Is it common to need a whole new transmission with only 71,000 miles on the car?

Asked by Mar 09, 2015 at 02:20 PM about the 2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2011 Nissan Altima, and it seemed like the transmission was slipping.  I took
it into the dealership, since it is a CVT transmission, I couldn't take it to my family
mechanic, and they told me the code showed up stating I need a whole new
transmission. It was the tork converter, and coolant.  They quoted me $3800.  I don't
understand how it could fail after only 71,000 miles on it.  Our warranty just expired
after 60,000 miles, of course. I am looking into getting an extended warranty and
submit a claim after 3 months.  Has anyone had this same issue?  I am beyond
frustrated that I need a new transmission, much less fork out $3800.

3 Answers

450

It is not that uncommon.

25

It could happen. It's an engine component and each car is different. Have another mechanic who knows Nissan cars or another dealership service tech take a look. Generally better to get more than 1 opinion.

180

Go to car complaint.com the CVT TRANSMISSION IS VERY FAULTY IN THE 2010 THRU 2014 altimas. File complaint on the bbb.com website. There is also a number alert Nissan has put up there for this problem.

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