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Feb 15, 2010 (4:03 pm)
this is a heads up to all murano, and even all nissan owners with the 3.5 engine.
on another message board for nissan owners, there is a thread about coolant smells in new muranos. i had this problem with my 2003 murano, but they never found the problem and it eventually went away.
i also have a 2008 altima coupe with the 3.5 and there is a very strong coolant smell. while researching this issue, i found that there are quite a few others with this problem.
stay tuned. rr70
#2188 of 2342 Re: 2004 Murano will not start dealer cannot figure it out [bestforless]
Feb 15, 2010 (4:14 pm)
dear best for less.
i have a 2003 and over the years, one in a while, the car would not keep running. you described it perfectly.
the fact that it would start and not run, and they say it sounds like a back pressure issue because it will keep running with 2 plugs, make me think that the computer is messing up the valve timing.
any way, was it ever fixed and how?
how about pulling a computer from a wrecked 2004 for your car.
for my car, it only happens on the first start of the day or after the car has sat for 8 hours at work.
usually, it cooler or cold weather.
how cold was it when this happened.
let us know, this is a big issue.
#2189 of 2342 Re: Irratic idling and now and then then jerking. [vctau]
Feb 15, 2010 (4:21 pm)
perhaps no one has mentioned it, but often the rattling from the door(s) is nothing more than the plastic inner panel which has a tiny gap from the steel. put a folded business card in there and it will stop. a very low tech issue and problem.
Feb 22, 2010 (11:49 am)
I have owned many different types of cars and trucks. This 2003 Murano has turned out to be for me one of the most unreliable and repair intensive cars I have ever owned.
The short list:
Recurring brake and strut problems.
Engine oil leaks (valve covers; seals; gaskets; etc.).
The engine now is burning oil (I have changed it every ~3K miles).
Catalytic converter system and O2 sensors replaced.
Failed power door lock solenoids (2).
Cup holder ears broke with little pressure.
Bose CD changer problems (disc player skips; speakers cut out).
Gas cover door sticks preventing access to fill tank with gas.
AC system coolant leaks repaired and system re-charged.
These issues have made the experience of owning this car very sour. I have spoke to other owners who have expressed the same dissatisfaction. See my posts in the CVT issues section.
By anything else. Don't buy Nissan!
#2193 of 2342 Re: My 2003 SE [mikesmurano]
Feb 22, 2010 (3:07 pm)
Mike: Really sorry to see that list of pain. My 05 has been bulletproof now at 80,000. And still original brakes that look good. None of the above. I wonder if in the two years between 03 and 05 certain flaws were fixed, or, if like the story goes, you got a car made early on a Monday or late Friday afternoon.
#2194 of 2342 Re: My 2003 SE [mikesmurano]
Feb 23, 2010 (1:51 pm)
I bought my '05 Murano brand new and have put more brakes on this car than any other car I have ever owned. I also have had to replace ball joints twice. I don't drive fast or stop quickly or take the car off road so I don't know what the problem with the brakes is. I have 100,000 miles now and am a little worried because it is now starting to burn a little oil. I have had the oil changed every 3000 to 4000 miles too. The exhaust flanges rotted out at 99,00 miles, but the muffler was in perfect condition so I had the brackets welded. Like many others I had the rocking front drivers seat but luckily my husband fixed it.I also had an real problem with the air bags sensor and had a total of 16 visits to the Nissan service center before they finally fixed it. I agree with you...this car is very expensive to maintain and I would not buy another one.
Feb 26, 2010 (8:28 am)
Two weeks after taking my 2006 Murano to the dealer for the air intake recall, I started to hear a humming noise coming from the front of the car. I took it back to the dealer suspecting that they had caused some other problem and they gave a quote of $1600 to replace the front wheel bearings, a bunch of parts from the front suspension and the drive belt. Then I took it to another dealer further away from home to make sure it was really the wheel bearings and they got to the same conclusion but gave me an estimate of $750 to repair the two front wheel bearings only. I ended up taking it to a small shop that I know and ended up paying $550 for the repair. To have a problem of this magnitude with 40K miles is not a good thing for a car in the Murano class and after finding out through this forum how many other people had similar problems, Im really disappointed with Nissan.
#2196 of 2342 Re: My 2003 SE [ljette]
Feb 26, 2010 (9:56 am)
I also experienced the brake issue which ended up being the least of my troubles.
I am a mechanical engineer and worked in the auto industry so I feel I carry an astute analysis of this car.
My observation is that the original brake design is a little meager when you ocnsider the weight and design of the car. That is usually why the pads wear out so fast. I tried different types and grades and never found anything suitable that lasted long.
I did start buying the better Duralast pads from Autozone that have the lifetime warranty. Brake pads are relatively easy to replace for a shade tree mechanic and typically don't require machining the rotors.
Mine also started to burn oil. The dealer told me that the PVC (built into the valve covers) could be clogged, etc. I replaced them and saw no improvement. However, the oil burning casued my catalytic converter to clogg up and fail. The dealer estimated ($1200) to fix. This is not a cheap fix either. I did find the mfgr. of the CAT though; bought one direct; took it to a MIDAS shop and they replaced for a total of $300 labor + $250 (CAT & gaskets) = $550.
This did not change the fact that the oil still burned. I just sold the car last week.
Murano's are still valued and prized as a great car. If you can afford it, I would unload asap.
I just bought an '05 ACURA TL & a '99 Toyota 4Runner and feel like I made the bast car decisions in 10 years.
Please read all of my other posts.
Best of luck. Write me anytime.