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#567 of 709 2007 Murano CVT question - heat a cause?
Apr 21, 2011 (12:11 pm)
My wife is in love with a Murano. It seems like a good size to step down from the 2000 Odyssey we have used to 175k miles. And we are in process to get a 2007 one - probably middle of next week from a Nissan dealer - so called "Certified" with 31k miles. The Odys were known for transmission issues, but when we got ours (used in 2003 with 45k on the clock) the first thing we did was add a tranny cooler (for towing) but we got an aftermarket one that was about 3x the size of the over priced Honda part. No tranny issues for us at all and we put about 125k on with the cooler in place. SO back to the Murano... I have read this thread, but nothing stuck out as a root cause (granted could have missed it) other than "bad design". If it is heat as a potential culprit, perhaps due to that "bad design", I am thinking a repeat of the additional tranny cooler may be what the doctor ordered for the Murano. I may do it anyway - but wanted to get advice from the forum. If that made any sense - probably would not hurt.
#568 of 709 2004 Nissan Murano Transfer Case
May 02, 2011 (2:47 pm)
I had to get my Transfer Case Assembly rebuilt just after the warranty ran out! We discovered the catalytic converter (one of them) was bad at the same time.. Unfortunately a friend (well he was a friend) whom I believe is a very good mechanic -- he is a mechanic by trade did it for me to help me save some money and it only lasted 6 months and the thing blew up again so I am attributing the second time to some kind of error made the first time. However, Nissan did extend the warranty on their transmissions up to 120K and sent a form out with the letter offering to reimburse for any transmission work done if the car was under 120K; BUT I have never heard anything about transfer case/CVT recalls and I see a LOT of complaints about them... my mechanic suggested I just write to them and let them know otherwise how are they really going to know there are problems if we don't complain... any suggestions...
#569 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano Transfer Case [kiwigal]
May 02, 2011 (4:34 pm)
I would agree with your friend. I actually completed the Nissan claim form issued for the transmission even though it was the transfer case. They contacted my husband and said it was on file and if they decide to do anything about the transfer case, they have our information. I would suggest doing the same thing. I also issued a complaint with the National traffic safety board, I think that's what it is called.
#570 of 709 Re: 2004 Nissan Murano Transfer Case [ihatenissan]
May 02, 2011 (5:41 pm)
Thank you... I will do the same including writing a letter to the National Traffic Safety Board...
#571 of 709 2003 Murano with cvt problems????
May 07, 2011 (8:08 pm)
I bought a2003 Murano in '08 and it drove fine until last fall. On the interstate it felt like I put the car in low gear. It almost threw me into the steering wheel. Since then it will surge, rev up the rpm's or just lose power and sit there. This has happened at least a dozen times over the last 8-9 months. Never once has there been a code or a light come on telling me what the problem may be. I got online and read these forums and see that there are many cvt problems with Muranos. I take it to the dealer and tell him what is happening and about all the problems others are having. He tells me the warranty has been extended to 120,000 miles and mine has 118,500. But after him having the car for a week and checking it out, he says he can't duplicate it and without a code he can't work on it. I notify Nissan about the problem and file a complaint. I got an email saying thank you. Today, I almost ran over my wife and granddaughter as i was pulling up to pick them up in front of a store the car lunged and rpm's revved up. I had to slam on the brakes and put it in park to get it to stop. The engine continued to race. Again, no codes. 100 yards before we get home, the car loses power and creeps into the driveway, and finally with these codes: slip, vcd off,service engine soon, ABS. I turned the car off and tried to restart. It wont even turn over. nothing, nada, zip, zero. 128,000 miles and my car is stuck in the driveway. How nice it would have been if the codes would have shown up the first 24 times it happened. What a piece of crap!! Can't wait to see what this is going to cost me! Any chance Nissan will replace free of charge since I took it up there before with the same problem????
#572 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano with cvt problems???? [bkend]
May 09, 2011 (4:01 am)
Your problem is not unusual. I had many of the same symptoms ocurring in the same mileage range.
Another lady (I read about from an NTSB report) had the same problem and her car, acting almost demon possessed, drove up the back of a slant bed tow truck at high speed, flipped over landing on the roof and the engine continued to race and the transmission was engaged.
I would file a complaint with the NTSB. These frickin cars are dangerous!
Is there a way to return the car to the dealer? Does your state have any lemon law provisions?
I will try to locate the NTSB file number of the case above and post it here.
Thank God your family did not get hurt ( ).
#573 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano with cvt problems???? [mikesmurano]
May 15, 2011 (6:53 pm)
I got my Murano towed to the dealership and they called and told me it was the IPDM. Intelligence Power Distribution Module. I doubted this was the problem but probably a side effect of the real problem. A new IPDM cost me $820 with tax and labor. The car ran like a charm for the first 50 miles and then it started doing the exact same thing as before. (see message 571) What do I do now. I know the CVT transmission is the root cause. And it will cost me an extra $4,000 if I am lucky!! Mikes Murano, did you ever find the NHSB number for the other murano complaint?
#574 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano with cvt problems???? [bkend]
May 16, 2011 (4:20 am)
I really think that the techs at the dealerships are flying blind.
My dad used to own Ford & Chrysler dealerships and they receive regular technical bulletins for each model that they support.
The bulletins are not always accurate and the dealerships have no other means to analyze problems today. They rely on the diagnostic tools and systems which can be very convoluted; esp. the Murano - that has so many electronic modules to deal with.
Nissan's products, I discovered, are poorly emgineered & poorly manufactured.
Even if they find the root cause, which is probably defective engineering, you are still stuck with a car that is a ticking time bomb.
I honostly recommend selling the car and moving to a vehicle that has a better reliability history.
I kept wanting to believe that my Murano would be good to go after the last expensive repair. Then six months would go by and another $2000 issue would come up.
Seriously, cut your losses and get out while you can.
At some point we all encounter a vehicle like the Murano. There is no shame. The smart thing is to walk away.
If you want to see folks with real heart burn, read the problems on the Nissan Rogue. Another bucket of bolts.
#575 of 709 Re: your thoughts please.... [murano_ripoff]
May 19, 2011 (12:46 pm)
I am so mad..I hate Nissan. I have a 2006 Murano at 120,000 miles. My transmission is gone. I called the dealership on Monday May 2nd and they couldn't get me in until May 7th. By this time, the milage was up to 121,226. After countless called to Nissan's regional team, they finaly said that they will NOT cover it. I am so p***'d off. Doesn't anyone have any advice for me?
May 19, 2011 (1:01 pm)
I had to replace the transmission on my 2003 Murano at just over 100,000 miles to the tune of $5K. Then the transmission the dealer put in failed immediately and they replaced it again, but it was only guaranteed for 20,000 miles, so I traded the Murano in for a Toyota. Then, a few months later, I get a letter from Nissan and forms to fill out that added up to proving that I did own the car at the time the transmission failed, that I paid for a new transmission, and next thing I knew they reimbursed me for everything. So, in brief, my advice would be to go to Nissan directly, though you may want to talk to your dealer. Obviously, the only way Nissan knew to contact me was because they got information from the dealer.