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Frozen doors....such a stupid design! My 06 Xtrail did the frozen doors thing again. So we had a rare arctic deep freeze snow storm in Vancouver a week ago. 35 cms of snow and daytime temps of minus 9, windchill factor of minus 15, strong winds. I have experienced the dreaded Xtrail freeze out once since 2015 with similar weather. But this time this was rediculous. I had a day off and i waited till 12 noon to go to a laptop repair shop only 3 mins from home. IT was blowing wind and snow pretty good but at least the temperature was only minus 1 or 2 C. First i go remove the snow off my truck's roof and all the glass. Next i tried to open my front passenger door....nope, door stuck ! Finally aftera few tugs it ooens but will not latch shut, after 4 slams, it latches shut. Next i go try my driver's door....A miracle,it opened normally. After 2 attempts to close shut, it closes. I start my car. I warmed it up for 20 minutes. It was blowing nice hot air from the defroster. I finally drive off to my destination 3 minutes away. After circling the block 3 times i park of busy East Broadway a few car lengths from the laptop store. Shut off the engine....and my driver door refuses to open . I try the passenger side, nope...,.both rear doors...Nope! Can you believe, i spent 25 minutes stuck inside my Xtrail?? Heat on full blast, i rolled down my driver's window to reach out and try to pull on my outside door handle..door still wont open. I reach out and put my key in the door lock , it turns but will not undo the inside door mechanism. I tried using my keyfob remote unlock/lock/ unlock multiple times over but that did Nothng. I never panicked, i was just so pissed off and annoyed. 25 minutes of trying all sorts of stuff to get Any door to just open from inside. Heat on high, windows up,hoping to dethaw my inner door lock mechanism . Finally, i try one last time.....frigging door opens!. After that i just shut my door and put on my after market alarm. I did not lock with key fob. Next 3 days, parked in front of my home, unlocked but alarm on. Only way i could ensure i could open my doors. Yesterday and today the temperature shot up to plus 8 or 9 celcius and rain rain Rain. You know i really like my Xtrail. But in next year or so, probably moving away from Vancouver about 500 klms to a smaller city where they get regular typical Canadian winters of overnight lows minus 10-25 C. This Xtrail will not be suitable for that at all. Im thinking i give this truck another year and sell, switch to a used 07-10 Toyota Rav4, awd , 4cyl. I normally keep my Used vehicles 5 to 6 years and then switch things up anyways. Sticking with japanese used suv, a Rav4 , altho boring, is like a very dependable , easy to fix and run, toyota corolla.
 

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I don't lock my doors anymore,at home or at work. Only at the store parking lot, by the time i got there ,the interior is a bit warmer already.

The few times my doors froze, the trick i used was the lock/unlock on the fob key or the key in the hole. Once inside to keep the door shut , i lock the door using the lock/unlock button. To get the door open again, one hand pulls the unlock at the door and the other the lock/unlock button.
By doing this I was able to get out and move on.
We're getting temperatures around -20c here and in the morning my doors are fine(well it stays in a heated garage)
 

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I finally got 3 out of 4 doors open today after 10 days of having only the drivers door work. It opened with the key thankfully. Sometimes the doors will open but will only stay closed if I lock them and then they can't be reopened. I love this little machine but the door issue is enough to make me give up on it. The weather is going to be great for the next 2 weeks minimum. Highs of around -1 C. I should be back to 4 doors very soon.
 

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I confess that the cold snap in late November saw me having to get in through the rear passenger side. It was one of the last straw factors in getting rid of it. I just realized it was not going to get used much and the odd time I might want to use it in the winter I might just be facing the frozen doors or a no-start condition. Happy to report no such issues with the Forester.
This may not be the place but I have two new Gates thermostats and a Gates water pump for the X trail that I never got around to installing. Does anybody want them? I was thinking about putting them on Kijiji for $20 or so, but I am also willing to just give them away to someone here who would like them.
I also have a rear wiper motor, a center armrest in perfect shape, a sun visor clip holder, a fuel injector, a bunch of nuts and bolts and clips. I am 5 minutes from the Casino for anyone in the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
 

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Frozen doors....such a stupid design! My 06 Xtrail did the frozen doors thing again. So we had a rare arctic deep freeze snow storm in Vancouver a week ago. 35 cms of snow and daytime temps of minus 9, windchill factor of minus 15, strong winds. I have experienced the dreaded Xtrail freeze out once since 2015 with similar weather. But this time this was rediculous. I had a day off and i waited till 12 noon to go to a laptop repair shop only 3 mins from home. IT was blowing wind and snow pretty good but at least the temperature was only minus 1 or 2 C. First i go remove the snow off my truck's roof and all the glass. Next i tried to open my front passenger door....nope, door stuck ! Finally aftera few tugs it ooens but will not latch shut, after 4 slams, it latches shut. Next i go try my driver's door....A miracle,it opened normally. After 2 attempts to close shut, it closes. I start my car. I warmed it up for 20 minutes. It was blowing nice hot air from the defroster. I finally drive off to my destination 3 minutes away. After circling the block 3 times i park of busy East Broadway a few car lengths from the laptop store. Shut off the engine....and my driver door refuses to open . I try the passenger side, nope...,.both rear doors...Nope! Can you believe, i spent 25 minutes stuck inside my Xtrail?? Heat on full blast, i rolled down my driver's window to reach out and try to pull on my outside door handle..door still wont open. I reach out and put my key in the door lock , it turns but will not undo the inside door mechanism. I tried using my keyfob remote unlock/lock/ unlock multiple times over but that did Nothng. I never panicked, i was just so pissed off and annoyed. 25 minutes of trying all sorts of stuff to get Any door to just open from inside. Heat on high, windows up,hoping to dethaw my inner door lock mechanism . Finally, i try one last time.....frigging door opens!. After that i just shut my door and put on my after market alarm. I did not lock with key fob. Next 3 days, parked in front of my home, unlocked but alarm on. Only way i could ensure i could open my doors. Yesterday and today the temperature shot up to plus 8 or 9 celcius and rain rain Rain. You know i really like my Xtrail. But in next year or so, probably moving away from Vancouver about 500 klms to a smaller city where they get regular typical Canadian winters of overnight lows minus 10-25 C. This Xtrail will not be suitable for that at all. Im thinking i give this truck another year and sell, switch to a used 07-10 Toyota Rav4, awd , 4cyl. I normally keep my Used vehicles 5 to 6 years and then switch things up anyways. Sticking with japanese used suv, a Rav4 , altho boring, is like a very dependable , easy to fix and run, toyota corolla.
I have my 2006 X-Trail since new, and over the years found a couple of things that help.
I don't like washing it in the winter, but when I do I try to blow out the latch mechanism, the key and outside handle with compressed air. Then I spray a light oil like 12-34 or WD-40 into outside key and especially around the latch mechanism.
But today I was trapped too, because yesterday we had heavy snow and it went above 0 for awhile and water ran down outside window and into the door again and froze while it sat outside.
I checked the forums one more time and will try to remove the inside panel to see where exactly the water is coming in. I have access to the Nissan shop manual and it appears that the main mechanism is right at the latch and all the handles and key cylinder are all activating rods down the the latch mechanism.
I really like the X-Trail, but sometimes the little things are annoying!!
 

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Frozen doors....such a stupid design! My 06 Xtrail did the frozen doors thing again. So we had a rare arctic deep freeze snow storm in Vancouver a week ago. 35 cms of snow and daytime temps of minus 9, windchill factor of minus 15, strong winds. I have experienced the dreaded Xtrail freeze out once since 2015 with similar weather. But this time this was rediculous. I had a day off and i waited till 12 noon to go to a laptop repair shop only 3 mins from home. IT was blowing wind and snow pretty good but at least the temperature was only minus 1 or 2 C. First i go remove the snow off my truck's roof and all the glass. Next i tried to open my front passenger door....nope, door stuck ! Finally aftera few tugs it ooens but will not latch shut, after 4 slams, it latches shut. Next i go try my driver's door....A miracle,it opened normally. After 2 attempts to close shut, it closes. I start my car. I warmed it up for 20 minutes. It was blowing nice hot air from the defroster. I finally drive off to my destination 3 minutes away. After circling the block 3 times i park of busy East Broadway a few car lengths from the laptop store. Shut off the engine....and my driver door refuses to open . I try the passenger side, nope...,.both rear doors...Nope! Can you believe, i spent 25 minutes stuck inside my Xtrail?? Heat on full blast, i rolled down my driver's window to reach out and try to pull on my outside door handle..door still wont open. I reach out and put my key in the door lock , it turns but will not undo the inside door mechanism. I tried using my keyfob remote unlock/lock/ unlock multiple times over but that did Nothng. I never panicked, i was just so pissed off and annoyed. 25 minutes of trying all sorts of stuff to get Any door to just open from inside. Heat on high, windows up,hoping to dethaw my inner door lock mechanism . Finally, i try one last time.....frigging door opens!. After that i just shut my door and put on my after market alarm. I did not lock with key fob. Next 3 days, parked in front of my home, unlocked but alarm on. Only way i could ensure i could open my doors. Yesterday and today the temperature shot up to plus 8 or 9 celcius and rain rain Rain. You know i really like my Xtrail. But in next year or so, probably moving away from Vancouver about 500 klms to a smaller city where they get regular typical Canadian winters of overnight lows minus 10-25 C. This Xtrail will not be suitable for that at all. Im thinking i give this truck another year and sell, switch to a used 07-10 Toyota Rav4, awd , 4cyl. I normally keep my Used vehicles 5 to 6 years and then switch things up anyways. Sticking with japanese used suv, a Rav4 , altho boring, is like a very dependable , easy to fix and run, toyota corolla.
I have my 2006 X-Trail since new, and over the years found a couple of things that help.
I don't like washing it in the winter, but when I do I try to blow out the latch mechanism, the key and outside handle with compressed air. Then I spray a light oil like 12-34 or WD-40 into outside key and especially around the latch mechanism.
But today I was trapped too, because yesterday we had heavy snow and it went above 0 for awhile and water ran down outside window and into the door again and froze while it sat outside.
I checked the forums one more time and will try to remove the inside panel to see where exactly the water is coming in. I have access to the Nissan shop manual and it appears that the main mechanism is right at the latch and all the handles and key cylinder are all activating rods down the the latch mechanism.
I really like the X-Trail, but sometimes the little things are annoying!!
 

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Update: First two weeks of February in Vancouver and the weather is very mild winter ( relative to the rest of Canada) . ALL of January it rained Everyday so there was no sub zero temps . For february, saw a minor dump of snow that lasted barely 2 days and many rainy warmer days washed it away . Had a few overnight minus 3 C and a few days of plus 7 to 10 C/sunny days. So no frozen doors. I do realize from what others commented on here just recently and in the past, my doors seems to freeze/not latch shut/unlatch from the inside during times when it gets very cold/snow and if there is some thaw where water somehow gets inside the door mechanism and refreezes overnight. But the weird thing about this last door freeze-out was that After i got into my vehicle and my truck was warmed up and blowing hot air from the vents, and after i drove a few minutes, i still was stuck inside my truck for over 20 minutes as the cabin heat still would not de-thaw the door mechanisms to unlatch . So other then normal parts replacement and normal vehicle maintenance, the Xtrail has been a very good daily driver. The door latch freezing issue is a mystery that i would like to solve tho.
 
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