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#525 of 709 2004 Nissan Murano
Dec 23, 2010 (10:14 am)
Started having transmission problems about two weeks ago. Took it to the dealership - they said it's not transmission. When I am at stop light and push the gas it hesitates (like it's not getting any gas) and then takes off. From reading some of these posts, it appears it may be the transmission. Unfortunately, I have 139,545 miles. Really disappointing because I have always been a fan of Nissan, but I feel I should be able to get alot more miles out of the car.
#526 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano [rpearl1]
Dec 23, 2010 (10:59 am)
My sympathies go out to you. If you have time go back and read all of my threads on the transmission problems I have had.
I started having trouble at 96,000 miles up through 120k. Then at 121,000 I experienced a total failure to the tune of $6500.
I had the dealer put in the new tranny and sold the piece of "$&?!" (use your own word)!
I strongly recommend that you just get rid of the car; otherwise you will probably sink more money into it than it's worth.
My Murano was the first Nissan product I have ever owned and it is the last.
I get criticized a lot for making such a suggestion, but I stand by my statements. End the nightmare about to ensue.
Save yourself! Get out before it's too late!
#527 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano [rpearl1]
Dec 23, 2010 (8:05 pm)
Don't jump to the worst possible (and most expensive) conclusion. If you step on the gas and the engine RPMs don't go up, that is not the transmission. There is no physical way for the transmission to keep the engine from responding to the gas. Remember the transmission is only the connection from the engine to the wheels. So if it fails and you step on the gas the engine RPMs will still go up but the car wont go.
It sounds to me like you said the engine RPMs don't go up in response to the gas which is more likely a throttle position sensor problem which is WAY cheaper to fix. If search around you will find that the TPS is a common problem for these cars.
#529 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano [rpearl1]
Dec 28, 2010 (8:25 am)
Take your Murano back to the Nissan Dealership to see if the mods to the air intake piping has been performed (free - recall). What happens, I've found, is the main breather hose gets loose - what you and I would call tight isn't tight enough. You really have to crank down on the hose clamp to keep an air tight seal. This is probably causing your difficulty.
#530 of 709 Noise at 70km/hr
Jan 16, 2011 (1:51 pm)
My 2007 Nissan Murano has 80,000 km. I am getting a low rumbling noise and minor vibration of relatively high frequency at 70 km/hr which feels like it is coming from the transmission. It only occurs when the gas peddle is depressed and the engine is required to do a bit of work. The first time to the dealership with the issue at 74,000 km, I was told it was "normal". I'm not convinced. Is this the start of something more major?
#531 of 709 Re: Noise at 70km/hr [boomer30]
Jan 16, 2011 (4:40 pm)
We can complain as much as we can, but Nissan do not care. There is nothing that can make them act. They just will ignore it until it will go away.
#532 of 709 Re: Transfer case shot in 2004 Murano; faulty transmission? [eddie7721]
Jan 19, 2011 (6:08 pm)
my case is cracked and info on the reimbursement plan. This should be a recall but from what undrstand Nissan doesnt wasnt to fit the bill
#533 of 709 03/Murano CVT Transmission-Fault Code# P1778
Jan 23, 2011 (12:02 pm)
I have an 03 Murano, been a pretty reliable car since I bought it back in 2006 from a Nissan dealer in South Florida. I have approximately 130,000 miles on it. Recently, I had the transmission service fluid change since it was due. Even though I didn't have it done at a dealership, it was serviced by a specialist who used the fluid required (watched to make certain). For a few days everything was running normal, then suddenly the engine (RPMs) revs up and it lunges forward.. but doesn't move forward--almost as if i had the brake on holding it back from moving. It would lose power, but not stall out. Even when I depressed all the way down on the accelerator only then would the car begin to move.. very, very slowly pick up speed maybe not going past 40-45 on a highway after 10-15 minutes of driving.
I found out that if shut off the engine and restarted my car it would operate as if nothing happened. Problem is, it does it all over again, I noticed this especially when it's warmed up. I took the car to a mechanic close by (not the same one who changed by fluid) since he had a former Nissan mechanic familiar with Muranos. My car had sat in my garage for 3 days so it was cold and during a 15 minute drive to drop the car off I didn't experience the problem I had been having.
After they checked it he came back with engine fault code # P1778, which he explained was "step motor circuit problem". He said best to take to a Nissan dealership (aka, "stealership") since it might require in-depth ($$$) transmission work which only the dealership could do.
After reading through the forum I was surprised to see all the issues which sounded so similar to mine--all revolving around the CVT transmission for my year Murano. I'm now going to have to tow my Murano into a dealership to have them look into the problem. From many of the post I've read on CVT transmission, specific to the 03 Murano's, I'd like any advice on what I should suggest/explain to the dealership when I end up towing it in. Below is a list of things I am going to point out to them to keep them from (ripping) overcharging me, or not misdiagnosing the initial problem as an inflationary sales tactic.
1.check air intake piping has been performed (past recall) and the main breather hose is loose which might cause this problem.
2. throttle position sensor problem (I believe this TPS is the sensor controlling the throttle body valve.) or maybe a TCM sensor issue. from what I've read the pressure sensor is located either on the CVT, or inside the CVT which is inexpensive itself, but expensive to replace since it means tearing apart the transmission.
4. check out the transmission valve body that will goes bad after a while.
5.crank sensor failure problem.
Could this also be related in some way to having the transmission fluid changed and a sensor inside (TPC) and became clogged?? If so, is there an inexpensive way to fix it?
What I want to avoid is the service (salesman) adviser to recommend to replace the transmission seals thinking it might do the job, (for about $1500) if not they would look deeper for something else (to bill me for..$$$)
Any other suggestions, or help especially to which Nissan dealership I should take my car to who is honest, reputable and has experience (a tough task, I'll settle for 2 out of three) with this type of problem who is located in South Florida would be greatly appreciated.
Of course, I will update my problem (good, bad, etc) with details to help others ( of which there might be many) out there who might find themselves in this same predicament.
Thanks in advance for advice/help on recent experiences similar to mine would be appreciated!
#534 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano [kbianculli]
Jan 25, 2011 (11:43 am)
I've had a the same problem as described many times in this forum. After driving at freeway speeds for several hours and then slowing way down for traffic or when exiting the freeway the throttle becomes very unresponsive. It badly lags and then surges...it's extremely annoying when stuck in traffic on the freeway. Recycling the ignition (turning the car on and off once) immediately fixes the problem...at least for the short term. The problem may or may not occur again on the same drive.
My 2004 Murano has 119,750 miles so I figured I'd better get it in to be looked at after reading this forum. I dropped it off at 2 PM yesterday and they called me late in the afternoon saying they had tried to replicate the problem, but were unable to do so and asked if they could keep the overnight which was not a problem for me. They called me back this morning saying they were once again unable to replicate the problem but since the technician was familiar with the problems with my exact symptoms and it's due to the pressure sensor in the transmission. He said they don't repair this...they just replace the transmission.
I should be picking up my 2004 Murano with a brand new transmission tomorrow (seems rather fast), so I'm very pleased with the dealer. I'm not a "loyal customer" to this dealer and I purchased the car used and it came from another dealer so I'm very pleased with the result. I'm also pleasantly surprised they will be replacing the transmission only on my story...I wonder if there are some other codes that they can see.
Just thought I'd share my story. Thanks to the posters in this forum so I was alerted that this IS a problem in the transmission.