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#422 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [smarty666]
Feb 26, 2010 (12:18 pm)
My 2003 Murano AWD with 70k miles on it completely died two weeks ago. Froze up and came to a complete stop about a block away from my house. A month after I got the extended warrenty.
It took them two weeks to fix it (they've never once called with any updates, all phone call innitiated by me) and today they said it still won't start because the engine is shot. All this after a very recent oil change only 1k miles ago.
So what was covered is now estimated around $7k. They told me they will call corporate to see if they can get it covered and will take another 4 days to get back to me.
Is it possible that a transmission failure destroyed the engine?
I wasn't experiencing any engine stalls and I've kept that car as clean as possible. I'm considering having it towed somewhere else, just on principle.
#423 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [bhurn]
Feb 26, 2010 (3:44 pm)
well I'm not sure but Nissan just extended the powertrain coverage to 10yrs/120k miles! if Nissan decides to be a jerk about it I'd sue them! the main reason they extended the warranty coverage was because of a lot people, like yourself who are having major troubles with the 1 Gen CVT transmission in the Murano! that was Nissan's first major attempt with the CVT and there were bound to be problems until they got all the kinks out and unfortunately you and others were at the reciprocating end of it!
#424 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [smarty666]
Feb 26, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Just to update:
The dealer did an about face this afternoon and said they'd cover everything. They're charging me $0 for what they say is about $10k worth of work. I am very surprised.
I only had to make one call to the supervisor at the dealership. We'll see how it rides in about a week.
#425 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [bhurn]
Mar 01, 2010 (10:15 am)
Glad to hear that Nissan is taking care of your situation unlike many of the rest of us.
To answer your question, yes, a "froze" or siezed transmission can damage an engine.
The engine, which is generating inertia, has to go somewhere. If the CVT locks up and the link between the CVT and the engine doesn't fail then it is quite possible to twist (i.e. put in shear) the crank shaft. This would cascade into a number of internal faliures.
Your lucky to be getting a new engine. Others are out their driving on potentially compromised engines that have had similar failures in their CVT's.
#426 of 709 Re: Murano Transmission Problems [unhappy34]
Mar 03, 2010 (7:45 am)
I have the same problem with my 2004 murano with 106,000 miles how long have u had your warranty? I've only had mine a week now and has had the car a week, wowwww right? they probaly wont cover mine.
#427 of 709 Re: CVT and Transfer Case Covered under extended warranty [ngeorgia72246]
Mar 03, 2010 (7:56 am)
How long have u had your extended warranty because I have the same exact problem as you, it started as a thump like a flat tire and then it got really loud like a thump as I accelerated I thought the motor was about to fall out.Problem is I just bought the 04 murano I've had it 4 days and bought it as is but purchased the warranty I dont think there going to cover the issues being that I just bought the car. Whats your thought on this ? And how long have you had your warranty before this happened?
#428 of 709 Re: CVT and Transfer Case Covered under extended warranty [mzjenn]
Mar 03, 2010 (11:07 am)
My warranty had expired but received an extended warranty from Nissan - out of the blue, really. I think in December.
I talked to a mechanic that had done the diagnostic on the transmission before I had to have it towed into the Nissan dealership. The only thing he found in his tests were transmission specific.
He thinks the dealership forgot to replace the fluids before they cranked the engine which caused the failur, and thus prompted them to replace the engine on their own. Luckily I had a previous diagnostic from a seperate facility.
I can't suggest anything more than bringing your car in for a diagnostic check and getting some sort of estimate. But I'd go to a trusted mechanic that isn't a Nissan dealership first.
And then contact Nissan directly to see what is covered on your warrante.
Isn't there some legal grace period, like 30 days or something, when you buy a car. Even if it's used?
#429 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [igm]
Mar 06, 2010 (12:22 pm)
if you haven't heard nissan is supposedly reimbursing CVT repairs and they have extended the warranty to 120,000 miles. my car went in this summer for and the said they had to replace the computer which cost me over $1500 dollars.
you can download a reimbursement form at
#430 of 709 Re: Nissan Murano CVT Problems [bpbailey]
Mar 08, 2010 (5:40 am)
I have already done so. The warranty states Nissan will pay for repairs all through the new extended warranty period. In my case though, they are denying.
We are in the middle of a battle over this.
#431 of 709 Transfer case shot in 2004 Murano; faulty transmission?
Mar 27, 2010 (11:50 am)
Does any one know if the problems with the transmission reported in the 2004 Murano would cause the transfer case to need to be replaced. Our Murano died on the highway today after a high whining and clunking noise like something was being run over. The dealer is saying that they need to call corporate to see if the transfer case is covered under the new extended transmission warranty. Are the two connected and wouldn't they be directly affected by the other one? They said that there was no fluid in the transfer case (the car is religiously serviced every 3000 miles and was serviced one week ago)...we have no fluids in the driveway, no burning, no warning lights. As an aside, 3 months ago we needed to have new wheel barring put in and the entire exhaust system rotted out and needed a $2000 repair. Started out loving this car (this is our 6th and last Nissan!) and now am furious with continued problems and how NISSAN seems to blame the owner, the salt air, or any other excuse it can come up with!! Any help with how the transfer CASE and TRANSMISSION affect each other would help!