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Is it common to have some burned smell for a brand new Nissan Murano?

I am planning to buy a new 2010 Murano SL. Last weekend, before we close the deal with the dealer, we had a test drive with the new car we would like to buy which only has 3 miles on it. But we smelled really strong burned smell once we are in the car since dealer had started the engine and AC to get the car warm. On the way, we still kept on smelling that from the AC vent, especially after we stopped and drived again. The dealer told us it was because Nissan put some coating on the break, and the smell will disappear after 50 miles. Actually, it is not the first time we find this smell with Murano. About one month ago, when we tested drive another 09 Murano SL, we found the same smell, but not as strong as this one. That dealer told us it was some coating on the engine and it will be gone after 100 miles. So we are wondering this smell is really a problem or not. Where does it come from? Is it a common thing happen to all new Muranos? When you guys bought your new Muranos, do you have the same experience? Thanks a lot!!


  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    My memory is vague on the smell on my '99 Quest when it was new, but it's common for the underside to be sprayed with various coatings. And it's common for the plastic parts to out gas.

    So some of the smell could be "Cosmoline" especially around the hot muffler or some of it could be the wiring insulation "baking" a bit.

    I think the Murano is made in Japan, so I bet the smell is mostly stuff they spray on for shipping to keep the rust at bay.

    It should fade and go away in a few weeks.

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  • Thank you, Steve.
    Is there any other new Murano owner would share your experience?
    Really appreciate your help!
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,252
    My murano is 14 months old and I still get a burning smell every month when the payment gets withdrawn from by bank account. :cry:
  • jayrider, thank you for your opinion. But it does not help my case. :confuse:
  • Sorry for the delay, Yes this is normal. I test drove 3 of them and they all had the smell it will go away after 100 miles I was told not by the dealer but by an owner of a 2010.
  • subdensubden Posts: 40
    Agree. Just test drove 2 brand new no mile 2010's and both had the smell.
  • I just bought a 2010. the burning smell was pretty strong. its gone now.
  • I just inherited my wife's 2003 Murano, she got a 2010 RX 350. I noticed the burning smell on it when she drove it and now that it's mine it is still there. It has always been dealer maintained so I don't think it's any malfunction.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    That's an awfully long time to have a burning smell.

    When my older cars have an smell like that, I check the brakes for a dragging caliper. Could be an exhaust issue too. Dunno if I'd just ignore it. On a new one yeah, but not after a couple of months.

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  • dsaenzdsaenz Posts: 1
    I just bought my 2010 AWD LE 4 days ago and noticed the smell on both vehicles I test drove. I wish I had seen this post first because I just dropped off the car at the dealership's maintenance department. The after hours technician had not heard of any smell issues but I certainly noticed it. :confuse: It's at 150 miles now and I hope there are no issues. The dealerships should be aware of the smell issue.

    I will follow up with the forum after the techs check it tomorrow and I get my Murano back!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited March 2010
    this is normal for all cars that are brand new, such as yours; my 2010 Maxima had that burning odor for the first 1-2k miles I think, I can't remember since I'm at about 5k now but is has been several months since I've smelt it; I think it is the smell of the chemicals they put on the engine and other engine components burning themselves off as the car is broken in and used!!!

    just give it time; if after a few thousand miles your still having the odor then there might be something wrong and you'll have to take it in!
  • ron118ron118 Posts: 3
    I have 2010 murano LE with a burnt oil smell. The transfer case is leaking on the exhaust pipe. My Murano is less than 1 month old with 7 days in the shop and waiting . After long runs it will leak on the driveway and leave a spot.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    this is definitely not the same thing that I had or what others were talking about! if there is visible leaking going on then there is definitely something wrong; hope Nissan makes it right for you! best of luck!
  • taggs1taggs1 Posts: 5
    I am having the same problem! In the last 30 days, my car has been in the service dept for 26 days. They cannot stop the leak. I bought a 2010 LE Murano on 7/28/10.
    Any advice?
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    You definitely qualify now for lemon law in your state. I suggest you begin the application and filing process immediately. Also, you'll have to send Nissan Consumer Affairs a letter stating that your filing for lemon law. Sorry to hear your having such problems on a brand new vehicle. It definitely sounds like you got a lemon.
  • taggs1taggs1 Posts: 5
    Just got word that Nissan is replacing the car. I only hope the next one doesn't have the same problems.
    Thanks for your advice!
  • We are having the same problem with our 2010 Murano purchased August 7th. We noticed some oil mixed with some liquid on our garage floor within days of the purchase. The car also smelled of hot oil every time we drove it. We took it in a few days later for the undercoating and mentioned it to the service writer. He told us there was no way it was oil, that it was cosmoline but I had touched it and smelled it and it was oil. The car started leaking at least two to three drops of oil every night. We took it back with the evidence. The shop claimed it was the axle seal which they replaced and we picked it up and brought it home. We barely pulled into the driveway we still had the smell and had a larger leak of oil underneath. We took a phone pic and called the service and told them we would be right back there. They told us they couldn't believe that it was still leaking. Long story short, after replacing the right front axle seal twice, the entre axle once, they told us that Nissan corp is saying that the transfer case on some Muranos has a bad cast and they won't be able to get the part until October 24th. Needless to say, we are not happy. They have our car, we have a Cube with Nissan advertisting...and so far they have given us a case number but no satisfaction with this problem. We are not excited about having a "new" car that has already had so many problems...OR being without our car for up to a month. So far it has been ten days in a row. Any advice???
  • Stick with it and get your car replaced! Let Nissan know you've lost all confidence in the car. Check the lemon laws in your state. After 30 days or 4 attempts at repair, it should be deemed a lemon. I sympathize with you. It took us 6 weeks but we are finally driving a new Murano. It still smells (hopefully cosmoline) but no leaks. We check it everyday though! Best of luck.
  • Ours is a 2010 Murano LE as well. We apparently have the same problem (see my post yesterday). Did you get this problem repaired? They are telling us they can't even get the part until Oct. 24th. They told us the transfer case was "cast" wrong and that caused the problem. Have you pursued a lemon law case or has Nissan International helped you out at all?? I am getting more disappointed every day.
  • We are also having the same problem with our 2010 Murano that we purchased in July. Noticed the leak on a piece of cardboard on the garage floor and brought it in with the first oil change at 3,000 miles last Saturday. They said it is a leak in the transfer case and that it will be ok to continue to drive until the part comes in the next Tuesday or Wednesday (today). When I called today on the status of the part, they said the part was not in and that it wont be in now until Monday. They again said it would be ok to drive through the weekend and to call Monday to verify that the part is in and schedule the repair. You said that they gave you a rental car until your part comes in. I am worried that I may be causing damage driving it this way. Any advise?
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