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4.8

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,512 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano electrical problems

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 3 of 6)

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problem #79

Jun 102005

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Contact states the alternator needed to be replaced after losing power in the middle of the intersection. The engine was still running, but the contact could not accelerate to get the vehicle out of the road. Vehicle was towed to a main service center where they replaced the alternator. While starting the vehicle it will start, then stall. After the 2nd or 3rd time it will start. Service dealer stated the engine stalling was not from the alternator.

- Glen Rock, NJ, USA

problem #78

Jun 202005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,400 miles
My mom was leaving the grocery store and the car cut off while she was driving out of the parking lot. It slowed down before it cut off. While waiting for aaa someone offered to jump the car. It started, but the brake and lights came on. She drove to the dealership, about 3 miles away. The car cut off in the parking lot. It remains at the dealer, awaiting repair.

- Sanford, FM, USA

problem #77

Jun 102005

Murano

  • miles
The first time occured in Oct. Of 2004, when I was driving in town, thankfully, and lost all of my power. I was only driving about 30 mph. My car had to be towed, and the alternator was replaced. Then, on june10, 2005, I was traveling on the highway, at night about 55 mph, and again lost all power. I again had to be towed, and the alternator was replaced again, but this time, my battery also had to be replaced, which we had to pay half the price. This car is only 2 years old and has had 2 alternators, and Nissan of North America says there is ' no problem' with this car or model. I consider this to be a major safety problem, if someone had been behind me, or if I could not have steered off the road.

- Winston-Salem, NC, USA

problem #76

May 212005

Murano

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

At 22,695 miles. Loss of power, decreased gas mileage, battery and engine light came on. Car was drivable to dealer. Nissan replaced with rebuilt alternator.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #75

Jun 152005

Murano

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
1) my wife was driving the car to work and the battery and brake light came on. I told her that I thought it was probably due to low brake fluid and that I'd check it when she got home in the evening. 2) on her way home from work, the car suddenly dies in the middle of the interstate (I495) during rush hour. This is probably the most dangerous time on the interstate due to the great volume of traffic traveling at very high speed. Fortunately, she was able to coast to the shoulder without being rear ended. The car had to be towed back to our house. I did some research on the internet and came across a Nissan Murano forum which had a detail desciption of this particular problem. If I had received some type on notification on this problem, I would not have put my wife life in jeopardy by advising her to take the car home. 3) I will be contacting the Nissan dealership for repairs.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #74

Jun 042005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,237 miles
Alternator in 2003 Nissan Murano failed after 23,237 miles. Loss of power in the vehicle.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #73

Jun 082005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,668 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The alternator warning light and brake warning light alit both at the same time. I was 7 miles from home. I traveled home and the checked to see if the alternator was working properly and it was not. I charged the battery and drove the vehicle to a local dealership. They confirmed that the alternator was malfunctioning and and will replace when the back ordered part is in stock. They have no idea when the part my be delivered.

- Homewood, IL, USA

problem #72

Jun 062005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Recurring alternator failure. Vehicle will loose power and stop. Put in 3rd alternator in last 1.5 years. After some research problem under investigation but not resolved. Concerned since it leaves us in a precarious situtation every time. Vehicle great otherwise.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #71

Jun 052005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,500 miles
While driving on the highway at 65mph, the alternator on my 2003 Nissan Murano SE (20,500 miles) failed. The engine stalled, and all power steering/brakes/etc. Failed as well. After pulling the vehicle over to the side of the road, I was unable to restart the vehicle (because the battery had been drained as a result of the alternator failure). The car was towed to a dealer who replaced the alternator (under warranty).

- Newton, MA, USA

problem #70

Jun 042005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Parking brake light and battery light lit during driving. Driving the very next day the car's transmission failed in the middle of an intersection but car remained running. Within 10 minutes the car failed completely. Both times the car was in an intersection and nearly struck by other traffic.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #69

May 232005

Murano

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My 2003 had two alternator failures. One in 2004 and one in may of 2005.

- Erie, CO, USA

problem #68

Jun 012005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles
Nissan Murano 2003 (42,000 miles) driving down the highway and car stalling. Battery light came on and brake light came on. Almost had another car rear end me. After speaking with Nissan service center, panama city, fl I found out it was most likely a failed alternator. A check on the world wide web revealed many other owners having the same problem with a defective alternator.

- Santa Rosa Beach, FL, USA

problem #67

Nov 042004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
Car stalled and failed to accelerate and then gave out. Waited three hours to be towed to nearest dealer by 1-800-Nissan. Alternator and battery were replaced Nov 2004at 36000 miles at no cost still under warranty. May 2005 brake light and battery light came on car started to stall on higway. Made it of the highway into a parking lot and car gave out. Had it towed by dealer. Alternator was once again replaced at no charge because I have extended warranty. Asked dealer if there was problem and they said no. Since then the car shuts of immediately after starting engine. I left it at the dealer again on 5-24-05 to be checked. My warranty will soon run out at 49000 and I have no confidence that this problem will be resolved. I have also reported the problem to Consumer Affairs at Nissan. I have one more year left on my lease. I recently received a promotion from bill seidle Nissan in miami where I had my car repaired the first time, that says that they are doing a special test market promotion. They are in desperate need to acquire prew-owned 2003 Nissan Muranos by May 31st. They claim they will buy back my current vehicle. Not a bad offer but I do not want another Nissan. Please help.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #66

May 122005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,856 miles
At about 36,600 miles, the battery and brake light both came on. After tapping the emergency brake lightly several times, both lights went off. However, 100 miles later, both lights came on again. At 36,835 miles, while driving 55 mph at night to dulles airport, the vehicle became sluggish, the accelerator pedal became unresponsive, dash lights dimmed, and the vehicle coasted and stalled, all within about 700 meters, after which it wouldn't start. We got aaa plus towing the 70 miles back home, and drove our '95 maxima back down! purchased this 2003 sl vehicle in altoona pa, courtesy motors. We are taking it to brenner Nissan, located in mechanicsburg, pa. They have a good reputation locally and we'll report on the outcome! -update- 0800: Arrived at brenner Nissan. Jim, ed and troy greet. Troy checks something in the back, ed checks parts availability. Coffee's good. 0830: Enterprise rental vehicle arrives at the dealer! 1548: Jim calls, Murano's ready -- we'd decided to catch up on the 30,000 mi. Major service today, and it turns out Nissan goodwill covered the alternator and rental car 100%. service cost $488.60 incl. Tax.

- Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

problem #65

May 212005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,400 miles
1-the car at 4000 miles lost power on the road and completly died, the car was towed to the Nissan dealer and the action taken was to replace the alternator 2- driving on the highway the car was failing to accelerate, I turned off the air and made it to the deale, reorted it, the dealer took no action but complied with a bulletin that was out, this was at 18,000 3- at 22500miles the car was expiriencing the same acceleration problem, I agian took the car to the dealer and reported this to them since the check engine light was on, the dealer reported that they could not find the problem 4- at 24800 miles April 22nd the car again lost complete power in the middle of the road as I was changing lanes and it stalled, which almost caused an accident, the car was moved and it was towed to the Nissan dealer, were they called me on the 23rd and informed me that it was an alternator problem and that it needed to be replaced, the service manager raul fernandez, finally called me back after a few attemps to reach a manager at bill sidels Nissan and informed me that this was a regular problem with the Nissan Murano that they get 4-5 cars a day with the same problem and also that there was no alternators in stock so it would probably be a few more days, he also informed me that the factory can't seem to fix the problem since the 2005 models are having the same problem. I am very afraid that this can cause an accident and lives could be lost.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #64

May 202005

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Alternator failed. The vechicle's battery light went on and within 15 minutes the car would not move. The car was towed to the dealership where the car was purchased.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #63

May 212005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
My alternator has failed twice. The first time was under warranty this time it failed in my driveway. Dealer replaced, not under warranty

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #62

May 102005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,200 miles
Alternator failure Nissan Murano mine is 2003 sl sunlit copper purchased 1/2003 now has 42000 miles. Battery and brake light on. Nissan customer service refused to acknowledge that there is a problem with premature failure of the alternator.say I am sol as I have exceeded the warranty mileage even though the vehicle is two years old. I will be posting this problem all over the internet and contacting the local television station as this is a safety issue as the car dies and is not drive able. On the nissanmurano.org forum a poll shows that 93 out of 203 respondents have had alternator failures a 46% failure rate. Mine left me dead in an intersection with engine only able to idle while in drive no throttle response while in drive but throttle responded when in park. I feared for my life as I was barely able to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. My car has been parked for over 2 weeks as the only availability for the alternator is from Nissan. Only other problem with the car has been getting locked out more than once. Again Nissan will not acknowledge a problem even though I brought this to their attention at about 2000 miles.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #61

May 152005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I have a 2003 Nissan Murano, the alternator failed at 36,000 miles, which will cost about $900 to fix - including the tow and recommended new battery - seems very high to me. According to freshalloy.com, this is a common occurrence with these cars.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #60

Feb 182005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
In February 2005 the alternator failed to charge the battery and the car slowed to a complete stop and the battery died in the middle of a busy intersection. I had to tow the car to the nearest dealership and the car was repaired 48 hours later. In March 2005 the gas tank lid wouldn't open and the car was running out of gas. I drove the car to the dealership and it took 48 hours to repair. However, the "repair" was done by prying the lid open and I still have not recieved the new part. In May 2005 the transmission failed in the middle of a busy intersection and I had to tow the car to the dealership. They still have the car and expect to have it for two weeks at least. They cannot guarentee that they will pay for the rental car costs which will amount to at least $350 at $25 a day. This car only has 35,000 miles on it.

- Marina Del Rey, CA, USA

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