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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 6 of 6)

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problem #19

Jan 202004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


I have a Nissan Murano 2003 & have had the following problems with it. I was on an online forum & there was a link to this site to list the problems I have had with this vehicle. My car was purchased in Jan. 2003. Since then I have had the following problems: Defective alternator defective bose cd player defective battery defective cupholder all the items were fixed or replaced by Nissan under warranty. However I have read that many people have had problems with their alternators but have not reported to a governent Agency.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #18

Jan 172004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Alternator failed on 2003 Nissan Murano at 11,000 miles I missed worked stuck on the side of the road for 5 hours replaced alternator.... talked to a few people ona news group and and 47 out of 118 had a bad alternator. Pe04077_cat

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #17

Sep 042004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,500 miles
Driving vehicle at night 300 miles from home when the "battery" and brake trouble lights came on. Car completely lost power suddenly and I was not able to get the vehicle to the road shoulder. This was very dangerous. I was towed to a local dealer and had to rent a car home and rent a car to come back for my vehicle. Alternator was diagnosed as failed. Nissan dealer could not obtain part for 7 days. No explaination. Pe04077_cat

- Elkridge, MD, USA

problem #16

Sep 092004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,900 miles


Vehicle lost power on a busy street. After searching the web, consumer found similar complaints. Vehicle was towed to dealer, who determined that the alternator was defective. Pe04077_cat

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #15

Aug 272004


  • 36,000 miles
Alternator went bad after 36000 miles.

- Hampstead, NC, USA

problem #14

Aug 232004

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer was unable to restart the vehicle and had it towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic determined that the alternator needed to be replaced. Pe04077_cat

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 072004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,400 miles


While driving home with around 5000 miles on the odometer, the battery and brake light on the dash turns on. I called the dealer to see what it meant and they told me that was the warning sign of a failed alternator. They advised me to tow the car to the nearest dealer because the car was basically running off the battery. The dealer was closing, so I had to leave it there overnight without a rental car. The next day the dealer was able to swap the alternator with a new one.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #12

Jul 232004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Three separate incidents of cd-changer/player failure, each time unit was replaced with a "new" one. Two failures of rear cup holder. One failure of vehicle alternator at approximately 19,000 miles. Most recent failure was the ipdm control module at approximately 20,000 miles. Mysterious ongoing transmission hesitation, cause unknown.

- Hilliard, FL, USA

problem #11

Jun 122004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
03 Nissan Murano sl battery warning light and brake warning light illuminated and would not go out alternator was diagnosed by dealer as being bad alternator replaced under warranty by dealer I am a subscriber to a internet forum for Murano's and heard of the warning signs and subsequent alternator failures from other owners. This is not an isolated occurance for Murano owners somewhere around 30% of vehicles have suffered this failure and some more than once. I believe that Nissan should acknowledge this and conduct a recall for replacement of these alternators to include a new design or new supplier to correct this problem

- Richmond Hill, GA, USA

problem #10

Aug 172004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Battery light and brake light illuminated. The next day, car stopped, while driving, almost causing a rear end accident. All power was lost. Dealer replaced alternator. 2003 Murano, AWD, 11000 miles. Pe04077_cat

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #9

Aug 122004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Alternator failed on my car that is less than a year old. This problem is happening very often and Nissan needs to address the problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #8

Jul 222003

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,700 miles
While driving home from work approximately 3.5 miles on July 22nd 2004, I noticed the brake and battery lamps were illuminated on the dashboard of my 2003 Nissan Murano SE AWD manufactured in March 2003. After contacting university dealership in lansing, mi on July 23rd 2004, I was informed to bring it in right away. I drove it about 10 miles that day without a change in behavior from the vehicle but the lamps were still on. Later that day I was informed it would need a new alternator. I did not hear about any progress until August 2nd 2004 which is 10 days later. The dealership claimed the alternator was ordered the previous Friday (30 July) and should be in "late today or tomorrow". I received no update until 7 days later (August 10th) when I called the dealer and was informed the alternator had come in and it should be done the next day. On August 10th, I was allowed to pick up the repaired vehicle. In total I was without the vehicle for 18 consecutive days while waiting for a replacement for a faulty alternator which are in short supply. I was still responsible for making loan payments during the 18 days I was not able to use the vehicle and had to arrange alternate transportation to where I work. The nature of the failure could have lead to a serious safety concern as the antilock brakes were disabled, and if the vehicle had lost power (some do, sometimes due to simultaneous battery failure) control of the vehicle could have been lost. It is also an imposition on the customer to have to wait an extended period for replacements to be delivered for commonly faulty parts. The alternator failing in the Murano is not an infrequent occurrence, it appears to happen in a large percentage of vehicles. One discussion forum and poll relating to the matter can be found here:

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #7

Jul 062004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,605 miles
My alternator failed. I was stranded on a busy freeway. When I called Nissan roadside, I was informed that my vehicle did not have roadside coverage and they would not tow it to the dealer. I had to make my own arrangements, at my expense, to get it there to have the warranty repair completed.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #6

Apr 022004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Alternator failed while driving normally. No prior warning. Had to replace battery to get car home. Parts replaced under warranty.

- Odenton, MD, USA

problem #5

Jun 212004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
(1) vehichle was operating normally, then the battery and brake warning lights came on. 2) while driving down the interstate looking for a dealership, the entire car shut down, including the engine and braking. I had to cross 2 lanes of interstate traffic to get to the shoulder without power or adequate braking. At the time, I was travelling out of town and was stranded in a city where I knew no one. (3) after being towed to a dealer, the day after I was told the alternator and battery were both bad. A new alternator had to be ordered but there were none in the immediate area and didn't know when one would be available. The alternator and battery were eventually replaced at no cost to me, 3 working days after arriving. Old parts are not available. Pe04077_cat

- Yakima, WA, USA

problem #4

Jul 182004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
My altinator broke on my 2003 Nissan Murano with about 8500 miles on the whole car.

- Merrick, NY, USA

problem #3

May 152004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
2003 Nissan Murano SE AWD. Alternator failed at 13,000 miles. No previous symptoms. Apparently this is a common problem with Muranos and should be a subject for a recall by Nissan.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #2

Jul 132004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,497 miles
Following 15000 mile routine service and while returning to my home from the Nissan dealer, my Nissan Murano SE AWD's brake light and battery light went on. I lost complete power (voltage) while making a left turn to a major intersection. The brakes failed and the accelerator pedal did not operate. Nearly lost my life with an approaching sand truck and vehicles driving behind me. The problem/defect identified by the dealer was a faulty alternator, which was subsequently replaced under car warranty. Pe04077_cat

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,556 miles
2003 Nissan Murano sl AWD, alternator defective. Battery light comes up.

- Queens, NY, USA

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