Problems with leaking head gaskets, leaking transfer case (twice repaired), defective engine mounts and seat positioning number setting that never holds seem to be common with Murano 2009 owners and we are no exception. At 70,000 miles the car is showing all the signs of a Lemon. Up until now we were strong supporters of the Nissan line, but when the manufacturer does not stand behind a chronic problem I think it's time to look at other manufacturers for better warranties and better quality
The head gasket went with just under 20,000 miles. That is something that should last 200,000 miles. Nissan village fixed it under warranty and 2 days later it had to be towed in because almost all the oil leaked out all over my new garage floor because one of the gaskets was improperly installed. Then it had to go back in again because of check engine light. It was the oxygen sensor. This is my fourth Nissan and I will never buy another.
Drive train failures. CVT and Xfer case issues. Don't buy Nissan! No Manufacturer Support!
written on 08-24-2013
It's too bad Nissan won't stand behind THIER product. They did replace the CVT (now that they extended the factory warranty to 10yr/120K) but our transfer case was leaking too (as so many of them have) and we were told it couldn't be rebuilt since it was one that had been made with a bad part! What floored me was we got NO help from Nissan at all with the cost of the replacement part. I even contacted the executive offices in TN. $3K later, I still have a metallic rattle when the CVT is trying to kick out of the first "gear" and after reading about how many others had the same issue, I am VERY worried I will have to replace both drive train components again if we hang on to the car.
Nissan murano is the best car i ever owned, no problems, fun to drive, very good looking inside and outside, Bose surround system included, could not be happier, THE ONLY NEGATIVE side on the truck is how expensive the gas is, (is better on highway, that inside the city with traffic), but the MURANO is so cool and reliable that you sacrifice that part for having a fantastic car.
The Murano is a good looking vehicle, and really nice to drive. The seats are comfortable and the drivers compartment fits like a glove. Everything you need to control the car and comforts is within easy reach. I always enjoy driving it.
Premium Package ($1,000 -- includes Bose audio system with nine speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio, back-up camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, foldable cargo organizer, roof rails, 7-inch QVGA color display, retractable cargo cover, auxiliary audio/video inputs behind center console).
3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
248 @ 4,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Final Drive = 5.173, R = 1.766
There's still a lot to like about Nissan's CVT when matched with VQ35 power. Effortless, uninterrupted acceleration is unexpected in a small SUV like the Murano. Overall, very nice.
Rapid effectiveness, solid pedal throughout -- despite fairly significant increase in stopping distance. Substantial pitch under heavy braking.
Slalom: DSC always on. Just not quick in slalom testing, the Murano's height and lack of roll stiffness conspire to hurt its performance. Non-defeat stability control can be VERY intrusive as well. Not dangerous, just slow. Skid pad: Significant body roll and "wind up" in suspension reduces control around skid pad.