ANy problems with CVT transmission?
Hi I just bought a 2008 Sentra. I've had it for two weeks now. It recently started making some clanking noise while it is in drive. Has anybody heard or had this problem?
Take this in to the dealership, I have not heard of any problems like this, CVT is a proven design.
hey, i have a 07 sentra and is making that noise as well, i can feel a vibration coming from underneath the car, my car has 47k miles, i took it to pepboys today and they told me is coming from the transmission casing, did you ever resolve this issue? if so please help me out, let me know. my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org thank you
all the CVT transmissions are under warranty for 10 yrs or 110 mil... Take it to the any Nissan dealer, if it is the transmission they should fix it for free, i also have a 07 sentra s, and i got 49,000 on it and it runs very smooth. hope this helps a little.
I have 2007 brand new when I bought it. I have several problems with my CVT transmission. The first problem was it had a noise come to find out they had to replace a part. Then I had a whinning coming from the tranny took it the dealership they said it was fine and the next day we leave for Vegas we just got up the hill to State Line next thing you know I have no power in the engine. We pull over and wait a few minutes next thing you know it goes again. We barely make it into Vegas and my transmission went out and had to be replaced up there. It was funny how the dealership in Vegas had one available. A few months go by and the whinning started again along with some front end noise. Took it back to dealership they said it was a motor mount that was causing the problems. I find interesting how they covered up the tranny problems and said I had an oil leak in the oil pan. I did not believe it was an oil leak because there was not oil leak on my driveway and I just recently had and oil change before that. So you tell me where the coverup is. The technician drove it with me and said it was a motor mount and trans again but they did not put it on my paperwork. I have spoke with a lot of people with the CVT trans and have all said they had problems. I only had 58,000 at the time my transmission was replaced.
I have a 2008 and on my way from California to Las Vegas I also had the same problem with a whinning noise and lost power. I was told at the dealership that they couldn't find anything wrong with the car. They told me maybe it was because it was so hot out. Okay! Still not a reason for me to be criusing down the highway at 45-50. In the city I never have problems. So on a recent trip to California about an hour out of town and climbing the hill the loud whinning noise started again and I couldn't get my car to go over 39. Turned my car off and turned it back on it speed up to 47. I decided to turn around and go back home. Made back to the dealership where I was told it might be the transmission. In fact it was the transmission, which is now being replaced. Don't understand why this problem didn't show up the first time I took it in. I took video of the noise.
My daughter had the same problem with her 2007 Sentra. She was driving home in near 100 degree heat from KC, MO, when it started whining and lost power. She has just over 60,000 on the car. The dealership replaced the transmission. She drove the car back to college in KC and left it parked for 2 weeks and tried to drive home tonight. Same thing - near 100 degrees outside, lost power, smoke this time which mechanic thinks is from transmission fluid dripping. She was so upset - out on I-70 with no power in the car. Had to call AAA to tow her and get her to the dealership. Awaiting word from the mechanic.
I have a 2007 with 75,000 on it. Went on a road trip last week to Yellowstone and the transmission gave out just before we got to Laramie. Because I have never had a CVT before, I wasn't aware of how it would behave if the transmission were failing, but now I know.. for about 3 weeks before it went kaput, occasionally, the car would hesitate when starting from a stopped position - which I chalked up to 100 degree temps and a/c use. When the whole thing went out, the speedometer completely stopped working along with the odometer, then the RPMS were completely erratic and the car just stopped accelerating all together. The most frustrating part is that I live in Denver and my car is at a dealership in Laramie and it will be about 2 weeks before they can get the new Transmission. So we have had to rent a car and Nissan will NOT help us out at all. There was a Service Bulliten with our paperwork we signed, so it is evident to me that Nissan knows full well that these transmissions are a failure. Never Again - we're going back to Subaru within the next 6 months!
Proven design? The CVT is trash! I am waiting to have my 4th transmission replaced at 124,000 miles. (2007)
In the first releases? Not so much. In the newer models like the one I have? Much improved. It's unfortunate how Nissan is using this in most of it's mainstream vehicles as a standard option, but it does wonders for fuel economy. Sportiness...not so much.
I have a 2010 sentra it has a little over 24000 miles and is already at the dealership with: guess what? transmission problem. The good news its still under warranty the bad news? it needs to be replaced so now I will have to wait like many others in this tread 2 to 3 weeks for it to be repaired. I will probable sell the account to some one else and try to get another car.
Like the post of "MAITAI" they also told me that my transmission was completely had oil problems, in fact they told me that it didn't had no oil at all? Go figure.
CVT is crap! First one replaced at 72,000 miles, now that one is out at 152,000. Car is driven on nothing but highways at 60-70. Nissan won't stand behind it. I've owned Nissans back when they were called Datsuns - about 12 of them - this is the LAST one. And I sure won't buy any brand with a CVT!
CVT Program Details FAQs Included Vehicles About Nissan’s CVT Contact Nissan Consumer Affairs Home Parts and Service Bulletin Transmission Fluid (PDF) Related Sites www.nissanusa.com www.infinitiusa.com CVT Program Details Dear Nissan Owner: On behalf of everyone at Nissan, we would like to thank you for choosing to drive a Nissan. One of the many technologically-advanced features of your vehicle is the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an innovative transmission that offers smooth, seamless shifting, while tailoring the vehicle's output to your driving style. While Nissan is proud to offer this technology on many of our models, a small percentage of owners of early models equipped with CVTs have expressed concerns about the cost of repair of their transmissions after the warranty expires. We take these comments about the cost of vehicle ownership seriously. We strive to provide an exceptional ownership experience and are implementing a thorough Customer Satisfaction Program to address this topic. First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first. This extension is effective immediately and requires no action on your part. The remainder of your powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and your basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. All other warranty terms, limitations and conditions otherwise apply. This extended transmission warranty is also fully transferable to future owners of your vehicle. Second, Nissan will reimburse customers who have previously paid to repair or replace their CVT, if the repairs would have been covered within the new extended warranty period. Even if you no longer own your Nissan we will reimburse you for past CVT repairs that would have been covered under this extension of the warranty. Further, in the unlikely event that your vehicle's transmission should need repair beyond the extended warranty period we are working to decrease the cost of repair and have already reduced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of a replacement CVT. In addition, we continuously strive to enhance our products, and have made ongoing improvements to our CVTs over the years. Nissan is taking these actions to demonstrate our confidence in the CVT technology and to show our commitment to stand behind our products. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO The extended warranty coverage for CVT repair or replacement is effective immediately. If you seek coverage for a repair under this extended warranty you will need to bring your vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer. The factory-trained technical staff at the Nissan dealer will have the diagnostic tools and knowledge to provide you with the appropriate service and submit your warranty claim. If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at 800-647-7261 for assistance. At Nissan we and our dealers work daily to deliver an outstanding ownership experience that will earn your confidence and trust. We are committed to doing the right thing for our customers and look forward to a long relationship that you find satisfying and rewarding. Thank you for choosing Nissan. Sincerely, Kevin Martin Vice President Total Customer Satisfaction This Consumer Reimbursement Program ended on 07/31/2010. For questions or concerns please contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at 1800NISSAN1 (1-800- 647-7261). © Copyright 2012 Nissan North America. All Rights Reserved.
Everyone on here thats crying about there cvt, maybe you shouldn't beat the shit out of them anymore, and don't go telling me that "o i don't beat on mine" because i know you do. I know people hitting 200k on there 1st gen cvt's. The 1st gens had a problem the bands in the trans would go bad if you drove around for to many mines with bad trans or motor mounts. There is not sound other then a hum that comes out of a cvt, that loud bang you get or the clunking is a mount and to keep from having to change your cvt you should go have it taken care of. Or maybe to keep this from happening you could take care of your car and stop driving it like a damn race car.
Gee Edward, I didn't know that was you following me for the last 150K miles... No motor mount problems on mine and the car has been driven about 90% of the time with cruise control set on 65-70 on the interstate. Since my wife and I are old now and haven't had a ticket in 12 years, I don't think I've been "beating the s... out of it." No noise, no banging, no warning, it just starts slipping. At least the check engine came on this time. Found out when they replace it, that the warranty is 12,000 miles. By the way, there doesn't appear to be such a thing as a rebuilt CVT - just a new one.
Then you had one with a band problem they do come up from time to time, and that beating the **** out of them was more for the people that are on there 2nd-3rd ones or have any other noises coming from the cvt. You can rebuild them if you know some people that know some people that know some people that can get there hands on parts, but nissan has had that under there watchful eye for many years as the cvt trans is there own brain child. But i will say after having taken one apart they are nothing like a normal trans on the inside.
I also have A Nissan 2008 Sentra and hearing the ewhinning noise and have been to 3 dealerships and called the Nissan 800-647-7261 number with no luck. I have been a loyal Nissan buyer for many years and this has upset me enough to stop buying NIssan and let others know. I spoke to a lady who I haad to explain this more than 3 times the problems and feel like this is going nowhere....Kevin Martin Vice President Total Customer Satisfaction..HELP!!!! D. Bailey
Nissan Dealer in Decatur, GA replaced my transmission free of charge. I took this same car to the Nissan Dealer in Morrow, GA three times with this complaint and they replaced an engine mount, changed the oil and one other time told me they couldn't replicate the problem. I found this website and read that Nissan had extended the warranty on the CVT after the car started stalling at stop lights. I didn't want to go back to the dealer in Morrow who had seemingly refused to acknowledge there was a problem. I took it to Decatur and S. Valasquez was great. The transmission was on back order and they provided me with a loaner until the car was ready. They returned the car washed and detailed and running tip top. No complaints. They turned what I thought may have been a lemon from Car-Max into a great experience. Thanks to Nissan of Decatur and thanks to Nissan Motors for standing behind their product.
I'm glad I posted once I learned myself about the extended warranty. Now everytime I see a sentra owner and I'm walking by, I let them know as well. This is my daughter's car and mostly highway miles, trust me Eward she is not beating the sh__t out of it, c'mon , it's a freaking Sentra, a far cry from my 71 Cuda 340 when I was her age, give me a break. I did forget to mention that I first took it to a mechanic of a friend......he hooked it up to the computer and he told me the tranny was bad. He was shopping a new one for me when I read the above attached. He made the mistake of clearing the codes the tranny was giving him, so when I took it to Nissan, the codes were clear because the tranny has to be really hot to give the error codes. We finally got it replaced for free because I told him I know it is the tranny and I KNOW about the extended warranty. He was surprised and replaced it no problem. Who could possilbly defend the CVT when even Nissan admits it's a problem ( Edward ) . I actually love the CVT , it's smooth, and you can't feel it shift, I'm just glad Nissan has posted the problem and done something about it. Baileyd.....get tough and go in demanding they replace it, print out the above statement from Nissan and take it in with you, they HAVE to replace it. Good luck
I have a '07 altima with 71000 miles. I have never done a transmission flush. Is it a necessity to have one done? I obviously don't drive my car much, but I've maintained well. Since I don't drive much I'm worried getting a flush will start to cause problems with my CVT transmission. Please advise what i should do
I have a 2007 Sentra, Basically I drive the crap out if it. I change the oil every 4000-7000 miles And that's it! Never changed the trans fluid. My highway driving is hard and fast. Usually 80 and above. I have 150,000 miles and just today had my first transmission problem. 83 degree day, highway driving, heard a clunk and the odometer went down to Zero ( I was doing 80). Had no low gear. If I hit the gas the RPM's just climbed. Pulled into a rest area for about 20 minutes and I was able to drive it to my destination (jersey shore). At end of day after car sitting 8 hrs started it up and headed home (110 mile). I didn't beat on it that much but had no problems, Trans worked fine. I would definitly by another! But my goal is to get 200K on this car I paid $14,500 for.
I have a 2011 sentra with 79000 miles, the transmission has to be replaced and Nissan will not provide any coverage. We also purchased an extended warranty. I have owned 6 Datsun/Nissan automobiles and this will be the last.
Read my above long reply , I had copied and pasted it right from the Nissan website. If the dealer won't replace it for free, call the 800# and ask them what to do. Print the above out and take it to the dealer and have them explain why this doesn't apply to you. Also, I would think if you have paid for an extended warranty ( which are usually for drivetrain only, this would include the transmission ) it should at the very least be covered under that policy. With both of these under your belt insist that they replace it for free. Good luck
my 07 sentra also gave out on me while driving to vegas and now i am already having problems with my new transmission. I do everything i can to keep my car running well, but this car is just a piece of crap. I do not speed, I do not drive out of control, or "beat the crap out of it". It is simply a terrible car and the transmission is a joke. The dealership told me this car is not good for trips like the one to vegas because the transmission cant make it. If i knew that i was going to have restrictions on where i was allowed to drive this car i would not have bought it.
automatic transmissions have a 20% failure rate whereas cvt transmissions have a 1% failure and out of those 70% can be attributed to wrong fluid or some other reason that are no issue with the transmission itself. They have "lifetime" fluid (good thing because at $35/l its expensive) and most are made by jatco and sold to manufacturers for their cars (Nissan, Renault, vw, infiniti, ford, dodge, etc.). what I'm saying is that they are extremely reliable as long as they're taken care of mostly being mis diagnosed because of un trained techs, they're half the price of an auto transmission because of they're simplicity, and they're lighter too increasing fuel economy because of that and other factors. So the transmissions can't be bashed all the time they just have to be diagnosed and repaired properly.
My parents 2009 sentra recently started making a noise and I'm wondering if its the transmission as well.When you let off the gas it makes a sound kinda like when you put a pop can on your bicycle tire to make it sound like a car is this the noise people have experienced? Sorry I don't know how else to explain the noise other than that analogy. Can anyone help this just started
Def Sounds like the Transmission. Drive it around for an hour , get it nice and hot , then take it to Nissan to have them check the codes. Don't mention the that you know about the factory extended warranty until they come back and tell you it's the trams. Have a copy of the above attached printed out and show it to them . Also, you can have another place do a diagnostics , but don't let them erase the error code, Nissan has to see it themselves in order for the to replace for free. Warranty on CVT trans is 120,000 mi . Hope this helps
ugh - wish i found this thread before 11 am this morning! i traded in my 05 Altima SE (WHICH DEF HAD TRANS PROBLEMS!!!!!) for a Sentra SV - the test drive went well, but now that i go from highway to side street driving, the car feels like crap..... no pickup and im afraid to floor it now that i read so much above..... WONDERFUL.........
Have a 2007 Sentra, bought it used at the dealership in 2010. Transmission went out around 80,000. Went to Cali a year later and transmission went out again while I was there. It's starting to make weird noises again, seems like it's about to go out again. Going to take it to the dealership. It's at 109,000 miles now. Had the car 4 years. Will never buy a Sentra again.
NISSAN SENTRA WORST CAR EVER I'LL NEVER BUY ONE OF THIS CRAPPY VEHICLE EVER EVER AGAIN... I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM TRANSMISSION ITS GOING TO BE MY SECOND ONE TO BE REPLACE.....
LISTEN WE ALL NEED TO GET TOGETHER FILE A LAWSUIT AGAINST NISSAN FOR SELLING US BAD VEHICLES......
I have a 2007 Sentra with 160,000 miles. I literally beat the shit out of it and it will not die! I just checked the oil and it was 3 quarts low so I added some. The stupid low tire pressure light comes on and goes off and blinks, the check engine light comes on and goes off but really $14,500 and 160,000 miles or hard driving. I would recommend to anyone!
I am very disappointed in Nissan, I have a 1993 Nissan 240SX SE convertible I bought NEW. Have 150,000 miles on it. Have looked at 2014 Pathfinder, loved the vehicle but then started reading and found out about the CVT transmissions. Do not feel comfortable with purchasing a Nissan, I have tried to rationalize that possibly it would. Be safe to purchase because Of all the ammenities that the Pathfinder has, but just can't get past the CVT transmission. I am a 65 yr old woman and would hate to get stuck on a interstate or vehicle suddenly stop on me on a busy interstate.
Let me start with never buy a Nissan. With that said my wife was on her way on San Francisco when the transmission blew on a 2007 Nissan Sentra w/ approx 123k miles on it. Long story short, after having a shop diagnose the issue, I retrieved the vehicle and contacted Nissan about the problem, I was informed that the car's drive train had a 120k mile or 10 year warranty. I was unaware of this and if I did i would have taken the car in at 119,999 miles with that said. I had it towed to this God awful dealership/ service dept Nissan of Van Nuys, CA. I was told by the service dept to have the car towed and a Bill Parks will sign for it and take care of it. Well this started on Friday by Monday I had heard nothing. So my wife calls the service dept, they said they never received the car.... I contacted the tow company and they provided me with all the necessary paperwork show a "Bill" signing for it. At this point I was getting nowhere with the service dept, so I decided to take time out of my work day and drive over there to sort this out. At this point i get directed to speak with Bill Parks. Bill Parks tells me he never signed for anything and never received the car. I walked the lot and sure enough its sitting right there. Well its a good thing I cleaned the car out because it was unlocked and nobody from Nissan had any paperwork or that it was there. Now the fun part was tracking down the Key's to the vehicle. It took me looking at there wall of keys to find it. During my whole time interacting with Bill Parks he was down right rude, inconsiderate, acting as if he didn't want to do his job, he was unhelpful and left me with very dissatisfied to the point I didn't want him to do my repair. After this whole debacle at the service dept, 2 days later my wife gets a call letting us know that Nissan will not warranty the transmission. NEVER I REPEAT NEVER BUY A CAR FROM THIS AWFUL DEALERSHIP OR A NISSAN IN GENERAL, THEY ARE CRAP CARS AND A LOUSY COMPANY THAT DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS. I'D RATHER PUSH ANY CAR THAN A NISSAN. STAY AWAY YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!
Uggh..I feel you guys. I had 2 engines replaced. I have a Nissan Sentra 2008. The first one was covered by Nissan at 30k (i had a problem already) and then at 100k which I purchase a new engine (well rebuilt old with 25k miles in it). I will never ever buy a crappy car from Nissan anymore...I have been loyal to them since 2000 ...I had a Nissan Xterra 2000(didn't have any problem), Nissan Pathfinder 2006 (no problem), Nissan Altima 2004 (had problem catalyctic converter) so I bought a Nissan Sentra 2008 (this car is crap!!! everything is falling apart), and I also have currently a Nissan Pathfinder 2009 (no problem yet)..Mind you I bought my car brand new and I am high mileage commuter.. I racked up 160 miles daily (M-F) on all my vehicle...I am going back to buy a Honda after I paid off my Nissan Pathfinder which is soon (thank goodness)..I still have my Nissan Sentra 2008 (paid off already) but has problem with that sound when i let go off the gas pedal..as you guys were saying...there's problem with transmission, casing, etc...uggh too much $$$$ i put with this stupid Nissan Sentra!!!!
As I have stated before, I have a 1993 Nissan 240 SX SE, I bought new In 1993.. I was planning g to purchase a Nissan Pathfinder Platimun which the dealership offered me a great deal, but Imwill not buy. Not with all the problems with the CVT transmission . I will always be concerned about breaking down some place. So I am going to buy the Hyundai Santa Fe Limited.
very poor choice with the hyundai. the cvt transmissions have an extremely low failure rate compared to automatics. simple in design, cheaper to make and far more reliable.
In response to Robert's reply "Poor choice on Hyundai over Nissan" Don't think so. All I have read about Nissan CVT transmission is negative. Nissan owns a big position on the company that manufacture the transmissions. Nissan just recently put a new CEO in charge of that company trying to fix the transmission problems. Nissan also increased the warranty, doubled the warranty to try and mitigate their CVT transmission problems. Infiniti also uses the same CVT transmission and the same problem is being reported with these cars. If anyone, knowing there is a problem, purchases that automobile, and it breaks down, then they purchased knowing that transmission is likely to have problems. I am a 65 yr old woman, and I do not want to purchase a vehicle knowing that this is a problem. B the way, my 1993 Nissan still has the original transmission, it is an automatic. So I will trust the old type transmission over the newly developed that does not have a trac record as yet
Avoid Nissan!!!, Not only does their sentra tranny seem abysmal, but their '05-10 Xterras/Path Finders/Frontiers have a well known radiator defect where a component fails and leaks into the transmission killing them both in one shot. This is a $5,000-$8,000 repair! (Google nissan radiator defect). You've been warned to avoid nissan!
the rad issue has an extended warranty for that issue so if you pay for that repair you're not very smart.
I've looked into this for my 2010 sentra after a trip to Cali. Whining noise is due to the trans fluid over heating. They say the fix is to install a trans cooler which it has pre- installed mounting brakets for the cooler. It happens only when driving 65+ more then 1.5hrs straight or going above a certain rpm for a certain time then the whining sound and loss of power which is the fail safe logic. Hope this helps..
Nissan ''engineers'' posted something about CVT's a while back. Basically, to avoid having your car go into fail safe: -Do not drive faster than 65 miles per hour for more than 1.5 hours. -Keep the engine revs below 4000. -Fail safe will occur if climbing a hill for more than 6 miles. -Whining sound occurs when car is in fail-safe. Personally, the majority of all CVT fail-safe videos I can find on Youtube, for example, are people who's vehicles went into fail-safe from speeding (70-80mph+) and pushing the tach needle above 4k constantly. Fail-safe is meant to protect the transmission before it fails on you, meaning you should be able to get to your destination, but people keep mashing the gas pedal trying to go faster than 80mph when the engine power is reduced... CVT's cannot withstand high torque, so if you're constantly pushing your car, driving aggressively, fail-safe happens, it's written in my 2011 Sentra's manual, I assume it's the same for others. I know of one lady who has a 2003 Murano with over 200k on her odometer. She tows a boat with it, kept up maintanence on perhaps the most fail-prone CVT equipped model/year and never had one problem.
1% fail rate lol well now that i in the same boat im sure this is more than 1% if nissan is puttin extended warranties out then its dam near majority. I drive mostly highway 65- 75 juss cause speed linits here are 65 or 70. Today i had whinning noise and then rpms wouldnt go above 3k. Turned car off and back on and went back to normal. Read everyones posts and it sounds like my 2011 sentra cvt is doin same shit. So ashamed of nissan right now. Cvt trans are junk. Who puts bands on a fuckin transmission? Id rather go back to honda/acure, worse thing i had with them is wheel bearings. Thats only cause they are pressed into the hubs. Id rather take my chances with rx-8 for bs thissentra has caused i couldve done a engine swap on rx-8. Nissan has officially dropped in my book. Very dissappointed in quality. Good idea with cvt trans but shitty engineering and quality. I can tell ill be sellin this sentra soon
Sentraj then you pretty much told us cvt is a waist. Why have a car if you can only go max 65 lol i might as well drive a uhaul everywhere
Wish there was a way to swap out cvt bullshit for a different trans
Always change your CVT transmission fluid at decent intervals (20,000- 50,000) miles. It helps lubricate, and the older the fluid gets, the less well it lubricates. It also helps with heat transfer, and when the fluid ages and gets hot, the chemical components degrade and loose important properties over time. Sure it is expensive to do ($210) but sure beats paying for a new tranny. Do maintenance on your tranny (fluid change) otherwise Nissan can say that you did not follow the correct maintance schedule. Take care of your cars. Our CVT runs great at 51,000 miles. Will post again at 100,000.
I understand y'alls uncertainty with CVT's, but Spillness has a good point. Nissan recommends that you change the CVT fluid every 60k miles or so. If you drive in severe conditions, the fluid should be changed sooner than that. Coolant protection is also vital in the safe- guarding of these transmissions. Nissan has a service bulletin detailing the proper coolant mix to insure the proper functioning of the CVT. I drive in temperatures ranging from +40'C to -40'C depending on the time of year. Never had an issue yet. Maintanence is key.
I have a 2007 Nissan Versa - had the transmission replaced at 80,000, fuel filter replace the first year, driver side floor had to be rewelded as water kept coming in during rain storms, what a piece of junk. now at 145,000 the transmission is going again (with only 67500 miles on it) and not covered. oh and the exaust fell apart at about 48,000. have had many Nissans over the years, will NEVER buy one again. Worst car I have owned and I had a 1971 Ford Pinto....
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima 3.5L SL that has 145,000 miles and I just now had to replace the transmission. Granted the car still drives fine when coasting down the interstate, but come to a stop....and take off it does nothing for a bit then finally kicks in and goes. I was skeptical with the CVT transmissions at first because I purchased an 07 Murano and it had tranny issues....but I went with this Altima to give it the benefit of the doubt....and I think that's pretty decent to get 145,000 miles out of it (the previous owner raw dogged the crap out of it). Putting a used transmission in it with 72,000 mi on that.....crossing my fingers it will work out. If not, I have a year warranty on parts/labor....so worse case scenario, I'll trade it off at the end of the year. Other than that, the car is AWESOME.....motor runs perfectly fine, which is surprising seeing how the previous owner treated this car like crap....I bought it off of an auction thinking I got a REALLY REALLY good deal...but after having to replace the tranny, it's turned into a "good deal"....granted the transmission put in it holds up. If not, I'll have a decent car to trade in for a new Altima/Maxima. Love the way the CVT drives....keep up with the maintenance and ensure you put only NISSAN CVT Fluid in it (my Altima takes NS-2). They say to not buy the off-brand because even though it says it's for Nissan NS- 2....it's not going to be the same formula as Nissan came up with to keep the transmission cooled down...if these transmissions get too hot they will go bad QUICK. Hoping to see at least 200k out of my car!
By the way, if your Nissan dealership isn't standing behind their warranty, definitely contact Nissan Consumer Affairs and get a case going. They will replace it once corp. contacts them and threatens to pull their license if they don't fix it.
I have a 2012 versa with cvt trans research them and they have a steel belt drive took it to Knoxville twin city Nissan great people and great service but my problem is the trans belt is slipping for a few seconds and then catching it feels like when you drop a clutch on a 4 speed but for some reason it would not do it with him in car but soon as I drop him off it did it 5 or 6 times I have extended warranty and I do rebuild cars but I cant touch it because of warranty I love Nissan but I would suggest get a 5 speed cvt trans is not that great the Nissan tech knew what was wrong but couldn't replaced it because he didn't hear it just felt a little shutter Nissan is a good car just a bad trans and to the guy up above about beating the shit out of them I hope your car has this problem soon and you have to foot the bill dipshit and good luck to the rest of you I feel your pain and by the way my versa has 56000 miles going back to Nissan this week with a video and statement from trans shop wish me luck
I have a 2008 Nissan Sentra and have had the whinning noise for over a year now. It will happen once the car has warmed up and has been driven around town for a little bit, or especially when climbing a grade and more especially if the A/C is going too. We take great care of the car, and have had this looked at, in which we were told nothing was wrong, and told just to have a tune up, which we did. The tune up seemed to help a bit initially, but after a short stent, it started back up again.After reading all the previous message on here, I am happy to see it isn't just me "over-hearing" normal car sounds but irritated that the "experts" that diagnosed my car issue, deemed to be nothing, and giving me more time to put more miles onto the car. Now, my quandary is my car just passed 120,000 miles (120100 to be exact!), and see that the extended warranty is active until 120000 miles. (Amazing, right?!) What extension of the extension is there available for my problem, seemed to be shared by many Nissan owners? Had it been diagnosed properly originally, or had it been brought to my attention, a Nissan owner, via service bulletin or equivalent from Nissan directly, rather than it being mentioned to an owner, "after the fact" when the owner happens to stumble across the information by accident, the mileage would not be an issue to me at this point. I feel lied to" by omission", being that this issue has been known, for quite a stent of time by Nissan, yet the information was not openly shared or accounted for by Nissan. Thus, lying by omission. Please offer any information that may better equip me to correct this issue, and at the expense of Nissan. I would greatly appreciate it.
I have been a Nissan technician for over 30 years and before the introduction of the cvt our shop would replace or rebuild about 7-10 automatic trannys a year now with the cvts we are replacing no less then 3-4 cvst a week with millage as low as 15-20k they are the worst thing you could ever put in a car PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM NISSANS WITH CVTS and pass this message around to anyone purchasing a new car.
The only reason cvt,s are used now are to save the manufacturer money they are easier to build, less parts and restrict engine performance to save gas and allow manufactures to say they get the best gas millage. You get crappy performance, noisy car, and less durability, manufacturer gets more profit!, ENJOY YOUR CVT, REPLACE IT EVERY 20K OR LESS L.O.L
I have a 2009 Altima with 141k that I bought new. 85 percent of these miles are highway miles. I certainly drive my car easy and do not rag it out. Well I'm passed the mileage mark for extended warranty by 21k. After I drop 3500 or so to replace my transmission I will contact Nissan Consumer Affairs for some assistance. Listen, cars made nowadays or in 2009 should not have transmissions needing outright replacement. My car will be 6 years old at the end of February and this happening is unacceptable. My family and I have always loved Nissan and we all own one. I will never buy another vehicle with CVT. If Nissan extended a warranty that means they are banking on something going wrong with the transmission at some point. You just dont do that for a "few" cars. I'd like to know if anyone has contacted Nissan and had any help in an situation similar to mine? Thanks
CVT transmissions have many more problems than do the normal automatic transmission.
Stay away from new technology until it has been proven reliable. As a minimum, don't buy the 1st year or 2 of new tech. My son's best friend is a Honda dealer tech; he specializes in transmissions. He recommends to not buy any Honda with CVTs for a few years.
This is too much. When was the last time there was the SAME problem with the SAME type of unit industry-wide? There needs to be a class action suit against the entire industry. Someone needs to pay for the snake oil salesman who put this technology into these cars and is costing people time, money, danger, and distress. SOMEONE is benefiting from having all these CVT tranny's replaced and or repaired at Chrysler, GM, Ford, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai.....Come on! The entire industry? The reason why there is no lawsuit is because each brand has a segregated customer base that is unaware that the other brands are experiencing the same issues with the same thing, "CVT's". NIssan FOrums do not link with Jeep Forums, or Saturn Forums---- As long as one group feels like it has a unique problem associated with the brand it supports, the rest of the car buying public does not know. The person sitting at home does not hear and get up and say,"HEY DAMN IT, WE DON'T EVEN OWN THAT PRODUCT AND WE HAVE THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM!!!" The industry as a collective body has jammed the public. I have a totally different vehicle than this forum and I carefully read the threads and I am pissed because we, the buying public have no true recourse for this. Like having 0 representation in our representative republic--or what is left of it.
This is an eye-opener for the public.. read this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/cars/your-next-vehicle-is-more-likely-to-have-a-cvt-heres-why/2014/05/27/76abd984-e5b4-11e3-a70e-ea1863229397_story.html
CVTs are not as sporty. True. Nissan builds awesome vehicles. I had 240k on a pathfinder and it ran like a top. I put 150k on an Altima prior to falling asleep and hitting a tree it ran perfectly. True Nissan owners know that they are tough as nails. There are 0 recalls on my 2012 Sentra, compare that to all of the other vehicles with recalls right now. My CVT runs great and gets me great gas mileage. Once it fails, I will post it. It has 57K right now. If you drive the CVT hard, especially from a cold start, and if you refuse to change the tranny fluid, then well, you get out what you put in. I knew a Saturn (GM) owner who went through 4 CVTs, so yes, some CVT builds suck, but Nissan has the most practice of engineering these. I wish Nissan would use 9 speed transmissions, I will give you that too, but CVTs get great gas mileage when used properly. If my wife could drive a stick, we would have gone that route. As for Nissan being trash, that is not even close to the experience that numerous others have had. Nissan Technician, yah right. One type of radiator defect that was recognized and fixed, every manufacturer encounters defects once in a while. Most GM vehicles made in the 80 s and 90s overheats in heavy traffic as they age, but they were decent vehicles when taken care of.
Hello, My 2011 Nissan Sentra is making a whistling noise when the heat is on. When I cut of the heat nothing! no noise. Why?
Most likely a seed got into the heater fan. Especially one of those winged/helicopter seeds. It happens once in a while in a great while in mine, especially after it gets blow dried after washing if I don't clear the vent of them between the hoof and window prior to washing. It usually goes away in time, but getting into it is a pain. I sometime turn the fan on full blast for a while to beat the seed out of it. The sound goes away in time (a few days). We use the heater a lot in Wisconsin. If it is the bearing though, eventually the fan will break, but I think it is more likely just a seed or debris.
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I havent heard any problems with the cvt,in nissan maxima's...any problems please post...
i dont really wanna deal with this dumb ass cvt anymore, i wonder how much it would cost to just put the manual transmission in it.
I have a 2007 Sentra with 214,000 miles on it and it runs good but I have had a vibration in my CVT transmission for about 90,000 miles at speeds between 40 to 65. I had got stuck in a snow bank and the CVT would not turn the tires to pull me out. I think that I may have scored the clutch in the rpm range for the 40 - 65 mph trying to rev it to get unstuck. It is starting to get worst now and I'm considering a rebuild. I still have great acceleration to 40 but baby it after that.
Hi. I'm new here,read a lot of interesting problems but can't find similar to mine.i bought a 2011 Nissan Sentra brand new one opener just the other day I was driving. As I got of the high way I stopped at a light and onse it turned green tried to gas it but it dosent pull. I tried to put it in L nothing, reverse nothing car revs but dosent accelerate. Took it to a mechanic they said possibly transmission. Really disappointed 4 years and cars transmission went. Has anyone had similar problems? Please advise Thanks.
We have a 2008 Sentra SL. It just turned 80,000 miles and we are on the third CVT transmission. When they replaced it the first time they said that the rebuilds had modifications that made them more reliable. I used to rank Nissan almost with Toyota and Honda for reliability but not anymore. We are in Arizona and it is very hot here in the summer. Clearly these things cannot operate in the heat for very long. The dealer said that there is a continual flow of cars with blown CVT's from driving through the mountains between Arizona and San Diego in the Summer time. Nissan extended the CVT warranty to 10 years and 120,000 miles in hopes of avoiding a recall or lawsuits. Honda started putting CVT's in the Accord in 2013 and the CRV this year. I sure hope they get it right. On a positive note, chances are your transmission will fail before you need the very expensive fluid change! One other "improvement" to watch out for. ELECTRONIC POWER STEERING.. When this fails it may cost more than the car is worth and there is NO warranty extension.
I have a 2010 altima that was just given to me from my grandma the original buyer.it only has 112,000 and the trans is toast! These transmissions are junk! And over priced.cost 7 times more than an American car
We have an 07 Sentra that just hit 89k miles. The majority of those miles were put on the highway, granted we live in Chicago where construction seems to be year round, so the Highway is always stop and go. Well not to long ago my wife asks me to drive her car to work because she says as she presses the gas she doesnt get any power. Well i drove it to work and in the city on my way to the highway it was fine. Never can get past 25-30 MPH in the city so i couldn't notice any problems. As i got on the highway however i noticed the car does not shift into any other gear, and when i let off of the accelerator the RPM dropped rapidly and there was a winding noise. Not Whining like it normally sounds, a little harsher. Well I found out the trans is under warranty for 10 years 120k which we fall under. Here is my dilemma. When we bought the car in Indiana, we were not aware that the car was manufactured in Mexico. Nissan Dealer said that they don't cover Nissans Manufactured in Mexico. Is there any truth to this??? And why will the vehicle not shift like it should. I know CVT's do not have gears, but for lack of a better explanation why is the Trans Stuck In 1st Gear??? Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all you GearHeads who have assisted us with all of your input and advice.
I think they are trying to get out of replacing it. Some have posted that the dealer said they won't replace or tried to tell them that the transmission was not the problem, when it was. Read below article, call the number at the bottom and insist they replace it. The article says nothing in respect to manufacturing origin, if this was the case it would clearly state that in this article that came staight from Nissan. Don't let them BS you, from you said the car was doing, it's absolutely the CVT gone bad. Bob
CVT Program Details Dear Nissan Owner: On behalf of everyone at Nissan, we would like to thank you for choosing to drive a Nissan. One of the many technologically-advanced features of your vehicle is the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an innovative transmission that offers smooth, seamless shifting, while tailoring the vehicle's output to your driving style. While Nissan is proud to offer this technology on many of our models, a small percentage of owners of early models equipped with CVTs have expressed concerns about the cost of repair of their transmissions after the warranty expires. We take these comments about the cost of vehicle ownership seriously. We strive to provide an exceptional ownership experience and are implementing a thorough Customer Satisfaction Program to address this topic. First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first. This extension is effective immediately and requires no action on your part. The remainder of your powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and your basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. All other warranty terms, limitations and conditions otherwise apply. This extended transmission warranty is also fully transferable to future owners of your vehicle. Second, Nissan will reimburse customers who have previously paid to repair or replace their CVT, if the repairs would have been covered within the new extended warranty period. Even if you no longer own your Nissan we will reimburse you for past CVT repairs that would have been covered under this extension of the warranty. Further, in the unlikely event that your vehicle's transmission should need repair beyond the extended warranty period we are working to decrease the cost of repair and have already reduced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of a replacement CVT. In addition, we continuously strive to enhance our products, and have made ongoing improvements to our CVTs over the years. Nissan is taking these actions to demonstrate our confidence in the CVT technology and to show our commitment to stand behind our products. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO The extended warranty coverage for CVT repair or replacement is effective immediately. If you seek coverage for a repair under this extended warranty you will need to bring your vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer. The factory- trained technical staff at the Nissan dealer will have the diagnostic tools and knowledge to provide you with the appropriate service and submit your warranty claim. If you have additional questions regarding this program, contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at 800-647-7261 for assistance. At Nissan we and our dealers work daily to deliver an outstanding ownership experience that will earn your confidence and trust. We are committed to doing the right thing for our customers and look forward to a long relationship that you find satisfying and rewarding. Thank you for choosing Nissan. Sincerely, Kevin Martin Vice President Total Customer Satisfaction
Even before reading this page I'd decided. Won't be buying another Nissan because they're still using the CVT. Been buying Nissan since 1972, very satisfied. Didn't considered another brand. My first bad experience with CVT (2008 Sentra) was trip to Ohio in summertime to my sister's. An 8 to 10 hour drive, including much of it over the mountainous route 80 in PA. Hot day, construction kept the traffic moving slowly and the transmission starts whining. Temperature gauge never reads hot, but the plastic parts over the hump between the front seats and plastic near the gas pedal feel hot, despite AC. I pull over at a rest stop for a an hour or so, to cool it down, not wanting a breakdown. I continue on, but keeps happening. Keep stopping & waiting, arriving after dark abt 4 hours overdue. Next day brother-in-law takes Sentra to a garage to check it out (found nothing wrong) while 2nd leg of journey (St.Louis) was with my sisters car. The return trip back to NY in Sentra was a repeat of the trip out. Cant fault the dealer, they replaced the fully warranted transmission after checking it out. Always treated well there (Kingston Nissan) whenever I took the car in. Mostly used for commuting to work (38mi each way) and short hops during the day. No problems. But now when I make 2 hour trip to see daughter in summer, the whining returns. (not in winter) I've concluded that you cant travel for more than an hour over a hilly route in summer with the CVT. I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT NISSAN CHOSE TO STAY WITH THE CVT.
I have taken very good car of my car, driven it with care, done every single scheduled maintenance, and kept all documentation for the work done in it. Replaced CVT AT 65,000 and now it's at a it again. I disagree with Nissan, there aren't only a few, many owners of this car with bad transmissions. A lawsuit is definatley in order. They have crap transmissions, unfortunately, most of the cars coming out have CVTs.
I brought a 2012 Nissan Rogue and I need a new transmission Nissan said they won't fix it because I went over the 60000 miles it's only 3 yrs old and I'm upset with Nissan I brought this truck with only 4 miles on it no transmission should not break after three years any suggestions
I would definitely check on this as I have read, the warranty was doubled on the Nissani vehicles that had a CVT transmission. Google the warranty on Nissan Vehicles? Warranty 120,000 miles on Nissan with CVT Transmission.
Contact Nissan Consumer Affairs phone number 1-899-647-7261 If you read previous posts, you will see copy of letter put out by Nissan regarding the double warranty to 120,000 miles on Nissan with CVT Transmission
They only had 100000 warranty thru 2010 on the rogue I'm still fighting with them
A company called Jatco supplies the transmissions to Nissan. Nissan is not going to move away from that company as they own 75% of The company. They did replace the CEO a couple years ago to turn things around at JATCO. Guess they were not successful.
I have 2015 sentra with 2800 miles.The transmission started to be noisy since the car has 250 miles.Now it's going very bad.I went to the dealer 3 times and every time he said the car operates as it should be.I talked to Nissan and they never help.I have to take a legal action against them.If any body wants to be a with me my email address is email@example.com
Tengo un Nissan sentra sv 2015 y la cvt. Ya golpea y hace un ruido. Y solo tiene 45 dias. Ya lo lleve a nissan de downtown LA y el prepotente del sub manager dice que es normal. Por favor. Un carro nuevo no va ser tanto golpeo o ruido. Mañana lo llevo a otro concesionario y les cuento que me dicen. Mal en 45 dias y ya tiene problemas.
im about to buy my first car and its a 2013 Nissan sentra sr great deal and everything but I've done so much research on it and im really wired about the transmission if its worth buying it its only at 32000 miles but everyone complains about the cvt and the last thing i need right now is to take it into the garage and pay more money can someone please help me out i would be so greatful
I do not think the CVT warranty extension covers 2013 models. It may be the standard powertrain 5yr, 60K on a 2013. Double check. You may want to consider purchasing an actual Nissan extended warranty of somewhere around 7-8 yrs, 100K. Go on some of the Nissan forums and find out where to buy one online for a great price. One would have paid for itself on our Sentra.
Our car is well maintained and gently driven. At 80,000 miles it is on its third CVT transmission. The front struts are leaking puddles. It has also has a front hub/bearing assembly replaced. I realize that they are two different price point vehicles but our Honda Accord at 120K has been about a hundred times more reliable.
SAVE YOUR LIFE : DON'T BUY NISSAN. I have Nissan Altima 2009 with 134,000 miles. couple last week I was driving at 50 miles\hour and my car stopped suddenly in the middle of the road. My car was almost hit by on going traffic. It was TOO RISKY and I am so Scared after that incident. I took my car to my mechanic and Nissan dealer and they mention that its a transmission issue and it won't cover under warranty. I have opened up a case with Nissan and waiting for their representative to contact me. Too many people are complaining about transmission issue. I wanted to file law suit and take legal actions against Nissan, they can't play around with their customers lives with these stupid transmissions. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you think that you should take legal action against Nissan.
As a veteran mechanic who happens to manage a salvage yard and has a vast knowledge of parts for all makes and models. i can say confidently CVT transmissions are junk! Its funny to see comments on car forum after car forum from way back in 2008 from people defending CVT transmissions saying they are reliable,effiecent and "proven" the first modern cvt transmissions weren't even installed on full sized motor vehicles untill around 2003! First by Nissan and they had all sorts of issues with them.still today 13 years later a good used 2003 Nissan Murano transmission will set you back 1000-1500 bucks which is ridiculous for a 13 year old transmission,why? well when prices stay high like that in a used part market it means they have a high failure rate with a low supply of good used ones available in the market. Its supply and demand. In my experience dealing with these transmissions over the years i have never seen an original cvt transmission last to 150k miles let alone 200k without being replaced 1 or more times at 4-5 thousand dollars..Actually I just purchased a nice Jeep compass from a friend for $200,yes $200, why? because his 2nd cvt transmission just died on him,only a month after a scheduled fluid change,he took good care of this vehicle,but with no dipstick you cant check fluid levels on a lot of CVT's setting them up to fail. So with 135,000 on the vehicle,that places it out of warranty and my friend doesn't have the 4 thousand dollars he was quoted to replace it.also Local transmission shops will not touch any CVT transmission..they just replace them with new units now purchased from the dealer..A large local shop owner told me that he has lost around 150,000 dollars trying to rebuild CVT transmissions over the last few years,stating that parts are scarce and when he can find them to attempt a rebuild the transmission always comes back in..My friend with his jeep compass simply decided to cut his losses and sold it to my salvage yard (which prices are historically low right now) This is a very common story with vehicles and CVT transmissions my yard is full of otherwise nice vehicles with bad CVT transmissions.they are not reliable or proven. as time rolls on and they work out the problems they might work the bugs out but here we are in 2016 and there are many horror stories about these vehicles over the past 10 years.and it doesn't seem to be getting any better..
I have a 2013 Sentra bought brand new 2 years ago straight off the dealership lot 85k miles on it and CVT is having to be replaced. I talked to 3 different dealerships and got 3 different quotes. Anywhere from 3800 -4500. I called corporate and the are going to cover half the cost for new transmission and installation. That's great and all but still I think there is something definitely wrong with their CVT they just don't want to say anything as it would open the door for liability suits.
I have a 2013 Sentra fully loaded. Purchased brand new. Within 2 weeks it didn't start, it was in the shop while they waited for parts to replace the steering column for 2 + weeks. The airbag on the passenger side has been recalled and it obviously doesn't work. Anyone any weight sits in it and it truns off. Dealer keeps saying my specific car is not recalled. At around 58K miles I took it back. The transmission seemed to slip, rev and not move etc... I was told they found nothing wrong with it. The Sentra transmission is only covered for 60K miles. One of the shortest out there. They probably know the transmissions suck. now at 80K the transmission has gotten so bad (warranty now over) it is scary to drive. I hesitates going into reverse, it reves, it surges and then feels like it goes into nutral constantly. The surging is extreme. Took it back to the dealer today. They don't even act like they want to fix it but said if they die it would be at least 3800.00. I paid 24K for the stupid car. I still owe 4 years. It will be my last CVT transmission and my last Nissan. Also my driverside door handle leaks green corrosion down my back paint and the dealer would never fix that because they said they never saw it. my car paint there is permanently damaged.
I bought my 09 Nissan used with 35k miles on it had the transmission replaced the first time at 59k, then I was told that they extended the warranty on my transmission to 120k, my car now has 120, 978 miles in it and is starting to make the same with whining noise as before. So then I called. Corporate Nissan to see what they are gonna do about it. Well long story short, even though the dealer diagnosed it as a faultypical transmission, Nissan still won't fix it even though I'm right out of warranty, they won't even bargain on the price. I was even willing to give them 2000 up front and they still won't. Poor customer service and I will never buy another car with a cat nor a Nissan every again
Never ever will I buy a Nissan of any kind. My 2012 Rogue still sitting can't afford the transmission right now. Still got to pay car payment. Corporate is a mess. Nissan really need to recall these transmissions
My 2012 Nissan Sentra SR cvt failed at 98,000 mi when the car was 3 yrs old. Drexel Hill Nissan was a complete disaster to deal with regarding this issue. Nissan Corporate was of absolutely no help either. Dealership wanted $4700 to replace it. I said no. Corporate said there was no assistance to be offered. I will never buy another Nissan ever again.
Just had my 2010 rogue transmission with 29,000 miles replaced by Nissan. Very concerned after reading all of these complaints whether to keep or sell ? I've always owned Nissans as a second car but this is rediculious. My issue is mainly stopping at a red light and then making a turn. It doesn't accelerate.
I have a 2008 Nissan Sentra with 270,000 miles on it. The transmission started acting up 2 days ago on the highway. Drives great on local roads or going to work just does not like mountain roods. Looks like I will be having it rebuilt because the motor is running great. I have had no issues with this car and would love another one. I truly believe I got my money worth.
Wow! that's what I used to expect from a Nissan. We are at 93,000 on our 08 Sentra. On out third CVT. The struts were leaking like sieves and rattling like crazy at 38,000. Now it just stalls out for no reason and does not show any codes. I know an Accord is a more expensive car but ours was 100 times more reliable than this Nissan.
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