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Nissan Murano - rust, CVT, and transfer case problems

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2005Jimmy

Looking specifically at the Nissan Murano. CR, Edmunds, etc have nothing but good things to say about all years but when I go to the owner discussion group sites it's a different story. Rusting subframes, CVT and transfer case problems, head gasket failures, etc. Does anyone here own one of these vehicles so I can get the straight goods, preferably more than 3 owners for a good cross section.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Powertrain performance / Driving position & visibility

Preferred Bodystyle(s): SUV

Car Needs: Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 130000
Maximum age: 8 years

Maximum price: C $ 12000

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Response from jrhesse

9:45 pm February 28, 2016

As I saw there's no responses here I'll give you some insight in the Murano and try and spark some conversation. I do have a good friend that works for NNA and an uncle who leases a lot of nissans. The good news is all the Muranos he's leased (from 08 or earlier and up) he never had an issue however he had only owned them up to the lease terms then he goes back through. Also the cars live and the rust belt and he's never experienced the rusting. However as a consumer myself I am very wary of any Nissan with a CVT. The newest model Murano according to my friend has a better CVT than pre-refresh. That being said I myself would never get into the Murano game. If you're dead set on a Nissan I would suggest a pathfinder as they're a bit larger (My friends had like 5 pathfinders and is going to a Murano next month). I've seen some good things on the GMC Terrain, and if you get a Mopar (Cherokee, GC, or Durango) you can always look into the factory backed lifetime warranty for some piece of mind in a Chrysler product. I know this isn't entirely what you're looking for but I hope this helps a little bit.

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Response from mkaresh

3:01 pm March 2, 2016

We'll be implementing a way to query current owners later this month.

Based on our data, it's clear that the second-generation Murano (2009 and up) has been far more reliable than the original one. But nothing is absolute. Some first-gen Muranos have been reliable, while some second-gens have not.

That said, I just glanced at our latest stats, and see that the repair frequency for the 2009 has worsened recently.

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Response from Impressed

9:38 pm March 7, 2016

Hi, I don't own a Murano but my uncle, an avid car enthusiast living in western New York State, owned one and adored it for many years...until the dreaded transmission and rust problems appeared. He concluded it was not a good long term purchase and traded it in on a (lightly used) Ford Flex. Which he is also happy with.
I wish I could recall the exact number of years he owned that Murano, and this information is second hand so not as reliable as a real owner's opinion. But he loved that Murano and was very disappointed he couldn't afford to keep it; the costs to get it ship shape were enormous and he knew it was wiser to get into something else. Good luck on your decision.

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Response from 2005Jimmy

7:10 pm March 14, 2016

Thanks for the responses on the Murano everyone. I have a 1500 lb trailer I like to tow from time to time so given the problems with the CVT with any type of weight over time maybe it's not a good idea to own. We have alot of salt on the roads in winter so the rust problem is a concern for me. I still own a 2005 Chev Blazer and yes it does require more maintenance than some vehicles but it is easy to work on and parts are relatively cheap. It's never let me down yet and the engine, tranny, transfer case and diffs have never required anything more than regular fluid changes, flushes, and seals. Changed the hub assemblies and ball joints around the $180K mark. I know that the water pump is usually an issue around the 200k mark but it only costs $100 to replace and I can do ityself. So maybe if this thing keeps going I won't worry about looking at the Murano anymore based on your responses. I often wonder how biased a car editors review is if he is given the vehicle by the manufacturer to evaluate. Hearing from most owners seems to tell the better story once you sort out the chaff.

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Response from mkaresh

8:19 pm March 14, 2016

Car reviewers driving a new car for a week simply have no way to evaluate reliability.

We have just added the "ask an owner" section of the site. If you do want to hear from more people who own a Murano (or something else), feel free to post there.

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