hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,529 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano electrical problems

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #79

Nov 282016


  • 148,000 miles


My car was running sluggish and low power when turned on lights, when tested battery it was fine but voltage low so I guess its not charging battery. Doesnt start alot of times. Engine runs hot quick, put new battery did same and one day the battery and brake light stayed on and then while driving it just stopped like I was giving it gas but car wasnt moving. Now it wont start at all. There may be a tiny oil leak but dont know from where and it drives rough but they say my shocks and struts and suspension and everything is ok.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #78

Oct 182016


  • 109 miles
Driving car lost power and came to a stop, had to have it tow because it wouldn't stay running.

- Albany, NY, USA

problem #77

Jun 282013


  • 80,000 miles
The car stops in traffic with no warning. It stalls in traffic there is a recall for this but my VIN is not included this is so dangerous and Nissan doesn't care. They have a recall for my year and model for the same thing my car is doing but because my VIN # is not on there they won't fix it so I guess someone has to die before something is done. So many people have the same situation as I do. It is disgusting that you pay all this money for a reliable car and they N know there is an extremely dangerous situation and they don't care. The electrical system is bad engine light going on all the time alarm going off all the time. Engine burnes oil very quickly. All these things are wrong with this year car it is just a lemon that U have to keep pouring money into ands it dangerous on top of it.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #76

Apr 132016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while the driver was driving at 15 mph and approaching the driveway, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred four times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #75

Jun 042015


  • 110,000 miles
On June 18th 2015 my car felt as if was losing power and then my brake light and battery came on. I came to a slow moving pace, like 10 mph. Very dangerous I was on the highway. Lost all power. Would not crank. Replaced battery and worked for about 2 weeks and then again same thing. Could have really caused a bad accident.... did some research and had alternator tested. Bad alternator. Replaced it. And again today same thing. This is so dangerous and getting to be very expensive. I see there was a recall about this issue but not my car. Very upset. Something needs to be done to correct this issue before someone causes an accident that could very well take someone's life. I have replaced the censor, battery and now two alternator's within 2 months.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #74

May 312015


  • 100,008 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While driving at 35 mph, the vehicle felt as if it were going to stall and the slip, service engine, and dcv off warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the camshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,008.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #73

Mar 112015

Murano 6-cyl

  • 133,327 miles


Driving car and it cuts out while in motion. Recalls: www-ODI.NHTSA.dot.gov/owners/searchresultsbyurlcode.action?referencesearch.requestid=45839&referencesearch.urlcode=vvanyoql53pimw1 recall subject : intake air ducts/resonator report receipt date: May 19, 2009 NHTSA campaign number: 09V169000 component(s): Engine and engine cooling recall subject : wire breaking inside alternator, 1 investigation(s) report receipt date: Nov 17, 2003 NHTSA campaign number: 03V455000 component(s): Engine and engine cooling.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #72

May 202014


  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact indicated that the charger warning and brake warning lamps illuminated. The contact mentioned that the battery would be completely drained intermittently. In addition, the contact stated that the engine went into a fail safe mode and prevented the vehicle from accelerating. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop. The technician advised the contact to take the vehicle to the dealer for inspection and repair. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V319000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 159,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #71

Dec 202013


  • 89 miles
I was driving my Nissan Murano going 45mph when suddenly the engine light flashed, the air went out, and the car shut off. I was pressing the gas but it wouldn't do anything and it suddenly shut off. I've been to several shops that can't find a problem so they told me about the recall on the 2003 Nissan Murano. They think it's maybe electrical or engine cooling.

- Chalmette, LA, USA

problem #70

Aug 082013

Murano 6-cyl

  • 100,033 miles
I was driving my vehicle and the engine stalled. Once it happened when I was driving at about 25mph and the vehicle just shut off and twice when I was at a red light while the vehicle was idling. Also I was driving in the hwy last week and the engine lst power for about 3 second, putting at a great risk for a crash. The other problem I am having is the passenger door actuator that stopped working so when I lock my car that won't lock putting my vehicle at a risk for being stolen. I called Nissan Corp because I knew that was a recall id # 78963 - engine and engine Nissan is recalling 362,891 my 2003-2007 Murano vehicles. The intake air ducts, which are connected to the intermediate resonator in the air intake system of the engine, may separate from the resonator with engine movement. This separation occurs due to the premature aging of the material used in the intake air ducts which causes excessive shrinking, and because of that engine may stall increasing the risk of a crash. However the representative said that there is nothing to worry about and my vehicle was not included in the recall even though it is the same model and year of the vehicle recalled.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #69

Jun 062008

Murano 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles


The door actuator, for the right rear door, does not function properly. When I push the electric "doors unlock- lock button" on the driver door panel, the door does not lock or unlock, as it should.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #68

Mar 012012


  • 110,000 miles
The door lock on the driver side went out and shortly after the rest of the door locks in the vehicle began to fail. Because of this issue, I am currently at risk of theft if the door lock do not completely lock. I received an estimate of $1600 to fix the issue and I have heard that's by others are having the same problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #67

Sep 042012

Murano 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
First incident: While turning into a parking lot car shut off all warning lights on dash lit up. Since no power to car I was not able to turn or use my brakes effectively. I was stopped in the oncoming traffic lane. I was able to use my four way lights. Car had to be towed as we were unable to restart the car. Second incident: While driving on a city street at 35 miles an hour once again car turned off and I was unable to use gas or brakes related to no power. I barely was able to get about halfway into the turn lane to get out of traffic. Almost causing an accident. This te I was able to wait a few minutes and after a few unsuccessful attempts to start my car it finally began running again.

- Coloma, MI, USA

problem #66

Jun 082012

Murano 6-cyl

  • 147,000 miles
It was hot outside. I was on a major highway and all of a sudden I was unable to accelerate then the car lost power. I had to have my vehicle towed to a mechanic to find out my fuel pump fuse blew. Since then within a month time my car has lost power twice and abruptly stopped running on a major highway going about 55 mph. Putting myself and kids in a very dangerous situation. After sitting for about 20 minutes the first time and a hour the second time I pumped the gas pedal, turned the key and it started right up. I purchased my 2003 Murano only 4 months ago and never thought I would be here today scared to drive. Nissan needs to take these complaints much more seriously before someone lose their life behind this defect.

- New Rochelle, NY, USA

problem #65

Jun 212012

Murano 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles
Vechicle abrubtly loss power in drive train while accelerating through busy cross section. Vechicle progressed no more than 10 miles while pulling off the road. Once the engine was turned off, vechicle would ignition did not have power, albeit all other power (windows, lights, etc..) was ok. Dealer says ABS control unit and transmission failure.

- Lisle , IL, USA

problem #64

May 132010


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The contact replaced the battery, but the failure continued. The vehicle was then taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that they needed to replace the alternator. The vehicle was repaired and the failure continued. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 09V169000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 97,000.

- Pughkeepsie , NY, USA

problem #63

Mar 052012

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles
Please help! I have been having issues with this car ever since I bought it at this small dealer in arlington va. Saturday March 3, 2012, my Nissan Murano stalled. I am afraid the car will stall when I am driving on the highway and this could be a safety issues for me and other innocent people. This is not the first time it stalled. Today my driver side window is stuck and won't move up or down. Must be some electrical problem. I have contacted Nissan on issues with this car before and they refused to help me. Can someone point me in the right direction as to who I need to talk to and who can help me to get this resolved? I truly believe this car needs to be recalled and is not included in the past recalls that have been recorded. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #62

Jan 012010


  • 89,150 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that the transmission and the alternator became inoperable simultaneously. The dealer repaired the transmission under NHTSA campaign id number: 03V123000 (power train:automatic transmission:gear position indication -prndl) but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle under NHTSA campaign id number: 05V319000 (electrical system: Alternator/generator/regulator). The vehicle was repaired for both failures. The failure mileage was 89,150 and the current mileage was 104,000.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #61

Mar 012011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 97,000 miles
The power locks randomly don't work using the fob or inside auto lock button. They can be used manually, but are not always functional using the "power" function.

- Jamul, CA, USA

problem #60

Jul 072009


  • 60,000 miles
Just over two years ago the automatic driver's side door lock became unreliable. There are times when the door must be manually locked or unlocked. The situation seems to be exacerbated by heat and direct sunlight on the driver's side door. My concern is that not knowing if the door is locked or unlocked creates a safety hazard both while driving and in the event of a need for quick exit from the vehicle. Simply looking at the manual locking switch can be deceptive because it will move into the locked position without fully engaging the lock. For safety reasons I prefer to drive with the doors locked. Having a secure environment is paramount in certain neighborhoods. If anyone can simply open the door to gain access, there is a significant increased risk of carjacking, injury, theft, etc. Having the doors lock correctly is a basic safety precaution. Additionally, in emergencies it's important to be able to unlock doors quickly. In this automated age we tend to rely on the automated systems of our vehicles and it's unfamiliar to resort to the manual locking system, which as I explained above can be deceptive. I can easily understand how some people would be confused how unlock a door using the manual level in an emergency. In emergencies every second counts. The locking/unlocking solenoid malfunctioning is clearly a high risk in emergency scenarios. The dealer charges an average of $1600 to have all the solenoids replaced which amounts to making the owner pay for a known safety issue. At this price many will forgo getting the problem fixed, putting their family members at risk with the above mishap examples. Nissan should recall the affected vehicles and repair this safety issue.

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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