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Opinion on 2013 Murano used car

edbargainedbargain Member Posts: 3
edited August 13 in Nissan
I am trying to buy a used car/SUV for my teen son and found this 2013 murano . I test drove and and did well. Plan to keep for 5 years. I heard about all these CVT issues. Can someone shed some light on it.

appreciate your help.


  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,222
    The CVT in Muranos has a reputation as being a weak point as it is on all Nissan models. What I’ve heard is you should avoid years 2004-2009 and (for some reason) 2015 models. The consensus in the auto press is that the CVTs got better from 2019 on.

    You don’t say how many miles are on the one you’re buying but generally they tend to fail between 75-125k miles. Sometime earlier. All CVTs are intolerant of bad maintenance so I would want to see service records that the fluid was changed every 30k miles. When a CVT fails it will start off normally and then after a short time will overheat and start slipping. Make sure you take an extended test drive of at least a half hour.

    I’ve driven quite a few and found them comfortable. The 3.5L is a pretty peppy engine with lots of torque which may be why a Murano driven hard could stress the transmission.

    Just curious, why would you want a bigger SUV for a teen driver?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • edbargainedbargain Member Posts: 3
    edited August 13
    That was good pointers. Thanks. Actually,its a 2014 Murano S (my typo in the title).
    Per online records, Vehicle has just aboout 150K miles, No accident, two owners, one fleet usage then auctioned off and then personal usage. Service history does not say anything explicit about transmission oil change, the typical 'oil, filer, lube change). Vehicle is priced decent

    Teen will be mostly driving our other sedan for now, so this is more of a parent vehicle.
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,222
    The fleet usage troubles me. If it was a salesman’s car sort of thing it might be ok but if it was a rental fleet the usage could have been a lot harder.

    On the other hand, it’s lasted for 150k miles so somebody must have given it decent maintenance. Can you take it to a shop you trust for a pre purchase inspection?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • edbargainedbargain Member Posts: 3
    edited August 14
    Thanks again..When I study the experinn history, it appears the second owner auctioned it again, which makes me more thoughtful. I am still thinking about it
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