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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission

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  • Component requiring replacement: POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION

    Confirmation number for this site: ODI # 10238102.

    Nissan Murano, 2003 with approximately 75,400 miles. August 9, 2008, my daughter and wife were driving the car and called me on my cell phone very excited and unset stating, “THE CAR WON’T ACCELERATE AND IT IS JERKING,, WHAT SHOULD WE DO?” I instructed them to park the car until I arrive to check it out I didn’t want them to get onto the major highway in the heavy traffic. I arrived and drove the car home. I parked the car in our garage and didn’t drive it until Monday for work. Had no problems that day and drove it to work, both wife and I commute to the same location. After work on this very heavily traveled interstate on our way home I experienced the car hesitating and the RPM gage rived up over 4000 rpms and the car started to lurch and hesitate and had no response from the accelerator. Vehicle started to lose momentum so I exited at the nearest exit. I nursed the car to a parking lot off the main interstate and stop. I called the Nissan dealer where I just had the car serviced the week before and explained the problem I was having. I informed the service rep the car would be delivered by a Wreaker service to have the car dropped off; read codes and would get back later the next day. I called the next day and was informed the codes were many and they were waiting for the Nissan headquarters to give them some instruction. Was informed to replace the transmission, cost $5400. This problem seems to be a very well known problem with this vehicle and Nissan is well aware of it. I blogged the internet, Nissan Murano Forum and to my amazement uncovered many individuals experiencing the very problem with my car, transmission. I strongly feel Nissan should have a recall on the problem and individuals should have their monies refunded and Nissan should be fined heavily for their neglect and not accepting responsible for the defective product. I’ve reported this major catastrophic defect to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: www.nhtsa.gov, but am assured they will only be a bureaucratic arm of the US Government. I’ve called this government agency and they are mind dead, no clue, just the cooperate line. Confirmation number for this site: ODI # 10238102 :lemon:
  • My CVT transmission also displayed the same Symptoms and at 74K had to have the CVT transmission replaced. Still in the dealer and was informed the motor mounts, 4 ea, need to be replaced also. That will be another $500 with the cost of the trany, $5400. I’m a retired aircraft mechanic and inspector. This would be considered in my trade, a major failure of many components. Also, this has to be considered by The Federal Trade Commission, a Government agency. The trade in valve of the car is only $8000-9000 and doubt if I could get that amount. Just the week before I had work done to the car, totaled $2,110.00. They had to replace both dropping visors, which I understand is a problem with many of the Lemons Nissan sold. This isn’t just isolated with Muranos but any car Nissan manufactured in that year up to about 2005, example the Altima, are having CVT transmissions fail and Nissan North America when I’ve talked to them point out they have no responsibility for the car because it is out of warranty and me as the owner have to take responsibility for repairs. They are taking no responsibility for their defective product. My wife and daughter were driving this car when it started to fail and were on a very busy highway but were able to get off the interstate without getting themselves hurt or killed or causing injury to anyone else. I support your desire to consult a lawyer. Have you talked to one yet because you blog was in January of this year. Again, my car is still in the dealers for repair and I strongly believe Nissan should stand up to the plate and take responsibility for this defective product they installed in these cars. I paid over $32,000 for this car and haven’t gotten my monies worth out of it. !! :lemon:
  • wkp0000wkp0000 Posts: 6
    Took to my local mech . after reading theses blogs.

    Ended up being an oxygen sensor @ $800 -bad enough but problem has not re-accured after 3 weeks.

    WKP :mad: :sick:
  • Hello there :-)

    I have read over 100 posts from different websites and you seem to be the only "lucky" one who didn't have to pay the whole $6000 to fix this problem.

    I was going to buy a new transmission this coming Friday.
    Would it be possible for you to tell us exactly what your dealer changed to fix the problem? This could save thousands to a lot of people like us.

    Thanking you in advance!!!
  • I will get all the information from my mech . next week Sept.4 and will replay back to you.
    Good Luck
  • I just signed papers on a 05 murano.Dealing with the bank tomorrow . In reading
    I am a litttle concerned. should I be is there still problems with tran. should i have them change fluid now it has 32000 mile would that save me from problems?
    looking for some input. help
  • I apologize. I've been on vacation and recently got back into the swing of things.

    My description is non-technical, so please forgive me:

    The throttle body chamber regulates how much air goes into the engine. For my Murano, something was wrong with the sensor on the throttle body. It didn't recognize that I was pressing on the accelerator until much later (3-4K RPM) and then it would open up and cause my Murano to lurch forward. I asked the dealer mechanic how much it would cause to just get the throttle body replaced, and she said about $800, including labor. There are other posts out there that talk about the TPS (throttle position sensor, or something similar) failures and replacements. I believe this TPS is the sensor controlling the throttle body valve.
  • this is my 4 times to go dealer for the same think ACCELERATION probleme
    they dont know what to do ,last time left my car for 31 days to NISSAN HOUSE
    i cant bieleve ,if the house of nissan yyuuuiii have probleme to fixe
    STAFFORD NISSAN DEALER
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    If you would describe the problem in a little more detail perhaps someone here could provide some advice.

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • In the last year, my pampered 03 Murano has fallen apart:

    transmission valve body failed
    both front struts leaked and failed
    catalytic converter failed
    oxygen sensor failed
    exhast manifold CRACKED IN HALF! (while idling)
    TRANSFER CASE CRACKED IN HALF! (leaving my driveway at 4 mph)

    Full quoted cost for these repairs at dealers = $8000.00+

    Just Goggle the web under Murano drive train, transmission, transfer case failures and read thousands of postings both low and high milage, I read nothing but posts on similar failures for 4 HOURS after mine failed.

    This is obviously a known problem, have yours checked while in warranty, and don't let dealer tell you that a whirring noise is just coming from your tires! I trusted them, big mistake! Thank God I wasn't in traffic when this occurred, it could have caused a serious accident.

    PLEASE if you have experienced the drivetrain/transmission/transfer case trouble, REPORT IT TO THE NHTSA so they can force Nissan to recall and repair this defect. They need to hear from the victims of this defect to investigate it.

    These are also unacceptable repair costs, shop for your parts yourself. I found the transfer case, an original new OEM part, from another Nissan dealer online for $1200.00 less (delivered) than our dealership was going to charge us. OUTRAGEOUS! Gouging for the parts, on a known problem!

    This is not just sour grapes, I have two 90's era Dodge pickup trucks with over 200,000 miles on each (one is approaching 300,000), an '83 Jaguar with 170,000, a '99 BMW with 105,000, a '96 minivan with 140,000, the '87 minivan I sold 6 years ago is still on the road. I take good care of my cars. Never had a problem car like the Murano.
  • Your complaint must be about safety and the endangerment of lives in order for NHTSA to pay attention to your complaint and proceed with a recall. See the complaint I am going to communicate:

    I drive a 2003 Nissan Murano SL AWD. The vehicle periodically does not safely accelerate while in busy traffic. I had my wife, 1 year old son, 6 year old daughter, and 7 year old daughter in the car at the time of making a left turn at a major intersection. The vehicle sluggishly stalled in the middle of the left turn at the intersection and temporarily stalled and could have caused us to be hit by oncoming traffic. The engine reved up to about 4000 rpm's then proceeding to accelerate. I see this problem as a major safety and health issue and can be the root cause of a major accident resulting in death to involved parties. Please be proactive as opposed to reactive and start the process for a recall of this defective vehicle.

    I also tried to file an online complaint but the website is not functionining properly. You may have to call

    Contact ODI
    (888) 327-4236
    TTY: (800) 424-9153

    http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm
  • I have tried the same as above and nothing has been done since last year.
  • I read a lot about 2003 and 2004 tranny failures. How reliable is 2005? does anyone know if Nissan fixed the valve/tranny issues for the 2005 model?

    Any help is really appreciated!!!
  • any news on your litigation?

    Did you come across any issues for the 2005 AWD SE model?

    Any help is appreciated!!
  • My 2003 Nissan Murano had same symptoms as the others but I took to my local mechanic and he replaced Mass Air Flow sensor. Been 1000 miles since; no problems so far other than being out $ 700 for a Nisan problem. No more Nissan vehicles of any type for me and I will tell everyone not to purchase any of them.

    WKP
  • Again, the service bulletin issued by Nissan covers all Murano's from 2003 - 2007. AT05-009a.
  • Yep - it's the 2005's too. I had to replace my tranny at 68k miles. It was a $6k bid, but after complaining and mentioning this blog, the dealership said they/Nissan would cover half but I was still out $3k. Just make sure you buy the extended warantee!!
  • I have had my 2003 Murano since Oct. '03. I have had this lurching/sluggish starts I have read in other posts. The most recent thing I have seen is that it is a pressure sensor problem with the trans. A long while back, I read how you can reset the mass flow sensor by doing a system of turning the car on, pumping the gas a bunch of times and some other things and that resets that sensor. Anyone know how to reset the pressure sensor in the trans? I am so frustrated with this because I almost got in an accident recently and more importantly, I don't want to buy a new car because there is nothing on the market worth buying right now (for my money). I would like to either keep my murano for 4 more years or blow it up!
  • So my trans is pretty much gone. I have read everything I can get my hands on and this is what I know. It seams to be a computer or sensor problem or both. The problem is that Nissan says the trans is non-serviceable. So they don't sell parts to rebuild a trans. Has anyone found rebuilt one from a transmission shop or did everyone get stuck going back to the dealer?

    As we all know, the gears/belts work fine, we just don't get the correct power when we step on the gas. Frustrating.
  • I feel so sorry for you, two weeks after we spent a fortune on the transfer case, our tranny went out completely, been looking for one under $2800.00 for 3 months now. Nissan strung us along for 2 of those months elluding to some help ( I never believed it anyway since we had the car in under warranty and they never fixed the tranny problem), then called us with the old "too bad-too sad" what a worthless company. You can get a brand new Nissan part from Nissan West in North Carolina for $3500.00 plus shipping (about $1000.00 less than our Nissan dealership quoted for the part). We found a local mechanic to put it in for $600.00 ($900 less than our wonderful nissan dealer quoted us). We may do that, but the minute that piece of Nissan %$!@ is rolling again, it's going straight to the nearest dealer that will take it on trade for a real car from a DECENT company. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN AND NEITHER WILL ANY OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY! So far, about 16 solid potential sales Nissan has lost over their treatment of us, if they think they got over on us and it won't cost them, they are way wrong, I kept the parts that just cracked in half, and I will be publishing them along with the repair costs on the internet soon.
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