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I'd take the plunge again! by Bandit'smom from Montana on 02/07/2012. Trim: 2006 Nissan Murano S AWD, Owned 6 years.
Pros: I bought the car in 2006 after I had to drive 100 miles to get a new battery for my previous car, an Audi A4. That car was cute, but with no local dealership, it had to go. I had my eye on the Murano, so whenever I saw one, I would ask the owners what they thought of it. They generally loved it, but brought up the huge blind spot on the passenger side and the lack of cargo space. Those were not deal breakers for me, so I took the plunge. I will consider getting a new 2014 Murano, but will look at my options. Size is perfect for me, sits up high enough to drive defensively, driver's door doesn't close on my leg when getting in, seatbelt warning doesn't ding forever.
Cons: I've had a few problems, but not deal breakers. The worst is the screeching brakes in reverse when the car is not warmed up. According to my research, this is common for the make and model. Next came the faulty gas tank float. I can get the gas tank full if I hold the pump handle very loosely after it pops off, and the guage seems to work fine because I've let it get fairly low and not run out of gas. After 44k miles, a piece broke on the driver's seat making it unstable. Nissan said they'd have to replace the whole seat for $1,138, but I ordered a part for $116 and a friend replaced it from watching Youtube. Welding doesn't work and the new part is 10x as strong as the original.
Overall review: While I feel the driver's seat issue should have been a recall, I like the car. Gas mileage is 22 highway and 17 city, and I use mid-grade 87 octane.
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