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# 240166 23-Aug-2018 20:54
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Hi all,


got a Qashqai N-Tec march 2018, NZ new.




I am shocked that a 2018 model has no button on the remote to open the boot, and no button on the dashboard either! I also have a Bluebird Sylphy 2006, which has these both options! Is there a way to open the boot on a new qashqai without actually pressing the small button above the number plate? (please don't tell me that I should've got a car with electric tailgate system...)




I found aftermarket kits (Aliexpress) to retrofit on Qashqai and get electric tailgate lifter, working from the existing remote, plus you get the sensor to open the trunk with your foot. Around NZ$620 incl postage. Did anyone had one of these installed and actually working, or heard of something like this being done successfully? Pretty sure it would invalidate the factory warranty, so I will wait another 3 years until I am looking at something like this... :-)




what the 2006 Sylphy also has and the 2018 Qashqai lacks, is the possibility to set two different positions for the driver, selectable from a switch on the driver's door. Both cars have electric adjustment for the driver, I just find it such a step backwards in many aspects with the qashqai...

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  # 2078364 24-Aug-2018 11:02
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I have a 2016 Qushqui, which I think largely the same thing, the new shape etc. I just push the button on the boot to open the boot. I wouldn't bother with an automatic system personally, not worth the $.


I like the Qashqui. When my 2006 ish Corolla is due for replacement (which is soon) I'll look at a Nissan, they seem good value and good quality.

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  # 2078371 24-Aug-2018 11:06
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We had a vehicle with an electric tail gate, it was a nice gimmick to show friends but it got old fast. Some of those things take an eternity especially if it's bucketing down.

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  # 2078471 24-Aug-2018 12:57
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1. Sedans often have a spring loaded boot setup where it can pop a bit (sometimes fully) open when you press a release button.

Such a design is not practical on a suv / hatch / wagon. Geometry means the chance of hitting somthing / someone is much higher. Also, in order to have the hatch easy to use, the gas struts are set up so that the hatch needs to be physically pulled to open it. Anything else would make it a lot harder to close.

Only safe way to automate the process is with an electronic system.

2. I havn't seen such a system retrofitted other than on a car that was set up to automatucally open the boot, and swing a wheelchair to within reach of the drivers door.

Warranty / cga loss will only apply to affected parts of the vehicle. I.e. claims related to transmission should not be declined due to fitment of a boot opener.

3. Memory seats are a preimum / luxary feature. Many cars with electric seats don't offer the memory function. (it means that postion sensors etc are required). I am supprised they were fitted to a car like the bluebird.

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  # 2078522 24-Aug-2018 13:54
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1. Sedans often have a spring loaded boot setup where it can pop a bit (sometimes fully) open when you press a release button.
Such a design is not practical on a suv / hatch / wagon.




that makes perfect sense, I now realize I was not actually comparing the same style of vehicle (sedan vs. SUV)... in my defense, I never had a hatchback, only sedans.


Memory seats on the Bluebird Sylphy 2006 - maybe it is because it was a japanese import? It also has a camera in the passenger mirror, which helps with parallel parking (no more scratched rims)... I see lots and lots of Sylphy on the road, without that camera, so maybe it was a higher spec version back in the day...

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  # 2078592 24-Aug-2018 15:05
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It's a shame sedans seem to be going out of fashion. I quite like them because a boot lid is lightweight and easy to operate.

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