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Nissan Murano Maintenance and Repair

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  • It's good to hear some "positives" regarding the Murano. I would love to hear from other owners who have had the car long enough to rack up some serious mileage and have not experienced the multitude of problems that some of the contributors to this forum have.
  • ljetteljette Posts: 19
    I have over 80,000 miles on my '05 SL. I have had several problems with it, including the rocking seat syndrome,which my husband fixed, after being told by my service department that it was an $800 job. Turns out it was a $0 job because some screws had come loose in the tract that holds the seat in place. And I also had to bring it in for service 16 times because my air bag light kept coming on. That was finally resolved after a regional tech arrived and replaced the computer module. But I love this car. We travel in this car long distances and get an incredible 26 miles a gallon on the highway, and about 19 to 20 around town. It is a very comfortable, roomy interior. I will certainly be looking to buy another Murano in the future, but given the economy I'm hoping this one lasts a long time.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    I have a 2006 SL with 20,500 miles and warranty time runs out in July.

    I'd like to get extended warranty. How? Where? Cost?

    At end of 35 months, what items should be checked because they have great potential to fail soon after? I'd like to get any potential items checked and fixed under warranty.

    Any thoughts or experiences?
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Re : 2004 Murano SL

    I turned my engine 4 days ago and the 'service engine soon' light appears on the RPM instrument panel. Since then, it's always ON everytime I start my car. My car runs OK and don't show any problem and I'm up to date with my maintenance. Can anyone tell me what's causing this and how to turn this thing OFF.
  • Yeah I had the same problem, it was some thing that was recalled.You should had the done already other than that I dont Know..
    Sorry
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Can you clarify the recall?
  • easym1easym1 Posts: 218
    Just an update on this situation, I phoned the Nissan dealer her and was advised to get the sensors checked and the cost is about $90. I was about to take it yesterday abut I noticed that the SES light did not go ON. Since then, is seemed OK. I'll update here if this issue re-occurs.
  • kt32685kt32685 Posts: 1
    I have '03 Murano with 25,000 miles on it. And all of a sudden my A/C started blowing warm air. I took it too the dealer and they replaced the fuse box and a modual for the A/c and still the A/c blows warm air. Has anyone else had this problem, so maybe I can advise the dealership of the problem, because they have no idea what is wrong with it.
  • ronw10ronw10 Posts: 2
    We have owned our 2004 new and have almost 80K miles. Only one problem with the trans linage that I believe was caused by my wife. I did replace the trans fluid at 50K. No issues is wheel barrings, rattles, seats, or any of the problems that have been posted. I guess we are lucky.

    My mechanic cannot believe how many miles I have on the front breaks and they still do not need replacing. Just replaced the rear breaks at 77K. I am lucky that my mechanic employs a person that worked on Muranos at a dealership and he knows his stuff. Unless my mechanic says he cannot fix, I will not go to a dealer for repairs.
  • sakkiesakkie Posts: 3
    I have a 2005 Murano,live in South Africa drive on farmroads. I have had my vehicle at the dealer.They kept it for a week-end, but could not find the same jerking as it just happens now and then. They did put on computer and all was ok.
    2 days nothing, and then just a light jerk, like fuel did not get through for a milisecond..They also did clean the air filter (dusty roads). Sometimes the revs drop low, especially if I drove at high speed and have to slow down. As i start to pick up speed, ussually then the jerking appears. Most of the times the vehicle is fine. But 15000 more k and my Maintenance plan expires, and then I sit with this. What can I do? It sounds like a small problem, but considering selling. But how can you sell knowing this happens.
    Any advise would be appreciated?
  • To begin, I do not mean to be facetious when I post this question: For all recent Murano owners who are now beset with mechanical or workmanship problems, did you at all consider going with a Korean manufacturer who can offer warranties almost double that of Nissan's? Did you test drive the Hyundai Santa Fe?

    I'm simply trying to figure out the psychology behind purchases of one nameplate over another.
  • vctauvctau Posts: 6
    I had a similar problem, i experienced erratic jerking/lurching when i would accelerate from low speeds or from a complete stop. The dealer in Richardson TX took 5 min to diagnose and fix the problem. I am not sure if this is what its called, but all he did was tighten the lose air intake hose that supplies the manifold. The black rubber hose was very lose and leaving a gap. This casued too much air or too litle air to get sucked into the engine. The mechanic said it was a very common problem and he fixed it for free. I know other members of this forum have been charged an arm and a leg for this simple fix under the pretext of O2 sensors, filters etc. On a different note, I have 27k miles on my 06 Murano SL. I am not too happy with it, a lot of rattles, creaks and noises, the battery died at 12k miles. The rattling from the driver door is very dissappointing, and no one has been able to fix it. Good thing I got the Bose stereo :)
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,450
    People choose cars for a variety of reasons. Style,utility,price,reliability,warranty, prestige,exclusivity etc. The choice is personal and complex for some--simple and clear for others. There really is no correct answer regarding choice. Some want an appliance and some want luxury. To each his/her own.
  • pardawgpardawg Posts: 4
    Hold down your lock & unlock buttons on your fobkey/remote for 2-3 seconds to switch from horn on lock (on & off) mode.
  • pardawgpardawg Posts: 4
    I have an 03 Murano SL AWD, sometimes (ususally when it's hot out) if i'm crawling in traffic or parking lot. I press the gas pedal & my murano will get into a mode of hesitation. It will only happen when in very low rpm, but sometimes it takes 3 seconds before I can move forward. (scarry in traffic) It will not stop doing this, unless I stop/restart the engine.
    Is anyone else having this problem?
  • hayneldanhayneldan Posts: 657
    My son bought a 04 coming off lease and although it is most always garaged in the Chicago area the grille seems to be peeling, is it plastic or metal? is this problem occuring to someone else? THe rest of the car is fine with no scratches or dings.This may a repeat because I was only able to read up to page 30. Is there a recall on this?
  • pardawgpardawg Posts: 4
    I don't know how common the problem is, but I have an 03 & have the same problem.
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    My 05, which has been bulletproof, has one or two small blebs. The silvery "coating" is plastic, bonded to a plain plastic grille. I would think extreme heat in sun can do this...as of now, have not bothered to show dealer or worry as there are only two, and neither is more than half an inch...60,000K hot California summers parked outside days.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    My factory warranty on my 2006 ends in July. So far no trouble....

    Any idea what an extended would run me at this point? (I guess only aftermarket warranty would apply-Not Nissan?)

    I plan to keep it another 3 years or so and average about 8,000 miles per year. That may change as the kids go off to school and I visit them and work more.

    Is the warranty worth the investment? What major components are most trouble prone.

    The main reason I like warranties is that I don't have to research and question and worry about who is fixing it, are they fixing the right thing, am I being overcharged. I don't have a "normal mechanic" as my last car had extended warranty (got that thrown in as part of my deal with Dodge) and my Chev truck is out of warranty, but we've been lucky.

    I assume it will be $1,000+. If 1,000 I'd do it, if more maybe I'd just put that money in a rainy day fund (or a broken car fund) and keep it.

    Thoughts anyone??
  • jayhawk70jayhawk70 Posts: 56
    whitall, I think you should at least ask a Nissan dealer to see what they will do. As far as I know, they will offer the Nissan "extended warranty" anytime before the warranty runs out. I bought a "Gold" (but not the Gold Preferred) when I bought my Murano new, but I believe they will sell that anytime up until warranty expiration. I think its just a matter of price. And Nissan's price and terms and conditions would certainly give you a guide on evaluating third party extended warranties.

    --jayhawk
  • baldwin3baldwin3 Posts: 121
    I have posted several times, mainly early on when Throttle Position Sensor was a problem causing sudden non-acceleration. This blog space told me exactly what was going on, and my Nissan dealer recognized it, replaced it under warranty at 7,000 on my '05. That is the ONLY problem in now 60,000 miles, and I have seen the "complaints" on this site decrease as Nissan has addressed problems one by one...and today's Murano, I hope and trust, is a better product...but who knows. As for warranty...I always LEASE a vehicle for three years to see if I really WANT to keep it...if so, I purchase it, and did so for this Murano, which is bulletproof for us. I DID buy the best Nissan warranty before 36 months, and did so because a simple window motor or a CD changer going out can kill you, not to mention a transmission. It is worth it. Have I had to try and use it? No. Do I want to? No.
    But if I do, it spells out quite clearly that I don't pay anything. And even with a bulletproof car...so far...that is worth sleeping over. OK? As a surgeon...it is like health insurance...please God don't let me need it, but glad I have it. John B. CA
  • Be very careful with extended warranties. I found out the hard way a few years ago. Most extended warranties will cover your "bumper to bumper" with what they refer to in small print as "like kind parts". What this means is if your car has 70,000 miles on it when the repair is made, the warranty company will replace your part with a part that has the same amount of miles on it. usually from a reputable salvage yard. it could be a part that only has 40,000 miles on it but its never a new part.
    Hiope this helps you. :)
  • sakkiesakkie Posts: 3
    Hi John
    I had my post on for a while now. What you said about the Throttle Position Sensor causing sudden non-acceleation, sounds like it could be the problem.
    To explain: It only happens every now and then. Esspecially when I have slowed down from high speed and then want to start accellerating slowly. Then it happens. Like for a moment it jerk/dead spot or whatever this is. Just frustrating. The dealers had a look and even went for a drive where it only happend once with the mechanic. They connected the Murano to computer, reset everything, but it is still there. They say it can be anything, and is very difficult to allocate the precise problem. Sometimes I drive for a couple of hundred miles and sudden a miss.
    What do you suggest I do. Or what do I tell the dealer. It is still under warranty until 100000km .I'm now on 71000km Please help... Colin Pretorius
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    We have a new Murano topic dedicated to extended warranties. You can find it here.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,450
    You need to document the service issues you have with this car. All reciepts and get a signed statement re the inability to find the precise problem. Have you gone to Nissan corporate hq re the problem? Document who you talk to and send a follow-up letter [no email] summarizing the response. Bring it back for a check every time it happens if possible. If the problem is just an intermittant annoyance and never gets worse -- no big deal. If it blows after warranty you have documentation to get it fixed through arbitration if necessary.
  • whitallwhitall Posts: 187
    I know we have a new thread here, but I wanted to specifically reply to baldwin3.

    Did you buy it from your Nissan dealer. I plan to do that and he says it is backed by Nissan. This is the Security plus gold preferred. It lists the exclsuions which are very few, mainly maintenance type items such as tires, brakes, etc.

    Can you state what you paid? I'm trying to figure out if they negotiate when it's for a lease buy out and not at time or purchase or signing.

    There is a dealer online, Nissan of Santa Rosa (california) who claims to sell the same exact warranty my dealer wants to sell me, for significantly less (hundreds less). I think they call their warranty site nissanwarrantystore.com. Seems legit. Didn't see m any BBB complaints (4 for the dealership, none under the website name-which may mean nothing) They do seem a little tricky as they offer a really cheap one for 36/36000, but it's from the IN SERVICE date, so I'd want the 72/60000.
  • I have the exact or almost the same problem with my 2003 Murano with 75K.

    The temperature sensor thinks it's 22 °F outside, so it's blowing hot air into the cabin.

    Anyone know how to fix this without going to a dealer?
  • kathielkathiel Posts: 2
    We bought a used 03 Murano with 62593 miles on it in Oct. 2006. For the first few months it ran extremely good but then it developed an oil leak after we had it serviced at an oil and lube place. We took it back and they repaired it and it was fine for awhile. Then the leak began again and we took it to a dealer and they charged us $155.70 to repair it. Now the car is burning oil. We took the car to a local repair guy and he said get rid of it "cuz he found oil from front to back. Can't get rid of it since we are upside down on the financing. Now to top it off, yesterday we were going up a hill and the car suddenly lost power. The brake light came on first, then the battery light, then it started to shut down. My husband put the car in neutral and revved the engine but the car wouldn't move. It then died with everything electrical shutting down, thus no hazard lights. We were on a two lane road with no area to pull off! Luckily we were able to backdown to an area we could at least be partly off the road. We had the car towed. It now has 113000 miles on it and the warranty expired at 100000 miles. Is there away to find out if the alternator recall I read about on this site has been done? :sick: Any ideas out there? I'm new to this sight - wish I'd found it sooner. Funny thing is, i love my car!
  • njmedicnjmedic Posts: 18
    I had the same problem with my '03 in a similar hazardous situation. There was NO question of the dealership being responsible for replacing the alternator - there definitely was a recall. Just confirm this with the dealer who will be doing the work BEFORE you sign anything. Not sure what the deal is with the oil. Sounds like something is not secured properly.

    Sandi
  • sakkiesakkie Posts: 3
    Thank you , I really appreciate the advice and will start the process.
    I have only taken the vehicle to the dealer I purchased from. They could not find fault as my previous mail states. I just come from a long journey and it happens ussually when I travelled a couple of hours. Ussually when I slow down from highway speed for example a truck.As soon as I start to pick up speed slowly still after the truck the little jerk or dead spot. If I up the revs, it stops. So now when this start to happen I just accellerate and it stops, but it does not solve the problem.
    But thank you for your input. Colin
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