hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,703 miles

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2007 Nissan Murano drivetrain problems

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2007 Nissan Murano Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #28

Dec 202016


  • 160,000 miles


Hello, I own a 2007 Nissan Murano and have just had an issue where the entire sub frame has broken in half due to rust. The car is not even 10 years old (160K miles) at this point and I was wondering if such a dangerous issue would be eligible for repair via Nissan? any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, marti benson

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #27

Nov 182016


  • 98,000 miles
Front transfer case leaks for no apparent reason causing failure. No maintenance checks are listed for this part and appears to be a design failure.

- Cottage Grove, WI, USA

problem #26

Aug 242016


  • 122,000 miles
My Nissan Murano has 122,000 miles on car and I have already spent a lot of money repairing cvt's, front end issues and had to purchase a new transmission. I was on the interstate and had to drive slow all the way to my home. No accident but Nissan Murano has a lot of issues with the front wheels and transmission.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #25

Aug 192016


  • miles


I recently learned that I need a transmission ($4,400) for my 2007 Nissan Murano and I also have read that this is common problem among Nissan. Why isn't there some kind of recall or help to replace again for such a common problem?

- Windsor Locks, CT, USA

problem #24

Feb 042016


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Nissan Murano. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to eventually restart the vehicle. The cvt and service engine warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Decatur, GA, USA

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problem #23

Aug 202014


  • 65,000 miles
All motor mounts and transmission mounts failed at 65,000 and brought into repair at 74,000 miles. Extreme scary vibration when driving. Thump and clunking and banging sound on engine when depressing the gas pedal. Very expensive $2,900 repair at Nissan dealer.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #22

Jun 202013

Murano 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Pulled out onto a roadway with a 60 mph speed limit. This vehicle is fast and has quick throttle response, so knowing that I could make it, while a car was approaching, I pulled out and accelerated quickly. The vehicle did not have near the power that it normally did and immediately made a loud screeching sound and clicking as if metal was scraping adjacent metal. Luckily, I let off the accelerator and hit it again, and it operated fine. There was no accident and nobody was hurt. The problem has slowly persisted and gotten worse. That's what recalls are for and that is what research on this problem for this particular vehicle will tell you needs to happen. The recall needs to take place. Do people need to die first? safety means avoiding injury. Research the problem here and do what you can to resolve it for the affected vehicles. I've seen much less severe recalls take place. I'm about to have to take my vehicle in to pay for this myself, because out of the thousands of complaints on this issue that I can probably find, there has been absolutely no resolution, and I am not sure if it may have caused any injuries to anybody else, but will be researching everything about it. I will present a portfolio of information on this problem so that it cannot be denied, if I must. I will do your jobs if you will not, although I'm sure you have just not had enough complaints, or something of similar nature, and it will take me a long time, a lot of reading and saving and printing info. At the same time I will be writing bad reviews every chance I get about Nissan not acknowledging responsibility for the problem, which I already have several times.

- Burleson, TX, USA

problem #21

Dec 182014

Murano 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Nissan Murano. Consumer writes in regards to transmission problems. Consumer sent additional correspondence. The transmission was replaced with a re-manufactured transmission. The consumer is seeking a potion of reimbursement. Updated 08/24/15.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #20

Oct 092014

Murano 6-cyl

  • 147 miles
I own a 2008 Nissan Murano while attempting to drive after a light change my vehicle loss acceleration. Luckily, the car behind me didn't slam into me I was able safely get out of the way. The pedal was to the floor yet the car barley moved then it lurched forward and was fine. I took to a mechanic nothing a few weeks later after no issue it happen again on the highway which was dangerous and scary again I took this vehicle to a mechanic who said there was a leak at the transfer case I had repaired. Two days later after being stuck in the middle of an intersection the vehicle was diagnosed to be an issue with the cvt transmission. I was told this is a defect Nissan is aware of, they then told me about the known manufacturer issue of the transmission and suggested I bring it to Nissan and see if they could do anything for me. I took the vehicle over to the local Nissan dealership and was informed that there was nothing that Nissan could do but to slap in another transmission and that it would not be covered by warranty since I was over the extended 120,0000 miles. They did give me the option to have them throw in a new transmission at cost of $4000. I then called Nissan North America Consumer Affairs no response. This is a known manufacturer defect and Nissan refuses to acknowledge the issue. Research shows thousands of customers have the same issue; it is not a coincidence. It is a tactic played by Nissan so they will not bare financial and reputation deterioration. Instead they are putting that on the paying consumer. Not right!!

- Petersburg, VA, USA

problem #19

Nov 272014

Murano 6-cyl

  • 113,066 miles
I was driving down hwy 100 in milwaukee at approximately 40 mph when the car suddenly died in the middle of the road, fortunately no accident was caused because of the sudden stop. The car would not start after this stop. I pushed the car into a nearby parking lot and took the battery into a local hardware store. The battery was dead and needed to be charged. I re installed the battery and got the car started (the engine sounded loud) and drove to the auto store and had the alternator tested - it was dead. I started to drive the car home and it would not go above 30 mph and the cel was on. The next morning I had the alternator replaced (Sunday), the battery kept it's charge. I took the vehicle to the Nissan dealer on Monday morning - they determined that the transmission needed to be replaced. I got my car back after 2 weeks and drove it home. I did notice that the there was a slight whine - I thought it was with the replaced transmission. I got louder each dayand I took it back to the Nissan dealer, but the noise would quit after it warmed up. The Nissan dealer determined that it was the high pressure power steering hose. These events appeared to be caused by a previous event - (1) alternator (2) transmission (3) high pressure power steering hose, all started November 27 2014, and lastly ended on February 10, 2015, hopefully.

- Greenfield, WI, USA

problem #18

Jan 112015

Murano 6-cyl

  • 162,000 miles


Started making a noise as a flat tire, I parked it. Next day I took it to the shop, Nissan dealership, they said is the transfer case and want $ 3,500 to fix it, I researched on this issue and found lots, too many people complaining of this issue, Nissan has to be aware of the bad quality of their product and assume the their part on it, or people will have to spend lots of money on this. Thank you

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #17

Jun 102014

Murano 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Kept noticing smell of burning oil. Was told the axle seal was leaking. After the 2nd axle seal was replaced, they said it was a transfer case seal that was leaking and I would need to have that replaced at approximate cost of $1500. At that time I told the dealer that during cold weather I had issues with the transmission (which has an extended warranty to 120,000), and I'm sure the transmission has caused the transfer case problems, but, of course, upon the dealer testing the transmission they said that the transmission is working fine. I was told that the transfer case leak was not something that had to be repaired immediately and that as long as the fluid levels were checked frequently I could wait to have it repaired. Yesterday (4 months later) I took the car to another Nissan dealer and I was told that the axle seal and the transfer case seal were both leaking and that there was a service bulletin issued detailing that the transfer case should be rebuilt. The cost now will be approximately $1800, to fix the seals and rebuild the transfer case. After searching online about this issue I've realized this is an ongoing problem with Nissan Murano's and that Nissan is ignoring the safety issues involved with this problem and not issuing a recall. With so many complaints about this same issue on the Murano's an investigation needs to be done and Nissan needs to recall these cars for the safety of their customers.

- Winnebago, IL, USA

problem #16

Sep 302014


  • 110,000 miles
While driving on a flat, clear road, I heard a loud noise under hood, the car lost power and there weas smoke coming out from under the hood. I pulled over fortunately, there was a gas station. Car was towed and I was informed that my transfer case was cracked.

- Vails Gate, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 242014


  • 62,000 miles
Driving the car when hearing big banging noise coming from the hood from the car soundly the car broke down towing it in to the dealer saying that it's the transfer case that went with out any warning reading up on line seeing that this is a big problem will al Nissan they should be accountable for this it's a safety hazard.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #14

May 102014

Murano 6-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
Trouble accelerating accompanied by loud screeching noise, followed by loud clunking. Diagnosed as transfer case severely cracked at 79000 miles. 2 Nissan dealers agreed this was a defective part with history of problems, but not recalled, and only warranteed to 60,000 miles. Ridiculous. About a 3300$ repair.

- Wauwatosa, WI, USA

problem #13

Dec 292012


  • 62,090 miles
I was driving on the road at approximately 30 miles an hour when I notice the engine was revving at a higher speed with no change in acceleration. I brought the car to bay ridge Nissan and they replaced the cvt transmission for $500, even I though I have an existing warranty. I have contact Nissan corporate and I haven't heard from them. I am filing a complaint because a lot of Nissan owners, including myself, have been experiencing this problem.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #12

Dec 082011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
First noticed it kept popping out of all wheel drive in a snow storm while driving 15 mpr. Next issue was driving on the interstate at 65rpm the speed kept decellerating or sticking like it had a govanor on it at 65. Now I can not drive it for more then twenty minutes without it decellerating. It won't shift just sticks at 3rpm and the speed will not increase. Took it to the dealer three times. First time they said it was a bad battery. Second time they hooked it up to check engine machine. It did not throw a code so they said it was saft to drive. Coming down a mountain it started bucking and speed decellerated very quickly. Thankfully I was not hit from behind. Seems like a transmission problem to me but having a hard time getting nissian to replace it. Very scary and unsafe.

- Pine Grove, PA, USA

problem #11

Jul 022013


  • 49,900 miles
Transfer case leak on 2007 Nissan Murano sl AWD, 3-4 months after warranty expired. Nissan is refusing to fix it. Heat produced in cvt is causing sealant in the transfer case and ultimately transfer case to break. Nissan extended the cvt warranty but refuse cvt is causing the transfer case to break and was not covered my cvy extended warranty.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #10

May 152012

Murano 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
The transfer case is leaking on the hot exhaust pipe. There is common failure of the transfer case seals in all Nissan Muranos from 2004-2008...there are many people complaining of this problem and quick search on this issue on the internet produces a vast number of complaints. The transfer case seal starts leaking on all these models and the trans-axle fluid drips on the very, very hot exhaust manifold pipe just below the seem of the transfer case where it mates with the cvt. The cvt is covered under a 120,000 mile warranty but Nissan claims that the transfer case portion is not. Regardless the is a serious safety issue as it could potentially start a fire and subsequent loss of the vehicle, the property around it or a loss of life from a fire. I would appreciate if NHTSA would investigate this issue to the fullest. There are reports that the loss of fluid has caused loss of control of the vehicle as well....this is a serious safety issue....in addition the cost of repairs exceeds $3000 dollars.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 022011

Murano 6-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I first noticed a "burning rubber smell" that mechanics could not duplicate. At about 80,000 miles the car began to lose power when I would accelerate. I began hearing a loud squealing noise that to me (a total car novice) sounded like belts. Because of the power surges problems and not changing gears (rpms were low when I accelerate) I have been afraid to drive this vehicle. When I took it to the dealership (instead of my local mechanic) I was told to leave it there because it was unsafe to drive. Apparently it is a "transfer case" defect that they are going to repair at a huge expense to me. After searching the internet for this problem with other Murano owners, I was shocked at the number of Murano transfer case problems there are out there. I have definitely lost my confidence in Nissan because of this.

- Edwardsville, IL, USA

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