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    Quote Originally Posted by Peejay View Post
    Great thread everyone. Useful stuff. I'll share my experiences here. I have a 2009 Dynamique Diesel 4wd Sports Auto. 121000-ish on the clock and she's never (touch wood) skipped a beat. I've noticed the odd 'popping' noise (as best as I can describe it) from the rear suspension over bumpy terrain every now and then but Renault service guys could never find anything wrong. Anyway, I'd like to start (maybe) servicing it myself (I do my mower and tractor so maybe this is possible). Is anyone else doing this? I'd leave brakes/suspension/etc to the pros, but oil and filter changes are straight forward enough surely...Any feedback? Thanks.
    Well I had a look at the filter for the petrol engine, its in the drivers side footwell, and my filter is blue and says genuine Renault part on it - part 15208, which seems to also be the same filter/part number as the nissan filter. No idea where the oil plug is yet. Aren't diesels a bit trickier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peejay View Post
    ...oil and filter changes are straight forward enough surely...Any feedback? Thanks.
    Diesel oil filter up front, underneath. Have to take plastic cover off bottom - has tork screws.

    Oil filter details see here

    Remember 7.5L - buy 3 x 5L and do 2 oil changes.

    Oil is RN 0720 (or C4) standard (Penrite sells an equivalent as well as ELF)

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    Well folks, I have a phase II Koleos, and I wanted to install DRLs like this:

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LED-dayti...item257d1b3784

    I asked the seller if you need to take the bumper off to install and he said no, which of course is B.S. as its really tight to get at the chrome trim since they are attached to screws BEHIND the bumper, especially on the passenger side which I think is impossible. Bumper needs to come off, and I think you need to hook up to the battery, otherwise running off fog lights looks weird. Looks like you still need to splice into the low beam blue wire to turn them off at night.

    I had a go at pulling the bumper off and it was pretty easy: basically star screws at top and star screws at the bottom, and one phillips screw at each adjoining corner hidden under the plastic lining. No need to hoist the car, and it is a one man job, as you can leave the bumper connected to the bottom guards so it doesnt completely come off, and so easier to put back on. Its also very light.

    Pulling at the lining to get at the phillips screw joining the fender to the bumper was the trickiest part - its 30-40min job to remove and install. I'm gonna bite the bullet and order the kit, as well as the OEM looking bottom grill and install both at the same time. Will post pics, but they take weeks to deliver.
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    Here is the word on oil change intervals from Renault Australia. If you bought a petrol Koleos in 2013, it is 15k service, but prior to 2013 it's 10k intervals. Weird.

    Also the oil spec for Elf SXR 5w-40 is internally RN 0710 spec, which Shell Helix Ultra API-SM spec qualifies for. Supercheap has the SJ-spec which is older. I had a look at my oil at 9k and it was still like honey, but had used a bit of oil (one bar on the computer) so I would watch for consumption at longer intervals.

    Interesting that Renault chose 5w-40 oil while xtrail uses 5w-30 oil, so a more conservative choice.

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    Wow! This thread is really beginning to show some traction with more owners contributing. Good stuff!
    I finally learned what DRL's are! (hate acronyms!) Looks like they replace those cute silver 'eyebrows'?
    I bought a dashboard mat for the Koleos from SUNPROTEC in Perth for $44 plus postage. Improvement on the towel!
    Also splashed out on a K&N air filter ( Renault/Nissan part 16546-30P00, K$N equivalent 33-2031-2).
    If the maker's claims are to be believed it should help the engine to breath more freely, give it a little more zest (although it has quite enough 'zest' for my requirements already) and perhaps improve fuel consumption slightly, and of course last for the life of the vehicle although that is neither here nor there, because original air filters cost less than $30.

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    Breitie you don't mess around pal! I just CANNOT buy the fugly dash mat .. its too much for me .. (p.s., does it exactly match all the vents and stuff?). I got the dealer to quote me on the Bose trim - $800!! Or he can paint it for $100. The vinyl trim guy wants to charge me an arm and a leg as well...uuurg..over that stupid silver trim. Looks like another DIY.

    Still contemplating doing the illuminated door sills myself - was it much work to pull the trim? Any clips break? Dealer says 1 hour job or $160.

    Also, I "resolved" my alignment issue - my front driver camber was -1.03deg, and they said it was within factory tolerance of -1deg15m and +0deg15min, which happens to be exactly the factory tolerance for a T31 xtrail. So I reckon xtrail factory settings should be good for us, as all my stats from the alignment specialist pretty much coincide for xtrail factory settings except for the driver camber and the offsetting toe values to neutralize the left pull. Now I need them to rotate the wheels like they're supposed - dealers are all talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Free888 View Post
    ...I got the dealer to quote me on the Bose trim - $800!!...
    And the myth that "Renaults are expensive" continues with these yo-yo's at the helm.
    For something that would cost tops $25 to make?

    Did you manage to get a part number?

    David

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    Default Fuel consumption (diesel) update

    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    .... Last fill was just under 55L for just over 700k's.....
    Return from Adelaide.
    784k 55.1L = 7L/100k.
    Not bad for vehicle with such a large frontal area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    And the myth that "Renaults are expensive" continues with these yo-yo's at the helm.
    For something that would cost tops $25 to make?

    Did you manage to get a part number?

    David
    Sorry .. I was too stunned by the number to ask.

    The Koleos is a great economy cruiser, especially at highway speed. I'm continuously surprised how smooth and powerful it can be. At low speeds its not as economical as my Nissan Dualis becos of its higher weight, but once rolling, its nice. The CVT is awesome, dont know why everyone complains of the "slip" sound/feeling, but its great to hear the engine sing and keep on singing ..

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    David,

    I saw this cabin filter replacement thread you did earlier after I was looking through the manual.

    KOLEOS - Cabin filter

    My book says 20k replacement intervals, but I think 30k is ok as well on the Diesels. This is a 20k replacement interval on Nissans. It looks messy, but seems to be exactly the same process/layout (and filter part) as on the Dualis/Qashqai as shown in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJHZdkdaCJI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Free888 View Post
    David,

    I saw this cabin filter replacement thread you did earlier after I was looking through the manual.

    KOLEOS - Cabin filter

    My book says 20k replacement intervals, but I think 30k is ok as well on the Diesels. This is a 20k replacement interval on Nissans. It looks messy, but seems to be exactly the same process/layout (and filter part) as on the Dualis/Qashqai as shown in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJHZdkdaCJI
    Lousy video but helpful all the same. I like the last line: "Don't let them stole your money"! Too right!
    Regarding replacement intervals: I would think that depends on the environment, i.e. dusty, lots of flying pollen, wet or dry, and of course on how much we use the air conditioner/fan. On my Scenic the filter was clean at 100K, having replaced it only once when I bought the car, second hand. However on the Scenic it is a simple under dash clip-in/clip-out operation without having to disassemble half the dashboard. Good to learn that the pollen filter is yet another easy to obtain common Nissan part. When the time comes....!
    PS: When I first 'bonded' with the boys at my local Nissan Dealer Spares counter, they wanted to know what the KOLEOS was. I told them simply: "A Nissan X-Trail in drag!" They have been very helpful ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Free888 View Post
    David,

    ..It looks messy, but seems to be exactly the same process/layout (and filter part) as on the Dualis/Qashqai as shown in this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJHZdkdaCJI
    Damn, should have added the shmaltsy music and I would have been (in)famous!

    Did he patent screwdrivercam?

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    Damn, should have added the shmaltsy music and I would have been (in)famous!

    Did he patent screwdrivercam?

    David
    David, the DIY game has moved on - nowadays infamous and famous is the same thing

    Man just spent time dealing with Renault Australia - and it's like going to the Dentist.

    There is just no way I would have bought the Koleos knowing I would have to rely on those clowns. Luckily I know it's an xtrail underneath, and there's a great DIY crowd here and plenty of Nissan dealerships, which gives me peace of mind. Renault Australia need to pickup their game, take a good look in the mirror, and realize that they have a good product in the Koleos, and maybe the reason for bad sales is not the product, but the attitude and the management in RA! If they think the ownership experience ends when the customer walks out the door, they're going to realize there's no customer loyalty when their next product ain't keeping up and they need to keep discounting to move product.

    P.s. apologies for the axe grind, but that's it for now

    On a brighter note, my OEM genuine Renault group KOLEOS specific pedals came in - now why cant we get these here .. hmmm. Its a replace and fit job, no screws, and took 5mins. I didn't need to warm up the plastic but would've made it easier. Very OEM, and look like the ones on the Volvo XC60 we were looking at before we bought the Koleos.

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    Default Replacing rear hatch tail lightglobes.

    Have seen 3 Koleos' (Kolei?) with left hand hatch tail light out.
    Thought that's a coincidence.

    Lo and behold discovered mine is out as well.

    Tried to remove the light fitting and discovered it's not easy.
    Removing the 2 nuts on the outer edge is easy but removing the lamp requires a LOT of downward force towards the numberplate.

    See attached photos.
    The globes required are 5W & 16W (21CP) wedge globes.
    Recommend both globes be replaced at the same time minimising 'swearing time'.

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    Sprayed the slot and pin with silicon, with the hope that if I ever have to remove it again, it wont be so difficult.

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    I always wondered if it would be hard to take those out as wanted to upgrade the reversing lights - now I know

    Just had a flat today from a damn nail - hope the contis aren't damaged! I thought these cars monitored tire pressures?? Last time I trust that damn manual - is this another Renault Australia thing? Thank God it had a full sized spare These are a must have safety feature. Spare was a little flat, so pumped it up to 33psi (rear) when it was warm.

    Here is pic of Renault Samsung oil filter. Nissan is white if China/Japan I believe, and blue if Thailand. Has anyone cut one open to confirm they really are the same? It was cheaper than Nissan part - plastic wrapped on end, and surprisingly small and heavy feel.

    Update: DRL have also arrived (pics) and look like really good quality construction with alloy casing perhaps as a heatsink and koleos markings. Will install on the weekend and post installation pics: has everything except for wire tap/splice connector.


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    So I need to access the ACC line for the DRL controller, which I was hoping I wouldn't need to do. Is this something simple like hooking this into the fuse box, for example find something with similar Amp (it has a 3A purple fuse to the positive terminal) using a fuse adder to piggyback or something like that?

    That fuse box seems to be hiding next to the battery under the air intake - here are pics after air intake removal (3 plastic tabs in front intake, and push tabs near the firewall - its a big piece). Not sure which fuse to go for that will run pretty much all the time on start. The other fuse box I could only lift on one side, and felt like I was going to break the other tab.

    UPDATE: well looks like all the fuses in the fuse box are always live, and not ignition related, even the radio fuse. So no simple piggy back solution here - dammit! Gonna have to put this on hold.

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    Hello Fellow Froggers!

    I have joined this forum as I am contemplating buying a Koleos Expression auto as our main family car. The key attractions for me are the design, powerful and smooth drivetrain, 5 year warranty and 0% finance for 3 years. The engineering on this car is mostly X-Trail, yet it steers and rides better and in my view looks much better than the boxy X-Trail. The downside of better looks is a smaller boot, but I can live with that. From what I can tell the CVT should now be trouble free as well.

    As a comparison, I took a Honda CRV base model for a drive and found it less dynamically sharp, the 2 litre struggled a bit also. The interior as not bad but did look cheaper than the Koleos.

    Seems like a good car and excellent value right now.

    I have a few questions that I was hoping the knowledgeable members of this forum could assist with... these are:
    1. Does the warranty cover squeaks and rattles for 5 years or is it limited to the first 12 months
    2. How often does the transmission need to be serviced?
    3. When do the spark plugs need changing?
    4. When does the fuel filter need changing?

    From a service point of view the Koleos does not appear to need too much (especially compared to a Subaru).

    Thank you in advance,

    Nicholas

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    Welcome Nicholas!

    Here is my personal experience:

    1) It all depends on the dealer when it comes to squeaks and rattles! Unfortunately there aren't many ..
    2) I have owned a Dualis 4x4 CVT for 4 years/60K, and I believe the Nissan guys either get data from the computer as to quality of fluid, or takes a sample. There is no recommended change interval - Renault manual is useless: doesnt even tell you the engine oil spec. The fluid can have a very long life, but it all depends on how you drive it - if you are not hauling heavy stuff, and drive gentle it should be 100K++ before it needs any type of servicing. Generally speaking, transmission fluid degradation is pretty easy to pickup from shifts - but with CVT its very hard to feel anything. Learn to apply slow smooth/consistent pressure (especially when cold, at low speeds or high torque situations) with a CVT and it will last. Nissan gearboxes usually have the goods, but we made sure to sell our Dualis to someone we knew who didn't have a heavy foot, so make sure a CVT suits your driving style.
    3 + 4) The manual states 60K for the Petrol Koleos.

    I think the Koleos Expression is great value new. We have the Dynamique 4x4 if you don't mind demo. The car has a soft/mushy ride and leans quite a bit but its not a sports car, but can probably be improved with a chasis/strut brace.

    BTW install tyredog sensors (will post pics!) as I believe this car is pretty tall for its class, and deflated tires can be a problem. In the US TPMS is mandatory for new cars! Cars in Oz are still in the Stone Age in purchasing power terms unfortunately.
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    Thank you for the advice Free888. It may prove to be good insurance to just change the CVT fluid at 60K. As for oil, running a Synth 10w 50 would also be safe. I'll also check with Renault Aust.

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    I am also seeking a small nudge bar for a Koleos. I have looked up the ECB website and they don't supply Renault. Does anyone know of a local supplier or if the X-Trail nudge bars fit? The dealer I am speaking to is not aware of any suppliers who do a Koleos nudge bar either. Any advice is welcomed.

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    Been there, done that.
    All local suppliers have none.
    Remember, they have to be air-bag compliant and Koleos numbers compared to X-Trail are minescule.
    I also assume that Koleos owners don't want to appear too butch.
    Have to import.
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    Many thanks 85Fuego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85Fuego View Post
    Been there, done that.
    All local suppliers have none.
    Remember, they have to be air-bag compliant and Koleos numbers compared to X-Trail are minescule.
    I also assume that Koleos owners don't want to appear too butch.
    Have to import.
    David
    +1

    I have been all over the net, and have never seen a Koleos nudge bar. I also think they are not pedestrian safe - our front bumpers are very soft and pedestrian friendly. I believe insurance companies dont like them much if they are bolted to the chasis since it increases the chance of bending the chasis as well.

    Below are pics of new Tyredog kit. Its a must have for under $200 - very useful and accurate to +/- 1 PSI. It is activated by vibration - opening or shutting door for example. Its completely wireless, and small enough to put it in the sat nav hood with a little velcro. The sensors are bigger than expected but still discreet from a distance. The volume is a little low, but the green and red color display is bright enough if placed in the right spot. It also measures temperature but seems a little on the low side. It comes with locking nuts with allen key and since they are external, should be easy to take on and off during tyre rotations. I may take off the locking nuts as worried they may corrode.

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    You make a valid point.., best check with the insurance coy. You are also spot on regarding ped safety.

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