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Help with Murano thoughts

peacefulmanpeacefulman Posts: 1
edited March 2015 in Nissan
Folks, need some help/advices/ideas/thoughts. Let me first give you some introduction so you can understand where I’m coming from. I’m thinking to buy something nicer that what I’m driving now (an older minivan) and thought about an SUV for the look and versatility. I do not do off roads or so, pretty plain driving in the city and might in the future do trips or so. Also would like something that looks nice inside out plus I’m big on comfort, handling, quietness..etc. I won’t ask the obvious question what SUV’s should I consider in this forum, so I will focus on the Murano, I did see some nice looking ones like the Edge, CRV, venza..etc (a long list) but overall I’ll ask your thought about the Murano only. I’m looking for a used one in low mileage. My philosophy in spending is just mine, I don’t spent big box on a new car even with financing, I know what I make and what I can handle and plan my future and risks. I would say that the Murano wouldn’t be the most economical on gas but it does have many features that I like and I think I could live with that mpg if given a good reliability and satisfaction in the cabin and out.

I would be interested in the 2009-2014 generation. Also, I am a bargain finder, so looking and waiting until I see a good deal overall. I’m in western Canada and even saw some better pricing down eastern Canada and the US but I think I will stick locally and there are too many suspicious deals, rebuilts..etc.

1- Probably I would go with the AWD as I don’t think the gas consumption would be hugely different than the FWD to make me change my decision. Regardless most of them been sold here seem to be AWD.

2- I read that between 2009-2014, the same trim level might have different features between years, plus some buyers did have add-ons maybe. I would say minimum SL. LE would be nice but if the SL has for example the memory seats and steering wheel then that’s enough. Here in Canada, heated seats are nice and so the steering wheel if available but not a deal breaker on the last one

3- What I read, is depending from year to year, the SL-LE differences would be in some features like power steering wheels, GPS, memory seats, 20” wheels (I read that 18" are more confortable), leather..etc… some SL might actually have leather and memory seats (2011 and up)

4- GPS is not a deal breaker but nice to have. So if it’s not equipped with, is that easy to install one, where can I get one, salvage? How much, any one done it and worked? (I already have a Garmin to put on the dash if some would propose that).

5- DVD in the headrests for the back seaters is not a deal breaker but nice to have. So if it’s not equipped with, is that easy to install one, where can I get one, salvage? How much, any one done it and worked?.

6- Same question for remote start, which I don’t think should be too expensive to install. I only prefer to have one key instead of adding another one to carry. I’ve seen online some keys that says for Nissan with the start button on it?

What I’m asking are your thoughts on years and trims and how to select a Murano online. I do like quietness and comfy rides in a car with good handling.

Cheers,
A.

Comments

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    The Murano seem to have a good reputation especially 2009 on up models. The older models---well, I'd stay away from them. I always tell people to buy the newest and lowest mileage used vehicle they can afford. If it has some residual warranty, all the better. I'm not keen on old GPS systems---I think your Garmin is a better idea. As for AWD, which adds weight and decreases fuel economy, it really depends on how much you need it. If it's just for one or two trips to the mountains every year, I wouldn't bother to have it. So your local climate is a deciding factor.

    As for aftermarket installations, the big factor there is the professionalism of the installer. On modern cars, if you patch into the wrong wire, that's a big problem, since so much information is multiplexed.
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