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Engine/CVT horrible, skipping and lunging

We have had the new Platinum Murano for a few months now. Everything about the car is really great except the transmission.

At slower speeds, town driving, when we accelerate just a little the car bogs down, gets quite jerky, lunges and skips until it gets to a higher rpm. We thought is was so bad that we took it to the dealer for service.

Service took it for a drive with us, and when we pointed it out he said oh yeah, I can get it to do this all day long. It's just part of the car and you aren't driving it hard enough. Frustrated we left.

And… I am calling BS on that excuse. I have never owned a car where the quality of driving was directly related to have I drive the car. The CVT problem is so bad and frustrating that if we are contemplating selling it.

Has anyone had this same driving experience, or even better does anyone know a solution?

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It should absolutely not be jerky...that's not what a CVT does.

My first comment is that you need to see a different dealer. My second is that if they don't work with you, you should have generated a paper trail of complaints about the issue and you're prepared to to go over their heads to Nissan.

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Mine is not jerky. The closest thing to it is when I slow to a stop, the car can lunge forward a bit as it loses engine breaking when the torque converter unlocks. But otherwise this is the smoothest car I've driven.

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Thank you. That is what I thought as well. Glad to know I should keep pushing. I will get with the dealer again, and if not the next dealer should be able to help.

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I've had my new Murano for a week now. tranny is smooth as butter. This is my first Nissan and my first CVT. So far, so good.
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Mine does a small amount of "chugging" at 25 - 30 mph. Feels almost likes it's braking then letting go. Not concerned at this time though . . .

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What kind of gas are you using? I notice a difference in performance between 87 and 93 octane; haven't tried any ethanol blends.
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Mine does a small amount of "chugging" at 25 - 30 mph. Feels almost likes it's braking then letting go. Not concerned at this time though . . .
You're probably just feeling the lockup kick in and out in the torque converter.

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I'm sorry to post here but as a new member I did not want to start a new thread. Especially since I don't even own a Murano. This weekend our beloved 04 Honda Pilot was T-boned with my wife driving. They will likely total it. We can't afford a new or used one, they are insane! They last over 200K miles and that's why they cost so much used. I really like the Murano and see 2014s with less than 30k miles for around $20k which is my budget. It's smaller inside than a Pilot and has no third row seat but we just can't have everything. Have they figured out the CVT and other issues? I know the older ones have problems but I keep cars till death and don't buy problematic models. My memory of Nissans from the 90s is they lasted like Hondas, is this not the case anymore? Of course my Honda mechanic says his some of his Nissan mechanic friends say they would not buy any Nissan. Great. I don't know what to do. I used to be a car guy, now I hate them.
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I have owned a 2002 Maxima, 2009, 2010 and 2015 Muranos, a 2006 Infiniti M35 and a 2011 Infiniti EX35. All have been trouble free.

We bought the 2009 Murano S used, then decided to trade for a new EL because we wanted the better equipment. We still have the 2015 Murano (10,000 km) and the EX35 (114,000 km). All the others we drove to 160,000 km (100,000 miles) before trading.

Having said that, Nissan reliability seems to vary by model. Check out Consumers Reports.
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Didn't Nissan recently introduce a simulated shifting into the CVT?

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Didn't Nissan recently introduce a simulated shifting into the CVT?
Yes.
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And thats where I think the problem, if it is a problem, may be.

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And thats where I think the problem, if it is a problem, may be.
Are you pushing down on the accelerator more than half way? Because that's the only time when it goes into a shifting mode. But then again, perhaps the software that controls your transmission has been corrupted somehow. Might want to see if they can reflash it back to factory spec.

On another note, the new Maxima has very aggressive shifting and they have the same transmission. They definitely control this by software.
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This is without touching the accelerator at all . . .
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