definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,444 miles

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2005 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 242009


  • 66,000 miles


2005 Nissan Murano - 66K miles. Alternator tension arm snapped off while driving, also causing a crack in the timing cover. There had been a squeaking noise in the days leading up the failure. Once the arm broke there was a very loud clunking noise. I was forced to pull over on the side of the road and wait for a tow. The tension arm, bracket, belts and timing cover need to be replaced. Because the timing covers placement, it will require pulling the engine out.

- Gahanna, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 042009


  • 6,000 miles
My 2005 Nissan Murano has an engine that "pings" even when using 91 octane fuel. This can lead to engine wear and damage. Nissan is aware of the problem, but at this time, they are choosing not to correct it in any of the Murano vehicles that have this problem. The problem is a constant "ping" upon acceleration, most noticeable between 10 and 30 miles per hour, or at higher speeds when attempting to quickly increase speed.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #5

Apr 012009


  • 40,000 miles
The air bag indicator light is flashing in the dash again. I had this problem fixed once before while still under warranty at the North little rock dealership. On leaving the garage within just a mile, I made a left turn and heard a crunching noise in the steering column and it came back on. I went strait back and they said they would fix it but the (second replacement part) wouldn't be in till the next day so I was given a loaner for one day. Now it's back on again. Also noted shortly after the warranty expired that the lumbar support on the drivers side no longer inflates/deflates and hasn't worked since. I have had all recalls fixed and had to replace the battery at 37,000 miles at my cost. Also had to have the dealership resurface both front rotors and replace a rear caliper under warranty that had locked up 1 & 1/2 years ago. I see that the front rotors are in need of resurfacing again even though the break pads have 1/2 of there wear left to go. Due to the highly chromed /curved dipstick, getting an accurate oil level reading is not possible at any time, so the dipstick has only been removed three time since purchasing it as it is a pointless endeavor. I own six autos that range in age from 1972 threw this 2005 Murano and of all of them, the Murano is the least trusted one. I will never own another Nissan.

- Fremont, MI, USA

problem #4

Dec 062007

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles


I own a 2005 Nissan Murano. The first time it the engine failed was on my way home from work. I started the car and it shuttered a little, then stopped. I restarted the car after waiting a few seconds and it kept running just fine. On my way home, I stopped off at a local store to run an errand. When I attempted to start my car again, it shuttered and shook, then shut off. I attempted a second time to start the car, but it wouldn't "turn over". the car was towed to browns Nissan of arlington in Virginia, where we bought the vehicle 2 years ago. They could not get the car started either, proceeded to push the car into the garage, and then miraculously, it started up as if nothing was wrong! this morning, my husband went to start the car for me because it was cold and the engine failed again. We plan to call the dealership, as they have promised to incur any towing costs in order to get the car into the shop. Regardless, we are taking it back, even if we can get it to start.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 102006

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles
While on a major road with for our family vacation, our Murano experienced a component failure. Specifically, our road trip originated from central New Jersey with several destinations scheduled for several central and southern Florida locations. All was normal until our journey from miami to debary, fl where slight indicators of a malfunction began to manifest itself. While cruising on interstate 95 between West palm beach and titusville, the cruise control spontaneously disengaged. After several attempts to re-engage the system yielded the same results, I initially determined that there may be an inherent difference in the Murano's cruise control system versus other cars I've driven/owned and decided that I would look into it at a later time. Later in this same trip (specifically between titusville and sanford Florida), I was on a desolate road (route 46) when the Murano's 'service engine' light illuminated and it seem to be stuck in 2nd gear. Note: The Murano has a belt driven cvt and not a conventional gear box; nevertheless, this was the manner in which the problem can be characterized. Making matters worst was the fact that it was 12:30am and route 46 is sparsely traveled, with no signs of "civilization". (not meant to melodramatic.) fortunately, I was still able to drive the Murano (at no greater than 40mph @ 4,000rpm) to our intended destination. On the following morning, I brought my Murano to deland Nissan where the service department promptly determined that the throttle body malfunctioned and needed to be replaced accordingly. Fortunately, the part was in stock and replaced under warranty in less than 2 hours. (note: The service department at deland Nissan was simply the best service department I've ever encountered, in terms of response time, professionalism and customer communication; I wish my home dealer service department was likewise.) the remainder of our vacation and return trip occurred without further incident.

- Somerset, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 112006

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,550 miles
43 degrees, 5 pm, 1561 miles, 2005 Nissan Murano sl I start vehicle, back up, pull out of driveway, car will not accelerate. Max speed obtainable 20 mph, very, very slow to get any speed. Engine will rev to 2500 RPM, when floored, no acceleration, return home. Service engine soon light on slip off light on vehicle dynamic control light on park vehicle and and try restarting several times, car starts ok, above three lights come on each time. Do not try to drive again that day. Sat. Evening, no dealer open. Try again Sunday, 55 degrees, starts ok and only ses light comes on, drives, ok call jeff smith Nissan warner robins ga on Monday. Says bring car in. Dealer states car is in "limp mode". they keep a week. Findings: Dtc code U1000 can comm circuit, C1132 ABS check ABS-ok techline ref #755136 apply tsb ntb06-009 dated Feb 8, 2006 seems ok, now. I shudder to think what would have happened if if I had been pulling out in traffic.

- Byron, GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 052005

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,358 miles
The current description has to do with mechanical defects: I leased a brand new 2005 Nissan Murano in April 2005, and in August of that year the car had major mechanical malfunctions that included: ABS light came on, internal failure of ABS actuator, and right front ABS sensor, engine probelms with loss of power, and acceleration. Nono current through pin connectors. Had to replace ECM. Engine light came on, internal failure to throttle body, all wheel drive light came on. They replaced the alternator, I also had internal failure of A/C amplifier. My car was in the shop from 8/5/05 - 9/13/05 a total of 39 days! I called Nissan about complying with the lemon law and to now they have declined to cooperate. I am currently seeking legal representation in this matter.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

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