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#234 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [nsudd1]
Aug 29, 2009 (1:52 am)
I have filed a complaint to NHTSA--
I own a 2003 Nissan Murano SL with about 101,000 miles. After about 20 minutes driving I get the lagging issue where I step on the gas pedal after a complete stop and nothing happens, then all of sudden after 5 seconds the car accelerates dangerously! My wife drives this car and she’s also pregnant. I’m afraid that one day this problem will happen, and she would accelerate after the lagging issue only to hit someone in front of her and cause a major accident. I’m also afraid when she tries to make a left turn during the lag someone might hit her causing an accident. This manufacture need to recognize this is a safety issue, and they need to have a safety recall on these vehicles.
#235 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [steved6]
Aug 29, 2009 (6:30 am)
After a 100k on a transmission a major repair is not out of the ordinary. Why would you drive a car that apparently could kill you? Why not have it fixed or trade it in. NHTSA won't get it fixed and Nissan won't pay.
#236 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [jayrider]
Aug 30, 2009 (1:59 pm)
I owned Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus vehicles and changing a transmission after 100k is not normal...All of my vehicles I've owned have went to 200k miles on original engine and transmission without a hitch. And this is even buying them as used vehicles not knowing whether previous owners took care of the car.
This Murano seem to be the exception since they decided to experiment with the CVT. After further research Nissan didn't even invent this CVT transmission. They used JATCO who manufactures CVT for Nissan and other manufacturers. Nissan must be confident that this "Acceleration Delay" is only happening to a very small number of Muranos not to recall it and to continue putting them in on newer Muranos, Maximas, and other Nissan lineups today. Is it really only about 200+ of us Murano owners out of 1 millionz+ affected by this??
#237 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [steved6]
Aug 30, 2009 (3:41 pm)
No car company will repair a broken transmission with 100k miles. The government won't step in either. Ooops-- if you bought a chrysler/jeep product with the lifetime warranty, you are covered forever. Most trannys should last well beyond 100k. The problem is that with this high tech cvt it is outrageous to fix. A domestic tranny used to be 2k for a rebuild. The newer ones are likely to be a lot more.
#238 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [jayrider]
Aug 31, 2009 (6:15 am)
I am not sure if you have been doing your research, like many upset 2003 Murano Owners, but most of these transmissions are failing well before the 100k line. Some have report failures at 25,000 miles, but they were still covered under warrenty.
Furthermore, Nissan has indeed changed the transmission in the Murano. the newer models do not have the same CVT that was in the 2003-2005 Muranos.
#239 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [nsudd1]
Aug 31, 2009 (1:46 pm)
The transmissions are indeed prone to failure. I don't like the way mine hesitates in reverse and drive from start - up from time to time. It's leased and gone before any issues that cost me anything. The issue with this 03 is regrettable but I can't see you getting satisfaction from nissan once out of warranty. I hope you do, good luck.
#240 of 709 Contact Information for Carlos Ghosn
Sep 01, 2009 (9:23 am)
Does anyone have an address where Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan can be contacted. I plan to write him a letter.
#241 of 709 CVT transmission issues
Sep 04, 2009 (6:46 pm)
I've just been told our 04 Murano needs a new transmission too and it has 100,000 km on it. At least they think it needs it as the trany 'slips' under load. This is crazy! A transmission should last 250,000 km at least. I just replaced one in a 01 Chev Astro van with that much mileage. And I didn't think that was right,but this is ridiculous! And $7000 to do the repair with a new trany! Really nice vehicle but the repair costs are outrageous! And I don't wanna take the chance of it failing again on a road trip like it just did. The fastest it would go was 100 kph across the prairies. I had tractors passing us. So it will probably get fixed and traded.
#242 of 709 Re: CVT transmission issues [bikerforlife]
Sep 05, 2009 (12:39 am)
bikerforlife have you tried flushing the CVT fluid? I just did a flush over the weekend & so far it fixed my problem with the "Acceleration Delay" during stop-and-go traffic. This may be a temporary fix but $150 in fluid is better than $7000 transmission. The root of the problem is a sensor inside the transmission transfer case that gets dirty. The sensor itself is cheap to replace, but DUMB NISSAN decided to put it inside the tranny where it becomes non-serviceable and Nissan will just tell you to replace the tranny instead to fixing the problem b/c of labor cost.
Do it yourself don't let the dealer crocks flush it they'll charge you $400-500.
The service manual doesn't even mention a fluid change, but every Nissan recommends change every 60k miles. I've even heard the CVT is almost a lifetime fluid up to 210k. CVT trannys have less moving parts vs traditional tranny, but I do not believe in lifetime fluid. If fluid is required for a moving part at some point it will get old and needs changing.
#243 of 709 Re: Nissan may have just lost a customer [juslostacustmr]
Sep 05, 2009 (5:02 am)
I'm bigeasy who's posted on this site and others about the failing 2003 Murano CVT trans. Recently - after a lot of back-and-forth between me and Nissan Customer Service - I was lucky enough to have a Nissan VP pick up my letter to Carlos Ghosn (CEO) and decide to help me. To that end Nissan replaced my CVT trans with me paying for the labor, So instead of costing me an estimated $5000, it cost a little over $1000 for labor.
Like you I loved the Murano the first time I drove it - EASILY the most comfortable car I've ever driven! (Almost 6'5"!)
Don't be afraid of the Murano but have the dealer you're buying from extend you some sort of warranty on the trans. DON"T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER - Or, don't take the deal!
BTW, I'm almost positive that the Lexus 330 and the Nissan Murano are built on side-by-side production lines, but someone else is going to have to verify that.