Nissan Refuses to Recall Murano Transmission Despite Major CVT Problems

Find out what problems may be before it is too late!
Find out what problems may be before it is too late!

Toyota is Not the Only One!

I began researching my next car before making any firm decision. Subaru's are great, but I was liking the Nissan Murano. So I started to reseach on the web at the usual car sites, Vehix, Kelly Blue Book, Edmunds for consumer blogs and forums. I started to find a common, disturbing thread between all Murano consumers. These were people who loved Nissan and the Murano from 2003-2009. The common thread that has caused me not to buy the Murano is the universal serious problem with the CVT transmission and Transfer Plate which costs $4-6000 to replace when it cracks or fails, which usually occurs between 65,000 or miles. Nissan claims it is the consumer's fault because the tranny is not replaced with new fluid (cost $600) every 30,000 miles, yet, as owners state, the manual makes no mention of this at all. Worse, Nissan knew of the defect and as you will read, having the tranny go out in traffic can be very dangerous and there is absolutely no warning from sensors etc. The symptoms may lead one to think it is a fuel injection issue or brake. Murano's have been complained about to the NTSB, and nothing happens, just like with Toyota and their accelerator issue.  If you own a Murano made between 2003-8, respond to this post and let others know of your problems.

Anyone that has a Transmission failure due to faulty design and pressure sensor please post your complaint to this website: This is the national highway transportation safety administration and deals with these kinds of safety issues and manufacturers that do not want to acknowledge defects in their products. Please fill out the complaint form, the more of us that do will make a bigger difference in the response.

 "My car (Nissan Murano) 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!"

"A significant number of CVT and Front Transfer Case (cracks/fractures) issues from late models all the way up to my 2009. 
"Nissan's 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"

"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."

"Don't be fooled! Nissan is experiencing numerous problems with their CVT's but refuses to officially recall thevery 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"

"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 also have a 2004 Nissan Murano that I purchased December 2008......low mileage approx. 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.....absolutlely ridiculous!!!!!!! "

"My Transfer Case components fractured at 72k mi. Nissan, w/ no investigation, concluded it was my fault for not changing the oil. I disagreed & complained to Nissan Consumer Affairs: 1) My '05-Manual does NOT even require oil change under Schedules 1&2 - confirmed by Kings Nissan. 2) A Naquin Tech mentioned running AWD on dry pavement is another potential cause. 3) A loose wire caused the SES & AWD light to stay-ON & vehicle would not run more than 20mph at 70k mi. (felt like trans/powertrain restricted)."

"It happened to me again a couple of weeks ago on my drive home at night. So scary! I was turning in an intersection and my car wouldn't react to my gas pedal. It hesitated, then lurched before finally catching up to speed. It's a miracle that I didn't get in an accident."

"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."

"Wow, can't believe how many Murano owners have the same problem. Wish I would have known this before buying mine 11 months ago. Mine just went yesterday, 5 months after the power train warranty ran out. I contacted Nissan and they said 'too bad, so sad" and they won't do a darn thing about it. My cost will be $3700 for 112,000 km's. I'm royally ticked off at Nissan for the fact this is happening to a lot of Murano owners and they should do a recall and cover this for all owners."

"My 2003 Murano transmission was replaced in Sept of '06. I was driving home from a vacation in Maine and the problem occurred in stop and go traffic on the Mass Turnpike. Thankfully was able to get car, cat and two kayaks off the turnpike before being hit. Car towed 12 miles to closest Nissan dealer. Had to rent car to drive back to Ohio. My car was there from Sept 4 through Oct 1. Had to have friend fly back to pick up car and drive back to Cincinnati."

"What’s even more disturbing is the service bulletin Nissan issued below (NTB04129). It appears to be a design defect in the transfer case of the older models and the company resolved this issue beginning with the 2005 models. Below it states the parts that need to be replaced and once replaced the transfer case (AWD) is now upgraded and will operate like a 2005 model. Why is Nissan waiting until the transfer cases fail before they correct this flaw in the older models? In addition, they are putting the cost of this defect on the consumer stating it may have happen when using the all wheel drive on dry pavement.  I encourage you to voice this transfer case concern to the vice president of Nissan as I did via email. Unfortunately they did not help me but if enough people with the same problem let it be heard, Nissan just might change the warranty extension and reimburse for previous transfer case repairs." 

"The common theme I hear in many posts is you report the smell from the leak and they tell you nothing is wrong and the damage continues to the parts that are leaking. We are on our second dealer and 4 visit to repair this problem. Makes you wish you would have dumped the vehicle a long time ago. Love the Murano but will never buy another one because the dealers seem unable to identify and repair the them when needed. "

"Our 04 Murano's CVT failed last week at 30K. Pedal to the metal and it would barely move, then suddenly took off. The dealer is replacing it under warranty but it seems to me that an automatic transmission should last longer than 3 years/30K miles."

"I just bought a used Murano last week and I think I have the same problem. I press the gas pedal and the car doesn't move until the RPM is over 1000 and then it just kinda surges forward a bit. I didn't notice it during the test drive and it just showed up after being stuck in traffic in LA for about 2 hrs. I'm a little disappointed, a little mad, a little confused, and everything else! "

"I have had my 2004 Murano in the shop multiple times since I bought it 1-1/2 years ago (including a month long visit for a transmission rebuild, so they said). I bought it used with 8k miles on it, what a great deal I thought I got. The car randomly becomes unresponsive at acceleration, but it coasts, bringing me into intersections and highways. I've had it in several times, but they just cant duplicate the problem."

" I finally traded my Murano. I sued Nissan for breach of warantee. My Murano was in the shop 24 times in the 1-1/2 year period I had it and the transmission was replaced 3 times. Dealerships dont want the Muranos at all. They are worth nothing for trade, I took a $4000 hit on mine. Nissan settled out of court for $6500 so that helped. But I suggest doing something if you have constant problems. I am so happy to be rid of the night mare."

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Bradley Mansfield 6 years ago

I have a 2003 Muruno - so far two manifolds - both cracked in half, both 30 days out of warranty. My biggest concern is the transfer case. I heard a light pitch whirl, I knew it wasn't gas related, but drive train related. On the way up the hill I lost speed, heard my engine rev and a clunk. I stopped immediately. The diagnosis is the transfer case. The noise never got loader than a whisper. I feel fortunate that I was going up the mountain instead of down. The cost to replace the part is 50% of the value. What a rock and a hard spot. I have 155m miles, and love the car until the last 60 days. I decided to fix the transfer case, with the hope and prayer that this will last this time.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Well, I was going to buy a 2005-06, with 60K on them. But, after reading soooo many CVT issues for the car, I decided to stick with subaru outback. The murano is a car you love or hate depending on when the problems arise!

Jim Bauer 6 years ago

All companies need to be held to high standards, especially car companies. We entrust our very lives to these companies. When things go wrong they all have to step to the plate and make things right. If they do not, we should rightly and readily vote with our wallets. It's the only way to truly get OUR message across.

Shaun 6 years ago

According to the Nissan

First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first.

This extension is effective immediately and requires no action on your part. The remainder of your powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and your basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. All other warranty terms, limitations and conditions otherwise apply. This extended transmission warranty is also fully transferable to future owners of your vehicle.

Second, Nissan will reimburse customers who have previously paid to repair or replace their CVT, if the repairs would have been covered within the new extended warranty period. Even if you no longer own your Nissan we will reimburse you for past CVT repairs that would have been covered under this extension of the warranty.

Further, in the unlikely event that your vehicle's transmission should need repair beyond the extended warranty period we are working to decrease the cost of repair and have already reduced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of a replacement CVT. In addition, we continuously strive to enhance our products, and have made ongoing improvements to our CVTs over the years.

Nissan is taking these actions to demonstrate our confidence in the CVT technology and to show our commitment to stand behind our products.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

About time, but I think for many out there, it is too late. Kinda like the toyota mess. It is damage control.

marcia mcleod 6 years ago

I have an 03 Morano with same problem with The transmisson I have spent at Petro motors Hattiesburg arounf 2,000 to have it fixed and it is still not fixed I will not buy another nissan because of this and I have been a customer for 30 years. I am through Don't know what to do with car fix or get another!!

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Subaru outbacks are good, had three of them.

Elizabeth 6 years ago

I just took my 2004 Nissan Murano in for the 90k mile service today and to check out the kick back I've been getting when accelerating to get on the highway. The woman behind me said "oh that's what happened to mine when the transmission was about to blow". Dealer says to me, "well lucky for you, they've extended the warranty to 120k for the transmission". So, I breathe a sigh of relief and leave, thinking that at least if it's the transmission it's covered! Unfortunately, I called to check in a little before 5 and was told that it's a broken transfer case, which is not under warranty, and will cost me at least $3,000 (and several days) to repair. I've been reading all the posts on the internet and I'm disgusted that this isn't some fluke issue, that transfer cases have been a big problem for early murano owners and Nissan knows its a problem. I'm so disappointed, as I have loved this car, but have a feeling it will be my last Nissan...not even sure if I'm going to fix it or just move on.

Tony 6 years ago

2006 Murano AWD - 99,500 - " The Leakssan" Just rolling easy aroung a turn and the transfer case let loose...I'm getting quote from $2500-4000 for this one. Just put $1500 into tires and a right front wheel bearing and thought I was good to go for another 50K at least.

Good runner and fun for 100K but this crap is getting ridiculous. Other leaks include blown power steering high pressure hose, valve cover gasket, blown rt front CV boots, oil pan gasket, and my favorite one.. the battery and to quote the dealership.. "It's not leaking its sweating".. Sad to think they can't just retool the transfer cases a bit and fix this Major issue. But then what would they do with all the defective ones on the shelf?

Brooksy 6 years ago

My 2004 Murano transfer case just went out 2 days ago and im trying to gather information on what to do. The dealer tells me that its not covered under the newly issued warranty that covers the transmission for 10yrs/120k miles. Same story as that ive been reading from most bloggers about their Murano. As with most i was loving the heck out the vehicle, until this issue came up. Im at about 73k miles and was looking forward to having it for years to come. Now, after reading and seeing first hand Nissans' position and poor respnse to such a widespread issue, i plan to never ever buy another Nissan. Nor will i recommend any of their products to anyone i come in contact with. We, as the consumer are what keeps companies like this in business and should demand better treatment. This is a faulty product and it is no fault of our own, yet we are basically being told to go screw ourselves unless we are interested in making another bad investment with a terrible company.

Amy 6 years ago

My husband and I had a 2004 Nissan Murano loved it and I miss it. We got rid of it after we fixed the transfer case $4,000, because we figured the transmission would be next. So we got rid of it then they extended the warranty on the transmission. Even though they did not cover the transfer case, I still filled out the paperwork and sent it in for reimbursement. My husband received a call stating they were not covering the transfer case, but he said they did admit it is a problem and if they decide to correct our claim is on file and we would be reimbursed. Therefore, my recommendation send in your paperwork as if requesting reimbursement for CVT and at least you have filed a protective claim if they decide to reimburse. I'm still sick about this. You work hard and save money and it makes you sick to spend it on something like this that is a known problem corrected in the 2005 models.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

It is funny how Toyota, Nissan seem to have issues with their cars, yet owners of Subaru's seem to have none of this.

Elizabeth 6 years ago

I researched for a good small used SUV and found that the Nissan Murano's got 4.5 stars out of 5. I found a 2003 that I really liked and bought it 2 weeks ago. Needless to say it ran for 4 days until I had the gas pedal issue when pulling out in traffic with my 3 kids with me. I pushed on the gas and it wouldn't do anything except roll! We almost got hit by the oncoming traffic. It continues all the way home at every light, it would just roll then take off! If I hadn't been 2 miles away from home I would have had it towed. I took into the dealer I bought it from and their mechanic said he can't find anything wrong with it and it runs great, doesn't miss a beat! It is still at the shop because I refuse to pick it up after reading all this! I told him to let me know when he actually fixes the problem because it is very dangerous and I cannot be driving my family in a car like that. This is rediculous, I did my research on reviews and all...ugh!

norman barnes 6 years ago

my dauther own a 2004 murano with 71000 miles also transfer case problems dealer told her she locked it in al wheel drive on dry pavement cost 5500 to fix i am removing transfer case to have it rebuilt nissan cust serv sucks

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perrya 6 years ago Author

I guess everyone thinking of murano's to buy (as I did) should reconsider. At minimum, do NOT buy any Murano that is a pre-2007 model.

Vaud Overstreet 6 years ago

We own a 2004 Nissan Murano. The car has 78K miles and it is in the shop now getting it's fourth (4th!!!) transmission. The dealer tried to get me to pay for a diagnosis telling me it could be something other than the transmission...same symptoms everyone else has, jerking, feeling like it is in a low gear when it shouldn't be...all bad...I am going to sell it and get something else. I think it will go out of warranty and I'll be screwed. No more Nissans...too bad it was otherwise a great little SUV.

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Autoaficianado 6 years ago from California

If you're dissatisfied with the Murano, as I was when I went car shopping, then check out the FX35. The interior is superb! On the flip side, the front nose is a bit long so it may take some time to get used to the driving feel. Also, keep in mind that the Murano is front-wheel drive while the FX35 is rear wheel drive. Decisions, decisions!

JC 6 years ago

Got my 2005 murano with 25000 miles, 2 years later around 55,000 the transfer case cracked (complained of loud rattling, sounded like my car was going to fall apart everytime I hit a bump). Then 4 months later at 57000 the transmission goes out. It's under warranty but still a pain in the but! I was driving on the highway when it happened! Not safe! I will be getting rid of this car.

Steph 6 years ago

Thanks everyone for your comments...was going to buy one of these today but now I won' I know why the seller is selling it so cheap!!! :(

Joe 6 years ago

NOt getting one after reading these comments.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

I was going to buy one, decided on a subaru outback.

viryabo 6 years ago

I have been dreaming of purchasing a nissan SUV for a year now. As im moving closer to getting it, i stumble across your article. I'm glad i did.

Thanks for sharing this perry. No more murano for me.

Shame though. Such a lovely looking car.


JoJo Saipan 6 years ago

Bought a 2007 Murano. SES Light went on at about 33,xxx miles. Took it to the dealer. 3 weeks later, was diagnosed as a transmission problem. Tranny will be replaced, and GUARANTEED for the life of the vehicle. I am seriously considering a trade in...

kvcarter 6 years ago

I have a 2004 Murano and have had the same problems everyone else has experienced, CVT and transfer case issues. Nissan's extended CVT warranty isn't worth a damn unless your transmission fails completely...on my car an internal component (valve body) needed to be replaced and I was told by two dealers and Nissan Consumer Affairs the warranty would not cover it even though the warranty as described on their website is "for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing" I sit $6k later with my fingers crossed hoping this piece of crap will last 2 more years.

Rob K 6 years ago

Our 2008 Nissan Sentra transmission went out on us while we were driving to nevada. Have been dealing with Nissan & while they paid to replace the transmission they refuse to pay for any other expenses (including the towing to the dealership that they said they would). We were without our vehicle for 3 weeks but Nissan doesn't care. Avoid any Nissan with CVT like the plague. Feel free to join my facebook page "dont buy nissan" and share your story.

John in San Diego 6 years ago

My wife and I have collectively owned five Nissans over the years. All have performed well up until now. My wife's 2004 Murano is experiencing all the same issues the other contributors have described, especially the delayed acceleration problem. My mechanic told me the tranny is shot, that it's a problem specific to Nissan's CVT, and that Nissan wasn't doing anything to correct the problem, even though Nissan is well aware of the issue. He predicted the dealer will offer to replace a routine part identified in a service bulletin then tell us that we need a new $5,000 transmission. The fact that dealers are blaming owners for the problem is beyond insulting. The guys at the transmission shop next door to my mechanic's shop said they wouldn't touch it and that we were lucky to get 100K miles out of it. In addition to the transmission problem, my mechanic noticed a couple of normal wear and tear issues but he didn't recommend doing any repairs because he suggested we don't spend another dollar on the car. Talk about DOA (not to mention negative equity)! You know you're in trouble when two auto shops won't do any work on your car, especially in this economy. So much for brand loyalty. Obviously, I can't recommend the Murano or any Nissan product if they are unwilling to stand behind their product.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

All I can say, I am glad I checked into this before buying one. Once I heard the horror stories, there was no way!

Cole1974 6 years ago

HA! After buying my first house, losing my job not even a month later, my 2004 Nissan Murano stops going forward!!!! not even @ 75k yet and a problem of this magnitude!!!!! I'm ticked and Nissan corporate will receive a rainstorm of letters and emails until this squeeky wheel gets some grease!!!

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Goof luck!

James  6 years ago

well, I bought my 2003 murano two years ago with 126,000km now I put 40K km on it with no issues or what so ever, I do oil changes my self and I just replaced the spark plugs a week ago,,, it runs smoother. Now I'm planning to change the CVT oil next month. I guest I got the good one, you guys got the LEMON......

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perrya 6 years ago Author

You are one of the lucky ones.

Jose  6 years ago

Well after hearing all of this I really want to get rid if my 2004 murano

I'm starting to hear a whirling sound under ther car and the dealer told mee it's just the tires

But I bet it has to do with the transfer case. I'm really thinking it's about time everybody go to the media and stand up, atleast Honda and Toyota are admitting their fault

They can't get away with this crap anymore if I get told I gotta pay for that transfer case I'm going straight to local news and other papers!!!

Dimples43 6 years ago


I bought my 2004 Murano used and I was so happy. I loved...loved...loved the Murano. It silver with black and chrome rims so it stands out with a lot of compliments.....until today September 28, 2010. Driving home from work in rush hour traffic I lost power....OMG....scary! I don't want this vehicle any more! I've called around and was told its my differential and that they worked on several Muranos in the past 2 yrs with the SAME ISSUE. I have so much negative equity in this vehicle it hurts. As the saying goes, "a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do"! Even though I still have love for the Murano I will NEVER buy another one. I really like the Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 so I think I will investigate them before I make another purchase.

Good luck all!

grundog 6 years ago

This is a badly written article, and sad to see people are falling for it. The introduction gives away the misinformation when perrya writes "the universal serious problem" and "usually occurs ...". It is not universal, it happens to a very small number of Murano owners.

As shown above, Nissan now offers an extended 10 year warranty on the transmission, which is almost unheard of with any car company.

I had a Toyota Rav4 prior to my Murano and the transmission went at 50,000 miles. It cost me $7000 to fix, and was not covered by warranty. It is unfortunate and extremely upsetting when it happens to you, but I know it only happens to a small percentage of owners to so do not pay out the RAV4.

Enough of the sensationalism.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Too many owners of Murano tell horror stories, so there is something to it.

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POWERS1205 6 years ago

That is good to know. We service a lot of Muranos at our location. I've always thought of them as very good vehicles and we still recommend service at 30,000 miles. I have a lot of customers state that they don't need to service because the book doesn't say so. This is valuable information. Thanks!

2011 nissan NJ 6 years ago

Why Nissan didn't take proper step towards avoiding such problems, I couldn't understand. But as I hope this mayn't a major problem as Nissan didn't recall its Murano model.

Well done..

RJB 6 years ago

Just heard that my buddies 05 Murano trans and transfer case went. My wife has an 06 which of course is the family car. I'll be calling Nissan on Monday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Taking precautionary measures...

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Not a good thing!

DMallory 6 years ago

Ditto on all the issues above for our '03 Murano. Our transmission had issues almost immediately after purchasing it brand new but no one, Nissan or other service shops could tell us what was causing the problem. Replaced the transmission in the spring this year and it was covered under the "new CYA" warranty, however, now our transfer case is gone and of course that's not covered even though clearly, it was a design failure in the '03 Murano that Nissan is trying to sweep under the carpet. Like most people out here, I will never purchase another Nissan.

Tina Jureidini 6 years ago

I have the SAME problem with my Nissan Mirano and its in the shop now and they are TRYING to charge me the 6000 repair costs.! i have a 2004 Nissan Mirano!

is there anything i can do to get this costs paid for?

harmony1078 6 years ago

I bought a 2004 Nissan Murano in 2009.I really loved the color.Silver ,tinted windows, rims,the whole 9.But of course everything that looks good isn't good. I have had to replace the transmissmion twice since i had it. Now I have a broken transfer case and nissan says they can do nothing about it. Although I complained several times,its no use.Whatever you do, PLEASE DONT BUY A NISSAN MURANO!!!

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Oh, harmony! sorry to hear that. I am glad I did not buy one, bought a subaru outback instead.

John 6 years ago

I have the SAME problem with my Nissan Murano 04.It is in the show with broken transfer case.

I will never buy Nissan again

Kelli 6 years ago

gee the man with all the subaru lay off already what do work for them trying to sell cars are ya? For all those people thanks for all the comments I was thinking of getting a Murano but I don't think so anymore and the man with the Subaru don't tell me to get one

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perrya 6 years ago Author

ok, I guess........

Guy Incognitto 6 years ago

To the response by Grundog simply you are wrong. Poorly written or not the transfer case going on the Nissan Murano is wide spread, do a google search and you will find a leaked memo from Nissan to its service people. I do assume you have already read the leaked info, since I suspect you work for or on behalf of Nissan. The transmissions extended warranty does not cover the transfer case read the horror stories posted in this forum alone.

I have a 2004 Murano, the transfer case blew up at 51,000 and just 2 months after the factory warranty expired. The service department manager told me that is tough S***T and not their F***ing problem (exact words). Told me it would be about 9,000$ to fix since he was pretty sure he would be replacing the rear end as well. Sounds like a rare event when they actually can state the follow on damage. I had it towed out of the dealership within the hour, local transmission shop fixed it for 4,500 and it will be traded in today. Lesson learned I will never as much as step foot in a Nissan dealership again, 35,000$ vehicle needing major repairs at 50,000 miles is just shameful.

I would suggest that the others that have had this happen to them send a letter off to their state's attorney general office, local news station and even the US attorney generals office. Since Nissan feels no obligation to fix a obviously flawed product maybe if enough of us report them we can at least save others from going through this and maybe even have them held accountable for their product.

Tom K 6 years ago

Grundog is a dirty trickster, alright. Have been complaining to Nissan for years. Will see about a class action lawsuit and let you all know. In the meantime, I'm with the guy who will never buy another Nissan. I tell everyone what a piece of Shinola it is.

Adebisi 6 years ago

Sad enough I am a victim of transfer case problem currently as im typing, I dont know where or how to raise $2000 to replace the transfer case not to talk about the inconviniency I am going through.I hope Nissan will feel and react to our pain. I hope someone could help me out for im stranded!!!!5027162686

PHW 6 years ago

I have an 03 SE. Tranfer case went out around 115, 000 miles last July. I saved a few hundred by getting the part from a salvage yard. When it was replaced they checked the cvt and said it was fine, just needed a little fluid. Shortly after my Murano started to vibrate after start up like it was misfiring. Got a tune up which seem to work but it started back up. to A few cold mornings it started vibrating, SES light started blinking and didn't want to accelerate. Sounds like the typical CVT complaint but its at start up and not even moving. I've taken it in and they say it drives perfectly and no code saved about the SES. Now I have 122,000 miles which is much better than the average here.

crystal 6 years ago

wow i cant believe all the comments on here!!! i have a 04 murano that i just payed to get a used tansmission $325,000!! i thought it was something we did,,glad to know we're not the only ones! i really love my car i hope we dont run into the same problems down the road! my car will be payed off next week!! the used tans. that was put in has 40k miles!! im really hoping nothing eles goes wrong! we have had it now for two years and that has been the only prob. i also have a great mechanic that knows what he is doing and didn't charge us too too much like some of the people on here! i wish you all luck!!..

DavidLivingston 6 years ago

This is very interesting.

Manny 6 years ago

I purchased an 09 Muarno in 08 which now has 78K. I first reported a loud popping noise at initial take off to Nissan around 45K. I took several trips to the dealer but, was unable to get them to hear the noise after several test drives. Its getting worse so, I decided to google the problem. After reading this post, I am taking the vehicle back tomorrow. I have the extended 100K warrenty so, I hope they don't play me stupid again. In the past, I have been a strong Nissan advocat but, I am second guessing that now. ???

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Well, this issue is much less bad in 08+ models.

RR 6 years ago

I have a 2004 Nissan Murano. Transfer Case failed after 61000 miles (4 years 11 months). Fought with Nissan. They paid half the cost..

wearescrewedwithourmurano03  6 years ago

OMG! OMG! After our 2003 Murano started acting up we decided to research and we came up with thousands of complaints of the same kind. Now we know we are totally screwed. We owe bout 50% of the vehicle and it seems that too fix it will cost the same or more. Our stories are the same as many. We are driving down the high way and the car decelerates and then picks up in gear. Very dangerous indeed!! Going from 55 mile per hour to not having any power at all. On these cases I have had to pull over turn off the car and back on. This seems to help for a couple of miles. To furthermore our problem we are starting to hear the swirling sound in the front of the car. After reading the comments above, we know what king of BS we will hear at the dealer. We fear the worst. Drive train or a combination of CVT . We encourage people to post there concerns in websites like this one. Nissan has sold us a product that is more of a danger to you and your love ones. We will NEVER purchase another Nissan after going through this. From a company that is not standing behind their product.They should have recalled this car if this is a known issue a long time ago.We will take out car in tomorrow and we know what's coming.

wearescrewedwithourmurano03  6 years ago

OMG! OMG! After our 2003 Murano started acting up we decided to research and we came up with thousands of complaints of the same kind. Now we know we are totally screwed. We owe bout 50% of the vehicle and it seems that too fix it will cost the same or more. Our stories are the same as many. We are driving down the high way and the car decelerates and then picks up in gear. Very dangerous indeed!! Going from 55 mile per hour to not having any power at all. On these cases I have had to pull over turn off the car and back on. This seems to help for a couple of miles. To furthermore our problem we are starting to hear the swirling sound in the front of the car. After reading the comments above, we know what king of BS we will hear at the dealer. We fear the worst. Drive train or a combination of CVT . We encourage people to post there concerns in websites like this one. Nissan has sold us a product that is more of a danger to you and your love ones. We will NEVER purchase another Nissan after going through this. From a company that is not standing behind their product.They should have recalled this car if this is a known issue a long time ago.We will take out car in tomorrow and we know what's coming.

Anthony 6 years ago

have a Murano 2005, dunno what is wrong with it but all i know when i move about 300miles, the gear box heats up and the engine stalls, dunno what to do, can anyone advice?

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Could be the CVT issue. let them check it.

crystal 6 years ago

wow i cant believe all the comments on here!!! i have a 04 murano that i just payed to get a used tansmission $3,250!! i thought it was something we did,,glad to know we're not the only ones! i really love my car i hope we dont run into the same problems down the road! my car will be payed off next week!! the used tans. that was put in has 40k miles!! im really hoping nothing else goes wrong! we have had it now for two years and that has been the only prob. i also have a great mechanic that knows what he is doing and didn't charge us too too much like some of the people on here! i wish you all luck!!..^^SORRY IN MY LAST COMMENT THERE WAS A FEW THINGS WRONG^^..but so far so good..nothing has happened now that we fix the car,,its now been about 4mon. but ill try and keep you all posted in the future..LETS HOPE NOTHING HAPPENS AGAIN LIKE THIS!! THANKS FOR READING!

Susan  6 years ago

Wow! I thought that I was to blame for using the AWD lock button. Now I see that my $4195 repair bill to replace the transfer case, control button and other stuff was not actually my fault but a problem with the design. I have also noticed recently that my car loses power sometimes. I have noticed it when I am trying to get through an intersection and suddenly there is no power to get me through it quickly. Luckily there was no traffic coming right at me or else I would have been hit. The dealership (Nissan) told me it was my fault for using the AWD lock on dry pavement, however, it has been really snowy and slippery lately. They quoted me 4200 plus taxes to fix and they would not cover it under any warranty. They also said that since my vehicle is second hand and I am the second owner, I cannot be covered for the extended warranty on the Transmission. Is this correct? They said the warranty had to be transferred within 30 days of the change in ownership. I am starting to get really scared that my beloved Murano is going to be causing me a whole heap of headaches. I love this vehicle. However, I cannot afford to keep paying repair bills of $2000 for my drivers seat that came loose from the flooring as well the suspension and now the $4000 transfer case issue!!!! Who can I contact to complain about this?

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perrya 6 years ago Author

Nobody, they only pay attention to new owners under warranty.

bow409 6 years ago

just bought a 2010 sl 2wd wish me luck

Bungalo 6 years ago

Was looking to buy a fully tricked out 03 SE with only 75000 miles. after reading this article there is no way i'm buying this car. The dealership wants $2700 for a warranty on top of sticker price.I've only heard great things about Nissan until now, and I've previously had 2 pathfinders, both were great. Any bad word on Xterra's? I'm thinking about one of those.

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perrya 6 years ago Author

No, just the early Muranos had the most problems as stated but problems still persist.

Heather 6 years ago

Have an 04 Murano that I purchased brand new. Last week at 85000 miles, transmission went out. Was covered under the extended warranty that Nissan just released. When I brought my vehicle last month because it was stalling in traffic, the service person told me that I didn't change my oil often enough, that the oil was very low and that I possibly ruined my engine. Didn't have an oil leak and I change my oil every 3000-3500 miles. Needless to say, the transmission gave out less than a month later. I now have a grinding sound while turning. I'm assuming it has something to do with the CV joints. Could this be due to changing out the transmission? I would also like to formally complain, which agency/company should I send a letter?

Ima Moon Hopper 5 years ago

just had all new gaskets(transfer case) and seals (axels) installed in my '03 Murano SE AWD two weeks ago. Two days ago my "service engine soon" light came on. Mechanic scanned for codes and now I'm being told the codes are telling us it's CVT related. With only 98,500 miles, I'm shocked to be having these kinds of problems. All my GM vehicles went at least 200,000 before needing major work.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

And still the US DOT refuses to demand Nissan recall them!

Thomas Sabo 5 years ago

I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time work.

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mightydiesel 5 years ago

I lost all power to my 07 Murano today while pulling into a highway.... very scary almost got rearended. Below is a complaint I filed with the nhtsa.

I felt a vibration coming from my 2007 Nissan Murano and I took it to the dealer and they said they didn't feel it. Took it back a second time and they said that they had overserviced the cvt(transmission) at a prior service interval. They said they reset the fluid level. Took the car and it still vibrated... a week later I was pondering how to file a comlaint. Today I was heading to the airport when the car completely lost all power to the cvt. I was entering the highway and I felt the engine just rev up and the car wasn't moving forward with my foot on the gas pedal. A car almost slammed me in the rear end and I pulled over to the side of the road and called a tow truck and towed the car to the dealer. The dealership failed to recognize that the CVT should have been replaced and that there is also a recall on the cvt. This put me and anyone who was in my car in a dangerous situation where it could have ended up tragically if someone had hit me on the driver side if I was making a left turn and my car lost power.

homeskillet 5 years ago

So is this just primarily a problem with the SE version. The SL, at least the 2005 model, does not come with AWD so no transfer case.

If so, I lucked out. I didn't buy the SE because I couldn't justify the extra cash for AWD and I liked the 5 spoke wheels that came with the SL better. Lately, I have been a little bummed because the SE came with the sport tuned suspension (even though I cannot find exactly what is different since all the part numbers are the same between the SE and SL).

So far I have loved my Murano. And, I am probably stuck with it for longer than I originally planned due to a baby on the way. Hopefully, me being cheap has finally paid off.

scott 5 years ago

hey... Perrya???

really? fuck off. Go find and post your opinion there. I see lots of interesting, thoughtful (and sad) posts from Nissan Murano owners and every 3 or 4 posts you... going "buy an outback".... "I'm gay"... "buy a Suburu"...

what a dick...

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Scott, you are a funny guy. I have no idea what u are even ranting about.

thomas sabo 5 years ago

wow...haven't heard about that.

onhootie 5 years ago

If you have a Nissan Murano and have had trouble with the transfer case cracking or failed....please go and respond to this poll!! We need to stand together to make Nissan admit that their transfer cases are faulty and should be recalled!

Transfer case poll on

On March 2, 2011, my 2003 Nissan Murano (mileage 95,000km) started making a strange clicking noise under the hood. It sounded like there was a rock in the tire or a loose part under the front end. By March 3, 2001, the noise was upgraded to a loud banging, with the whole front end of the vehicle shaking. I took the Murano to my mechanic Touchette Auto in Ottawa on March 4, 2010 for a diagnostic and was later contacted March 7, 2010 and told that the noise was a transmission issue and that I had to take it to a transmission specialist. I started my search online for problems of this nature and was astounded to find that the CVT transmission issue is a huge problem in the 2003 Nissan much so that I am surprised that a class action lawsuit has not been taken up with Nissan!

I contacted my warranty company and they advised me that the transmission issue would be covered by Nissan because of the Extended Warranty related to the CVT tranmission for up to 10 years/120,000 km. I was relieved to hear this and promptly took my Murano to receive attention at 417 Nissan, 1599 Star Top, Gloucester, Ontario (613)749-9417. Today, March 8, 2010, I received a call from John GOOD of 417 Nissan with my diagnostic results. I was told that the problem was NOT the transmission but gave me a list of problems as follows:


-cracked transfer case

-transmission seal (x2--apparently for each end of the transmission.)

-catalytic converter

-O2 sensor

-switch control unit


The quote for this repair? $6333.00 plus diagnostic cost! Mr. GOOD said that none of this was covered by the extended warranty!! I went back to A-Protect Warranty Corporation and was advised that the Nissan quote was ridiculous and that all of those issues are related to the transmission. They said that they could direct me to another transmission mechanic who would repair the vehicle for much cheaper and that they would only cover $400.00 of the repairs.

I know that I am not the first person to contact Nissan Canada regarding this issue. I am not being unreasonable when I say that Nissan is trying to pass the buck by claiming that the transfer case/seals are not covered by the Extended CVT Warranty. It has been the subject of many complaints and I know that Nissan has paid for the repairs when they have been pushed against the wall. The CVT Transmission has been a headache for Nissan and I can\'t believe that when customers ask for compensation, they are being turned away with a \"sorry, we can\'t help you.\"

How can a part-the transfer case-and the seals on either end of the transmission---which are all directly related to this faulty CVT transmission not be considered part of the warranty coverage? If I tell you right now that I don\'t have $6333.00 to fix the vehicle and I drive it until the transmission blows up, will Nissan cover the damage then(under the Extended Warranty of course!)


I have now spent the last 2 weeks being bounced back and forth, trying to have someone offer assistance in this matter. I have spent hours on the phone with Nissan customer service reps in Canada and the US and no one wants to help me. I have never been so frustrated with a company and I will not just walk away quietly, accepting the cop out of Nissan on standing by their product!! I am viewing over 500 complaints on regarding Nissan\'s unwillingness to help their customers. That is only one website.....I can list many more!

FYI...417 Nissan offered to buy my Nissan as is for $2000! What a slap in the face! I only bought it less than a year ago for $15K...with only 85,000 km on it!

Jeff Fujioka 5 years ago

Yes,I too have succumb to this aggonizing lighting of bank account.

My 2004 Murano,which I thought would be a great buy,and of course

I made a graving mistake of purchasing.The transfer case only lasted

a month and a half before being crippled,I took the Murano to the nearest

dealership.They told it was the transfer case,and then they drop the bomb

I was told it cannot be rebuilt,well,I knew then I should of stayed with my


I ,then,phoned Nissan Canada about this issue,and I was told they could

not assist in the repairs.

I knew then I will tell all my friends not to purchase any Nissan vehicles.

Needless to say my repair bills have reached well above 7500.00 dollars,

I'm now putting my Murano on the selling block,and getting my Toyota again.

Toyota's RULE!!!

Larry G 5 years ago

I have a 2003 Nissan Murano that I purchased used in 2006. My mileage now sits at about 250,000kms. My problem is that for about 100,000kms, I have been experiencing a lack of power at stop lights, etc., after driving for an extended period of time. I've also experienced up and down exceleration on the highway, even when in cruise control. Has anyone had this problem and what was the diagnosis? I've been to the dealership on numerous occations and they say they can't find anything wrong.

JCarr 5 years ago

Hi Everyone!

I have a 2003 Nissan Murano. I took it to Sterling McCall Nissan yesterday, my car was turning off while I was driving down the road! Found out that this was a RECALL R3022 - the crank position sensor... and cam position sensor need to be replaced. Nissan Corporation REFUSED to fix my vehicle under the recall because my VIN number was not listed, even though the service dept. said that this was the recall problem! Last person I spoke with was VALERIE at 1-866-799-1690 X1442 SHE WAS TERRIBLE HORRIBLE AND WOULD GIVE ME NO OTHER ANSWERS OTHER THAN... your vin # does not match the recall! She would not let me speak to anyone else, said that she was it! Now I am left with a $550.00 repair bill that is the recall!

crystal block 5 years ago

And, Ablonde, not everyone has to call one another a "bitch" and ridicule when disagreeing. Some of us can actually talk things out - sorry if it wasn't entertaining enough for you. But, thanks for your support.

onhootie 5 years ago

Nissan has still not called me and it has been a month! I received an email from 'Customer Service' saying that the transfer case/seals were not covered under the extended CVT warranty....well, that's not good enough for me! I created a Facebook page:

Nissan has their own 'fluff' pages on Facebook but they blocked me after I put negative comments on the page regarding my transfer case issue. So, now there is a page to complain on....and I will make sure that Nissan gets a copy of every complaint registered on that page!!!!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

If you were Nissan, you would also try to ignore the problem!

onhootie 5 years ago

Yes, they are very good at it! Well, I intend to be a thorn in their side at the very least!

smorrison 5 years ago

My 2005 Nissan just went back to CarMax for the same tapping noise that seemed to happen during acceleration. The faster the car goes, the louder it got. I wish I had found this page before I bought this 1-1/2 years ago. It only has 67,000 miles on it. I know I have the extended transmission warranty from Nissan and I also have the MaxCare extended warranty I bought through CarMax. If the costs aren't covered between the two, that will be the end of my Nissan purchases. This one is my first. I typically prefer Chrysler products. Never had an issue with Chrysler. Guess I'll keep going with them in the future. I am so not looking forward to the call giving me the diagnostics. I'm actually kind of scared to get the news! If it's the transfer case, I'll be getting a new car and it won't be a Nissan.

2005murano 5 years ago

Hey all don't give up. After having my oil changed and tranny flushed, my Mo made a god awful noise. I brought it to the dealer and they automatically replaced the tranny. They called me and said that the tranny wasn't the problem but it was the transfer case and I would have to pay 1700.00 to fix it. They said it would of costed 5000.00 but nissan was going to pay some and the dealer would...I told them no way in hell I was going to pay anything after reading all the complaints online. So after an email to the dealer and talking with the GM he was able to get things rolling (The GM was going to butt heads with nissan)service manager just called and said the Mo would be ready tomorrow. I asked if everything would be taking care of under the warranty and he says "that's how it's looking"

So Don't take no for an answer fight tooth and nail if you must. We have to make Nissan own up to these faulty Transfer cases.

onhootie 5 years ago

That's great news 2005 Murano!! Are you in the United States?

2005murano 5 years ago

Yes, I'm in the U.S. Just don't take no for an answer. If you bought from a Nissan dealler go right to the General Manager or the owner.

tom 5 years ago

Respectfully, Walter, I'm calling them stupid because they are either willfully ignorant and anti-knowledge, which to my mind is just as elitist as the reverse, and they often as not refuse to acknowledge established facts and scientific data.

solar water heater 5 years ago

If I choose not to waste my time on people who think the earth is flat or that men and dinosaurs walked together, how does that make me elitist?

Nissan dealership Chicago 5 years ago

I don't think the CVT problem is a major one. However, if Nissan feels it as a huge problem then Nissan might take steps in the coming future.

2005murano 5 years ago

To the Nissan Dealership Chicago. You may think it isn't a major problem. But to us owners who are told that a new tranny will cost 6,000.00 That is a major problem. Then after they put the tranny in and then tell you that wasn't the problem it is the tranfer case and will cost another 5,000.00 That to is a MAJOR problem. The two units seem to be going in hand and hand. And Nissan should own up to it and replace them when they go. For a 30,000 vehical and up these tranny and tranfer cases should last over 100,000 miles.

Maryanne 5 years ago

Has anyone had issues with their 2006 Murano? When were these transmission issues resolved--if ever? I really would like to purchase a Murano, if I can find a year where these issues were limited and/or eliminated. I appreciate any advice...Thank you.

Monica 5 years ago

I bought an 06' Murano this past September and it is in the shop as we speak. I'm in tears after reading all the above because it sounds very similar to the trouble I have experienced with my Murano recently. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that Nissan and the extended warranty I purchased don't do me wrong or I don't know what to do. Maybe it's a little problem and everything will be ok but my gutt tells me otherwise. Darn it.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Steer clear of any Murano unless it is an 08 or more.

Elizabeth 5 years ago

I bought my 2003 Murano in Dec. of 2010 it has been great up until today. Driving home form work I find myself on the highway trying to take off at a stoplight with my gas padel all the way to the floorboard with no response. Then it takes off at high RPMs. It happens all the way home at everystop light. I almost got hit by on coming traffic. I get home and turn it off. Decide to test it out again and it drives great again. So I started to research if there was anyone else with this issue. I happen to find this website. I am calling the dealership in the morning, and I fear a will hear the same results. I ony paid 8,500 for it and the cost looks to be about 50% of that. I may end up cutting my cost and trading it in. I drive 30 mins on a busy highway to work and have children and can not take the risk.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Good Luck!

Charlie 5 years ago

We bought a 2003 SL AWD when it first came out, March of 2003. Been running fine for 140K miles. Yesterday we took it in for a routine service and were told that the transfer case was cracked and needed to be replaced: $3000. We had NOT run into the problems that others mentioned, so we hope the CVT is okay, but we don't know what's next. Of three things we are certain: we will complain loudly to EVERYONE at the dealership; we will complain up the Nissan ladder as far as possible; and we will not buy or recommend Nissan again unless Nissan makes good.

Barry 5 years ago

We bought a 2003 Murano with 72,000 miles on it 3 years ago and we love it. Last summer my son was driving it home on the interstate and there was a sudden decelleration as if he threw it into low gear on the while running at 70 mph. I took it to the dealer. They found nothing. 4 months later I was driving the murano and same thing except it almost threw me through the windshield it downshifted so hard. I took it to the dealer.....nothing! I left it with them to drive and the head mechanic drove it 100 miles during the week with no problems. We went 5 months with a problem every now and then but the car always worked itself out. This shift in acceleration up or down has become more frequent but never with any codes. The dealer told me without a code he cant diagnose anything. Today, I am waiting on my wife and daughter to come out of the store. As they come out and I approach them to pick them up, the car accelerates as I am trying to stop, the RPM's race and I have the brake to the floor. I have to throw the car into park to stop it. again, no code. Just as a I get home the car acts up again, totally loses power and I coast into my drive way with no power. This time I have these codes: slip, ABS, VDC off, and service engine soon. I turn the car off and it will not restart. its dead. What's up with that. I love this car and it hates me.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

scary! just know you are NOT alone!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

awesome compliment! many thanks.

Francis 5 years ago

Have a plan to buy Nissan Murano 06,thanks for all this advice.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Good luck, with so many others having problems, make sure the dealer is aware of this issue and make them cover it!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

at one time, I was going to buy a Murano until I started to read similar things about it. Thanks for the comments.

MarkA 5 years ago

I have an 07 Murano with 88k miles on it. CVT fluid was replaced at 45k. Now, while driving down the road, it starts to get sluggish. Then all of a sudden, POW, sound s like a piece of metal is hitting the undercarriage with each turn of the wheel. Luckily I was near a local shop and was able to pull in. Phone call today, transmission needed! Love the Nissan Murano, but after reading all of these post, I will never buy another Nissan. Decision to get it fixed or just trade it in as is and take the loss.

Any suggestions????

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perrya 5 years ago Author

I feel your pain. Nissan "other cars" are good, I had a Sentra for years, the Murano is their problem child.

Ashok 5 years ago

I am so glad that I DID NOT buy MURANO last night at Tom Wood Nissan in Indianapolis. I went and see Jeff the sales person and I am glad that he did not have MURANO for me to go as Tech was still looking into problem It was 2007 Mirano with 30K miles

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Me, too!

Gary 5 years ago

Unfortunately I did no advanced research on the Nissan Murano and now we are resting among the group of other upset Murano owners.

A month ago we purchased a used 2007 Murano SL AWD with 29,000 miles. After a week of driving it we made a moderately slow stop as we appraoched a red-lighted intersection. The vehicle surged forward as the brakes were being applied. We could feel the anti-lock brakes begin to pulse at the pedal. The usual quite transmission began to make shifting noises as it argued with an engine that was rising in RPM. With a loud and pronouced clunk and my head was thrust into the headrest restraint pad. The vehicle stopped just before impacting the rear of a car before us. This has happened twice, with repeat visits to the dealer for repairs. They say they find nothing wrong, codes are all fine etc. They even serviced the brakes no charge, but I know that is not the problem here!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

wow! heard this before, but a 2007? I would get an attorney and file a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Murano owners. File complaints with NTC or consumer complaints.

Gary 5 years ago

This is good site for posting complaints on our Nissan Murano's, so thanks for making this avilable.

I'm already establishing a paper trail of complaints and contacts with Nissan corporate, NHTSA, my local dealership, here and other places. These guy's have no idea how much of a pest I will become!!

I'll be one of the squeakiest wheel's the've ever heard!

They'll be sorry they ever sat with me at the "Let's Make A Deal Table" and finalized the transaction full knowing they were selling a LEMON!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Good Luck

Barry 5 years ago

Update: 3 weeks later, and 829 dollars poorer, my car is fixed. They said it was the IPDM. Intelligence Power distribution Module. Great I thought, better than 5,000 for a new Tranny!! But then 51 miles later my car was doing the same thing. I took it back and they said it was fine. 2 days ago it went haywire again so I drove it straight to the dealership at a maximum mph of 40. Thats all it would do in first gear. Left it there overnight only for them to tell me there is nothing wrong it. What the ****?? It wouldn't even restart when i left it there at 11:00pm that night. The dashboard was lit up like a Christmas tree with warning lights and the service manager tells me there is nothing wrong. I just wonder what Nissan Corporation has told these guys to say when they get these cars. never again will I buy a Nissan and I will try to convince other not too as well. I am through!!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

I would be also!

cherie i 5 years ago

I purchased my 2010 Murano one year ago and just started having the same problems with the car not moving when I step on the gas to pull out in traffic. I took it to the dealership the other day and they are currently replacing the valve body in the transmission. I'm hoping that this will fix the problem but from what I'm reading, I'm a little bummed that I decided to buy this car and get rid of my Toyota 4Runner which never had a problem.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Wow, good luck!

LarryG 5 years ago

I have a 2003 Murano that has the same transmission problem as mentioned in earlier posts. My problem has been going on for 3+ years, in and out of the shop. Each time they tell me is can't be the transmission because it would have died by now. I've had the throddle body cleaned twice, the transmission fluid replaced twice, spark plugs replaced and numerous sensors replaced. The problem is this...even though I complained as far back as January 2008, the transmission wasn't confirmed as the problem to my woes until I took it elsewhere this month and they confirmed that it is my transmission. The Nissan dealership is in agreement with my mechanic. Problem is, I'm now out of warranty, even though my initial complaints wer well within warranty. I have work invoices from January 2008 stating that I was concerned with stalls, hesitation and power surges on the highway. Nissan Canada, in reply to my concerns, says (without explaination) that my issues all along were not transmission related but now suddenly those same issues are my transmission. They will not honour the warrantly. Any suggestions?

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Unless you love the car and want to spend several thousands to replace it, dump it. How about a class action lawsuit for all of the owners with identical problems, it is well documented.

LarryG 5 years ago

The thought had crossed my mind. The vehicle is worth about $8-10K now and a transmission will most likely be $4.5-6K so I'm thinking I just drive it until it stops. I have connections in the Canadian television media so i might take it there to hold Nissan accountable in the public opinion.

Lindberg 5 years ago

I am sad to say that I too have the problems described above. I feel less alone, but no less frustrated. I bought a 2003 Murano two months ago and immediately started having issues with it. Driving at 70 mph it will seem to down shift, with the RPM's shooting up. If someone had been too close behind, they would have rearended me. I took it to the Nissan dealer and they upgraded the computer system and literally days later it began doing the same thing. I have a small child and fear that I cannot even trust the vehicle at freeways speeds. I have an appointment to take it in again, but fear they will tell me that there is no error code and charge me for the diagnostic scan. Not sure what to do?

Adrian 5 years ago

I have had my Mo for nearly 3 years and not had a problem. I love the car however last weekend it suddenly developed a flapping sound i thought it was a flat tyre !! Nope after sorting that out the noise was still there but louder finally after 20 miles it was undrivable and had to be recovered. now im told im looking at the thick end of a 4 grand bill for a transfer box - bugger - I have had 5 nissans to date and never had a problem I still have a 1980 patrol but I wont be buying another Nissan after this

Fadi 5 years ago

Hello Everyone. Had the loss of power on the highway for a while now and couldn't figure out why. No engine light or other warning lights come on whatsoever! Thought it was a sensor, fuel injector problem, had the fuel pump replaced before etc. Until the consistent banging happened and thought it was a tire scenario like others on this forum. Definitely my transfer case is shot as per my mechanic. I have a 2003 with 153,000kms. What a piece of junk. I will never buy another Nissan again. If this was a CRV, this would have never ever happened.

Robert 5 years ago

Really? I honestly thought Nissan was one of the best cars to own until I owned a Murano! I have the same problem everyone is complaining about except that mine broke down with three little kids on a vacation. This would not have happened if nissan had done what it is suppose to do, Recall! What about a class action to?

mike 5 years ago

i have 04 murano just put 61000 on it and tranny slipping just got the car back nissan replaced the tranny THANK GOD FOR WARRENTY good luck 2 all other murano owners

Larry 5 years ago

My wife & I were thinking about a Murano and we are so glad that we came across this website. We will never purchase the Murano or any of their vehicles with CVT's (which is just about all of them).

I feel bad for the people that are stuck with these vehicles.

Tommy 5 years ago

Our 2010 Murano 15K miles on it is sitting in a Nissan

dealership needing a transmission replacement. We

learned about cvt's the hard way. Will it do any good

to complain?

brad 5 years ago

my 2004 murano is the 3rd nissan i've owned. i've never had a major issue until now. very similar to what everyone else is experiencing..... no power whatsoever from a stop, then will jerk forward violently, however this problem comes and goes and obviously is never present when nissan is checking it out. just recently, i started hearing a thumping/flapping noise coming from the front of the car. this noise got louder and the car began shaking. i took it to nissan and they told me i need a new front differential at $4000.00. i mean, c'mon, lets get real. the car has 100k miles on it. it's probably not even worth 10 grand and i have to put 40% of it's value back into it? not to mention i just put brand new control arms, an intake solenoid, and a new steering rack on it over the past 3 months, which cost me another 3 thousand dollars? what is wrong with these things? if i would have known that nissan teamed up with fisher-price to build these muranos, i never would have bought one!!!

Sandy 5 years ago

I am sick to my stomach reading these reviews. We have an '04 MO and recently the AWD and SES light came on. I go to the Dealer and they say,it is the AWD control unit at $600. So I buy and they put it in then come back and tell me it is the Rear coupling - which I have not replaced because that is another $1700. I honestly do not trust the dealerships and now I am concerned it is the transfer case. What am I looking at for cost there???

murano2005 5 years ago

Sandie go directly to the Gengeral manager, or right to the owner of the Dealer. Tell them that their machanics do not know what they are doing. They tried that crap with me saying my tranny was bad first. They did replace that under the warranty, But then said that wasn't the problem and then told me it was the differental and would cost a few thousand more. I told them to hold all repairs and I was not going to pay a dime for their imcompantance. I contacted the GM of my dealler, Thank goodness he was able to resolve. But Don't pay anything more for something they can not fix the first time around. No Dealler should be guessing at what part to fix and exspect the customer to just pay until the problem is fixed.

John 5 years ago

My 2003 Murano required CVT replaced at 55K and 95K, luckily 1st was in original warranty and 2nd reimbursed by extended warranty. My wife just totaled it...yeah!

Anna 5 years ago

2006 Nissan Murano, we had to replace the transmission at 70,000 miles, along with 2 wheel bearings and now we're told it needs a new transfer case. Within 2 months this car has cost us $10,000 in repairs not to mention we haven't been able to drive it in 2 months with having to space out repairs financially....oh but we still get to pay the car payment every month!!

Scraps 5 years ago

2006 Murano, original owner, has been serviced regularly as required, starting experiencing lack of power on acceleration then would surge forward. Just went back to dealer for 2nd time, they could not duplicate problem or get an error code, yet I need hub bearings ($825) and let's not forget - you have a cracked transfer case. I will call the GM and whoever else I have to - they can diagnose the major issue CVT, yet expect me to keep driving it putting myself and family in danger??

Scraps 5 years ago

Meant to say CAN'T diagnose CVT issue (which it is) so they can't fix it as it wouldn't be covered under warranty and the cracked transfer case is due to driving in the salt and sand (?) - not even in an area forthose and the transfer case isn't covered by warranty - I'm sorry, isn't that part of the transmission???????

itzel in Austin TX 5 years ago

I am having the same transmission issues with my 2008 Nissan Rogue. And, I need some ideas on what the malfunction might be now because Nissan replaced the cvt 9 days ago -after I took it in because it was making a sound at 50mph. They took 3 wks to replace it and when I drove it home it was fine. I parked it for 4 days while I was out of town and when I returned it wouldn't break 20 mph even when floored and there was a scraping noise. It was towed back, they said the noise was from brakes rusting over the 4 days and that it would burn off and it ran fine for them. I took it to brakes plus, they said there was a metal scrap caught between the disc, they removed it at no cost. The brakes, pads, lines, fluid, etc., were found to be in fine working order. The car drove fine for for 5 more days then the power loss issue happened again while turning left at an intersection. It scared the crap out of me. I was flooring the pedal and pumping it and I only crawled at 5mph while fearing that the protective green arrow would disappear and I would get t-boned. I kept gunning it and then it started to accelerate. I drove it home about 40mph on the access roads, parked it and the next morning when I backed it out of my driveway to place it on the street for worked fine. No issues. So, I decided I would wait until it was happening, and then I would take it in for an immediate test drive. So, next day, the power surge and loss began again, so I drove it to Nissan. The service agent drives it, with me in the car and it's definitely sluggish. He got the rpms up to 7-8k and the car would not advance from 35 to 40mph. Finally, I felt like I was able to show him the malfunction. So, he drops me off for 5-10 minutes while he goes with the mechanic for a ride and maybe the garage (I couldn't see because I was in a lounge area) and when he returns he says "well, it's driving fine and it's not pulling up any codes. I can't do anything if it doesn't pull codes." Then, he adds that "It's perfectly normal for a car to redline." What?????? Are you kidding me???? Does Nissan the manufacturer and the liable party want you to not keep and look at my transmission after it malfunctions 3 times in a 9 day period? It's still under the warranty they gave me 9 days ago. I left it there and told him to let it sit until the late morning or early afternoon at which time it should have issues because that's the trend. But what if it doesn't? This car ran great for 65k miles even with the burned transmission fluid -which they cited as the cause for the warranty replacement. Can anyone make any suggestions because I'm sure I'm not the only one. Also, it seems I have to tell him what to look for -as if he didn't already know or maybe isn't authorized to recognize and repair. I drive 50-100 miles/day as part of my job as a healthcare provider, so I can't afford to have a car not work or worse get me injured in an accident because then I really can't work. Thanks in advance. Also, if Nissan monitors this site please feel free to contact me. I have purchased 2 new Nissans in my short life and would continue to give you my business, but not if this matter is not appropriately resolved.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

I am sooo glad I did not buy this Nissan!

emrsue 5 years ago

I have a 2004 Nissan Murano. Bought it in 2007 with 14000 miles on it. My dream car after having 2 major back operations it allowed me the comfort I required.

5 months later the transmission went at 17438 miles. Was still under warranty. Now at 40000 miles I had to have it towed 200km for 550.00 dollars to a nissan dealer and they stated that the transfer case is the problem!!! Nissan wanted 3900 plus tax to fix it! I had it towed out of there and had it repaired elsewhere. No way I am giving Nissan another dime for that car. So disapointed with Nissan I have been giving the run around like crazy!! They do not stand behind there vehicals!! Now I have pain in my back and ass thanks to Nissan

sick in Texas 5 years ago

I bought a used 2004 Murano in 2007 with $32,000 miles on it. December 2009, Nissan put a new CVT transmission in it. Counted my self very lucky and hoped I now had a great car. This August I heard a noise, like rocks were rattling under the hood or front wheel. I drove it to a local mechanic, because he was very close, and I was really afraid to drive. He thought it was the transmission, so I drove it to Nissan dealer. They told me the transfer case, not covered under warranty and would cost $3,000. I am having it repaired, elsewhere, and crossing my fingers. Love my Murano, but it will be a trade in soon. These post have helped me make that descision.

sick in Texas 5 years ago

Perrya, reading thru this massive list of complaints, are these problems all related just to a Murano alone, or is the main component, the Murano AWD and CVT transmission? And why does Nissan tell you the CVT transmission and the transfer case are not related in any way? Should they not be covered together under a warranty?

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perrya 5 years ago Author

As far as I know, Murano and CVT only, and Nissan must know about the issue and that might explain why it is not covered.

Tlp 5 years ago

I have a 04 murano. I bought it 2008. It has seemed to leak what I thought was oil on the garage floor since we bought it but when checked there was no leak. For a few months now at 100000 miles I have found myself terrified when I pull into traffic only to realize the gas will not go! Does someone have to die before recalled?!

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Probably. This is incredible.

kerrycraw 5 years ago

Just wanted you to know that this does not just happen to Nissan but also Dodge. Found this webpage when looking for problems with CVT transmissions. Found out that JATCO makes the CVT Transmission and that Nissan owns JATCO. And that they both know that there are problems with this CVT Transmission and it sounds like that neither of them will step up and cover the cost for these problems. Also that Dodge warranty is 3yr/35,0000, 100,000 on Trans but only to original owner.

We purchased a 2008 Dodge Caliber for our son 11-08(2nd owner) it had 16000 miles and now has 32,000 miles. In July we started to have loss of power, took it in and paid $325 for a loose wire. On 8-9-11 took it back to Dodge for same problem. They wanted $150. to look at car. Next day another $150. to look some more because they could not find out what the problem was. The car is not drivable but they don't know what is wrong with it. Then it is a Transmission module $425. Takes 2 weeks to get part- the car still does not work. Wanted another $300 to test new module in our car with another car and put that module in our car. We told them we should not have to pay for trial & error. Filed a case with Dodge. They approved the test on them. Module was good - car still does not work and the Tech says he does not know what is wrong. Car Dealer was told to replace at Dodge cost. They are to replace: Valve Body and Wiring Harness to the Transmisssion. The dealer told us that it was about $1500 in parts alone and that they have never done this before, did not know how to do this, and did not know if they had the tools to complete the job. Dodge says that if this does not work they will not be assisting us in any more issues. We found out on 9-7-11 that the Valve Body was on back order and would not be available until 9-20-11. Now I am out over $1000, Have a car that does not run, with out a car for 6-8 weeks, a Dodge Tech that does not know how to fix the car, and not a lot of confidence that it will be fixed. I think that JATCO (Nissan & Dodge) should step up and fix these problems that they created.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing, this whole thing is disgusting.

jenny 5 years ago

Hi guys, I'm experiencing the same problem like everyone. It is pretty scary when you’re driving on a high volume of traffic when my car wouldn't react to my gas pedal. It hesitated, and then lurched before finally catching up.

Aaron 5 years ago

Hi, my name is Aaron, and I own a Murano...

Bought an '04 Murano in 2009. Had 110k miles on it, and was relatively trouble free until yesterday. My pregnant wife was driving it when the tell-tale acceleration jerking symptoms appeared. This morning I decided to drive it around the block to check it out. I got out into the middle of the street, put it in gear... and nothing. RPMs went up, and I went no where. Luckily reverse still kind of worked, and I was able to get to the curb. Towed it to the dealer, and just like everyone else, I will be paying for a new transmission... and then trade it in. I was told by the salesman that without the transmission, it was worth $1k as a trade in, so I'm going to fix it to hopefully get my money back in the trade-in value. I wish I wold have seen this before I bought it.

murano05 5 years ago

Aaron If you don't have 120,000 miles on it. your Tranny should still fall under the warrenty...

Rob T. 5 years ago

Is their a class action suit I can join ?

Please post it. or I will start one. Nissan cannot get away with this costly nonsense to us.

Erica....... are you reading this !

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perrya 5 years ago Author

well, Nissan did changed and extend their warranty in 09 to 100,000 miles.

Dean Jones 5 years ago

Hi Guys, I am from the UK and bought a Murano 05 about 6 months ago. The CVT transmission has gone and Nissan Dealership have just quoted £5245 to strip it find the problem and rebuild it! I have spoken to Nissan GB regarding the warranty extension on NissanAssist to cover 120k miles/10 years as only have 90k on the clock and they have just informed me that it only covered North America despite the vehicle being built in the same factory with the same components etc for the UK market. I found this unbelievable given as it should be a global warranty extension if it is the same components!! I am now just starting legal proceedings against them as if they have extended it for America then this should also be the case for the UK market if it was the same vehicle manufacturered exactly the same. If anyone has any suggestions or experience of going down this route that would help. Thanks

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Good for you. let us know how it does and feel free to use this site.

C WILLIAMS 5 years ago

I had the same problem with my transmission. I have a 2003 Murano and I was coming from Atlanta when my car slowed down on me, I did make it home, which is Montgomery, Al. It took two weeks before I was straightened out. Last October, my car would just stop, I mean shutdown completely-after three visits to the service dept.-my husband suggested they check the battery cable connector. They did replace it,that was last October, now it is September and I have the same problem again. It is quite dangerous and frustrating to be on the road and your car just shuts down. Has anyone experienced this same problem? If so, what was the outcome? Nissan clsaims they have master mechanics, but they can't tell me what is wrong with my car. I really like my car, but I don't want to die in it. Thank you for your response.

Jhon CR 5 years ago

I Think we had the same problem with my transmission. I have a 2003 Murano No engine light or other warning lights come on,my car has been doing the surge and losing power thing ever since I bought it. On heavy traffic, I was check the CVT symptoms but I would like to share a coulple of question, when do you turn off the vehicle and restart the symptoms and losing power disappears? When the vehicle fail the accelerator doesn't respond what happen when you move to P o Neutral position? in my case the effect is allmost the same and nothing change... I would like to see why is the CTV should on Parking on Neutral?

pam 5 years ago

I own a 2007 nissan have owned 1 year have replaced brakes and rotors both tierods took it to nissan last week was told heater was going out wasn't working rifht 500dollar repair tried to fill up with gas just started it wont let me fill all way up have been researching looks like another 500 no problem with tranmission yet.

MuranoLover(so I thought) 5 years ago

I have a 2004 Murano SE AWD. It saddens my heart to see that other murano owners have expreinced the same problems I have. I honestly was going to pay the $6500 to have it fixed because I wanted to keep my car that badly but after seeing that it is somewhat pointless, I am changing my mind. Can't we band together to have Nissan listen to us? I called the corporate office in hopes that they would help but NO LUCK. I thought this problem was unique to me but I clearly see its not. I paid off my car last year so I do not want another car note but it looks like I have no choice. SAD SAD DAY. Who do I complain to? Any suggestions for other SUVs with similar eye appeal?

Marcy 5 years ago

I bought a used car with 50,000 mileage to a trustworthy dealership in town. Everything looks wonderful, then after 6 months I start have different problem on car. Eventually it turn to be transmission problem, I was driving to work when my car just stop at the middle of highway without warning. This is the worst car I ever own.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Marcy- OMG!

ryan 5 years ago

wow...presntly putting fluid in my 03; and we are experincing ALL the problems we've just read about.

Calvin Fox 5 years ago

so many Murano problems. how about the clutch on my 2008 Frontier Nismo 4x4 burnt after 22,000 miles. No towing, no four wheeling, synthetic oil.

Dealer had the nerve to tell me "driver error". I've been driving,racing and building vehicles for 30 years, I don't burn clutches, heck, I have a 72 Datsun 240Z with the original clutch. Anyway, after a month and a half of trying to get a response from Nissan, still no reply. Goodbye Nissan forever in this household>>

uc in lasgidy 5 years ago

@Aaron your humour is right - the Murano is driving its owners into therapy!

Ok my turn... Hi, I've been through this whole failed CVT thing with my Nissan Altima 2002 (ok, stay withme now... :-) Sweet car, great movement, I just loved it, then it burnt a hole in my pocket. At least 3 times it put me at risk by failing on the highway; not to mention putting pressure at my job when it failed on the way to work one other morning. So what did I do? I decided to sell and get a used 2003 Murano this weekend. I guess I'm lucky cos I got to see this blog just in time while researching the 2003 Murano. Talk about double jeopardy!! I was about picking it up this weekend! Thanks everyone, with what I now know, there's no way I'm going anywhere near the Murano. Too bad, such a nice looking car, just waiting to drive you up the wall. The big disgrace is that Nissan offered a warranty without even talking about how they plan to to fix this problem in future editions. They conveniently ignored the fact that a sudden deceleration on the highway could mean a terrible accident and a failed trans late at night on a lonely road could get someone robbed - or worse. For me, no more Nissans (especially the ones with a CVT trans) - no chance.

Rachel Young 5 years ago

I also have a 2004 Murano; It randomly loses acceleration with no warning then catches after flooring the gas. I am not the origianl owner bought car at 34K miles. The problems started at 68K miles. So it's congruent with the discription mentioned. My dad, being a mechanic, said it felt like the transmission...he obviously was correct.

Chris 5 years ago

I bought an '07 with 12k miles for my wife in '08 from Enterprize Rental Car. It was immaculate and in really great shape. The car now has 40k+ miles, no complaints except high road noise level (anybody know of a quiet brand of tire?). The tell-tale CVT failure started only about 2mos ago. She took the car to a trusted local Nissan dealer in Berkeley who said the 'slip ratio' was jumping from 15 to 127 caused by a bad pressure sensor in the CVT. They said repairs would be under warranty, but because they weren't an 'Authorized' dealer (their building was too small?!) they couldn't perform a warranty repair. We were sent to an authorized dealer and long story short: A new transmission and differential seal at no cost. The car is a rocket now: we didn't realize the CVT had probably been failing for a long time, but the noticeable symptoms hadn't cropped-up till recently.

Robert 5 years ago

Hi everyone, I also owned an MO 2008 outside US. A brand new from Nissan's dealer. The problem appeared just in the first service of warrany on 1000miles !! I was really surprised of a new vehicle for such a problem. CVT transmission replaced entirely under warranty (I saw an invoice of $5k).

I thought it was an accident or any problem caused by personnel during service. But a second time on 15Kmiles the same disaster. Car started jerking while I intented to park it in a lot with a slight slip. I was unable to mount it and my friends repproached me for a useless AWD. But I felt that it was the same problem and CVT has failed as the first.

So the same scenario and replaced under warranty. Finally I feared having the same problem by the end of warranty therefore I sold it quickly..

I am surprised that it was an epidemy for so many cases and glad of having got rid of it!

@Jhon CR : in fact when the CVT fails vehicle is unable to accelarate even if you push the accelerator in other word engine doesn't rev up more than 1000 or 1500rpm. The worst is when you reach a very slight hill (my own case) and you risk to stop completely or even to go back! Very dangerous if you are on a road or a highway and other cars are behind you.

As a temporary solution, you need to park it in a corner and turn the engine off for at least half an hour until the CVT fluid cools down. Then start it up and try to accelerate as much as possible. Because just after a while it will come back and you will not be able to rev up anymore! Otherwise you have to tow it..

As many friends mentioned, even Nissan knows this problem! Because I found this syptoms in user's manual of the new Murano :

In section "5-12 Starting and driving"/DRIVING THE VEHICLE" CVT part you can see these notices:


This transmission has a high fluid temperature protection mode. If the fluid temperature becomes too high (for example, when climbing steep grades in high temperature with heavy loads, such as when towing a trailer), engine

power and, under some conditions [this is the real case! no reason], vehicle speed will be decreased automatically to reduce the chance of transmission damage. Vehicle speed can be controlled with the accelerator pedal, but the engine and vehicle speed may be limited.


If the vehicle is driven under extreme conditions, such as excessive wheel spinning and subsequent hard braking, the fail-safe system may be activated. The MIL may illuminate to indicate the fail-safe mode is activated. (See “Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)” in the “2. Instruments and controls” section.) This will occur even

if all electrical circuits are functioning properly. In this case, place the ignition switch in the OFF position and wait for 10 seconds [big lie, you need about an hour]. Then place the ignition switch back in the ON position. The vehicle should return to its normal operating condition [but indeed doesn't return]. If it does not return to its normal operating condition, have a NISSAN dealer check the transmission and repair if necessary.

And then this WARNING:

When the high fluid temperature protection mode or fail-safe operation occurs, vehicle speed may be gradually reduced. The reduced speed may be lower than other traffic, which could increase the chance of a collision. Be especially careful when driving. If necessary, pull to the side of the road at a safe place and allow the transmission to return to normal operation, or have it repaired if necessary.

So you can see that all those syptoms have been seen by themselves and they are conscious about them. This is a big failure not a special case or warning which is due to transmission system design.

WammBamm 5 years ago

Help perrya - I'm considering buying a new (2011) Murano AWD - the dealer is telling me the CVT problems have all been fixed in the 2011 - are you buying that ?

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perrya 5 years ago Author

well, I have read that a Murano after 07 models are much more reliable. I would make sure the warranty specifically covers the CVT and related items to it.

WammBamm 5 years ago

The warranty for the 2011 Murano regarding the power train is 5 yr/60,000 miles. I've read several reports (here and other places) of problems with Muranos after 07. Can others comment on this ?

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perrya 5 years ago Author

well, plan to to keep the car no longer than the warranty to be safe. That warranty is similar to the 76-77 vega for its engine which had serious problems at 50K until Chevy modified it. Nissan should just fix whatever the problem is.

Jenn 5 years ago

I just bought a 2005 Nissan murano and now I'm worried after stumbling across this.I'm taking it to my mechanic to have it checked while I still have the 3 month warranty from the dealership.What should I get him to check the transfer case and transmission?It has done 140,000 k, don't have any cash laying around in case any of these problems arise.Not sure what to do.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Have it checked out while under warranty

marshall 5 years ago

I have a 2004 and the transmission was replaced at 96K 2 years ago to rectify a humming noise. Car now has 150K. The sound never went away and the dealer did say it was the TC and not covered under warranty. The car drives fine except this humming noise that seems to be getting louder. Not sure if I should trade this car in, replace the TC. Sounds like it's just a mattter of time until something bad happens. This is our only family car so I'd rather do something sooner than later. Comments?

ereyui 5 years ago

this is my 2nd problem with my murano and it cost my about 4000 dollars for part.

ereyi 5 years ago

i called nissan murano today about transmission problem because this is 2nd time i am buying transmission, i was told by one of their staff member that they have recall on murano transmission but not no my vehicle identification. murano is murano right? i will like for someone to explian to me better because i do not understand what they mean.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Sorry to hear it

Marshall 5 years ago

I've written a letter to Nissan Canada president regarding the TC issue. It will be interested to see what the response will be.

mary s. 5 years ago

purchased a 2007 murano and so far 73,00 mi no problems except a new battery and basic maintence. Love, love the car but worried! I guess not every car produced has this problem....

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Buyer beware..........

Henry 5 years ago

I only read a few accounts here but they are all sounding the same. People like me across the country having MAJOR ISSUES with their Muranos, and Nissan being unwilling in any assistance or accountability with their product. UNTIL SOMEONE DIES IN AN ACCIDENT. Well, it wont be me, because I will take a financial loss before I lose my life in that piece of s**t. Words cannot express how infuriated I am with this car. I HAVE FIXED OR REPLACED EVERYTHING IN THIS CAR with the TRANSFER CASE now being this issue at hand. I have paid more in fixing this car than I have on the car note.


Nissan is doubling the warranty on the CVT YET claiming ridiculous exceptions STILL when you bring yours in for fixing.

Something has to give. If I have to get a lawyer on all of our behalfs, I will. If we have to stand in front of the local dealer's lot and OCCUPY NISSAN, I am all for it. If we weren't the typical hard working middle class citizen in search of a decent car, we wouldve probably went for a pricier alternate. I wanted a FX35 but settled for a Murano. Biggest mistake I ever made.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

@henry-wow, had no idea it was this bad.

Jimmy 5 years ago

I have an 07' Murano bought new. It has 64,000 miles on it. I have had no problems with it except for the tire sensors leaking air which all had to be replaced. However this Saturday night driving home from the Catskills in heavy traffic I came to a stop and when I went to accelerate the rpm went up but the car wouldn't move forward. I immediately put it in park and then down in drive again. Nothing! Accelarated Rpm's went up but it would not move. Then all of a sudden it took off. I've booked it in this evening With the Nissan dealer where we bought it, to be checked out, and after reading this I am dreading the experience.

Bones 5 years ago

I bought the 2003 nissan Murrano new and now that it has close to 9900 miles the transferr case is bad! what do we need to do make a u tube video and expose Nissan for not helping their customers!

Bryan 5 years ago

I actually put a website together specifically for the Nissan CVT problem. Though I will address future CVT issues, this post focuses on the 2007-2011 Nissan Altima CVT's where people experience what Nissan deems "slight hesitations / surges" which is complete BS. What I experience I would never categorize as "slight" in any way, shape, or form...and would never consider ANY hesitation whatsoever as "normal" or within "design specifications" especially for a car that is 3 years old, let alone 1 year old like a 2011.

If any of you experience hesitations/jerks/surges in your 2007 through 2011 Nissan Altima's...leave a comment here:


Sabrina 5 years ago

Well I have a brand new 2011 Murano and this just happened to me 20 minutes ago. I was at a red light went to accelerate and nothing happened except a clunk in the front end and then finally it took off. The whole way home the accelerator was hesitating big time. Going to dealer in the morning can't wait to get the run around. Not to mention last week half of my stereo screen went black.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

So sorry to hear it!

Sabrina 5 years ago

I just got the call from Nissan. My 2011 Murano with 4,800 miles needs a new transmission. Crazy. Thank God for warranties.

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@ sabrina- wow!

WammBamm 5 years ago

I'm done - had a deal for a new 2011 Murano but the CVT issues I've read about here and other WWW sites has caused me to call off the purchase.

I'm now in negotiations for a new 4 Runner.

Mena 5 years ago

Gosh! I wish i read this 6 months ago when I purchased a new 2011 murano. I am starting to regret my purchase, I fear of the issues discussed in this thread. =/

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perrya 5 years ago Author

I was going to buy one until I found out this problem, glad I got the subaru.

philgas303 5 years ago

Subaru has notified NHTSA about a defect in certain model year 2010 Subaru Tribeca passenger cars manufactured from September 4, 2009 through March 8, 2010. The door latch cables located inside the vehicle's driver and front passenger doors were improperly positioned during production. As a result, a cable can catch in the door glass regulator when a window is opened or closed. Should that occur, it may unlatch the door, causing it to come open unexpectedly when raising or lowering the window. If a door were to unlatch, it could open suddenly and without warning, creating a risk that an occupant could be ejected, as well as a risk that the driver may become distracted, leading to a crash. This condition may also result in the failure of a door latch to operate, in which case occupants would be unable to open the door to exit the vehicle. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about March 19, 2010. 10V-108.


WammBamm 5 years ago

Notice how Subaru handles the problem ?

They admit it - release all the pertinent info and fix the problem.

Nissan runs and hides - leaving its customers holding the bag.

matt 5 years ago

f*%Y#*(^& nissan.

i worked for thoses assholes for 8 years, bought a murano, and now i need a transfer case.. yippee ki yay 4g's mofo. i'm livid. feel like i'm bending over and taking it from behind by a murano.

Onyx82 5 years ago

I bought my 2003 Murano 4 years ago with 66,000K and the car ran fine until Thanksgiving Night when the transmission aparently went out. (Now it has 142,000k) 2 years ago I took the SUV in for the CVT recall and told them about the hesistation when you press on the gas petal as well but they said nothing was wrong. From then it occassional hesistated and I took it back to the Nissan dealer and they said they could not found a problem. After reading everyone's posts, it's definitely an issue Nissan needs to fix and fix fast. People are losing money and God forbid, maybe a lives. I am calling Nission Consumers Service. Just pray that they do something about this issue.

Ballantyne 5 years ago

Nissan has extended warranty for 10 years/200,000KM. Previous repairs costs are reimbursed.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

I hope it is true.

WammBamm 5 years ago

When I backed out on the purchase of the new 2011 Murano, I r'cvd an email from the internet dept of the Nissan dealership asking to please let them know what the problem was so they could answer my apprehensions on the purchase - I told them I couldn't get over my fear of having future CVT problems - it's been 10 days now and I have heard NOTHING from them.

jacquie moore 5 years ago

me too but a Cube 2003, thought it was speed sensor, already done stepper motor. But was imported so no help here

Slipping Murano 5 years ago

2004 -142k awd Murano - at times it wants to stall at the light. I stopped driving it after a mechanic and dealer said it was the transmission about to go bad - I was considering having it replaced until I read the cost from $3 to $7 depending if it was the transmission valve assembly or the transmission it self. I parked the car since and hope it's well-be-haved when I take it to the dealer for a trade in on a VW-Passat. I have spent more money fixing than it's worth keeping. So sad because I really enjoyed this car and was even considering buying a used transmission and replacing it but after reading all of the Murano Problems - they have been some problem cars. Will never buy Nissan again.

catgrabber 5 years ago

Hi Ladies and fellow 07 Nissan Murano owners! Well I just found out about the (Achilles Heel) of the Nissan Murano I purchased a few years ago. First of all I like the car except the blower never worked very well. This year (2011) it completely quit, of cores its out of warranty. I contacted the dealership where I bought it and dang, after they told me what it cost to fix it I said to myself, O MY GOD! They said they had problems with several of them. I said again to myself, WELL CRAP!

Well tell ya what; I was in the automotive industry for a long time. I worked for JCI just over 12 years in the seating division. You really can’t mess up a car seat much but we did!! The next thing I did, I was employed by Futaba at a pre-assembly plant for Toyota for about 8 years. I was a Resident Quality Engineer at the Princeton Indiana Toyota plant. That’s a glorified name for a factory quality rep. What I did was made repairs and sorted parts. And not to forget to mention caught a lot of h—l. Never, really had a good day at that job. Not once was I asked to look at something that was correct. HAHA.. Never, made much money either. I couldn’t buy a Toyota on my pay alone, but my wife also was employed at a pre-assembly plant for Toyota. So to gather we could. I was sort of upset about the amount of money we made and the way we were treated I decided to buy a Nissan, and I did. That showed em.

So I will tell ya what I did to my Murano. I purchased a GM blower motor that turns the same direction as the one in my car, cores it wouldn’t bolt up so I had to make a sheet metal retrofit. Then I wired in a on & off switch and a GM dimmer switch to slow the fan velocity, I taped in to the auxiliary 12 volt port, the place ya use to charge your cell phone, and got the power for the fan. Ya have to use a larger amp fuse because the standard 15 amp fuse can’t take the load. So far, it works and I aint smelled smoke YET?

The price is about 60ty bucks. I checked a few places on the “AC Amplifier Relay” thing and it’s around 400 bucks plus labor. WOW!!!! And I gota ask?? how long will it WORK??? My fan works ANY TIME I WANT IT TOO!!! All the other AC and heat stuff works just fine.

OH one other thing, I could tell ya some horror stories about the Toyota but Ill save that for later…

WammBamm 5 years ago

"Nissan has extended warranty for 10 years/200,000KM. Previous repairs costs are reimbursed."

The extended warranty is NOT in effect for models after 2010. And, according to numerous Murano owners all over the WWW, the warranty has huge holes in it.

catgrabber 5 years ago

Hi again, Well Mr. Bam I got to agree with ya. As I previously noted I have been an automotive industry employ for a bunch of years.. I’m not any more because I raised questions. If I didn’t get the response I was trying to receive I went higher up. I wasn’t a whistle blower but I just wanted to make a good product. I wanted to do my best, Because that’s what I want from my fellow man, I wanted to make parts that lined up and fitted up. I wanted to make parts to last. Now for me I spent 36 thousand big ones on my Murano. And that was on a 20 thousand per year job. So the numbers don’t add up, do they?

After spending that much money I got to ask? Will I be able to use it tomorrow?? What If I had an emergency, should I call an Nissan official and ask if they could come help me, BECAUSE MINE WONT WORK!!!

I was in the Toyota assembly plant for about 3 years. The people on the lines would show me how things lined up. We made or assembled close to 400 Sienna Minnie Vans in 8 hours, 1 in every 72 seconds.

I have been in every area of the auto Industry. The press area, secondary press area. welding, both arc and spot-weld, Logistics and most of all QUALITY.

I can drive into a manufacturing plant and tell ya the quality of the product their building and the quality of the employees, just by looking at the way they park their cars in the parking lot!

I have always said, even out loud!!! if a manufacturing process is running balls out with very few quality issues, its MANAGEMENT FAULT, if not IT’S MANAGEMENT FAULT!!!!

For some reason I wasn’t liked very well, respected but not liked very well.

So well, shoot, if I have been out of line, just tell me ya really don’t have to yell at me. The thing is we got a problem with Nissan and just about every other maker and the problem is them chasing the NUMBER ONE SPOT their forgetting the ones that like and love their products.

An old man who was my neighbor where I grew up, always said, give em enough rope and theyol hang their self…………………

Former Murano Owner 5 years ago

I'll never buy Nissan again. Bought a 1996 pickup and evertything was good except the transmission which conked out at around 65K. Bought a 2003 Murano used and the transmission had problems immediately. It had 63K miles on it and, unknown to me because the dealer didn't say anything, had just had the transmission replaced. The replacement didn't work either, but fortunately for me I was still withing the 6k warranty that the local dealer provided. Nissan has horrible transmissions and this particular problem added a lot of unnecessary stress. Stay away.

WAOwner 5 years ago

I have a 2004 murano (2wd). Bought it brand new. Now have 125k miles on it. Performed regular basic maintenance myself over the years. Have had to do only minor repairs at dealership. Most recently was air fuel sensor replacement. Labor and parts $138. I love my murano!

MA-Murano 5 years ago

I have a 2003 AWD at 145,000 miles through lots of snow and seems one of the good ones. Some small vibrations and squeeking at idle, but none of the CVT/transfer issues above. Did all belts and fluids at 60k, time for another round soon. Reading above not sure if I should go for the record or sell while I can...

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perrya 5 years ago Author

Hard to tell, but everything seems to say "yes"

catgrabber 5 years ago

Well, I like my Murano. I can't say I will never buy another, But when I do there gona have to make a large refund to compensate my problems. I think this could only be fair. They just don't know it yet. They should have told me about the CVT stuff and the problems with the blower motor. Just before I ever sign the papers again I'm gona get real loud and nasty. Security could be called. Thank the Lord we have blogs and hubs.....

Aiden 5 years ago

Hi Dr.Gboco... just a short note to let you know my lawsuit is all over. I did win a victory last month, but still had to go to court this past Wed. to force them to turn all over to me. Was all set to rake them over the coals will all the stuff they put me through, but was denied that satisfaction ... they quit! The estate/trust has to be audited and will then be turned over to me within 90 days. Until then my lawyer is now the executor and my daughter and I are trustees. I know your help aided in this victory and helped me endure all the rough times! Words cannot express how greatful I am.Dr.( i will advice anyone in problem to contact Dr.Gboco for help..........

Jeff in Philadelphia 5 years ago

I have owned my 2003 Murano since 2005. I have driven it on Pennsylvania roads which are thw worst in the nation. I have driven in 2 feet of snow, in 20 below weather, driven on several 10 hour trips and even took it on the beach via dirt roads and have NEVER had a single problem. Either 1) there was a specific time frame where perhaps some employees were drunk on the job building there or 2) you all drive like morons.

Nissan 5 years ago

Shoulda bought a Subaru. Nissan needs to stick to rwd sports cars instead of the awd market.

Allen Arndt 5 years ago

I have a 2003 Murano that's been went 124,00o without any problems. My compliant is the high cost of maintenance at the dealer. I had a little leak in the transfer case, but they fixed with no charge. I have the transmission serviced at the dealer and it cost $120 not $600 as I read in other reports. I think the problem people are having is using the AWD on dry roads. I think this happens because the AWD switch placement is at the front of the center console and can be easily actuated when reaching for article being stored on the self on the front of the console. The accidental actuation of the AWD switch and driving for extended periods in AWD mode can do serious damage. I have made a AWD switch guard to prevent unintended actuation. I add that I have been situations that stressed the drive line to max. I believe that a the transmission design is good, but the safety factor is could be marginal. The metal belt and sigments the contact the primary and secondary drive wheels need proper Nissan oil. Oil should check at least at every oil change.

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perrya 5 years ago Author

You are lucky, that does happen!

Jana Shobnom 5 years ago

You are posting an important Driving Learning article. It's most important for every one, Who was looking to the a car.


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Sandra 5 years ago

I have a 2006 Murano and it was doing very well but in the past two months, it's started this process of not moving when the gas pedal is fully deployed. Glad to know its not just me. I get the oild changed regularly so I thought it was a pump or something. Now I know.

Joe 5 years ago

I have a 2011 Nissan Sentra which had a total transmission breakdown at 15,000 miles. Before it broke down, it repeatedly suddenly accelerated and then decelerated on the highway. The new replaced transmission jerks when shifting from P to R, or to D. Apparently, Nissan has serious problems with the CVT transmission.

michinstant 4 years ago

Thanks--as this was helpful. My Manifold may be going on my 2003Murano. On a cold start the car smells like exhaust. It goes away after a I am thinking manifold. I already tested the exhaust and there are no leaks.

Frustrating...just had new struts and tie rod and the coolant pipes on both sides replaced. I hate to give up after over 2K in repairs this past year.

But replacing the manifold will bring me over the edge....My Murano is not as robust as my 2003 Nissan NX...

Two time owner 4 years ago

Give me a break! Have owned two Muranos since 2003 and haven’t had a single problem with either of them. Not one problem with any system on the cars, period. I sit at work and listen to people complain about all the trouble they have with their cars. If the original poster of this shock article would have done ANY research, he would have quickly discovered that the CVT has a 120,000 mile warranty (check to see what it is on your crappy union built car) and that it is in most Nissan vehicles. If you were to look at the numbers correctly, you would see that given the total number or Nissans on the road with CVT vs. the failure rate, it is less than 1%. Depending who you talk to, most manufactures have a 1.5-2% failure rate in the first 5 years. Do the research! I will give you that it cost more to repair. But look at anything you buy in life. If you buy cheap garbage, it is cheap to fix. Calculate how much money you save with the extra MPG and figure that into your repair cost. Not having to do any repairs, I don’t know this for sure, but, with gas in my area always $4 or more a gallon, I bet the net result is that the transmission almost pays for itself.

The whole purpose of this site is to play on the fears of the public so that he can make money off the advertising. In any pathetic business model, use fear to generate profits. Why is he referencing the Murano and not all other Nissan vehicles with CVT? Because it does better with search results. Most people search for a specific vehicle they may be purchasing, not the brand. If he only talked about the Nissan CVT, his profits would tank. If he was truly concerned about the problem, there would be no ads and he would not delete positive posts like this one. When will society stand up to the greed driven, fear mongers instead of rolling over and accepting everything these people say.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

I guess the 2 time owner has simply been lucky, it happens. More owners are quite pissed. be thankful.

catgrabber 4 years ago

Well bully for him. I'm still saying, thank goodness for blogs. I never wish anyone having bad luck. I feel maybe getting to gather and having healthy discussion solves problems, it sure cant hurt. And I think it lets them know there's interest in solving issues. I didn't know about the 120K warranty on the trany so I thank you for that. So see it does good. Thank You..........

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Luck is an issue. Another car with spotty issues is the 05-9 VW Jetta with DSG tranny. Some buyers had the car for only 10K miles and it went out, after 50000 had done this, VW recalled it and extended the warranty to 100K miles. Others have the car with 175K miles and never had a problem with it.

MJS 4 years ago

My 2003 Murano with only 6zzzzk miles on the ticker was leaking oil and transfer case fluid all over the place. Could smell the burning while driving. Took it to the dealer.

They first told me that the leak was because I didn't have the dipstick placed back properly, which was total crap. I've changed oil in every car I've ever had. Never ever left a dipstick out...So, I tell them to keep it overnight and put some cardboard under it. Yep, it was leaking from the oil filter case. They charge me $295...(a) to clean the bottom of engine to see where the friggin oil is coming from and then to replace the filter case gasket (a part that should never ever need to be replaced in any car).

Then they tell me that the transfer case is also leaking and that it would be $1200 to replace the seals (yet another thing that should never ever have to be replaced). The CRV extended warranty doesn't cover a transfer case problem. If it blows on the road, it's a serious hazard.

I call NNA and they basically tell me to pound sand..too bad for you. We won't help you. You're car is 9 years old and stuff happens. I ask for a supervisor, they give me a case number. Then every 3 or four days, they call me back at around 7PM (hoping I won't answer for sure). I call and leave a message telling them to call me on my cell between 8 and 5 EST. They never answered the phone and again called after 6PM. What crap customer disservice.

Nissan is hiding this problem and charging customers thousands and thousands of $$$ to either replace TC seals or entire TC's (at about $4k each). It's a design defect. I went to the NHTSA website and saw at least 100 complaints. No action by Nissan or the NHTSA.

Nissan won't do the right thing because it would cost them millions. These cars are dangerous. Will it take someone getting killed before someone notices and does something????

I will never own another Nissan and I will tell everyone that asks to never touch the brand. No customer service and nasty response.

Traded the damn thing as soon as I possibly could because the TC could have blown at any time with my wife and 5 year old in it. They could have been hurt.

And, if the TC blew, the car would be worthless.

Got my 8k trade and went to a Honda immediately.

The Murano is a dangerous vehicle, not only because of the CVT, but also because of the transfer case.

Again folks, never ever touch a Nissan. They're not engineered and the build quality sucks. Go with any other brand and you'll get a better result.

That's just my humble opinion, but it seems to be shared by thousands of other poor Murano owners that have no recourse.

If you buy a Nissan...good luck to you because you're going to need it no matter how well you maintain it.

Mario 4 years ago

My 2006 Murano has the same issue Transfer Case Crack! the AWD light flashes after 10 min of driving. Took it to dealer in Akron Ohio, he changed the Axle, the Hub and ABS Speed sensor. $1500 later, the warning light AWD is still blinking. Now the service dept is saying the Transfer Case is cracked and God knows how much to fix it.

NISSAN, wake up and help your customers. No more Nissan for me, my family, and my friends.

That is a promise.

MJS 4 years ago

Yep, the problem isn't just with 03 and 04 Muranos...all of them even to this day still have the same transfer case design flaw. You buy a new one, you do so at your own peril. The car is unsafe. BTW, it's about $4000 to replace the transfer case, which is not covered under the extended CVT warranty. Nissan North America WILL NOT DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.

Lou 4 years ago

So I bought my 04' Nissan Murano about a year ago and I just paid a little over $3,000 to get the transfer case fixed. Lets say I'm not too happy with it because its now making other noises that might be related to that problem. This is going to be the LAST time I ever buy a Nissan. I'm sorry but I'm thinking of trading it in for a Honda. I own a Honda Accord for years and never had this big of an issue before!!!!!

Perspective Murano 06 buyer 4 years ago

After reading all of these post, I would say the CVT and case problems seem to be frequent amongst the Murano's from 03-05. I'm thinking of investing in a 06 or 07 Model with some good warranty just in case. However, thanks for all of the comments though, I am aware now of what questions and warranties I should look for by the dealer and i'm sorry for everyone who experienced problems with their vehicles.

Mario 4 years ago

I will hire an attorney, pay him 400 to file a lawsuit agianst Nissan.

I may need all you guys to help and support this effort. My email is, please send me an email if you are experiencing the same issue, we can't just stay quiet and let Nissan to screw all of us like that. If Nissan of America is not waking up, we will.

Stand United.

Please meail me with your information.

Jaybird 4 years ago

2004 Nissan murano purchased brand new. Paid for Nissan platinum warranty and thankfully I did. We are now on our third cvt transmission. When approached the techs at Nissan laugh it off like they have no idea why it's happening. Our platinum warranty is now expired and the only recourse we have is the extended 10 yr 120000 cvt transmission warranty. Our murano just turned 115,000 and low and behold Began leaking what appeared to be trans fluid. My wife and I were thankful for the extended cvt warranty until we took it in to Nissan to be repaired. We were told the seal between the trans and transfercase was faulty and would not be covered under the cvt warranty. Repair cost $1400. This is a seal connected to the cvt trans that has been replaced THREE times! The tech said Nissan does not require them to replace said seal with a trans replacement. I tried every avenue of communication with Nissan to try and resolve this issue. I was told my only recourse is to write Nissan a letter. A letter! After all my wife and I have been through with this car and our Nissan loyalty, this is how we are treated. I praised the murano, my mother and good friend bought a murano. My good friends transfer case cracked a month ago because of this seal at a repaire cost of $2000 (not by Nissan service crooks). My mother is now in the process of dumping her murano for fear of this happening to her. For anyone who has posted and those who read these posts, tell everyone you know not to by a Nissan. It's not about the cvt trans anymore it's about customer service and satisfaction. Nissan does not care, they have made that apparent.

trishted 4 years ago

Just out of interest, it is not just the Murano. I have a 2006 pathfinder with 82,000 miles which is having the whole transmission replaced..should also have a recall on this,as it is a known problem. Also have had the problem of the vehicle randomly shutting down. ECM replaced, now it is the transmission 6 months later..

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Good to know trishted

MJS 4 years ago

Petition put up on's get their attention!

heliskiier 4 years ago

Petition up on's finally get their attention!

Mario 4 years ago

Here is the link,

Please take time to do it and pass the word around.

Mario 4 years ago

Cpomeon people. You should sign the petition if you have Murano and even if you have not encountered this problem yet!. and the key word is "Yet", because you eventuelly will encounter this issue. It is unsafe and it is a flaw in design. Need to get Nissan to Recall this piece of ----

Andyc 4 years ago

A lot of you guys have posted a problem where the Murano pulls away slowly from stand still and then shoots forward. This is probably not a CVT transmission fault

When this happens turn off the car and re-start - I bet it fixes it.

Also when it happens take it out of gear and try and rev the car. You will notice that it still will not rev freely therefore it cannot be anything to do with the transmission if you are not in gear

Anon 4 years ago

Maybe, like Toyota, nothing was done because there WAS no problem as proven by exhaustive tests by NASA.

But by all means continue to put that lie out there.

I'm sure we'll hear nothing about Chevy Volts spontaneous combustion problem though.

unhappy nissan AUS owner 4 years ago

My 06 Murano CVT has just failed at 97,000kms

Dealer quoted $9300 for repair.

These CVT's are not repairable any any problem in the transmission will require changeover.

Nissan Australia refuses to honour the same extended warranty on the CVT Nissan USA has done.


mjs 4 years ago

Never buy a NISSAN product again. They will never stand behind their products, whether it's a CVT, Transfer Case or anything else.

mjs 4 years ago

Two Time Owner..

You're one lucky SOB if you didn't have problems. This is a known issue (see if you don't believe it). Also, the CVT is covered but the transfer case isn't. Do you work for Nissan. Your's is the only positive comment here. Your cars will turn to toast and then you'll find out that NISSAN won't even listen to you.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

It is a major issue!

mjs 4 years ago

I already have a petition at Go there and sign.

gojn 4 years ago

woow! i"m terrified. just got a Murano 05, only to read all these comments. kinda thinking the slow pull and sudden shoot has to do with fail safe system to protect the CVT gear during increased temperature as indicated in the manual(pg. starting and driving 5-15). I have experienced this, pulled aside and disengaged the gear and still experienced a slow rev as highlighted by Andy c above. i was thinking the fail safe stuff is the reason for that. However these things are making me sad. Does this warrantee cover someone in Nigeria?

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perrya 4 years ago Author

I would guess, but check for sure.

heidi 4 years ago

Bought my 03 new have 150000 miles on it, never had any problems with CVT love it would buy again!!!!!!!!!!!

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perrya 4 years ago Author

I am willing to bet that the issue was already fixed before you got it.

Andyc 4 years ago

I know you guys feel there should be a recall but if you can't get one then you are still stuck with a car with problems. I recently had the slow pull away problem that the garage i bought the car from refused to acknowledge.

I read all about it on the forums and asked my mechanic to clean the throttle body - problem did not occur for two weeks. not saying this is all that needs to be done but would suggest this as the first fix

My Mechanic also pointed out to me that the Murano CVT should have it's oil changed - i was also keen to do this to make sure the cvt was not sending a messsage to the engine management which was causing the throttle problem

i bought the necessary Nissan NS-2 oil - very expensive and asked the mechanic to go ahead

He saved some of the old oil to show me when I collected the car - it was red in colour so obvioulsy not the NS-2 Nissan oil even though both previous services had been carried out by Nissan dealers

charge you for the proper stuff and put in the cheap stuff.

have now been running the car for two weeks after the gearbox oil change and still no throttle problems so hopefully one of the fixes have cured the problem

I am in the UK but price for both fixes was £160 labour (4 hours) + £115 for gear oil

ps the gear oil that came out of the CVT was very dirty and carried many particles of grit etc.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

The CVT and VW DSG trannys have one thing in common-sensitivity to the correct oil to use and miles. The DSG must be changed every 40K, however, dealers wait until 80K, depite what the manual states. The DSG must use specific oil.

Iz 4 years ago

What should I buy instead?


Just kidding. I know you are going to mention Subaru for the 15th time. :o)

My 2003 Mierdano just had its transmission failed for the 4th time, not the same transmission, its fourth transmission.

SECOND time the radiator needs replacement as it failed and let CVT oil mix with coolant. SIlently, Nissan has revised te radiator and now it is a new part number.

Has anyone here has had the radiator failed with the CVT? One theory of mine is that radiator failure will lead to loss of CVT oil and oil pressure, letting coolant into the CVT and damaging it. NISSAN will blame CVT failure on the out-of-warranty radiator to avoid fixing the CVT under the extended warranty program... The oil pump is part of the transmission and both can be technically considered part of the same system as a transmission cannot operate without its oil cooler. What are your thoughts on being the transmission the part that actually damages the radiator and NOT the other way arround?

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perrya 4 years ago Author

i don't know. Subies are great but I switched for better MPG bought a VW jetta diesel (TDI). Now, that tranny fails if the sensor fails causing the wrong info to be sent to DSG computer. This causes odd things in shifting or a complete safety breakdown before damage occurs-meaning, you cannot drive it until repaired.

GoMurano 4 years ago

The most a cvt oil change can cost is $250 usd using 6 quart genuine Nissan fluid $150 and a new drain plug o-ring $5 at you dealer if the labor rate is $100 / hour remember this service takes less time to compleat than an engine oil change and NO flushing or additives of any kind can be used in the cvt and the internal fluid cooler is a sealed system. The cvt is one of the best transmissions availible, so good that other top manufactures have purchesed cvt licencing from Nissan!

Rudy - San Francisco, CA 4 years ago

I have a 2003 Murano and I've had this hesitation issue since I purchased the car. I knew Nissan would have a difficult time diagnosing this and did want to pay for fixes that were wrong. Now I'm comfortable with the CVT diagnoses and brought my car to the dealer to replace tranny under extended warranty. Nissan says that process is to replace CVT valve body first and then if problems persist they will replace entire CVT transmission. So they are trying to save $$ on parts. My concern now is that how long do I have until my bandaid fails to get a replacement tranny under the extended warranty? I have 80k mi now and the warranty is up at 120K mi. They couldn't answer this.. So well see. I really like this car but will trade it for something else as soon as repairs are done.

Andy C 4 years ago

My Murano no longer hestitates

Cleaned the throttle body and replaced the CVT gearbox oil

see earlier posts

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Good to hear Andy!

Waiman 4 years ago

Unfortunately but it's all true, everything written in the comments about the problems with the CVT and Transfer Case on the Nissan Murano. I was one of the unlucky ones, I purchased a 2003 Pearl White SL Murano, the first one I ever saw one, I wanted one, love the design, however, all was good and smooth riding until one day I brought Murano in for an oil change and technician pointed out a leak around the transfer case, I had some warranty left, made arrangements to replace the seal basically rebuilding... WARNING DO NOT REBUILD IT WILL STILL LEAK. I still ended up paying $1500.00, I still remember that day driving home on the highway, all of a sudden it made a loud grinding noise, anyways brought it back, says he installed seal incorrectly (such big head) and even after all that it still leaked, not worth rebuild, I then brought it to Nissan dealer cause I heard about the CVT extension warranty, found out not covered, I had no choice needed to fix, ended up paying $5000.00 for a new transfer case, in total $6500.00, must likely will never buy a Nissan again although I still have this one, if anyone has received money back for transfer case problem, please post comment.

Christ 4 years ago

Hi, All about nissan CVT issues...

But did anyone know the new Infiniti JX35 2013 now on the dealers, shares exacly the same CVT transmission with nissan murano (same parts and mechanical spec)!!

I asked this question if the murano CVT issue is such serious that there are so many complaints why nissan has installed the same parts on a luxury one as its Infiniti JX35 ?!?

Waiman 4 years ago

Hi Christ,

Well, knock on wood I haven't had any problems with my CVT, (2003 Murano SL),however, definitely had problems with the transfer case (not covered under the CVT extended warranty, Nissan knows problem is not within the CVT, it's the transfer case, probably cost more to fix transfer case than CVT, there not stupid) , and from what I've heard and read, the majority of problems are from the transfer case, therefore, most likely made changes on the design of the transfer case on the Infiniti JX35 2013.

Waiman 4 years ago

Excuse my spelling: (they're)

Teisha 4 years ago

We paid 5,000 down on our 05 Murano March 4th 2012, needless to say it started acting up not even 3 wks after. We were driving home from a relatives house after dying eggs with our 3 kids. Started going up a pretty steep hill and all of the sudden it had no power, and was making an awful screeching noise. Pulled over and there was a puddle of transmission fluid that had leaked out within the few min that we were parked. Took it to a transmission shop the day after Easter. They informed us that it was definitely the transmission, but also informed us of the extended warranty that we were still covered under, so we took it to Nissan. They done diagnostics on it, said it was the seals and that wasn't covered under warranty! They wanted to charge us nearly 1,000 to replace them. We took it to a local mechanic had them replaced along with a few other things, costs us about $850. When he was finished he took it down the rd for a test drive, only to call us to say we would be better off getting Nissan to put a new transmission in it! Well we took it back to Nissan, keep in mind this is all after we had already paid them $100+ for the diagnostic the first time and they told us it wasn't the transmission........ Got a call a couple days after it had been there and they said Nissan agreed to put a new transmission in for us. Said it would take about a wk. That was last Tuesday. My husband calls today to see if we can pick it up, and they tell us that something is wrong with the transfer case! GO FIGURE RIGHT! The man told my husband that they are waiting to hear back from Nissan to see how they can "resolve this matter", and they won't here from them until next wk! This is our family vehicle that we have done without for over a month now. Things are getting just a little ridiculous, ya know!


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perrya 4 years ago Author

i think the whole Murano issue is bad and I am glad I did not buy used one.

mjs 4 years ago

got rid of my murano to an unsuspecting dealer and went Honda. Never ever buy a nissan. They will tell you to go to hell if you call Nissan North America. They don't care and won't stand behind their product, but most of you already know this. Get rid of your Murano while you can and before it becomes a parts car.

Christ 4 years ago

Hi again,

The new Nissan Pathfinder 2013 (as the new crossover)is equipped with the same transmission CVT as Murano's !!

So up to now 3 other Nissan motor SUV vehicles : Murano, new Pathfinder , Infiniti JX35. What would be the next??

What is Nissan thinking of these?? Developping the day after the day!!

deja 4 years ago

I have a 03 murano and it stalls when I come to a complete stop i have to literally push the gas pedal all the way down before the the truck even begins to move I hate it i really loved my murano but now reading all these comments I realize I'm not the only person experiencing this problem

JD 4 years ago

I have an 09 at 70k my trany went out.bought an after market it's been better ever since.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

As long as you are happy!

Jim 4 years ago

A real shame had my heart set on 07 murano

JAB 4 years ago

ABN= Anything but Nissan

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perrya 4 years ago Author

hey, their Sentra's are great cars. It should be ABM-anything but Murano

MLSMS 4 years ago

Never again will I purchase a Nissan. They are DEFINITELY *not* as good quality as Hondas or Toyatas.

We have a 2004 Murano SL, AWD, all bells & whistles but for DVD. over $35K car (!!!! WE SO should have purchased the Odyssey instead - the other car we considered!!!)

Let's see: BIG CVT issue - NOW the dealership says we should replace transmission, even through it had the lag problem since early 2009 (when it only had 60K miles -- back then it was "hmm, maybe an accelerator issue? Hmm, MAYBE if we replace the accelerator sensor??" Now that it's past 120K, "OH, DEFINITELY replace the transmission!!" -- to tune of $5K + (are you freaking kidding me??). We are the original owners. Bought the stupid thing NEW.

2) the VISOR *falls* down in my face (also since around early 2009). Seriously, on a $35K car? NEVER happened on any much older Hondas of ours...

3) have had to replace the locks on rear and passenger side doors - and NOW, the rear door locks no longer work (AGAIN), and have to be manually locked (again, as #2, on BOTH counts!!)

4) OIL LEAK (yep!)

5) Front Seat Broken. Yes, oh yes. UGH

6) After they ran a test to see what error codes came up, the navigation system no longer functions properly. seriously.

7) Due to a recall-related issue, the catalytic converter needed to be replaced (was leaking gasses into the car - I was driving my 2 year old and was pregnant - thanks again, Nissan.

REMARKABLE track record of having "no idea" what could be wrong until the warranty happened to be up by a few thousand miles, and THEN: "Oh, Catalytic Converter (= $5K!), TRANSMISSION (=$5K!), etc... HORRIBLE COMPANY!!!

My mother had the SAME dangerous LAG issue on her Maxima. The dealership (again, while under warranty) JUST COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT.

I cannot believe there is not a class-action suit against Nissan about this! Seems like a similar issue to Toyata's issues...!!!


MLSMS 4 years ago

And, I should add, I loved this car until it stopped working around 60-66K (oh yes, around the time we paid it off...) It is a comfortable ride (or was, before the lag issue!).

NoNissan 4 years ago

The transmission on my 2008 Nissan Sentra went out in 2010 at 65,000 miles, losing all power while I was on the freeway. Very scary scenario. Found out they'd just extended the warranty from 60,000 to 120,000 miles, so they replaced my transmission for free, though I had to pay for my own hotel (was out of town) and miss a day of work. Now, at 121,000 miles, the check engine light came on and dealer says the transmission is about to take a dump again. Opening a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs to see what they'll do. Otherwise, I'm told it'll be nearly $3,800 to repair. I would NOT recommend a CVT transmission.

Nik 4 years ago

Bought 03 murano sl brand new. 190 000 on it, no issues, live in Canada, starts in -40 no problem. So far only replaced tires and breaks which is nothing. Had Maxima and Altima in the past. No issues either. I do regular service including all fluids flush..which is a must. Don't follow the manual as it can't predict your driving style and road conditions. Many lemons out there not just nissans so claiming that you never buy a Nissan again...I don't know. There's no perfect car so search well and maintain according to the usage not "well the manual told me so" good luck everyone.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

@nik, you must be the exception because Nissan did recall the early models for the CVT problem

Calowner 4 years ago

I'm glad I found this forum and the Transfer Case Poll from I have a 2006 and I've been hearing the same noise for years (at least 2, maybe 3 years). Every single time I brought my car in for service, I have complained to the service advisor. I had the extended warranty (up to 75k miles); however, it recently hit 90k. 3+ months ago, I complained again that their previous work/fix on the seal didn't get rid of the problem. I was still hearing the same noise. Finally, they acknowledged that it was the transfer case. 3+ months that the dealership waited for Nissan to approve warranty. Since it's past 75k, Nissan won't cover everything, just the parts. I was told labor itself costs $2,200. I don't have that money :( I love my Murano but after reading all these problems from Murano owners, I realized I wasn't the only one experiencing this issue. Sadly, the delay was not my fault but now I have to bear the consequence. I'm tempted to trade it in but I'm not in a good financial situation now to have a monthly car loan payments. I hope that changing the TC would fix the problem and that I wouldn't have any major issues anytime soon. I'll keep my fingers crossed for more years of service from my 2006 Murano. I will not buy another Murano :(

Tamera 4 years ago

wow, I'm right smack in the middle of this same situation with Nissan- my 2005 Nissan Murano had catastrophic Transmission failure and I am being jerked around between consumer affairs and the shop. going on three months now, I've had it. I can not let them get away with this.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Good luck.

catgrabber 4 years ago

Hi Again::: Well still have the 07 Murano. Still having the blower problems. Found a way to use the original blower. When it doesn't work I remove the cover to the fuse panel, tap it with a nasal spray bottle and I'm good to go!!! So, yesterday with no warning the engine died while driving home. Never have I had a misfire. It just died and that was it. Checked all the clamps to hoses and intake duck work and found nothing loose. When I try to start it, the engine starts, revs a few times and dies. So to the phone I will go. Haven't had any noises from the traney yet. Shes got 67 K on her now. I will let ya know what I find out...............

catgrabber 4 years ago

Well OK!! Called the service department and was told to remove the air cleaner cover and expose the air sensor in the intake tube. The technician said DO NOT TOUCH OR REMOVE THE SENSOR it could be destroyed doing this. I was told to blow at the sensor by mouth or an air source. So I stretched my compressor hose out to the car, blew of the sensor and the car runs fine now. AMAZING!! So now I'm going to buy a air container that ya use to clean your computer components and throw it in survival bag just in case this happens somewhere in the wild blue wonder. It never ceases to amaze me!!!!!!

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Sounds a MAF sensor that regulates air mixtures. The engine light will appear if the sensor is dirty or even has the slightest bit of dirt on it. One of the most sensitive of car sensors located somewhere on the air intake.

catgrabber 4 years ago

Yes I believe your correct. The sensor is located above the air filter cover inside the round part of the air duct. If you remove the cover and look inside the tube you can easily see the first one. My murano has two of them or more I'm not sure yet. There is about 1/2 dozen wires hooked to them. I was told not to remove or touch them. Just blow them with compressed air, and it fixed my problem and the care is running fine now. So, I just returned from town where I purchased a can of compressed air and I have it stored in the car now. Ya just never know when it will happen again. Thank God I wasn't in a tight spot on the interstate or somewhere like that. Never had any lights or any other warning, it just died and that was it. The information I got said this happens most of the time after changing the air filter. I changed mine around last May or June. I also was told some times problems are caused by using after market filters that don't fit properly. So if ya do it your self as I do this is something to watch for. So happy nissaning to you all......

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perrya 4 years ago Author

I have a VW jetta with a very sensitive MAF

Cubanshoediva 4 years ago

Agree. Nissan should be held responsible and do a recall.I wish I had seen the article above before buying it (1 year ago - used 2007) was driving my car on the highway, and felt is pull that thought it was going to just stop onlike me and starting acting like it was stalling. I detoured off to nearest dealership. Just told I need to replace the transmission.

catgrabber 4 years ago

Well, after months of reading blogs and chasing information, trying to find what was preventing my blower motor from working, I found the problem. I have an 07 Murano. It does not have a AC Amplifier in it. So, from my investigation, my 07 Murano has a 06 Camera wiring harness in it. So, behind the fuse panel there is two relay switches. They both are blue in color. On mine, as your looking at the fuse panel the relay to the right is the one that controls the accessories, the one to the left is the fan relay. Now remember there behind the fuse panel. So, I snapped the fuse panel loose and turned it so I could get access to the relays. It is almost imposable to get enough room to remove the relays. So when you remove the fuse panel and be reminded that the wires are still hooked to the panel, and rotate it cock wise, you can just have enough room to remove the relays. So, when you rotate the fuse panel the fan relay is on the right side. Now getting that sucker out is a feat. So if ya do something like this be careful and disconnect the battery, because who knows ya could set off the air bags. But as I said before, I worked at a preassemly plant for Toyota, and an automotive mechanic myself. It's just I don't want to pay hundreds of dollars that I don't have, to fix a $30 problem. So I replace the relay and now the blower fan work's as it should. I guess I should give the part number but I left it out in my shop so I will try and add it later.....Happy Nissaning........

barbara 4 years ago

In 05 I brought a 2004 Nissan Murano the first time I way it. Fell in LOVE!! Well, now it is in the shop because of a touque converter failure. Everyone is shocked, including myself, because nissan has always been seen as a reliable vehicle. Well after seeing all the reports of deceleration and no movement when hitting the gas, I now see that there is a serious problem with this car. I've had my murano for 6 years now and must admit it was a great car from the beginning but wish I had known about the expensive problems before hand. I have enough to pay for with two kids and medical bills for my MS diagnoses, now I have to foot a multi-thousand dollar transmission bill. Thanks nissan for not caring.

Jen 4 years ago

The transfer case in my 06 murano just went and when asked why the tech told me they are not allowed to diagnose why it went but just to replace it at the consumers cost! It's going to cost me $3500 to repair! I am fighting with Nissan right now to get this covered by warranty seeing as they are well aware of issues with the transfer case! Never buying a Nissan again!!!!

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perrya 4 years ago Author

Get in line, there are many ahead of you

dano 4 years ago

We own a 2009 Murano. The wife has 25,000 miles on it. Already has had a head gasket replaced, Radiator replaced, seat cloth replaced on driver side, Transmission noise that Nissan scratched their head and instead of trying to fix they just extended the warranty to 120,000 miles, and just recently, coming back from a trip, the Murano could not get above 3000 rpm.

I'm in the process of 'Lemon lawing' this POS.

And, perrya, quit being a troll. Don't really care about your Subaru.

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perrya 4 years ago Author

No longer have a subaru, but I feel your pain and glad I dodged the Murano

John Jaackson 4 years ago

Bought a used 2004 Nissan Murano with 35,000 miles, six weeks later while driving with the kids on the highway at 65mph the engine short down with no warning whatsoever. Pulled over then turned off the ignation for a few minutes then started it and went home. The following day i took it to the dealer and was told that there's nothing wrong with. I was told that the lead mechanic looked at it and found nothing unusual, no codes indicating errors within the system. A week later it happened again, took it back and was given the same old story. Two days later i took it to a mechanic 45 miles away and within five minutes he diagnosed and replaced the throttle sensor for over $200.00. Five years later while on the highway i experienced the same problem with it again. This to me is a safety issue that should be addressed immediately by the proper authourity.Nissan needs to step up to the plate and do the right thing, whatever it takes to protect it's customers and other people who are directly or indirectly using their product

Brenda 3 years ago

I bought a used 2004 murano....had it exactly one year and transfer case needs to be replaced...not covered under warranty...not even 68000 miles on wants$3300 to fix ...after reading all the horror stories I want out of this nightmare!

Chrissy Lee 3 years ago

I can not believe how many of us wasted our hard earned money on a piece of garbage. I have had to have my seals replaced more then 6 times as well as the whole transfer case. just told as of Sept. of 2013 no warrenty left and I could be looking at $7,000 in repairs. this is a 2009 Nissan Murano SL that I bought brand new in Oct. of 2008. I have only 71,000 KM on my car and it was paid off within 2 years. Now I'm told that my 53,0000 car may be worth 14,500. If I can sell it at all. Has anyone thought of a class action againts Nissan. They have been well aware of this problem for years but fail to be hounest or profsessional. I would never recomend Nissan, unless they fix THEIR problem, and make things right.

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perrya 3 years ago Author

I would say a class action lawsuit is in order, I have never heard so many of the same complaints about a car-its always the same!

Brenda 3 years ago

Anyone know how to start a class action lawsuit? This is unreal

Brenda 3 years ago

Has anyone had problems after replacing the transfer case? I'm trying to get the dealer I bought my car from to buy the car back from me....they knew dam well that these vehicles are junk and are still selling them...WTF?

Bob 3 years ago

For the number of Muranos through out there (the world) as meantioned earlier it seems to be pointless. Have a check, is the Murano AWD or 2WD, seems most are AWD that are having the issues. Is the viscous hub not allowing enough slip so that the transmission or transfer box doesn't bind up causing the cracks/failure.

The oil replacement is a temporary fix for an over worked trans (oil is begin cooked due to too much friction, as meantion possible viscous hub issues), most FWD transmission see out 60 -100kms on a good oil.

Oh Subarus aren't that squeaky clean...

I have worked for too many car companies and they all have their little issues (Ford and GM have some "Big" ones, they could learn a some from the Japanese).

Anyway my 5 cent worth.

I would be interested to see if the issue is more AWD or 2WD and if the oils smell burnt with small traces of clutch lining. Also whether the viscous hubs (if they are still used) are hot after driving on winding roads or normal roads (dirt roads will allow some slip)... Are your tires wearing out quicker (when using AWD) or uneven..

catgrabber 3 years ago

Well perrya I traded. I now have an 08 chevy truck. I miss the 07 Murano, fuel, and all the bells and whistles. I serviced the traney last Oct. and changed the oil and filter. I put the Nissan oil in the traney at $25 per quart ( 5 qt). Every time I serviced the motor I checked all over the under side. In Oct I noticed oil on the tranny and transfer case, I thought, AH OH. So I liked the 07 Murrano, but ya know when ya have the feeling that someone or something is watching ya? Just when ya think it's safe to go back in the woods. I had that sensation for the past 30k. In Nov. I was getting my mail, some cars was coming and I stepped on it to get out of the way and it didn't move. I eased up and it lurched forward so I thought, time to evacuate. So I guess I will probably be back when I buy another Nissan......NOT....

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perrya 3 years ago Author

sounds like a good move.

Mike 3 years ago

Thank you guys, I was about to buy an used one. Now no more Murano for me ...such a shame the car looks beautiful.

Randy M 3 years ago

I have a 2008 altma. Just turned to 30,000 miles. Experienced a slow roll start then a surge. Nissan dealer will replace entire transmission. They say its under warranty. This is day number eight with no car . If this happens at 30k is it worth keeping?

DOA 3 years ago

Had three cases of transmission problems on my 2004 Murano. As with everyone else, love the car. I have had several Nissans over the years and had good experience with the brand. The Murano changed my view of the brand. I found out today from my dealer that I need a transmission replacement. The fault codes are for the speed sensor. When the events happened the RPM went up and the transmission acted as if it was not engaged to the drive train. Once I pulled over and turned the car off, I could restart and it worked normally. After the first event the dealer found no fault codes and acted as if they never heard of the problem. After the 3rd event they found fault codes present and said the transmission needed to be replaced. Since the transmission works normally up until the instant of an event, it acts as if it could be the speed sensors or the overheat sensor that is giving a signal to the engine control to protect the transmission from an overheat. But the dealer has no way to check if these sensors are working since Nissan controls all repairs and parts for the transmission and the dealer essentially must install a totally new transmission. My car has just over the 120 K mile warranty that is duscussed above. So I am looking at over a $4,000 repair bill. Transmissions do fail, but in this case Nissan has made it impossible for anyone but them to work on it or even get parts. The only part available appears to be the entire transmission. It is one thing to have a know problem with a design, it is another to profit from the design problem at the expense of the customer. I was thinking of a Nissan for my next car, but not now.

DOA follow up 3 years ago

After looking at my dealer paperwork I found out when I took the Murano in for transmission problems the first time it had 119,000 miles. Still under the extended warranty. But the dealear could not find the problem or fault codes and when I asked if there were any technical bulletins or information on this problem, the service manager said no.

As noted in my earlier post, the car is now over the 120K warranty. I called Nissan America and reported my problem and my view that since I brought the car in with transmission problems, and the only maintenance they can do is replace the transmission, they should have fixed mine when I initially reported it at 119K miles. The customer service rep was terrible, talked over me and would not listen, and certainly showed no concern for my problem. His approach was you are over the warranty period now and they had no obligation to fix the car. When I told him I was very dissapointed that Nissan will not admit to the problem and no one at the dealership or at Nissan knows a thing about the transmission issue, he said there is no problem with the transmission. When I responded I can find all sorts of posts on the web in 30 seconds of searching, he said that is not statistically valid data because only people with problems report them. When I said Nissan knows there is a problem or they would not have extended the warranty, he stated they never admitted any problems with the transmission and only offered the extended warranty as a courtesy to their customers.

There may be hope for some of the earlier posters on this site. In doing some research I see that in the Nissan letter on their web site, they do say if you had repairs previously done after the 60K original warranty period and before the new estended 120K warranty period, they will pay for them. So if you had any repairs done prior to 120K miles or 10 years, I would look at the extended warranty and see if you can be reimbursed for your repairs.

Forker Gryle 3 years ago

Just this afternoon, my 2004 Murano's transmission failed! --I have 82,000 miles on this beloved car! --but no more! I feel 'ucky that y sn and I were able to drive to the dealer --who immediately inspected the car, experiencing as I did, problems in reverse! --as if something was pulling and dragging the car! --the car was rendered undriveable! --but as I urchsed this car new from that same dealer, I was allowed to drive home a 2013 Murano! --what a difference! --except fortune steering and handling, which I actually prefer on my 2004 Murano; the new version is much less responsive and intuitive --and the brakes fell "looser", ut that steering is quite problematic! --I'd refer a lot less "driver-assist"

Tyler 3 years ago

I bought a 2004 nissan Murano and I was driving in medium heavy traffic and out of no where it felt like the front left brakes locked up and almost pulled me into another car and also almost causing the car behind me to crash into me. Luckily there was a pullout on right side of me and I was able to pull it over. It decelerated rapidly from 60 to stopped in seconds and I also had my 5 month old nephew in the car. I am very unhappy with nissan, I will never buy a nissan vehicle again and will make sure people I know don't either

Murano Don't buy 3 years ago

I have a 2010 Nissan Murano SL, currently has 61,257 miles on it at the time of the problem presented above. The dealer ship wants $1,500 just to open up the transfer case and see if it is just a leaky value.

I loved my Nissan........I will never every buy a pos Nissan again in my life nor will my family if I can help it.

sadmuranoowner 3 years ago

I purchased a 2003 Murano SL in 2005 (one prior owner), currently 75,660 miles on her and except for an alternator recall and some minor repair, I have been Extremely happy with what I call my Golden Girl.. until last Tuesday. I experienced what many here have already... was driving home at rush hour on a busy highway in the 3rd lane when with no warning the transmission failed and I quickly decelerated. Scared the living 'crap' out of me!!! I immediately put on my hazards and made my way over to the shoulder. It was nothing less than a Miracle that I didn't cause an accident! After pausing to regain my composure, I tried accelerating and was able to move it at 25-30 mph. Fortunately I was only about 2 miles from my exit so took a chance to creep on the shoulder til I could get off. I managed to do so then pulled into the first parking area I could find and shut off the car for about 15 minutes. I restarted it then drove around the parking lot for a while to test the driving ability. There was a Tires Plus close by so I took a chance to get there, got a diagnostic confirming it was the transmission which only Nissan could repair. Of course they were closed at that time so I creeped home and immediately got online to research CVT trannies and found several complaints against it. It made me too nervous to drive it again after what I read so had it towed to the dealership the next morning armed with print outs of some of the articles I read. As of today (Fri) they still have my vehicle and haven't been able to duplicate the failure (go figure), which apparently is required before repair or replacement, but did admit they knew there is a problem with this technology. Thanks to what I read on this link, I did further research and found the info backing up the extended warranty which went into effect 2009 *** The warranty allows for replacement at 10 yrs or 120k miles, whichever occurs first. I SHOULD get this benefit since I'm just at 10 yrs and if allowed this benefit, I will have them replace the tranny then possibly try to trade or sell it. I guess it's time but will be sad to see her go:(, she has served me well up to now. Nissan really needs to own up to their product especially where safety is a Major concern!

Dan 3 years ago

Just purchases a 2009 Murano LE about a month ago. While driving the engine has revved and stuck at about 4,000 RPMs. This has happened once driving around 35 mph and 5 times driving on the highway at about 70 mph with the cruise on. Anyone have this issue? Dealer said they would investigate for ~$90/hr and would HAVE to recreate the issue. This has been infrequent. For example, 4 times on a 8 hour drive and then 0 times on the 8 hour return drive.

George 3 years ago

Niw that Renault owns Nissan, I will never buy another Nissan. It's apparent that Renaults horrible reliability record is rubbing off on Nissan. I'm sorry but my family and my money is more important.

Robert 3 years ago

Same issues with my 2004 murano. My first car was a 90 maxima and I loved it. I too will never buy a nissan product again. If your strongly believe something should be done in terms of recall what have you. Write senator Richard blumenthal, as a Connecticut resident I've disagreed with him a lot on consumer issues but I have to hand it to him he is extremely effective and gets things done fast. He fights for consumers. A letter or email may do nothing but you never know.

Peter 3 years ago

Sadly, I just bought a 2004 murano at 53k miles before seeing this posts. I haven't used it yet but am very sad about my decision to get one without thorough research.

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perrya 3 years ago Author

Sorry to hear, but, maybe you will be one of the few with good luck!

Judy from Stillwater 3 years ago

Last Friday, my 2009 Murano died along the side of the road. I had to get towed & discovered I need a new battery & alternator. My car was in the garage again today since I am having problems with my air conditioning unit. This time I may need a new compressor. This is the fourth & last Nissan we will ever purchase due to the ongoing problems.

RJ 3 years ago

My NEW Murano will not shift into a higher gear while accelerating into traffic. This is very dangerous because you simply cannot GO!!!!

What the heck is going on??

bg 3 years ago

I have a 2003 Murano 140,000 miles I have replaced my transfer case three years ago called Nissan for help and got no where with them I had to pay out of pocket $3ooo. Two months after that I have to replace the catalitc converter another big job. Now a month ago I had to replace the gas pump again another big expensive job. But my real problem is my transmission the problem started last summer where after driving the car for about 20 to 30 min and then get into traffic the car starts to hesitate when pressing on the gas I took the car to the dealer w/ no help they told me I had to bring the car when it was happening and this problem doesn't happen all the time. So finally I take it again and they tell me I need a new transmission. I have been doing research and found out that there was a extension on the warranty that I did not know about and was never told by Nissan. I call Nissan North America for help again and they refuse to help in any way even if you didn't know about the extension they just do not care!! This is a very dangerous and scary problem esp when merging from highway to highway. I am extremely disappointed with Nissan they do not care about the safety of there customers they know of this problem and don't do anything about it I guess several thousand people have to die before they really care. I vow to never buy another Nissan and will never recommend anyone to buy an Nissan!!!

Albert 3 years ago

I just bought a 2003 nissan murano sl 3.5 about three months ago with about 11000 miles. Im having problems when Accelerating.. Ive been told by two mechanics, that tell me this Is an inherent problem with the missan murano transmission. Im now looking at a minimum 3000.00 to repair. Can anyone email me any positive news.

Thanks in advance.

Sonji Rouson 3 years ago

04 Murano transfer case went out. Cant afford a new one. Never will buy Nissan again!!!

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perrya 3 years ago Author

As you have read, such a common issue and an expensive one.

J4 3 years ago

If You are looking to buy a vehicle please don't buy a murano, You willbe sory to many problems to list

mitch210 3 years ago

Had similar problems with my Nissan Xterra...2001..right after the warranty was up, my tranny went dead...they blamed I'm having all sorts of problems....never purchase a Nissan again...warning to all...beware. Their service depts all call is user error...not the fault of the parts or vehicles themselves.....

omid 3 years ago

I took my murano to the dealership cause there's obviously something wrong with my transmission, the engine revs a lot randomly and Ive noticed a power loss and random speeding up or speeding down. But the dealership said they found nothing wrong with the transmission. I'm gonna call Nissan and let them know their false promise of extended warranty is useless when the dealership refuses to fix/replace the transmission!

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perrya 3 years ago Author

How many times do hear this story?

funnelchmp03 3 years ago

Have a 2007 Nissan Murano S with 56000 miles on it. Transmission started whining and just crapped out. What garbage. Nissan dealer stated there is nothing wrong with transmission. They changed there tune after showing them diagnosis from two separate private mechanics.

Andrew Falgout 3 years ago

I have a 2003 Nissan Murano. I had stop/go traffic, like during rush hour, my car would experience the following problems:

1. press gas pedal and power would be delayed from 1 second to 8 seconds

2. while driving with cruise the car would lose complete power then resume again

I replaced a cam position sensor, and the issues have not come back since.

timothy 3 years ago

My 2008 Nissan altima 120.8k miles one night driving on highway vibrated pretty hard for 3 times @80 mph, I went back and have someone checked no problems seemed to be diagnostic-ed, just hope after flushing the CVT fluid the problem can disapear.

timothy 3 years ago

Notice that Murano and Altima share everything besides interior and the exterior. Engine same, transmission same, everything same.

GH 3 years ago

I have a Nissan Murano 04 with 125,000 miles. Well kept and service regulary. I had the same problem the car vibrated and it seems to loose power. I took it to Nissan dealership and they could not find the problem. After 900 bill. Still doing which is very dangerous and I do not what to do.

Any suggestions? thanks

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perrya 3 years ago Author

Get rid of it?

kelly Hull 3 years ago

I had a 2007 Murano,...My 17 yr son was driving had his license for two days, we were rounding a corner and the steering was lost and the car surge head on into a telephone pole. Thankfully my son was not hurt because I his mother try to protect him in doing so I ended getting hurt had surgery on my foot and now I have to go for surgery on my hip..

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perrya 3 years ago Author

@kelly, wow. That could be a product liability case.

Kicha W. 2 years ago

I have a 2007 Nissan Murano and I need a new transmission. I haven't even had the car two years and it has under 100,000 miles. I took it back to the dealer and it's going to cost me $7500 to have the transmission and the transfer case fixed.

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Wow, I feel for you. So, sorry....

mcdoug 2 years ago

I just purchased a 2007 murano, with in two days of owning the vehicle the tire pressure sensor light went on, I brought it back to the dealership they turn the light off, two days later the light is back on I took it to midas I have two broken tire pressure sensors and a leak in my power steering fluid. Since purchasing this murano its been nothing but bad news!

mitch210 2 years ago

That is typical of Nissan...I purchased a Nissan xTerra here in Oceanside, CA and the transmission totally went right after the warranty expired. Prior to that, I had several problems which they kept saying that it was nothing major.....had to put in a new factory transmission at full retail dealer price. Stay away from Mossy Nissan...bad customer service and the customer is always wrong!

FloridaFamily 2 years ago

I have a 2006 Nissan Murano. We owe a lot on it still. After the first two years of driving it, we noticed the rpm was going up really high, and the car was not going faster. We were at a stop light, and when I pushed on the gas pedal, it made that rmmmmm noise, and the rpm went up to 4, and the car was barely moving. It started to do this more and more. I notice when it is cold outside, it does it in the morning. Now, it just does it every morning. Then when it warms up, it doesn't do it again. I am stuck with this car, I owe to much on it still, and the dealer wants to give me $7,000 for it. I was just talking today with a friend, that maybe if I took it to Nissan and got it flushed out, and new transmission fluid put it, it may work okay. Now after reading this article, and the comments, I no longer think that will work. I was told by my mechanic, to "Ditch it". The transmission is going, and it will finally just break. I can't just "ditch it". This murano has been a pain in our butts since we purchased it. (3 years ago) EVERYTHING has been replaced. The mounts that broke! Brakes twice, battery twice, drivers side cv axl (I think that is what it is called!) twice!! Other things, that I don't know what they are called, but hubby does! We have put around $4,000 into this piece of crap. My neighbor owned one too, and got rid of it after 1 year. DO NOT BUY A MURANO!!!!

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POWERS1205 2 years ago

I saw this problem crop up almost 5 years ago. It's really a shame that Nissan hasn't properly addressed it. I like the car, but they will affect my buying decision in the future.

Elle11 2 years ago

Hey Everyone! I wanted to post here, and let everyone know...That Nissan IS REPLACING THE CVT TRANSMISSIONS!!! This whole thing of them only doing so till 2010 is NOT TRUE! I also have a 2006 Murano, which has been revving up randomly, and the RPM will go to 4. The vehicle will only go to 20 mph. It also jerks back and forth when I hit 71 mph. A lot of other things have had to be replaced on mine as well. It is an 8 year old car, so that is normal. I just took my Murano in to Nissan Friday morning, and they hooked it up and ran a diagnostic report. It showed a bad transmission, and Nissan is paying for a brand new CVT transmission! They also paid the $162 diagnostic report, and put me in a brand new suv (rental) for the time. So, again... NISSAN IS REPLACING THE CVT TRANSMISSIONS!! IT IS 10 years, or 120,000 miles!!!!!!

Sem 2 years ago

I have a 2004 Murano and have the same problem. It started with a weird light noise he wheels and then and bumping noise. it seems like all the car was going apart, so i took it to the dealer it was the transfer case. Cost $4000. what is embarrassing I paid $140 to inspect the check engine light and the dealer said oil was low and would cost $40 additional $ to add oil. They didn't even give the sheet to add oil to the engine while I paid $4140 to fix their f***cking transfer case and inspection....I was considering a trade in but the seller told me I shouldn't have fixed the tranfer case before the trade in bcoz I'm not going to get a sheet out of it now...they appraised the car at $5K knowing that I just spend over $4k in a brand new transfer case. Never a Nissan again

ees 2 years ago

I have a 2006 Nissan Murano with 128k miles on it. At about 118k miles the vehicle started intermittently loosing speed at times. When I tried to accelerate, the engine would rev but the vehicle was loosing speed. This was unpredictable and difficult to reproduce, and I understand that the dealer cannot diagnose a problem that will not occur. Therefore, I continued to drive the vehicle as best I could, being careful when accelerating into traffic.

The problem finally worsened so I took the vehicle to Jones Junction Nissan in Bel Air, MD. On Jul 6, 2013, Dan Moore at Jones Junction Nissan quoted me $7,510.00 for repairs as follows:

CVT Transmission - $4,447.32

Rear Exhaust Manifold/Cat Convertor - $1,603.72

Throttle Body - $610.00

Drive Belts - $169.95

Valve Cover Gaskets and Spark Plugs - $680.00

I could not afford the huge repair bill so I parked the vehicle and saved money to consider having the work done at a later time. But these prices seemed excessive so I did some checking online for OEM replacement parts per their estimate. The rear exhaust manifold can be purchased $131.35 and both (set of 2) catalytic convertors can be purchased for $374.26 vs their quote of $1,603.72 for parts and labor (P&L). The Hitachi OEM throttle body can be purchased for $217.80 vs their P&L quote of $610.00. Replacement drive belts cost $13.85 vs their quote of $169.95 for P&L. Valve cover gaskets (pair) are priced at $15.77 and six spark plugs cost $36.00 vs their quote of $680.00 for P&L. The prices I found are averages; some lower, some higher. However, as an authorized Nissan dealer, Jones Junction Nissan would be able to purchase these parts at wholesale prices, far lower than the prices I was able to find. I understand that it takes time to replace these parts and I recognize the need for a business to turn a healthy profit. But I believe these prices are far from reasonable.

My Murano has a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). I did some research and found an enormous number of complaints from Nissan customers, as well as huge repair bills concerning the CVT type of transmission, starting with the 2003 Murano model year. I also found that Nissan Corporation acknowledged the CVT problems and extended the CVT warranty several times, finally to 10 years or 120k miles. I also found a huge number of transfer case failure reports and power steering pressure hose complaints from customers. On the NHTSA Website there are literally many hundreds of consumer complaints involving the same Nissan Murano failures that I have experienced. I believe the pattern (i.e. repetition and volume) of these failures clearly indicates serious defects in the production of Nissan Murano vehicles.

Since it was clear that Nissan was fully aware of the defects in the CVT design, in Feb 2014 I contacted Nissan North American headquarters to explain my situation and to appeal to them for help regarding the huge cost of the CVT replacement. I stated that my vehicle currently has 128k miles on it, but had 118k miles on it when the symptom started. It is my understanding that Nissan then contacted the Jones Junction Nissan service department. But service personnel at Jones Junction Nissan stated that I had to spend $800.00 (plus towing) to get the vehicle repaired to a point where they could run diagnostics. It was unclear as to exactly what the $800.00 was for. But I agreed and paid the $800.00 for the initial repairs so that the diagnostics could be performed. Jones Junction Nissan also charged me another $245.00 for a 5 MILE TOW from my house to their location in Bel Air, MD. Nevertheless, they ran the diagnostics, and on Feb 26, 2014, Jessica Stanton at Jones Junction Nissan now quoted me $11,468.92 for the repairs as follows:

CVT Transmission - $4,800.00

Transfer Case $3,489.98

Both Front Control Arms - $1,289.98

Power Steering Hose and Sensor - $889.98

Exhaust Manifold - $998.98

So the estimate is now approximately $4,000.00 more than their prior estimate, and now includes different parts, particularly the transfer case at nearly $3,500.00. They also told me that my brakes "were getting low."

Next, I did some more checking online for OEM replacement parts listed on their second estimate. Both (a set of two) front control arms are available for $158.47 vs their quote for P&L of 1289.98. The power steering hose is available for $28.06 and the power steering sensor is $86.48 vs their quote for P&L of 889.98. Both F&R exhaust manifolds are available for $324.95 vs their quote of $998.98 to replace just the rear exhaust manifold.

The final word from Nissan North America headquarters was that they could do absolutely nothing for me... no allowance or concession whatsoever. Their indifferent response to my appeal for help, as well as their production of a vehicle with serious mechanical defects, speaks volumes about the quality of their automobiles and their corporate values.

So I am facing in excess of $11,000.00 in repairs for an 8 year old Nissan Murano that has a trade-in value of about $6,000.00. And I'm still making payments on the vehicle. I already dropped $1,000.00 ($800 for the diagnostics plus $245 for that 5-mile tow) to Jones Junction Nissan, only to get a new estimate that is now $4,000.00 more than their original estimate. Jones Junction Nissan cares about customers about as much as Nissan does. But the vast difference in estimates also calls into question the technical skills, business integrity, and honesty of the service operation at Jones Junction Nissan. Not to mention a charge of $245.00 for a 5 mile tow! What a nightmare!

Haven 2 years ago

I have a 2004 murano loved it at test drive but noticed when stepped on the gas that it would hesitates and made a loud bang the dealer had it looked at said it was a broken motor mount and a clogged injecter I sooooo should have just walked away but being a fan of nissan I got the car. It was good for about 2 months then the front motor mount broke that's when it all went to hell three day with the dealers macanic and 500$ later still wasn't running right and they didn't know what was wrong wanted to change my fuel pump said no brought it home changed the maf sensor ran fine for about 3 weeks now when I push the gas it takes off really slow will finaly get up to speed but makes a dragging sound they are now telling me to change out my throttle body sensor I love my murano when it is running right but it just seams like it is one fix after another on this thing

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Wait till you have tranny problems...

Luke 2 years ago

Consumer Reports is misleading. I bought my Nissan under their recommendation, only to find two years later it's now under their USED CARS TO AVOID list????? They never should have recommended it. This pattern has been the case since the 2003 Murano was initially recommended by them. I learned that their predicted reliability rating only considers the first 3 years. So if the car is known to just fall apart AFTER the three years, Consumer Reports will STILL recommend it? THAT'S BULL!! Now we're stuck with a unreliable car that's nothing but a money pit.

Teri W 2 years ago

Everything keeps referring to older models. My Murano is a 2010 and the transmission just gave out a couple of days ago. I was driving and all of a sudden, the accelerator just did not work. Thankfully I made it to the side of the road. Nissan is replacing the transmission, with another of the same. Oh boy - will ditch this one soon.

Charles FS 2 years ago

Good Heavens, I wish I would have seen this before we bought our 2003 Murano. It was offered several years ago at 1/2 KBB and we thought it was a bargain. Since then we've have the typical old car issues, battery (was really the alternator), alternator, broken drivers seat (out of warranty), door locks no longer work except for manual - all understandable with an old car and 100k miles. But the other night, (and now it has 134,000 miles) my wife pulled out from an intersection, there was a big truck coming (but 1/8 mile away- so a reasonable distance), but when she took off, it was like the engine had died at the critical point - we were into the oncoming lane and cars suddenly appeared coming around a corner at full speed while at the same time that Big truck was really bearing down in the lane we needed - and we were going like a half mile per hour. So my wife panics and cuts the wheel to give the lane to the BIG truck, but puts us into a nighttime head-on situation with the oncoming traffic. I screamed at her to take the ditch, not the oncoming traffic - and luckily the BIG truck saw we were in trouble in time to get slowed down and leave the lane for us. Only at that last second, the Murano took off like nothing had happened. After checking everything I knew to check (I've worked on cars for 40 years) I find this article - too late. Since it continues to happen intermittently, there is no way I can sell this thing to another person, so I am stuck with it - by the looks of these posts, at salvage value.

As any machine, the Murano doesn't care if you love your mother, go to church, or are kind to puppies - it doesn't care. But those in power at Nissan should care, and if they advised their shareholders, I'm certain the human shareholders would care and would expect Nissan to have managed this issue above board in a respectable manner - not in the chicken s@^t way that it has turned out.

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Thanks charles, that was really a close call. Glad you are okay.

vera w. 2 years ago

I have no option but to drive my 2004 Murano in utter fear. I bought it brand new in 2004, followed all the required maintenance,its in excellant condition(looks new) CVT stalls at stop lights or climbing my driveway. I'm afraid to make a left turn. I have to shut the car off in order to proceed. This started a year ago. I even asked the dealership about it, they played dumb. Clearly they knew exactly what was happening. This is appalling!!! Never knew about the extention of the warranty since Nissan never mailed it too me. But I get constant ads to purchase another one, so they know where I am.

So I have to risk my safety (sounds like hundreds of owners are) and drive it or figure out how to go into debt and buy another vehicle. I submitted a complaint to DOT. I don't expect them to act or respond. Like Toyota this will take fatalities before DOT forces Nissan to recall it and do the right thing. What else can be done to bring attention to this problem? Sign me up.

belen0617 2 years ago

I have a 2006 Nissan Murano that I just got Diagnosed and its the transmission. And just my luck i am at 121,036 miles! and the coverage is up to 120! I called Nissan and they tell me that i have to get it by diagnosed by a Nissan dealership in order for them to see if i can at least get some type of discount. I asked if in the case they decide not to help with the issue...would I get reimbursed for the diagnostic? They tell me that they don't know and it is a risk i would have to take! I hate NISSAN! I really don't know what to do....Should I just trade it in? I would lose so much money :(

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Either trade it in before it is kaput or keep it and pay for repairs.

Tim B. 2 years ago

We have a 2014 Murano and the tranny just went out at 37K miles. Thanks for posting this, now we have an idea.

dave 2 years ago

Purchased a 2004 from the dealership where they just did a replacement of the transfer case 1 year later the thing at times could barely get out of its own way then lunges forward. Had the front bearings and axels repairs 2 of the four Cat coverters replaced and now even with pure synthic oil changed religiously the engine is blown. What a nightmare.....

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perrya 2 years ago Author

So sorry to hear...

JOHN RODRIGUEZ 2 years ago

"I just bought a used Murano with 68.000 miles when I press the gas pedal and the car doesn't move until the RPM is over 1000 or till I turn off the car and turn on again. I didn't notice it during the test drive and it just showed up after being stuck in traffic in Riverside for about 1 hrs. I'm a little disappointed, a little mad, a little confused, and everything else! "...I will not recommend to anyone to buy a Nissan Murano.

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Sorry to hear it. Know the pain!

George V. 2 years ago

We have a 2004 Murano - transfer case broked.

Nissan needs to really do something 2 years ago

This is sad because I'm making payments and paying ridiculous amount of money to fix problems with this car. Now I just found out that my 2007 Murano needs a trans and I still owe 84375 on the car

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Wow, so sorry to hear it.

Unhappy Nissan Customer 2 years ago

$5,067 is the quote to replace the CVT in my 2011 which is not paid for yet. I called 1-800-Nissan1 and was told they would escalate the case. Then I was told "We are sorry but we cannot help you." DO NOT BUY A CVT MURANO ever! I am so frustrated and unhappy with Nissan. They obviously do not care if consumers are in danger when their CVT goes out. I had no signs or warnings. It just "stopped running." I AM CALLING A CLASS ACTION LAWYER.

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perrya 2 years ago Author

Wow, that is just incredible. So sorry.

henry 2 years ago

It seems that Z50 Muranos should to go to vehicle dismantling ASAP.

Poor buyers...

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perrya 2 years ago Author

It is hard to believe the federal government did not force a recall or fine the company.

Shelly Littauer 23 months ago

I have a 2003 Murano. Which I have never had any problems until recently. This is what happened. I am driving on the freeway and suddenly I hear a strange metalic sound coming from the bottom of my car. It lasts just a few seconds. I continue my trip. On the way back my car suddenly loses power. Every time I come to a full stop and I press the gas it moves in slow motion. At one point it just stopped. Took it to the dealership who told me it MAY need a new transmission. I did not have the work done.There are NO indicator lights telling me there is a problem. So I have been driving my car for almost 2 months with no problem until today. I turned off the freeway and suddenly the car shuddered making sound coming from the bottom of my car which lasted a few seconds.l After that everytime I came to a stop light and hit the accelerator the car would move in slow motion. I let the car sit for about 2 hours and now it seems to be fine. I am afraid to drive my car.

I am planning to contact Nissan tomorrow and complain.

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ERader 22 months ago

Our 2011 Nissan Murano with 66K miles had a complete transmission failure nearly 6 weeks ago- not covered by warranty. I've spoken with multiple members of Nissan's Consumer Affairs department, to no avail. We will be contacting those mentioned in this article about a class action lawsuit:

Lisa Destefano 21 months ago

I have a 2007 Murano. The transmission was replaced last year under the extended warranty that Nisson had on the trany because of the faulty design. It was giving me some acceleration problems that I thought were fuel pump or fuel injectors. 11,000 miles later it failed on the highway. It just happens to be 13 months after the replacement and no longer covered. Who ever heard of a transmission failing in a year? They obviously have problems because they have a consumer complaint department that took my call. The dealership wants to fix it but will not absorb the cost. If they could not fix it they had a responsibility to tell me it wasn't fixable and offer me something else. To fix it to get it past the warranty time is criminal. I am very interested to join a class action suite against NISSON if they don't come through tomorrow and fix my car. We need to join together.

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perrya 21 months ago Author

Well, seek an attorney willing to handle a class action lawsuit. I am sure you could win.

Monica Morton 18 months ago

2009 Nissan Murano with a cracked transfer case, original owner. Same story. The wouldn't cover it. At 137,000 miles I paid $4,000 to have the cracks sealed, that is what they recommended. Along with power sterling, engine mount and some other things. I went into a different Nissan repair shop today for the check engine light. Need catalyic converter but they said transfer case is leaking again. I'm furious at this point.

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perrya 18 months ago Author

I know you are, like the many others. The situation is horrible.

Kbaker 18 months ago

2009 Nissan Cube had transmission replaced last week. Didn't even make it 50 miles before going back into the shop. New transmission is not working either. We just bought the car 4 months ago...really frustrated and it sounds like we will have to contact an attorney after reading all these comments. Nissan doesnt appear to have any concern with the safety of their vehicles....ugh.

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perrya 18 months ago Author

@kbaker- wow, you have an incredible, sad, story. Sue them!

Brian 15 months ago

Was just told murano transmission needs replacement to the tune of 4100. Have always had the fluid changed at the dealer. Before or around the recommended interval. Car has 112k miles. What a heap of junk. They told me they can't even rebuild or service them. Never another Nissan. Never.

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perrya 15 months ago Author

So many, as you tell from the blog, have been ripped off by the Murano, whether used or new, don't buy one!

chris a 15 months ago

2007 murano just bought 6 weeks ago. Felt like it was slipping. Took it in and still haven't heard anything back as of this afternoon. I have a sick feeling. However. I'm 5 minutes from nissan head quarters, I will visit them personally to get this sorted out.

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perrya 15 months ago Author

They probably will not help much, sorry to say.

Eric H 15 months ago

Our 2004 Murano just started this slipping on takeoff symptom and have seen more of these horror stories than I can count. 129,000 miles, no accidents or issues, great condition. KBB valued the car at around $4,000-4,500. Took it to Carmax to see what they would pay for it - $2,000. I'm sure they know that anyone looking to trade in a Murano of this series has begun experiencing these issues.

A note on Nissan service - they suck and don't stand behind their product. Our visors began falling into our field of view about 6 years after we bought it. Nissan wanted $350 each to replace - for defective visors! When I went on line to find them cheaper I found out that this a known common and dangerous defect. After going round and round with nissan about it I realized that their only intention was to overcharge me for a garbage product. It's a shame. I have a 2001 Sentra that has not had any issues. I have paid more for gas in it than I paid for the car but because of the "tough sh*t" attitude that we have gotten at every level of nissan we will not be doing business with them ever again.

I think we are going to take the $2,000 from Carmax, while it's still running, and move on.

Cesar Ricardo 14 months ago

My sister's Murano had the same problem at 75K . My experience as 4x4 driver made ​​me think it was the CVT and I decided remove the AWD fuse, then the failure disappeared, now the Murano works as the 2wd version and we feel it more powerfull. I understand that you deserve AWD transmission because you paid for it , but this is a simple solution , it takes one minute to execute and that will save them $ 5K meantime they negotiate with Nissan dealer . The fuse is located in the box of fuses next to the radiator is red (10 Amps) it is identified by letters AWD and its red color. Of course AWD light will light permanently when fuse it remove.

Alfred 13 months ago

2012 Nissan Murano 57000 miles

Wife told me car felt heavy I didn't feel that when I drove it.she drives that car everyday.its hers .

Then her and her mom while driving felt car skipping (like choking ) her explanation it was trying to go but didnt. 3 times.

After reading is sounds like transmission.????

Still have 2 years left to pay off car.?

Should I get rid of the car?

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perrya 13 months ago Author

I would take it in and have then check the tranny for sure. But, a choking may be fuel related if it stutters when accelerator is pressed down.

Shelle 12 months ago

2006 Nissan Murano transmission kelp slipping and now it's completely gone. no warnings went out right in the middle of my child and me driving on the road. Thankfully I was turning I into my neighborhood. But now it's embarrassing that my car is stuck in front of a neighbor's home.

Justin 10 months ago

2009 Nissan Murano. 3rd Transmission going in right now. All under warranty but the warranty will soon expire and this will happen again I am sure. Not sure what to do now.

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perrya 10 months ago Author

Just get rid of it if you can.

KENNYBOY 9 months ago

2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 6,100 miles. Transmission went.

Not happy.

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KENNYBOY 3 minutes ago

2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 6,100 miles. Transmission went.

Not happy.

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perrya 9 months ago Author

WOW, unbelievable! Can't imagine how angry you must be! Speechless.

Oscar 9 months ago

I was about to buy 04 murano for my mother.

I am glad i read all these before buying it. Will runaway from that car.

Feel Sorry for all the people who had to go thru all this. I was really helpful to me.

Nissan must do a Recall.

Nissan sucks!

Michael 8 months ago

I only wish I did research on this car before being suckered into it. 04 Murano with 110k on it. Did not even get 2k miles on it before the CVT went out. 4k to repair, even a Nissan dealership I had it towed to (not the non-Nissan dealership I got it from), since I got the car As Is I am screwed. No lemon law or anything in my state to save me either. Nissan was only wanting to cover 1k of the expenses on a 4.5k part. Pretty much everyone at Nissan advised against it, since even then the vehicle would be probably only worth 4k if I chose to trade it in at a later date. Needless to say the 7.3k I spent on the car was a loss and only owned it for 6 months. The fact they won't do a recall or even offering first time Nissan owners some form of better compensation for this issue has now ruined me from owning anything Nissan.

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Efficient Admin 7 months ago from Charlotte, NC

If I had to pay $9400 to fix a transmission, I would dump it a buy another car for that kind of money. The CVT problems in Nissan is why I decided to go with the Toyota Camry. I came this close to buying the Altima (I test drove one and Loved it) but then did some background research on the Nissans and discovered the problems with the CVT.

Dee 7 months ago

My 2003 Murano AWD transmission failed at 107000 miles. Warranties stop at 100,000 or past 10 years in age. Estimate $4,700 plus towing costs and diagnostics cost. Last year they diagnosed issues with differential and I paid $3500+ towing costs. I expected to keep this car running until 140000. These are and were expensive cars to only last to 100,000.

Ireland Muranos 7 months ago

Hi there,

A huge thank you to the author and the contributors to this site. I had viewed and test driven a Nissan Murano yesterday 24/06/2016 and heard a knocking noise in the engine, decided to research online, came across this any many, many more sites containing the same terrible stories from disgruntled Nissan Murano owners, thanks to this site, I am not one!

JnM 6 months ago

Hi elle11 you posted that Nissan is replacing Cvt transmission , seems all other posts say different . We bought - 2004 murano a month ago it's past 10 years and has only 155000 k on it , wish we found this site , yes it makes no sense 4.5 star rating , now abit worried to expect problems , " perrya " is there a recall coming does anyone know Canada

greenman926 5 months ago

My 2006 Murano has been acting up about 2 months. Car completely shut off one time, luckily I was in my office parking lot. Second time about a month later, car would not start, third time, later the same day. I was at a traffic light and pushed the gas pedal, nothing happened, then it slowly began to accelerate. This happened every time I had to stop. I was about at my destination when going up a hill the car would not go up. Everything was on, but when I pushed the gas pedal, nothing. I walked to my destination, about an hour later when I left the car was fine. I finally dropped off at dealership and they told me the battery had a bad cell. I had AutoZone test it the first time it stalled out and they said it was fine. I have a feeling its going to be the CVT. Should I pressure them into looking at the transmission etc? Thanks.

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perrya 5 months ago Author

For sure, CVT is bad.

greenman926 5 months ago

I did and they keep telling me it was a bad cell in the battery and everything else checks out fine. I asked that they keep it longer and check the transmission.

LILLY 5 months ago

So what happen? did anyone start a class action lawsuit for this particular issue?? I see other lawsuits concerning 2013-14 Pathfinders and Xterras, but nothing for the Murano issues. Any more info on this??

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perrya 5 months ago Author

Not that I have heard.

Timmy 5 months ago

CVT on my 2011 Murano just failed at 71,000 miles

greenman926 5 months ago

I traded in my '06 Murano this weekend. I didn't want to deal with it anymore. I didn't want to take the chance of the car stalling in traffic again.

candrade 4 months ago

same problems as others. transmission on my 2005 murano went caput, also visor drops, front seat came loose, converter died. All before 170,00 miles. ridiculous.

KN16 2 months ago

I also own a 2005 Murano. the gearbox failed as I was travelling on a highway doing about 120km/h. I've been struggling to find a replacement for the past few months now. The Nissan dealership quote for a new gearbox is so ridiculous the amount can actually buy a decent used car. STAY AWAY FROM the MURANO!!

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perrya 2 weeks ago Author

The problem seems to be the older Muranos and not those in the past few years.

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