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Buying a Used Murano

Can someone please provide some guidance on buying a used 2007 Murano SL. Would it be a good car to buy for 22K. It only has 27K miles on it. I would like to know specifically the following

1) Is the price right?
2) What should I look for, mechanically, and electronics wise, for any problems.
3) What kind of warranty should I get

I have been browsing through this forum for a week and am a bit scared to buy a Murano, more so buying a USED Murano.
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  • Hello,

    After a lot of research, and some test drives, I had decided to go ahead and purchase a one year old, 2007 Nissan Murano, with 10k left on the warranty, tomorrow.

    I need a solid, reliable all wheel drive small SUV for about 65% of my yearly driving. I have a summer vehicle, but need the SUV for all winter driving between say, November 15th, through April 15th, and for a couple of days a week of general use the rest of the year. I will probably average 10k mile per year. I live in a snowy, hilly area, so the SUV is very important for that reason.

    My choice of the Murano was based on almost overwhelmingly positive road tests, making the Consumers Report list of recommended used cars, as well as the following link showing it to be rated number one, overall, among small/medium SUV's. This was "based on U.S. News editors' analysis of 35 leading automotive reviews and test drives"

    http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/2007-Nissan-Murano/

    After seeing all of the posts about transmission failures here, I am now wondering if going ahead with this purchase would be a mistake.

    I have the option of purchasing an extended warranty from Nissan for $1500.00 when the current warranty runs out. Wouldnt that cover any transmission repairs should they occur?

    I would apreciate your advice on whether your ecommend going ahead with the purchase of the 2007 Murano. Thanks.

    John
  • Thank you for your help.
  • george78george78 Posts: 13
    As far as the warranty goes the basic one covers 3 years and 36k miles. The warranty on the powertrain is 5 years and 60k miles.

    I've read the same things about the transmission failures. I would like to believe it's a very small percentage of Muranos that have this problem and that it has been rectified since the car debuted in 2003.

    Go with your gut on this one.
  • Thanks George
  • bmr123bmr123 Posts: 60
    Depends on the price. They should throw that extended warranty in with the deal.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    The price is too high. 09's are wholesaling for 21k. If you don't need awd you can come close to that 07 price on an 09. Your payments will not be much more. The murano is top rated in buyer satisfaction by consumer reports so you will likely be happy with one. Where do you live?
  • I live in Texas. Sometimes it rains like hell here so that's one time when the AWD might be handy, but I can live without it. Its all this talk of transmission failures, and engine mount failures etc that are starting to spook me
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    Go with an 09. People worry too much about reliability issues. All car lines have lemons. Consumer reports will recommend cars with 0-1 % complaints and scratch cars with as little as 3% problems. I wouldn't bother with awd in texas --fwd will be fine --just make sure you have good tires. How much do you want to spend on a vehicle and how fussy are you on style, size etc.?
  • I really want to stay below 21K all together (car price + TTL + warranty) but the dealers seem to think that is a joke. To be honest I don't know whats a good price to expect.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    go domestic. There are some awsome deals. How big a unit do you need? Leather, moonroof, etc or is cloth ok? Bigger suv's -- durango & aspen get about 15 mpg ave but you can save big on one with less than 5k. My son bought a used durango last year 07 and it's a great car -- no problems. The jeep grand cherokee is a bit smaller -- the 08's are much improved. Late model highlanders fwd are well under 20k if you don't want leather. Have you checked ebay listings? There are a lot of nice cars being sold out of texas.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    Just went online and found a 08 highlander 4x4 with 18k miles in weatherford texas for $19943 at a toyota dealer. This is an internet price so if you call 888-819-4281 mention that you want the internet sales dept. If you have time you can find deals like this with a little effort. Still under warranty and with toyotas I wouldn't even get the extended warranty -- probably never come close to getting your $ back.
    Also found an 08 murano S awd with 18k miles at Bankston Nissan dark blue in Irving for $19994.
    You can shop from home and avoid the dealers laughing in your face. Only deal with internet departments and you save easy.
  • Price is too high...obviously it's a buyers market so be picky and don't be afraid to low ball the seller...epecially dealerships.

    Don't be scared about buying a used Murano, keep in people only come to sites like this with probs...there are thousands that don't have to cause their car is fine.

    My research showed that AWD is way more likely to have trans problems.

    I just bought an 05 with only 32K miles and I paid $13,950. So your deal is $8,000 more for 5 less thousand miles and 2 years. In my opinion it's not worth it. Rule of thumb is $1,000 for every 10K miles. Plus 05 and 07 is same across board with very minor interior changes.
    Good luck.
  • kmausskmauss Posts: 74
    Hi there. I am just starting the process of looking around for my next vehicle when my Impala lease runs out. I still have almost a year on this lease, so I am in absolutely no hurry. What I have in mind is a midsize crossover/SUV, but my budget is likely to be very limited.

    I've liked the looks of the Murano for some years, and finally the other day I drove one and I absolutely LOVED it. I know purchasing a brand new one is utterly out of the question. Leasing one may be a possibility, but I'd have to think long and hard before I went that route.

    Were I to contemplate buying one that was three or four years old with say 40-50K miles on it, that is actually getting down into a price range I can afford. Are there any common issues/ problems to watch out for one one of that age? From everything I've looked at they seem to have outstanding overall dependability ratings.

    Many thanks for any input. :)
    Karen
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    The asking prices for used muranos are outrageous. Don't know what they actually sell for.
  • kmausskmauss Posts: 74
    I tend to agree! I have seen some crazy prices even for used ones. They can't be THAT good.
  • econtre1econtre1 Posts: 9
    I am currently at the end of my 2006 Murano SL (November 15), and I am also looking to purchase an 06 Murano. Unfortunately, buying my lease is a big NO NO, so I am in search of someone elses off-lease Murano. I also agree with other posts, that asking prices are high for this vehicle. To the point that I am starting to look in other directions, perhaps a Nissan Pathfinder instead. That being said, I can say that I am not surprised by the asking prices. I leave in Tampa, FL and this vehicle has been everything I have come to expect from Japan's big three. For all of those out there worrying about their reliabilty, I can assure you do not have anything to fear. I have been leasing for the past 15 years and this is my third lease with Nissan. This is the first time, I have ever leased a vehicle past 36 months and well beyond the basic warranty for both time and miles. I only did it because it was a Nissan. As with all my previous leases, this vehicle never saw the inside of a repair shop. I never purchase extended warranties and I only lease/own Hondas/Acuras, Nissans, and Toyotas. Sorry, I would love to say the same about american companies, but I learned the hard way during my younger driving days of Ford/GM cars. As an american, I am amazed everytime I see comercials of Ford/GM comparing its quality to that of Toyota. One would say, how did it come to this? Simple, while the Japanese was making very reliable cars to break into the US market, our CEO's were looking for ways to squeeze every penny we earned by making unreliable cars. They deserve everythig is happening to them. Sorry, I wonder off a bit... I am not saying that these japanese automakers are perfect, but one thing their cars are is reliable!
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    I suggest you check out the first heading in the Murano forum. Lots of problems with the CVT.
  • dkk4dkk4 Posts: 2
    I drove a 2006 Murano and I loved it, but after reading some of the discussions here I am thinking I shouldn't buy it. The car has a lot of miles on it - 68K, but it is in my price range and appears to be in great shape. Any advise? Debra
  • whitestar16whitestar16 Posts: 53
    A 2006 Murano with 68K on it would give me pause. I'd look for a 2007 with a lot less miles and a very careful going over, particularly with regards to the head gasket and valve cover as far as leaks. Observe tailpipe emissions carefully. Avoid the AWD models and stick with the FWD models.
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