really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,200 miles

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2004 Nissan Murano steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 272005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Power steering is very heavy when attempting quick maneuvers, e.g. parking, lane change, accident avoidance.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 292005

Murano Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
While driving 30 mph steering failed. As a result, the vehicle went across the median and collided head on into another vehicle. Driver sustained a broken foot. Vehicle was totaled.

- Hampton, NH, USA

problem #2

Dec 202004

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,800 miles
I purchased a Nissan Murano 2004 SUV. When steering, mostly at low speeds my car looses its power steering. On and off the steering wheel gets heavier. I am very concerned with that fact most of all that my wife drives the car with out two little children. I believe Nissan should be forced to address the issue since they did it with the upcoming new 2005 Murano. Don't you think that the safety of the 2004 model owners should be the same as that of the 2005 model owners? I thank you for your attention and I believe that my complaint should be addressed in a timely matter. Thank you. Nikola goranov.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 162004


  • miles
Complaint received via E-mail. On the morning of September 16, 2004 I was driving about 35 or 40 mph on highway 680 South at highway 101 interchange near san jose, California when I had to rapidly turn the steering wheel to my left to avoid rear ending a car in front of me. During the return motion of the wheels I unexpectedly lost power steering boost. Fortunately I was able to act very quickly, and forced the steering wheel back to where it belonged. In doing so I avoided a certain collision with the car on my left lane. As the result of this incident, I hurt my left wrist. Later, at a parking lot, I tried to recreate the loss of power steering I had encountered by rapidly turning the steering wheel half a turn to the left and then to the right and every time the power steering boost failed. The system appeared to be normal until the driver had to execute a maneuver to avoid a road hazard. That was when the system failed, and by then it may be too late to do anything about it. From information obtained from various forums on the internet (e.g. Nissan Murano and consumer reports magazine, this problem appeared to be very real and very common with all 2003 and 2004 Nissan Murano vehicles, and therefore it represented a clear safety hazard that needed to be addressed and fixed before any lives were lost.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

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