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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission



  • sage4444sage4444 Posts: 2
    I have a 2010 Nissan Murano, and it's now been at the dealership for over a week waiting to have the transfer case leak fixed. A few months prior, I had a power steering leak (this is a brand new car purchased 1 yr ago - 21,000 miles on it). Very dissapointed about these two problems happening on such a new car. I owned at Toyota Camry Solara for almost 6 yrs, and the only problem I had was they needed to reprogram the moonroof a couple of times.
  • mew012mew012 Posts: 2
    I too have a 2010 Murano. I had the leak and smell of oil from the day I drove it off the lot. I kept complaining and they told me it was an axel seal. Did not help. Then they tried to tell me that the dip stick was not in tightly enough. Finally I had enough and said FIX it. They said it was the transfer case. The had it fixed in a few days. Lucky for me because i drove to the Florida keys from long Island 2 days later. I have ahd no problems since the fix. I did complain to Nissan USA and they gave me a $200 service credit, which is good for parts or oil changes etc. When they send you a survey, tell them how unhappy you are. I drove Subaru's for over 12 years and as soon as my lease is up i am going back to subaru!
    Good luck!
  • sage4444sage4444 Posts: 2
    Thanks for the reply! It's interesting to read everyone's issues with the transfer case with the Murano. I will definitely complete the survey as you suggested! I did buy the extended warranty on this car (and don't usually buy those), and glad I did (I guess I'll have to read all the fine print as to what is covered in case of problems down the road). Wow! NY to FL - long drive!! I live in MA and drove to FL once...never again..LOL. Glad to hear your car is doing well now. :)
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    Be careful. There are a lot of exclusions in the Murano CVT warranties.

    The statistics seem to be climbing now in the 2009 & 2010 Muranos.

    The CVT's continue to display the same problem as in earlier models.

    Be warry! These cars are very problematic. :lemon:
  • jayhawk70jayhawk70 Posts: 56
    mikesmurano claims: "Be warry! These cars are very problematic."

    Not true.

    Folks, mikesmurano has been spamming this forum for many months now with false claims about the Murano because of his rare bad experience. HIS car may have been problematic, and a very few other folks may have, but both Consumer Reports and JD Powers say otherwise, giving the Murano high marks for reliability and quality. For example, you can see JD Powers very high ranking for drivetrain reliability (which is mikesmurano's particular complaint), as can be seen here:

    If your looking for real reliability info on a vehicle, Consumer Reports, JD Powers and others are far better sources than this forum!

    Of course, if you don't like what Consumer Reports or JD Powers are saying about the drivetrain relibility, then I guess my experience is just as good a Mikes. Our Murano is 30 months old, has 55,000 miles on it with completely trouble free operation. It is an AWD (with the transfer case) and it made numerous trips through mountains and deserts (got the AWD for the ski trips in the Sierras - and needed it for the snow storms at Tahoe on Memorial Day weekend!) We also have towed trailers full of furniture the length of California (moving relatives) . It still works smoothly and trouble free. Based on many many other reviews and posts on other forums, that is the common trend for Murano owners.

    I do think Nissan needs to upgrade their dealer service departments. (Who are all dirty lying part swappers. But that's how I feel about every manufacturer's service departments...:-)

    If your looking for info on Muranos, I recommend a google search for "Murano forum" to find other forums that have folks with better answers to your questions than you are likely to find at a forum that has been co-opted by posters with a vendetta.

  • coconinococonino Posts: 3
    Jayhawk, there are clearly a lot of other people posting to this forum who have Murano problems (we like to say Morono here at my house), and not just the early years, either. I looked at Consumer Reports and many other "reviews" before I bought mine, a 2004 with 16K miles on it at the time. They were nearly worthless and did not warn me of the problems I and others would eventually face. I've learned my lesson; I trust forums and NTSB complaints to get a better picture of how a car is performing and what the issues may be. Good luck with your car.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited June 2011
    Wise words.

    I have been trying to help my neighbor resolve his CVT problems with his 2009 "Morono". He is experiencing the leaking CVT case issue.

    He is also experiencing the symptom of the car creeping then speeding up.

    These are the same issues I had with my 2003.

    The dealer is acting as though they do not know what the problem is. No codes. His car only has ~20,000 miles.

    So much for fixing the problem in the "new" 2009 models!

  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited June 2011
    Your right; I guess I'm wrong. My sincere apologies!
    However, you may want to read through some of these issues before finally concluding. - - issan-website.html - - ms - - .html

    Interestingly, the CVT and other problems are consistent throughout. They transcend the year and particular model.

    Some of the links are even from Murano enthusiast web sites. The second one I listed has links to all of the NTSB files/cases that are active.

    This should be helpful information to all readers Stever - not spamming.

    Sincere regards. :)
  • kcjim888kcjim888 Posts: 6
    Hi to all.
    I have looked at the info that mikesmurano provided. It is possible I looked at the wrong links - especially as I copied the link from youtube to another tab.

    First two links at, of which I am a member - I endorse it fully to other Murano owners. There was a poll of "failed CVT" by mileage. There were 145 responses of failure across all model years for that poll population.

    The number of posters on the failed CVT issues, including the transfer case issues was out numbered by the ones on how to lower suspension, add headers and higher performance intake parts, and improve the effectiveness of the airconditioning systems (excellent post BTW for those in warmer climates).

    The youtube link was only an ad for repairmanuals in the UK. There was no mention of CVT issues in the 57 sec commercial - they may have changed the link on mikemurano after he posted it - or I may have cut and pasted something wrong. They did have a video of a Murano rollover to the right at the youtube site.

    The next link was a post by a prospective Murano owner (he loves Subarus) but he decided not to buy one due to the things he saw on the internet regarding the "CVT problems" so to be fair, as he was not a "expert source" but was only repeating others comments I think this one is moot as evidence.

    The next link was a complaint (pissedoffcustomer site) about sun visors... not CVT so I do not see the relevance to the CVT discussion.

    The last link was not directly linked to a CVT thread - but I found one on the site that was about "2003 CVT problem". It had entries from 2007-2011. It had 124 posts - some of which were folks discussing the extended warranty and a few praising the CVT.

    I am not saying that mikemurano has all this wrong - indeed there have been CVT / transfer case failures on all model years. My only point is that the evidence submitted so far does not make a case for a disastrous design failures that have been touted thus far, the successful transmissions seem to outweigh the bad experiences by a large percentage. Any transmission failure is a bad thing, but I would think we should compare this vehicle to all similar vehicles in its class, and I think we would find that this is not a failure prone product.

    Final note - I had a 1988 Delta 88 that had a transmission fail in it at about 65k. I put 3 more transmissions in it, some admittedly under the AAMCO warranty and I would have to say that once a tranny is gone - if someone rebuilds it, that is the time to trade the car. It will fail again, personal opinion, and not a disparagement on all 1988 - to whatever Oldsmobiles. I would not buy another Oldsmobile (I know lots that did and had a fine experience), but I would not make it my goal in life to have Nissan go out of business, as it seems to be for some posters in this thread. (alas Oldsmobile is gone without any effort on my part )
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    Thanks for your comments.

    If you dig a little deeper you will find what was offered.

    If you wish to believe the Nissan CVT is great you're certainly entitled to you opinion.
  • NOt sure where u r from. In Canada, the '06 Murano tranny has an exended warantee good for 200,000 kilometeres. Should be close in miles.
  • jancojanco Posts: 1
    My family and I were driving from Georgia to Miami in our 2010 Murano when the transmission failed in the St. Augustine area. We had to be towed to the dealship. They gave us a rental car and said it would take about a week to repair the car. Then we will have to drive from our home in Miam to St. Augustine (300) each way to pick it up. our Murano only had 28K miles on it. Now I am not certain if I want it back.
  • jurnijurni Posts: 7
    DJ I am sorry to hear of your troubles with the Murano. I feel your pain. Just glad your family is safe and no one was injured. My tranny went on my 2003 at 42K and once it was fixed it was fine til 110K when everything else started acting up too. I can't say yours will last that long but if you can get out of it I would. don't get me wrong I loved the car but didnt love the problems that came with it. At 134K I finally got rid of it last month cause that sensor/transfer case went again after it was fixed in 2010. I am done with Nissan cause they are not doing anything about this problem that so many of us were having. :sick:
    I am loving :blush: my 2010 Toyota 4runner. My dad has had his 2006 which now has 189K on it, still rolling strong and no major issues at all. I hope to get just as much longevity out of mine as he has his. Good Luck!!!!
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    I totally concur. I also purchased a 4Runner (my 2nd one - I should have never sold the first) to replace my beleaguered Murano.

    If you are having this kind of problem with a relatively new car you should minimize your risk exposure and move to something more reliable.

    Best of luck!
  • jayhawk70jayhawk70 Posts: 56
    edited June 2011
    mikesmurano continues to mislead about Murano drivetrain reliability.

    JD Powers (you know, the folks that actually do statistically valid surveys!) say otherwise at

    Please note that this JD Powers survey of 3 year old Muranos shows that:

    1. Powertrain Quality Mechanical is "Better than most" (4 out of 5 stars)
    2. Powertrain Quality Design is in the "Among the Best" range (4.5 out of 5 stars)

    Are their folks with problems? Sure. But if you follow mikesmurano's advice to "move to something more reliable" you are probably going to find yourself in worse shape, according to the real data.

    The vast majority of Murano owners have very reliable vehicles and don't complain here. They are out enjoying an advanced vehicle that is a great value when compared to other similar crossovers.
  • larry666larry666 Posts: 4
    edited August 2011
    After my cvt trans went out on my '03 Murano is was replaced by the dealer, I'am now experiencing a problem different from the the first one. Now when it accellerates it must reach 3000rpm before it starts moving, then as you go, the rpm's come down to normal. It was at the dealer for 10 days going under numerous testing and data being sent to Nissan. Each time Nissan claims there is nothing wrong with CVT. This started slowly happening after the CVT was replaced 3000 miles ago. It has progressed slowly to the point I beleive there will be more problems ahead. The dealer says they admit there is a problem, but can't figure it out. But they want to milk me more for more testing when the service rep. is there in 10 days. They already have $500+ from me and I don't want to give more! Is anybody had this type of issue? :confuse:
  • Do these tranny's have a torque convertor like a conventional trans? I admit not knowing alot about these cvt's, just seems like a loose convertor to me.
  • jayhawk70,

    Does the JD Power survey, data or other have any information that would be helpful to larry666 in post #612?


    Since returning to conventional transmission oriented vehicles I am actually experiencing nirvana.

    How about you? How many miles does your Murano CVT have now?
  • jurnijurni Posts: 7
    @Larry666 I did have the same problem with my '03 Murano :mad: in March 2010 with about 108K miles on it. Nissan Service dept changed the sensor ($1100) and some other things and it lasted about 12K miles and it began happening again :sick: as I was coming home from work one day in Feb. 2011. I got rid of it in May and purchased a toyota 4runner. I really liked the Murano but too many problems that Nissan claims they can't figure out. My money is not that long to keep putting my car in the shop for Nissan to say, "we can't seem to find the problem" . Good luck and if you read the entire thread you will see there are many Murano owners who had problems with the tranny (CVT).
  • @jurni, It has 99,880 miles on it currently. As you, my wife and I like the vehicle but I'm waiting for something like the transfer case to go out and I really don't want that to happen. The warranty is good for a 120k for the engine and trans., but if something else fails I'm screwed. I don't know wether to get rid of it now or wait. :confuse:
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