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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission



  • I totally agree with you. It is completely ridiculous that Nissan would extend the warranty for the tranmission but not the transfer case. The 2003 has a problem with the transmission and the 2004 has a problem with the transfer case. It is unacceptable that a $30,000 plus vehicle needs a repair that costs 40% of the residual value of it. They know it's a problem but until someone files a class action suit against them, not sure they will stand behind their product. The only person I know that had this fixed, was because his mother worked at the dealer. I am still going to submit and see what happens. It's such a shame because I loved the Murano, comfortable ride and a nice looking vehicle. Only Honda and Toyota for this girl.
  • I had all of the above issues and it was all related to the transmission. It finally went at 121000 miles and I had it replaced. I am currently going through nissan consumer affairs to get my refund back but since over 1000 miles, I am having a tough fight. I just know one thing, i will never buy nissan again and I am going straight to Hyundai's
  • OMG....I'm so glad I googled this topic because I also have a 2004 Nissan Murano that I purchased December 2008......low mileage aprox. 33,000 miles. About 3 weeks it totally broke down on me....had to have it towed into the dealer and the diagnosis was damage to the Front Transfer Case. Since then, I have been battling with my extending warranty folks....still no luck. Total damages estimated thus far as $4800.....absoulutlely ridiculous!!!!!!!

    I plan to write Nissan Consumer Affairs......I'm glad I'm not the only one having problems. Something definitely needs to be done. I would love to file a class action suit but don't really know where to legal experience.....any suggestions let me know.

    I love the car but good thing I have a 1998 Honda Accord that is rolling like a babe to depend:sick on as a back-up...FYI, 254, 000 miles.

  • I am sorry to hear you have also fell victim to Nissan's faulty transfer case and misleading warranty extension on the transmission. Yes I understand through research that the transfer case is a separate item from the actual transmission. However if the transfer case is not categorized under the transmission group, what group does it fall under? Also the transmission controls the transfer case and being an AWD vehicle the transfer case is needed and is a part of the transmission.

    I don't know that there is hope but a fellow poster to the forum has made some progress on getting his transfer case covered. I unfortunately have not. If you're going to voice your concern please send the VP of Customer service an email, Maybe if enough people voice their concern and complaint the company will act and cover the transfer case under the extended warranty.

    Good Luck and please pass this information on to the next person.
  • My 2004 Murano with 87,500 miles recently got diagnosed with a bad transfer case and CVT. Repair estimate $5500. They say it's not covered by the warranty because the Transfer Case seal leaked fluid into the CVT causing it to fail. Opened a case with Nissan only to be told "Nissan is not in the position to help out financially." Gee, thanks. Where in the CVT warranty does it state that it wouldn't be covered because of this? Where does it say I'm supposed to check or maintain my Transfer Case seal?
  • Dealer just quoted me $600 to change transmission fluid! Said the stuff is "Liquid Gold," in order to justify cost. Said it's "recommended" for 2003 and 2004 models every 30,000 miles. Little guy mechanic down the street just laughed, but even he is charging $150. Why so much? Is this the going rate (I'm in No. California)????
  • svofan2svofan2 Posts: 442
    ..I hope that the "liquid gold" phrase was just that right?...and the second guy well he may be closer to the real price..I guess pan has to be removed regardless of a filter or not....
  • brion8brion8 Posts: 2
    I also just got quoted over $600 to refresh the transfer case fluid in my 2004 Murano. I'm also in Nor Cal (Sacramento).
  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    I think either way, they are trying to rip you off.

    There is no such recommendation on the manual and it is a sealed unit. Unless the gears are badly grinding against each other (in which case oil change is the least of your problems) I see no reason to replace the oil every 30.000 miles.

    If for whatever odd reason they are right, and if you are still covered under the 120.000/10yr warranty for the transmission, you are probably better off letting the oil-hungry transmission die and going for a replacement where such problem would no longer occur.
  • 49134913 Posts: 2
    From reading all the blogs on this issue.. i would highly recommend having your CVT checked before going over the warranty of 10 years/120 000 miles whichever comes first. Mine went the same day i got the letter. Contacted Nissan no luck
    Save your self the grief and expense as expressed by other owners. This seems to know issue ...
  • See my post # 386. I just had the transmission fluid replaced by the "little guy" mechanic down the street from the Northern California Nissan dealer that quoted me $600 to change it. The CVT transmission fluid cost this guy 18.95 per quart, for a total of 94.75 for the five quarts needed. So, the stuff IS expensive. He charged 68.80 for labor. The dealer's labor PROFIT would, therefore, have been
    $502.25!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can someone please make sense of this for me? Is their greed that naked? Do they really think we (customers) are that stupid? Whaddaya say?
  • sgoyalsgoyal Posts: 24
    it looks like that "little guy" mechanic drained the CVT fluid instead of flushing it, which should be more than good enough for you. and I think Dealer gave you the estimate based on flushing the CVT fluid (But it was still more than normal)
  • Good News! I had a tapping sound (thought it was a tire). It grew louder and became a banging sound. Took it to Nissan Dealer. I have 105,000 miles on my Nissan Murano AWD 2004.
    They called and said my differential caused my transmission to go bad so they couldn't cover the repairs under the extended warranty. The estimate was $9400 for new transmission, transfer case and differential.
    I called 1800-Nissan One and opened a case. They refered me to another customer resolution expert. He laughed and said he had never heard of a repair that high and never heard of a differential causing the transmission to go bad. After about a week, he called back and said they Were covering the new CVT, transfer case, seals, fluids and all labor. I had to cover the differential parts only ($2400). Since I do haul a small trailer and live in a hilly area, I thought that was fair.
    It pays to keep inquiring further up lines!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    It's always nice to hear stories with a good ending! :)

    tidester, host
    SUVs and Smart Shopper
  • 49134913 Posts: 2
    ngeorgia72246 .. Please let us know how you car is drving with the new CVT. Nissan did well.
  • sara80sara80 Posts: 1
    hi guys, i'm new here but i thought i maybe able to get my question answer.
    i have a 2005 morano and <60K miles. i felt the engine is working harder than it should when i'm going from stop to gas. the engine sounded loud but not on the highway (cuz u dont stop/slow down too much) i took it to the dealer and they told me to change my engine mounts. they quoted me $1600. every other mechanic laughed at what they said and one mechanic friend looked at the engine mounts and said they are fine. he said the problem is my car doesnt change gear quickly so that's why it sounds like it's working hard. he said it's an expensive fix so i havent bothered fixing it.
    then i got the CVT letter. can this be my problem?
    i'm in north california/bay area. let me know if you know a good dealer here.
  • mutt88mutt88 Posts: 1
    hello. I was looking for one thing when joined forum. now seeing all these other problems i want to kick my question..2006 has a thump from rear end. doesn't happen all the time.. i have had rear tires balanced and they are fine. it comes and goes the thump..the thump creeps up on smooth roads, bumpy roads it wont start thumping..if i go from smooth to bumpy road it still thumps..shifted car into netural when thumping, thumping feels the same..thump speeds up as car speeds up.put in 4 wheel mode and still same thing thump..its like it gets out of balance on smooth roads..thanks everyone and good luck with your muranos...though we may be the moron-o"s.
  • I am considering purchasing a 2010 Murano, but frankly am scared off by this thread. All of my mechanics are wary of the CVT tranny. Does anyone have any input on the drivetrain for the the new Muranos? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
  • I have heard the 2009 and newer Muranos have a different and improved CVT. Thing is, the CVT seems to be here to stay. Subaru is using them in the 2010 Outback (and maybe in other cars as well). Honda uses it in the Fit (I've had one and it was a great little car). I believe the Nissan earlier CVT's actually had some kind of flaw although in my case the transfer case is the item that went.

    I wouldn't worry and would go ahead and buy it, although if Nissan hadn't stood up for us by extending the warranty, and in my case even repaying the $3,300 I spent, I would probably be very angry and telling you other things :-)

    Mine is a first generation 2004.
  • I confess I´m a bit frustrated watching how they are vilifying Toyota when the problem with the Murano transmission is, in my opinion, just as serious if not more. Toyota is taking it on the chin for the gas pedal and possible brake problems while Nissan continues to duck the safety problem with the Murano transmission.

    Hesitation of the transmission seems very, very serious to me but when the issue was raised with Nissan, they acted indifferent and as though the question was a total surprise. I think that is what I object to most. When the problem is reported, the dealership acted as though this was the first they had heard of it. I think a closer inquiry would be interesting on this.
  • sbaltros,

    Yes, the CVT, is up and coming and here to stay. However, it is still a product that too many are unfamiliar with. I unfortunately had to have reliable transportation and ended up trading in my 2004 Murano (lost a lot of money) before Nissan decided to extend the warranty for the faulty transmission. On that day, I decided I would never purchase another vehicle that advertised their car as using the "technology of the future". Basically that means, no one will know how to provide maintenance to your car. I always paid more for maintenance being restricted to use the dealership and REALLY paid for it when I had to sell it back to a dealership. I wish I could recommend the Nissan Murano, but I feel the CVT should be in the automobile industry for another couple of years. The time it took Nissan to recognize the faulty transmission took entirely too long and to me displyas no loyalty or appreciation to good customers. Good Luck!
  • I have groused about the high cost to change transmission fluid, sometimes in florid language, but make no mistake about it: my wife and I have driven nearly 70,000 enjoyable and nearly trouble-free miles in the 7 years we've owned our new (and new model year, remember Dad's advice never to buy a new model?). The engine and drive train deliver real smooth power and performance. And, the funky styling has really held up; we get comments and compliments all the time.

    Here's looking to 100,000 miles!
  • Thanks for the responses. I see that Nissan offers a 10 year 120k tranny warranty. I didn't know that before. If I like the ride when I take it out I may go for one. How do you guys like the ride compared to a conventional tranny.
  • Hey All:
    I had my transmission replaced pursuant to the warranty about six weeks ago. Since that time, there is now a creaking in the front end of my car when I turn the steering wheel. It sounds like a boat when it creaks as it goes back and forth in the water. I understand that when the transmission is taken out, it may affect the car's suspension. Did anyone who had their transmission replaced experience this kind of problem?
  • Folks!

    Don't be fooled! Nissan is experiencing numerous problems with their CVT's but refuses to officially recall the very defective transmission design. Nissan has taken an "arrogant" position on this issue. My '03 Murano SE has had been in the shop 3 times with CVT problems the last was a total failure. The cost was $6300 @Carriage Nissan in Gainesville, GA. The warranty was extended to 120K but was worthless to me. The region Nissan rep. (Christy) refused any help and was rather rude to boot.

    My advice is, if your Murano is approaching 120K miles get rid of it! The CVT is a ticking time bomb. If your dilemma is similar to mine I am filing a complaint with: NTSB; federal and state consumer protection agencies; and, Nissan of Japan.

    Warning!!! Get rid of that Murano and buy anything else!
  • Mikesmurano you couldn't be more on the money. We got rid of our 2004 Murano too. I was sad, because I really did like the vehicle. I filed a complaint with NTSB too, but so far no luck. I don't understand, Toyota issues a mass recall, but Nissan doesn't? The 2003 and 2004 Murano's have a known problem with the CVT and transfer case. My husband is lucky he wasn't on the interstate when his transfer case cracked and came to an immediate halt with no warning. All I can think is Nissan has more lobbyists in Washington than Toyota.

    Oh and yes they are very rude at Nissan Corporate.
  • igmigm Posts: 3
    Very disappointing & sad to hear this...You confirmed the same issues I've had recently (as well as other Nissan new car owners of late).

    Looks like a significant number of CVT and Front Transfer Case (cracks/fractures) issues from late models all the way up to my 2005.

    Nissan Tom Naquin & Corporate were not helpful at all & blamed lack of oil change on my fractured Transfer Case. This - even after a loose electrical cable locked me on AWD for awhile a few months prior to this incident & my maintenance manual never mentioned any required oil changes per Schedules 1 & 2.

    Then, my the trans ratio/engine rpm does not shift (at full throttle) after they replaced my fractured Transfer Case.
  • I bought my 04' Murano April 2009 and it it has about 977,000 miles on it. I fell in love with this model. I had always liked Nissan's designs and thought that they were a very trustworthy reputable company. My car has been doing the surge and losing power thing.....ever since I bought it. On the freeways, highways, and in town in heavy traffic and in freezing temps. I have taken the car in two times and the mechanic tells me that he can not see an error code. To bring the car back the next time it happens again. I did and he thought that he fixed it that time. My friend drove it with her children to pick me up from the airport and it started to do that losing power thing on the freeway. This is really dangerous! My friends have been with me on a road trip out of town and we weren't sure if we would make it home. The vehicle just decides it will not move forward or backward, or it will move, but very slowly and builds speed and surges forward! I finally had the car towed about 10 days ago to the place where I bought it. The car came with a warranty for 100,000 miles, with a $200.00 deductible. The mechanic told me that I need a new Transmission Valve Body and he sent the car down the street to the Nissan dealership. This car has been very dangerous. I think Nissan should own their problem. I really am disappointed in this whole situation and with Nissan.

    Yes Toyota is stepping up to the plate, it's a shame Nissan is not. I think people can be more forgiving when one admits they screwed up, instead of ducking the issue. I'm still bitter about spending $4,500 to replace the transfer case on a vehicle w/ 77,000 miles and worth about $14,000.
  • I have a 2003 awd and have had it since new. Liek everyone says, it's a great car. But...Right around 75k miles we've been having issues in the front end. The dealer replaced the left axle and that helped some of the vibration but the right wheel shudders and vibrates excessievly when turning left under acceleration and also going straight when it is cold. I've had it to one dealer 3 times and he admits something feels wrong but he says everything checks out OK and they can't find anything wrong. This morning there was a small puddle of trans fluid on the garage floor. I'm going to bring it to another dealer later today.

    What I'm wondering is what kinds of symtoms did everyone have before failure and/or replacement?
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