Ok gents....many of you have looked long and hard at what to buy. Some of you have actually researched the issues, others have been impressed by the salesmen and the presentation on the carlot. The Murano is an impressive vehicle. I don't for one minute dispute that fact. I'm 70 years old...30 years in law enforcement, and I "used to" pride myself on my ability to really resarch issues. I blew it. I was taken in by the bling and not the real issues behind the bling. I wanted my final vehicle...sold all my Porsches, Dodge 1 ton diesel etc. All had six speed transmissions and I decided it was time to give up the 0-60 in 3.7 seconds and go for something more sedate....comfortable, loaded with doo-dads that enhanced my life and ability to simply give it verbal commands and find them activated with little or no problems.
The first problem I encountered (being totally truthful...I bought a 48K previously owned but Nissan Premium Certified used car) because it was beautiful. White with chrome, all the bells and whistles, even TV monitors in the headrests and wireless headsets. My previous training for logic and research left me like a teenager on his first date. I fell in love...with design, accessories, presentation, color combos, leather, everything activated by voice....you get the picture.
I even spent almost $1600 on a premium Nissan extended warranty just to relieve my anxiety that I'd never have to worry about another thing for the rest of my life. This was to be my LAST car. I had balanced the acquisiton of this car against the Buick Enclave...but the doo-dads turned my head. I should have accepted the premise that the more doo-dads, the more points of failure that exist. The old adage about KISS still has application in this day and age, although technology IS making inroads into making our lives simpler and more enjoyable.
Now to the crux of the issue. I bought it at 48K miles...OK...I accepted the fact it had 48K...but it's the flagship of the fleet...it's the LE right? Well the flagship has some flaws...and they exist in the superstructure...not in the bling. And the superstructure supports not only the LE, but all th emodels down the line. The Transfer Case and the heads are a major flaw and fly in the ointment as well as the CVT. Don't believe me? Do your own researdch. Nissan is turning a blind eye especially to the transfer case issue. They were drawing so much flak out of the CVT that it was affecting the prospect of future sales...so they upped the warranty for the CVT to 120K miles to neutralize the negativity....good PR
move on their part....but they left out a major point of failure...one that many of you can see on the floor of your garage or in your driveway.....those little spots called transfer case oil. Your TC warranty is only good for 60K...if you're getting close to that point, I'd have an inspection done...but that only handles here and now..not another 10K down the road wehre you eat $4K. C',mon corporate, strap on the brass ones and extend the TC warranty along with the CVT....then you'll eliminate a lot of the complaints.
Bill, you and a couple other guys have run me thru the flak fields...and I think that's appropriate given some of the BS I've thrown out there...but this is not bs...and even though I ate about $10K on the swap out of a relatively new purchase, I just HAD to get out of the feeling that I was driving a vehicle with several pointsof failure here or there or somewhere. This will piss off a niumber of folks who just bought one, or who have had one that had lived a life of normality....but there are so many who are encountering the issues I've cited that will end up eating the weeinie because Nissan refuses to acknowledge an known fact....it all boils down to profits and that nastiest of corporate scenarios..."recalls". OOOOOhh, can you imagine the hue and cry from the stockholders boad meeing?
I told you I was done...gone...hasta la bye-bye...and this is it for me. I'm sorry if I offended anyone because I didn't do it intentionally I had to speak my mind...my honest evaluation based upon experience and encountering facts and failures. I wanted my final car...the one for my Viking funeral. But I didn't get it and had to move to another manufacturer. Best of luck to those of you who in good faith bought what presents as a wonderful car...good looking, comfortable, well appointed, proud to drive....but flawed by a company that won't admit to points of failure and take care of their problems by admitting to the failures.
All this is obviously personal opinion and should be recognized as such, but if Nissan hired me as an evaluator and PR
consultant, I'd make some changes..