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Nissan Murano CVT Transmission



  • 17inches17inches Posts: 5
    edited July 2013
    I had a creaking noise coming from the front on my 04 @65K miles. It turned out to be a simple lubrication issue between the axles and the transmission. It was a Us$150 service at the dealer. It probably would have been less at an independent mechanic, but whenever I suspect a transmission problem I take it to the dealer to avoid expiration of the extended 10 yr / 100K warranty.
  • sasadsasad Posts: 2
    i replaced my cvt tranny in 2003 murano awd car shifts in to all gears and works fine except it leaks from bellhousing was told to replace input shaft seal and o ring seal which i did and have the same problem it only leaks when its running anyone have any ideas
  • sasadsasad Posts: 2
    is there a particular measurement for where the input shaft seal sits on the shaft is it butted all the way to rear or is it flush any specifications
  • miggiemiggie Posts: 1
    the problems with the cvt transmissions were solved with the 2010 model year I had a 2009 murano sl and Nissan was aware of the problem and they extended the factory warranty to 125000 miles but I never had any problems with mine, I now own a 2011 sl I drive the hell out of it and runs great feels more like sports car than an suv. I have owned Nissan's since they were Datsun. so I am a real Nissan fan and if my murano had any issues I would be the first one on here telling you about it.
  • I have a 2006 Murano and am having trouble with the transmission as well. Just discovered Nissan extended the drivetrain warranty on 2002 - 2009 Muranos to 120K miles or 10 years, whichever comes first. This is due to all the complaints from Nissan owners. Check out

    You don't have to be the original owner to take advantage of this! I would hope this covers all expenses due to transmission failure. Good luck!
  • My advice if you have access, is to try ebay I have seen several with different amounts of milage on them. Good luck
  • I was recently having problems with the CVT transmission in my 2006 Nissan Murano. While in heavy traffic it started to feel like I had my foot on the brake and on the gas at the same time. I brought it to the dealer and they told me the transmission needed to be replaced. The dealer informed me the transmission was covered under the extended warranty, 120k or 10 years. The dealer gave me a rental car free of charge while my car was in the dealership. 5 days later the transmission was replaced free of charge. My Murano had 74,000 miles and had the transmission fluid changed once at 30,000 miles.
  • Must have a reputable dealer... Not like mine in St Charles Il They tried to deny even knowing about a problem and threatened me no good service if not really under warranty. Nice... Glad you got it fixed hopefully they did not ruin other parts while doing the replacement .... Just say'in
  • Were there any resolutions with this?
    I have the same problem (I think) with my 2004 Murano...
  • I know so many Murano owners had issues with their CVT. It is unfortunate in many respects. But, I had an 07 Murano SL with 71,000 miles on it. I just traded it in for a new Murano. I never had any CVT issues in with 07 Murano. In fact, the only issues outside of wear and tear I had was a cylinder misfire. Some may say I am part of a lucky few. I realize that many claim CVT issues between 60,000 and 90,000 miles.

    I loved my 07 Murano. I like the new one even better. I wish you all the best. :)
  • dunshdunsh Posts: 1

    I have a 2009 Murano and was going to change the tranny fluid. In all the messages no one mentions a filter. Is there one? thanx

  • rowltydrowltyd Posts: 3
    My son has a 2005 Nissan Murano SL. First, about a month ago, we had to replace a knock-out sensor. Then, 2 days ago, the battery. Then yesterday, the thing started making a noise. Today, it wouldn't go into reverse, wouldn't even rev up when the gas pedal was engaged. It would still go into drive and park, just not reverse. We let it sit for about an hour, and it went into reverse with no problem, and he pulled away. He called me 10 minutes later to tell me it wouldn't move now, while in Drive. He pulled it to the side of the road, and his dad towed him home. His car, of course, has 138,000 miles on it, so Nissan is not going to do anything, I'm sure. I've never owned a Nissan (this is the 1st), and no vehicle I've ever owned has ever had this much major trouble, with this little of miles on it. This will be my first and last Nissan purchase. If there's a class action suit regarding the safety and reliability of the transmission in these things, I want in.
  • dushashdushash Posts: 16
    After researching Nissan Murano CVT topic heavily (and not only in English net) - I came to a only true conclusion of why older models CVT had problems. Overheating! Nothing else. I mean yes, it's still preferable to change CVT fluid more often than it says in manual, but problem #1 is HEAT. In older models CVT was overheating if owner did a lot of stop and go traffic (or towing, winter or mud off-road slippage with wheels, often hard accelerations etc). There are some elements in CVT that when overheated will expand and start destroying grooves causing metal wear and tear and general degradation of CVT. To prevent this in older models for some market - additional CVT fluid radiator was implemented (behind the front left fog light). On North American market this was not done and this is the main reason we see lots of previous generation Muranos that have CVT issues. In new 3rd generation (and even presumably starting from 2010) cooling of CVT fluid was changed and rerouted via main radiator with improved diameter hoses and in addition CVT got new software and now it has a temperature sensitive algorithm that will prevent overheating by going into default mode (during emergency overheating situations). Still for those who tows - I would highly recommend doing additional CVT radiator for extra cooling.

    P.S. Another issue with Nissan CVT (and other manufacturers too) is that Nissan is not releasing parts for CVT repair for aftermarket, trying to hold monopoly for CVT repair at dealers. That results in increased prices for any CVT repair. Having to pay $5K for CVT job is ridiculous, especially when usual AT (Automatic Transmission) repair is around $1.5K (because they have parts in aftermarket). If Nissan will release CVT parts to aftermarket finally - that would make a CVT problems a non-issue - as many of us would gladly just repair CVT for $1,5K down the road after 100,000K miles if need be. Instead, what we see now is that many potential customers are avoiding CVT cars just because of that issue - they are scared that at some point they will have to go and pay large sum to a dealer and there will be no alternative for that. This has to be changed Nissan. Hope you are reading.
  • thecardoc3thecardoc3 Posts: 5,094
    edited July 2015
    Parts are readily available to aftermarket shops to rebuild these CVT's. The problem is finding a shop that has put themselves through the learning curve to deal with these.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    What's the deal with that anyway? Isn't one of the selling points of a CVT is that is has fewer moving parts and thus should be more reliable. It's not like they haven't been around (in cars) since the late 90s.
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