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. Same problem with the grill bubbling on my 2004 Nissan Murano. Just called the dealer and they are quoting me $45 for labor and $189 for the grill. Since it's not under warranty anymore, they have to charge me. Ugh.
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The amount of help you will get depends on the dealer. And you would be surprised at the amount of plastic even in mercedes volvo and Jag! Prices are incredible, considering the plastic used is not special and there is no more of it in an average kids toy!!! (injection molding costs them something like 50cents per unit...if that much) Chances are you can find a good one with less bs at any local scrapyard...a lot cheaper too!!
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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.
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.