really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,434 miles

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2006 Nissan Murano transmission problems

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2006 Nissan Murano Owner Comments

problem #10

Mar 282012

Murano 6-cyl

  • miles


Recently my 2006 Nissan Murano started making grinding noises when going up hills and turning corners. After taking it to a few shops who said it might be the cvt transmission that was covered under an extended warranty since so many people have had issues, I went and took it to the dealer. Their diagnosis was a electronic coupler assembly failure which has to do with my rear differential. The car is not balancing the load properly and the transmission is slipping. There is a 2 month waiting list for this part because it has gone bad in so many Nissan vehicles. Yet there has been no recall and no extended warranty put on it. The vehicle is said to be relatively unsafe to drive but they are months out on getting parts in for it to be fixed.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #9

Mar 112011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway at 8:30 pm when my vehicle began to lose power and stalling, it finally shut down completely in the fast lane. I frantically tried restart finally it did I was then only able to get the vehicle in the small space between the on ramp and the slow lane of freeway. The traffic was heavy and I almost get hit by a vehicle while attempting to get to a safe place. Where the incident occurred the are concrete barriers due to the expansion work being done on highway 4 West bound. Pittsburgh California. I bought the vehicle brand new on Feb 23, 2006, it has had numerous mechanical defects from day one. In the last 2 years I have spent over $ for repairs and last month I brought to the dealer for these problems and they advised me that the vehicle had more repairs that it needed costing $2500. I am at my wits end. I am not working on disability. On the following day the car did it again.

- Bay Point , CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 142011


  • 58,000 miles
I was about to park the 2006 Murano (sl, AWD), about 3 yards from reaching the spot. The car suddenly accelerated forward and hit the concrete wall hard, damaging the front bumper - I could not react to brake the car in time. It's rather scary!

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #7

Oct 152009


  • miles


The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Murano. While the contact was driving approximately 25 mph, the transmission began to slip gears. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they were unable to locate the problem. The manufacturer was notified regarding the transmission failure which there were no resolutions. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Berkshire , NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 022010


  • 66 miles
2006 Nissan Murano, after driving 85 miles continuously on the interstate, when I slowed to merge to another interstate lost all power while trying to accelerate. I was stopped with no emergency lane in a construction area and was lucky to have avoided the others merging and traveling by at 70 M.P.H.! it eventually gave me some power which I used to exit the interstate and called the local Nissan dealer in des moines. I was able to "limp" the car the 20 minute drive on back roads in des moines where within an hour, the dealer told me I would need a new transmission. After Nissan extends the warranty on this transmission and I have a failed one, it strikes me that a repair/recall should be done on these before an incident like mine occurs. I had three children in the car, with other cars racing by me at high speeds, and I was very fortunate to not have been rear ended. It was daylight and I was able to control the car..but others might not be as lucky!

- Clarion, IA, USA

problem #5

Oct 092009


  • 82,000 miles
My 06 Murano sl began to lose pressure on the gas pedal and stall. At first it felt like someone had bumped into me, but after noticing that the car behind me had not. I tried to move on with the traffic. I put on my hazards and came to a complete stop but was not able to accelerate by using the gas pedal. Then my vehicle began to drive on its own lucky for me the traffic in front of me began to move. The vehicle came to a complete stop in the middle of the highway while I tried to move over to the emergency lane. I place the vehicle in park and then in drive. When I pressed on the gas pedal it would not move once again even when pressing the pedal to the floor. I tried to move the vehicle while in the lower gear and second gear just to get out the middle of the highway and it still would not move. Then out of know where it began to drive on its own again without me pressing on the gas pedal. That allowed me to make it over to the emergency lane. Again lucky for me I was able to make my way through the stand still traffic. Once in the emergency lane the vehicle stopped. I put it in park then pressed on the gas pedal and the engine would rev up. Then I thought ok it will move now, but then the vehicle began to drive itself in reverse while in the drive position. I called my motor club and had to have the vehicle towed to the dealership. The technician stated that two of my transmission hoses blew and the vehicle lost all its fluid and it would cost me $711 to fix this problem not including any damage to the transmission. Now the dealership is trying to say that I have a leak at my engine rubber O ring. At the time of the incident my vehicle has 82K miles. Although I have quite a few miles on my vehicle I have maintained all of my required maintenance as scheduled. Something should be done about the vehicle stalling and driving on its own. I had no warning. This is a very dangerous situation not having control over the vehicle.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 092009


  • miles


2006 Nissan Murano now with 45000 miles on it. Since less than 5K mi, the car does 2 things that may be in relation to each other: 1) when driving at constant speed on flat road between 40 & 70+ mph, the RPM's will jump up 500-1000rpms for a brief moment- almost feels and sounds like the engine is slipping out of gear and then back in. Or could be that it detects a slight pressure on pedal (linkage/sender whatever) and downshifts then jumps back down? it does this with cruise control on as well. 2) also, acceleration is sluggish when leisurely proceeding from a stop, or very slow speed (say making a 90 degree turn from a stop of slow pace). While pushing on pedal, rpms and engine will actually decrease to about 1000-1500rps causing car to lag (big safety issue for I have almost been hit by other cars due to this). Does not do if I do a hard accelerate (but I don't drive that way...jack rabbit starts). Dealership confirmed #1 and replaced tranny. Still did it both problems. Dealership replaced computer for tranny. Still does both, but #1 does not happen as often (used to happen 3+ times in a 15 minute period of less, not does 1-3X per hour maybe- I have stopped tracking). I let the dealership know when I bring for service, but I give up- car is out of warranty now. I'll return the lease. Too bad- love the car, just feel there is something very wrong that they weren't able to find. I have found other reports of same like problems.

- Mashpee, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 122008


  • 37,400 miles
This past week I had two transmission rubber lines break. One on a trip upstate near the Delaware water gap. I was able to fix the problem by installing a new rubber line. The old hose just broke off in my hands. We drove home fine. The second time it happened last night, the other hose broke off. The car is now going be towed to the dealership. Transmission fluid is flammable. This is not safe. The car is only two years old and the rubber lines should not break off like they did.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #2

May 152008


  • 49,500 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Murano. While driving at any speed, the vehicle made an unfamiliar noise. Everytime the vehicle was stopped, it felt as if the rear of it was being struck. The steering wheel becomes difficult to turn when the failure occurs. The contact stated that the vehicle continues to move when the brake pedal is depressed. A mechanic stated that the transmission transfer case failed. The current and failure mileages were 49,500.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 222008

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,376 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that the vehicle began to roll while parked on a small slope in the driveway. As a result, the front left wheel of the vehicle rolled over the contacts right leg. As result, he sustained a crushed right lower extremity. As of March 24, 2008, the dealer had not inspected the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 12,376. Updated 04/21/08

- Harahan, LA, USA

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