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#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....
Oct 07, 2011 (9:55 am)
I have this loud clunking sound driving forward and back. I also have 140,000 miles on my '03 Nissan Murano. Nissan dealership said I need to replace my transfer case. Now that I saw this website it seems like this has been a problem with Muranos but unfortunately not on their recall list. I had 100,000 miles warranty..bought my car brand new. I've had so much issues with this car when I'm diligently doing all the maintenance as recommended. One thing that surprises me too is that the check engine light did not go off when the fluid is apparently low/now drained per Nissan. I'm really frustrated that Nissan is asking $4000.00 to get this transfer case fixed. I don't know what to do at this point since kelly blue book value is only $4500.00 now.
I need help! If Nissan will take care of repairs then I'll keep the car. I just don't have that money right now to pay $4000.00.
#632 of 709 Re: Transfer case [nissanmurano1]
Oct 07, 2011 (11:24 am)
I had to do mine twice... the first time there was a leak but it went "undetected" by everyone! Drive through oil change places didn't check the dip stick for the transfer case (there is a completely seperate dip stick to check by-the-way under the hood). I never saw any kind of fluid on the ground and didn't detect a problem myself until I got noise. I blamed myself for that one because I was using drive-through oil change places as I didn't like the local dealer repair shop. By the time I realized something was terribly wrong there was no fluid in there at all and there was so much play in the drive shaft that we knew parts were really messed up.
I took it to a very skilled mechanic friend of mine trying to save money and did all the buying of the parts myself and he fixed it but he dropped the whole engine to do it as he didnt' have the equipment the dealer does (they don't have to do that) and so I still paid out nearly $3K. 6 months later it literally blew apart and this time I did go to a shop recommended to me whom I still use to this day and they got a "refurbished" assembly from Nissan and installed it for under $3K. My transfer case wouldn't hold fluid at the end ... if you could get an independent shop to maybe see if yours will still hold fluid you may be able to drive for a bit while you try and deal with Nissan directly. I definitely think you should contact Nissan about it, as I did, and let them know. There are tons and tons of people complaining about this on this site and others and when I went to the dealer to get all my parts they were quite aware of this problem and also suggested I write to Nissan and complain. There must have been a lot of complaints about the transmission because they extended that warranty to 120K and sent out a letter and form telling people if they had replaced/fixed their transmission they could get a refund -- they should be doing the same thing with the transfer case assembly but unless we complain I don't think that is going to happen....