Has there been a lot of problems with 2013 Nissan Altima transmission
Yep. Some. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Nissan/Altima/2013/transmission/
Yes. I have replaced several. They seem to have worked out the problems on the 2015 models but 2013 was a bad year for transmissions in Nissans. I replaced more that year than the rest of my 16 years at Nissan combined.
Mine failed at less than 5 years old but over 60,000 miles so refused coverage under warranty by Nissan. It is a costly repair on such a young vehicle ($4000). My previous Nissan products have gone well over 100,000 miles with no issues, but this has me skeptical of the brand quality and their unwillingness to cover this faulty transmission has resulted in the loss of a loyal customer.
Did you try calling 1-800-nissan1 to see if they would cover it? I know for a fact that Nissan is generous on covering cvt issues up to at least 100,000 miles. My guess is the dealer you brought it to didn't want to cover it. They probably didn't check to see if they could. If a customer comes into our shop with a cvt issue and they service their car with us regularly we call for them. Most of the time Nissan will cover the entire repair. There are some occasions where they will decline but it usually involves someone changing the fluid with automatic transmission fluid.
Mpe234, yes, I did call customer care. I had heard that earlier models were covered up to 100,000 miles and 10 years. They considered my case for about a week and came back with a determination that they could not cover it because it was out of warranty. Even the Nissan dealer seemed a little surprised and are being extremely patient as we now have to figure out how to pay for a $4000 repair on a car that is financed and we still owe money on.
The dealer still has options. If they are willing to, they can call their Nissan rep and ask for assistance. I have had some luck going that route and at least getting Nissan to cover the part.
Are you over 100,000 miles?
Mpe235, my car is only 75,000 miles. The drive train warranty for the 2013 is 5 yrs/60,000 miles. I have been working with both the dealer and corporate customer care. They deliberated for over a week and decided not cover us. Again, this was not what I expected from the Nissan brand. A huge disappointment.
I didn't mention that our failure occurred while driving on an interstate highway with no warning and had to coast through traffic to the shoulder of the road, so it is a serious safety issue. I have filed a complaint with NHTSA. There are currently over 200 complaints filed on the 2013 Nissan Altima power train and more on other model years, many nearly identical to my experience. I encourage others to report this to NHTSA due to the safety concerns. They could require Nissan to take ownership of the problem.
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