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#1 of 709 2003 Nissan Murano CVT (Transmission)
May 03, 2007 (11:15 am)
I had my 2003 Nissan Murano go int LIMP MODE. The dealer replaced the CVT unit twice. The first replacement transmission lasted one week.Both were rebuilt transmissions. Have Nissan changed the design of the CVT in the newer models? Why does Niassn not admit they have a problem with the design of their CVT and recall the Murano to replace thses CVT units with something dependable?Should we start a class action lawsuit before our Warranty expires. There is a major problem with this vehicle. Only 60,000 miles on it. HELP
#2 of 709 Re: 2003 Nissan Murano CVT (Transmission) [moro]
May 03, 2007 (11:42 am)
From what I understand they have tweaked it here and there with each new revision... I do know that the 2007 model doesn't suffer from the lag issues that 2006 owners talk about.
#3 of 709 Murano CVT failure
May 17, 2007 (10:47 am)
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. Fortunately our lease ends in two weeks. No more Nissans for me until they start using conventional transmissions.
#4 of 709 Re: Murano CVT failure [dream33]
May 18, 2007 (11:27 pm)
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!
Can you please let me know how your experience was with the dealer? When you described the problem, did they know exactly what the problem was? How long did it take to replace the transmission? Please let me know!
I'm currently visiting my parents (6 hrs away from LA) and not sure if I want to drive back or not in this thing.
#5 of 709 Re: Murano CVT failure [usedmurano]
Jun 03, 2007 (4:41 am)
dream33 and usedmurano,
I know what your problem is! I had a 2003 Murano and drove it for 100,000 miles. For the last 10,000 miles, I would step on the gas after being in stop and go traffic and nothing would happen for a few seconds. Then, it would suddenly go. I found out that if you restart the car, you have instant power again. This problem would happen infrequently, but always when I had been driving the car for a while or while I was in stopped traffic for 10-15 minutes.
Wanna know the problem? It is NOT the CVT. It is a pressure sensor located either on the CVT or inside the CVT. They said that the sensor itself is not all that expensive. But, the labor is intense! They could replace the sensor for $3000, but they knew it would not last. They said the only real fix is a new transmission ($5200!). So, I traded the car for a new one. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs to complain, but I got nowhere. My guess is that anyone with a 2003 Murano (and possibly later models) could experience this problem. I was the first person to reach 100,000 miles. I can imagine a class action suit if this starts happening to enough people.
At first I swore I would never buy another Murano because I was mad. But, after I looked at all the vehicles out there and test drove a few, I came back to the Murano. I just love it's drive. I am sure that they have this issue resolved by now.
Keep in mind that it is NOT the CVT that is a problem. It is the pressure sensor. It is like having to replace your engine because the oil filter is dirty. I love the CVT and bought another Murano because of it.
#7 of 709 Hill performance?
Jun 09, 2007 (5:37 pm)
Does the CVT hold initial speed on a downgrade without braking, or pick up speed as with a conventional tranny and require a shift to low range to conserve the pads? thanks
#8 of 709 2003 Murano Transmission problem
Jun 14, 2007 (3:50 pm)
My 2003 Murano is now clocking 133,000 miles. I notice a problem within the last 20,000 miles whenever I get stuck in stop and go traffic. I would step on the gas and nothing would happen for a few seconds and suddenly it takes off. I had to slam on my break to prevent smacking into the car in front. This problem continues throughout the stop and go traffic ordeal. My dealer informed me that he is not aware of this problem and suggested a transmission service. This problem has continued but always after driving the car for a while or when I get stuck in traffic for about 10 minutes. Is Nissan aware of this problem or waiting for a fatality before acting?. This is a safety issue.
#10 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission problem [jaci]
Jun 18, 2007 (9:36 am)
My 03 Murano began to have the exact same problem you your experiencing. If this problem is not solved for both of us maybe we can see if there are more poeple with the same problem and file a claim to Nissan not as indivuduals but as a group, that way they have to address the problem instead of continue to ignore the issue.