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Buying a Used Murano



  • dkk4dkk4 Posts: 2
    Thank you! I appreciate the information. I think the 07 is out of my price range though. I was originally looking at Rav4, Santa Fe, and Highlanders, but drove a Murano and fell in love with how it felt. Back to reality now - again thanks for the help.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I do not recommend anyone buying a used 2003-2007 1st Gen Murano. That was the very first model Nissan put their new CVT into and there has been a lot of problems with the 1st Gen CVT in the Murano's with failing, etc and you don't want that headache!

    I would only at this point recommend a 2009-current Murano since that had the updated 2nd Gen CVT put into it, which supposedly has a lot of the kinks/problems the 1st Gen CVT had. I have the 2nd Gen CVT in my 2010 Maxima and thus far it has performed flawless.
  • whitestar16whitestar16 Posts: 53
    I hear what you are saying- but there is a drastic difference between a 2003 Murano and a 2007 - there was a very large number of technical service bulletins and recalls between 2003 and 2005--all of which went into changes in the 2007 model year.

    I am just noting this. In reality, unless someone knows a Murano's history, I wouldn't buy a used Murano for any reason - but thats just a personal opinion obviously not shared by most folks. Just my two cents.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I understand what your saying, I personally wouldn't buy a used Murano either, but I have read more than just a few 2007 CVT failures, etc on 2007s so it went well past 2005! I've reads dozens if not hundreds of people claiming CVT failures!

    Despite having the 10yr/120k mile warranty extension on the CVT by Nissan, some people, as pointed out on edmunds, are still having problems getting their money back for their CVT repairs if they happened before the warranty extension!
  • whitestar16whitestar16 Posts: 53
    Fair point you are making. There is an online site that is monitoring repair frequencies year by year with Muranos ( I am part of the data pool for the 2010 Muranos). You can see a big difference between the 2007 and the 2006. 2006 was a particularly bad year apparently. 2005 was actually better. 2003 was a real mess.

    Anyway, my sense is that the 2010s have the CVT perfected or close to it and now a redesign is needed to better match the actual combustion engine to the CVT and fix the transfer case design on the AWD models.

    I think if Nissan minimizes transfer case problems and redesigns the head gasket/ valve cover proclivities to failure, all of a sudden, this car becomes as reliable as anything out there, saving for the usual minor annoyances all cars tend to have now and again.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Well right now, my 2010 Maxima, the Murano's, Altima's, etc all have the updated 2nd Gen CVT in them which is so far having considerably less problems and kinks that the 1st Gen CVT did.

    If you think this CVT is refined and more efficient wait a few years when Nissan introduces the updated and even better 3rd Gen CVT; the 3rd Gen CVT will most likely get rid of the loud rev drones during acceleration that even our current ones have and be even more fuel efficient because Nissan will at that time be designing their engines around the CVT rather than putting a new transmission into already established Nissan engines!

    Problem is though, we have to wait and see with our 2nd Gen CVTs in the 09-10 models if they start going out at 60-90k miles or if Nissan finally got rid of that problem with this generation? will have to wait and see, but with Nissan extending the warranty to 10yrs/120k miles for the CVT and its component parts, you know that Nissan is not backing down from the CVT and this is the direction they are going with!
  • burger3burger3 Posts: 2
    almost bought a 04 murano. 68,000 miles, almost $16,000.00. thanks to every one on this post. passed on buying. to many trouble with ctv. looking at sanafe. thanks jack
  • burger3burger3 Posts: 2
    i would thing twice before buyinga murano. maintenance is way to high. look into a santa fe gsl. save some money .
  • Test Drove 07 Murano. First battery dead Second keyless entry dead. Finally got it started. The SUV felt like lead(dead weight). Gave it Gas and it was the heaviest Car to get started no pick up and go. When i lifted my foot off the gas it felt like i was applying the brakes ( I wasn't) It started to slow down as if i was braking. No The Emergency brake was off. I know better i looked. Check Engine lite was on too. Was told i have to get use to the car feel and the check engine was a matter of switch it off. Not buying that. Was it because the car is heavier? I have driven a hummer and it didn't have that drag. Was told the car was sitting in lot and the lights must been on. and that it needed to be worked in. It was 30,800 mi 1 owner and it looks good. Is it me? Any ideas Does it have something to do with fuel injection ?
  • hey

    there is a known issue than come up with a transmission valve in this car, both for model and year. it is somewhat rare but not unheard of by any means. it sounds like that problem exactly. its a warranty repair but i wouldn't buy a used one with that issue, when most used Muranos don't have this at all. My 2010 is a rocket ship.
  • DON'T DO IT. THE CVT SUCKS!!!! The extended warranty is proof of that alone. I bought a 2010 rogue and the CVT crapped out on me on my way home from vacation. We got stuck overnight. They're replacing it at 3000 miles...but this was with hassle. I'm worried about getting it back to be honest. It is not safe when your vehicle loses acceleration on a highway after slowing down to pay a toll or when you pull off the highway to fill up and try to get back onto the highway only to not have any power.
  • jeep53jeep53 Posts: 49
    My lease will be up in a few months on my 2008 Nissan Sentra. It's actually been a very good car. But I miss driving an SUV. I had Jeeps for about 10 years but got tired of how rough they drove and the problems they had. I'm now interested in buying an SUV that drives like a car. The reviews I've read on the Murano have been pretty good. Of course, there's pros and cons about every car out there. I'm looking for a midsize, comfortable and nice riding SUV. I'm thinking about a loaded 2007 as opposed to a 2009 or '10, which would cost much more. Any input anyone has would be very much appreciated. Thanks!!
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