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#158 of 709 03 Murano Transmission FAILED
Feb 12, 2009 (8:44 am)
Where do I start? I purchased my used 2003 Nissan Murano in August 2005. It was my first vehicle to purchase on my own. I was so proud. I did a lot of research on the vehicle before purchasing and had no reservations when I finally found a Murano in my price range. I had only minor issues with the vehicle - nothing my trusty warranty didn't cover. Warranty expired several months ago once I hit the 100,000 mile marker. That's when the first real problem occurred. Problem No. 1 -On the way home in my normal heavily congested commute, the car wouldn't accelerate and lurched several times until I "LURCHED" into my garage safe and sound. Started the car the next morning - no problems. Occurred again on my way home while in traffic. The problem was consistant with each commute home. Problem no. 2 - Turned my car on to go to work and was awakened by a screaming/whining noise coming from the engine. The noise whined louder with every touch to the accelerator and finally dissipated after about 10 - 15 minutes on the highway. The RPM's were all over the board and the car acted as if it was gripping on to its last bit of life. VERY SCARY!! How could this all of a sudden happen after having this vehicle with no major issues for a little over 3 years? Fearing the worst I took it to the Nissan Dealership where I purchased the vehicle. So the nissan mechanic calls and says, (drum roll please) "It is an Internal Transmission Issue and we've done a lot of searching and we've found a new transmission for a little over $5,000. I'm sorry I don't have a better explanation for the problem. Nissan doesn't sale parts in order to offer any repairs for failed transmissions. Unfortunately the only option is to replace the transmission." I obviously cannot front $5000 for a new transmission. I owe a little under $9000 and not having a whole lot of "car buying" experience, I am searching for any advice and help on this issue. Oh by the way, service repair agent explained they were placing the variable transmission in most - if not ALL - future nissan vehicles. Sound a little fishy to anyone else? Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Feb 12, 2009 (7:13 pm)
I, also, find it strange that the problems with these transmissions were never reported by Consumer Reports. How can it be that so many people have had problems with this transmission and Consumer Reports would never have reported it? How has Nissan been able to avoid "AVOIDING" the problem for so long. In the meantime, this hidden problem has cost consumer many thousands of dollars. I am fortunate. I need to have my transmission replaced but my car is just really noisy. I'm not having the lunging problems that you are. My car is extremely loud, does not drive smoothly at all, and now needs to have the front axel replaced (after just spending $650 on both front hub assemblies). This cost of the part alone is around $700. This cost is iin addition to the $5,000 that the mechanic quoted me on the cost of the new transmission that I need. My mechanic has recommended that I just dump the car. He doesn't want me to spend any more money on it because it is just turning into a "Money Pit". It's virtually falling apart around me and it's got 130,000 miles on it. The funny thing is that I don't consider 130k to be such a huge number. Certainly it's a lot of miles but not for all of the extensive problems that I've been having. I've been told by my mechanic and I've been told by the sales manager at a local Nissan Dealership that I should just get rid of the car. I don't really have a recommendation. My mechanic said that the problem is this: for Nissan to admit the problem is for Nissan to have to replace the transmissions in every car sold between 2003 and 2005 - irregardless of the mileage. It would cost them a lot of money. Can we find someone to initiate a class action suit? I don't know anything about all of this but it would seem like there was something that could be done. It just seems so unfair. I will probably lose $7-8000 on this car. I've never had car problems with another car like this before. It's just ridiculous.
#160 of 709 Transmission Issue
Feb 23, 2009 (1:52 am)
Ok I'm hoping someone can help me with this problem I'm having with our 04 Murano SL FWD...In cold weather the car hesitates while accelerating. It only does it for 5-10 min. then everything is ok...I took it to the dealer cuz it's still in it's powertrain warranty. Well after paying $112 for a diagnostic test (which I don't think they should be charging if the car is under warranty) they told me I needed a mass airflow sensor which I don't understand as no check engine light as ever came on. Also the car lurches if u don't take off smoothly from a stop...What should I do about this? No one seems to want to do anything but charge useless diag fees and I don't want a $5000 tranny replacement when the warranty ends. Thanks in advance for any help with this guys.
#161 of 709 Re: slip VDC light [avoidnissan]
Feb 27, 2009 (5:14 pm)
An alignment issue definately could cause a problem with the vdc system. That system uses input from the steering angle sensor to determine what the driver wants the vehicle to do. If the system sees that the steering wheel is turned all the time due to the alignment being out of specification it will go into a failsafe condition and disable the vdc system. That is why you get the light on the dash. Control arms do not bend on their own. Something caused it to bend. Most likely a large pot hole. It is very common in the central new york area. As far as your extended warranty coverages, damaged parts are not covered. You should have called your insurance company. Insurance is for damage. As far as rust on the part. The control arm on the murano is painted so a bend would cause the paint to crack and fall off. Bare metal on salt covered roads rusts very quickly
As far as being taken for a ride. Are the lights still off? You stated that the vehicle drives as it did before the lights came on. It sounds like they did their job.
#162 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [vanessaesq]
Mar 17, 2009 (10:49 pm)
Anything on the litigation of this? Let us know of any updates. Thanks
Mar 24, 2009 (10:13 am)
Like many of you, in spite of maintaining my 2003 Murano faithfully, the transmission failed to the tune of $5000. The transmission had been noisy for a while and failed abruptly. I had to fix it as the car was worthless otherwise (not that it's worth much now anyway). Like everybody else in this forum, the dealer claimed that they had not heard of transmission failures with the Murano. Likely story! They replaced the transmission with a rebuilt one, which failed immediately. All together, my car was in the shop for 2 weeks, but at least after the replaced transmission failed, I got a loaner car. The warranty on the replaced transmission is 1 year or 12000 miles.
Mar 24, 2009 (11:41 am)
My 2003 has 53400 miles on it. I had to replace transmission around 45000. It is now in my driveway because I can't afford to fix it again. It needs Valve cover gasket, oil cooler o ring, drive belt bracket w idler pulley and a new thermostate also rear brake pads. Took to my Nissan dealership and got $1819.42. Of course $455. was for the 60000 mile checkup and something called EFI for another $140.00. so without all the extra crap I am still at $1213.32. So can't afford this and trying to decide if i just want to park and buy something cheaper until I get the Murano paid off or keep bumming rides....
#165 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [vanessaesq]
May 07, 2009 (5:21 am)
Vanessa have you considered a class action lawsuit instead?
#166 of 709 Need help with Auto lock feature
May 07, 2009 (5:46 am)
Can anyone tell me how to turn off the auto lock feature on an 09? I've read the directions and cannot get it to deactive.
#167 of 709 Can I join the acceleration problems club?
May 12, 2009 (12:37 pm)
It happened last year for the first time, in the middle of Death Valley! Accelerated and nothing happened for a few seconds before it eventually lurched forward. Made for a very stressful trip out of the desert, not knowing what was going on. The problem disappeared after stopping for gas, and I persuaded myself that I must have filled the vehicle with the wrong gas. That was around the 100k mark (2003 model). Almost a year later to the day, the problem is back - the car is with the dealer at the moment, and they are quoting $5500 for a new transmission. That's how I ended up here. I've made my complaint on the 'nhtsa' site and will happily work with others to get Nissan to fess up.
Nissan ate the cost of actually replacing the whole engine on my vehicle at around the 75k mark, so it's been far from troublefree, but I really like the car in principal.