Towing with a Nissan Murano...

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Towing with a Nissan Murano...

Postby msbendts » Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:51 pm

Curious...any tow with a Nissan Murano (rated at 3500lbs) that has a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) and 4-wheel drive??

Eyeing the market and seeing several Caravelle 207, 196, and 186//187 series from 2004-2009 that are of interest.

I'm looking to replace the Murano with a better two vehicle...but that might be 2-yrs out, so wondering how it would work within that two-three year window.



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Postby razorback84 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:12 pm

I don't know if I would want to tow with it if it is only rated at 3500 lbs. I personally wouldn't want to exceed the tow rating. I don't know what the weight of the boats you listed, but I'm assuming that it would exceed 3500 after you include the trailer weight, gas, toys, ect..
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Postby Muncie6spd » Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:54 pm

My 2004 212 on a tandem axle trailer weighs 5000 pounds at the CAT scales. I would not think the smallest of the Caravelle's you mentioned would be 1500 pounds less than a 212 even on a single axle trailer. I would suggest you weigh any boat you consider before towing it with the Murano.

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Postby taffy3 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:19 pm

I'd suggest that you visit

Search the forums for towing and you'll find plenty of opinions and experiences from folks who actually do tow with the MO.

We've owned one since 2004 and have had absolutely no problems with it.

Maintenance has included tires, brakes, struts, rear shocks and I'll be doing the plugs this year. While we don't tow with ours we have found it a very reliable vehicle. Keep in mind that the CVT introduced here in 2003 has been sold and used overseas for much longer. It is a proven and reliable product.


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Postby youmansjason01 » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:55 pm

According to the data from the old Caravelle website, both the 186LS and 196LS weigh 2700 lbs, without the trailer. Not sure how both boats weigh the same, but add 800-1000 lbs for a trailer, and you're already over the 3500 lb tow rating. Then, add fuel, cooler, gear, etc, and you'd be pushing 4000 lbs.

I once towed a 18' Four Winns that probably weighed 3500-3800 lbs with a V6 front-wheel drive Mazda Tribute. The Mazda had a tow rating of 3500 lbs. It was decent for towing, but I never towed long distances.

Like taffy3 said, check the forums online and see if someone has experience towing with the Murano.
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