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This Murano is officially the worst car that I have owned in terms of reliability and problems. Before it was a Toyota truck and a Ford Escort. The Toyota truck is still a very close second because with fewer problems the last problem it had was a rod knocking at 70K miles. It will be traded by next summer at the latest and will be replaced by a truck, I'm thinking a 4 door Ford or Dodge, maybe an Avalanch/EXT. I would really like to consider a Titan, but do not know if I would trust it. At least if the alternator goes out on a Titan I can climb up inside the engine bay and change it rather than paying a mechaninc $1000+ to do it.
 

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so what kind of problems did you encounter with it??maybe you just got one of those lemons. aren't there lemon laws in the states for stuff like that?? i'm guessing you had to pay for the reperations b/c your warranty expired?? if your gonna go with a chrysler product i'd be waery of there transmissions. and gms quality just isn't there. i mean if your gonna go out and buy and avalanche your basically going to own a big hunk of plastic. and think off all the money you'll spend on gas for that thing.
 

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It will be traded by next summer at the latest and will be replaced by a truck, I'm thinking a 4 door Ford or Dodge, maybe an Avalanch/EXT.
Get the Honda ridgeline...Legendary honda reliability, high resale value and 2005 sporty truck of the year champs. ;)
 

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so what kind of problems did you encounter with it??maybe you just got one of those lemons. aren't there lemon laws in the states for stuff like that?? i'm guessing you had to pay for the reperations b/c your warranty expired?? if your gonna go with a chrysler product i'd be waery of there transmissions. and gms quality just isn't there. i mean if your gonna go out and buy and avalanche your basically going to own a big hunk of plastic. and think off all the money you'll spend on gas for that thing.
Loose rear hatch, seat riser replacement, Seat riser loose again, alternator, airconditioner leak, Premature tire wear, a strange clicking from the left front. It was all under warranty, but they don't last forever. There's no more plastic on an Avalanch than there is in a Murano and I had a Dodge truck that had a grand total of 2 problems with it in 5-6 years. As for gas, the Titan, Avalanch, Ram and F150 are all listed at 14 MPG which is 1 MPG less that the Murono is listed and what I get. My Murano will be two in Oct and it right now has 11K miles, operation cost shouldn't be a problem. The biggest possible problem that I see with the Murano is when/if something goes out after the warranty is up there will be excessive cost for repair. You can not see anything on the engine and CVTs can not be worked on. If an alternator or transmission goes out on a full size truck, I can replace it myself. I don't want a vehicle that I can not work on if I have to. I didn't consider that because I though I was getting awesome reliability, apparently I was wrong.
 

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Get the Honda ridgeline...Legendary honda reliability, high resale value and 2005 sporty truck of the year champs. ;)
I can not do that. This was supposed to last at the very least 5-6 years. I am going to be forced to buy a 2003 - 2005 used truck that will almost definately have more than 11k miles on it. And if all the used car dealers act like the guy at Royal Nissan in BR I will be giving them my car plus $3k-$4k even though my car is worth as much or more. Nissan has really burned me on this one which is why I am reluctant to buy a Titan as much as I like them. I reeeeeeally do not want to step down much if any in the way of equipment and accessories if I can help it.
 

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Is it really so bad? Do you have to get rid of it now? maybe the few problems you had have been fixed by now. Do not rush. Make concious decisions. I hope you are not going to regret it later......

Good luck
 

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I'm not in a hurry, but I am going to cash in the extended warranty and it will be gone by Oct of 06 which would be the 3 year mark and the end of the factory warranty. Like I said I may never have another problem with it, BUT if I do there are only two choices. Have a car that I can work on and replace the alternator for +/- $80 or have one that I have to pay a mechanic for six hours to replace it for me because you have to put it on a lift and remove the radiator. I mean have you ever looked into the engine bay and wondered how anyone owuld change the belt?? I've never owned a car that you have to remove the upper intake manifold to change the sparkplugs. If I have to settle for cloth seats in a truck that I have to replace the stereo in I may dislike it, but it will be far less dislike than it would be when I have to spend a day and a half one weekend just to change the plugs.
 

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You may call this "progress".............
I still remember seeing first Mazda long time ago "under the hood". My first words were "how the hell anyone is going to work on it...."Good luck with what ever route you choose.
 

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about the avalanche, i'm not trying to argue here but isn't the whole box on the avalanche reinforced plastic. i'm sorry you had to have so many problems. your murano is an 03 i'm guessing?? you have to remember it is the first production year and there are plenty of things that could go wrong. we were weary of getting on at first also but the only problems we had to deal with are the squeeks and rattles which still havn't been fixed...also your dealership sounds horrible but that's what happens when nissan lets people run dealerships the way they want instead of nissan setting a guideline. do you have any other nissan dealers within a reasonable distance?? you sound mechanically able to do stuff with cars so i guess it would be easier for you to purchase a truck with a roomy engine bay. i really didn't even know the murano had a belt until the other day when i was cleaning the engine compartment. i thought to myself...that's gonna be expensive. but were purchasing a new murano with comes with a new warranty so we don't have to worry about problems for another couple years. in any case, i hope the desicion you make makes you happy.
 

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I don't know about the bed on the Avalanch. The outside was metal, but I guess the inside box could have been ABS. Anyway, my dealer is actually pretty good. I gave them my Murano and 7k and drove out with an 05 Titan that has all the same amenities as the Murano. If you wantthe warranty to include the replacement of the belt, you should opt for the Nissan "Plus" warranty the include maintinence items. I got the one right below that which extends the factory bumper to bumper warranty to 6 years or 75,000.
 
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