2004 Nissan Murano Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2004 Nissan Murano

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2004 Nissan Murano Problems

Liftgate Rattles and Cannot Latch

The screws that secure the striker (or latch) for the liftgate on the Nissan Murano commonly come out leaving the latch free to move. This movement prevents the liftgate from properly latching, and a light rattle is heard while driving over bumps. 

The screws are normally attached to a metal (backing) plate inside the frame, but when they come out the backing plate falls away leaving no way to resecure the latch. 

To install the latch, the backing plate must be retrieved through a bolt hole, and the screws must be replaced with a thread locking compound. There is no access to the plate except through the bolt holes.

To prevent this from occurring, the screws must be removed and reinstalled with a thread locking compound one at a time.  

Failing Engine Mounts Will Cause Thumping in Floor

A thumping heard and felt in the floor is often caused by failing engine mounts. A failing mount allows too much movement of the engine, and will require replacement.

Timing Chain Rattle and Tapping Noise

Rattling and tapping in the front of the engine on the 2003-2016 Nissan Murano is very evident, especially on cold starts. This rattling noise should not be taken lightly as it warns of upcoming timing chain failure. 

The cause of the noise is faulty timing chain guide rails and timing chain tensioners that wear out well ahead of schedule. These components are there to keep the timing chain tight and properly positioned. When these parts fail, the timing chain becomes loose, and pieces of the timing chain guides break off, falling into the oil pan. 

To remedy the situation, Nissan/Infiniti has made revised guides and tensioners, but replacement can be very costly. 

Proper oil change intervals and oil type may help slow or prevent the situation. 

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2004 Nissan Murano Questions

Run hot blow plug frezz plug an stop run won't strat what wrong (1 answer)

Charge battery an still wont start add oil an water to raidor still wont start tierd everything wont start have recall on it help me

The cost of adjusting or changing the timing chain, and Valve cover Gaskets (2 answers)

My truck starts missing and sometimes it looses power, and has an oil leak in the rear of the engine.
The oil leak is about a year old, and since I may need a timing chain repair, I want to get done at the same time.

ENGINE IS BURNING OIL BUT NO LEAKS, (2 answers)

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2004 Nissan Murano Recalls

Nissan Recalls 2003–2007 Muranos Due to Defective Intake Air Ducts

Nissan is recalling 2003–2007 Murano models because the intake air ducts may separate from the resonator with engine movement. This may cause the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and repair/replace the components free of charge.

The Rear Outboard Seat Belt May Be Damaged in the Event of a Crash

In certain types of frontal crashes, the belt portion of the rear outboard seat belt may contact the rear seat back hinge. The belt can be cut by the sharp edge of the hinge. If the belt were to completely separate, it can increase the risk of injury to the seat occupant. Dealers will install protectors over the affected belt portion of the rear belts.

Potentail Fuel Tank Leak from Fuel Tank

Road debris, when run over by the front tires, can be projected in the direction of the fuel tank. If struck, the fuel tank could be damaged, possibly resulting in a fuel leak. A fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will install a protector in front of the fuel tank to correct this concern.

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2004 Nissan Murano Reviews

Rated
based on 3 customer reviews
Over all a good car, Nissan and their Dealers are not to be trusted, 150k and no "major issues" here some past problems, Both wheel hubs went @80K, Replaced Radio/CD unit, poor desgin Cigarette lighter replaced twice, new brakes every 28k
I have had things go wrong with this car that I have never seen before. It is not reliable. As it gets old, things begin to fail or break.
Bought it because the comfortable seats, leg room in rear for my tall boys, and plenty of space in cargo area for beach chairs, coolers, sports equip, and such. Looks nice too. Only minor issues until local lube center put wrong tranny fluid and had to replace tranny. Fuel door wouldn't open and paid to fix that, not under warranty? Have the SE with leather seats, cheap leather. I have four tea...

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