really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,704 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 112006

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,093 miles


Experienced clicking sound and subsequent loss of power while driving in mountainous area. 2003 Murano was completely disabled with what turned out to be complete failure of cvt transmission in Nissan dealer maintained vehicle with 77,000 miles on odometer. At this point, Nissan has offered no goodwill help in replacing $5000 cvt transmission, citing outside of 60,000 mile drive train warranty. Reliability of cvt technology in 2003 model is questionable, if complete failure on cvt is normal wear and tear at 77,000 miles. With exception of replacing two radiators and this cvt failure, I have had been very happy with vehicle.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #5

Mar 192006

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,000 miles
Driving our 2003 Nissan Murano and car started to overheat. Took it to the dealer who said the radiator was cracked. Car has 72,000 miles with all scheduled maintenance done. Called Nissan na to see if others were experiencing the same problem and they have none reported. Denied to help due to excessive miles.

- Germantown, TN, USA

problem #4

May 312005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,625 miles
I have a 2003 Nissan Murano sl. I was getting an oil change and noticed a discharge in my radiator overflow. I asked the guy to drain the radiator and reservoir and refill it with fresh antifreeze. The discharge returned and the car became disabled in a busy intersection, with no warning light prior. I had it towed to the dealer and they seemed to know exactly the issue. The transmission fluid had mixed with the radiator coolant?! they charged me $1265.76 and said it wasn't covered because I was beyond 36,000 miles. The radiator looks new and I just have to take their word for this, even though they can't show me the problem. Since they were so quick to identify this problem, I have to think they are seeing it a lot and maybe this should be a recall. I took the old radiator with me and still have it. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 272005


  • miles


2003 Murano radiator and transmission malfunctioned.** answer required***. the alternator was replaced after the alternator light illuminated on the dash. When accelerating suddenly the vehicle would hesitate.

- Branson, MO, USA

problem #2

Mar 142003

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 504 miles
I bought a 2003 Nissan Murano 6 days ago. As I dropped my child off at day care, and went back to the vehicle, my car was smoking and radiator fluid was leaking everywhere. They said something had pierced my radiator. I had only driven about 1/2 a mile and saw or felt nothing, don't know if it's a defect or road hazard.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #1

Feb 072003


  • miles
Vehicle in front her rollback and hit the grill, no damage was done to the vehicle upon inspection. 1/4 miles on the road notice the vehicle was on fire. Dealer was notified and diagnosis the radiator was broke.

- Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

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