The Murano scored very well in our tests and is a competitive model in the crowded SUV market. We like its powerful engine, nimble handling, strong brakes, comfortable rear seats and relatively good fuel economy. However, a stiff ride, limited rearward visibility and its use of premium fuel are notable drawbacks.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"While highway driving car had tendency to drift to the right. Routine alignments correct drift. Never a strong drift and easily corrected"

Alexander T., FL (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace a ball joint, after replacing another one two years ago"

John S., MA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Premature steering wear issues prior to 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"They don't last"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Low mileage on car and whole lower suspension arm had to be replaced. Ball joint was not a separate item"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"They wore out"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"I guess I think they should last longer than 100k miles"

J S., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking/failed bushings required multiple trips to mechanic to replace and expensive amount of labor to replace"

Eric W., CO (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Hose leaked and steering became difficult. Hose replacement was very difficult and mechanic was forces to remove a great deal of front cowling parts"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Pump replaced. Leaks sealed. Problem resolved"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"the POWER STEERING PUMP HAS LEAKS"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering fluid leaked due to failure of the hoses which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leak on hi pressure hose fitting"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Worn strut required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Struts and control arms had to be replaced with only 70,000 miles on vehicle"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear, replacement"

Tim Z., NE (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"front STRUTS HAD TO BE REPLACED"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"rear struts needed replacement, was causing handling issues"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking rear shocks resulting in uneven rear tire wear"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Lower control arms needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"CV boot split and all grease leaked out. Replaced half axle"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Broken steering rod ball & Joint"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"weak left tie rod with potential to adversely affect steerimg"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"bearing went bad in front passenger side"

Mark L., OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Caused vibrations and noise. Has now happened on both front wheels and is expensive to fix"

Thomas C., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Felt and heard rubbing noise while moving, increased when turning left. Usually quiet ride was missing. Replacing bearings on both side restored quiet ride and eliminated problem. Done at 135,000 miles as first time bearing replacement"

Alexander T., FL (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"I had to have a wheel bearing replaced"

John S., MA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced both wheel bearings front"

Bruce N., MT (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Caught it early via an unusual sound. Was quite expensive to fix the wheel bearings as the entire assembly needed to be replaced"

Thomas C., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The wheel bearing was wobbling and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Suspension has had major and repeated problems that leads to cupping of tires and alignment problems. Have had the same issue three times in the past several years"

Judy S., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Suspension problems led to cupping and irregular wear of tires, requiring purchase of new tires and re-alignment"

Judy S., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brake calipers have locked up three times since 2010"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper hardware design (guide pins) is bad. Heavy corrosion on guide pins caused premature brake pad failure on both sides of car. No wear on outer pad, but metal-to-metal on inner pad"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Repeated failures. Dealer also installed incorrectly (did not grease the pins, leading to premature failure on replacements)"

Peter B., VA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"This car has had extremely loud squeaking brakes since the first 1000 miles. The dealer has never been able to correct this. 3 sets of pads have been installed. They are always quiet for 1,000 miles, then they start squealing again. They actually"

Wayne C., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes squeal when backing up & have since I bought the vehicle. Also, I had to replace the brake pads and suspension on the front end. It seems like a big expense for such low mileage (+/- 65,000 miles)"

Joan G., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"replaced front rotors and pads on both sides"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes seemed to wear out quickly"

Joan G., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"Had a failure on front wheel passenger side"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Axle replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The axle seals on both sides of the transaxle leaked - fixed twice and cost $600 overall"

Jim P., CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration, poor power transfer and noise all being generated. Mechanic has inspected multiple times and can not isolate issue"

Eric W., CO (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking fluid - very expensive repair due primarily to hours of labour required for the repair. $2,500"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Upon researching issues I've been experiencing & anticipate in the near future, I am terrified at the number of people experiencing Transfer Case failure without a recall by Nissan. And then there's the rust! Unreal. I love Murano but must sell ASAP!"

Glenn D., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"I think I did"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"HAD TO HAVE THE CAR REPAINTED, PEELING ON THE TOP SURFACES"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Since 3 months from purchase, the hood has acquired MULTIPLE paint chips on the hood. NOTHING I experienced with any of the other 5 or 6 new cars I purchased or leased in the past 30 years even though I lived and worked in same area during this time"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"The clear cot cracked and peeled even though I wax every six months"

Paul G., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat on back hatch has been peeling for the last yr"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rust started appearing inside both rear doors on the quarter panel before I got to 100k miles"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting around the windshield. Will be expensive to fix. Possible safety issue"

David W., ON (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"The blower/fan needs replacement every 2 to 3 years now. The first 6 years, not a problem, after age 6 the issue has not resolved"

Timothy G., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Fan works intermittently"

Teresa M., GA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked after being recharged two years ago"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Hose and radiator leaking fluid"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
A/C compressor

"Seized clutch"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"heater stopped working -- was repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The rear backup camera has completly stopped working"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"CD player would not play or let me remove cd's. Electronical part was replaced works fine now"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Discs get stuck in the cd player and will not eject"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Bose system. 5 cd changer stopped working. Unable to repair unless replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"A fuse went bad after a new battery I bought went bad. Once I discovered the issue, it cost me a dollar to fix"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Oftentimes have to fill it very slowly. Other times, pump shuts off and gauge will show tank is not full"

Peter B., VA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mounts are simple things but one is very hard to replace and so costs a lot in labor"

J S., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Leaking oil out of engine gasket, must be replaced and expensive"

Mark L., OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets failed and the poor design required all to be replaced at an expensive repair"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Loosened up several times, hangs too low"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Catalytic converter

"Had to replace it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"At the time the engine went out, the radiator also got damaged. A year later, the radiator had to be replaced"

Edwin R., IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"leaking"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leak - had to replace"

Phillip D., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Need new radiator"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"has squeaking noise in the dash"

Larry T., CA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle coming from back seat"

Joel C., SC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed. Turning on the head lights, the transmission won't engage and the engine falters. Left me standed at night but was able to drive it in daylight with the lights off"

Joseph D., IN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Seat controls - movement

"FRAME RAIL FOR SEAT BROKE, COST $1400"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Considering that we have had this 2006 Murano for 8 years, we have not had any major expenses until this year. The only issue that we have not chosen to fix is the aprrox. 1,000 cost to fix the drivers seat controls. The dealer disconnected the con"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge doesn't work"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Getting a code that the fuel level sensor has gone bad in the gas tank. Analog fuel guage and digital display are often wrong"

Joel C., SC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"The interior lights cannot operate without draining the battery so the fuse has been removed - so the lights are not operational"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"CVT is rough in down shifting to low gear when cold. Dealer would not cover it when car was still under warranty. I will replace car before it is a major problem"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The car was fine until one day engine just got hot and stopped working. Mechanic could not tell me why engine got hot and quickly stopped working"

Edwin R., IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

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Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
May 19 2009
ENGINE MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 362,891 MY 2003-2007 MURANO VEHICLES. THE INTAKE AIR DUCTS, WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE INTERMEDIATE RESONATOR IN THE AIR INTAKE SYSTEM OF THE ENGINE, MAY SEPARATE FROM THE RESONATOR WITH ENGINE MOVEMENT. THIS SEPARATION OCCURS DUE TO THE PREMATURE AGING OF THE MATERIAL USED IN THE INTAKE AIR DUCTS WHICH CAUSES EXCESSIVE SHRINKING.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE/REPAIR THE APPROPRIATE COMPONENTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V169000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 362891
STEERING:COLUMN LOCKING:ANTI-THEFT DEVICE
Oct 20 2006
IF THE KEY IS TURNED TO THE "OFF" POSITION WITHOUT THE TRANSMISSION BEING IN THE "PARK" POSITION, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE STEERING WHEEL CAN LOCK WHEN TURNED TO THE RIGHT.
Summary:
CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 114, "THEFT PROTECTION." DURING AN INSPECTION OF SOME VEHICLES AT THE ASSEMBLY PLANT, IT WAS FOUND THAT THE STEERING WHEEL WAS LOCKED WITH THE IGNITION KNOB IN THE "OFF" POSITION BUT THE VEHICLE TRANSMISSION NOT BEING IN THE "PARK" POSITION.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE STEERING WHEEL LOCK ASSEMBLY FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMBER 18, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
NISSAN RECALL NO. R0614.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V401000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 67014
SEAT BELTS:REAR
Feb 13 2006
IF THE WEBBING IS COMPLETELY SEPARATED, IT CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO AN OCCUPANT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON SOME SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, IN CERTAIN HIGH SPEED FRONTAL CRASHES, THE WEBBING OF A REAR OUTBOARD SEAT BELT MAY CONTACT THE REAR SEAT BACK HINGE WHERE IT CAN BE CUT BY THE SHARP EDGE OF THE METAL PORTION OF THE HINGE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL PROTECTORS OVER THE WEBBING OF THE REAR SEAT BELTS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 20, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V048000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 203000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY
Jan 10 2006
A PUNCTURED TANK COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF A FIRE.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, DUE TO THE LOCATION OF THE FORWARD EDGE OF THE FUEL TANK, IN THE EVENT THAT A VEHICLE FRONT TIRE RUNS OVER A SMALL, SHARP OBJECT IN THE ROAD, CATCHES IT AND PROPELS IT TOWARDS THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE, IT MAY STRIKE AND PUNCTURE THE FUEL TANK.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL PROTECTORS IN FRONT OF THE TANK FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 20, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V003000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 205000
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