hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,375 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano engine problems

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 032009


  • 76,000 miles


I bought my 2003 Murano in January of 2008. Every time I had an oil change done I was told that I had a very low amount. The low amount was never looked at as a problem. When I was getting a recall completed I was telling the service department employee about my low oil level when I took my car every 3,000 miles. He asked if I had any oil leaks that were left on the ground when I moved my car. I let him know that I have never seen oil on the ground. I also let him know that I hear a rattling noise sometimes when accelerating from a stopped position and sometimes my car gets stuck when I try to accelerate and then after a few seconds it will zoom forward. I have almost rear ended around 6 cars. I try to let cars get a little ways in front of me if it gets stuck so I do not rear end the car in front of me. I should not have to do this. He said that the recall of the alternator would fix the issues with the car getting stuck and they would check the engine. I still have this problem today with the car getting stuck. I had an oil consumption test done every 1,000 miles and by time I made it to the 2,000 miles my oil level was low. So they never did a third oil consumption test like they said they would. Then I was told that they would need to replace the entire engine. I have seen many complaints about the same issue. I feel that the engines that were placed in the 2003 Nissan Muranos were defective and should be recalled because this could cause an accident and I have a 14 month old son in my car with me 90% of the time. Therefore not only is my life and others in cars around me in jeopardy so is my son's life. This defect should be looked into immediately because I am sure there are many other people have this same issue. There is one other issue I had where I had unlocked my doors and put my child in the car. When I went to get in the car had locked on it's own. Luckily we were at the house and had a spare key. I have learned that this issue common.

- Lynn Haven, FL, USA

problem #7

Sep 262009


  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2003 Nissan Murano, my check engine light has come on several times. Each time I brought to the Nissan dealership and they could not figure out what's was wrong. On Saturday Sept 26, 2009 at 4:00 pm I was driving my Nissan Murano and without warning or anything the car shut off while in motion on the freeway, everything stopped working including the breaks. This is the 2nd time this car has shut off while in motion. I checked for recalls appears some 2003 Nissan Murano's were recalled by NHTSA, but when I went to Nissan they said my car was not part of the recall? I believe it should be because I've experienced exactly what the recall ( 03V455000) is indicating. I don't believe Nissan recalled all the cars they should have with this problem, obviously since I am having this problem. Nissan need to recall my 2003 Nissan and all others its failed to include either by error or on purpose? I tried to work with Nissan North America no help at all. I need someone to review this case and hopefully save lives by having Nissan do a complete recall on the cars that should have been included in the recall.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #6

Jul 172008


  • miles
Regarding the recent recall on Nissan Murano's.... I have/had the problems indicated in the recall since I purchase the 2003 Nissan Murano. When I would go into the dealer or if I had to have the car towed to the dealer I was told the problem was my battery. My battery has been replace 3 times. I have engine stalling while driving, stalling when starting, the engine cut off while slowing down to stop, I had my headlights/turn signals flashing without anyone in the car and as I attempted to start the engine it would not turn. Each time I would complain to the dealer ( ed martin Nissan indianapolis, Indiana) the same symptoms of this recent recall I was told it was my battery.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Jun 192005


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While driving various speeds or making a turn, the vehicle would suddenly stall for several seconds and then accelerate. The failure was very inconsistent. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on several occasions, but the failure still persists. The current mileage was 100,000 and failure mileage was 50,000.

- Riverdale, GA, USA

problem #4

Oct 072007


  • 105,000 miles
After driving the car for about 30 min or so every time I step on the accelerator pedal the car is delayed in moving. In addition every time I drive the car I lose power. The check engine light comes on and the car slows to a crawl and stops. I will then have to coast the car off to the side of the road. Wait a few min and then restart. This is very scary every time I try to make left hand turns. Other times I am driving it just will not move for a long 5 to 8 sec delay. Cars coming at me in at any speed have almost hit me. There were no warnings prior the stalling. This happens every single time I drive the car. I read there was a NHTSA recall# 03V455000. The throttle body 3 times, transmission 2 times. Motor mounts and a host of other parts. Let's see oh yeah the tcm twice. Valve body replaced. Miles at 105,000. I have spent over $900 plus. The dealership I bought it from won't take it back. At this point I just want out of this car. Could anyone help me?

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 042008

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. While driving 20 mph, the engine warning light illuminated and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle would not restart and was towed. The dealer stated that the engine needed to be replaced because the rear sensor in the engine failed. The repair was not made. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V455000 (engine and engine cooling). The current and failure mileages were 91,000.

- Lanham , MD, USA

problem #2

Aug 192007

Murano 6-cyl

  • 34,000 miles
Heard noise from engine compartment under low RPM range. Took vehicle to local Nissan dealer for inspection of problem and mechanic could not duplicate but was advised by shop mechanic about worn drive belt. Vehicle is @ 34,000 miles. Upon investigation at home from top of engine bay, I noticed ac/alternator idler pulley was vibrating and rotating of axis to the crack pulley. I investigated online at www.nissanmurano.org for similar problems. I found a series of reports that the bracket that holds the idle pulley was broken and causes cutting into the adjustment arm and causing the noise (eventually failing). Returned vehicle to the dealer and informed dealer of idler pulley problem researched online and request belt service. When mechanic removed the belt, the idler pulley assembly was found to be broken. I believe this is a serious design issue and Nissan should provide a better design and recall a $16 part. Potential issues of failure of pulley: 1) nearby vicinity of the radiator coolant return hose can cut by broken bracket and can cause engine to overheat. 2) could lead to an alternator not providing energy to the car and a more serious consequences. Updated 01/11/08. Updated

- Rockledge, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 152005

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles
SUV pulls to the side when steering wheel lightly released. Brought to dealer 3X but cannot fix, says run for !K miles and see but still recurs. Driver side window makes squeaky noise when open, dealer changed window runner but still noisy. Engine seems to choke when driven after parking uphill, dealer said removed some air bubbles in gas tank but still recurs. Right front shock feels dribbling when driven at highway speeds, dealer cant find any problem.

- Carson, CA, USA

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