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May 06, 2008 (1:49 pm)
For those of you that have read my other thread I have been looking for anyone that had a vibration feeling in a 2009 Murano LE. I have come to the conclusion that it is not a vibration or from the tires now. After the dealer installed 4 new tires last week I still had this vibration/jerking problem. My best friend who has been a GM mechanic for over 25 years drove my Murano the other night and said the it not a Vibration you are feeling it is a Jerking from your CVT. After many road test and 200 plus miles I agree with him. When I am driving and I reach speeds of 20 mph up to 60 mph the Murano starts this jerking back and forth and you can feel it is the seat. It is like you were driving a standard shift vehicle and you shifted into a higher gear and you were not at the right speed so the car starts jerking. I drove on roads that we flat and smooth in drive when I reach the above mentioned speeds the Murano starts jerking it is really bad at 42-50. When I get up to 60 mph and put it in natural it goes away no jerking just a nice smooth ride. When I get to speed above 60 smooth no jerking! I have also tried press the lock out of the overdrive and the jerking goes away. Are any of the other 09 Murano LE owners feeling this? I have been speaking to a guy that I meet from another forum and he is not having the jerking problem he is have a vibration. Can anyone help???? I have an appointment tomorrow with the service manager. When I bought my last 2006 SL I was not sure I was going to like the CVT and I loved it. Never any jerking/vibration it was the BEST vehicle that I have ever owned. I was looking forward to owing a 2009 thinking it could only be better then the 06 WOW was I wrong. I know that Nissan made changes to the CVT probably to get better gas mileage but this jerking feeling is enough to drive it off a bridge. I am not real happy with this Murano! I hope it can be fixed. Thanks for any input you have.
#347 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [mbe350nissan09]
May 09, 2008 (12:49 pm)
Hi, just bought an 09 SL AWD...I am not too happy about the jerking either...when the overdrive is on it feels bumpy and the engine is noisy do you hear the engine when you accelerate and the overdrive is off. I drive in the city a lot and therefore the OD should be off for better gas mileage..don't like the ride like this though. So, I see I am not the only one experiencing this.
May 09, 2008 (6:50 pm)
I was thinking that I had the only Murano with this jerking problem. This is what I was told from a Sr. Service Tech at my Nissan dealership
As an update to my jerking!! I spent 1.5 hours with a Sr. Tech today we drive my Murano and then a New one. Mine has the jerking at speeds above 20 real bad at 40-50 the new one was smooth. They called Nissan and they want me to run 3 or 4 tanks of premium fuel they said that the o2 sensor could be acting up causing this jerking. They told me that the Murano running at 40-50 mph is where the fuel economy is happening I have never heard of this but I am willing to try after this if it does not go away the Murano will!
I have about 135 miles on the tank of 94 and it is still there I think it is even worse. I don't know what to-do, I am so upset! I was thinking tonight about traded it in on something else but I know they will try to steal it from me, I don't want to loose any money due to the fact that it should not be doing this. I think I am going to call on Monday and tell them I want someone from Nissan to come in and drive this Murano. I will not be happy until the make the jerking go away. Where are you from? I am in PA
Boy, they sure know how to take the fun out of buying a new car.
#349 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [zahtece]
May 10, 2008 (6:40 am)
We tested the 09 SL AWD yesterday. The engine noise was very noticeable when accelerating but did not feel any vibration. This is the first time, on this site, I have read vibration happening in the SL. It would be interesting if anyone else, with the SL, is having the vibration problem. Our test drive was only about 10 minites. The vehicle handled well, the seats were comfortable, and the space was good for a taller person. We did not feel any vibration up to 60 mph. If anyone else, with the SL, is feeling vibration please let us know. It appears the added toys in the LE is not worth it unless one actually has bluetooth and uses music players. Skipping the moon roofs can also save a thousand dollars.
#350 of 686 Re: Jerking on 09 LE [mbe350nissan09]
May 10, 2008 (7:54 am)
i've had an 09 Le for two months and have had none of the issues mentioned here.it's great . turned in a toureg.. i would only say there is some wind noise at about 60mph
#351 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [zahtece]
May 12, 2008 (6:18 am)
Where did you get this advise? The manual states that OD is to be used when you need additional braking. All cars have, at least the ones that I have owned, OD and none have ever recommended turning OD off for better city driving gas mileage.
#352 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [ukko]
May 13, 2008 (6:27 pm)
I'm almost convinced that my problem is related to tires/rims. Not at all satisfied with the service I'm getting at my dealer (www.nissanworldspringfield.com). The head service tech there drove the vehicle with me and said it rode "smooth as silk". So, either I'm crazy - or he's inept/lying. I've got a case open with Nissan and will pursue until I get a satisfactory resolution. My advice - drive several demos and pay careful attention to the ride. My 04 SL AWD was a great vehicle - and the 09 LE, on paper, seems to be a huge improvement. But until these vibration/rumbling issues are resolved I'd recommend paying careful attention to the LE/SL, etc you drive and make sure you don't have the same problem.
Let's hope Nissan makes good on these problems.
#353 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [scion111]
May 13, 2008 (10:13 pm)
Ive been shopping for a Murano, so I did exactly what you suggested. I've test driven 3 LEs and 1 SL AWD for comparison.
All test drives where done on long stretches of small roads, not highways. I tried to keep the Muranos going between 20 and 40.
What I found is that it varies. Within a single test drive, I sometimes feel some vibration, but most times I dont.
It seems to be highly dependent on the road. On smooth pavement its less noticeable. On bumpier pavement, the vibration increases.
However, its very slight. Its probably subjective and highly personal how much one feels road noise.
But the interesting thing is that the SL AWD seemed to have less vibration (if any).
Im not very sensitive to road noise in general and I most likely would have never noticed the LE vibration if I had not read about it in this forum.
Is there any utility in the 20" wheels ? It seems to be entirely a styling option.
Is it possible to replace the wheels with 18" ones ? Perhaps you could convince the dealer to let you try a set of smaller ones and if that makes a difference consider your alternatives, maybe even aftermarket wheels.
Based on my comparison of the SL AWD vs. LE im inclined to think the 20" wheels are the cause.
On the other hand, the Murano is a very quiet and smooth drive, pretty much as perfect a crossover as I think im likely to find at the moment.
#354 of 686 Potential Murano SL AWD buyer
May 14, 2008 (6:42 am)
Hello: my wife and I really like the 09 SL AWD Murano. We test drove it twice on back roads, never on the highway. From what I'm reading about the jerking issues, I guess we need to test drive it on the highway and give it a workout before we decide. The dealers we consulted have really dropped their price close to invoice price and are desperate to sell.
#355 of 686 Re: CVT Jerking / Vibration [goatsucker]
May 14, 2008 (6:53 am)
Mine feels more like something is 'rumbling' underneath you. Almost seems like there is a balance problem or a bad tire, rim, etc. It is definitely much more noticeable on a freshly paved, smooth highway. I drive a 8 mile stretch almost everyday where the road is very flat. At all speeds it feels like there is a shaking going on - when lightly gripping the steering wheel I can see my arm shaking ever so slightly. I don't think (at I hope) it has anything to do with the 20" wheels - my dealer said he wouldn't repalce them with 18" since that would make the car different than what's on the sticker.(?). Not very cooperative. I've got a file open with Nissan and will insist on new tires/rims after I get to 1000 miles. Let me know how you make out. Other than this problem I think it's a great vehicle.