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I won't repeat the story, as there is already 31 pages of the same story, except to say that after 120, 000kms (2005 model) we have had a total failure of the transfer case. 9 teeth missing off the corwn wheel and 4 of the pinion and a cracked housing.
Only owned the vehicle for 6 months (yes thrilled), had noticed the AWD lock light come on the dash for no particular reason, have also noticed that the front and rear tyres are minutely different in size (different brands).
Ok, so it seems to be a design issue, propably not helped by the tyres.
My questions are:
- Is it a common issue for the AWD lock to engage while on perfect road conditions? (while not always engaging on wet or loose surfaces).
-Could the above be occuring due to the unequal tyre size?
- Most importantly, have any improvements been made to the transfer case design, either by Nissan or others.
I am in Australia and will not be replacing my TC with a new item, and have found a 2nd hand item. I like alot of others enjoy the vehicle but consider keeping it as a case of russian roulette.
Owned an 07 SL w/touring package, 1st real luxury car purchase, loved this car from the minute I drove it. Purchased new in January 07 when working only 6 miles from home, two months later got new job 40 miles away, so in 5 years put 128,000 miles on vehicle. Two people I know who had 03 & 07 Mo's both had transfer case leaks/cracks, so I decided to check mine after I spoke to the person who had the 07. I didn't think the transfer case problem affected the 07's so I didn't have mine checked when hearing about the 03 a few months before. Just put new tires and brakes on the car when I had Firestone check the case. Tech said it was leaking. Brought it to Nissan, confirmed leak, quoted $2600 to fix. Told service manager about the problem with the transfer case with the muranos, all years, stated he never heard of this problem (yeah, right.). Did not want to throw more $$ into it after spending $1400 for the new tires & brakes, then have the tc leak again or crack as others have stated has happened to them, so I traded car in for 2013 Sonata. It's no Murano, for sure, but it's fun to drive and very quick for a 4 cyl. Just don't know how it will handle if we get any snow in NJ this winter. Murano had no problem in snow storms last few years. Anyway, very disappointed with Nissan for not stepping up and taking care of this tc problem. I would have liked to have kept mo for another 4-5 yrs. as I just paid it off 7 mos. ago and was looking forward to not having a car payment. But I guess the repairs costs would have been like a car payment anyway.
Interesting....My Mo is just starting to making a funny drone noise on the highway and has 130K. You can hear it go up and down with the car speed and not the engine speed. I am suspecting the transfer case as well. I plan to check/change fluid this weekend in hopes to save it.
I have a 2006 Murano with approx. 90K and the transfer case blew up. I got 2 quotes to replace from mechanics--$4620 and $3780. Another transmission shop said that they rebuild transfer cases and quoted $2400. I don't know what to do. The car is undriveable. I hate to invest thousands into a car that has other problems--radiator leaks, A/C charging core leaks, loose sway bar... According to this online poll, almost 60% failure rate? Is that possible? Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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