hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,627 miles

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2003 Nissan Murano transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 282008

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


While driving down the road, it would not go forward, the engine would rev but the car wouldn't move. On 3-31-08 it was towed to a reputable transmission shop. They ran a diagnosis and said the transmission control module (tcm) was faulty and that they couldn't fix it. On 4-1-08 the car was towed to jack ingram Nissan in montgomery, al. I described all of the symptoms to the service rep and left it. On 4-2-08 they called and said the trans and tcm were fine but that one of the motor mounts was broken. I asked them if this would create the problems I was having and I was told yes, so I told them to replace the mount. A few hours later they called back and said the other mount was cracked and needed to be replaced so I told them to replace that one also. The total bill was $686 and we picked the car up the next morning, 4-3-08, my daughter returned to fl on 4-7. on 4-10, while returning to Alabama from Florida the car did the exact same thing. My daughter tried to make a turn and the car wouldn't move. She coasted into a parking lot and called me. Luckily she was in andalusia, al so I called massey automotive and they towed the vehicle to their shop. The next day, 4-11, a rep from massey called and said the tcm and trans were both bad and needed to be replaced. Also, they mentioned when they entered the VIN into the Nissan database (?) it showed where the trans had already been replaced twice at dealerships in ga. They also said they felt the faulty tcm caused the previous two trans to go bad. Luckily, the trans was still under warranty from the dealer in ga so it's being replaced at no cost to us. However, the tcm must be replaced and that's going to cost me approx. $900. Why didn't jack ingram tell us about the previous trans problems? I've tried to call them twice and the service manager has yet to return my calls. Additionally, I've had two individuals look at the old mounts and they said they couldn't see where they needed to be replaced.

- Millbrook, AL, USA

problem #2

Mar 082007

Murano 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Nissan Murano 2003. When hot and stop and go, acceleration can lag by 10 to 30 seconds after stepping on accelerator pedal. Very dangerous. Seems to be a pressure sensor in the transmission.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Mar 142007

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,881 miles
This is a copy of the text I sent Nissan. To: interested parties Nissan usa reference # 5652837. I now own a 2003 Murano VIN 3 J. I have a problem that I am not resolved on and details are as follows: I am a reserve navy officer now deployed to iraq, which makes this entire evolution a bit difficult. My son chris wilson age 22 was driving the Murano on March 14, 2007 near his college in cullowhee, North Carolina when while at highway speed noticed the check engine light illuminated and then experienced an immediate loss of power and engine shutdown. He was able to get the vehicle out of active traffic safely with no power steering or brake assist. Witnesses to the event claimed he was lucky and skilled to maneuver off the highway without endangering himself and others in traffic. We then searched for local dealerships to take the vehicle to contacted them and arranged for the vehicle to be towed there. After an analysis and the part number of a transmission control module tcm. I went to the Nissan usa web site and researched recalls that had been issued for 2003 Muranos. I was very interested to find one for VIN numbersjn8az08T 100007-100032, jn8az08W* 200005-200071. I realize that my VIN number is not one of these and the nice folks at the call center and the service folks at the dealerships are powerless to do anything unless there is a VIN match. The recall quotes: âon some 2003 Muranos there is a possibility that the engine might stop running while being driven if the crank position sensor fails. This may also result in the â'service engine soonâ light coming on or reduced engine power. It is the same result as what happened to my car. I am a professional mechanical engineer and I feel ethically sound in making the request and maintaining an unresolved position on this matter.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

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