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 jshores on Feb 24, 2014 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
At 45,000 miles the Check engine light came on due to a bad Catalytic Convertor, not diagnosed correctly by dealer. Honeycomb in converter powered and was sucked into engine. Diagnosed correctly after the factory warranty ran out. At 68K miles it has scored the pistons which causes the engine to burn about 1 quart of oil every 500 miles. Would cost more to fix than car is worth.
Driver side seat panels cracked and peeled apart. Car could not be aligned adequately.
by celejao on Sep 8, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SL Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Bought my 2004 new. Have put on at least 3 to 4 brakes, and 3 sets of tires. Currently has 170,000 miles and is stuck at the dealership, was towed there. Right now needs motor mounts, catalylic convertor, front brakes, burns oil, a trans leak (so the dealer says, I do not have any leak spots on the ground),
four tires, a belt: $6,000. in parts and labor! Really?
I just replaced the CV joint on the drivers side. 350.00, an independent friend replaced it, probably double price at a service station. Nissan dealership is basically telling me to junk the car, so I will buy a new one. They tell me the engine may be bad, the transmission may need to be replaced. Dealership is scary.
by chill68 on Mar 27, 2013 Vehicle: 2004 Nissan Murano SE AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Purchased in 2004. Happy with the overall look and performance.
Did not buy it for gas milege just wanted a safe vehicle for wifey.
Check engine light stays on due to a bad Catalytic Convertor.
Which in subsequent models was repaired.
This causes the engine to burn oil because of particle blowback.
The only sensible repair is a new engine.
About 2-3 quarts every 2K miles.
Driver side seat panels and arm rest cracked and peeled apart.
During hot weather the door locks stick.
Have to hold the unlock button and let the windows roll down to get in.
The gas tank door opener stop working.
I just disconnected from the system versus paying $300 for the part.
Cannot wait to part with.
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
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