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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,448 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano engine problems

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Nov 152008


  • 110,000 miles


Catalytic converter is bad at 110K miles.

- Forked River, NJ, USA

problem #11

Dec 152008


  • 51,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. When the vehicle was started, the check engine indicator remained illuminated. The vehicle has difficulty starting and will shut off without notice. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop and a technician stated that the crank position sensor and camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The repair would cost $400. No repairs have been made. The manufacturer stated that a recall was in place for the sensors; however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The contact could not be reimbursed for the repair. The failure mileage was 51,500 and current mileage was 51,700.

- Hinrico, VA, USA

problem #10

Apr 112008


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut down without warning. The contact was able to pull over to the shoulder of the road. He waited 30 minutes and was able to restart the vehicle. He drove to the dealer and they stated that the battery was the cause of the failure. Previously, the dealer replaced the cvt valve due to the stalling failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 100,000.

- Germantown , MD, USA

problem #9

Nov 162007

Murano 6-cyl

  • 49,000 miles


Nissan Murano sl. While driving this car in heavy traffic at about 65mph the service engine soon light came on and the car slowed down to a stop. I was unable to get the car going again. This incident happened on a 250 mile drive I could not use my cell because it happened in a dead zone. I had just had the car serviced with a oil change the day before this incident.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #8

Jan 062008

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,750 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle completely shut down due to a faulty camshaft sensor. There were no warning indicators prior to the failure. The vehicle was able to be restarted. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 82,765 and failure mileage was 82,750.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 152007

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,100 miles
I have a 2003 Murano, that continues to have persistent problems with failing camshaft sensors. There is a specific recall that covers camshaft and crankshaft sensor design issues in the 2003 Murano, but Nissan has refused to cover the work, since my VIN doesn't fall within the recall range. I have even talked to the vp of East cost customer service, who told me to report the problem to the appropriate governmental Agency. We have experienced all the problems that are described in the recall multiple different times over the last year. These are :"service engine soon" warning light to come on, create a no start condition, cause reduced engine power, or cause the engine to stop running without warning during vehicle operation, which could result in a crash." It also includes the car stalling at 45 mph for my wife on a dangerous winding road. For a small women without power steering or power brakes, this situation was extremely dangerous. Both camshaft sensors have been replaced already, and one of them is failing again for the third time. I have already spent $500, and it will cost at least that much to pay for the changes that Nissan requires under the recall to really fix the Nissan design flaw. The main problem is that Nissan refuses to fix the problem, even though it is obvious that I have the exact same problems as the recall.

- Delran, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 122007

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles


On September 12, 2007, I took my car to keras Nissan located at 2080 covington pike in memphis, Tennessee, because the shock absorbers were failing in the front of the truck and again the check engine soon light came on. I decided to take my truck to a different dealership because I no longer trusted the workmanship of dobbs Nissan, where I made the initial purchase. I dealt with travis, a service advisor that advised me they would find the problems. After my vehicle was serviced, I was informed that the motor was non-repairable. Travis stated that it looked as if I never serviced the engine with oil. I explained that I have regularly scheduled maintenance on this vehicle. He stated that I would need to gather all of my oil change receipts to present to Nissan warranty to prove regular maintenance have been performed to replace the engine. Oil changes and dates of receipts provided: Dobbs Nissan: April 29, 2006 September 26, 2006 June 13, 2007 danny"S car care: March 9, 2007 March 28, 2007 August 18, 2007 Goodyear: June 23, 2006 January 3, 2007 Firestone: November 02, 2006 receipts the morning of September 15, 2007. He contacted me around 11:15 am to inform me that the engine replacement was denied, due to, ?lack of maintenance?. I asked travis to explain to me in detail the reason for the denial, and his reply was simply, "lack of maintenance". nothing has been done to correct the failure on a warranted engine.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #5

Aug 022007

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While attempting to accelerate from a stop, the vehicle loses power. The vehicle is able to be restarted after approximately 5-10 seconds. The contact stated that the vehicle occasionally accelerates on its own, without even depressing the accelerator pedal. The dealer stated that a valve body needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 65,000.

- Alum Creek, WV, USA

problem #4

Jul 012007

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Nissan Murano 2003 service engine check lightcame on and vehicle slowed down on the freeway and I had to find a shoulder after an overpass bridge to pull over for my safe and for my 2 toodlers children. I check the recall on the internet for this and it was a recall back in 2003 that I did not recieve a notice in the mail. I call a car dealer and denying me for the recall. I call the consumer affair customer service and 7/2/2007 and case is pending. I feel so unsafe to drive this vehicle because since 2003 this vehicle has five recalls such as gas tank, set belt, engine and engine cooling, transmission nut not tighten enough and alternator.

- Fortt Worth, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 162006

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,200 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph on dry asphalt roads, the vehicle stalled completely. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road, where it was able to be restarted after a few minutes. There were no warnings prior the stalling. The vehicle was not seen by a dealer, however the manufacturer was notified. There was a NHTSA recall# 03V455000, pertaining to the engine and engine cooling. The vehicle was not included in the recall due to the VIN.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 182004

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles
NHTSA recall campaign 03V455000: Position sensor weld; while traveling 80 to 100 mph for a minimum of five minutes, the vehicle lost acceleration but maintained speed. The gas gauge moved losing a quarter tank of gas. The vehicle experienced radio signal and volume fluctuation along with the gas gauge not going pass 3/4 full. The dealership was unable to duplicate or remedy the cause. The consumer experienced the same failure as the position sensor recall.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 232004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The service engine light came on and the vehicle stalled. The dealer stated the crank shaft senor burned up.. the alternator and the control module has been replaced. The crank shaft sensor has been replaced multiple times by dealer.

- Elkridge, MD, USA

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