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

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #52

Oct 282011


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall without warning. The vehicle was diagnosed by the dealer as needing a new crankshaft position sensor, but the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number:03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The current mileage was 87,000 and the failure mileage was unknown.

- Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #51

Oct 282009


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that the vehicle would stall sporadically while driving various speeds. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that the cam sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the cam sensor. Approximately one month later, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him that he was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure mileage was approximately 114,000.

- Jonesboro, GA, USA

problem #50

Apr 012005


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 50 mph. The vehicle would not restart and was towed to an authorized dealer, where it was repaired under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The failure began to recur a few months later. The vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer and the transmission was repaired. The failure continued. The vehicle was since been back to the dealer on numerous occasions, but they were unable to remedy the failure. The transmission was replaced, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but offered no assistance. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Cromwell, CT, USA

problem #49

Aug 022011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 149,000 miles


Vehicle had new brakes - disks and pads added in early May 2011. July 29 2011 driving 20 + mph the vehicle started to sound like it had a flat tire. Immediately took vehicle to the shop, glancing at the car, mechanic said may be a tire rod, but wanted to look at it more in depth. He stated that the noise was coming from something loose or cracked in the transfer case. He advised me that at some point transfer case will bust and all 4 wheels will lock up. He quoted me at least $2500 for repair. The location of the transfer case makes it very difficult to repair or service. Why will Nissan not stand behind this product. There is no rust on the vehicle, but with 150,000 miles on it now, is it worth the money to repair" I have already replace the intake manfold which cracked in November. What will be the next part to break - the engine itself" love my Murano, but the company should back their product. My Murano has been driven short distances a few times since because I do not want to be on the highway when my "4 tires lock up".

- Monticlelo, WI, USA

problem #48

Sep 012010

Murano 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
After extended idle, the vehicle becomes unresponsive to fuel feed. When the gas pedal is depressed there is a hesitation (2-5 seconds) and then suddenly the vehicle will lurch forward. The problem temporarily goes away when the car is shut off for a few minutes.

- Hickory Creek, TX, USA

problem #47

Sep 242008


  • 780,000 miles
When the car first started acting up I was on the interstate on my way to work. It all of a sudded started stalling. I had to press the driving peddal all the way down and then it would take off with a very hard jolt. This would happen off and on especially if I was in stop and go traffic or came to a stop sign or stop light. The car would stall before taking off. I took it to the delearship and they kept it for three days and said they could find nothing. This is when the transmission was under warranty up to 120,000 miles. They said the car would have to do it while in ther shop or they could do nothing. I just found it so hard to believe that the car showed no signes of doing anything that I described while they had it and drove it for three days. Well of course I got the car back and it was still doing the same thing. I took it back to them and they told me that it was the transmission and the repair on it alone was going to cost me $3600 all by itself. The car was doing the very same thing when I took it in to them the first time but surprisingly after the warranty was off they all of a sudden found the problem. Somebody really needs to look into all of these complaints and get these situations under warranty so that these cars can be fixed properly. Its not fair to take the car to the dealership about a problem that could have been fixed under warranty to take it back to them for the exact same thing and they tell you that the repair is no longer under warranty and you now have to pay for it.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #46

Aug 152010


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact attempted to accelerate from a stop but the vehicle would not respond. The rpms increased excessively and the vehicle accelerated after reaching 2000 rpms. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test where the technician advised that the vehicle was included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 09V169000 (engine and engine cooling). In addition, the oxygen sensor would need replacing. The vehicle was repaired yet the failure persisted after the recall repairs. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the technicians were unable to diagnose the failure. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling) but was advised by the manufacturer that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Valrico, FL, USA

problem #45

Jul 012011


  • 26,000 miles
The contact owns a Nissan 2003 Murano. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the crank shaft position sensor failed. The manufacturer would not assist with the repairs because the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 26,000 and the current mileage was 96,000.

- Westbury , NY, USA

problem #44

Jun 022011


  • 102,500 miles
While driving on the toll road in houston, my vehicle lost speed and power going up an overpass, and luckily I was able to pull off to the shoulder before complete loss of power. The check engine light came on prior to this event. I was able to crank the engine but it would not start. My passenger needed medical assistance due to the heat (100 degrees), and my vehicle had to be towed to the Nissan dealer. This dealer indicated a dtcode P0340, cam sensor and crank sensor failure, and repairs totaled $765.93. Researching this failure, I learned that there was an earlier recall of my exact vehicle for this failure, but my VIN was not included in the recall. After searching the internet, I discovered many, many other owners of 2003 Muranos with VIN numbers outside of the recall are experiencing the exact same problem as the recall. Here's a link to just one of several sites: www.thehappyrock.com/2007/11/15/have-your-car-fixed-for-free-auto-recalls-and-my-2003-Nissan-Murano/ calls to Nissan usa, requesting they consider a recall of my vehicle, were denied. I am requesting via this complaint that the recall of 2003 Muranos be expanded to include all vehicles with the failure code(s) relating to the cam sensor/crank sensor. The problem is a faulty weld, and although Nissan denies a relationship between their earlier production failures and my auto's failure, there is a definite problem with their weld. I feel fortunate that I did not have my children in the car, and that I was able to steer to the side of the road on the tollroad before stalling. With the average tollroad speed well over 70 mph, my safety and the safety of my passenger was in question due to the location of the breakdown. I hope this never happens to anyone with young children or elderly passengers in the vehicle.

- The Woodlands, TX, USA

problem #43

May 112011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Nissan Murano 2003. 3 major problems. 1- sudden loss of power after driving and stopping (for example trying to make left turn of a traffic light.) car does not response and move very slowly. (serious life threatening ) problem exist since has 65,000 fixed at 72000 miles and recurred after 5000 miles. (when car turned off and on it will work fine for few minutes). When the car has around 62000 I took it to original dealer and for the loss of power problem and the service manager claimed that the car has no oil. But the sensor of the oil never showed low on oil 2- car stops all the sudden for no reason. Then when try to turn on again it works fine for few weeks then problem repeat again. 3- car jerks so bad few times at speed 35 - 45 miles an hour and then check engine shows. After few days jerks again and the engine light goes off. I believe the first 2 problem are too dangerous and might be a life threatening.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #42

Apr 082011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


While driving my wife to work my car stopped working and I pulled over to the side of the road. The service engine soon light came on and I was able to start the car again. The next day I was driving at about 50 miles and hour and the same thing happen twice. The car will nor start unless I give it some gas by stepping on the accelerator. I checked the failure codes and got P0340, bank 1 camshaft positioning sensor failure. Called my Nissan dealer in santa rosa calif. And was told my vehicle was not a part of recall 03V455000. This is wrong. This problem is well known and all 2003 Nissan Murano's should be included. My car has 103,000 miles.

- Windsor, CA, USA

problem #41

Mar 182007

Murano 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Recall on some 2003 Nissan Murano cam sensors. My VIN does not fall under this recall but is having the exact same issues that the cam sensor recall states. If this is the case then all 2003 Nissan Muranos should be covered.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #40

Feb 132011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 67,000 miles
Stop all of a sudden when driving it, very dangerous if driving on highway. Brought to body shop and checked, cam sensor problem should have a recall. Call Nissan, said VIN number doesn't show any recall. Cost 300 to fix, problem may happen again. Nissan very irresponsible!

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #39

Jan 282011


  • 119,550 miles
First incident: "slip", "vdc off", and "service engine soon" lights all came on simultaneously as car jerked/hesitated in hov lane of westbound I-66. Car remained running with "slip", "vdc off", and "service engine soon" lights remaining on the rest of the trip home. Second incident (01/30/2011): "service engine soon" light already on. As stop light turned green and began to accelerate from complete stop, "slip" and "vdc off" lights came on and car stalled in the road way. Was able to restart car with some difficulty in middle of the road and continued on. Third incident: "service engine soon" light already on. Car stalled turning into owner driveway, with "slip" and "vdc off" lights coming on. Was able to restart car with some difficulty and pull into driveway. Nissan dealer service department found code P0340: "B1 cam sensor failure". fp-number: 23731-69J0B. Sensor assembly replaced 02/03/2011. 2nd code P1564: "replace cruise control"

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #38

Jan 312011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the check engine light came on. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic for a diagnostic test and the test showed that the crank positioning sensor malfunctioned. The mechanic informed the contact about a recall for the engine and engine cooling ( 03V455000). The contact called the manufacturer regarding the recall and was informed that VIN was not a part of the recall. The contact was concerned since the vehicle could shut off without warning during vehicle operation, which could result in a crash. The manufacturer should extend the recall to more VIN. The failure mileage was 68,000.

- Roseau, MN, USA

problem #37

Jul 232010


  • 76,000 miles
The first incident occurred while I was driving 60mph on the interstate. The car began do lose acceleration. It jerked and finally began to respond to the gas pedal. The ses light came on also. It was repaired at the dealership where they said it was the oxygen sensors. This cost $1000. Five months later the car lost power while I was driving in a tunnel. I came to a complete stop, turned the car off and restarted it. I drove straight to the dealership but before getting there the car lost power again at a stoplight, , would not accelerate, finally regained some power and I basically coasted into the dealership. I was told it was now a camshaft and crankshaft sensor. This cost $420. A few weeks later after coming off the ramp of the interstate the car lurched so hard that it hurt my back. I felt like it jumped out of gear but it was still in drive and lost acceleration again. I restarted it and called the dealership again. The next day the ses light came on. I have researched this on the computer and found out that many 2003 Nissan Muranos were recalled for this very problem but my VIN number is not on the list. It stated that the circuit board for the crank position sensor or cam position sensor may have an improper solder joint and needs to be replaced. It stated that the car could stop without warning and cause a crash.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #36

Dec 282010


  • 101,700 miles
Murnao has been maintained wth all oil changes/schd mx done by the book. Couple of days ago I was sitting in line at a drive thru and the car abruptly died. There were no warning lights prior to the event. The service engine soon light came on then went back off after a restart. Then yesterday it died while slowing to a stop sign at aprox 15 mph. This time the service light stayed on after the restart. Again this morning it died, this time in traffic while traveling at aprox 50 mph. Parked the Murano and borrowed a friends car for the rest of the day. Did my homework online and noticed the recall for this engine stall. Got the engine codes from a local shop and suprise; camshaft position/crank position sensors. Of course when I called Nissan my VIN is not affected by the recall 03V455000. Contacted local Nissan dealer, est repair costs $600+. Nissan is not holding up its end of thier deal on this vehicle. Please take note, do not buy Nissan.

- Benton, LA, USA

problem #35

Aug 252009


  • 70,000 miles
Driving along road at 40 mph and car just cut out, loss power. This happen a few times and also had problems starting vehicle several times. Now there is a recall for this part for 630,000 Nissan Murano's but my vehicle VIN is not one of them. I dont understand how Nissan can only be responsible for fixing a portion of the cars out there when I have the same symptoms and this happens to me and they will fix others but my wife may die in a car crash because no one recalls the cam sensors on all of the 2003 Nissan Murano's instead of just some. Thank you james M. dickerson

- Egg Harbor Township , NJ, USA

problem #34

Jul 012007

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Nissan Murano. Consumer states engine abruptly shut off and the vehicle lost all power. The consumer was able to gradually steer the vehicle to the emergency lane. After numerous attempts, he was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and a diagnostic test revealed fuel pump failure. The consumer stated this was not the first time the engine abruptly shut off. The first incident happened in July 2007. But, the vehicle was restarted and was taken to the dealer, but they were unable to find a problem. Prior to the first two incidents, the engine stalled on May 10, 2010. After numerous attempts, the consumer was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they determined the crank sensor was faulty. The consumer stated there have been other repairs such as: Alternator failure, the passenger door locks routinely malfunctioned during extreme heat, the driver's power seat malfunctioned, the motor mounts were cracked, the axles were loose, and the intake hose failed.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #33

Sep 142010


  • 77,980 miles
I was driving to take my boss and 2 coworkers to lunch. I was on robins af base in the left hand exit lane. My car just all of a sudden lost power and stalled... no brakes... no power... all the lights on the front dashboard came on. I almost got hit in the rear by the car behind me because I was in a turn lane and my car just stopped in front of them. I was able to restart my car and turn around and immediately parked it and we had to walk a ways to get to another vehicle to drive... then my husband came and drove the car to mechanic who lives up the street who hooked it up to the sensor thing... it is the cam shaft sensor. Now looking at the other complaints I am afraid that there is more that will occur. I can't really trust the dealership where I bought it because they tried on several occasions to charge for services not needed each at least $800. I paid $80 to have my tires balanced and they only balanced 3 of the 4! so many people have a problem with the cam sensor that Nissan really needs to do something for the vehicles not on the list. This is not right for all the customers who paid good money for a working vehicle in good condition. I still have to contact the dealer but I don't expect from the previous complaints they will be any help and I refuse to pay that kind of money for a default in the vehicle that they are aware of and refuse to recall! please make note that my 2003 Nissan Murano is among those with the cam sensor problem and not on the list. Something needs to be done about this if Nissan expects good reviews and repeat customers... if they don't well, I will go to every place I can post to and share my unsatisfied customer service story.

- Byron, GA, USA

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