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Nissan Altima CVT

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  • maxy2maxy2 Posts: 10
    CVT is cool but doesn't sound good when pushed hard
  • mac_mac_ Posts: 1
    Can't shed light on the situation but can tell you I have exactly the same thing going on with my 2010 Altima 2.5SL. Started the first week on a long trip. Did not repeat until the next long trip. Pulled offf the freeway and tried to accelerate from the stop sign and nothing. Tried manual mode, no change. Tried reving the engine in neutral, normal. So the throttle/engine does not seem to be involved. Also barely moves in reverse when this is going on. Let the car sit and the next day no problem. Going to schedule service at the dealer. Let us know if the valve body replacement fixes it for you.
  • dllaserdllaser Posts: 4
    yep. Sounds like our symtoms. Eventually got home.... Nissan ordered replacement valve body for the CVT. None available. Eventually they got one in. To date the symptoms have not repeated. First service rep said they had another car with similar symptoms. Service manager indicated they had repaired over 1/2 dozen. 2010 is supposed to have had this problem fixed. My guess --- a bad batch somehwer in the manufacturing line --- if we could all compare manufacture date? I expect the recall notice any day.
  • croy2468croy2468 Posts: 1
    I have had 3 transmissions put into my Altima. This is completely ridiculous. And for some people on here to say that this is normal hesitating in a CVT, you have to be out of your minds! This cannot be normal. Had my car drove like this when I test drove it, I would have never bought this car. This car did not drive like this when I initially bought it. The first tranny went in at 56,000 miles, about a month or so later, here we go again, the car hesitates when accelerating and on the highway running 65-75mph, the accelerator goes out, but I can put the car in neutral and the RPM gauge acts fine...but yet according to some people on here most of these issues are how the CVT works. THATS CRAP!! You cannot tell me this crap. If you had my car or any car of the MANY people on here, you would be in the same boat as us. Fortunately for you, you don't have the severity of these issues like we do. And I am sorry, but Nissan did not extend our warranties out the goodness of their hearts. Thats crap too! They would have never done that it there wasn't sooooo many of the same complaints. If I could trade this car I definitely would, but the fact of it is, is if another person got into this car and drove it, they would not even give me a dollar for it! So what do I do? Kraft Nissan tells me the same as like the other dealerships listed, "thats how the car drives". Like I said, thats crap...

    Anyway, I am willing to start a "Class Action Suit" against Nissan themselves to get something done. I need at least 3 others to join in this suit to get this started. This is my only vehicle, and I need something done now...not people and dealerships telling me to deal with it. So if you are interested in getting your situation resolved and holding Nissan accountable, let me know, because surely I am not the only one that can't just go out and get another car.
  • ripper82ripper82 Posts: 4
    It sounds to me like the hesitation issues with the CVT present in a range of severities and the people who have only experienced minor hesitation just assume out of hand that everyone else is complaining about nothing.

    I know that my own experience has not been negative enough to dislike the car overall, but I can see how the minor CVT issues my Sentra has could be far worse in other cars. Because with any product, there will always be a percentage of output that fails, and the people who bought that output will be understandably dissatisfied. :lemon:

    I love the CVT and how smooth the acceleration is, and I've come to love the way I can floor the accelerator up an onramp without hearing or feeling any shifting. But I hate that I have to compensate for the odd engage/disengage transmission jerkiness when I'm stuck in traffic at the 20-30mph range.
  • dajanidajani Posts: 10
    Sorry to hear these problem, I got rid of my 2008 Nissan Rogue last year while it has 6600 miles on it, why? because of the YO YO CVT. I lost a big chunk of money when I traded it in with a 2009 Altima V6 SE. So far I have no issues with the V6 Altima CVT, now I have 16500 miles on the car.
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    I have had 3 transmissions put into my Altima.

    ...Statistically it doesn't make sense. :confuse:

    Me, 2007 Altima -> now 2010 Altima-No issue
    Brother in law, 2009 Rogue- No issue
    Sister in law, 2008 Altima-No issue
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    Just keep in mind, that the majority of the CVT issues are with the 1st Gen CVT from 2003-2007 model year Nissan's. This was Nissan's first mass market technology CVT and there were bound to be problems with it, as with any new technology an auto manufacturer tries. The 1st Gen Murano is particularly affected with CVT troubles.

    Now, I'm not sure when the updated/more refined 2nd Gen CVT made its way into the Altima. I know it was in them for the 2009 model year, but am unsure if the 2008 Altima's had the 1st or 2nd Gen CVT??

    As of 2009 model year, all Nissan's had the upgraded 2nd Gen CVT and there are very few problems thus far with the 2nd Gen CVT compared to the 1st. There are still some minor hitcups but nothing in the intensity/severity/ or frequency that was seen with the 1st Gen.

    I know this is no consolation for the 1st Gen CVT owners who went through hell when they had problems. I have a 2010 Max with the 2nd Gen CVT and thus far it has performed flawlessly, smoothly, and without trouble for almost 15k miles. I know several people that are into the 60-80k mile range on their 2009 and 2010 Altima/Maxima having no troubles with the CVT.

    The main REASONS Nissan extended the CVT warranty to 10yrs/120k miles, was (1) b/c of all the problems 1st Gen CVT owners had and fear of massive lawsuits and to help out people who spent thousands in CVT/engine repairs, (2) b/c they invested a lot of time, energy, and money into designing/putting the CVT throughout their lineups and (3) for Nissan, as far as they are concerned, the CVT is here to stay and they want to show current and future customers that they are going to backed the CVT and are investing and improving it for future generations of CVT.

    You got to remember, even with the 2nd Gen CVT, they put a entirely new transmission into already established engines. Within the next generation, they are going to be starting to design engines aroudn the CVT so the efficiency and refinement should go through the roof and there should no longer be any problems with them, since both the engine and transmission will be designed around the other.
  • I had a 2005 Maxima that I really enjoyed. Last December I got a 2010 Altima with the 3.5 and the CVT. I thought that since the Altima had more horsepower than the Maxima the new car would be a real neck snapper - what a joke! This transmission makes this car perform like a Trabant. The acceleration is leisurely, to put it mildly, but worse, like the contributors above, after I have been on a highway for while (20 - 30 minutes) I too have experienced the "no accleration" effect. Most recently yesterday when I almost caused an accident as I pulled out from the off-ramp the car rolled into traffice and I had no acceleration whatsoever. Besides the fact that the other driver gave me th finger and leaned on his horn, I was scared silly! Yes, I have mentioned this to the dealer, most recently last week when I went in for the 24,000km service and yes I got the stock reply "that's how the CVT works, get used to it. I find this completely unacceptable. I explained that it is intermittent, so it can't be the way the transmission is built. My next step is to go to a different dealer and see what they say. This is crazy. This car is a company car, I had my choce of several makes but given my great experience with the Maxima I decided to go with the Altima. Talk about buyer's regret!
  • mlmcgaheemlmcgahee Posts: 102
    Two weeks ago I traded a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL with 63000 miles on it. I work out of my vehicle and drive it 300 - 500 miles a week. I have had zero problems with my Rogue or the CVT. I now own a 2010 Nissan Altima coupe and I am looking forward to many years of trouble free driving with this new car.
    :)

    Mike
  • heygheyg Posts: 3
    Did your accelerations issues get corrected with the valve body? I am having the same issues and my dealer says if they can't duplicate it they won't replace anything? Also can I ask what your dealer name is and the associate you worked with? ANY info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • heygheyg Posts: 3
    Did your accelerations issues get corrected with the valve body? I am having the same issues and my dealer says if they can't duplicate it they won't replace anything? Also can I ask what your dealer name is and the associate you worked with? ANY info is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • My dealer told me that they are not allowed to open the transmission or change/replace any parts. This comes direct from Nissan Canada. The only option they have is to replace the transmission.
  • mslucymslucy Posts: 1
    Smarty 666 - I am going through the same problem right now. I took a trip from Ohio to NY and the transmission acted up. I brought it to Nissan in NY and they felt it, but there were no codes coming out of their diagnostic computer. It stopped while we were driving it and they said they had been hearing of problems like this, but I should drive it around to see if it may have been a bad batch of gas. I drove back to Ohio and had the same problem. I brought it to Nissan here and they felt it as well, but gave me the run around, because they didn't have enough people on staff that day. Now they want me to duplicate it, but the car is acting fine again. When should I duplicate it - when I'm in the middle of traffic with my family!! I'm ready to file a suit!!
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    edited August 2010
    Have u tried contacting NCAs about this problem? If not I would recommend you do so immediately. If you tell them how serious this is they should recommend or call the stealership that is poo poo you off. If they don't take you seriously and dismiss your problem, I would then threaten them over the phone that you'll get a lawyer involved, your state's lemon law, etc even if you do or don't. I've found in the past that the threat alone typically helps to get a fire burning under their butts.

    If NCAs does not do anything to help you, make sure you document your call to them, who you spoke to, what they said, etc. If you don't get satisfaction from them, your last result before having to get legal counsel/advice involved is to take your Altima to another Nissan stealer near you that you haven't brought your vehicle to before. Tell them, your local stealer dismissed and poo pooed your problem. Other stealers LOVE to hear how badly another stealer treated you and many times will help you more knowing they have gotten your business over one of their competitors stealers, due to poor customer service.

    If that Nissan stealer pulls the same thing as your first one, then your going to have to get a lawyer involved most likely. The problem your describing sounds very serious. It might have something to do with the transmission or it might not, I have no idea since I have not experienced anything similar to that on my Maxima but its certainly possible. Like I said, though there have been much less numerous problems with the 2nd Gen CVT, there are still some people having trouble. The problem is getting a stealership to listen to you and finding out exactly what the problem is.

    Best of luck on finding out what is wrong. If I were you, I would follow those steps I mentioned before having to get into the sick mess of legal/lawyer help.
  • My 2003 Murano began having a hesitation problem about 18 months ago. The problem happens if I have to drive for more than a few minutes in stop and go traffic. Turning off the ignition and restarting fixes the problem. I had a service tech tell me it is a "safety" feature. Went on a long weekend trip and the transmission began up and down shifting at 70-80 mph on the highway - the engine began going from 2500 to 3500 rpm and back every few seconds. I took it in to the dealer and was told the engine oil needed changing and that would fix it. I made another trip two days later and the same things happened after a few minutes inching forward at a Border Patrol check point. I guess I'll again call the dealer... I spent quite a while explaining the problem to the service manager who gave no indication anyone else ever had a similar problem. Strange the dealer did not jump on the opportunity to do warranty work given it is a cash cow for them.
  • The dealer may hesitate as they may not be able to get approval/reimbusement from Nissan.
  • I have a Rogue, 2010, and the CVT caused us an issue of no acceleration after slowing down. This is a dangerous situation when on a highway or trying to get on one. Nissan is replacing my CVT but who's to say the new one won't do the same. I'm hearing so many different things and some of them are safety issues that need to be addressed. Trying to get as many of us having issues such as this to the National highway traffic services....hotline. Their number is 888-327-4236. I read posts, in this string that mentioned something about the CVT reving up and almost making the driver feel as if they were going to hit the car in front of them. I read a response that said something that this is how the CVT runs...or something like that. One of these times, there will be an accident due to the way this CVT is acting. It may be acting this way, but I think it's an issue that Nissan seriously needs to address before someone gets injured or killed. Please call the number!! Good luck with the CVT's.
  • I have had a 2008 Nissan Rogue for the past three years and work out of it every day (drive 300 - 500 miles per week) and never had an problem with the vehicle or CVT. I traded it in for a 2010 Altima Coupe about four weeks ago and now look forward to many more years of trouble free driving.

    Mike
    :)
  • I've had the same hesitation or jerking problem with my 2007 Altima. The Nissan dealership has looked at it several times, reprogrammed the transmission computer stated the problem was solved, I drove the car again and immediately noticed it wasn't resolved so I took the car back. Now I am being told this is a normal characteristic of the CVT transmissions and that the torque converter is locking up but that's normal according to Nissan. I didn't experience this "normal characteristic" the first year I drove the car. I had 2 independent mechanics drive the car and suggest that I needed to return to Nissan for a transmission fix. I also received an extended warranty letter in the mail from Nissan covering to 120,000 miles. However, Nissan is saying there is nothing wrong with the transmission and no codes are showing on the computer. I'm frustrated and not sure where to go from here to have my car repaired so that this issue is resolved.
  • Drove my 2010 Altima off the lot and the next day the engine light came on. It had 50 miles on it. Dealer said it was loose harness wires. 1 week later same thing, engine light comes on. This time different dealer replaced valve body, and other parts in the engine. Car was down for 19 days. I had called corporate. I was told the part was on national back order. Then corporate called and asked if i knew about the lemon law. I said yes, 30 days and they would have to give me a new car. They got the part the next day. So far its ok. But we shall see. Seems the CVT is giving a lot of people trouble. When the engine light comes on, you should not drive it. Both times the dealer said i could not take the car home. Nissan corporate can get the dealer that valve body part. Call and register a complaint.
    This is my second Altima, my first never had a problem so i thought i would be a loyal customer. I'm hoping no other problems occur.
  • FYI...i just dropped off my 08 Altima to the dealership out here in San Diego for the same CVT problems...problems accelerating, decelerating and sometimes straight loss of power...only has about 40K miles on the car and apparently he says that five people this week have dropped off cars with the same tranny issues...back-ordered for a week...i agree that it is a safety hazard...luckily i was three blocks from the dealership when it acted up again (it was the second time)...also for those who think that the problem is related to gasoline quality, don't be fooled by someone who really is dumb...your transmission performance has nothing to do with your oil or gasoline, two separate systems..FYI...it's a major problem with the transmission and be careful...if you have a problem with it let me know b/c i've been dealing with it and Nissan has also been denying requests for loaners on many of these MAJOR problems.
  • Wow I have the exact same problem you described 2008 Altima with about 46K and just about a week and a half ago it started whinning at about 40 MPH and gets louder till around 65 MPH. Was this CVT transmission replaced at no charge?
    Did they give you any trouble any advice?

    Says it has a 60 Month 60K Power Train warranty.
    Just good to check before going into the nearest Nissan dealer. Thanks for any advice.
  • I'm on my third transmission. Nissan paid for everything. The transmission warranty is good up to 10 years/ 120000 miles which ever comes first.
  • I have a 2010 Nissan Altima Coupe and I'm having the power loss after going a short distance. I come to a stop and then put the car in reverse and it runs the RPMs to 2500 and the car moves slow. then I put it in Drive and it dose the same thing. I have taken it to the dealer and they can't duplicate the problem,also there are no CPU codes or warning signals. Now they think im dumb. this is the second time. and now i will be waiting for it to do it again and then I'll bring in the blogs i have read, and the lemon law printed out and if need be a lawyer. Has anyone had this problem? :mad:
  • Another woe story - just had the THIRD transmission put in my 08 Altima. All were covered by the dealer under the 100,000KM (oops, now) 200,000KM warranty. The first tranny (factory) at 68,000km started making a high pitched whine on acceleration, which just got worse over the week I waited to get it in. Only 5,000km later, the new (rebuilt) CVT they installed started making a terrible scraping noise if you accelerated quickly with fair gas. This problem got worse, scraping noise all the time through bottom gears, and even had an afternoon where it did lose all power, after I had to floor it to get into first gear. It then started slipping through all the gears, a real hazard to driving. Dealership did not bawk at replacing any of the trannies, but this is getting tiresome. I don't even have 75,000 km and on the third tranny now. Service guy at dealership did state they are having lots of noisy CVTs with the Rogues, but he said he'd never seen it with an Altima? Nissan is by default admitting issues with CVT by adding to the warranty, but from my experience the replacement trannies are just as bad. Am hoping to go back to dealership and see about getting rid of this Altima for a 2010....hopefully those CVT's are better??? Any 2010 Altima owners out there with same CVT issues - please let me know if you think I should try this game again...
  • Another woe story - just had the THIRD transmission put in my 08 Altima. All were covered by the dealer under the 100,000KM (oops, now) 200,000KM warranty. The first tranny (factory) at 68,000km started making a high pitched whine on acceleration, which just got worse over the week I waited to get it in. Only 5,000km later, the new (rebuilt) CVT they installed started making a terrible scraping noise if you accelerated quickly with fair gas. This problem got worse, scraping noise all the time through bottom gears, and even had an afternoon where it did lose all power, after I had to floor it to get into first gear. It then started slipping through all the gears, a real hazard to driving. Dealership did not bawk at replacing any of the trannies, but this is getting tiresome. I don't even have 75,000 km and on the third tranny now. Service guy at dealership did state they are having lots of noisy CVTs with the Rogues, but he said he'd never seen it with an Altima? Nissan is by default admitting issues with CVT by adding to the warranty, but from my experience the replacement trannies are just as bad. Am hoping to go back to dealership and see about getting rid of this Altima for a 2010....hopefully those CVT's are better??? Any 2010 Altima owners out there with same CVT issues - please let me know if you think I should try this game again...
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 749
    ...had 2007 w/ no issue and now no issue w/ the 2010 as well.
  • jamess3jamess3 Posts: 16
    Tripletranny: sorry to hear about your issues, but have you tried to twitter about it? See today's WSJ about what Delta is doing to help clients with problems who use the "megaphone" of social media.

    FWIW, I have a 2010 Altima 3.5, albeit w/ only 1500 miles, but I've had no problems. Granted, it did take some getting used to, but now I actually like the linear power feel. It's like a light switch w/ a dimmer vs, a 3-way switch, right?

    I had read about such issues prior to purchase in July, but with a 10 yr warranty, I figured I'd roll the dice.

    Best of luck.
  • I have a 2010 2.5S with 4,000 miles on it and the CVT is great. The combination of power and efficiency is excellent. I took a long road trip with flat highway and hill climbing and the CVT did a good job adjusting to the roads.

    I hope everything works out for you. If I am not mistaken, starting in 2010 Nissan put a better/net generation CVT into the Altima's? A friend of mine used to own the 2007 2.5S and let me test drive it. The CVT is way better in the 2010 compared to the 2007, in my opinion.
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