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Some have called the Nissan Murano a work of art on the road. This midsize SUV includes attractive lines, impressive lighting elements, and a sporty profile. That said, this Nissan midsize SUV has its share of issues. Let’s review the three most common Nissan Murano problems to learn what issues you might face when considering this SUV.

Most common Nissan Murano problems

Blue 2019 Nissan Murano on a Country Road
2019 Nissan Murano | Nissan

Data collected by RepairPal for the 2010-2019 model years of the Nissan Murano show the top three most common problems reported by owners are:

  • Failing engine mounts will cause thumping in the floor – Reported by 185 owners
  • Damaged seat adjuster assembly may cause noise/rocking movement – Reported by 143 owners
  • Air intake tube on air cleaner box may become lose – Reported by 36 owners

Could these issues turn you away from the Murano? Let’s see what the fix is for each problem.

How can owners repair failing engine mounts?

When a thumping sound comes from the floor of this Nissan midsize SUV, it’s most likely caused by failed engine mounts. The sound comes from the engine moving too much. If this occurs, the engine mounts must be replaced. The average mileage when this issue arises is 96,000 miles.

The seat adjuster problem can be one of the most annoying issues in the Murano

The second most common Nissan Murano problem is a broken or damaged seat adjuster assembly. This can cause the seat to rock back and forth, squeak, and could cause the seat to stop adjusting forward, backward, up, or down. This issue generally appears after 84,000 miles of driving.

What should owners do when the air intake tube becomes detached?

Nissan issues a recall for the Murano regarding the air cleaner box or tube coming loose. This recall is for the 2003-2007 model year versions of this Nissan midsize SUV. If your Murano suffers from this issue and is within the recalled model year range, this repair shouldn’t cost you anything. The average mileage when this issue arises is 84,000 miles.

Is the Nissan Murano a reliable SUV?

Burgundy 2018 Nisan Murano Posed with a Mountain Backdrop
2018 Nisan Murano | Nissan

The Nissan Murano receives a reliability score of 3.5 out of 5.0 from RepairPal. This places the Murano 20st out of 26 models for the compact SUV class. Most publications list the Murano as a midsize SUV, but not RepairPal. This ranking is based on three factors which are:

  • Cost – The Nissan Murano’s average annual repair and maintenance costs are $507 compared to $521 for compact SUVs.
  • Frequency – Murano owners bring their vehicles to the repair shop for unscheduled repairs 0.51 times per year compared to 0.3 for the class.
  • Severity – The probability of severe repairs for the Nissan Murano is 14% compared to 11% for compact SUVs.

Is the 2023 Nissan Murano a good SUV?

2023 Nissan Murano on Top of a Parking Deck
2023 Nissan Murano | Nissan

When we turn to U.S News & World Report, the 2023 Nissan Murano ranks 19th out of 22 models in the midsize SUV class. This Nissan midsize SUV delivers an impressive interior class and comfort level with a useful infotainment system. The engine is more powerful than most competitors, utilizing a strong Nissan V6 engine that’s also relatively efficient. The soft suspension provides a pleasant ride, but the handling, body roll, dated design, and small cargo area are all drawbacks of the 2023 Nissan Murano.


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