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I recently bought my car, I've checked everywhere and I couldn't find a lighter, I've never seen a car that doesnt come with a lighter. I saw two output plug ins but that was it. Do all muranos come without a lighter?
 

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The Murano doesn't come with a lighter. You can buy the smokers kit at your dealer for about $25. It's easy to install.
 

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One more thing........... The lighter takes place of your cell phone holder and the ashtray fits into your change holder.
 

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I'm not a smoker, but I would like another powerport in the Murano. Does the lighter kit include a third powerport/cigarette lighter? Might be worthwhile. Anyone else add a third port on their own? I was thinking an aftermarket kit mounted under the dash on the driver's side with an always hot lead through the fuse box might be a good add on.
 

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The smoker's kit does include another cigarette lighter... I'm sure that would mean it can serve as a third power-point up front.
 

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Does anyone have the smoker's kit installed? If so, maybe they could provide a description including whether the lighter plug remains "hot" even when the engine is off. Pictures, of course, would be great!

Jim C.
Anxiously awaiting delivery of an 04 SE
 

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Jim C said:
Does anyone have the smoker's kit installed? If so, maybe they could provide a description including whether the lighter plug remains "hot" even when the engine is off. Pictures, of course, would be great!

Jim C.
Anxiously awaiting delivery of an 04 SE
I have the smokers kit but I opted not to install the lighter element. The cellphone holder seemed much more valuable to me, since I almost always carry a lighter in my pocket.

The ash tray takes the place of the coin tray. It is much deeper, so no worries about ash. (Coin tray doesnt go far down at all)
 

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I added another port (well kind of) by hard wiring my V1 into the wiring harness inside the driver's side A pillar.

Now no more hanging cords and both ports up front are open!
 

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Actually as I recall, there are 3 power outlets in our Muranos, not 2. There is one at the front passenger dash, one inside the center console and one in the rear cargo area.
 

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Easiest place to wire a V1 is to the mirror wiring. That is where my v1 is anyway. Only a concealed display would make that option tough!
 

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I have been told by my dealer that even when installing the wiring harness for the hitch they need to draw power directly from the battery (which they did) as with all the electronic gizmos/computers/verification devices, it can cause problems if hooked up otherwise. This puts a dent in the socket/cig lighter hooked up to be with power while the ignition is off unless wired directly to the battery. (I have the cig lighter and it only works with the ignition on) I have used a radar dectector since 81 and they are highly illegal here. ($1000 fine plus you lose the detector, OUCH) I use a velcro mount for quick removal and it is positioned in an area where it is difficult to see from the outside. I run an Escort 8500 and it's great, never considered a Valentine because they are not immune to VG2 which the Police in my area use and besides that, every detector shootout I ever read, the Escort was always on top followed by the Valentine as a close second. I did not have a 12v outlet in the proper location for my setup, so here is what I did. I purchased a twin outlet and made a hole to pass the wire through and 2 very small holes for the attachment screws, I then used the add a fuse type fuse jumper which is available at Walmart and used the same circuit as the front acc outlet. As you can see, I used the fuse door which I'm sure can be replaced very cheap if you ever needed to remove it and are worried about the remaining holes, but I would not see why you would want to remove it as the position/location is ideal and causes no interference whatsoever. It is located below the removal handle on the door so the door is still easily opened. I left about a foot of loose wire behind the door so it is easily opened and you have good access to the fuse panel. Actually looks factory (almost if your interior is black) Another cool thing is because of the extendable cord on the detector, I just drop it into the drivers door pocket and I can open the door without any problems or interference at all while it is still plugged into the socket. :2:



 

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Snowride:

Thanks for the info! Great looking set up. I was thinking of something similar only hooking it up under the dash just above the center console storage area. Once my Murano gets here, I'll get a better idea on where the set up could be mounted. I opted for the Cafe Latte color so I'll have to be careful where to put the extra port. I figure that a hook up to the battery with an inline fuse should do the trick for a continuous hot port and avoiding problems with messing with the computer controls (and airbags!!).

As far as radar detectors, my local jurisdiction also bans the devices (Virginia) - only one of two in the ENTIRE COUNTRY that doesn't allow them. So I tend only to use my Escort 8500 when I cross state lines. Like you, I found the Escort 8500 a better choice. Its smaller and the customer service supporting the Escort line is WAY better than Valentine. My experience with them was long and difficult, involving a malfunctioning unit and intervention by my bank to finally recoup all my funds. I won't go into the story (too long for this board), but I will say that when you get a well working unit, both radar detectors are at least comparable.

Thanks again for the great picture of your set up!

Jim

ps: are you a boarder? Just curious based on the name.
 

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No but I am an avid skier and bigtime into sleds and ATV's. I am also a moderator for at the atvfrontier.com. forums ;) If your into ATV's give us a try. :D
 
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