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#2197 of 2341 Re: wheel bearings [szamprogno]
Feb 26, 2010 (11:39 am)
I never had any problems with my wheel bearings.
But, I am not surprised. As I mentioned in the previous post, Nissan under-engineered a lot of things in this car.
I am surprised that they still were not getting it right as late as 2006 models.
I expect we will be seeing Nissan's management in front of congress in the future.
They have injury related issues witht he Murano that can be found on the NTSB's website.
Also, another topic to keep in mind. The Murano has a drive by wire acclerator. There is no cable. The gas pedal has an encoder that syncs with a small electric motor mounted to the throat of the throttle body. The motor opens the butterfly on the intake/T.B. while the fuel pump receives a signal from the ECM via the encoder.
There was one instance where a woman's ECM/encoder went screwy and the car accelerated upto 50 mph before she crashed and flipped on its side. The engine and wheels were still racing. I am waiting to see if a lawsuit is going to be issued.
#2198 of 2341 Re: My 2003 SE [ljette]
Mar 02, 2010 (12:35 pm)
My 2003 Murano just failed the state inspection because of the left ball joint and outer tie rod end. I'm pretty sure I've already replaced the ball joints once. Anyone else having this issue?
#2199 of 2341 Re: My 2003 SE [jg2003]
Mar 02, 2010 (2:56 pm)
I had my struts replaced when getting new tires last year.
There was a creaking sound from the front wheel assemblies. The ball joints checked out okay, but I live in the south where the car saw little snow and salt.
I have heard and read about a lot of instances of this problem in the Muranos. It's a heavy car prone to suspension issues.
If the delaer is proving too expensive, try a quality-reputable tire shop. They may be able to give you a better deal with better parts.
The shop I used gave me a life time warranty on the parts and labor.
The dealers don't always know best and are usually more expensive.
#2200 of 2341 2006 Murano with strut issues and more
Mar 15, 2010 (7:42 pm)
I have been working with the Consumer Affairs department at Nissan and have been so disappointed . . .
The struts on my 2006 Nissan Murano are toast . . . about an $800.00 repair, I am told. The hatch latch is also locked up, which will be additional $150.00 to diagnose and repair. How can it be that a vehicle that costs upwards to $27,000 can have such issues. Over the years, I have owned a few different vehicles: Toyota, Honda, Jeep, and Chevy to name a few. I have never experienced the repair issues with these other brands, as I have with my Murano. Even though Toyota is experiencing its own difficulties at this time, I will likely go that route in the future. And Nissan, well they haven't heard the last of me.
#2201 of 2341 Re: 2006 Murano with strut issues and more [marcianno]
Mar 16, 2010 (9:18 am)
I feel your pain.
I had to replace my struts also along with many other parts. I agree with your assessment about the quality of the car.
I recently replaced my '03 Murano with an Acura TL. I also bought a used 4Runner to boot.
No more Nissan's for me! If you can afford it I would suggest getting rid of the car as soon as possible before something really expensive happens. Read my other posts that are under my name.
I paid $25K for my '03 and spent another $11K in repairs over the years.
#2202 of 2341 '03 Murano Lemons...
Mar 16, 2010 (1:59 pm)
Against my better judgment I bought a "first model year" Murano in '03. Love the size, etc. but OMG, this vehicle has been a problem since I've owned it! I've had four (4) alternators in six years which Nissan didn't seem to think was unusual...The first one was replaced at no charge since it was defective (a recall) but I've paid for the others. They won't admit that there is some kind of electrical problem which is causing them to fail among other electrical problems.
Almost since I purchased the car the "Service Engine Soon" light has been on; the dealership(s) diagnosed various problems - to the tune of several thousands of dollars and the light REMAINS on.
There is some kind of shield in the front underside of the vehicle which, if one pulls too close to a cement parking barrier or accidentally bumps hard snow, is easily damaged. The part is $150. PLUS the exorbitant labor rates the dealership charges! I've replaced THREE of them and need to do it again.
When I called Nissan corporate and complained about all this their answer was "It's a he said/she said thing. There is nothing we can do." I told them that after owning Nissans since I bought my first Datsun B210 station wagon years ago, NEVER AGAIN would I buy another! What happened to "make the customer happy?" If I could I would get rid of this albatross tomorrow but can't afford a new car until next year.
WAKE UP, NISSAN...or you're going to be in Toyota's shoes!!!
#2203 of 2341 Re: Murano Lemons
Mar 16, 2010 (4:58 pm)
I'm afraid I got top all that. I bought a beautiful 2006 with low miles on 12/1. Within days and well within the used car dealer's warranty period, it started putting out white smoke. Since then $13,000 dollars worth of work has been done during 82 days in the local dealership and the problem still exists. Every engine part has been replaced except for the heads which have been to a local machine shop twice. At least now I have a free rental, but the used car dealer is threatening to bail out on me. Help!!! Where does Consumer Reports get good data on this vehicle?
#2204 of 2341 Re: 2006 Murano with strut issues and more [mikesmurano]
Apr 04, 2010 (7:08 am)
After my last round with a rude and inefficient Consumer Affairs rep, I requested to speak with a Manager. I will say, the gentleman who followed up with me was kind, understanding and took my disgruntled opinion with grace. It turns out that against my normal mode of operation, I had purchased an extended warranty to 100,000 miles 4 years ago . . . this saved my bacon. (Wouldn't it have been nice if the original rep I spoke with researched coverage?) Ultimately, the struts were repaired, a boot that had shredded apart, and the back trunk latch (locked up permanently) was repaired for a $50 deductible. I will take my vehicle in one more time over the next year for a major look-over before I hit 100,000 miles.
Hope to drive this car another 80,000 miles . . . not sure that it will make it . . . but I am hoping it will be a vehicle for the sole purposes of work transportation. As for my next car . . . in spite of Toyota's recent repairs, I may return to being their customer.
Good luck to you as well, and thanks for the feedback on your experience.
#2205 of 2341 Recall issues that need to be corrected on 2006 Murano
May 01, 2010 (5:43 am)
We had our 2006 Nissan Murano S serviced for the recall on the air vent issue apparently they just come loose and cause all sorts of problems. The same week I received my recall notice in the mail the cars engine would sometimes vibrate violently and had poor acceleration and finally it would not run more then 5 seconds before stalling. I found out when I took a look under the hood it was in fact caused by the air vent duct completelly off the air MAF. Now a month or two after the rapairs the left CV boot is torn and there is a leak coming from a hose on the rear of the engine. With 75,000 miles there is no daought it was caused by the violent shaking of the engine before I got my recall notice. Now shouldn't Nissan be responsible for these repairs as well being they were caused by the very problem that prompted the recall in the first place.
#2206 of 2341 Re: Recall issues that need to be corrected on 2006 Murano [bikercrze1]
May 01, 2010 (6:05 am)
Well, one would think so, right? However, I'm guessing this will depend on the dealership you are using. I've had FOUR alternators in my 2003 Murano and the dealership refused to cover #4 saying "it was out of the warranty period" - like having this many alternators replaced in such a short time was normal in any way! Any dealership can make a good deal on a car. For me it's the SERVICE - or lack thereof which is provided afterward. Don't count on Nissan backing you up either. I tried calling corporate with my problems and their final decision was "this is a he said, she said thing so we can't do anything..." What happened to customer service? Sorry you are dealing with this and best of luck resolving things.