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Nissan Altima CVT

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  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    I had the same problem and the dealer replaced the "transmission valve body" three weeks ago. When I picked up the car from the dealer It felt great up until yesterday that I started to have the same problem. It is becoming a safety issue when I have to enter a busy street and the car does not respond to the acceleration. I will take my car to the dealer again next Tuesday and see what other problem they find. I have this car on lease and if the problem is not fixed I will have to use an attorney to get out of this lease ASAP. My car is a 2010 model.
  • hrotolohrotolo Posts: 11
    Unbelievable....Wow my car is a 2010 as well with 15000 miles. please keep me posted as to what happens, this is very frustrating..... :cry:
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    Well, I took my car to the dealer again, they will have to replace the transmission. They gave me loaner Altima 2.5S and it drives great. I will post again when I get my car back.
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    The replaced the transmission in my 2010 Altima and the problem still there. I don't know waht to do now, I am tired. :mad:
  • I have been complaining of transmission problems since I picked up my 2010 Altima in December of 2009. First I was told "that's just the way the CVT works, get used to it". When I explained about the power loss after highway driving (almost rear ended twice, sluggish acceleration for a day or so after) they said they couldn't duplicate the problem. Every time (every 6,000 km) I took it in for scheduled service I listed the problem. Finally, at the 48,000 km service they said they would order a transmission valve body. When I went in for the 54,000 km service they said they would install the valve body. I got a phone call that day and said that they had installed the valve body and when they test drove the car the transmission would not shift out of first (I'm not sure how "gears" are defined in a CVT). They couldn't fix it so they had obtained authorization to replace the CVT. They gave me a loaner and the work took two days. I just got it back, I'll update this board on the results.
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    The dealer replaced the transmission on my 2010 Altima about 3 weeks ago (they have replaced the transmission valve body about 4 weeks ago)and I still have the same accelerations problem. I took it back to the dealer. After 3 days they told me that the transmission came from the factory with the rigth oil level and after installing it they put more oil, they claim that oil overfill was causing the transmission not to respond to the acceleration. I called yesterday and the problem still there. It has been one week and they don't know what the problem is. I have called Nissan North America and they have a case open. I hope they find out exactly what is wrong with my car. :mad:
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    Well, it has been 14 days since I took my car to the dealer and they don't know what the problem is. They have replaced the valve on the transmission, replace the transmission, test it for 14 days and the problem is still there. I have called Nissan NA again and ask them for a solution, they will call me back hopefully today. :lemon: :mad:
  • onlamonlam Posts: 13
    edited June 2011
    I got my Altima 3.5 SR last week and loved it. The CVT is extremely smooth and works perfectly. For those who still have prioblems with your CVT, read the Nissan TSB regarding surging or lost of power between 10 and 45 mph here.

    Link:

    http://www.nissan-techinfo.com/TSB/TSB_xml/nmabstract.aspx?id=56520&model=&model- - year=

    Other TSB for the Altima and other Nissan vehicles is listed here. enjoy.

    Link:

    http://www.nissan-techinfo.com/TSB/TSB_xml/nmIndex.aspx?tsbType=TSB
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    Thank for the info, but my problem goes beyond the issues descrpted in the Nissan technical bulletin. This is the fourth time my car has been in the shop and they are still working on a solution.
  • I'm so relieved to read that I'm not the only one who is having these issues! My Altima has been to the dealership for the whining noise I hear on the highway. The first time I noticed it, I was driving from Phoenix to LA and it was only doing it at 65mph or higher. It's now doing it even at lower speeds. I've taken it to 2 dealerships so far and they've done nothing. I now have to drive back to LA in a few days. I really don't think it'll make the trip. I pay $370 a month just to have a car that is unreliable. I have friends with junker cars who don't have to worry about their cars making it to their destination.

    I tried yesterday to trade in for a reliable Honda, but I'm about $3k upside down on my car. This wouldn't be an issue if I had to option to keep my car for the remainder of the loan, but I don't see it lasting another year even. :cry:

    I personally will never buy Nissan again. Their quality is pathetic. I might as well have bought an American car.
  • Do you have any recourse through a lemon law in Arizona or CA (not sure where you got the Nissan). If yours is a 2008, you should have received a letter from Nissan about the extended warranty on the CVT. If you didn't, bug the dealer and/or corporate about it. If they deny there is such coverage, go directly to corporate. The extended warranty in Canada is up to 200K (not sure what that is in miles). I had no problems with the dealership replacing TWO trannies that whined. All the mechanics said Nissan prefers to yank the whole thing and replace it rather than monkey with taking it apart.

    They aren't doing enough for you. Pop a few blood vessels on the phone to corporate and let them know.
  • Just curious: has anyone heard anything from dealerships/shops regarding Nissan parts from Japan? Has it become more difficult to get parts after the tsunami? Are there enough being manufactured in N. AMerica? Haven't heard about any other [non-permissible content removed] car co's either....
  • heather, I have the same problem with my 08 Nissan Altima. My car is now with my 4th dealership in the state of Texas attempting to get it fixed. In September I took my car to Houston where I lived complainiing of the excess winding noise upon acceleration, I asked them to do a diagnostic which they failed to do but still charged me for. They said it was my Heat Shield making the noise.. paid for it to be replaced however all they did was bend it back to normal. i went yet again in october complaining of the same noise again asking them to run a diagnostic and yet nothing. I am in the military and explained that i would be transferring to the West Coast and had to drive me and my family there, paid for other things that were "wrong" and yet in October 200 miles north of Houston, the winding became obnoxiously loud and low and behold my service engine light came on. I had to then drop of my car in Dallas to the Nissan Dealership there where they ran the diagnostic and stated my CVT needed to be replaced. That was at a little over 81K miles. I had to leave my car there and come get it after it was fixed. Mind you i had to stay an extra 7 days in Texas to await my car, only for them to tell me that it would be another 2 weeks. I then took the rental car and left to the west coast. 2 days later the service manager called and said that my car was ready. So much for 2 weeks. I then got all my household goods and drove back to Texas to pick up my car only to find out 7 months later on a road trip from Tulsa, OK this past June that the winding noise had returned and so did the check engine light. When I stopped at the closest dealership in Elk City, OK the service tech then found that my CVT was not properly installed and was missing bolts. I then had to drive my car to Amarillo to the dealership there. Explaining everything that was going on and asking them to run a diagnostic, they claimed they found 3 bolts not installed and they said it was good to go. This is after one of their technicians not only failed to run a diagnostic he also failed to look at the vehicle period. He stated it was fine. They then actually looked under the hood and lifted the vehicle. In the meantime they were so kind to let me use their courtesy vehgicle to get back to Nevada, then since it was "fixed" I then again had to drive back to Texas to get my car. Low and Behold on the way back from Texas 250 miles from Amarillo the winding noise was back and so was the service engine light. I had to take my car again to the closest dealership on 4th of July, which happened to be the only dealer open.. Wichita Falls Nissan. The service center was closed however the sales department stayed open until I arrived. I had to pay for a one way rental on my own dime which was an extra 600.00, then had extra expenses for hotels as this deleayed my trip back to Nevada. my car is now at this dealership and the service manageer informed me yet again I need to replace my CVT transmission. he was able to pull the codes unlike Amarillo who just cant give me a reason why they couldnt other than I know they didnt even do the test. he stated that this was not mechanical error, this was caused by human error. The CVT wasnt even installed correctly. So i have not only posted on every website that I could, I have consumer affairs who has not been very helpful in reimbursment or ANYTHING for that matter other than they are really sorry this has happened. I have contacted the Better Buisness complaint department as well as a lawyer to sue the two dealerships as well as Nissan for all the hardship this has caused me and my family. THIS IS MAINTENANCE MALPRACTICE. Nissan is Nissan and if this many people are having issues with the CVT then they need to recall the vehicles that have the CVT.
  • I have the same problem with my 08 Nissan Altima. My car is now with my 4th dealership in the state of Texas attempting to get it fixed. In September I took my car to Houston where I lived complainiing of the excess winding noise upon acceleration, I asked them to do a diagnostic which they failed to do but still charged me for. They said it was my Heat Shield making the noise.. paid for it to be replaced however all they did was bend it back to normal. i went yet again in october complaining of the same noise again asking them to run a diagnostic and yet nothing. I am in the military and explained that i would be transferring to the West Coast and had to drive me and my family there, paid for other things that were "wrong" and yet in October 200 miles north of Houston, the winding became obnoxiously loud and low and behold my service engine light came on. I had to then drop of my car in Dallas to the Nissan Dealership there where they ran the diagnostic and stated my CVT needed to be replaced. That was at a little over 81K miles. I had to leave my car there and come get it after it was fixed. Mind you i had to stay an extra 7 days in Texas to await my car, only for them to tell me that it would be another 2 weeks. I then took the rental car and left to the west coast. 2 days later the service manager called and said that my car was ready. So much for 2 weeks. I then got all my household goods and drove back to Texas to pick up my car only to find out 7 months later on a road trip from Tulsa, OK this past June that the winding noise had returned and so did the check engine light. When I stopped at the closest dealership in Elk City, OK the service tech then found that my CVT was not properly installed and was missing bolts. I then had to drive my car to Amarillo to the dealership there. Explaining everything that was going on and asking them to run a diagnostic, they claimed they found 3 bolts not installed and they said it was good to go. This is after one of their technicians not only failed to run a diagnostic he also failed to look at the vehicle period. He stated it was fine. They then actually looked under the hood and lifted the vehicle. In the meantime they were so kind to let me use their courtesy vehgicle to get back to Nevada, then since it was "fixed" I then again had to drive back to Texas to get my car. Low and Behold on the way back from Texas 250 miles from Amarillo the winding noise was back and so was the service engine light. I had to take my car again to the closest dealership on 4th of July, which happened to be the only dealer open.. Wichita Falls Nissan. The service center was closed however the sales department stayed open until I arrived. I had to pay for a one way rental on my own dime which was an extra 600.00, then had extra expenses for hotels as this deleayed my trip back to Nevada. my car is now at this dealership and the service manageer informed me yet again I need to replace my CVT transmission. he was able to pull the codes unlike Amarillo who just cant give me a reason why they couldnt other than I know they didnt even do the test. he stated that this was not mechanical error, this was caused by human error. The CVT wasnt even installed correctly. So i have not only posted on every website that I could, I have consumer affairs who has not been very helpful in reimbursment or ANYTHING for that matter other than they are really sorry this has happened. I have contacted the Better Buisness complaint department as well as a lawyer to sue the two dealerships as well as Nissan for all the hardship this has caused me and my family. THIS IS MAINTENANCE MALPRACTICE. Nissan is Nissan and if this many people are having issues with the CVT then they need to recall the vehicles that have the CVT.
  • jybanezjybanez Posts: 4
    Sorry to her that problem again to all Nissan Altima that have a CVT transmission . Nissan should recall all the CVT Trans. and dont used it at any Nissan car. My problem was same thing but my trans. is not CVT. Altima 06 have a recall last November . I have Altima 06 . I never recieve a recall letter from Nissan so I went to my dealer. And they punch in the Vin #. it was not included on that recall. I as my friend at the parts department. He went and check and he said that my car is not a CVT trans. The problem that I have was that Trans. from 1st to 2nd gear it takes time to change . More on Acceleration before it change. Drop it to my Mechanic shop not from Nissan . He have no time he was busy. I took the car back was park on the side street. When i drove the car you wont believe it . The Trans was back to original. until now its still working same as before. Praise the Lord and Thank GOD. Make sure Nissan will pay you back its thier mistake and Mechanics are not being check by thier Supervisor before the car is being realease to the owner.
  • mlmcgaheemlmcgahee Posts: 102
    I work out of my Nissan and put quite a few miles on it daily. I had a brand new 2007 Rogue SL that I kept 3 years and put 64000 miles on. I now own a 2010 Altima 2.5S. I've had the vehicle for a little over a year and now have 35000 miles on it.
    I have had zero problems with either vehicle including the CVT transmission .
    Now I can tell you some horror stories about a brand new 2007 Toyota Rav4 that had 3 transmissions installed in 6 months. Toyota ended up doing a lemon law by-back and that's when I got my Rogue.

    :D
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    edited July 2011
    Yeb, I have no problem w/ 4 Nissans and 4 Infinitis so far. I hate when people get too emotional with their cars and start bashing a particular brand b/c they got a lemon. There're always some problems w/ any brand and there's nothing we can do. That's what the warranty/extended warranty for.
  • austexaustex Posts: 62
    I had a 00 Maxima GLE .. great car. But a friend got a same one with lots of problems. So buyer's luck. And I dont blame ppl for venting as its a lot of inconvenience when the car has to be taken to shop over and over.
    Not to mention that its lot of money spent. We own ONE car, the manufacturers have TONS of these and should be able to fix these problems and not give us the run around. I sympathize with folks who have issues with their car.
  • juanca08juanca08 Posts: 15
    I have been and loyal Nissan customer for years, but after a bad experience with my 2010 altima CVT I will buy an american car. I have been driving a 2006 Saturn Ion and it drives better than my Altima. I have tried Ford and they really did a great job upgrading their products. Bye bye Nissan.
  • I completely understand, deadtranny. Yesterday my 08 CVT blew outside Rawlins, WY at 46000 miles while on a long trip. This is unexcusable, and Nissan should have recalled all cars with these transmissions. The dealer could have gotten a new transmission in 1 day from another dealer, but corporate would not reimburse him the costs. So I am stuck for at least 3 days for delivery, and will incur substantial rental car and motel costs. I had even mentioned to my home dealer the whining noise, but they were not responsive. Battery went after 2 years, still under warranty, but they charged over $150 for the new battery, all ending up costing me more for the repair than if I had just gone to Sears!
    I too have had it with Nissan. Never again and will never recommend. Good luck with your next vehicle!
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