2009 Nissan Murano SL 3.5 liter V6 from North America
Head gaskets recalled.
Transmission replaced at 30k miles.
Replaced brakes at 40k miles.
Replaced tires at 35k miles.
Repainted tailgate at 40k miles.
Replaced interior moonroof cover twice.
New struts and motor mounts at 45k.
The Murano is a great-looking, smooth-riding, expensive-to-operate, and fragile beast. We loved the car when we bought it, but after about three years our Murano began to fall apart, requiring frequent dealership visits and expensive maintenance fees much earlier than expected.
On one trip to the dealer, we were advised by the service manager that the Murano "wasn't really designed for the Phoenix (AZ) climate". One wonders if Nissan is aware that its own service managers feel this way about the Murano.
Adding frustration to the frequent service visits were the unexpected high-costs for even basic maintenance. Tires cost almost $2000 for a decent set, and oil changes were about double. The struts and other mounts job was almost $4k, however most of that was covered due to a recall.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2015