The Murano is a likable crossover SUV that blends unique styling with a spacious, comfortable interior and a fun-to-drive character. If it wasn't for the power-sapping CVT transmission, it would get our top recommendation.
by pruettfan on Aug 30, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
We purchased our 04 SL AWD fully loaded Murano new in the summer of 04. We just traded in the car at 164,545 miles this summer (2014) so I can provide a comprehensive history on this car.
Within a couple of years the "leather" drivers seat was cracking badly on the sides. We had to replace the steering rack, two power steering lines and a sensor,
an oil cooler seal, countless tires because the car never aligned properly and would make tires very loud.
By the time the car was 6 years old the rattles and switch failures, car locks etc started to add up. We traded it in with lots of small problems and an oil leak. This is our first and last Nissan. Stay away!!
by moneypitowner on Apr 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Love the design and functionality of the Murano.
Had Nissan and Infinity before and very reliable and economical to maintain.
I put 200K on my earlier Nissans and they ran great.
Not the case with Murano.
I bought the Murano with 80K on it.
Owner babied it and Murano maintained by dealer, all receipts. At 115K. CVT went bad. $4500 repair.
Head gasket bad at 121k.
Another $4500 repair.
Numerous reports of transfer case failures as well as exhaust system repairs.
Very expensive repairs.
Recent problems with head gaskets on newer models also reported.
Get extended warranties if you keep the car past dealer warranty period.
Don't buy a first generation used Murano.
by tish86 on Mar 26, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I just got my 2004 Nissan Murano at a cheap price with high miles a little over 140k but have been told for years since I was a teenager that Nissans are good cars and last for a long time.
I never realized though that it would be so costly.. but its worth it.
I get looks whenever I drive my truck and love it.
I do need to replace the tires and its a bummer that I have to replace all four instead of just the usual one that I am used to.
The best deal that I came across was from Walmart for $550.00 for all four.
It drives smooth so far and no problems so far.. will keep posted.
Of course a suv is gonna be more costly to keep up then a car but I have three kids so I need a suv
by rayman3000 on Jan 24, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I will be brief. This vehicle is fun to drive no doubt. Once you get in for a test drive, you will buy this vehicle cos its so much fun to drive. The bad news is the cost of maintenance. You will spend a lot of time repairing this vehicle. Once it leaves the repair shop, do not ride this vehicle unless you are trying to know if the problems has been repaired or you are taking a new buyer on a test drive. Fail to heed my warning and you will fall in love with this vehicle again. Its like a woman you love, but you can't stand her naughty behavior.
Buyers be warned. Stay away from her unless you have deep pockets.
issues i have suffered: Wheel bearings (front right and back left), diffe
by ljones263 on May 3, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Exterior design is awesome! Interior is holding up very well. Vehicle has been very dependable for over 5 years. I love my Murano even after over 140,000 miles. Vehicle has not been perfect, but all things considered, thumbs up! Murano's are notorious for having front suspension issues, wheel bearings, etc... After 8 years, expect it, it's not too bad. Other minor issues, cable for tail gate had to be replaced. Shocks had to be replaced. That's about it :)
by 6twentysix on Apr 19, 2012 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I was super excited about this pre-owned car, I bought it around 50K and I bought the extended warranty.
HOLY CRAP, I'm glad I did. Here is a list of things that were fixed.
Catastrophic Failures (covered by Warranty)
Drive box - wouldn't go in reverse (Out 2 weeks)
Transmission was rebuilt when the chain kept leaking which I guess is a common problem. (Out 1 week)
Minor but extremely annoying:
Door Actuator on the Drivers handle
Windshield Wipers (twice fixed)
CV Joint passenger side
Struts after only 60K
And a bunch of other crap I can't remember... Nissan fixed things, but as soon as the warranty ended, I sold this bad car. Now it's another Nissan dealerships problem.
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