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The manual says to change CVT fluid at 30K? That's a new one here. The ongoing wisdom has been that no change is required at any specific mileage, and that the proper way to determine if/when it's needed is to have the dealer do a specific test (which many of them have never bothered to find out about) to check for contamination.
We have conflicting information here. I will say this: a CVT fluid change at 30K makes no sense at all. Synthetic lubricants don't need changed at such short intervals in normal service. I don't believe your dealer if that's what you heard from them.
If you would please confirm the year of your Murano and cite the page in the manual which has the 30K recommendation, I'm sure many here would like to check it.
What manual are you using? The FSM for my 04 has NO frequency for CVT fluid changes. It specifies only a visual inspection (looking for a viscous, varnished state, milky, white or cloudy color, or metal powder) UNLESS you are subjecting your car to severe conditions - specifically towing a trailer, using a camper (wtf that IS!) or car top carrier, or driving on rough or muddy roads (I assumn off roading).
Under these severe conditions, the manual calls for a CVT fluid inspection (obviously by a dealer) using the CONSULT-II every 60K miles, and then changing the fluid if necessary - ie if the number produced by the analysis indicates excessive fluid wear. If the CONSULT-II isn't available, under severe conditions the manual calls for a fluid change (NOT just an inspection) every 60K miles. 30K changes are crazy (at least IMHO) even under severe driving conditions, and are merely a money maker for whatever dealer is telling you that.
Again, what manual are you using? Maybe the FSM has been revised since I got mine with my MO when I bought it new 10/04.
I found it..
I think it might be helpful to see the wording in the Factory Service Manual.
The only place I've been able to find it is at the local Nissan dealer and they charge $29.95 plus tax per liter.
No surprise really since they are liars, thieves and worst of all utterly incompetent.
After talking to Parts, I asked Service how much to change the CVT fluid.
"I don't know, we have never done a change on a Murano. There is no need, none of them have shown up on the computer as needing changing. We see 2003 models with high miles, no need to change"
"If you did change it, how much would you charge?"
I thought hmmmmm, I'll need nearly $200 worth of fluid alone , so the labour is free.
"So, it is $200, when can you book me for the fluid change?"
"Uh, it will be more than that...."
"How much more, don't you have a flat rate?"
"I'd have to check how much more"
5 minutes on hold later "Hello, West End Nissan, how can we help you?"
The service advisor had left me on hold and gone for lunch. This is actually one of the better treatments I've had at this dealer. It is an astonishing business, really- no idea how they have both survived and apparently prospered. Because of them, I'll be unable to ever buy another Nissan, nor will any of my large family and extended circle of friends.
I actually like my Murano but I'd be a fool to ever buy a Nissan again.
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