hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,936 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano transmission problems

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 3 of 8)

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problem #117

Aug 292009


  • 81 miles


When I purchased my 2003 Nissan Murano in 2006, it was 3 years old. Three weeks after the purchase, I had problem with the car jerking and cutting completely off. I took it back to Nissan but they said the part was not under warranty. I had the similar problem again a few months ago, and it was worked on and running again. On Saturday, August 29th, while traveling on the highway, I was in the turning lane and it went dead. A man stopped and came over to assist me and he said his mother had the same car and it did the same thing sometimes. He got the car started for me after cutting it off for about 30 minutes. He drove behind me to make sure I got where I was going. I immediately took the car to a Nissan dealer and they said it was the transmission. I do not have money to spend on a lemon. We need help from you with this problem.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #116

Aug 202009


  • 101,000 miles
I own a 2003 Nissan Murano sl with about 101,000 miles. After about 20 minutes driving I get the lagging issue where I step on the gas pedal after a complete stop and nothing happens, then all of sudden after 5 seconds the car accelerates dangerously! my wife drives this car and she's also pregnant. IżM afraid that one day this problem will happen, and she would accelerate after the lagging issue only to hit someone in front of her and cause a major accident. IżM also afraid when she tries to make a left turn during the lag someone might hit her causing an accident. This manufacture need to recognize this is a safety issue, and they need to have a safety recall on these vehicles.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #115

Nov 222008


  • 99,280 miles
During the past 12 months, 2003 Murano was taken to several Nissan dealers for noise emitting from wheel or transmission's was told that this was a tire rod problem, which was replaced. The problem continued and was told that it was a strut problem. Next, it was in need of tires. Finally, after the warranty has expired, it's the transmission. This problem will now cost over $5000 to fix.

- Marietta, OH, USA

problem #114

Aug 282008


  • 121,700 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated she looses power when you she is sitting still. When she accelerates the gas pedal does not move. The suddenly it surges and takes off. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and was told the failure occurred from a new valve problem which relates to the transmission and they have to replace the valve. This has been a continuous failure for over a year. The manufacture was notified that her vehicle is out of warranty and there is no recall that includes her VIN number. That failure mileage was 121,700.

- Mahopac, NY, USA

problem #113

Jul 302009


  • 85,000 miles
Cvt transmission needed to be replaced in a 2003 Nissan Murano with 85000 miles. Nissan refused any assistance for the repair.

- Allendale, NJ, USA

problem #112

Aug 052009


  • 90,000 miles
2003 Nissan Murano. This is a recurring problem. I've had my Murano for about 2.5 years, and for the past 1.5 years have had acceleration problems. After pushing on the gas for a couple of seconds, the engine doesn't respond, but then it surges forward at a high rate. There have been multiple times where I've been sitting in the middle of the intersection and the engine will stall, causing me to be stuck with the engine not responding - even though I'm pushing on the gas. I've taken the vehicle to 4 different mechanics, including 2 Nissan dealerships, and none have been able to diagnose the problem. There seem to be certain things that fix it for a short period of time, and then it returns just a couple of months later. I've read online and this problem is not an anomaly. Many others are having the same issue. Fortunately, I am selling my car, but lost thousands of dollars in repair and diagnostic time because no one could understand what is wrong with this lemon. Less than 5000 miles ago, the dealership told me that I needed a new transmission, and I took it to a private body shop, they flushed the tranny fluid, and it seemed to drive fine for the next 5000 miles. Now, I am having similar problems. Since it is a special tranny (cvt), it would cost anywhere between $5000-6500 to replace it, which is more than half of what the car is worth. Besides that, I've read on blogs that some people get the transmission fixed, and then they continue to have the problem! fortunately, I am selling my Murano due to a big move, but I had to take a loss on it because of this problem. Nissan needs to own this issue.

- Alton, IA, USA

problem #111

Jul 262009


  • 811,000 miles


The solenoid pressure valve in my 2003 Nissan Murano failed at 81,100 miles. It runs fine on the highway but when you transition to city driving at each stop it will loose power and the car will barely coast through the intersection, then it will catch and accelerate very quickly. The check engine light was not on when this occurred. I contacted the dealer who said they could do nothing since the service engine light was not on. I took it to 2 other auto repair places who were able to retrieve information stored on the computer, which stated it was the solenoid pressure valve (the light was still not on at this point). I learned from several mechanic shops that this is a common problem with this vehicle but they do not make the part that needs to be fixed, they only sell a "valve body kit" and quoted me $2000 for this repair. However, they also stated that there is a 25-50% chance that this repair will not be effective and I would then have to fully replace the transmission for an additional $5000+. luckily there were no injuries because of this problem but I find it unacceptable that Nissan knows about this problem but only requires an absurd amount of money to fix it. I made a large investment in Nissan based on their reputation for reliability and have been greatly let down.

- West Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #110

May 142009

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
My 2003 Nissan Murano began driving funny. It seemed like something was wrong with the car when I accelerated. The day before we were scheduled to bring it in for repair, my wife was driving on the highway and the car would no longer accelerate. We first towed the car to Firestone, not knowing it was the transmission. Firestone was unable to repair the car, and the car was sent to Nissan, where we were told the car needs a new transmission. The car had only 70,000 miles on it, and there is no reason why the transmission should have failed. Upon further research I found plenty of complaints about the 2003-2004 transmissions failing in the Murano. We are now stuck with a $5500 bill we can not afford to pay. Updated 08/20/09.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #109

Jul 182009


  • 89,000 miles
Cvt transmission problem in 2003 Nissan Murano. Car will not move when step on accelerator, then suddenly lurches forward at much higher than anticipated speed, especially in stop and go traffic. This is dangerous, as I have nearly run into several cars because of this problem. Nissan requires replacement transmission for $5,000 at car owner's expense - this is an unaffordable requirement for safety. Nissan knew about this problem, and refuses to do anything about it. They should be required to recall the cars and fix this safety hazard!!!

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #108

Jul 062009


  • 45,000 miles
My problem started when I was towing a trailer.after about a half hour of traveling on an expressway at high speed 50 to 55 mph, I would notice a drastic loss of power. I would be in the passing lane attempting to pass a slow moving vehicle and I would lose power to the point I would have to decelerate and back off and get back in behind the slow moving vehicle. This would create a very dangerous situation on the fast moving highway. I would have to then pull over and stop to allow the vehicle to cool and I could then continue for another half hour or so. I brought my vehicle into the Nissan dealerships in fort myers Florida and clearwater Florida but they were never able to diagnose my problem. I sold my trailer to avoid the danger of towing....then more recently I started experiencing a similar problem without towing a trailer...when encountering stop and go traffic on an expressway my Murano will not respond to the gas pedal for about an inch or two then suddenly the car will lurch forward all at once. This is very dangerous as if I am not careful I could rearend the car in front of me. As the previous problem it doesn't do it all the time and the dealer tells me they cant fix it unless it is doing it. I am perplexed by this when I went on line and found all the people with 03 Muranos that are having the same problems as I am. There is no single date of incident this is an ongoing thing.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #107

Jul 032009


  • 100 miles


I have a Nissan Murano 2003. On July 3,2009 after I stopped on a red light the car stopped without warning, it wouldn't go into gear I tried to accelerate and it would not respond. After couple tries the car when back into gear and I was able to drive back home at about 5 miles per hour. Before this incident the car did no show any sign of defect, there were no light or warning on the dash board and even as it stopped the engine was still running and everything in the car was working (air conditioner, lights, radio, etc) I took the car to the mechanic and they said is something wrong with the transmission. I was fortunate to be in a residential area, at a time were traffic was no so busy. At the time off this incident my entire family was in the car with me. If would been in a highway a sudden stop could have cause tragic consequences for my family and I. at this time I am looking at a 6,000 repair bill, and no answer from Nissan to take responsibility of this problem.

- Hillsdale , NJ, USA

problem #106

Jun 262009


  • 68,000 miles
My 2003 Nissan Murano has failed to maintain speed or accelerate past anywhere from 5 to 40 mph even when flooring pedal. Almost caused an accident on interstate with children in car! took to Nissan replaced throttle control module computer over $700. 1 week later it is doing the same thing again. Problem started at about 67K miles on car. Took to dealer a week or two after it originally happened.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #105

Jun 062009


  • 98,000 miles

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #104

Jun 022009


  • 79,000 miles
2003 Nissan Murano has a loud "wreeee" sound upon cranking it up; however within about 10 min. Of driving it quiets down. When the car is stopped and you begin to accelerate the car has a 3-5 sec stall and then leaps forward. When I was at an intersection my car did this and threw me into oncoming traffic. I was fortunate that the driver of the other car swerved in time to miss me, but it was a very close call.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #103

Sep 122008

Murano 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact took her vehicle in for an oil change and was informed that the seals failed and caused oil to leak. An authorized dealer repaired the vehicle and stated that the transfer case failed. The contact would have to pay $3,100 for the repair. The vehicle has not been repaired. She called the manufacturer, but has not received a response. The failure mileage was 81,000 and current mileage was 92,000. Updated 07/14/09. The inner seals were leaking. Updated 07/15/09.

- Union Dale, NY, USA

problem #102

Apr 252009


  • 84,000 miles
1. there were no clear indications of the event or no warnings or indicator lights. 2. the 2003 Nissan Murano with 84K miles loses all power and acceleration when the accelerator is depressed. I found this out the hard way in making a left turn after coming to a stop and then turned in front of traffic that was far enough away to make the turn. However since the car would only move at no recordable velocity I was a sitting duck for oncoming traffic. 3. the car was taken to an independent mechanic who had it for 2 weeks and couldn't fix it. They then took it to a Nissan dealer who said the transmission valve body would need to be replaced at 1800$ plus labor. Then the next day they changed their minds and they came back the next day and said they would not replace this part without me signing a waiver washing there hands if this were to occur again. Basically not warranting their work or the part. They also could not guarantee the new transmission would happen to go out again after a certain amount of miles. So at the dealer the car sits. 4. I will not drive this car and put myself, my family or other motorists at risk. This is a serious problem and needs to be addressed. There are alot of these cars on the road. It is just a matter of time before something serious happens.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #101

May 112009


  • 100,000 miles
The power on my 2003 Nissan Murano periodically cuts out during stop and start traffic, or hot conditions. Nothing happens for a few seconds and then the vehicle lurches forwards suddenly. This happened twice last year (around 100K miles), and has happened 4 times in the last month (116K miles). This lack of power has led to numerous dangerous situations where I have been stranded in front of oncoming traffic, or slipping down a hill, and the unpredictable surge of acceleration is also a major problem.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #100

May 112009


  • 93,000 miles
When car is driven in stop&go traffic on a 70F warm day the acceleration stops working. The acceleration becomes delayed and then the car surges forward after a 3 second delay. Very dangerous. Very common problem with this car & year. Nissan recommends an expensive transmission repair - $5K.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #99

Apr 262009


  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. On April 15, 2009, the contact attempted to accelerate past 65 mph, but the vehicle would not move any faster. The vehicle then began to idle and slow down on its own, as if it slipped into neutral. The motor continued to run and the contact managed to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road. He turned off and restarted the vehicle without difficulty. There had been no failures with the vehicle prior to this incident. The dealer stated that a new transmission was needed. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #98

Apr 072008


  • 92,356 miles
Nissan Murano 2003 stalls periodically during stop and go in traffic. Stopped accelerating while driving on the highway. Dealership insisted there was nothing wrong for several months and kept making repairs to other components of the car. Happened again yesterday and now they say the transmission needs to be replaced at a cost of almost $6,000. Vehicle has cvt transmission and has 94,000 miles on it.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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