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 |  Mar 21 2012, 10:31 AM

There’s always two sides to a story, and earlier we reported about how a Nissan dealership sold a $62,130 Murano Crosscabriolet to a man suffering from dementia. Now North Bay Nissan, the dealership in question, has agreed to take back the vehicle while explaining their side of the story.

Ed Dowdall suffers from Lewy Body Dementia and currently lives in a care facility in San Francisco, California. According to his doctor, Dowdall suffers from “markedly impaired judgment, lack of impulse control, aggressive and compulsive behavior, and an almost total lack of insight into his condition.”

Greg Dexter on the other hand, owner of North Bay Nissan, claims that Dowdall gave every indication of having a sound mind when he purchased the vehicle back in December. Of course we wouldn’t expect the owner of the dealership to say otherwise, but whether it’s an admission of guilt or just wanting all the negative press to go away, Dexter has agreed to take back the Murano, relinquishing the $923 a month car payment. Dexter however did not make a firm statement on whether or not the down payment would be fully refunded.

Dowdall’s attorney, Michael Baddeley has said that both parties reached a mutual agreement on the fiasco and confirmed that the sale has been rescinded. The dealership’s story however is that Dowdall was a returning customer, having purchased his Altima Hybrid there back in 2008. He originally visited the dealership in November inquiring about the Murano before purchasing it the following month.

Two phone messages were played that Dowdall had left the salesman after purchasing the car, sounding coherent and happy about the purchase. There were also notes during the sale that Dowdall was on the phone with family members during the sales process including Amy Dowdall – his separated wife – and her brother-in-law Mike Dowdall. Both Amy and Mike claim that they were at the Petaluma Police Department during the purchase to report that Ed attempted to kill Amy the night before.

“I knew the car should have gone back that day, but Mike talked me into keeping it until (my husband) went to the home because it would have been upsetting for him,” Amy Dowdall said.

Clearly this is a case of he-said, she-said, but we’re glad the matter has been resolved. We personally think Mr. Ed Dowdall really wanted the Murano CrossCabriolet and of course the dealership had no gripes selling it to him. But whether or not he was ethically taken advantage of, well that’s up to you.

[Source: Press Democrat]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 10:15 AM

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Rolling in the tire tracks of icons of failure like the Pontiac Aztek and Mercedes R-Class, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet has been awarded the title of Most Disliked Car of 2011. Sort of…

In fact, the award is less of a title (and there’s certainly no statue associated with it), and more of a journalistic snub (yet another one) for the world’s first all-wheel-drive, crossover convertible. Called “lumpy, dumpy, shaky, and sluggish,” this most recent piece serves as to aggregate all the rotten things said about a rotten vehicle. And making the monstrosity even harder to swallow is its extravagant $47,520 sticker price.

Perhaps most brutal comments come from the Wall Street Journal‘s Dan Neil, who’s also brave enough to admit that the concept of such a vehicle shouldn’t necessarily be thrown out… just this specific version of its reality.

Still, there’s something to be said for an automaker that’s willing to take this much of a gamble. Nissan has never been one to shy away from taking risks with product, with another of its recent models being the Juke. Brazenly criticized for its misshapen bodywork, including by AutoGuide’s own Derek Kreindler, unlike the CC, it’s redeemed by its driving dynamics.

GALLERY: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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[Source: CNN]

 |  Nov 17 2010, 6:21 PM

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Nissan literally pulled the cover off its 2011 Murano in Los Angeles today, unveiling for the first time on these shores the new open top version dubbed the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

Painted seafoam green with a light interior, it looked ready for South Beach on the opposite coast. Nissan says they envision females in their 30s or 40s as the primary target audience for this massive convertible, but they held short of calling it the Murano CougarCabriolet.

They also announced pricing would start at $46,390 when this 2011 model hits dealer showrooms early in 2011.

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