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Well said. I will never buy another nissan again. They are so unaffordable to work on. My transfer case and transmission went out at the same time and it was an $11,000 dollar job! Luckily it was just under 100,000 miles and most was under warranty. I still had to pay for the labor on the transfer case which totaled over $2,000. Still dont understand that one. I have all kinds of things wrong with it but I cant afford to take it in, I think Ill have a heat attack.
It's interesting that Consumer Reports has a really strong positive report on the 2007 Murano...and I mean every single category is better or much better than normal. My 07 drives great and has no problems at 69K miles...but I admit that the common problems listed here have me thinking about the fact that the trade-in market for used cars is excellent and there is a lot of 0% or 1.9% financing for new cars out there.
I'm a dedicated used-car buyer, but I have no real objection to buying new and driving it for 10+ years to get the value out of a car. I'm seriously considering a VW Tiguan or Jeep Grand Cherokee at the moment.
If I felt that I could get 150K miles out of the Murano without having to replace control arms and tie rod ends, as well as the issues noted around the transfer case, I'd keep it. But I have reservations about the costs involved in getting it to 150K miles. The transfer case is the thing that's most on my mind - I can do all the other stuff myself, IF I have time.
I do most of my own work and control arms wouldn't be too big a deal, but at age 61 and with a demanding job I'm finding that my time and ambition to crawl under cars are both waning.
My 280ZX Turbo has been down for 2 months just to find an electrical problem with the fan and replace all vacuum lines. I'm just not as motivated to wrench on things as I used to be.
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