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We just picked up a 2020 Nissan Murano S from Mountain View Nissan here in Chattanooga, TN.
It has 20,100 miles on it and looks brand new.
I'm concerned about this CVT trans.....Are these later model Murano's (2020) have a better trans than the previous ones.
Comments/suggestions are welcomed.

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ron
 

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Tons of threads on this but keep in mind that most people go to forums when a problem exists so using complaints you see online as a gauge for trying to determine if there is a huge issue going on isn’t very reliable because it doesn’t take into account the millions of other users that don’t experience problem. The general consensus is that the 3rd gen CVT has been better. I would assume the one you purchased still has some warranty on it depending on when it first was purchased by the original owner. If you plan to keep it for a long time it might be a good idea to purchase an extended warranty if you didn’t already.
 

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I would also suggest an extended warranty if your Mo feels like it's gonna be a keeper, not just for the transmission.

Although CVT's get a bad rap, I don't think that the new 8/9/10 speed automatics being adopted as an alternative are gonna be any easier or cheaper to deal with in the long run.
 

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And be real regular on fluid changes for the CVT. Use only the correct fluid.
There are very, very, very few vehicles for which I think an extended warranty can make any economic sense. The Murano is one where I think it is a good idea.
 

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Got the car fax when I bought. Thing I liked was that there was a maintenance record ie oil change and stuff every 3-5 months like clockwork. No mention of a CVT fluid change specifically. Would that be listed specifically? couple entries say recommended maintenance performed. Im assuming no?
 

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Got the car fax when I bought. Thing I liked was that there was a maintenance record ie oil change and stuff every 3-5 months like clockwork. No mention of a CVT fluid change specifically. Would that be listed specifically? couple entries say recommended maintenance performed. Im assuming no?
If they listed oil change, I'd guess they would list CVT, because it's a more substantial service...but that's a guess.

Look at the maintenance intervals in your owner's manual. The comment about "recommended maintenance" should refer to the work recommended in the manual. My bet is that CVT fluid change is not among them.
 

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At 85k miles I would go to the dealer for a tranny service which includes a flush of the oil cooler. Just spend the money, you'll be glad you did. I do my own service and I notice a significant performance improvement following the fluid change, and I only use factory CVT fluid.
 

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Differing opinions - the lowest mileage I've ever heard a professional transmission man suggest for fluid changes is 30K miles.
 
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Look up car wizzard on youtube, he shows how awful the CVT fluid looked at 30k miles. I say don't change the fluid regularly then don't complain when it fails and the $6000. comes out of pocket rather than the $120. or so for the fluid. Maybe engine oil changes should be at 30K as well, see how long it would last. Yeah I know the difference. I also know of some engines that go full life of thousands of hours with no oil change, they have very good filtering systems.
 

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They would be stupid to suggest that. They would not be transmission people very long, no work to do.
Perhaps, but the gent who recommended automatic fluid changes every 30K was a highly skilled and long experienced transmission specialist who did work for me more than once. He also did vehicles up to and including heavy trucks, and had been doing so for years. His recommendation was to change ATF by mileage, every 30K miles, but not with power flushes. That's a hard recommendation to argue with, as it's much more frequent than most mechanics recommend.

IMO the synthetic gear oil used in the Nissan CVT is a lot more rugged than ATF and should easily be able to hold up under a lot more than 30K miles. And as a side note, regardless of what the "Car Wizard" says, you can't tell anything reliable about gear oil or motor oil from its color.

If the issue is the time rather than the mileage, then there's a different discussion. I suggest change intervals may depend somewhat on whether the car is sitting or being driven on short trips. But gear oil doesn't become bad by sitting for weeks at a time in between drives. I do think that multiple short trips that leave the gear oil cold might create more wear than trips which thoroughly warm the oil.

YMMV, and it's your car. Follow the recommendations you feel are most appropriate.
 
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At 85k miles I would go to the dealer for a tranny service which includes a flush of the oil cooler. Just spend the money, you'll be glad you did. I do my own service and I notice a significant performance improvement following the fluid change, and I only use factory CVT fluid.
What all do they do for a tranny service? Also, how much will it cost?
 
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