2003 Nissan Murano Reviews

2003 Nissan Murano SE 3.5 gasoline from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.5 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo S70

Summary:

Very comfortable, great looking car, but does not age well. Powertrain parts not durable enough

Faults:

Transfer case at 165K.

Transmission at 175K.

Oil consumption at 150K.

Control arms at 110K.

Oil pan gasket at 107K.

Driveshaft seal at 108K.

High pressure power steering hose at 150K.

3 tire pressure sensors corroded at 165K.

Tie rod ends at 168K.

Power mirror switch at 170K.

Tailgate door handle-lock at 100K.

General Comments:

Extremely expensive in repairs and maintenance. Powertrain seems to be underspec'ed. Take this comment seriously, as it will cost you to own this car. Over $10K in repairs over the span of 5 years. Very reliable up until about 150K. Past the 150K mark, major breakdowns started happening. I would not recommend owning a Nissan past 150K. I used three different dealers.

Very comfortable ride for long trips. Relatively good on gas, low RPMs on the highway.

Nice options - most of the power options lasted past the 150K mark.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2012

2003 Nissan Murano V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carNissan Accord

Summary:

The engine works, but the very expensive perks don't

Faults:

CD changer never worked, continuously skips.

Power window motor stopped right on the last mile of the warranty.

Tire sensors break easily, causing the air to leak, and they charge a high price to repair a defective design.

Dashboard lights went out, and the cost is too high to pay for a light bulb replacement.

General Comments:

The car still drives and the engine works. However when I bought the car I had a 6 CD changer, a power window that went up and down on the drivers side, tires that held air, lights on the dash that illuminated and showed how fast I was going or how much gas was left. Now, those things are gone some before the warranty, but none of the dealers that I went to would fix them until after the warranty ended.

Then they had ridiculous prices like $185 dollars to put a new light bulb in the dash board. They charge $180 to repair a tire pressure sensor that they continuously break when putting air in the tire, and they charge $35 dollars just to put air in one tire!

For me to get the motor fixed in my drivers window, it will cost me $580 plus labor...

The only solution that they had to fix my CD player was to buy another one from them, and for them to charge me to install... (this has never been stable and reported to them 100 times before warranty, no solutions until I hit 100k miles). This is not just with one dealership, I only took the car to dealers for maintenance and I used 3 in my area, depending on where I was.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th November, 2008

13th Nov 2008, 17:55

Just wanted to know why they are replacing the motor for the window? If the window is going up and down I think I may have had the same problem, but it wasn't the motor it was a reset switch in door panel. All I had to do was reset the switch.

29th Sep 2013, 19:48

140k miles and those are the only problems? Does not really sound like a fair review. Some people don't understand that cars do not last forever and that dealerships should only be used for free warranty work... unless they like paying 3x what they should.

2003 Nissan Murano SL from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres

Summary:

Terrible

Faults:

Transmission replaced at 30,000.

Alternator replaced at 45,000.

Fuel solenoid replaced at 75,000.

Struts replaced at 110,000.

Brakes replaced at 140,000.

Drivers side new window motor replaced at 110,000.

Front windshield motor/part replaced at 110,000.

Alternator replaced again at 150,000 (they obviously replaced the first alternator with another defective alternator)

Rear differential replaced at 150,000.

Oil pan/gaskets leaking badly at 155,000.

Back hatch replaced at 150,000.

General Comments:

The cost of repairs on this car is significant.

This car is a lemon and should be taken off the market.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2007

9th Feb 2007, 19:27

Yeah I share your pain. I had a Nissan Maxima with a lot of problems too. However, did you purchase the car at 150,000 km? From the review, these problems occurred before you bought the car? And if you were aware them, what are the reasons for obtaining this car?

17th Feb 2008, 04:13

Man, if you were able to get 140,000 miles OR kilometers out of a set of brakes, you have set a world record. Most brake pads - on any car - last 10,000-30,000 miles.

Seriously, your only complaints should be that the transmission, alternator and fuel pump solenoid were replaced so early. Other than that, every car requires maintenance as it gets older. Brakes wear, seals fail, struts leak and electric motors fail. I guarantee that you will not find a car where this is not true.

27th Apr 2009, 22:48

Guys reliability like that is terrible. My Honda Odyssey van has 271,000 and has only two sets of front brakes and one rear. The only issue in all that time is a $300 sensor! I previously had a Saturn Vue that sounded like the Murano, never again.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 16 reviews