definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,368 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 252009


  • 33,293 miles


During a routine service of my 2003 Nissan Murano, which has 33,293 miles on the odometer, the service technician noticed radiator fluid leaking from a hose that is located behind a fan-belt tension pulley. Upon closer inspection it was discovered that the bracket on which the pulley is mounted had failed causing the pulley to be pushed out of alignment and subsequently damaging the hose and belt, resulting in a repair cost of $450.27. The repair consisted of replacing all the effected components at my expense. As far as I know, the "defective bracket" was replaced with an identical item sharing the same defective qualities. Nissan will not divulge the reason for the brackets failure. My concern is: If this "pulley devise" had broken off the vehicle due to the failure of the bracket while I was driving at speed, it would have done incalculable damage, possibly causing me to loose control of the vehicle, probably causing an accident resulting in injury or loss of life. When I asked the service manager what caused the bracket to fail, he said he didn't know, but that I should consider myself fortunate that he discovered the problem when he did. Apparently, other owners were not so fortunate, their cars had to be towed and the damage was much more extensive. After the repairs were completed I asked to be given the defective and damaged parts and now have them in my possession.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 212006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
To date, we have had numerous problems with our 2003 Murano. We have replaced the throttle body, motor mount, battery, tcm and transmission. On July 21, 2006 our Murano made a loud noise then quit moving. We had it towed to the dealership where they stated it needed a new tcm. That did not fix the problem so they said we needed a new transmission. We had 64,000 miles. Since then we had the car for one day and took it back for yet a new problem with the rear axle.

- Concord, NC, USA

problem #4

May 222006

Murano 6-cyl

  • 49,918 miles
Recall 2003 Murano, repairs were made, two months later repairs had to be done at owners expense. The fuel tank protector was replaced on 3/22/06, per recall 06V003000. It was replaced again on 5/22/06 at the consumer's expense. The air bag light illuminated. The vehicle had been in water up to the wheels. The tech determined that water got in the floor board area and caused corrosion of in the air bag harness.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Nov 202003

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Over 20 different rattle, squeak, tap, creak noises coming from inside and outside the car. Noises coming from window areas, door panels, B-pillar (rear seat area), ceiling, floorboards, cargo area, dash board, underneat the front end of the car (front wheels), tailgate area, front seats, rear seat belt area, and more every day. Vehicle has been in the shop more than three times (total of 21 days in the service bay) to attempt repair, but no results....the noises keep coming. Noises occur when hitting bumps or any slight imperfection in the road, also occurs when the car is flexing or whn the temperature drops below 40 degrees.....it gets even worse! dealer can't fix it.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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problem #1

Apr 012003

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When either of the back or front passenger window is down, the the windows will vibrate loud and shake. The vibration is deafening.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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