2003 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

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2003 Nissan Murano
3.6
Average based on 27 reviews
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Best Car I have ever had

by from Birmingham Alabama on July 19, 2011

I purchased my 2003 Nissian Murano right off the truck.It is Sunlit Copper just my color, I would tell all my friends to get this car I still have my BabyGirl at 165000 miles and she still looks brand...
I purchased my 2003 Nissian Murano right off the truck.It is Sunlit Copper just my color, I would tell all my friends to get this car I still have my BabyGirl at 165000 miles and she still looks brand new. Sad to say Hubby wants me to trade her in on a newer Murano but they dont have my color...lolol I have never had any major problems with my car did all maintance on a regular base and 2 sets of tires cant beat that got our $$$$$$ worth with no doubt. The onlt thing about the new muranos are the tail lights do not roll down the fenders and that was part of the Murano look the newer ones look just like all the other SUVs with the tail lights all the same.I rate this car a 5 star.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Parting is such sweet sorrow

by from Upstate, New York on November 17, 2010

Four years ago I paid a premium for a 2003 sl Murano fully loaded-primarily to get the stablizer which was available only on the fully loaded package..certified preowned plus the certified Security+Pl...
Four years ago I paid a premium for a 2003 sl Murano fully loaded-primarily to get the stablizer which was available only on the fully loaded package..certified preowned plus the certified Security+Plus "wrap". First, Nissan dealership did not honor their own warranty when they diagnosed a problem with the rear left lower control arm-claimed I was in an accident and bent it--not covered and not true. Charge $689.92. Then refused to service the vehicle for another problem since I had expressed dissatisfaction with them previously (and since the next problem would also have been covered). And it went downhill from there since I was nearing 100k miles. The warranty is probably good as long as you don't drive the car but any signs that problems are related to driving are not covered (so much for claims that you won't be spending money on repairs for years). Just to have a mechanic lay eyes on the car is at least $75/hour and any new part requires that the entire car be diss-assembled in order to look at or install something. Tires are an odd size (aka extremely pricy). At 138,000 miles the needed repairs are just too expensive and will cost considerably more than the value of the car. I loved driving the car and it is simply beautiful but repair costs so out-trumped the cars that it replaced (Saab, Volvo). I spent 25K thinking I'd be set for a long time. No such luck and a sad bye bye to my beautiful Murano.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Smooth Ride

by from Horsham, PA on February 11, 2010

I've had my '03 Murano for almost 7 years now, and I love it! If you're looking for an SUV that drives more like a car than a truck, this is the one for you. The styling both inside and out are great....
I've had my '03 Murano for almost 7 years now, and I love it! If you're looking for an SUV that drives more like a car than a truck, this is the one for you. The styling both inside and out are great. The interior has nice brushed metal finishes, and provides a comfortable ride (especially with lumbar support). The back seats are roomy enough for three adults, but could be a bit cramped for anyone over 6ft tall. We have a toddler, who rides in a car seat, and getting him in and out is easy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Overall Good Car

by from Washington, DC on May 22, 2009

I've had my 2003 SL AWD for more than five years now. I wish Nissan had done a lot more engineering on this CVT; sometimes I get very smooth acceleration, and sometimes it doesn't give me any get-up-a...
I've had my 2003 SL AWD for more than five years now. I wish Nissan had done a lot more engineering on this CVT; sometimes I get very smooth acceleration, and sometimes it doesn't give me any get-up-and-go from a standing start. Apparently the '09 models have a much better tranny. It's still fast, though; the drivetrain has 112k on it and probably has become faster as it's broken in. It runs rather poorly on cold mornings for a few miles, then gets up to snuff. I get 26-28 miles per gallon on the highway. I wish the interior had less cheap plastic. I should have sprung for the leather, nav system and sunroof as that would have spruced things up quite a bit. The factory stereo cannot be upgraded to an aftermarket system easily as the HVAC unit sits right behind the interface, and it also eats CDs. The CD player hasn't worked for two years now. However, the speakers sound way better than any factory speakers should. Great bass, treble, and overall crisp sound. The door harness/lock actuator assembly needs to be replaced as the car "chirps" every now and then (common on this car). The rear seats are not the best for long drives. I've always loved the exterior styling. I got the very popular "sunlit copper" paint, which has held up very well. A few days ago, a co-worker asked me how the car drove, because he thought it was brand new.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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Nice and quick!

by from Portland on February 23, 2009

I have 2003 2WD LE with 131k mmiles no problems! This SUV is blast with V6 250hp and costantly getting 25mpg+ on hwy! The only downside is that you wont buy Murano for towing or serious off-road stres...
I have 2003 2WD LE with 131k mmiles no problems! This SUV is blast with V6 250hp and costantly getting 25mpg+ on hwy! The only downside is that you wont buy Murano for towing or serious off-road stress, becasue hi-tec silky smooth CVT transmission wont last if you do. So all these people who use it as a truck with AWD manually ON and than face transmission repair bill (and following heart attack) got what they paid for. It is straight HWY/City SUV, just STAY AWAY from any Mud/beach/Deep snow driving, no heavy trailers, and it will run forever!!! :) I LOVE IT!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Rust bucket

by from Milwaukee, WI on August 18, 2013

This vehicle has been pretty reliable mechanically. I bought this off of my daughter's lease, so I know the entire history and it has been very well taken care of. What I cannot believe, is that a veh...
This vehicle has been pretty reliable mechanically. I bought this off of my daughter's lease, so I know the entire history and it has been very well taken care of. What I cannot believe, is that a vehicle at this price point would have such an issue with rust. It started rusting at four years old in the strangest places, by fuel cap, on top of roof, trim around windows. I fixed rust as it appeared, but it got so bad that I had to have the entire vehicle painted and rusted metal cut out, replaced and repainted at the cost of over $2,500 after the original $2,000 I had already done in rust repairs. Don't know if it is just the 2003 model, but if you are thinking about purchasing this vehicle, make sure you question the prior rust and body repairs.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Not happy at 100K miles

by from Boston, MA on January 12, 2009

We seem to be having trouble with our transmission for the 2nd time. Car dies with no warning, or "lurches" when being driven. Not sure if it is a fuel injection problem or transmission problem, and o...
We seem to be having trouble with our transmission for the 2nd time. Car dies with no warning, or "lurches" when being driven. Not sure if it is a fuel injection problem or transmission problem, and our trusted garage can't service it because of the CVT transmission - can't even hook it up to any diagnostic machines. They told us at about 100K miles, the car has all sorts of problems and that has proved true. We are ready to get rid of it. Also the radio, which was preconfigured for satellite radio, can't get our local NPR station (just static!). Dealer found "no problem" with the radio. Already had several thousand $ of repairs, ready to turn it in for a Toyota!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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CVT transmission/Transfercase/ Gas pump

by from New Jersey on September 8, 2013

I have a 2003 Murano 140,000 miles I have replaced my transfer case three years ago called Nissan for help and got no where with them I had to pay out of pocket $3ooo. Two months after that I have to ...
I have a 2003 Murano 140,000 miles I have replaced my transfer case three years ago called Nissan for help and got no where with them I had to pay out of pocket $3ooo. Two months after that I have to replace the catalitc converter another big job. Now a month ago I had to replace the gas pump again another big expensive job. But my real problem is my transmission the problem started last summer where after driving the car for about 20 to 30 min and then get into traffic the car starts to hesitate when pressing on the gas I took the car to the dealer w/ no help they told me I had to bring the car when it was happening and this problem doesn't happen all the time. So finally I take it again and they tell me I need a new transmission. I have been doing research and found out that there was a extension on the warranty that I did not know about and was never told by Nissan. I call Nissan North America for help again and they refuse to help in any way even if you didn't know about the extension they just do not care!! This is a very dangerous and scary problem esp when merging from highway to highway. I am extremely disappointed with Nissan they do not care about the safety of there customers they know of this problem and don't do anything about it I guess several thousand people have to die before they really care. I vow to never buy another Nissan and will never recommend anyone to buy a Nissan!!!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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WOOF WOOF

by from Portland, OR on December 29, 2012

Last/WORST Datsun/Nissan EVER!!! Researched cars for 6 months before biting on this. Bought at Lithia Nissan in Medford OR. Issues within the first 2 months. I like to drive on highways and not. Road ...
Last/WORST Datsun/Nissan EVER!!! Researched cars for 6 months before biting on this. Bought at Lithia Nissan in Medford OR. Issues within the first 2 months. I like to drive on highways and not. Road handling good, pinged at low speeds no matter what including Nissan service and gas change (hi octane +/- gas additives, ...). Poor approach angle when off roading for fishing. I got tired of repeated service appts. 2 special transmission replacements later, last at my cost at 43,000 miles. I eventually traded it in, gladly, at 55,000 miles. First time ever as I normally drive them well over 100,000 before retirement. The final straws were: 1 Nissan didn't see new transmission replacement (second) falling under state lemon law; 2 service manager at local dealership in Bend OR knew me by name and cell phone number. Life much better, more reliable now status post no Nissan.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Car I've Owned

by from Wilmington, DE on July 24, 2007

Nice car, but don't like the CVT much. Gas mileage could be different. Lots of space and good in all weather.
Nice car, but don't like the CVT much. Gas mileage could be different. Lots of space and good in all weather.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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