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Nissan Murano Reliability



  • new6new6 Posts: 3
    I had a 2004 and just replaced with 4 new tires, all the jobs are done by tire dealer, not from Nissan dealer. After the ride on Highway about 1hour at 120km/hr, the low tire pressure indicator turn on. I had to park and check all the tires, and they are in the good condition. That indicator turned off after i turn off and turn the engine back on. Any one have any ideal why this happen? Do i need to bring the truck to Dealer to check it out? Thanks for your help
  • RRACRRAC Posts: 1
    I rwad your posting and it seems I have the same issue after doing wheel alignmnet on my MURANO. Just want to ask if you got any responce on the matter.
    thank you
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    The owners book says that it takes a few miles for the monitors to recalibrate. Relax, all is well.
  • I've begun the lemon law process for my '07 Murano. Here's a link to the first time the problem popped up,!keywords=#77 ,with 1,400 miles on it it sputtered off the freeway. Crank sensor replaced. Six months later with 6,000 miles same thing, it started chugging on the freeway and stalled out, crank sensor again. The part was replaced and the car returned. Monday with 12,500 miles it did the same thing while I was on the freeway overpass, and I coasted to the shoulder. Crankshaft position sensor replaced. The service advisor swears they fixed it this time, but I'm not having it. I should have a call back from the regional specialist tomorrow, we'll see what they say, but nothing they say is going to make me keep this car... :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • 75,000 miles and now the tranny is going bad. The code says it needs a new valve body but the service folks say that it really needs a new tranny from Nissan at the small cost of $5000.00 I suspect if the valve body were replaced and everything worked out fine, we would never know and still hear the line, "you need a new tranny". Any input or help would be appreciated very much. I knew better than to buy a first year model and heck am I gonna pay for it.
  • It may be just a few people as you say who are having tranny issues but I'm facing a $5000.00 repair because my tranny is deciding to go out at 75,000 miles. This is inexcusable and Nissan is taking the "old Detroit addage" of, #@#$%^%$#$ YOU!
    You bought it and it's not our problem. I won't shut down Nissan but I can guarantee you I'll trash the NIssan to anyone that listens.
  • Murano 04 .78K review: Nothing but.....

    I have an 04 murano with 78k miles. I thought it might be nice to let you know my experience. I dont come to this site regulary or follow any threads; I should have done that. Any way here is my 5 year and 78k murano owing experience.
    I had nothing but problems with this from the beginning. Around 20K check engine light came on and the throttle body had to be replaced. The mechanic who replaced it screwed it up so badly i had to leave the car with the dealer for two days. After may be another 5k miles, around 25-30k miles the engine mount had to be replaced and under warranty that was replaced; convincing the the mechanic there was problem with the engine mount wasnt an easy task. From the beginning it used make the zzz zzz noise when back up or slowing come to a stop. I was always told by the mechanics, nissan certified ones that is, it was cvt making that noise and considerd to normal. After about a year i was able to get them to check it out and they finally figured that out; bad engine mount was making the noise and it was replaced under warranty.

    Most of miles are highway miles, I used to commute around 100 miles back and forth from work and that is why i have 78k miles. Most of these miles were from the first two years. I dont drive the car a lot now days because i work about 2 miles from home. I dod a 62 k (dont remeber exaclty when) service and there was no problems wih the car , that was may be a 1-1/2 years ago. Few days I was driving on the higway i started hearing a noise coming from the front passenger side, like that of race car or like the sports car kind of noise. I took it some local mechanics and they all gave different reason for the noise. Finally, I took the car to the dealer and the service advisor there, great guy, said it was the hub bearing that is making the noise and it had to be replaced and I told him I will be back the following day. I went back in there the following day and the service advisor said, lets take look at the car and he will call me once a machanic takes a look at the car. I got a call from him after 1-2 horus, I was really shocked by what he told me. Following things has to be replaced/fixed.

    Hub Assembly right side
    Drive Belts(this is normal wear and tear)
    Axle seal is leaking cvt fluid and cvt fluid is low
    Front Control Arms
    Front Engine Mount(was replaced around 25k)
    Inner Tire Rods.

    I dont know whole lot about cars, but is it normal to have these kinds of problems after 5 years. I dont know any one who has replaced bearings, engine mount or contorls arms on there cars. Is that normal? My sisters altima had a whole lot porblems but nothing like this. From reading the different posts, it seems like bearing related issue is common? Replacing engine mount twice in 4 years?. I dont think I will ever by a nissan again in my life time. The only reason I went for it because my friends and family’s maximma never had any problems and it was depenedable and reliable. I think i will equivate murano to the late 90’s and early 2000’s ford and other manufactures in terms of reliablity and quality.After all these problems i dont think i will ever buy nissan ever again. I didnt hit anything, like curbe or anything like that and I dont abuse my car.

    From these forums i see people are really enjoying their car, i was like this too and wait untill 4-5yrs and 60-80K miles and then you will regret buying this. From reading all the comments in the forums and my experience murano is not a reliable car by any stretch of the imagination. The sad part about it is, nissan claiming these are normal tear and wear. Comon two engine mounts in 5yrs is normal?
    Let me know if any one of you had any problems like this. I would really appreciate your feed back.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,602
    If you check the acura mdx/lexus rx350/audi Q7 posts you find plenty of disaster stories posted. Along with those posts there are folks who say they have zero problems. It appears that for whatever reason within any model there are problem vehicles. No way to tell what percentage they represent. Of course if you have a bad one then it might as well be 100%. I'm leasing -- costs more but no repair costs so if I bought a lemon -- would only have to keep it 3 years and say good-bye.
  • Just sold my 03 with 135,000 miles on it and after spending ooodles of money. I had to replace every control arm possible. Even though I had the factory extended gold plus whatever warranty and even though it happened before 100,000 (end of warranty). After 2.5 years the car needed an amazing amount of work. The dealer said that the control arms were "bent" so that they had to have been in an accident or towed wrong. If the car was towed, it was before their bazillion point certified check BS! I never had the car towed. yet, if the control arms were already bent, I had not detected it because I had counted on the dealer's word about the warranty and had not had an independent chk. I also had replaced wheel bearings and ball bearings and spent another 3k on various things. In the end, the money was not worth it. I loved the car but it should never have cost in repairs what it did--and the maintenance was over the top--prevention did not prevent anything. Ugh.
  • pro7pro7 Posts: 5
    My wife's murano has more problems than that freaky deaky family that lives on the other side of the tracks. Hubs replaced. Front control arms replaced. Car stalled - just plain died at 76k. People like muranos like they like a young Latino chick (or Irish, etc ...) it looks good for a few years than it kinda goes downhill pretty quick. This car is brain dead when it comes to reliability in my circumstance. I have the thickest stack of repair invoices.
  • 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.
  • 703car703car Posts: 1
    edited September 2014

    I have a 2004 Nissan Murano SL. My murano has been so very good to me. Up until just recently does it need to have replacements. It is all normal wear and tear, i believe. I need new brakes, wheel bearing, tires, and who knows what else. I came to this site to see whether or not I should invest in fixing her up a bit or to move on. Clearly, you guys didn't have the same luck I had. My car has 114k miles on it and in the last 5 years have only had to replace the radiator (2 months ago, actually). I just wanted to post this since it does seem that only negative comments are left about the Murano. I have had a great experience with mine. The only thing that really bothered me was the sun visor. About 5 years ago, it started to drop even when I had it up. It is quite annoying and seems to be a common issue since I saw it happen when I was riding in a highlander.

    September 5, 2014

  • steverstever Posts: 52,683

    People who don't have problems don't tend to post. Human nature I guess.

    So - thanks for your update!

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