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Murano's Alternators

A friend of mine own a 2003 or 2004 Murano. He says he has only 39,000 miles on it. A few days ago he thought he had battery problem and so he brought it into Sears where earlier he had purchased a Sears Diehard.

During testing they told him he had alternator problem and that they do not repair or replace alternators. So he went back to the dealer where it was confirm that the had alternator problem. Cost him close to 1700 dollars (parts and labor) for a new alternator.

He was also told by the local Nissan maintenance that Nissan Muranos have bad alternators that is why they have a big stock on hand .

Question. Has their been an influx of Alterantor problems with Muranos? I own a 2006 Murano and so far had no problems with alternator except I had to replace my battery. But it works fine now.

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So he went back to the dealer where it was confirm that the had alternator problem. Cost him close to 1700 dollars (parts and labor) for a new alternator.
$1,700 for an alternator?!?!? Are you kidding?? There is no way in hell any dealer is going to charge $1,700 to replace an alternator on a passenger car. Are you sure that is not a typo?


And, yes, the earlier MOs had problems with the alternators. There was (is) a recall on MO alternators for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 model-years. If your friend had an original alternator in his 2003 or 2004 MO then the Nissan dealer should have replaced it for FREE!

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This is almost unbelivable (the $1700 charge) - the alternator should be covered for FREE under the recall, unless its already been replaced once.

It still shouldn't cost $1700. More like one third that cost.

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This is almost unbelivable (the $1700 charge) - the alternator should be covered for FREE under the recall, unless its already been replaced once.

It still shouldn't cost $1700. More like one third that cost.
He did say his Murano had an extended waranty. I guess he may have been exagerating about the cost. I'll talk to him again. Originally he said the alternator cost 1,000 dollars and the rest was labor.

Now I'm told there was a recall.... hmmm!!.

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Paniolo-

The MSRP on an OEM alternator is $280. Even with the addition of the usual mark-ups a $1,000 cost is unbelievably high.

The recall instructions allows for 1.6 hours to replace the alternator. That would mean your buddy's dealership has a labor rate that exceeds $400/hour.

I think your buddy is either pulling your leg or is prone to exaggeration.

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