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#2220 of 2342 our 2nd generation Murano has been great!
Jul 30, 2010 (9:00 pm)
There are certainly a couple of folks on this and other threads with endless complaints about their particular car and complaining about the Murano because of their anger with Nissan or their dealer because of their particular car.
But there are huge numbers of us that are extremely happy with our Murano. We've had our 2009 for 18 months and put about 36,000 miles on in highway, city, and mountain driving. Reliability has been superb. Absolutely nothing has gone wrong. Mileage at 78 MPH averages 22 to 23 mph (measured on numerous trip on I-5 between LA and San Francisco). The CVT is a wonderful transmission, especially in mountain driving with constantly changing grades. Nissan's technology remains superior to the Lexus (who only recently started using a hard drive for navigation, but nothing else - Nissan/Infinitis use their hard drive for a much more complete system, incorporating storage for music files, etc.)
I, for one, am completely delighted with our 2009 Murano. Will certainly replace it with another Murano in 10 or 15 years, after we hit 250,000 miles or more. (unless by then I can finally afford a Ferrari...
#2221 of 2342 77,000 on our 05 Baldwin
Jul 31, 2010 (7:56 am)
When a message board is dedicated to problems and fixes, it will of course never carry any Murano owners with superb ownership experience. Our 05 sustained the Throttle Position Failure at 5,000 miles, was immediately diagnosed and fixed under warranty, and since then it has been bulletproof and a great car to drive, especially in snow here in the Sierra. 24 mpg on freeway driving. My only statement would be that it is noisy in the front, (more so than our old Audi or current 09 Pathfinder)most likely from the CVT and engine both being up there...and perhaps this has been addressed in later models. I also appreciate that Nissan has not so radically changed the body style that it remains very much "a new car." The leather and all the electronics perform without problems.
#2222 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [jayhawk70]
Jul 31, 2010 (11:15 am)
I actually loved my Murano up until the 70,000 mile mark. Unusual items began to break down. A friend of mine has experienced the very same issues: Driver side visor will not stay in place while driving which is a hazard (a $400 repair), struts bit it, back hatch lock froze (can be repaired by removing right front passenger door panel).
I am just approaching the 100,000 mile mark and it is my sincerest hope that I will be able to hit the 200,000 mile mark. I believe consumers are cranky about spending $32,000 + for a vehicle, and dealing with issues that should not be issues, such as transmission failure.
My initial experience with the Consumer Affairs group was pathetic. A twenty something service representative did so very little to help me navigate through the red tape. When I asked to speak to a manager, she turned her snittiness up a notch and transferred me to someone who truly cared about helping. I have retained his number, as he was a wonderful representation of what service is all about.
I would recommend the extended warranty to buffer the unexpected repairs. It was my saving grace financially, as the repair bill would have easily pushed over the $1,000 mark. The visor . . . it remains broken. Not under warranty.
Glad you have experienced great reliability with your Murano. Keep in mind the items I have noted in the event you do not have an extended warranty.
#2223 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [marcianno]
Jul 31, 2010 (10:58 pm)
Many Murano owners handle the visor rod issue with a magnet.
#2224 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [jayhawk70]
Jul 31, 2010 (11:18 pm)
There are certainly a couple of folks on this and other threads with endless complaints about their particular car and complaining about the Murano because of their anger with Nissan or their dealer because of their particular car
We're glad that you are happy with your trouble-free vehicle. But there are people who are not happy with their problematic vehicle. That's why we have forum for owners. Forums are here to share. Don't doubt others. How would you feel if you report your run in problem with your Murano at 60k miles mark and people don't believe you?
Like i-phone and Toyota's vehicle, if there is no media forums, Apple and Toyota would still deny there are problems in design.
#2225 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [whitestar16]
Aug 01, 2010 (5:32 am)
Thank you for the suggestion. The dealership recommended I "jimmy rig" a paper clip at the hinge to keep the position needed to block the sun. The visor tends to swing down and block my vision while driving. :- (
#2226 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [marcianno]
Aug 01, 2010 (10:31 am)
Your welcome. Your complaint with the visor is not uncommon due to the rod material in the visor. Folks are using flat magnets to keep the visor in place. I hope tht that works for you and I agree about the visor flopping down being a problem.
#2227 of 2342 Re: our 2nd generation Murano has been great! [jayhawk70]
Aug 02, 2010 (5:00 am)
I am starting to think that you are a "serial blogger". You must be a planted Nissan employee who like their "customer-NO-service" refuse to acknowledge the problems MANY consumers are having.
No doubt many folks love the Murano. No doubt some have had no problems. However, there is NO doubt that many others are having some serious and expensive electro-mechanical problems that have undermined their faith in Nissan (mine included).
In my middle class neighborhood, five of us have purchased Murano's (different years); 4 of the 5 have had the same problems many others have shared in this thread.
If you don't have any problems with your 2009 Murano then share your glad tidings with your "Prices Paid and Buying Experience" friends. This thread is here to help those who are having problems; not to listen to you tell everyone they are full of crap and they must be the problem. Take your Kool-Aide and share it with those are blissful with their purchase.
IOW, keep it RELEVANT! !
Aug 03, 2010 (7:26 pm)
Folks, I'm not trying to minimize your issues and concerns. Just trying to provide a little balance to mikesmurano, who has for months been spewing every thread (unrelated or not) about how terrible Murano's are and offering the only solution to any problem is essentially "sell it now..." He had a bad experience with a 1st generation Murano, but has been posting on every thread about all models, including the 2nd generation Murano, about how terrible these vehicles are. It would be nice if he could keep his posts "on topic".
And Mike, its sad that you think anyone who tries to provide an example that is counter to your problem must be a Nissan employee. I'm not, and never have been, employed in part of the auto industry, and don't even have any friends or family in any part of the auto industry. (I was originally an aerospace engineer, and recently retired after a 30 year career in the computer industry.) I've owned Datsuns, Nissans, Dodges, Toyotas, Fords, Acuras, even a Corvair. All of them had serious problems of one kind or another, some under warranty, some out of warranty. All except the Corvair I had for at least 100,000 miles, and the last Dodge minivan I sold at 240,000 miles still running fine. (after a major transmission overhaul at 140,000 miles) Cars break.Usually right after the warranty expires They cost money to repair, sometimes lots of money. But that doesn't make them bad cars. Heck, the Corvair was far and away the most problem prone. But with the top down and rowing through the gears (wondering if it was going to swap ends...), it was a great fun!
OK, I've had my say, and will say no more about how fine a vehicle the Murano is here.
By the way, there are also some other active forums focused on just Muranos where very knowledgeable folks hang out, if you cannot find a solution to your problem here. And I promise to try and be more helpful here and not focus on mike.
#2229 of 2342 AGREE WITH JayHawk (rock chalk)
Aug 03, 2010 (8:06 pm)
I have been a reader and contributor to these pages for the 5+ years we have owned an 05Murano (and several Pathfinders and before Murano, 300Zs, and Audi (bad) and BMW5 (bad).) and I will state I am a dumb country surgeon with no Nissan stock or relatives, etc. My Murano had throttle position failure at 7,500 miles, and found the answer on THIS site, and my dealer promptly believed me and fixed it under warranty. Since then, zero problems of any kind...Jiffy Lube does the OLF at 5,000 and the 30, 60 AND upcoming 90K at the dealer...whom I trust, and obviously, many posters do not, which is sad... or would rather not spend money to check. I find complaints like "the seats hurt" and "the visor flops" to be trivial (sorry), but did you break the visor rod, and "something runs after I turn it off" (the electric fan) to be...well, dumb. I take the strut failures seriously and would like to know the real scoop on that. The "original alternator has gone bad" and "you need a new CVT" were, I believe, ignorant service writers at dealerships who could not recognize the TPS failures on earlier models. In addition, people put regular tranny fluid into the CVT which is like poison in your martini. And there was the screw up on the fuel tank protectors when dealers put on plastic "hang downs" which quickly broke off. Now all tanks have steel protection in front.
In summary, complex cars often...any brand...surf Audi, BMW, Toyota (and by the way, most of the "surges" were Purposeful for $$$) VW, Jeep and Range Rover...among the worst... and you will find "little things" (and BIG things) that were not perfect. A forum like this which concentrates on complaints will exhibit just that...complaints, and so it should. Often however, it exposes big deals, like the TPS, wireless accelerator control failures. Nobody knows really, whether they are widespread or just incidental...0.5% of a model or 5%...but I do know that some people post here with an agenda to disparage (to criticize and destroy) the Nissan Murano, and I for one, will just say...ours, maybe built on a Wednesday...is 79,000, looks brand new, still in style with 2010 Muranos and bulletproof, as is our 2007 Pathfinder pulling a 17 foot 3,500 pound boat. OK? My thoughts...no bias, just the facts. Enjoy your Murano, and YES...my 05 is Noisy in the cabin...more so than the Pathfinder. I hope the newer models have silenced this down. Thanks for listening. No anger intent...just a response.