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Nissan Murano, SUV
Jan 25, 2008 (9:12 pm)
2006 Nissan Murano S; Has anyone gone any distance on dirt, and / or poor roads, not horse trails, but roads qualified as 4 wheel drive vehicles only. If so, what was your experience?
If such roads were navigated, were there any vehicle failures or breakdowns? And if so, were the problems related to the vehicle, or inflicted issues, (ie; rocks, logs etc.)_?
The reason I ask these questions is simple. We are considering moving from an urban area of Nevada to an area considered...... well... rural. Real rural. The nearest town, Eureka, is 17 miles west, and everything is graded dirt, and right now, is covered in 6-12" of snow and ice. The snow and ice is of no real consequence, as the cable chains provide absolute grip.
My concern is the navigation during the non" snow months, with mud, creek crossings and sand / silt pots. I have seen multiple posts on a very wide spectrum of Murano issues and have commented on several, but right now, I do not consider 34 miles of off road use as experience, and any further information would be greatly appreciated.
#14 of 35 Re: CVT question [autowrite]
Feb 04, 2008 (5:47 pm)
Once the vehicle is in DRIVE, that's all you have to do! The Murano makes driving an absolute pleasure. CVT is sensational and is one of the reason the Murano gets about as good fuel economy as a $50,000 Lexus RX 350 Hybrid!
Feb 04, 2008 (5:52 pm)
I always suggest people to CALL YOUR DEALER and ask these questions, as opposed to the general public. A reputable Nissan dealer can usually advise you in these regards. First off, the Murano is one of the most reliable vehicles on earth, and will not just break down - Nissans usually do not do that. Here' s an article from the Australian which may shed some light on your musing. ">link title
#17 of 35 Re: mmreno [09muranosales]
Feb 05, 2008 (3:57 pm)
Thanks for your expertise, but your linked article is inapplicable to mmreno as the vehicles discussed in the Australian have right-hand drive and mmreno's truck has left-hand drive.
Feb 11, 2008 (5:22 pm)
i was in central Queensland (Mackay) visiting daughter and Grand daughter Sept. and
Oct. 07. The local Nissan dealer had an "S" model on the floor listed (window price altho no sticker)
for $ 53,000 AU. Exact same as the U S version except rt. hand drive.
#19 of 35 Re: homeouner [homeouner]
Feb 11, 2008 (6:29 pm)
An Australian "S?" Do you mean the ST? I thought they went ST, Ti, and Ti-L.
But it comes with Xe headlighs and Bose stereo, Standard! which I didn't think the US 07 "S" came with. I think the Australian 07 base model is a little nicer the the US one...
#20 of 35 tow hitch wiring loom?
Feb 13, 2008 (12:08 pm)
Does anyone have details of the Nissan part number for the loom.
My local Dealer asks $800 to fit hitch and loom!
#21 of 35 Re: homeouner [fitc] Homeouner
Feb 14, 2008 (12:33 pm)
The MO in the showroom had cloth uphostery, no roof rack or sunroof and a"S" or what ever on the rear. My point was to show the much higher price in Aust. It cost me $1950.00 US to rent the Aust. version of a Toyoya compact hatch back for 47 days, with a 7000 KM limit where the same car at the Norfolk VA. airport rents for $1150.00 unlimited milage. Both all taxes included.
#22 of 35 Real off road ability of Murano
Mar 27, 2008 (6:25 pm)
It has been an "average" winter here in Northern Nevada, and after purchasing some very rural property, we have had to make some alterations to our '06 Murano. But first, our local Nissan dealer is so high class, they do not even stock the OEM driver side wiper blades, and as for knowledge, I am a service manager and master mechanic, their ability to know the product they sell is influnced by cash, not experience. The local Nissan dealer cannot find a single Murano owner that would DARE go off road. The Aussies, well, I have been on some of their roads, and I take their experiences as accurate. Now for the upgrades;
We have gone to Hakaplitta studded snow tires, $1300.00, which provide a far better control situation on poorly maintained roads, and a great improvement on the stock Goodyears. New Silverstar headlamp bulbs went in a month ago, some benefits, not great.
All fluids, except CVT are now 100% synthetic. CVT fluid is a Nissan special and I do not know the makeup. CVT at this time is still holding at 40K. Shocks/struts went to aftermarket, and offroad tossing has resulted in sticking seatbelts, fractured plastic bits, and howling brakes.
Other than that, possibly the most comfortable dirt road travel I have ever had. Just to compare, our E46 BMW M3 made the paved road trip faster, but until you have traveled 34 miles on a donkey, you just do not EVER want to take an M3 off road, for any reason. The Murano STILL rules.