Transfer Case problems of the 2004 Nissan Murano - part 1

36 problems related to transfer case have been reported for the 2004 Nissan Murano. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2004 Nissan Murano based on all problems reported for the 2004 Murano.

car   Transfer Case problem 1
Failure Date: 02/21/2017

My Nissan Murano sl had 35k miles when purchased. Complained 5 times to the dealership about groaning noise and major oil leak. Major vibrations occurred while driving and pulled over so I couldn't drive anymore. Burning smell of oil that was leaking for months and was not noticed by certified mechanics. Also bucking motions. Towed Murano for repair and later diagnosed as transfer case and tail shaft destroyed. The cvt transmission needed slight repairs too with transfer case. Cost ~$3500.

car   Transfer Case problem 2
Failure Date: 10/22/2016

Transmission failed without warning at 68k miles. While on highway engine just started free reving. Had to coast to side of road. Nissan will not assist in repair as car is over 10 years old. Dealer worked on transfer case in may; thought they reported all was well.

car   Transfer Case problem 3
Failure Date: 08/28/2015

2004 Nissan Murano with transfer case leaking like many other 2003-2007 Murano's . Nissan needs to recall all of these cars and replace the parts.

car   Transfer Case problem 4
Failure Date: 03/28/2015

Just got this Murano. The other day went to go take off from a light. And the Murano wouldn't go anywhere. Finally limped to side of the road, turned the car off, turned car on, was fine for a day or two. After driving to grocery store, left parking lot. Stopped at light. Went to take off and wouldn't even rev up, I had a baby and a small child in my car, car behind me had to go up on sidewalk in order to avoid hitting me. This is now have has become a safety issue when it happenes I have to floor it for about 15 seconds before it engages the throttle. Have read that it can be everything from a bad ground, cvt failure, transfer case failure, or the ipdm or ecm is fried. Mechanic can't narrow it down to what the problem is. Nissan want to charge me over $100 just to diagnose if they can. And from what I've read they won't even do much better than suggest changing out the transmission for a cost of $6,000. Why am I changing transmission on a car that has less than a hundred thousand miles? I am really disappointed, my family has owned datsun/nissans forever. My dad still has his 76 280 z. My mom still has her 79 280 z 2+2. My mom also has her 95 Nissan hardbody, which has been through hell and never once has had a problem. I have been a fan of Nissans forever because of the reliability and ease in which you can fix them. I am severely disappointed with Nissan for not covering the problems or recalling all the problems with the Murano. My family myself and my friends have now officially decided to boycott Nissan, they have now lost life-long customers. On a side note. Electronic throttles or fly by wire, is the dumbest thing in the world. If you have a burnt out bulb no throttle, chance of accident greater than 90%. Faulty stereo, no throttle chance of accident greater than 90%. Am I the only one whom sees a bad pattern here?.

car   Transfer Case problem 5
Failure Date: 09/18/2014

My cvt housing transfer case is cracked. I am having a problem accelerating my car. My car had to be towed to my home yesterday because of this issue. This is a huge safety issue.

car   Transfer Case problem 6
Failure Date: 05/09/2014

I was driving on my way to a near highway with my two children, and I heard a small knocking noise. I slowed down to a near parking lot, because I thought it was an engine cover that was loose, but the vehicle came to an abrupt stop. When I had it towed, after mothers day weekend, I was told that the problem was the transfer case. Nissan offers a warranty for the cvt transmission (due to known failures with it) that covers 10 years 120,000 miles, but does not include the transfer case (which is another known problem with the 03 04 Murano models). It cost $3,178 to fix the problem at the Nissan dealership (which I had done). When looking for this part there is a vast increase in price between the 03 04 model in comparison to any other model, because there is such a higher demand for this particular part (which indicates that this is a frequent problem with these models). I was told at the dealership that the seals from the transmission were leaking, hence why it broke. The problem is, that I was at that same dealership not too long before due to an alternator problem, and they gave me a list of problems with the vehicle which included: the belt, the belt tensioner, alternator, wheel bearing, and rear brakes, but never mentioned leaking seals on the transfer case. There are way too many factors indicating that there was a manufacturing/engineering problem with the transfer case on these two models that was fixed on later models. I do not feel safe driving vehicle. I asked Nissan to repurchase the vehicle or give me some sort of solution to this problem, because I do not feel safe driving it after the last experience with it, and they declined. Had this failure occurred at the highway it could have been fatal. On top of that the Nissan dealership returned my vehicle, after a $3,178 fix, with a cracked windshield and will not respond for it. Unbelievable.

car   Transfer Case problem 7
Failure Date: 01/04/2014

My 2004 Nissan Murano lost power while driving down the road and almost caused an accident. The transmission made a grinding sound when pushing down the accelerator and lost most of its ability to accelerate at all and then started lurching forward rocking the whole vehicle back and fourth. I took it to a Nissan dealership and explained the problem ,I even left it over night so they could test it in hot and cold conditions. The dealer called me the next day and told me it wasn't the transmission but two drive belts,front right bearing and strut cap that needed to be replaced. I refused the work at the Nissan dealer and took it to a (ase mechanic) friend who ordered all factory Nissan parts and installed them. Needless to say after reading all the other problems other 04 Nissan Murano owners are having, I am still having the same problem. The car makes a loud grinding sound looses power and is rocking back forward causing the whole vehicle to leap forward if you let off the brakes. The dealer told me that without a check engine code they could do nothing for me. I have read several complaints about the same issue and worry about my safety as well as for others around the vehicle. I live next to two elementary schools and have to drive on the highway daily. Why isn't Nissan being held accountable for their issues that should be recalls?. I have every service record for the vehicle with all scheduled maintenance logged with receipts. It seems like the dealerships have all come up with different ways of not addressing the issue. If this were to happen to me on the highway at speeds of 60mph it could cause a major accident,god forbid even life threatening. The cost to replace the transmission and transfer case will exceed the value of the car thus totaling the vehicle. Please help!!! I don't want to be held responsible for defects that could be avoided!.

car   Transfer Case problem 8
Failure Date: 07/15/2013

While traveling vehicle began to make very loud noise and began to stall. Had to be towed to mechanic at which time it was determined the transfer case was cracked. As I researched this, I discovered numerous Murano owners with this issue. Vehicle only has 69,000 miles and the cost to repair $4000. 00!.

car   Transfer Case problem 9
Failure Date: 06/14/2013

Transmission has defective seal between it and transfer case causing gear oil to leak out and failure to components. Can cause loss of control and stalling while in traffic with potential to have an accident or crash.

car   Transfer Case problem 10
Failure Date: 04/25/2013

Went to dealership to check power loss and noise from cvt transmission. Dealer gave me an estimate of $4225 to replace transfer case. They said that warrenty was for the transmission and not the transfer case. After researching on the internet, several thousand cases of leaking or failing transfer cases have been found for this vehicle and Nissan has ignored all instances to avoid a recall. Plus, they are charging $4225 for a part that makes up the transmission using a technicality to avoid replacing the defective part.

car   Transfer Case problem 11
Failure Date: 02/08/2013

While driving on freeway car would not respond to throttle. After shutting down engine and restarting car ran normally. Second event occured in heavy traffic with no response to throttle. Took car to the dealer in burien washington for full check out and they could find no problem with car. Everything was normal and no fault codes. Third event occured last night while driving in heavy traffic on freeway. This event was more severe. Car decelerated rapidly (almost like the brakes had been slammed on but it was definitely something in the transmission or transfer case) and the engine rpm also increased rapidly. Car was difficult to control, nearly causing an accident. I was able to get car to side of freeway. I turned off the engine and restarted car. Car ran normally. In reading other reports on the internet this is a known problem with the 2003 and 2004 Murano transmissions and or transfer cases. It is very dangerous. The dealers cannot find the problem and it can happen at any time.

car   Transfer Case problem 12
Failure Date: 03/26/2012

Transfer case failed the first time around 75,000 miles when I was driving. Suddenly slowed down and hear loud bang noise. Noise continue as I coast the vehicle to a stop. Loud bang noise, and the vehicle would shake. Got it replace $3000. One year later at around 96,000 on 3/26/2012. It happen again. Same exact symptoms. Never buying a Nissan ever again. There is a service bulletin about it, so they are aware of the problem but yet they aren't doing anything about it. The extended cvt warranty does not cover the transfer case. Even though the transfer case is connected to the cvt.

car   Transfer Case problem 13
Failure Date: 02/10/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while attempting a right turn at 5 mph, there was a loud explosion and the transfer case failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was confirmed that the transfer case had failed. The failure and the current mileage was 76,144.

car   Transfer Case problem 14
Failure Date: 01/03/2012

Complete transfer case failure with no warning whatsoever. Mechanic advised damage may be due to operating the awd feature on dry pavement which did not and has not occurred. Nissan has extended the warranty on the cvt transmission to 10 years/120,000 miles but it's not clear whether this includes the transfer case. Adding to this doubt, when I google this problem it seems hundreds of Murano owners have been having the exact same dilemma with their vehicles of similar age/mileage. I contacted Nissan north America this morning but their computers were down and they were unable to help me at that time. Even so, the transfer case should not fail so catastrophically on a vehicle of this age/mileage that has been regularly maintained and driven gently. Obviously this is a fairly major component to just fail without warning. I'm just wondering how many people will need to report this before Nissan will recognize and resolve this serious safety problem.

car   Transfer Case problem 15
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

My 2004 Nissan Murano has been leaking transmission fluid due to a leak in the transfer housing case and is putting out an error code p0868. It now speeds up - slows down - rev's up over 5,000 rpms while not having any power to pull. I have spoken to Nissan reps at 3 different dealerships and told them I smell smoke/burning oil coming from the engine. None of them would acknowledge anything. I recently took it to the 4th dealership and decided to spend the $75 to have it inspected and they agreed that it was leaking and has no pressure and told me that it was a design flaw but they couldn't do anything about it. The service manager took me over and showed me a brand new 2011 that had the same issue and they were putting in a new transmission due to the same issue. Unfortunately my warranty has now run out and they want over $7000 to replace the transmission - but they won't fix the leak unless I replace the transmission as they say they don't want me to come back upset. Well I'm upset because I've read over 100+ post with the same exact problem and I just know this thing is gonna lock up or speed up right in the middle of traffic and it should be Nissan's responsibility to admit this is a major problem with the design of the '03 and '04 transmission/transfer case and step up and fix the issue.

car   Transfer Case problem 16
Failure Date: 08/02/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Murano. The contact stated that while having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, she was notified that the transfer case gasket was leaking and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 122,000.

car   Transfer Case problem 17
Failure Date: 06/12/2011

Transfer case fail.

car   Transfer Case problem 18
Failure Date: 03/14/2011

I had brought my car for regular scheduled service when I was informed about transmission transfer case seal requiring repair. It is one of the most common and expensive problems regarding this car however Nissan refuses to issue a recall on this defect.

car   Transfer Case problem 19
Failure Date: 03/06/2011

Nissan Murano 2004 transfer case and rear differential failure. Need to replace both at a cost of $6,200.

car   Transfer Case problem 20
Failure Date: 01/04/2011

Nissan Murano transfer case oil seal leak the third time within few months.

car   Transfer Case problem 21
Failure Date: 11/25/2010

On thanksgiving our 2004 Nissan Murano started making a banging noise. It continued to get louder and within about five minutes the car was completely immobilized. The car smelled of transmission fluid. We called Nissan and they informed us that the transmission is covered under a 120,000 mile warranty, which is what we thought it was without anyone looking at it yet. We had it towed to apple Nissan in york. The service manager then looked at the vehicle and informed us that it is the transfer case not the transmission and that it is not covered under the warranty and that the cost to repair it would be $4000. 00. The vehicle is still at apple Nissan with the broken transfer case because we cannot afford to replace it.

car   Transfer Case problem 22
Failure Date: 11/01/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Nissan Murano. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal cracking noise from the front end. The contact then noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. The contact then noticed the transfer case was fractured and the vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop where the contact was told that the transfer case was fractured and leaking fluids. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 147,500 and the current mileage was 148,000. Updated 03/22/lj.

car   Transfer Case problem 23
Failure Date: 10/12/2010

Murano stopped during traffic while child and wife in car - determined was transfer case causing loud banging.

car   Transfer Case problem 24
Failure Date: 09/27/2010

My 2004 Nissan Murano transmission/transfer case/differential is shot. There was this loud whistling sound a sudden jerk and then a rattling sound which I found out from the Nissan dealership the transmission needs to be replaced. Upon leaving the dealership I went to accelerate and there was a delayed response and then the vehicle just took off. It appears that above 1000 rpm the transmission kicks into gear otherwise the truck will not move faster than 2 mph. This is extremely dangerous because it happens without warning. The makers of Nissan has been notified by hundreds of consumers that own the Nissan Murano 2003-2009. Yet Nissan will do nothing, but blame the consumer for lack of service on the vehicle. Will someone have to die before there is a recall??!!.

car   Transfer Case problem 25
Failure Date: 06/16/2010

The differential/cvt transfer case is defective. Which requires you to have to replace the awd system at a cost of $4-6000. It also cause the car to have steering problems as well. This issue also causes the vehicle to burn a significant amount of fuel which require premium gas. I have read numerous complaints on the web about the same problems other people are having. This causes unnessecary financial hardship as most people are still paying a car loan on this vehicle.

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