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 1 of 8)

problem #157

May 252014


  • 101,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while at a stop, the vehicle suddenly failed to accelerate without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 101,000.

- Farieault, MN, USA

problem #156

Oct 092009

Murano 6-cyl

  • 94,588 miles
My 2003 Nissan Murano required the cvt transmission to be replaced twice due to failure, at 55K and 95K miles.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #155

Jul 232011


  • 90,000 miles
I was driving on the NJ turnpike then all of the power when I put my foot on the gas disappeared. Almost feels like the car is in neutral. Was lucky I wasn't hit from behind my other cars since it went from 60 mph to a 5 mph without any warning. Was able to get it to side of the road but then it wouldn't start again. Had car towed to my mechanic. Now I am reading online about others with the exact same problem without any solutions to a problem that Nissan was aware of. Guess people have to die before any action is taken.

- Bedminster, NJ, USA

problem #154

Jul 012010

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles


I have a 2003 Nissan Murano w/ 88K miles. When driving my Nissan Murano, there seems to be quite an issue with the acceleration and that it hesitates when I I step on the acceleration. The Murano does not move forward for a few seconds, after stepping almost fully on the gas pedal. Then all of a sudden it feels like the car catches back on and then the car jolts forward, letting the car finally move. This problem occurs sporadicly and actually on a left turn just yesterday, (7-10-11), the car just completely lost it's power. I am glad no accident occured, I was very lucky. I was able to turn to the side of the road and turn the car off and on. After I did that I was able to get the car into a parking lot so I could have my father pick me up. I have dealing with this reoccurring issue for a while. I took it to the dealer and they want to charge me $100 just to diagnose it in order to have Nissan be involved. I have to go about this way I was told. After doing some in-depth research on the web for the 2003 Nissan Muranos, it shows that there are tons of thousands of other 2003 Nissan Murano owners having the completely same exact problem. It is also baffling to me & not fair that all the Nissan dealerships are making so much money from a flaw they caused. I would like to file this issue to be investigated and recalled. This is a huge safety hazard on the road for all 2003 Nissan Murano owners, and it's not ethically right to leave hundreds of thousands of people in serious life or death situations.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #153

Jun 032011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 94,500 miles
I just purchased a Nissan Murano yesterday and after just 10 minutes or so of driving I noticed that the acceleration is not exactly in sync with my pressure on the pedal. The previous owner also complained of this to the Nissan dealer he bought it from. The dealer said it was the air intake and replaced it at no charge. Shortly after my initial drive it did not accelerate even when the gas pedal was to the floor. Today I entered a busy intersection to make a left hand turn and after the on coming traffic I pressed on the accelerator but no response rpms were study below 1000 like it was still idling. After several futile attempts pressing on the gas pedal I put the car in park then back to drive hit the gas but again no acceleration. At this time I am in the middle of the intersection under the red light. There is another car behind me that is stuck in the intersection as well which makes a hard left to get around and barely avoids an accident. Now with cars all around me I become almost frantic and I am a 52 year old man with plenty of driving experience and rarely panic. I decided to shut off the car and restart it (yes in the middle of a busy intersection under a red light blocking traffic I turn off the car and restart it). It took off immediately. Tonight I read a Nissan forum with many other Nissan Murano owners describing similar incidents. This is a very very serious flaw in the engineering under no circumstance should an automobile not accelerate when the pedal is pressed without some precursor event to warn the operator. This is a very serious problem and there should be a recall. I will contact my local Nissan dealer to have it looked at and issue a complaint.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #152

May 082011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
I own a 2003 Nissan Murano. Last August it began losing power while driving. It is like the car is being thrown into 1st gear. This has happened 12-18 times over the last 4 months. The crazy thing about these incidents is that no warning lights show up on the dash nor does the car give you any codes indicating that anything went wrong. Two months ago I took it to rick hill Nissan dealership and told them what was happening. He had the car a week and drove it 66 miles and couldn't get the car to duplicate what was happening to me. Unfortunately, they wont work on the car unless is has a code showing up telling them what is wrong. This past week, I almost ran over my family as I was waiting on them to come out of a store. I proceeded to drive up to the store to pick them up when the car surged and the engine started racing. I had to slam on the brakes and throw the car in park to get it to stop. The engine and RPM's were still racing and 4,000 rpms. No codes were thrown and no lights on the dash again. 20 minutes later as we were coming home, the car lost power as if the transmission slipped into first gear and we creeped all the home at 5 mph, with me having the pedal to the floor. This time there were codes, but when the car was turned off it would not restart. I had it towed to the dealership and they told me it was the ipdm. 825 dollars for the fix. 51 miles later the car slips again and acts like it is thrown into first gear. No lights, no codes. After reading many complaints on the cvt transmission in the 2003 Murano I have no doubt this is the problem. This defect has put my family in many dangerous situations in the past year. Nissan increased the warranty for this transmission to 120,000 miles. This is not good enough. I took mine in with 118,500 but they said nothing was wrong, because they had no codes showing a problem. Now with 128,000 I am screwed. This needs to be a class action law suit or a recall on the cvt transmission.

- Obion, TN, USA

problem #151

Sep 122006


  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Nissan Murano. The contact was driving 10 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning and was towed to the dealer. The dealer advised that the transmission assembly had malfunctioned and the transmission was replaced. The failure recurred five years later and the contact called the manufacturer regarding the transmission assembly. The manufacturer advised that they were unable to provide any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Indiana, PA, USA

problem #150

Apr 052011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 126,700 miles
Vehicle would not respond to accelerator while in gear while attempting to accelerate from stop. Engine would not rev, but was running. Vehicle towed to dealer. Dealer advised cvt transmission component called valve body had an internal failure and tcm would need reprogramming. Vehicle has 126700 miles, purchased new. Cvt warranty was extended by Nissan from original 5 years 60000 to 10 years 120000. This vehicle's mileage is beyond this extended warranty period. However, major component failure of cvt is recognized by Nissan by virtue of extension of original warranty. The extension is inadequate and Nissan should be required to extend for longer time and mileage. Mechanics have advised that valve body failures in transmissions are very rare.

- Concord, NH, USA

problem #149

Mar 182011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 122,225 miles
When you come to a complete stop and then press the accelerator down the car does not move initially. If you hold the accelerator down after a few seconds the car will start to move. This has happened 3 times in the last 6 months after driving the car for about 20-30 mins. In stop and go traffic. The next day everything works like it should. I have taken it to a Nissan dealer and at first they could not even find a problem since they could not duplicate what I described. The second time I took it back they managed to get a service code related to the valve body on the transmission. Nissan has a service bulletin issued related to this situation, which instructs the valve body to be replaced at a cost of $1700. Since you never know when this delayed acceleration will occur it is very dangerous to enter or cross traffic when it occurs.

- Powder Springs, GA, USA

problem #148

Oct 152010


  • miles
I have a 2003 Nissan Murano. I have 115K miles and for the 5 months, I've had the same problem all others have reported, press the gas and the car doesn't move for a few seconds then jerks forward. Could be very dangerous when in traffic and trying to change lanes. In fact, I only discovered this problem when I was in stop and go traffic lately. I took it to Goodyear company, they charged me $69 to diagnose the problem and told me it's the transmission. Something needs to be done since I am 100% sure Nissan knows about this problem but is ignoring it. Thank you.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #147

May 122008

Murano 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


Nissan muarano 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 and they want $3000 to $5000 to fix.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #146

Nov 062010


  • 114,000 miles
I have a 2003 Nissan Murano. At approximately 81,000 miles I noticed a burning oil smell after driving. I had the car checked and the transfer case was out of oil. The service dept. Resealed the transfer case under extended warranty. At about 96,000 miles I had the vehicle checked out before end of warranty and again the transfer case leaked out the oil and I had service on transfer case. The seals had to be redone, also under extended warranty. I have the car in now for routine service with transmission fluid flush and fill and because I am getting a strange ticking noise when accelerating. Notified that cvt fluid leaking onto outside of transfer case. Needs transmission seal redone. Over $2000. I am getting the seal redone under transmission 120,000 warranty from Nissan. Dealership says I should get the transfer case seals redone but they are not covered under the transmission warranty and I cannot afford the close to $2000 extra this would cost. Seems that the seals should last more than 8,000 miles as they seemed too after buying the vehicle new and not replacing them until after 50,000 miles. After reading many complaints about a pressure valve and other transmission issues I believe the transmission should be replaced as I am very concerned that just replacing the transmission forward seal(?) will not correct the leaking problems with the transmission transfer case and that the transmission will "go out" after the factory warranty. I believe that there is a problem with the transfer case/transmission in this year/model of vehicle and that Nissan knows this. There should be a recall.

- Lake Stevens, WA, USA

problem #145

Sep 102010

Murano 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
2003 Murano - when in stop and go traffic car will not accelerate for 5-10 seconds when pressing the gas pedal. Dealership had my car for 2 days and first said it was the transmission but then Nissan would not approve it to be replaced even under warranty. Then told me it was the tcm that needed to be replaced for $1000. This is a very dangerous situation and Nissan needs to step up to the plate and replace these faulty dangerous parts free of charge to the customer! instead of diagnosing improper things and charging the customer thousands of dollars for non-fixes.

- New Brighton, MN, USA

problem #144

May 182010

Murano 6-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
2003 Nissan Murano hesitates in traffic an all of a sudden accelerates wildly in traffic...

- Petal, MS, USA

problem #143

Oct 012004

Murano 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
2003 Nissan Murano - since the first day it has hesitated and jerked when accelerating from a full stop. This is likely related to the known transmission problem.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #142

Aug 252010


  • miles
2003 Nissan Murano sl: The car would not respond to the accelerator. The engine would rev up, but the car would not move. Then without warning, the car will go "into gear" and move. Car would lose drive train power, but all other functions, radio, ac, steering would still work. The car simply would not go when the accelerator was pressed. Then the transmission would work all of a sudden and then quit all of a sudden.

- Stickney, IL, USA

problem #141

Aug 212010


  • miles
After stopping at intersection I pressed the gas and car rolled into intersection. Within a few seconds car took off like a bat out of "?". this was quite scary as a truck was approaching. This car has done this several times and lately this has become an everyday occurrence. This is quite dangerous because you are clueless to when it will happen. I thought the previous recall concerning the air intake was a solution. It is more than obvious that it is not. This is too dangerous to be ignored. I invite you to drive my car for a day and then maybe you will have something done about this. I noticed there are several more complaints filed but I do not see any resolution. Nissan needs to recall these cars and fix this problem. Extending the warranty is not a solution if the dealer is not willing to fix the car. Please get this fixed before there is loss of life.

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #140

Jul 152010


  • 117,600 miles
Bought a 2003 Nissan Murano new and have had a recurring problem with the transmission that the dealer refuses to repair under warranty. Basically the car will not accelerate from a stop and then suddenly surges forward. The problem is intermittent and seems to mostly occur when the transmission is hot. Sometimes it surges while driving at a steady speed. I have taken the vehicle to the dealer 4 times over a period of several years to have the problem repaired, but they have either said there is nothing wrong or that it needed a new air filter, but the problem has never been fixed and it continues to get worse. Nissan sent an extended warranty to owners of these vehicles that states it covers transmission problems up to 120,000 miles, however the dealer won't honor it and wants a $2,000 deposit to order the parts before it will schedule the repair.I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and they said the repair is covered, and I told the dealer this, but the dealer said Nissan won't reimburse him so he won't make the repairs unless I pay, and pay up front, no less. I can't afford this and my vehicle is rapidly approaching the 120,000 warranty cut off and I have the feeling they are just stalling until the warranty runs out. The vehicle is dangerous to drive but I have no choice and I don't know whom to turn to.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #139

Mar 152010

Murano 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
When pushing the accelerator the car does not respond then lunges forward. Several times I have pushed the accelerator 3-5 times with no response then it will lurch forward. The engine continues to run. The problem is intermittent, when taken to the dealer they could not recreate the problem. It happens more frequently in stop and go traffic.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #138

Jun 122008


  • 85,000 miles
Transmission shudders and slow acceleration from a stop. Vehicle slowed on freeway from over 65 mph to under 40 mph and unable to go any faster. Dealer says it was due to the computer needing to be reset and now says it is due to a faulty transfer case. I am not confident the issue will be resolved without replacement of both the transmission and transfer case with a new design.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

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