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#194 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [bigeasy51]
Jul 12, 2009 (1:47 pm)
I have a 2004; had the same issue around 70,000. It would hesitate in stop and go then suddenly take off, even had some slowing and then accelerate on freeway.
Took it in and Nissan said needs a new trans; took it to another dealer and had the trans fluid flushed/changed for about $160 total and it ran fine. (Someone suggested in e-mail on edmunds a couple of years ago) Spoke to a mechanic off site and he said there is a "sensor"(?) in the CVT and when it gets dirty it causes the delay in rpm response. Ran it to 103,000 and started to feel it hesitate a little again, had it flushed and it is working fine; been about 5,000 since last flush. (Nissan won't power flush CVT so mor like a drain and replace)
#195 of 709 Re: Can I join the acceleration problems club? [michaelscai]
Jul 12, 2009 (4:14 pm)
My 03 Murano has a recurring problem with hesitation. It only seems to hesitate after the car has been running for at least 30 mins, and on only seems to happen in warm weather.
Anyone know what the cause is, or how I might fix it?
#196 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [krpaplham]
Jul 13, 2009 (4:46 am)
Great post -- hope it works for anyone with a similar problem. A good start before replacing the transmission.
#197 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [krpaplham]
Jul 14, 2009 (4:46 am)
Hey krpaplham & jayrider,
Thanks so much for the input from both of you...jayrider is right - sometimes the frustration with a company just makes you want to lash out! And boy do I feel like lashing! Especially since our saleperson in 2003 used the CVT as a selling point because it was a "sealed system and never needed servicing!"
I'm definitely going to go the route of a "flush and clean" before doing a full replacement. Seems I remember another forum respondent indicate there was an additive that Nissan was mixing into their trans fluid that helped clean and stabilize the trans. krpaplham - Do you remember the name of the actual "sensor" in the CVT that gets dirty?
Thanks again folks - I'll keep the forum posted on developments!
#198 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [bigeasy51]
Jul 14, 2009 (8:40 am)
I had Nissan flush my tranny with my scheduled service and it did not help my vehicle. The delayed acceleration problem came back in about 2-3 months. I took it back to Nissan and they changed my throttle bottle chamber. Again, after a while, the problem came back. I hope you will have better luck than me.
I've also posted a recall notice from NHTSA for the Muranos for an engine stall issue. Is this issue the same issue as the "delayed acceleration" that some of us are experiencing? It's unclear from the description of the recall, BUT, anything is better than nothing from Nissan. The company was suppose to start notifying owners on July 6th. I have yet to hear from them about my Murano.
I'd recommend that you, and anyone else out there with the same problems, file a complaint at the NHTSA website. The more complaints we get, the better chance we have of Nissan doing something about their negligence.
Usedmurano (and never Nissan again)
#199 of 709 '03 Murano CVT Issue
Jul 28, 2009 (10:13 am)
I noticed the transmission was not responding as it did for the past few months. Accelerating from a full stop, the engine RPM would climb to 2500-3000 just to get to a normal city driving speed. Normally it would stay around 1500 to get what you want unless you really pushed it for more. A day later the service light came on and I took it into Autozone to have them run the code. It came up with a code of P0840. According to the online repair manual on their site it is the tranny fluid pressure solenoid circuit-A. I believe he also said that I have a second code of P0845 which is the B solenoid. The repair manual says it can be anything from the solenoid failing or the Transmission Control Module (TCM). I am crossing my fingers in hopes that any of these parts can be changed individually and not the whole tranny just for a tiny part. The symptoms of stop-and-go driving that I see in most of the forum postings could be related to these parts. The solenoids control the pressure to the pulleys in the tranny to adjust the torque you want. I will keep this updated in hopes we can find a definite solution as well as a cheaper one.
#200 of 709 Re: '03 Murano CVT Issue [jerad77]
Aug 11, 2009 (9:36 am)
jerad77 I am having the same problem just got the code P0840 today. A few months ago I had the hesitation problem and did a fluid change and flush. it was working great and now the hesitation has come back and now I have the P0840 code. Did you ever find the tranny fluid pressure solenoid circuit-A and how to install it? I called many dealers and they want me to bring the Murano in and will not help me. Please help I was going to trade my Murano in Dec but would like to fix it before then. thanks!
#201 of 709 Re: '03 Murano CVT Issue [agaj]
Aug 11, 2009 (3:52 pm)
I did send it into the dealer to have them take care of it. The problem that was found is the solenoid wasn't working properly. Unfortunately the only way to replace the solenoid is to replace the whole valve body inside the tranny. I would recommend that a Nissan dealer take care of it since they should know what they are doing. It is running well now but it burnt $1600 out of my pocket.
#202 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Transmission Problem [bigeasy51]
Aug 12, 2009 (6:36 am)
I've been happy with my '03 Murano but in thelast month experienced accelration problems from a direct stop once the car had warmed up. Foot to the floor, no movement for about 10 seconds and then the RPM's would begin to rev above 1100 RPM and suddenly thecar would move. Engine runs fine once engaged.
It needed a State inspection so I asked the tech to check the codes- his response- TRANMISSON ERRORS
Took it to my mechanic for a second opinion - his readings identified TRANSMISSON CODES
Took it to Nissan- they told me it was the ECM module (about $1400) and because of this, error codes were leading it to transmission codes. Picked up the car on Friday- by Saturday the same lack of acceleration existed.
Took it back to Nissan- there claim this time? Throttle Valve body ($1800+)
Searched the web to see that I am not the only one having similar problems..........
Printed the information and sent it to Nissan asking how they could just make assumptions to repairing THEIR vehicles, and that throwing money at "could be" problems was not a resolve.
Their response? A quote for $6556.00 to replace the transmisson.
To all reading I say be careful, and wise...........
#203 of 709 Murano Transmission
Aug 12, 2009 (12:07 pm)
I just experienced my second transmission failure. They seem to last about 130,000 miles.I beliieve that our useage (80% 75mph with cruse) has something to do with it. The snowmobile mechanic in me says that the constant belt position wears a grove in the driven pully, the belt hangs up, the driving pully won't engage, and engine rpm is limited by the engine control module.
Nissan knows about this and has refused to offer any compensation. If they do see their engineering falure and decide to make good please let me know.
the car is going tor the scrap yard, and I'm never going to a Nisan dealer!