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Renault is tarnishing Nissan's reliability
33 of 36 people found this review helpful
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By mkh142
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2003 Nissan Murano SUV SE Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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These Nissans in many respects are Renaults in disguise.
Renault has consistently produced unreliable cars for decades and now that they own Nissan, many of Nissans products are suffering.
The Nissan Murano looks nice, and has nice features, but it is a reliability disaster as with every other "Renault".
They are not designed to last, but instead designed to be "profitable" to the company.
I'd reccomended not buying and going for a more reliable brand.


Worst Features

Reliability, reliability reliability!


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Decent car with bad build quality
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By umichioe
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2003 Nissan Murano SUV SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I owned this car from 2003 (new) to 2012 (traded)

It is comfortable and have good performance.

But build quality is bad!!!!

40K:
CVT failed.
Replace underwarranty.
80K: Power seat failure.
Replaced under extended warranty
120K: Transfer case failed.
$3200
145K: CVT failed: $4300
150K: Aircon failed.
Didn't fix.
150K: Catalytic converter failed.
Didn't fix.

Traded at 150K


Best Features

Good power. Good suspension. Quiet.


Worst Features

Build Quality.


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'03 SL AWD 142,000+ mi
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By timinmn
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2003 Nissan Murano SUV SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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I have owned this since new, went in to buy an Altima, drove out in the Murano.
It has been a joy to drive. It has been a reliable vehicle for over 142,000 miles.
The only major problem I've had was the transfer case went out at 138,000 ($3000 to fix, still cheaper than a new car).
The one flaw I have found is the fuel filler neck rusting and pitting, causing the Check Engine light to come on, I have sanded it down applied LPS3 rust preventor on it we'll see if that lasts.


Best Features

CVT, Bose sound system


Worst Features

Better filler neck material


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Lurching/Acceleration Delay
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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By whynissan1
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2003 Nissan Murano SUV SL Fwd 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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After taking the vehicle to both the local Nissan dealership and trusted tranny guy - neither could find any problems.
Yet when the car is warm and you run into stop & go traffic (I live in So. Cal.) which is a regularity,you will experience the lurch/delay.
Luckily no accidents! However, putting it into park and restarting the vehicle seems to "reboot" the problem and it will be okay for a while & then resurface when you least expect it.


Best Features

It is a fun comfortable car to drive. However, I don't feel safe driving it more recently and am looking for another vehicle.


Worst Features

The 2003 Murano has a transmission problem and after reading multiple sites, it is one that Nissan should address.


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TERRIBLE RELIABILITY!! DO NOT PURCHASE MURANOS!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By bobby125
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2003 Nissan Murano SUV SL AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)


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HEARD ALL OVER OF THE SAME PROBLEMS ONCE I STARTED HAVING ISSUES W/MY MURANO. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND MURANOS!!!

Bought used, had engine timing/engine chain problems HAD TO REPLACE WHOLE ENGINE MOTOR!! can cost thousands, mechanics also report problems w/ under hood accessibility on front end due to everything being compacted so poor front end design which takes more time&labor costs for mechanics to fix, also had work done on ball joints, tie rods and rear sway/axle bars TOO MANY MECHANICAL PROBLEMS for a foreign vehicle w/ only 120k miles.


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