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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission

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  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited May 2011
    I really think that the techs at the dealerships are flying blind.

    My dad used to own Ford & Chrysler dealerships and they receive regular technical bulletins for each model that they support.

    The bulletins are not always accurate and the dealerships have no other means to analyze problems today. They rely on the diagnostic tools and systems which can be very convoluted; esp. the Murano - that has so many electronic modules to deal with.

    Nissan's products, I discovered, are poorly emgineered & poorly manufactured.

    Even if they find the root cause, which is probably defective engineering, you are still stuck with a car that is a ticking time bomb.

    I honostly recommend selling the car and moving to a vehicle that has a better reliability history.

    I kept wanting to believe that my Murano would be good to go after the last expensive repair. Then six months would go by and another $2000 issue would come up.

    Seriously, cut your losses and get out while you can.

    At some point we all encounter a vehicle like the Murano. There is no shame. The smart thing is to walk away.

    If you want to see folks with real heart burn, read the problems on the Nissan Rogue. Another bucket of bolts.
  • laudielaudie Posts: 1
    I am so mad..I hate Nissan. I have a 2006 Murano at 120,000 miles. My transmission is gone. I called the dealership on Monday May 2nd and they couldn't get me in until May 7th. By this time, the milage was up to 121,226. After countless called to Nissan's regional team, they finaly said that they will NOT cover it. I am so p***'d off. Doesn't anyone have any advice for me? :sick:
  • I had to replace the transmission on my 2003 Murano at just over 100,000 miles to the tune of $5K. Then the transmission the dealer put in failed immediately and they replaced it again, but it was only guaranteed for 20,000 miles, so I traded the Murano in for a Toyota. Then, a few months later, I get a letter from Nissan and forms to fill out that added up to proving that I did own the car at the time the transmission failed, that I paid for a new transmission, and next thing I knew they reimbursed me for everything. So, in brief, my advice would be to go to Nissan directly, though you may want to talk to your dealer. Obviously, the only way Nissan knew to contact me was because they got information from the dealer.
  • ihatenissanihatenissan Posts: 10
    Yes we did the same thing, traded the Murano in on a Toyota.

    Is there a facebook page about the Murano and the issues? I'm not that facebook savy but perhaps if we all join and I'm sure there are even more consumers out there screwed by this transfer/CVT issue.

    Over a year later, I'm still bitter about spending $4,500 on a transfer case, when it is obvious it was an issue that should have been handled as a recall!
  • heather31heather31 Posts: 1
    Hi all, I'm new and came to this board looking because I have 2010 Murano with 11,000 miles. The transfer case went bad and I just had it replaced, I have still smelled the burning oil smell and had it rechecked again today. I was told it was fine and there is nothing wrong with the car. I've been reading all these problems with the transfer case and transmission. Can you tell me if the problems still continue once the part has been replaced?

    I have the oportunity to trade this vehicle without a loss and I'm not sure what to do, if this is going to be an ongoing problem then I'm going to trade the car. If not then I'll keep it. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks!!!
  • bdymentbdyment Posts: 549
    This has been a problem with the Murano and if you can get out without a loss I would jump at the chance. As long as it not with another CVT transmission.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    These cars are garbage.

    A class action law suite needs to be initiated!

    I cannot believe that folks continue to buy a car model that is riddled with such problems.

    Nissan is the most pathetic auto manufacturer ever.

    Get rid of this car as fast as you can! Read all of my threads.

    I spent in excess of $12,500 in repairs including a replaced CVT & case.

    Whatever you do, DONOT buy another Nissan! Trade for anything else.

    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    That is what you all get for buying the 1st Gen CVT, which was a new mass market technology for Nissan. That is why I waited several years to they came out with the 2nd Gen version which is more refined and has much less problems!

    Never buy a 1st year model or any model from any manufactures when they are using a new technology that they never had before.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited May 2011
    Smarty666,

    Sorry. Your words & view on this issue are not at all acceptable.

    Many first year vehicles are highly successfull, and DONOT display the problems the Muranos are exihibiting.

    If you pay attention to the threads here, one would observe that you are now seeing the the same problems with the CVT in later models as well.

    I checked, AND, the 2009 - 2011 Muranos are still using the same CVT tranny case and same basic transmission design. SO, Nissan has decided to continue to perpetuate the problem by buidling the same garbage that they have.

    The intelligent observer would note that Nissan is making a ton of money off of suckers who think that a $6000 transmission replacment is a good investment.

    The Murano is crap from 2003 - infinity. It is that simple.

    The safest bet for all consumers is to avoid Nissan alltogether!

    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    The problem is Mike, your generalizing and trying to lump all of Nissan into this category.

    Myself and thousands upon thousands of others have had no issues with the CVT thus far, some people with just as many miles as you and others. In almost 23k miles on my Maxima, I have had not one issue with the CVT. It has performed smoothly, no jerking motions, no hesitations, problems accelerating, and excellent fuel economy.

    The problem is, you only give one side of the story. The 2nd Gen CVT that was introduced starting in 2009 has had far less issues and complaints. A sampling of the few dozen to maybe few hundred of people who had CVT issues on here is only a small % of the total vehicles Nissan has sold since introducing the CVT.

    Some of us come on here just to balance out all the negativity put things into perspective and when you go posting on multiple discussions that Nissan's are trash and trying to throw in scare tactics to bad mouth an entire brand and tell people not to buy them, that does not go to help make yourself give any more credibility to your situation. I feel bad for you and what you had to go through, but its better to try to keep the analysis balanced. There are plenty of us who have had no issues with the CVT along with tens of thousands of others.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited May 2011
    Bro,

    Thank you for your diplomatically stated criticisms.

    I am sorry, but I am baffled that you don't get it!

    Telling someone that they should not have bought a first generation car after it displays horrendous problems is an insult (crickets chirping).

    And, as a matter of fact, the 2nd gen CVT's are also showing the same problems as before. As the next few years unfold and the miles rack up you will see that I am right.

    BTW, the Maxima has a completely different throttle system than the Murano. This is a contributing factor.

    Enough said. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • unhappy34unhappy34 Posts: 8
    Thank you for posting the positive side of owning a Nissan. However, those of us like Mike who have had continual expensive problems with their Muranos with no support from Nissan as a company, will never buy another Nissan or could not recommend doing so to anyone. My life got much better once I made the decision to get rid of my 2003 Murano and stop the financial drain and frustration with those who could never seem to fix the car right. We are all entitled to our opinions and our opinions come from our personal experience with our Nissans.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited May 2011
    https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/

    Fellow Beleagured "Murano Owners",

    Please use the above link for the NTSB to file a complaint. It only takes a few minutes. You will need your VIN info., etc.

    Currently, there are mounting compaints about the safety hazzards of the Nissan Murano CVT's. I have read through many of the reports.

    There seems to be a shell game going on with Nissan Customer Service and the dealers.

    Deny, delay, deny.........

    If you are experiencing problems with your CVT, the dealer will advise that it is part "X" (say e.g. - a "TCM, or seals or the case; or the solenoid valve body") - which is not covered under any warranty. They will replace the part(s) at your cost; this will help you limp along for a few more months until you experience total faliure (like I did).

    This is being done to a lot of people who have cars that are about to run out of warranty. When you cross the magic (120,000 miles) you're SCREWED!

    The average cost to replace is ~$6000. I read of a story where a Murano owner replaced his CVT twice in 14 months ($12K).

    I am not one for conspiracy theories; but, this one smells bad.

    Please file your complaints (any topic); even if you got rid of the car.

    I am looking for a class action link and will post when it surfaces.

    Nissan: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    Thanks for the back up.

    You said it well.

    See my post above about the NTSB.

    Thx.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    Smarty666,

    I guess you missed this one! This is the 2nd gen. CVT (2010)!

    #578 of 587 Re: Happy at last sold my Murano [ihatenissan] by heather31 May 19, 2011 (6:22 pm)
    Replying to: ihatenissan (May 19, 2011 4:25 pm)

    Hi all, I'm new and came to this board looking because I have 2010 Murano with 11,000 miles. The transfer case went bad and I just had it replaced, I have still smelled the burning oil smell and had it rechecked again today. I was told it was fine and there is nothing wrong with the car. I've been reading all these problems with the transfer case and transmission. Can you tell me if the problems still continue once the part has been replaced?

    I have the oportunity to trade this vehicle without a loss and I'm not sure what to do, if this is going to be an ongoing problem then I'm going to trade the car. If not then I'll keep it. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated.....Thanks!!!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I didn't miss anything Mike, nor did I ever say the problem does not exist. I feel bad you all went through this and you should have but anyone that bought a 2003-2005 Murano was just asking for trouble when you had a brand new vehicle from Nissan, paired with a brand new mass market transmission. Why do you think I waited over 8 years to get a Nissan. I wanted to give them time to work out the CVT kinks before getting one because I knew these facts and did not want to take a chance. I am just saying, that quoting a few dozen Murano owners on here does not show proof of massive widespread issues, especially with the 2nd Gen Murano. I mean Nissan sells several thousands of them per month, it gets wide positive reviews, yet quoting a few dozen disgruntled (and rightly so) Murano owners is not a decent sample size of the car's total population on the road. I'm just putting things into perspective.

    All I was doing was adding some of the positive experience people with the Nissan CVT have had to balance out the negative, that is all. My best advice is to get test drive it and see if it is for you. If not, go some where else, simple as that. If I went through what you and others did, I wouldn't get a Nissan either, but luckily I did not :P
  • bkendbkend Posts: 3
    Update!!!!! See message 571. 51 miles after having the IPDM replaced the car started having the same symptoms. It feels like it shifts down to 1st gear and sometimes the engine races with high RPM's. The dealership checked it out again and told me that they don't feel any shifting problems. Last night I was driving home and the car downshifted and stuck in 1st gear. I immediately drove it 35 miles to the dealership at 40mph (max speed in 1st gear without blowing up the car) and parked it in front of the service dept. I tried restarting the car and it would not even turn over. The exact same thing that happened 3 weeks earlier that cost me an $85 tow and $825 for an IPDM. They couldnt tell me anything today. Because they don't have a clue. I am screwed on this car and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.
  • jurnijurni Posts: 7
    Update:03 Murano is finally bye bye. After those same issues 2x and almost $5600 later I finally got somebody to take it off my hands. I purchased a Toyota 4runner. Never another Nissan. :mad:
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    I know some are tired of me saying this; and, I don't wish to spam this thread; but, I would see if the dealer will take the car off your hands.

    Look for something else in the their used car selection.

    A Toyota or Honda would be a safe and better vehicle.

    Sorry for your pain. My concern for you is what I went through. They kept replacing components in & around my CVT that were nothing but patches.

    It prolonged the drama and eventually I could no longer afford to keep Nissan in the lap of luxery. :sick:
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    You are FREE, FREE, FREE at last!

    Congratulations! This was a brave and smart decision! ;)
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