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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,159 miles

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2009 Nissan Murano brakes problems

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2009 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #21

Jul 062016


  • 68,500 miles


Brake pedal goes all the way down and vehicle does not stop. Has happened sporadically several time. Have to pump brakes to get them functioning again. Nissan dealer cannot find underlying cause; suggestion is to replace ABS control unit and see if that fixes things; no guarantee that will fix problem. Vehicle is only 7 years old, 68500 miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 022016


  • 88,000 miles
When I hit a pot hole or bump in the road my brake pedal goes all the way to the floor and I may or may not have some braking. Takes a little time for pedal too become firm again. This has happened 4 times over the past year. No warning light comes on and it appears that there is a problem in the ABS system. From all complaints on line Nissan does not know what is causing brake failure. I am removing the ABS fuse so I will have dependable brakes until Nissan can determine what needs to be done besides replacing whole ABS system. Have 88,000 miles on car. This is a very dangerous situation since brakes appear most of time to be fine, cannot understand why there is no warning light or code when this occurs.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #19

Apr 082016


  • 91,000 miles
Car brake is spongy and would have to pressed to the floor before car stops. At the initial application of the brakes, the car ejects forward and then stops. There is very little pressure in the brake system.have taken the car to Nissan dealership for repair, from the dealership, it appears to be the ABS system. Doing online research, there appears to be a common trend of brake defects on this model

- Tracy, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 172016


  • 40,000 miles


Braking system on my 2009 Nissan Murano had 5 failures. Its an intermittent issue. The first issue happened while I was driving on a highway that dead end to another highway. I pressed the brakes and the pedal went to the floor. I ended up in the middle of the other highway. Luckily there was no traffic at the time. The brakes usually go back to normal after stopping vehicle and turning it back on again. On 3/17/16, the issue happened again and this time the brakes did not go back to normal. I was able to bring it to the Nissan dealer and they test drove it and they now understand what was happening to the brakes. On the first 4 issues, we brought it to the local Nissan dealer, but they could not reproduce the issue. The braking failures happened on city streets and highways. I think this should be a recall by Nissan. I've read many blogs on this issue and a lot of people are have this problem. For it to become a recall, do people have to lose their lives?

- Morgan City, LA, USA

problem #17

Mar 012016


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Murano. While driving 40 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and traveled to the floorboard. The contact stated that the brake pedal was pumped several times and felt like a sponge. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the brake master cylinder failed and needed to be replaced. The brake master cylinder was replaced; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was diagnosed a second time and the contact was informed that the ABS accumulator failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #16

Oct 012015


  • 88,000 miles
Brakes go down to the floor and after a while they go back to normal this happens when driving but not all to time had the master cylinder changed and the problem still exist I was told from my local Nissan dealer that they have no information on this problem

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 012015


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Murano. When the contact depressed the brake pedal, it extended to the floorboard and the stopping distance increased. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the master cylinder failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The contact returned the vehicle to the dealer, but no failure was found. The dealer decided to replace the master cylinder a second time, but the failure recurred. The dealer then replaced the rotors, bled the brake line trouble shoot, and found that the ABS accumulator malfunctioned. The vehicle was repaired. The contact informed the manufacturer who opened an investigation and case on the contact's behalf. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Reynolds Station, KY, USA

problem #14

Feb 012016


  • 72,000 miles
When I was coming off of an expressway and came to a stop, I had to press my brake pedal all the way to the floor. It happened to me twice. Upon restarting my car, the problem went away. The dealership said there was a fault in the ABS system. This was impeding normal driving operations...the dealership wanted to charge me $2600 to repair it, although this is a faulty condition in the vehicles manufacturing (something I should not have to pay for). I've had to disable the ABS controller in the meantime.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #13

Sep 142015


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the brakes failed without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. Updated 03/15/16

- Prairieville, LA, USA

problem #12

Dec 212015


  • 100,000 miles
When driving the 2009 Nissan Murano the brake pedal began to lose any firmness and it would go all the way to the floor; the brakes barely worked enough for me to get home. My husband troubleshot the vehicle and there were no leaks, air in the system, or worn brake pads. He researched and found that if the ABS fuse is removed the brake pedal goes back to normal while driving, but there will be no anti-lock brakes once the fuse is removed. When the fuse was replaced the pedal kept the firmness; this is not a mechanical issue, but more like an electronic problem with the ABS.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #11

Nov 252015


  • 85,000 miles


Brakes failed....driving at about 45 mph on hwy 90 in pass christian Ms. Coming up to a red light and applied brakes and the car slowed down to around 30 mph and then brake pedal went to the floor. Tried pumping the brake pedal but no respose from the brakes. We ran into a car stopped at the red light.

- Gulfport, MS, USA

problem #10

Nov 282015


  • 63,491 miles
On 2 occasions the break pedal went to the floor while applying the breaks while driving the vehicle in traffic while on the city street. I was able to pump the breaks and stop the vehicle but the breaking ability was greatly reduced.

- Jacksonville Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 052015


  • 116,000 miles
I was braking at a stop light when I hit a pot hole and the brake pedal went almost to the floor, I was able to pump them up enough to get home. I don't have any leaks at cylinders and my pads are new and my fluid level is ok I am an aircraft mechanic and understand how ABS systems work the next day the brakes were still loosing pressure so I took a rubber mallet and tapped on the ABS valve while my friend applied pressure to the brake pedal, the problem immediately went away. It looks like the ABS anti skid valve is internally bypassing fluid I called my Nissan service center and they said there are no recalls on the ABS anti skid module

- Quinlan, TX, USA

problem #8

Oct 162015


  • miles
The pressure when applying brakes goes out and requires you to press brake pedal all the way to the floor, not requiring driver enough time to brake properly and can create a tragedy in rush hour traffic. Happens while driving.

- Brooklyn Park, MN, USA

problem #7

Mar 222015


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Murano. While driving 25 mph, another vehicle crashed into the front of the contact's vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained face injuries, the front passenger who was pregnant sustained stomach injures, the fetus sustained a fracture on the leg, and the rear passenger sustained head injures. All passengers required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed, but was taken to an auto body repair center for body repairs. In addition, five months later while driving at 35 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the contact switched into the right lane and another vehicle crashed into the rear passenger side door of the vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. The driver sustained back injuries, the front passenger sustained back and cervical injuries and the rear passenger sustained head injuries. A police report was filed. All passengers required medical attention. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 109,000.

- West Park , FL, USA

problem #6

Jul 082015


  • 67,500 miles
My wife experienced a complete loss of brake pressure and the vehicle would not stop in time at a traffic light. She had to swerve into the lane to the left to avoid a stopped car. She called me to meet her and switch cars. After loading her and the kids into my car I immediately took vehicle to our local nisan dealer (brake pressure returned after pumping the brakes several times). They diagnosed the ABS pump as defective. There are multiple complaints online of this same problem. It is a major safety and reliability issue. Nissan should take responsibility and issue a recall. This is not a normal wear and tear for a well maintained vehicle with 67000 miles.

- Doral, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 162014


  • 36,012 miles
Was driving and went to stop at a light when the brakes went to the floor. They were soft and spongy. Was unable to stop and went through the light. I parked the car and turned it off for about an hour and the brakes seem to work fine. The car was checked out and no leaks were found and fluid is at max. Brakes are new. After reading online I found numerous complaints on this same issue. I was just glad there was not to much traffic and that my baby and I didn't get in an accident. Has anything been reported on this?

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 042014


  • 91,000 miles
While driving on a bumpy gravel road I tried to apply the brakes and there was almost no brake pressure available. Pedal could be pushed to the floor. Stopping distance was greatly increased and had there been traffic at the intersection it could have resulted in a serious accident. I pumped the brakes and got the vehicle to a level spot on the road and check brake fluid level. It was fine. I did not notice any leaks. Brake pads and rotors are within acceptable limits (passed state inspection one month ago). Managed to build up pressure by pumping brakes and got vehicle home. Nissan dealer cannot find issue. I suspect ABS system triggered by bumpy gravel road. Very dangerous! no warning lights on dash at time. This needs to be investigated.

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 012014

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles
Brakes suddenly became soft during a normal drive. Braking effectiveness severely reduced stopping distance became noticeably extended even at speeds less than 5mph. I had to depress pedal all the way for car to begin to slow. There were no warning lights. Car was taken to Nissan service center 75K service + brakes fluid flush performed. Problem returned 1 week later. Researched online and found similar cases. Some mentioned ABS. I performed the following actions to verify. With car powered off brakes were ok pedal did not touch the floor when fully depressed. Immediately after powering car brakes became extremely soft again pedal was able to touch the floor. Turned off car disconnected battery and removed ABS fuse for 10 min. Brakes still ok. Connected battery brakes still ok. Powered on car brakes still ok. ABS and tire warning lights were on. 1 mile test drive and brakes were still ok. Powered off car reinserted ABS fuse. Brakes were ok after powering on car. All ABS and tire warning lights went away. ( original owner/ 0 accidents/ all scheduled maintenance performed by Nissan )

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Nov 182013

Murano 6-cyl

  • 70,204 miles
Vehicle is currently parked at dealer with confirmed brake/wheel locking problem occurring in one wheel at time and random among 3 of the 4 wheels each time applied in mode similar to abrupt stop and in slick conditions.this braking problem did result in an accident 11/18/2013. The computers indicate everything working properly yet tech's are able to confirm that is not the case. After numerous tests, dealer tech's were advised by Nissan to cease further testing and open case with Consumer Affairs. Initial brake issue reported 8/7/2012. Brake pedal went all the way to the floor. Did not happen every time but frequent. Caused inconsistent stopping control and almost caused accident driving and even pulling a parking spot. Dealer replaced master cylinder. Vehicle was again returned to dealer 12/26/2012 for soft/spongy brake problem brakes would go all the way to the floor with unsafe and reduced braking ability. Dealer had vehicle until 1/4/2013. Appears they replaced master cylinder again, to no avail. They contacted Nissan tech-line for assist. Replaced ABS control mod assy and brakes appeared normal again. 6 days later on 1/10/2013. Street was snow covered. I lightly applied brakes & vehicle began to lose control, with rear of the vehicle trying to come around. The vehicle felt like a wheel or brake locked up causing me to begin sliding, then like traction control was malfunctioning causing further loss of control. They checked it & concluded everything was working properly.the next snow I had the same problem. Anytime I applied brakes in the snow, I would begin to lose control as if only one brake was working. On 11/18/2013 driver had to hit brakes abruptly and car went into a skid with one tire locking up causing her to not be able to stop safely causing a collision.leaving single tire skid mark, approx 60 feet before stop. ABS did not activate.

- Runnells, IA, USA

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