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Nissan Murano Reliability



  • 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.

    What ever you do: DON'T BUY! DONT' BUY! DON'T BUY!

    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • explorerloverexplorerlover Posts: 1
    edited May 2011
    I have an 05 Murano with 78K miles on it always needs over $4K of work per Nissan and verified by a Mechanic.

    So far we have replaced brakes on this car 4x...including rotors

    Tires replaced in 08 need to be replaced again

    Tie rods replaced last year along with something else because the car failed inspection

    Right and Left Control Arm (suspension needs to be replaced)

    Engine mount Right side needs to be replaced

    Oil pan rusted replaced

    Coolant leak

    Driver side axle seal

    Rear Muffler assembly

    Drivers seat bracket needs to be replaced.

    Oh and the reason we found out about all this work husband was driving to work and the car wouldn't go above 20MPH. When I did a google search I heard about all the CVT problems on the Murano so automatically assumed it was that and then came back with a whole other list of things but according to Nissan the CVT is fine...horsepoo...

    This is the cheapest made expensive car out there.

    This car is garbage. Can't wait to get rid of it. Will NEVER buy another Nissan again.
  • robwirobwi Posts: 2
    The CVT transmission is fabulous when its working. Mine appears to have failed now with the following symptoms. Do a Google search for Nissan Murano Hesitation for the sad story. Hesitation... I have a 2003 Murano. Mileage 98,000. After driving on the highway for at least an hour, the car hesitates after a stop. I hit stop and go traffic when traveling through a city. Every time I started, the car hesitated for 4 to 5 seconds while the engine revved. Then it jumped forward. Then, driving at highway speeds again, I could feel slippage in speed. my check engine light was on.
    Brought it to the Nissan dealer from whom it was purchased. They WERE able to reproduce problem. Error code: Bank One and Bank two intake control solenoids. They checked this condition, and found them to be working properly. They are denying that it is the CVT, and instead saying that it looks like the engine. After reading this forum and Edmunds, I now believe that it is the CVT. Thanks everybody, I will post again with more info.
  • I purchased a used AS-IS 2005 Nissan Murano with 67,476 exact miles on the odometer from Landers McLarty Nissan in Huntsville Alabama August 17, 2011 with a verbal promise and guarantee that they do not re-sale any used vehicles that are not up to standard, dependable and trustworthy. Supposedly, all vehicles go through a thorough inspection process. My sales person, Eukrina’s exact words were “we do not put our name on anything that we won’t stand behind.”Two weeks after purchase I notice vibration and knocking noise from under the hood. Mechanical inspection from Madison Automotive on September 7, 2011 revealed that I had two motor mounts broken. (Front Engine Mount-part #11270CN101 and lower rear engine mount-part #11320CA110) Total repair estimate $847.12
    I called the dealership to see if they were going to help with some of the repair cost and I was told that it must have been something that I did and that I should know that they had to replace the transmission in my trade in vehicle. Landers McLarty Nissan drove my 2000 Nissan Maxima before making me an offer and knew what the vehicle was worth and that should not have any bearing on the fact that this dealership sold me a lemon. Unable to afford replacement of both motor mounts at the same time, I had the front engine mount replaced on September 12, 2011 at a cost of $400.00, mileage aprox. 69,000. Firestone Complete Auto Care in Huntsville Alabama replaced the rear lower engine mount on October 15, 2011 at a cost of $402.15 exact mileage 70,486. At 72,469 exact miles the service engine light came on and after an engine diagnostic test with Firestone Complete Auto Care in Huntsville Alabama December 14, 2011 at a cost of $106.47 the result is a bad catalytic converter. I was advised that this could be a manufacture covered replacement issue. Landers McLarty Nissan of Huntsville performed their diagnostic test December 20, 2011 with the same results and I was told that yes it is a bad catalytic converter but that the vehicle passed the emission control test and that I must have used some bad gasoline. I informed the service person that I have only used Chevron regular grade gasoline since the purchase of the vehicle on August 17th 2011. I was told that there is nothing that they can do and suggested that I run premium gasoline in the vehicle to see if this clears the problem. I have relayed this information to a reputable mechanic and repair shop and I am told that is only a ploy to get me over the mileage whereas the manufactures warranty would not have to cover the repair/replacement of the $500.00 part. Now, an additional $1,005.73 later I’ve had both struts replaced with the need of replacing the shocks on the rear, bushings (both lower-front) upper radiator hose, front exhaust gusset, drive belts and two tires.
  • I have seen this a lot in this forum but I really would like to get the word out on how bad Nissan is as a company. Here is a little of our problem.

    We have been loyal Nissan customers for many years. We currently still have 3 Nissan's but after today we will not have any. As soon as we can unload them we will. They do not care about their customers & refuse to help fix a known problem in one of our vehicles. It will cost about $3000 to fix an 09 model. We have tried to go through Nissan consumer affairs but Michael there is VERY unhelpful. Be aware. In this economy you have to choose carefully & choose a reputable company. Nissan is not one of these. I love my Nissan's but will never have another one due to the VERY POOR customer service.

    We also have the blown head gasket on the 09 Murano.
  • Hi bosco9700
    Have to agree with you on Nissan Co vehicle support and info.
    I live in Australia and things aren't' too much different here when seeking company advice or assistance.
    Here they just refer you to a dealer, and from there you are in the lap of the gods.
    Have to say though,my Murano 2005 Ti has now clocked up 218,000 kilometres (about 136,000 miles) and I haven't had one problem with it apart from the high cost of Nissan services and the normal tyres & brake replacements over time.
  • So Im looking at a couple Muranos. I know...What the heck am I thinking?

    My question to you is this, which would be a better option?

    A) A 2005 SE Loaded with 114,000 miles and a 1 month dealer warranty. (Tranny also covered until 120k with Nissan)

    B) A 2003 SL Loaded (all options but proximity key) that has 155,000 miles BUT just had the CVT replaced 9 months ago (has 3 months left on 1 year CVT warranty)

    My concerns would be 114k vs 155k. With a new tranny should the 155k SL last quite a while?

    Thanks so much for your advice.
  • I have a 2006 Nissan Murano SL which I've enjoyed very much. Just recently decided to trade it in on a new car and have been looking at the fully loaded Nissan Rogue.

    Unfortunately it seems my timing was late, last week at just under 58,000 miles my Murano started driving poorly and soon there was white smoke pouring out from under the vehicle. It seems my transmission has broken and my mechanic (who doesn't do transmissions unfortunately) says its likely to be very expensive (over $2,000).

    Just my luck, its still under the mileage cap on the power train but its beyond the 5 years. A friend in the industry suggests that Nissan may cover the repair as good will since its under the 60,000 mile warranty and I'll be calling them about that.

    I've never had a car with such relatively low mileage have such a serious mechanical failure. I'm rather concerned about Nissan reliability and now questioning my decision to purchase a Rogue. Much will depend on what, if anything, Nissan is willing to do of course. No matter how nice a car is, if its not reliable long-term and not supported by the manufacturer its of little value.

    I'd like to know what experiences others have had and information on Rogue reliability.
  • **** Alert - If you are a Nissan Customer Service Individual (and I'm guessing there are only a handful out there) --- you know the Nissan is a lemon, why don't you just admit it??? Be honest. I give you some credit for extending some of the CVT warranties - you know about those problems****

    I honestly don't have time to detail all the ridiculous repairs on my wife's Murano (from fuel dampeners, to control arms, to gaskets, seals, power steering hoses, wheel bearings, etc., etc., etc.). With the Murano it's - imho - not a matter of if you will be spending lots of dough for repairs, it's when. I don't have any good theories. I've heard Nissan uses cheap parts from China. Maybe it's just bad engineering. Whatever it is, I'm doing the car buying public a favor in suggesting they eschew anything Murano. This is a "pretty" SUV; however, this has been the most dissapointing vehicle I have ever owned, by a power of 2 or 3. My Murano is proof positive that the Japanese truly build junk too!!!
  • homeouner2homeouner2 Posts: 14
    I last posted on Jan of 2008. The gas door would not un lock so I bent the plate so that it could not be locked. I looked at the fuses and relay latch and relay. I just was not going to spend the money!!!
    About a month ago the seat retraction was not working so I reset the cumputor using the dash joy stick to get the seat to work. I went thru the entire settings and the gas door lock now works?????
    I think the settings being reviewed made it work after five years Fore what its worth owners with the gas door lock problem may have the same resultd I got.
  • I don't work for a competing car company. I stand by everything I write here as rule of law 101: it cannot be libel if it is true.

    My wife's 2005 Murano is quite simply the most unreliable car I have ever owned.
    From wheel bearings going at 45k to a throttle plate rendering the car as dead as a doornail, to a starter problem, to all these a creating little problems.

    Yes, all cars are likely to have problems. However, I owned a Honda del Sol and a Infiniti I-30, and those cars combined over 100k miles had far fewer problems than the Murano.

    I think the Murano is chock full of cheap Chinese OEM parts.

    If you are dumb enough to buy a Murano ...good luck. I have an MBA, thought the consumer reports rec etc on the murano meant something. No - Muranos are horrible.
  • kep333kep333 Posts: 1
    Have to agree here, purchased my wife's 06' with 32k miles on it. Ran great until about 60k miles. It all started with a CV going out which seemed premature. Then it was the infamous high pressure power steering hose, then a power control module, then the seat bracket broke, and the final straw was the complete battery harness going bad. If you get one, be sure to have tow insurance and a wrty.

    I got tired of this thing; traded it in on a Lexus RX350 and got a very weak trade in. My experience was horrible as this car left me on the side of the road multiple times. Heard the 10' are better, but I will never go back.
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