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(2003 Nissan Murano)
in Peoria, AZ on January 07, 2010
My 2003 Murano has 60,000 miles on it but rides terrible. i have taken it to the shop 3 times and said it feels so rough, doesn't take bumps well, and is no longer a smooth ride. i got 4 new tires, alignment, and had them check the shocks. nobody knows why it bounces around. The dealer tells me it that both lower control arms are cracked and wants $900. I took it to pep Boys, and a local repair shop- both of them say they don't see it but don't know the problem. "shocks may need to be replaced but are not leaking". i took it to the dealer for a recall, and again they tell me to replace both control arms. if this is the logical answer, why does no other shop see this problem?
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on January 07, 2010
Need to find a really good front end shop, not a chain and not just a general shop, but someone who really knows front end and suspension. I am a member of International Automotive Technicians Network and I queried your problem and they all came back with the Control Arms. The Control Arms have Fluid Filled Bushings that fail and cause a rough, noisy and bumpy ride (sound familiar??) BUT you can not see anything because the fluid filled Control Arm Bushings are sealed, so you won't be able to SEE anything!
on October 22, 2010
I've got the same problem, 40,000 miles feeled every bump. It was time to replace my front brake pads, so when
start replacing them I noticed that caliper bolts are dry, so I lubricated them, installed new pads and my Murano smooth and quiet again.
on February 27, 2010
I just purchased a nissan murano 03 and it has 78k miles.The sales person said the same thing there not leaking so they must be ok. From previous experience with my cars and trucks if your not getting a smooth ride most likely it will be your shocks. Do this test..have someone stand in front of your bumper and push it up and down if there's no resistance an your car move up and down very easily then you need shocks. Good shocks would not allow you to move your car up and down. If your a rough driver like I am I change my shocks every one or two years because my tires last a longer and you get better gas mileage in the long run. Hope that helps.
on March 23, 2011
My 03 Murano was a rough ride; however, I installed the Firestone, coil-ride, air cushions and it makes a great difference with stability and ride.
on October 19, 2010
I have replaced per the dealer the back shocks and the control arms -- my whole car shakes and when going over rough surfaces the whole back end and back seat shake - I am getting ready to take it in again -- all of this work was done in the last three months following a $1000 60,000 mile check up.
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