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Nissan Murano Maintenance and Repair



  • Just wondering if anybody else had bad wheel bearings in the 2004 Murano? After 15,000 miles of driving, I noticed noise from the frontend. The dealer replaced one of the front wheel bearings and said that they road-tested and it was fixed. I drove away and still heard the sound - this time more specifically from one side. I drove it for a week and then called the dealer and made yet another appointment. I sat and waited 2 hours AGAIN to learn that the other wheel bearing was bad. This time they had to order the part. I then had to make a 3rd visit to get this fixed. I owned 3 Honda's prior to this car and never had an experience like this. Oddly, I still love the Murano. It is quiet, comfortable, roomy enough to haul lots of stuff, handles well. I wish the gas mileage was as promised, but other than that, this is my favorite car - out of other vehicles that I have owned - Honda civic, Prelude, Accord, Triumph TR6, Mazda,Chevy Pickup, Subaru, VW rabbit, MGB, Pontiac Catalina - still love my Murano.
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    I've driven a lot of miles in a lot of brands, but wheel bearings going out at 15K is pretty unusual. I hope the noise is cured by replacing these...let us know. John B
  • To date I'm extremely pleased with my 2005 Murano now at 10K miles. Only issue to date has been with the 6 CD changer, which would not eject the #2 disc. Dealer is looking to replace under warranty.
    I am still looking for a good cleaner/protectant for the dash and other "hard plastic" interior parts. The Armorall seems to leave it with a uneven color finish and I have read where other cleaners have actually discolored the dash. Any insight would be appreciated. Other then that the vechile is performing great and being a 1st time Nissan owner - very pleased to date.
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    I have been an ArmorAll fan since its inception...and wish I had bought stock in it. Some people do not like it, as it is water-based, but it never fails on plastic surfaces. In the Murano, if you have leather, than your choices widen.. Funny thing, the various products for tires...which are pure silicone, really preserve, protect and waterproof leather, better than anything else. Spray it on, wipe it and let it soak in. It is not on the label, but for ten years, that is all I have used on leather...with great results. JB
  • gokadengokaden Posts: 28
    Hi again John,
    Thanks for the tip about the date of manufacture for the Murano. I haven't noticed it on the door post, since it's my wife's car, but I'll check it out.

    Regarding the TPS issue, is that also part of a Nissan recall, or can I just drive the Murano into a dealership and have them inspect it without charge? I haven't been able to find any information on a TPS recall.

    Thanks for your help again.
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    Dear Gokaden: At least on my Murano 05...sticker is on the post where the front driver door closes...down by the sill. White, about size of cig pack...all data and #'s.
    The TPS has never been a recall. I have no idea of what percent failure triggers recall...on Murano, I would bet that if it has not failed, it won't be "testable" as bad. It's a wireless deal that transmits accelerator position to the engine...??? leap forward or backward???
    I also asked my reliable foreman at Central Valley Nissan, Modesto....11 years in the slot...."we have had six TPS failures in three years, and the CVT is essentially trouble-free. We have replaced one in that time."
    Now, I can only take it for what it says...If your own personal CVT fails, you know it...but I don't think Bill would BS me...he stated the most common thing is for the Jiffy Lube guys putting ATF in it....that is why the dip stick is nearly people proof and hard to remove for the average Joe Jiffy...
    I am pleased with our M...a whole lot better than my A6T which went from Car of the Year in 01 to "Avoid" four years later in Consumer's. JOHN B
  • I used Armorall for years- albeit with the same resuls as you were having. It did seem to be the best product on the market- until the past couple of years.

    I ride horses and I only use the best products on my $ leather equipment. Much to my surprise and enjoyment the company's who products I use to protect my leather (I even use their products on our couches!) recently started making a vinyl, rubber and plastic protectant. It is called Vinylex and is made by Lexol. I use it everywhere I don't have leather- rubber seals around the door frames, vinyl dashes, plastic... EVERYWHERE! I even use it in my 87 Porsche and I'm really picky about "my baby". It has DH-60 UV Screen in it. It leaves a nice uniform matte shine and IS NOT GREASY. I honestly cannot say enough about this product!
  • I have an 04 SL AWD also. I started hearing a similar noise- I don't know if it is the same though. My noise was coming from between the seats, but more so from under the console area. I described it to the mechanic as a "fluttering". Originally, I noticed it mostly when I was coasting. Now I hear it all the time.

    I had it in the shop before Christmas and they told me it was the drive shaft. "I was lucky b/c they just had a Murano in last month and it took a lot of trial and error to figure out what the noise was." Just my luck! Anyway- part is on order. Not a huge deal.

    I have 10,000 miles. The alternator died on me at one point, have a few squeaks here and there. I still love my Murano though! :) My dealership is good, which makes a big difference too.
  • gokadengokaden Posts: 28
    Hi John B,
    Well, I checked the date sticker on my Murano, and the VIN #, and it falls within the ones listed. What's more, the date of Mfg is actually 8/04, meaning that there was a 7 month lag from manufacture till when I bought it off the lot in March 05.
    Not too sure how that happened, but I bought my Murano from Town North Nissan in Austin, TX.
    In this case, I'll probably be considering sending my MU in for the alternator recall.
    Thanks for all you help on this.
  • I have a 2004 Murano which develops a strong odor of buring rubber after driving up a two mile dirt road in Vermont. Other vehicles such as the GMC Envoy and Olsmobile Bravada also had similar "burnt" rubber odors after driving up the hill. This is an unimproved public highway which goes up to a mountainside home. The dealer told me he found nothing wrong when I brought it in after the first time I noticed it. Has anyone else noticed this odor? It is not coming from the brakes.-Thanks
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    I apologize for posting again, but Gokaden, I cannot but ask you if a Murano built in August 04 was sold to you as a 2004 or a months between the last rivet in the Land of the Rising Sun and a sale in Texas, USA! Wow... When exactly did 04 end for Murano? When does a new model year start...anybody know?
    Rubber you think, since all three vehicles smell like rubber, that there is rubber tire dust coming up from your unimproved road, landing on hot catalytic converters? Especially if your dealer inspected and probably looked for rubber hoses near hot exhaust ducts...
    Just a thought. JOHN B
  • gokadengokaden Posts: 28
    Hi John B,
    That's exactly whatI was thinking. I'm not sure why it took so long for the Murano to get delivered to Austin.

    As far as I know, the dealer sold me my Murano as an '05, and it is indeed an '05 because of its color; Platinum is only offered on '05 Muranos and later. The previous color was some kind of yellowish silver.

    In any case, I hope other potential car buyers will pay attention to this when they have their vehicle delivered. I sure know I will!
  • These posts are always informative, but I haven't seen a definitive answer regarding dashboard rattles. I have an '04 Murano, and it's had a rattle in the dashboard almost since I drove it off the lot. Multiple trips to the dealer haven't solved it. Anyone have any ideas? Also, does anyone have a good car wax to use on a Murano? I have pewter color, and wax seems to last about three weeks. I park it underground at work and in the garage at home, so it's not weather/sun that's doing it. I currently use NuFinish (bright orange bottle). Any info from anyone is much appreciated.
  • pf2001pf2001 Posts: 110
    My post #1093 about a rattle coming from the left corner(where the temp sensor is) when going over bumps. It seems loose to me.
    I am planning on bringing it in to the dealer as well.
    Just wondering what the dealer said?
  • My rattle is on the other side over the glove compartment, and also one in the middle over the console. Previously, the dealer said they replaced some loose parts behind the glove compartment, but every time they do something, the rattle moves in the dashboard :-). I'm going in for scheduled maintenance (15k miles) on Friday, so I will have more details after that.
  • Is there any trick to checking the transmission fluid on this car? After all the transmission problems I've read about here I'm afraid to mess with it until I ask.
  • I have a 2003 SL, it's had rattles and squeaks since day 1. They got rid of all of them in the first few months but now at 36k I have a bunch of new ones. Of course the warrenty is up so I'll just live with it or try to find them myself. I don't like my dealer. The squeaks are coming from the back of the car, from the dash on both sides, the whole car creaks on rough city streets. I like it but I wouldn't buy another Nissan. The original squeaks were from the door panels making contact with the door frame. I don't know if you've noticed but everything moves on the Murano. You can push on the dash, the door panels, jiggle the hatch. Everything moves, nothing is tight in this car. I had a Ford Explorer with 110k on it and it was tight with no squeaks the whole time i owned it.
  • i too have a 2003 and i agree that wax doesn't stay very long. i am not very impressed with the paint job. my wife's toytota highlander is white and surface finger nail scratches doen't even occur.
    my car is garaged but out all day. it appears that the newer nissans have a better paint job. just wax a little more often. use a liquid or spray way to ease the job.
  • I have 22k on my silver 04 SL. So far no squeaks or any other mechanical problems. I use Mobil 1 5w30 which I change with filter every 7500 miles. I just had an interesting experience changing the inside cabin filter. It turns out the auto part places on line will charge you anywhere from $10 to 45 for a "murano" filter. It is the same one used in the Altima. I confronted the supply house on why the same item had two different prices and they explained it was different. I would have believed them if I did not have both in front of me and have since changed the murano 04 and Altima03 cabin filters myself. Let me know if anyone else notices a rubber odor after a long climb. thanks- agmurano(silver murano!) :)
  • Well, I just got back from the dealer, and they found a broken clip on the exhaust manifold hose. They replaced the clip (under warranty), and so far so good. I'll have to drive it for a while longer, but hopefully this fixes it for good. BTW, I had several people at the dealer today tell me how much they like the Murano, and that they wished they had one. :D
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