mesh that keeps the leaves out which is found at our local home building supplier. From there I am going to get it powder coated black.

When I bought my Sprinter van in '09 it had a barrage of transmission issues from new. For the first year, that van was in the shop for 4 months between transmission and other electrics issues. My fear is that I am cursed with the transmission plague... Need to see a transmissionologist to remedy my cause...

My saving grace is the NV200 is the backup to the Sprinter. Now I need to source a backup to the NV!

By the way, on the other thread regarding the rear view mirror blank, I consulted with the dealer and they do not have such part in the system. Sounds like the USA windowless cargo vans still get the rear view mirror. If you get the opportunity to get a part number or better yet a website that has parts, let me know. The US websites obviously to not show parts on a global nature. I am also still looking to fit fog lights to the bumpers and need the retainers and lamps. The rest, I could wire up!

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TZ that's quite a shocker, but hope its just a one off!

If it makes you feel better I had a coolant leak after 400 miles, I was on business 100 miles from home, I coaxed it home after seeing I had water in the expansion tank.

I took it to main dealer who quickly denied a warranty repair due to stone/impact damage! Live and learn...... Mesh grill fitted on lower section of bumper now.

My fingers are crossed for you.
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My real concern about his incident is the crap engineering on a commercial vehicle with large openings leading to the radiator/a/c evaporator. I had seen that as a fault when I bought the van and took it upon myself to install a guard against rocks. The dealer should have taken care of his cracked radiator due to poor design.

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I think they quoted around the £800 mark for a new rad, because it was a small clean hole I had the core repaired for roughly £200.

After much complaining to Nissan UK HQ regarding a 'not fit for purpose' commercial vehicle and threatening to return the vehicle they gave in and covered the repair cost.

Still was not without hassle. I think the threat of handing the vehicle back with 400 miles and a broken radiator made them give in.

Strangely the Nissan dealer had seen the same issue with the Qashqai.

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Sadly Nissan dealers are not the best in the UK, wriggling out of warranty repairs, no national network is common place. As usual in this world you do get what you pay for, Nissan was £11k a VW would have been easily double. But is the Nissan half the van, I don't think so. All my in the trade friends who own Transporters love the NV.

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No worries! I love a good conversation.
I agree the Nissan is still a quality vehicle. The price is kept low for us as it is produced in Mexico with lower labor costs. Funny thing is that I noticed the glass, wheels, tires and plastics are all made in Mexico. I thought the parts were shipped there from Japan but that is not the case.

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Oh, yes, you were the one that gave me the idea to install a mesh grille under the bumper. I was going to use gutter mesh that keeps the leaves out which is found at our local home building supplier. From there I am going to get it powder coated black.

When I bought my Sprinter van in '09 it had a barrage of transmission issues from new. For the first year, that van was in the shop for 4 months between transmission and other electrics issues. My fear is that I am cursed with the transmission plague... Need to see a transmissionologist to remedy my cause...

My saving grace is the NV200 is the backup to the Sprinter. Now I need to source a backup to the NV!

By the way, on the other thread regarding the rear view mirror blank, I consulted with the dealer and they do not have such part in the system. Sounds like the USA windowless cargo vans still get the rear view mirror. If you get the opportunity to get a part number or better yet a website that has parts, let me know. The US websites obviously to not show parts on a global nature. I am also still looking to fit fog lights to the bumpers and need the retainers and lamps. The rest, I could wire up!
Leaking transmissions and water coolant scare me since i have noticed a little fluid at the CVT and the antifreeze was low when i bought it with 100 miles on it.
TZZZZT, can you post a pic of the screen you installed on the front of your NV200 and was it easy to install? I was thinking of stainless steel.
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