Our Murano is the dark blue color with lots of what we thought was bright chrome on the grill. It turns out that the chrome "paint" is bubbling all over the grill. We feel this is some kind of defeat. We wash and wax our car regularly, drying it off very well. We don't wax the chrome area as it usually is easy to dry with a chamois or cotton toweling to bring back a nice shiny grill. When we first noticed it- 4 weeks ago, we found only a small area that was bubbling up. We were very disappointed as we thought this was metal all the way through. This is a higher end Murano and we felt we had made such a good choice for a car that would last us a long time. It was the showroom demo car. We want the Nissan company to stand behind the "finish" on our Murano. Should we take it to the Dealer where we bought it and ask for them to fix this at their expense? Anyone else having this problem? We garage our vehicles, follow all maintenance to a T.
This is a common problem on the 2004 model year MO's in particular and it's been an issue specially during this years cold winter. Take a look at this forum http://www.nissanmurano.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12397 and you can see other people who've had the same issues and what they've done about it. You can call Nissan North America and put in a complaint about it and ask if they will cover it under good will if you don't have the continued warranty. Good luck.
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The paint you ar reffering to is a clearcoat over chrome. If your Murano was under 3 years or 36K miles the grille most likey would have been replaced under warranty. You are out of luck with the regular warranty but if you have a good relationship with the dealer and perform your services with them they may be able to contact Nissan and try to get some assistance for you. There is no way that the dealer themselves should be or would be held responsible for this problem as they themselves did not make the product. You also have to keep this in mind that small stone chips can "injure" the clearcoat and water and or air can get behind the clearcoat in these "injuries" and cause this blistering that you are experiencing. Hope this info helps you out.
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Not much you can do for peeling chrome from a grill. (I assume it is plastic). If it is metal you can check with a chrome shop toi see what they'd charge you to rechrome it. Another option is to check with after-market auto accessories places and see if they don't have an after market grill for your vehicle. Replacement is about all you can do. I would be very suprised if any extended warranties would cover peeling chrome. I think you are stuck with this one. You can consider having it painted. Cheapest replacement would be from your local junkyard or carparts.com ( on-line listing of junkyards) but you may just be buying someone else's problem. It oculd be much worse. There ahev been cars that litterally shed their paints clear coat and the owners were just out of luck. As far as why the dealer tried to get you to pay for the repair, that's easy; money. He would probably be able to charge you more for the repair than the extended warranty would pay.
I've decided to "black" mine out with a high gloss black. First I'm going to take the grill off & see if I can use airplane paint remover on a small area to remove the coating that is bubbling.
If so, then i'll primer the surface & repaint it as is since it should be smooth after the remover works and I scrape it down and wash it clean.
You could then leave it once the clearcoat is removed, re-coat it with clearcoat, or paint it any color, even to match. Automotive spray paint is available at auto-parts stores for this type of material, just get the right can of spray paint.
If I find the paint remover won't work without hurting the actual grill, I'll use some fine grit sandpaper and prep the surface, then primer it and paint it high gloss black. Color choice is optional of course!
Look in the driver's side door jamb. There should me a sticker with the details of your truck.
At the bottom you'll see EXT PNT:
Mine says EXT PNT: SU
I believe SU is the the color code. You can probably order the paint from the dealer, or any good paint supplier can get you the equivalent.
Remember that paint can fade and change color over time, so if you're not a pro painter, blending the bright, new color will be very hard to do; you might as well just paint the entire panel or the whole truck if you're not already going to.