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#639 of 709 2003 Murano Totaled or Not? Help me out guys need opinions
Nov 04, 2011 (9:19 am)
My idiot son wrecked my 2003 and to make a long story short I am trying to figure out if it's worth saving. It has around 64 thousand miles on it. Transmission was replaced around 45 thousand. Looks like it needs rear passenger side panel, rear door with window and the works and bumper. Two tires probably new rims. Frame is not bent but light and everything is smashed. I am single female so I don't know much about cars and don't pay much attention to my car but while looking at it I noticed top is rusted. Anybody else have the top rust? Anybody know where I can get cheap parts or do they even exist for Nissan?
#640 of 709 Re: cvt tranny fluid change [roadrunner70]
Nov 04, 2011 (9:51 am)
I'm glad to hear yours is doing well. As you can see you're one in a million. Apparently, one of the service men at Nissan informed my insurance guy that it's a factory defect. He said that if they tighten the bolt/knot that's connected to the transfer case "just a little bit" it's bound to crack causing a leak and break the transfer case altogether. I took my car out of the dealership (because they were charging me $3900 for it) and sent it to AAMCO. AAMCO said they have fixed a few Nisasn Muranos with the same exact issue. A horizontal crack somewhere causing a leak in the fluid and evetually blows up the transfer case. Incidentally, there's another 2004 Nissan Murano in their shop with the exact same problem when I took mine in. It's so sad that I ended up paying $3000 for it and decided to trade it in 1 week after. I saw a few websites with the same complaints and having the transfer case blow up a few months after getting fixed. I just couldn't take the risk. I bought the car brand new for 34K and took it for servicing regularly using synthetic oil and used the highest grade of gas all through out. It's my first Nissan and I'm so disappointed with their service and durability of their car. I used to own Honda/Acura cars and they lasted forever. I currently have a BMW and I'm so happy with their service and competetive price. People are much nicer and so far honest. I'm never buying a Nissan. By the way, the Midcity Nissan in Chicago is where I brought my car initially. Stay away from that place. They said 3 other things that's wrong with my car like the motor of my rear windshield wiper when it's perfectly working. Dishonest service men. I should've known because they had poor rating.
#641 of 709 Re: CVT Failure [sgtrock62]
Nov 04, 2011 (9:57 am)
I read a few on the internet about it too so as soon as I got mine fixed I traded it in. You will notice that there's not a lot of old Nissan Muranos out there...that's the reason why. Muranos are notoriously known for poor durability. A mechanic told me this...and it makes sense. It doesn't hold its value too so I was disappointed when I traded my Murano. It's because there was so many recalls on it.
#642 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano sucks [kitten2001]
Nov 04, 2011 (10:11 am)
I'm so sorry to hear you have to go through that stress. I had the same issue and paid $34K. It's not worth the money. I went for servicing on the dot, used synthetic oil only (since brand new) and used the best grade of gas thinking it would last longer. My check engine light didn't lit up so I had no clue it was leaking transmission fluid at all. Another disappointing thing is Muranos didn't hold its value compared to other import cars due to this issue and tons of recalls. I used to own a Honda/Acura and they lasted forever. Unfortunately, I let go of mine and it's one of the best things that I ever did. There's a lot of dealerships that's offering low APR's if you have good credit.
Good luck. I feel your pain.
#643 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano Totaled or Not? Help me out guys need opinions [jess5138]
Nov 04, 2011 (10:57 am)
Jess - the vehicle is totaled. Just a bulb for the headlight is over $200. The entire headlight assembly is over a grand. Rear tailgate, etc. that you've mentioned is, well - not cheap. Then there's new paint, etc. If you have a place to keep the car, put your son to work dismantling it and selling the parts through ebay. You'll get more than the 3500 dollars the car is worth. You can get more than that for the transmission (maybe).
#644 of 709 Re: 2003 Nissan Murano CVT (Transmission) [moro]
Nov 10, 2011 (4:35 am)
I am 100% with you my friend. My 2003 Murano has been a problem from the start, and all my options to get rid of the car, or maintain it, leave me in serious debt. I HAVE, LITERALLY, PAID MORE IN FIXING THE CAR THAN I HAVE PAID ON THE CAR NOTE!!!! I HAVE RECORDS TO SHOW IT!
There are inherent issues with the CVT, and Nissan needs to acknowledge and do right by the people that invest hard earned money into their cars!
Whatever the plan is, I am with it. Perhaps an OCCUPY NISSAN rally?
#645 of 709 Re: 2003 Murano sucks [kitten2001]
Nov 10, 2011 (4:56 am)
Your story and mine are EXACTLY IDENTICAL (even down to the car problems, but i've had more problems with my car than what you have listed). I'm frankly at a loss for words on what to do with this vehicle. I will not put my 14 month old's life in jeopardy, and if i have to take a loss on this car i will. But it burns me to see Nissan ads for new murano's when they wont do the right thing for those of us that purchased the 1st generation of the model, and made it look so good locally enough to generate a buzz.
Let us know what developments you have on your end, as i will with mine.
Nov 17, 2011 (8:20 pm)
I have a 2005 and started having symptoms of my transsmission going at 105K miles. When I would slow down, the car would lurch forward. Took it in and they said there was nothing wrong or that the sympton wouldn't repeat for them. I now have 118K miles. Coming off of a stop, the cars lugs as it seems like it's starting out in 3rd gear. The lurching still happens intermittenly. I brought the car in and both the mechanic and the service manager took the car out for a test drive and claim they are not experiencing the same problem. I drove the car away and immediately felt the problem happening. Guess they are gunning it off of a start and not a slower take off. It's so obvious, I can't see how they can say this. I'm getting closer to the extended warranty of 120K and am wondering if I should trade it in for a vehicle that does't have the CVT. Read a bunch of the earlier posts and seems there are issues. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
#647 of 709 Older Woman Wants HELP
Nov 18, 2011 (9:34 am)
Have enjoyed '03 Murano SE for handling & hauling (also like style) but want new(er) car. Would
like another Murano but am concerned about CVT (have NOT liked the periodic push peddle almost
to floor, then it lurches forward) & now learning about "transfer"? case. Any specific suggestions of other makes/models and why suggested would be extremely helpful and ever-so-much appreciated!! (Does anybody know if an update for Murano is due in 2013?)
#648 of 709 Re: your thoughts please.... [17inches]
Jan 11, 2012 (1:24 am)
OMG, I had a 1992 Toyota Camry for 15 years, no problems. Got into an accident and the front got all messed up, so instead of fixing I want to upgrade to a newer car..lol... was looking into and fell in love with the Murano, but reading all these stories, I am crushed and scared.... I am suppose to test drive one today, the guy didnt show up... I was hoping to have the car in my hands by this week but now I am crushed.. its a 2004.. any help? any suggestions?....