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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission



  • The CVT maybe a problem on the higher mileage cars, i was leasing 2007 Murano for 39 month, outside of the oil changes and 1 set of brakes i have not done anything else to the car, The CVT worked well for me and i do tend to have a heavy foot from time to time, with that said that does not mean the problem does not exist and nissan should own up to it, but like many others said it all depends how the car was taken care of and how it was driven, also this may not even be a consideration for people like me who are leasing the car and withing the time of the lease due to the car being new most likely will not see any problems.
  • Unfortunately I just learned that there was a Nissan CVT Customer Satisfaction Program today, but it expired 7/31/2010 (6 weeks ago). Of course Nissan never reached out to their customers and informed them of the program. The program included full reimbursement for those of us who already paid $6k to have a transmission replaced if it failed before the new extended warranty duration of 10 yrs/120k miles was reached.

    Has anyone had success since 7/31/2010 (program termination date) on getting a reimbursement? if so, I'd appreciate any advice.

    Thank you.
  • I have the FWD version and NO problems with 62k miles. Love it - I just change the oil. Brakes even lasted 60k miles, tires 50k. Nissan service at Robbins in Humble, TX is 1st class.

    Have owned several 4WD vehicles in the past with the following experience:

    4WD Mazda minivan - replaced transmission at 39k miles, $3600, out of warranty. So much for Japanese reliability

    4WD Plymouth minivan - serviced and rebuilt trans under warranty twice, then at 60k or so miles, it died out of warranty

    4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, which never had a problem during our 3 yr, 40k mile lease.

    The lesson I learned: Unload a 4WD vehicle before it is out of warranty.
  • I have a 2003 Murano; I loved the car. For most part, the shape design, interior, and the advanced Trans., the tires were always problematic, never lasting more than 25,000 miles. Few months ago I started to have strange problems. That was if I have made many stops the car would have a hard time engaging to another gear is if it were stuck. On my annual visit to the dealer, to change all the belts, I have informed him of the recurring problem. After leaving the car for a day, I was told that there is nothing wrong with the car. This just made my day. However, just a few days ago, while entering the HWY, it happened again. This time we would have almost lost our lives; it was a close one. After a day of diagnosis the dealer informed me that it is a possible valve body in transmission that needs to be replaced. I have contacted corporate headquarters and began the case file. After reading all testimonies, looks that this is a common problem with this car, and Nissan is downplaying most of the complains. Any suggestions?
  • mikev4mikev4 Posts: 11
    Nissan cars used to look good and last long. Todays Nissan still maybe looks good but is not a good car. Probably Hynday is better at least you get 100,000 miles warranty.
  • nastacionastacio Posts: 370
    Annual belt replacement?

    Either you are driving 40-100K miles an year or your dealer has been ripping you off all along.
  • My daughter turned 16 so we gave her my 03 altima which we bought new. It's been a great car no bad problems except replacing the alternator twice. 1st time in 08 then last in 10. I decided that I really liked the Murano's and was looking to buy a used one. I've been looking and test driving for only a week and was just about to drive about 3 hours away to look and possibly buy a 05. Through many conversations and video's with the owner I just knew this one was for me. A salesman with the Nissan dealership in Huntsville had called me many times wanting me to stop by and take a look at a couple of Murano's so I did just last night. While he went in to get the keys I was looking and admiring the 370 Z's and another salesman walked up and we started talking about the Z's, altima's and then Murano's. He told me that Nissan had extended the warranty on all makes of the Murano's and why. We went on talking until I think he realized that was probably to much information. I was very disappointed to hear what I was told caused I loved those SUV'S. I thanked him for bringing that to my intention cause no one else had. I even went to consumer reports and all I had found was reports on brake pads having to be replaced. I went ahead and test drove the 07 Murano and while we where driving I asked many questions and was told over and over what great cars these where. So either he didn't know or was just trying to make a sale. I would have considered another Altima if only I could trust I was being told the truth. I came home and researched and found all these issues with different customers and now I know I will continue looking into the Toyota 4 runners like my husband wanted to do to begin with. I will still admire the Murano's when I see them; for their looks only, and I thank God for he did answer my prayer.
  • I have a 2004 Murano AWD. I'd like to swap the CVT with a later model. Can anyone tell me what's compatible?
    I need to pull the motor &etc (rear main seal and other problems). The CVT has been doing that surge thing, and I'm sure it's on borrowed time. I'm hoping for some bolt-up pnp swap from a junkyard front clip. Does anyone know what years will cross?
    Sorry if this is already posted somewhere -- I swear I tried to find it.
  • I have a 2004 Murano w/186k mi. Transmission has displayed the usual hesitation in hot weather, fixed momentarily by restarting car. Currently, the car has an undiagnosable overheating problem and I've been recommended to rebuild/replace the engine and replace the transmission. Trading in, getting another car is not an option. We'd like to do this ourselves (SO fixes all his vehicles incl Range Rover), but I haven't been able to find replacement engines/transmissions online. Has anyone else been able to find engines/transmissions for purchase? Any suggestions? :sick:
  • Great minds think alike, nails2. I hope we get replies to our posts. ;)
  • Follow-up: I contacted Nissan Consumer affairs and after several calls and paperwork submissions, they reimbursed me fully for my faulty CVT replaced in 2008. My hat's off to Nissan for this show of integrity. My faith in Nissan is restored. Since the program had officially ended before I called them, they didn't have to do "the right thing", but they did.
  • Is it possible to get the info in the trasfer case and the transmissions as I am now in the same boat and they they want to charge me $6000.00 for the work. And if nissan has a extended warranty or they realized that they have a problem I would like to contact them about the repairs. Thanks
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited November 2010
    You're lucky. I had made numerous attempts to get the same problem rectified only to be constantly turned away.

    I sold my Murano and will never return to a Nissan product again.

    Nissan builds "JUNK !!!"
  • mikev4mikev4 Posts: 11
    Yes there is extended warranty. Nissan Dealership should know about it.
  • rpearl1rpearl1 Posts: 1
    edited December 2010
    Started having transmission problems about two weeks ago. Took it to the dealership - they said it's not transmission. When I am at stop light and push the gas it hesitates (like it's not getting any gas) and then takes off. From reading some of these posts, it appears it may be the transmission. Unfortunately, I have 139,545 miles. Really disappointing because I have always been a fan of Nissan, but I feel I should be able to get alot more miles out of the car.
  • mikesmuranomikesmurano Posts: 118
    edited December 2010

    My sympathies go out to you. If you have time go back and read all of my threads on the transmission problems I have had.

    I started having trouble at 96,000 miles up through 120k. Then at 121,000 I experienced a total failure to the tune of $6500.

    I had the dealer put in the new tranny and sold the piece of "$&?!" (use your own word)!

    I strongly recommend that you just get rid of the car; otherwise you will probably sink more money into it than it's worth.

    My Murano was the first Nissan product I have ever owned and it is the last.

    I get criticized a lot for making such a suggestion, but I stand by my statements. End the nightmare about to ensue.

    Save yourself! Get out before it's too late!

  • Don't jump to the worst possible (and most expensive) conclusion. If you step on the gas and the engine RPMs don't go up, that is not the transmission. There is no physical way for the transmission to keep the engine from responding to the gas. Remember the transmission is only the connection from the engine to the wheels. So if it fails and you step on the gas the engine RPMs will still go up but the car wont go.

    It sounds to me like you said the engine RPMs don't go up in response to the gas which is more likely a throttle position sensor problem which is WAY cheaper to fix. If search around you will find that the TPS is a common problem for these cars.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,077,0,7649400.story

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  • Take your Murano back to the Nissan Dealership to see if the mods to the air intake piping has been performed (free - recall). What happens, I've found, is the main breather hose gets loose - what you and I would call tight isn't tight enough. You really have to crank down on the hose clamp to keep an air tight seal. This is probably causing your difficulty.
  • My 2007 Nissan Murano has 80,000 km. I am getting a low rumbling noise and minor vibration of relatively high frequency at 70 km/hr which feels like it is coming from the transmission. It only occurs when the gas peddle is depressed and the engine is required to do a bit of work. The first time to the dealership with the issue at 74,000 km, I was told it was "normal". I'm not convinced. Is this the start of something more major?

  • mikev4mikev4 Posts: 11
    edited January 2011
    We can complain as much as we can, but Nissan do not care. There is nothing that can make them act. They just will ignore it until it will go away.
  • my case is cracked and info on the reimbursement plan. This should be a recall but from what undrstand Nissan doesnt wasnt to fit the bill

  • I have an 03 Murano, been a pretty reliable car since I bought it back in 2006 from a Nissan dealer in South Florida. I have approximately 130,000 miles on it. Recently, I had the transmission service fluid change since it was due. Even though I didn't have it done at a dealership, it was serviced by a specialist who used the fluid required (watched to make certain). For a few days everything was running normal, then suddenly the engine (RPMs) revs up and it lunges forward.. but doesn't move forward--almost as if i had the brake on holding it back from moving. It would lose power, but not stall out. Even when I depressed all the way down on the accelerator only then would the car begin to move.. very, very slowly pick up speed maybe not going past 40-45 on a highway after 10-15 minutes of driving.

    I found out that if shut off the engine and restarted my car it would operate as if nothing happened. Problem is, it does it all over again, I noticed this especially when it's warmed up. I took the car to a mechanic close by (not the same one who changed by fluid) since he had a former Nissan mechanic familiar with Muranos. My car had sat in my garage for 3 days so it was cold and during a 15 minute drive to drop the car off I didn't experience the problem I had been having.

    After they checked it he came back with engine fault code # P1778, which he explained was "step motor circuit problem". He said best to take to a Nissan dealership (aka, "stealership") since it might require in-depth ($$$) transmission work which only the dealership could do.

    After reading through the forum I was surprised to see all the issues which sounded so similar to mine--all revolving around the CVT transmission for my year Murano. I'm now going to have to tow my Murano into a dealership to have them look into the problem. From many of the post I've read on CVT transmission, specific to the 03 Murano's, I'd like any advice on what I should suggest/explain to the dealership when I end up towing it in. Below is a list of things I am going to point out to them to keep them from (ripping) overcharging me, or not misdiagnosing the initial problem as an inflationary sales tactic.
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    1.check air intake piping has been performed (past recall) and the main breather hose is loose which might cause this problem.
    2. throttle position sensor problem (I believe this TPS is the sensor controlling the throttle body valve.) or maybe a TCM sensor issue. from what I've read the pressure sensor is located either on the CVT, or inside the CVT which is inexpensive itself, but expensive to replace since it means tearing apart the transmission.
    4. check out the transmission valve body that will goes bad after a while.
    5.crank sensor failure problem.
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    Could this also be related in some way to having the transmission fluid changed and a sensor inside (TPC) and became clogged?? If so, is there an inexpensive way to fix it?

    What I want to avoid is the service (salesman) adviser to recommend to replace the transmission seals thinking it might do the job, (for about $1500) if not they would look deeper for something else (to bill me for..$$$)

    Any other suggestions, or help especially to which Nissan dealership I should take my car to who is honest, reputable and has experience (a tough task, I'll settle for 2 out of three) with this type of problem who is located in South Florida would be greatly appreciated.

    Of course, I will update my problem (good, bad, etc) with details to help others ( of which there might be many) out there who might find themselves in this same predicament.

    Thanks in advance for advice/help on recent experiences similar to mine would be appreciated!

  • I've had a the same problem as described many times in this forum. After driving at freeway speeds for several hours and then slowing way down for traffic or when exiting the freeway the throttle becomes very unresponsive. It badly lags and then's extremely annoying when stuck in traffic on the freeway. Recycling the ignition (turning the car on and off once) immediately fixes the least for the short term. The problem may or may not occur again on the same drive.

    My 2004 Murano has 119,750 miles so I figured I'd better get it in to be looked at after reading this forum. I dropped it off at 2 PM yesterday and they called me late in the afternoon saying they had tried to replicate the problem, but were unable to do so and asked if they could keep the overnight which was not a problem for me. They called me back this morning saying they were once again unable to replicate the problem but since the technician was familiar with the problems with my exact symptoms and it's due to the pressure sensor in the transmission. He said they don't repair this...they just replace the transmission.

    I should be picking up my 2004 Murano with a brand new transmission tomorrow (seems rather fast), so I'm very pleased with the dealer. I'm not a "loyal customer" to this dealer and I purchased the car used and it came from another dealer so I'm very pleased with the result. I'm also pleasantly surprised they will be replacing the transmission only on my story...I wonder if there are some other codes that they can see.

    Just thought I'd share my story. Thanks to the posters in this forum so I was alerted that this IS a problem in the transmission.
  • Thanks for the note, sounds exactly what my car is doing now. Did they repair your transmission for free? I have passed that magical number of 120,000 miles--so it won't be covered. I asked Nissan about the code which came up (p1778) and he confirmed it's the step motor---which means they replace the entire transmission at the "tune" of $5300.

    I'm not sure what to do, especially if they fix it and one year later it happens again--post warranty. I am checking around to see if I can find a reputable mechanic (possibly an oxymoron) and buy a rebuilt transmission and have him install it.

    Thanks for sharing. Anyone else with a similar problem/situation I would appreciate how you handled it.


  • I got my car back today from the dealer and there was no charge. It only took them 2 days to do the job. I really don't notice any difference driving it, but I was stuck in traffic on the way home from work tonight and the problem never happened. I think I will take a look underneath just to make sure there are some new shiny parts. I forgot to ask what the warranty is on the new tranny since i now have over 119,800 miles and that magical 120K will be here by the weekend.
  • My 2003 Murano is currently sitting at Nissan with a bad transfer case. Can't decide what the real options are. What reimbursement plan are you talking about? I've heard of the 120k free Trans replacement. We have 120,850 miles and they insist it is just the transfer case. They want over 3k and we can't find anyone else to touch it. Never, ever again will I buy a Nissan product!!
  • According to my information, the transmissions aren't rebuildable like the ones with planetary gears, etc.
  • Your story is almost word for word what is going on with my 2004 Murano about 70k miles. On starting up first time for the day it will not accelerate higher than 20mph for several minutes, making a loud noise and having a slight grindy feel on the gas pedal. It will gradually go up to 40mph and then sticks again. Dealer could not replicate the problem, car stayed overnight for another attempt to replicate on a cold start- no luck. I even went on a ride along with the technician who showed their diagnostic instruments were not picking up any trouble and he revved the engine and gave no indication he felt any lag at all. It's a daily problem for me and I don't know what to do.
  • It's the transmission.

    Trust me.
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