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Nissan Murano 2004

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.

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  • mo zo
    mo zo Nov 24, 2008

    i got 2006 murano, have the same problem.
    i wish i have something that brings its shiny look as before..but i'm sure there is nothing to do except replace it with a new one. phew

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    same problem, front chrome grill bubbling, and peeling on our 2004 murano; very disappointed with overall vehicle quality. I feel it should be warranty.

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. It has nothing to do with clearcoat. It is a cheap chrome tape that Nissan put on the plastic grille. We had a severe change in temperature and it caused the "chrome" to bubble horribly.

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  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    I just noticed today that the whole grille has bubbled. The car is garage kept but we have had some very cold temperatures recently. I am not sure if this is what caused the problem.

  • lfiveeleven Jan 26, 2009

    Definitely not clear coat.

    No cracks or dings just the whole chrome film detaching from it base.(The plastic grill)

    Not the dealers fault,but the manufacture Nissan!

  • mcdowell2384 Feb 18, 2009

    Same as the rest, 2004 nissan murano and the grill is bubbling. Garage kept and well maintained. Uugh.

  • Sn00py Mar 08, 2009

    We have the same problem - in fact we bought the extended warantee (which was a mistake) and Nissan will not agree to replace the front grill. We too have our vehicle inside when we are not driving it.



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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 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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