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Nissan Murano, Bugatti, Transmission, SUV
#620 of 709 Re: 2007 Murano CVT and transfer case failure [mmmmd]
Aug 23, 2011 (6:49 am)
I think a lawyer raises the bar too quickly - IMO. I would check the Nissan web site for contact information and ask for the area manager that covers service for your state / geographical area. They make rounds to the various dealerships and you can talk with them directly about your issue. A few simple words without temper may go a long way in getting $ back from Nissan. Mentioning your intention to the dealer may grease the skids as well since with 2 months past seems a feeble defense on their part versus the goodwill received.
I purchased my 2007 Nissan Murano used - but given the notes here I have the wrap around extra cost warranty that covers specifically transfer cases and seals. I hope I never need to use it, but I would rather lose the cash from non-use than cover the repairs (and hassle you describe) out of pocket. Best wishes and good luck in your repairs.
#621 of 709 RE: 621
Aug 24, 2011 (4:24 am)
After two calls to the manager, and explaining the situation, the disappointment, bad luck, etc., the dealership has agreed to replace the transfer case free of charge. Still am looking to dump the car. I just can't trust the drivetrain any longer, and I want out while the car still has significant resale value. Sad, but I really like the car.
#622 of 709 RE: 621 [mmmmd]
Aug 24, 2011 (5:51 am)
Hi - I understand completely and agree with your direction. I think it is a great car, but if the drivetrain on mine goes kaput (even under warranty) the day it is replaced is the day I trade it off. No percentage in "hoping" for the best. Life is too short to be sitting waiting in the service area for a fix.
#623 of 709 Re: 2003 Nissan Murano CVT (Transmission) [moro]
Aug 24, 2011 (6:03 am)
Hesitation... I have a 2003 Murano. Mileage 98,000. After driving on the highway for at least an hour, the car hesitates after a stop. I hit stop and go traffic when traveling through a city. Every time I started, the car hesitated for 4 to 5 seconds while the engine revved. Then it jumped forward. Then, driving at highway speeds again, I could feel slippage in speed. my check engine light was on.
Brought it to the Nissan dealer from whom it was purchased. They WERE able to reproduce problem. Error code: Bank One and Bank two intake control solenoids. They checked this condition, and found them to be working properly. They are denying that it is the CVT, and instead saying that it looks like the engine. After reading this forum and Edmunds, I now believe that it is the CVT. Thanks everybody, I will post again with more info.
#624 of 709 RE: 621 [mmmmd]
Aug 24, 2011 (10:48 am)
Gosh lucky you.. I had to do my transfer case assembly "twice" within six months of each other... thousands of dollars.. silly me had a "friend" do it for me the first time to try and save money and it worked great for 6 months then literally blew up inside and then I went to my fabulous mechanics in Berkeley, Oceanworks, and paid the same amount anyway and got a replacement case and so far so good but boy I'm paranoid about it. I check that fluid level all the time.. the first time it went was because there was a leak that NO-ONE detected until too late and of course this all started about 2K after warranty ran out.. At least Nissan has extended the CVT warranty to 120K I think... I got a letter from them and an application to reimbursement but I am going to write to them anyway and so if there is any kind of warranty extension done because of these CVT, transfer case assembly etc. problems that seem rampant I may get some of my $$$ back PLUS unless you write to them how do they know the extent of problems. I don't use the Nissan dealer to fix my car although I use a reputable licensed repair shop so I am going to write a letter...
#625 of 709 RE: 621 [mmmmd]
Aug 24, 2011 (5:28 pm)
I took my car to Colonial Nissan with CVT problem (according to my mechanic oil was leaking from the inside of transmission). They came out with different version of problem that was not covered by warranty.
#626 of 709 Re: 2003 Nissan Murano CVT (Transmission) [robwi]
Aug 25, 2011 (6:29 am)
Bank One and Two both went out? Sounds like a blown fuse. The intake control fuse isn't listed in your owner's manual. In fact, none of them are! I guess you have to go one by one.
#627 of 709 How much longer will my CVT last?
Sep 22, 2011 (8:40 am)
Hi, i have an 05 Murano SL with 140K miles on it. Last week I learned that the engine was trashed after running with low/no oil - my teenage son drove it for several weeks and didn't pick up on the signs, but that's a different story.
The local Nissan dealer says they can replace the engine with a used (59K miles) engine for ~$5500. On the surface this seems OK because if I can get a couple more years it would be worth it compared to having to buy a new car.
The question is should I worry about the CVT transmission at this point? I know these have had bad press over the years but I have had it service regularly at the dealer every 30K miles with the last service having been done at 120K miles.
My other choice is to get rid of the car but I know I won't get anything for it.
Any opinions on the longevity of the transmission? Is there something I can do to find out what state it's in?
#628 of 709 Re: How much longer will my CVT last? [macs8953]
Sep 22, 2011 (9:12 am)
I would think you are on borrowed time. That's alot of $$ to put into a car with that many miles and years. But it is cheaper than a newer car. How lucky do you feel
I had a 6yo pathfinder with 103K miles that blew an engine. 5k to repair. Transmission was starting to act funny at that time. I gave it to charity...got $3500 tax write off. beat trade in.
My murano needed a trans at 9K miles(covered) ; transfer case leak repair at 60K ($300) and 2 months later a new transfer case (covered under threat of lawyer). Also power steering need stuffed, another ($400). My car is not 4yo and has 69K miles. I was just offered 11K at trade-in. Similar cars were listing at 18-22K in used lots.
Funny, they offered me a used Honda CRV with similar miles and year for 18K. So way smaller car, less features... My murano +$8K = small used CRV. Insulting.
I believe the extended CVT coverage expired at 120K miles.
I don't think this helps much, but transfer case and trans are very expensive ($4k each) and may not even be covered with extended warranties. My vote would be to dump it, uness you can get a warranty.
Next car for me is a Honda or Toyota.
Best of luck.
#629 of 709 Re: How much longer will my CVT last? [mmmmd]
Sep 22, 2011 (2:14 pm)
CVT coverage was extended my Nissan to 120K but your way passed that! They sent a letter out over a year ago and a form that you could fill out if you had to have yours repaired so you could get reimbursed. Unfortunately they haven't done a recall or extended warranty on the transfer case assembly; mine blew once because of an undetected oil leak and I got it repaired by a "friend" and that blew up 6 months later and I had my amazing mechanics fix it this time... long story but very expensive. Maybe get your transmission checked really well before putting engine in... Personally I love my Murano; I like the look, I like the comfort and except for the transfer assembly issue I haven't had too much trouble....