Last post on Feb 06, 2010 at 8:15 AM
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Nissan Murano, SUV
#7 of 13 Re: 2009 Murano Bouncy Ride quality [jayhawk70]
Apr 04, 2009 (2:27 pm)
Ride quality seems to be a very subjective and relative thing between drivers. What one driver considers "firm and sporty" another driver will call "bouncy and unsettled". What one driver considers "smooth" a different driver will consider "floaty and disconnected". A lot comes down to personal preference, so I do find that it's helpful to compare different vehicles when discussing the topic on forums like this. I'm in the early phase of shopping for a midsize CUV and drove a Murano SL last week. I currently have an '08 Acadia and '01 Pathfinder SE. I felt like the Murano rode a bit rougher than I expected. To me it wasn't any smoother than my Pathfinder, which surprised me, and definitely wasn't as smooth as my Acadia. I will definitely need more than just a brief test drive to make this decision though. I want to like the Murano because it seems like the right fit of style, features and price, but I'm going to need more road time.
#8 of 13 Re: 2009 Murano Bouncy Ride quality [loach]
Apr 05, 2009 (9:40 am)
I agree with your point of subjectivity. I just got an LE AWD and LOVE the way it rides. I had a Toyota Highlander and think the Murano rides better then the Highlander. I also drove the CX9 and hated it as well as the Lexus RX 350. The Lexus was a nice ride but I got more bang for the buck with the Murano and really did not see much of a difference in the ride between the 2. I suggest you try the SL 2 wheel drive unless you live in an area that would benefit from AWD.
#9 of 13 Re: 2009 Murano Bouncy Ride quality [jkenley]
Apr 06, 2009 (9:01 pm)
Ride quality is very subjective indeed. I strongly recommend an extensive test drive in this vehicle over roads that you are familiar with. I was definitely surprised, and while it's a great vehicle overall, I probably wouldn't purchase it again. It's strange - even my Dad's Honda Ridgeline, while technically more firm, compared to the Murano doesn't seem to transmit such a bouncy ride quality that you feel in your seat even though with the Ridgeline you can feel the road bumps more clearly at the point of the tires.I recently drove from southern CA to San Francisco, and the Murano, while highly annoying on the more rough 210 and 10 freeways was quite pleasant on an apparently smoother stretch of I-5 that I drove, and even returned 25.8 mpg over 300 miles going about 80 mph. For those in a similar situation as myself, one thing that helped slightly was to make sure the tire pressure was down at the recommended PSI of 33. When I checked the tires, they were all at around 36 from the dealer. This helped ever so slightly. I'll be curious to stay tuned to see if anyone in a similar situation makes the leap and decides to replace the shocks with something else.
#10 of 13 Re: 2009 Murano Bouncy Ride quality [krony01]
Apr 07, 2009 (6:26 am)
I agree - I've run into overinflated tires at dealers a lot. When I test drove my '01 Pathfinder, the ride was horrible and I couldn't believe it based on the reviews I had read. So I went back with a tire gauge after the dealership was closed. Every tire was well over 40 PSI! Recommended was 26 PSI, which I feel is a bit too low, so I took them all down to 30 PSI and came back the next day and drove it again. World of difference. It's ridiculous that you have to bring a tire gauge to your test drive but I guess that's what it comes to sometimes. I suspect that tires might be overinflated for shipping to prevent them from flattening out on the trucks/trains. Then if the dealership doesn't prep the vehicles properly, they remain overinflated.
#11 of 13 What difference would I expect on 18" and 20"
Sep 08, 2009 (4:39 pm)
Could any Tyre guru plez help out here.
what's the difference between 18 and 20"
1. Price wise
2. Ride quality
3. Performance (safety)
4. Avalability (I found 235/65/R18 is quite a rare spec)
6. LOOK (i guess 20" looks nicer, but is it a good investment?)
Also, I am curious if i went nut and drove the car at 180kmh on the highway, should any rating on the tyre speed cope? Mostly came with "H" (what does H go up to?) Just want to know I wont slip when I am being chased by cops.
Do I have to stick to 235?
235/60/R18 is a much more popular tyre. Will it affect the speedometre as in actual speed and shown speed?
#12 of 13 Re: What difference would I expect on 18" and 20" [lovepub]
Sep 09, 2009 (9:52 am)
Unless you are really hyped about the 18" wheels , pass on them and save $ on a loaded sl. They are nice but will be costly to replace. If that concerns you act accordingly.
#13 of 13 Re: 2009 Murano Bouncy Ride quality [jkenley]
Feb 06, 2010 (8:15 am)
I have to agree with driver preference as well. I drove an '06 Murano SL AWD for 60,000 miles and loved the ride. I now have an 09 Murano SL AWD and find it to be just as smooth - not bouncy at all. Compared to my neighbor's '09 Highlander, the Murano is outstanding but maybe its the CVT transmission that gives it that smooth ride. I would consider my 1997 Pathfinder a bouncy ride.