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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission



  • sbaltros,

    Yes, the CVT, is up and coming and here to stay. However, it is still a product that too many are unfamiliar with. I unfortunately had to have reliable transportation and ended up trading in my 2004 Murano (lost a lot of money) before Nissan decided to extend the warranty for the faulty transmission. On that day, I decided I would never purchase another vehicle that advertised their car as using the "technology of the future". Basically that means, no one will know how to provide maintenance to your car. I always paid more for maintenance being restricted to use the dealership and REALLY paid for it when I had to sell it back to a dealership. I wish I could recommend the Nissan Murano, but I feel the CVT should be in the automobile industry for another couple of years. The time it took Nissan to recognize the faulty transmission took entirely too long and to me displyas no loyalty or appreciation to good customers. Good Luck!
  • I have groused about the high cost to change transmission fluid, sometimes in florid language, but make no mistake about it: my wife and I have driven nearly 70,000 enjoyable and nearly trouble-free miles in the 7 years we've owned our new (and new model year, remember Dad's advice never to buy a new model?). The engine and drive train deliver real smooth power and performance. And, the funky styling has really held up; we get comments and compliments all the time.

    Here's looking to 100,000 miles!
  • Thanks for the responses. I see that Nissan offers a 10 year 120k tranny warranty. I didn't know that before. If I like the ride when I take it out I may go for one. How do you guys like the ride compared to a conventional tranny.
  • Hey All:
    I had my transmission replaced pursuant to the warranty about six weeks ago. Since that time, there is now a creaking in the front end of my car when I turn the steering wheel. It sounds like a boat when it creaks as it goes back and forth in the water. I understand that when the transmission is taken out, it may affect the car's suspension. Did anyone who had their transmission replaced experience this kind of problem?
  • Folks!

    Don't be fooled! Nissan is experiencing numerous problems with their CVT's but refuses to officially recall the very defective transmission design. Nissan has taken an "arrogant" position on this issue. My '03 Murano SE has had been in the shop 3 times with CVT problems the last was a total failure. The cost was $6300 @Carriage Nissan in Gainesville, GA. The warranty was extended to 120K but was worthless to me. The region Nissan rep. (Christy) refused any help and was rather rude to boot.

    My advice is, if your Murano is approaching 120K miles get rid of it! The CVT is a ticking time bomb. If your dilemma is similar to mine I am filing a complaint with: NTSB; federal and state consumer protection agencies; and, Nissan of Japan.

    Warning!!! Get rid of that Murano and buy anything else!
  • Mikesmurano you couldn't be more on the money. We got rid of our 2004 Murano too. I was sad, because I really did like the vehicle. I filed a complaint with NTSB too, but so far no luck. I don't understand, Toyota issues a mass recall, but Nissan doesn't? The 2003 and 2004 Murano's have a known problem with the CVT and transfer case. My husband is lucky he wasn't on the interstate when his transfer case cracked and came to an immediate halt with no warning. All I can think is Nissan has more lobbyists in Washington than Toyota.

    Oh and yes they are very rude at Nissan Corporate.
  • igmigm Posts: 3
    Very disappointing & sad to hear this...You confirmed the same issues I've had recently (as well as other Nissan new car owners of late).

    Looks like a significant number of CVT and Front Transfer Case (cracks/fractures) issues from late models all the way up to my 2005.

    Nissan Tom Naquin & Corporate were not helpful at all & blamed lack of oil change on my fractured Transfer Case. This - even after a loose electrical cable locked me on AWD for awhile a few months prior to this incident & my maintenance manual never mentioned any required oil changes per Schedules 1 & 2.

    Then, my the trans ratio/engine rpm does not shift (at full throttle) after they replaced my fractured Transfer Case.
  • I bought my 04' Murano April 2009 and it it has about 977,000 miles on it. I fell in love with this model. I had always liked Nissan's designs and thought that they were a very trustworthy reputable company. My car has been doing the surge and losing power thing.....ever since I bought it. On the freeways, highways, and in town in heavy traffic and in freezing temps. I have taken the car in two times and the mechanic tells me that he can not see an error code. To bring the car back the next time it happens again. I did and he thought that he fixed it that time. My friend drove it with her children to pick me up from the airport and it started to do that losing power thing on the freeway. This is really dangerous! My friends have been with me on a road trip out of town and we weren't sure if we would make it home. The vehicle just decides it will not move forward or backward, or it will move, but very slowly and builds speed and surges forward! I finally had the car towed about 10 days ago to the place where I bought it. The car came with a warranty for 100,000 miles, with a $200.00 deductible. The mechanic told me that I need a new Transmission Valve Body and he sent the car down the street to the Nissan dealership. This car has been very dangerous. I think Nissan should own their problem. I really am disappointed in this whole situation and with Nissan.

    Yes Toyota is stepping up to the plate, it's a shame Nissan is not. I think people can be more forgiving when one admits they screwed up, instead of ducking the issue. I'm still bitter about spending $4,500 to replace the transfer case on a vehicle w/ 77,000 miles and worth about $14,000.
  • I have a 2003 awd and have had it since new. Liek everyone says, it's a great car. But...Right around 75k miles we've been having issues in the front end. The dealer replaced the left axle and that helped some of the vibration but the right wheel shudders and vibrates excessievly when turning left under acceleration and also going straight when it is cold. I've had it to one dealer 3 times and he admits something feels wrong but he says everything checks out OK and they can't find anything wrong. This morning there was a small puddle of trans fluid on the garage floor. I'm going to bring it to another dealer later today.

    What I'm wondering is what kinds of symtoms did everyone have before failure and/or replacement?
  • We recently had to have the seal replaced on our transmission in our 2003 Murano. We didn't have any problems with the transmission just noticed an odor that shouldn't be there. It was covered under the extended warranty. So far so good. However we had many visits to the dealer to take care of a leak in the transfer case. Those were on us. We were just happy they didn't have to replace the transfer case.

    Good luck. Great cars but not worth the stress and aggrevation.
  • Well, it's at the dealer now. I rented a car and left the Murano there for them to figure it out. I'll post what they find out.

    Funny thing is that I couldn't find any more leaking when I pulled into the dealer but there was certainly a lot on my garage floor this AM.
  • I get asked a lot by non-Murano owners if I like my Murano. I say yes and no. When I first purchased the vehicle, I loved it. The ride was awsome, the pick-up smooth, no noises or rattles. I've owned my 2009 Murano for one year and six days. I hear rattles, the pick-up has really backed off, when I put the car in reverse and then switch to drive it hesitates and coasts backwards ever so slightly which makes me wonder each time if I'm going to hit whatever is behind me, my tires are terrible in snow and rain with barely 25K on the odometer, and rain sensing wipers are still my least favorite feature. Weirdly the Maxima did it right. When driving my mom's 2009 Maxima, the sensor knows when I want it to wipe at a speed consistent with the actual amount of rain hitting my windshield. And probably the biggest complaint is Nissan as a company. I owned and Audi prior to this vehicle and had nothing but electrical problems. Audi of course says "well, that's the way it is (aka sucks to be you)". I loved the car; the way it drove, the way it handled, it was just pure fun to drive and it looked damn good, too. BUT knowing how expensive that little car was in the end (every headlight, tail light, turnsignal was replaced at least 3 or 4 times; the windshield wiper motor was replaced twice; both front window--passenger and driver--regulators were replaced; the windshield wiper arm brackets corroded three times; on Memorial Day at 10:30 pm I broke down on the Ohio turnpike because the fuel pump went; and the best was the driver's side sunviser "broke"--it wouldn't stay in the up position so that was a sweet $326 to get fixed---this all happened in just the four years I owned the vehicle) .... I decided to buy a Nissan because my in-laws, my mother, and husband had always driven Nissan's so I thought, okay, this time I'm going to actually relax with the car and have a break from repairs. NOT SO. I took the car in for a simple oil change and low and behold there was service request out for the TPMS. They replaced all four sensors and for the first time the damn TPMS light stayed on continuously. Didn't matter if it was 12 degrees out or 50 degrees. I told the dealer who said it was a nail (it wasn't), then it was just because it's cold out. I said nope, something else is going on here. I drive 3 hours and the light never goes off? You'd think the tires would be warm by then and the light would go off. Nope. They still said it's because of the cold weather. I had the car to the garage four times for this. Called Nissan USA and I was "lucky" enough to be assigned and "advisor" that didn't sound old enough to have HER drivers license. No offense to women (I'm one), but when I ask to talk to to someone technical, don't give me an 18 year old girl unless she's worked on cars personnally. So of course this "bright" girl also said it was because it was cold out. This past weekend, my HUSBAND took the car for an oil change, tire rotation and asked for the TPMS to be checked again and what do you know!!!! One of the sensors was bad, they replaced it and so far so good. ERRR. No I would not buy another Nissan simply becuase NISSAN isn't like Toyota (not that I'd buy a Toyota) and stand up and say "we screwed up. let's fix this for you".
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited February 2010
    I just saw your post today.

    It is sad the we (Nissan customers) have to find solace and assistance on this forum.

    I posted a new message announcing that I have sold my Murano. I regret not doing it sooner.

    I plan to stay on this forum educating others and leading a revolution against Nissan. Since the NTSB and consumer agencies are not hearing the call it is time to take up action against Nissan.

    My bet is that they will be next on the spot light.

    I have recently been contacted about some pretty scary stories about injuries and accidents tied to the CVT problems. Things like the accelerating on its own and crashing. Injuring people. Etc.

    Keeping the heat on Nissan!
  • PLEASE read all of my posts on the Murano.

    Also, I have two neighbors who purchased 2009 Muranos and are already having issues with acceleration and the CVT.

    I sold my Murano back to the damn dealer. They wanted me to trade it for a new one. I said, "you gotta be frickin' joking."

    Buy an Acura or a Toyota - I did!
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited February 2010
    BTW, I found this email address. - VP of customer service in TN.

    I am sending off the list of complaints and costly repairs. Maybe I'll get some action.

    Keep in touch if you find another avenue to get Nissan to fess up.

  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    here is the proof that Nissan and Infiniti are one of the worst in the auto industry for dealership and corporate customer service!

    if you guys email or write letters to Nissan make sure you either include this link or print it out and send it in with your letter and strongly recommend that Nissan and Infiniti improve their customer service!
  • This is excellent.

  • bhurnbhurn Posts: 3
    edited February 2010
    My 2003 Murano AWD with 70k miles on it completely died two weeks ago. Froze up and came to a complete stop about a block away from my house. A month after I got the extended warrenty.

    It took them two weeks to fix it (they've never once called with any updates, all phone call innitiated by me) and today they said it still won't start because the engine is shot. All this after a very recent oil change only 1k miles ago.

    So what was covered is now estimated around $7k. They told me they will call corporate to see if they can get it covered and will take another 4 days to get back to me.

    Is it possible that a transmission failure destroyed the engine?

    I wasn't experiencing any engine stalls and I've kept that car as clean as possible. I'm considering having it towed somewhere else, just on principle.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    well I'm not sure but Nissan just extended the powertrain coverage to 10yrs/120k miles! if Nissan decides to be a jerk about it I'd sue them! the main reason they extended the warranty coverage was because of a lot people, like yourself who are having major troubles with the 1 Gen CVT transmission in the Murano! that was Nissan's first major attempt with the CVT and there were bound to be problems until they got all the kinks out and unfortunately you and others were at the reciprocating end of it!
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