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 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.