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Nissan Rogue Maintenance and Repair



  • Had the same problem, noise from the front end at low speeds (around 6 mph). Noticed it when driving in parking lots.

    Took it to the Nissan dealer here in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and after looking at it they said it was a transmission problem and that they would replace it. So the car is in the shop right now. They also said that this is the 5th one that they have had to do.
  • 2008 Rogue SL AWD almost 9K miles. I too have reported this xmission sound when slowing down...the 1st time they said they could not hear it. The 2nd oil change I reported it again, I had to take head mechanic for a ride...he heard it when we went thru a parking lot moving at 5-10mph and then stopping. He said 'yes, that is the sound we thought, and others have reported this. Nissan is aware of this and are working on a fix'. The explanation given was with this CVT xmission, imagine you have 2 'cones' facing each other, and as they move in and out you are changing the tension on the belt (or was it beltS?) slow speed there seems to be a little slop in the belt. His opinion was they woudl probably come up with some type of oil treatment or something to add to the xmission. Well, we shall see.
    BTW: I really like my Rogue alot! I went from a 2001 Forrester, and was hedging between the 2009 Forrester and the Rogue....considering the better gas milage, the Forrester still has a 4sp (old) xmission, and a couple other small matters I decided on the will be 1 year in April...only complaint is this xmission noise! My wife thinks the Rogue is much much better than the (2001) Forrester in the snow and such we get here in upstate NY area!...and I think I must agree!
  • Nissan just replaced my transmission last week and so far i do not have the same problems......hopefully this took care of it.
  • I am just wondering if this xmission/belt issue could be brought about by 'rough break-in' on the cars? The original Rogue I was going to get was 'right off the boat' and I was quite excited about this, until my wife convinced me to spend extra and get the Bose/fold down seat/ I did and ended up with a Rogue with something like 34 miles on it. And if my memory serves me correct, this could be the one we originally test drove with the sales person, and this is why I asked the break-in question. They drove us in this thing at hard acceleration (brand new car mind you) and really locked em up to show us the breaking ability, did some tight circles in the parking lot to show us the turn radius and handling and a few other good things..but not stuff I would want to do to my new car!! I am just wondering if the folks who have experienced this xmission noise got the car with very low miles?
    And with this replacement xmission, maybe take it very light the first 1000 or so to see how she behaves? Based on what I have read, it looks like I need to push for a new tranny huh?....
  • That's a good thought, didn't think of the "break-in" thing. I had to order my car, and it had about 200 miles on it when I bought it. They had to drive somewhere to pick it up. After the issues I had stated about 1-2 weeks ago, they didn't need to replace the transmission for the second time....YET. While I was waiting for the dealership to get a hold of their Nissan rep, 2.5 weeks later, last Saturday while driving down the road, all of a sudden I started hearing loud banging/vibrating noises. It sounded like the transmission fell was so loud. I couldn't drive the thing. I immediatly called the dealer and he insisted that I bring it in, rather than them come tow it. They had the car for 2 days and told me that it was the rubber grommit that is located on the axel that got dislodged. Not sure what this is, or how it did it but it did. I have the owner of this dealer involved as I have been so irate from the "lack of ackowledement" from Nissan. I still think it's the transmission and it is STILL making the same gurgling noise. Of coarse I wasn't able to get it to duplicate while I was there to pick it up, he told me to come back in 1000 miles (due for an oil change then) and he will look at it again. I have told them that I want a new car, that I feel that the problems I'm having is uncalled for when purchasing a new vehicle. They refused to do anything for me. I don't know what to do at this point. Thank goodness for this I can see others are having the same issue. Anyone able to get their vehicle replaced/and or a second transmission? Thanks!
  • 2 times back to the dealership on our 2008 Rogue for transmission problems. When you slow down the tranny downshifts very hard and surges forward. Both times they just reset the computer which fixes it for about 1-2 months and then it starts again.

    We are also having the noises at slow speeds (parking lots) problems as well. It goes back this week and they are buying it back. :mad:
  • I don't believe it has to do with the "rough break-in" on the car. I started hearing the gurgling at approx 6,000 miles. I called Nissan directly and told them to either fix the problem or give me a new car. They said, OK. All i needed to do was bring it back to the dealer within 30 days. However, when I went to the dealer, they called Nissan's (tech-line), which told them to replace the transmission.

    The dealer stated that they just came-out with a new tranmission that should fix the problem.....not sure if that was true.
  • Is the dealer that is buying your car back, are they buying it back at the price you paid? or are they doing the "trade in" thing? They reset the computer on mine as well....then back into the shop we go.
  • I was also just told the same thing that they just changed something on the transmission, which should fix the problem. What I don't understand, is if you don't know what is causing the issue, how can you fix the problem? I'm not sure if I believe this or not, since it's coming from Nissan directly. They haven't even recalled the transmissions. Did you get a new car or the transmission replaced?
  • glad to hear there may be a fix for this. I suspect maybe a select few/batch exhibit this problem, otherwise a total recall ($$) would be happening....another reason I thought of maybe 'break-in' syndrome of something like that. I also at one time coming out of a gas station, on a hard-right turn had a POP which sounded like a GEAR jumed out...but it went away and never happened again. We also have a 2007 Nissam Altima, which is the 1st year they came out with the CVT in that car...and my wife has had NO CONCERNS WHATSOEVER in that. She tells me she would NOT be driving in a brand new car making the kind of noise mine does in the Wal-Mart parking lot!! In any case, I have no (major) complaints regarding service at this point....they are accomadating and seem to want to please their customers, which is how it is supposed to be. BUT, I will not hesitate to go speak to the SALES department or the owner or WHOEVER (Nissan?) if the need arises, which sound to me like what might be needed (escalation process) in the case where they give you the runaround. I love this forum! :shades:
  • I have a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL base model FWD bought in November 2007. I work out of my Rogue and now have 32000 miles on the vehicle and have had no problems at all. I also read another forum on the Rogue. From what I understand the transmission problem only afects the all wheel drive version (AWD) of the Rogue and not the front wheel drive (FWD) version.
  • Sorry, untrue! Our 2008 Rogue SL is 2 wheel drive not AWD and the transmission problems started at 10 months and 9,000 miles. And to be clear, the first time we brought the car into Universal City Nissan, (Universal City, CA), the mechanic said there were numerous fault messages for the transmission on the computer. Both times the dealership just reset the computer which stops the problem for about 1-2 months only.

    One website says the Nissan tech advisors admit there is a software problem with the car and they are waiting for a fix. But, we just started having the steering at slow speeds 'noise' problem, in parking lots, that other posters have stated they are having as well.

    Having worked as a computer chip designer for many years, (Motorola, Intel, General Motors), it was clear to me from the very first time we brought the car in, that Nissan is having a major software/chip problem in this car. Also, the recall for the passenger side airbag 'fix' Nissan is performing, doesn't work. My wife gave a ride to a co-worker that weighs 100 pounds, and the light went on in the dash, just as it had prior to bringing it in.

    I would bet money that Nissan rushed this car to market, to meet higher mileage wants, when the gas prices went sky high. And they used many inferior parts, just as they admit they did with the passenger seat airbag sensor.

    We are not accepting a transmission replacement from Nissan, no way. They are buying it back period.
  • Thanks for posting this about the airbag sensor. I was not notified that this was recalled. Does anyone have any websites advising this? I have noticed myself sitting in the passenger side that the light will go on indicating airbag is off. I know I'm more than 100 lbs but I thought it was because I sit on my one leg sometimes shifting my weight. I'll have to look into this. I just got back from the dealer today. I showed up asking for all of my paper work and copies of the pictures they took of the "rubber grommit" on the axel that "fell off". They do not have any paperwork of my last visit, where they replaced this thing. Or when the "reset" the transmission. I told them not to do anything to it w/o my permission, and they did. I also asked them what they would give me for my car to "buy back" and they said they can't do anything for me. This just really sucks. I don't know who else to go to at this point except a lawyer/news. I thought that they would try to work with me when they saw me asking for the copies of my paper work. Oh well. thanks for all of your posts guys....
  • Sorry to hrar about your transmission problems. I had bought a brand new Toyota Rav 4 in April of 2007. In 6 months I had 3 transmissions replaced. They ended up doing a Lemon Law buyback and in November of 2008 I bought my Rogue. (Knock on wood) I havn't had any problems but know this, I did buy the Gold + extended warranty.
  • After reading these messages, I feel a little better about my struggle with Nissan. I have low mileage, but tody it was dropped off at the dealership for the 3rd trans to be. I bought my brand new Rogue March 2007 - heard that loud trans clunck while backing up and turning the steering week hard to the left/right...the dealership fixed it (without replacing the trans), as it is a known issue (and my tech at the dealership has a Rogue and experienced the same issue). Next, I experienced more of the trans noice....they replaced my transmission in Oct. 2008. It was good until last week, when the low rattling noise at low speeds popped up and I was having nothing to do with it....this is a new car that has been in the shop more than I've driven it....that is why it's getting its 3rd trans. Also, they advised today that Nissan put out a new trans, but didn't change the part number in Sept 2008. When they replaced the trans in Oct, they beleive they could have installed the "older" model trans. I have insisted they replace with the newer model trans, so I don't have to deal with this again in another 3 months. Nissan should be doing a recall on this trans :mad:
  • moreroguerage, I love your screen name!! Thanks for posting this....I think we are all in the same boat and I think it's sad that Nissan is not doing anything. My dealer is still not accepting the fact that I need another transmission.....or a new car. Did you mention to them that you wanted a new car? I don't think we should have to go through 3 transmissions in a years time for a brand new car. New parts or not, it's not right. OH well, I'm trucking myself back up to the dealer today....I'm brining it in now every week until they do something about it. They didn't have any paperwork for the last time beg of this month stating they "reset" the transmission. They told me they have to "look" for it and would call me. I'ts been a week and no paper work.....ugh. Let us know how you make out with this "new" transmission. I do hope it fixes the issue.
  • I'm glad you enjoyed my screen name ;)

    My dealership called the Nissan Tech Line and were told to replace the transmission (in Oct). "it was a known issue" When they called them back again, this week, to tell them I was experiencing the same issue, they agreed to replace the trans again. The story I'm being told is that Nissan put out a new trans that fixed this issue in Sept '08. When they replace my trans in Oct '08, they must have been sent a trans that was in inventory and the "good" parts weren't in it. They have confirmed with the Nissan Tech Line that the "old" trans are not in inventory any longer and they are safe to replace it. This "should be" THE LAST transmission my brand new car with 6,000 miles receives (it will be it's 3rd).

    I think it was helpful that I took my dealerships Service Director and Tech out with me on the road and made sure they heard what I heard. Once I got their acknowledgement (which took 1/2 hour on Tuesday), I told them, this is not how a new car sounds. The sound went away when the trans was replaced at 3000 miles and now it is back, after 3000 more. If anyone has had a new trans and you think you're hearing the noise after 3000 miles, you have the "old" trans in your car - get it swapped out. I'll let everyone know what happens with the "new" trans.

    I didn't tell them I wanted a new car yet...I'm in NJ and we have a Lemon Law -- if the car is not sufficiently fixed after 3 attempts, they are required to give you a new car - from what I hear, it's a bit of a hassel, that I'm just not up for right now. I'm hopeful this new trans is the fix and I can begin to start enjoying this car. (Honestly, I traded in my "super-gas" Acura that never gave me one ounce of trouble for this car -- I really want my Acura back)
  • PS: Do NOT walk out of the dealership without any paperwork. If need be, write down why you were there and make them sign and date your visit. You can ask to speak with the owner of the dealership too. I spoke with the owner of the dealership, who personally introduced me to the the Service Director, who has been helping me, with one of their best technicians. If you stand there and demand it, they are going to want to get you on your way. Good luck.
  • kcabkcab Posts: 10
    I just bought mine 3 months ago and only have 1180 miles on it and already had two incidences. 1st was tire pressue monitor didn't light but had a flat on morning. Took it to Mr. Tire to get tire repaired $20 (and they didn't take if off or put it on), nothing in the tire, it leaked at the seal/rim. Which was most likely from me moving it to level ground to change the tire; but the monitor never lit even though I thought the tire looked a little low one day. 2nd just today "Service Engine Soon" lamp came on; after I wanted to check to see if the cruise control would cancel itself when I changed the gear using the shift paddle up or down. The cruise doesn't cancel for either action, but after that the "Service Engine Soon" lamp appeared. after reading these other posts I wished I had kept my 98 Nissan Kingcab I traded. It had 50K miles on it and got as good as gas mileage as this '08 Rogue. It was only in the shop once in 10 yrs.; and that was for a windshield washer pump (covered under warr.). This Rogue I'm alread disappointed in, a 2008 with everything except leather, power seats and navigation pkg. on it; but think I'm readty to trade it. Got shafted at the dealer on a finance charge, and Nissanusa doesn't really give a hoot. This was my sixth Nissan product, first one I've ever been disappointed in. PS all the others were King Cabs with manual shift.
  • candle4ucandle4u Posts: 10
    Sorry to hear about this. Thanks for posting, let us know what happens with the service engine light. I hope you don't have as many issues or transmission issues like we all have.
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