2004 Nissan Murano
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Breathe of fresh air

by from Mn on June 12, 2012

Its the perfect vehicle for the roads of Minnesota. It's gas mileage is off the chain. I drive a lot and save a lot, if you know what i mean. the Variable transmission is incredible. besides a Mercede...
Its the perfect vehicle for the roads of Minnesota. It's gas mileage is off the chain. I drive a lot and save a lot, if you know what i mean. the Variable transmission is incredible. besides a Mercedes this is the best vehicle i have driven. It is yet to give me problems and is ready for the trip no matter where you are going. I love this vehicle!!!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great Car - I bought a new one I liked it so much

by from SF Bay Area on December 26, 2011

I bought the car new and put 96000 miles on it. The only work done on the car other than routine maintenance was brakes at around 50k miles and a new plastic grill because sub zero temps on a trip wri...
I bought the car new and put 96000 miles on it. The only work done on the car other than routine maintenance was brakes at around 50k miles and a new plastic grill because sub zero temps on a trip wrinkled the chrome plating. AWD works great in snow. I am a tall person and found the seats to be very comfortable. One downside is that it is hard to see out the back to park. I bought a 2010 model Murano to replace this one. It has a backup camera and even better seats!
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Does recommend this car!!

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Nissan Altima

by from New Bedford, MA on May 3, 2017

Stay away please!! This vehicle is trash, looks beautiful in and out, 100% comfortable and spacious but never worry about looks worry about how it runs, Muranos are known for transmission problems etc...
Stay away please!! This vehicle is trash, looks beautiful in and out, 100% comfortable and spacious but never worry about looks worry about how it runs, Muranos are known for transmission problems etc, stay away
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Gets better over time

by from Cambridge, MA on May 29, 2012

We purchased this car new in late 2004 and have been very happy with the car since day one. As owners of several small suv's over the years we've had a lot to compare this car to, and overall it's the...
We purchased this car new in late 2004 and have been very happy with the car since day one. As owners of several small suv's over the years we've had a lot to compare this car to, and overall it's the best one we've owned so far, particularly for the price we paid and total cost of ownership. Things like the CVT transmission make the car unique, offering great low end power and a no shifting all the way up to highway speed. This makes the ride quality excellent, and gives the car lots of power with very good gas mileage. Winter driving is also exceptional, the big wheels and wide tires provide a good ride and amazing control in snow and ice. We've had a few annoyances though. One problem that is common for this car is the sun visor(s) fail over time and won't stay in the up position, which can be really annoying, they're expensive to replace too - upwards of $200 for a new visor which really surprised me. Right now we're making do with no visor on the drivers side. We've had some electrical issues too. Had to replace an alternator, and the power outlet is prone to breaking free of the mounting, leaving it dangling into the passenger side seating area. This isn't a major problem, but its a little shoddy, and disappointing for an otherwise great car. Overall the car has been great. We love the design, it's easy to drive in the city and great on the highway. Maintenance is low, and it's got great ride, power, and gas mileage. I'd recommend it.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Car keeps breaking

by from New Jersey on April 18, 2011

I love the stlying on my Murano, and the road handling. As the original owner, I can't tell you how many times this car has been in the shop for repaires both large and small. I have done every mainte...
I love the stlying on my Murano, and the road handling. As the original owner, I can't tell you how many times this car has been in the shop for repaires both large and small. I have done every maintenance, every oil change. The Transmission was bad for 5 years before Nissan replaced it, the transfer case leaked, the alternator went, the seat broke twice (different sides), the power mirrors both broke, the boots and struts needed replacing, etc, etc. My advice? Go buy something more reliable.
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Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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Mixed review

by from Philadelphia, Pa on January 27, 2012

Bought my 04 Murano new. I had a problem with the drive system transfer case leaking after 3 years. Now I have a noise that sounds like the timing chain. Research online indicates this a common, very ...
Bought my 04 Murano new. I had a problem with the drive system transfer case leaking after 3 years. Now I have a noise that sounds like the timing chain. Research online indicates this a common, very expensive problem on these early Muranos. I like the styling of the car.
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Does not recommend this car

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Fun to drive but not up to Nissan quality standard

by from Chicago, IL on February 6, 2011

Bought our 2004 SL AWD new with all the bells and whistles in Aug. '04. Put 89,000 on it so far with mostly local suburban driving. Engine noise at acceleration is a little too loud, but the driving i...
Bought our 2004 SL AWD new with all the bells and whistles in Aug. '04. Put 89,000 on it so far with mostly local suburban driving. Engine noise at acceleration is a little too loud, but the driving is fun especially on/off ramps on the freeway. CVT is very smooth, but drags too much on the engine on long steep down hill grades, I pop into neutral and it quiets down nicely as well as frees up from the engine. I love the styling, fit and finish, seat comfort -leather interior seat heaters are nice, but could use low-med-high settings. Replaced the oil filter cooler housing seal at 68K (seal design is bad and leaks oil only when engine is running leaving no evidence on garage floor - so check oil often!) this is a problem on many Mo's. Change my own oil and this problem was discovered 6 weeks after a change with no oil showing on the dip stick after a routine check! Now have to check weekly and looses about 1/2 quart every 3-4 weeks - with no leaks! Front left wheel bearings failed at 80,000K, problem with the rear hatch handle sticking and have to constantly lube to keep functional - probably due to salty Chicago area winters. All in all, we really like the MO, just wish the seal issue was caught on the drawing board by Nissan engineers, very nervous to keep for much longer even with the "new" extended CVT warranty 110,000 or 10 years from Nissan. We have a '97 Maxima (160,000) that still runs great with only the usual tires, brakes, oil changes and hoped the MO would be the same quality.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Sweet Ride!

by from Louisville, KY on August 12, 2008

About a month ago we bought a 2004 Nissan Murano SE AWD, color mid-night blue with tan leather. It is a sweet car. We had such success with our 1999 Maxima, that we probably won't buy anything other t...
About a month ago we bought a 2004 Nissan Murano SE AWD, color mid-night blue with tan leather. It is a sweet car. We had such success with our 1999 Maxima, that we probably won't buy anything other than Nissan or Infiniti. The Maxima has 150k on it and has never been in the shop for any major mechanical repair. The Murano gets pretty decent gas mileage for an AWD. I have been tracking the last couple of weeks and it is a little over 21 MPG mixed driving, and we got up 25 MPG on cruise control set at 65 mph. A much improvement from my 2004 Explorer we traded in, which only average a hair over 15 MPG. We bought this with 53k on it, and opted for the extended warranty due to the CVT transmission. I've heard these are a nightmare if they go out and you are stuck with a $4-5k bill. For piece of mind we choose the basic extended powertrain warranty, at a very fair price from the dealer. I truely cannot find anything negative to say about this car, other than I wish it had an AUX port for my iPod. This car handles as well, if not better, than my friends 2002 X5 Bimmer. The pick-up is amazing. Great car and would recommend to anyone who wants a decent MPG SUV that is fun to drive.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Awesome

by from on May 15, 2009

I have had two of these cars, The first I took to 100k miles with ) problems, Got into an accident and the engine went to the ground instead of my lap. This car honestly is flawless. The gas milage is...
I have had two of these cars, The first I took to 100k miles with ) problems, Got into an accident and the engine went to the ground instead of my lap. This car honestly is flawless. The gas milage is about 21city 32 highway.
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Great car

by from nyny on June 3, 2012

I love everything about the nissann murano. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a safe reliable all wheel drive car. The all wheel drive feature on this vehicle pay is amazing especiall...
I love everything about the nissann murano. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who wants a safe reliable all wheel drive car. The all wheel drive feature on this vehicle pay is amazing especially if you are driving your loved ones around.
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Does recommend this car!!

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