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Fight for recall of CVT for Nissan Rogues and the like

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited April 2014

    At least one of the editors at Edmunds doesn't like the CVT in the '14 Rogue. Not a reliability issue; he simply doesn't like the way it works on the Rogue.

    2014 Nissan Rogue: Nice, But CVT Is a Deal Breaker

  • 22552255 Posts: 2

    @roguebust said:
    I have a 2013 Rogue I purchased last year it has 7900 miles and I am also having problems with the CVT. I live in MI and I took my car to the dealer to find out why my car is driving like a 20 year old car and was told it is the CVT it is a known issue with the Rogue because Nissan changed the CVT bands and in the cold it gets hard and the vibration is worse. I was told to bring my car back in the spring when it warms up, I live in MI it is cold 6 months out of the year. Nissan customer service basically told me the vibration and poor acceleration gives me better gas mileage so deal with it. I have been a Nissan customer for over 20 years and bought this car as my retirement car and to think I am stuck with the vibration really makes me mad. I am very disappointed in the Nissan Rogue, and I would not recommend the Nissan Rogue. RECALL the Rogue.

    I also have a 2013 Rogue and I have had many issues and close calls with loss of acceleration!
    Myself and other people in my Rogue almost got in a accident many times and scared us half to death!!!!! This is definitely a CVT transmission problem! I was driving up a hill in a busy part of town when I lost power and I had the gas petal floored and I was going 2 miles an hr. I could not back up in traffic. People were honking there horns and yelling at me and one guy got road range and came to my window with a baseball bat...thank god I had pepper spray being a retired officer! This is definitely a safety hazard!!! Many other times I was in traffic and lost power trying to get off or on a exit or on a highway and the power went to almost nothing, I would pull over mess with the gears and keep trying to get the vehicle to go and then all of a sudden it would kick in. It was not warm out when this happened so it had nothing to do with the weather as some dealerships try to say caused this over heating of the CVT
    I just wonder how many wrecks and fatalities this has caused. It appears it does not matter on the year of the Rogue you have. I am not like most I do not have a warranty on my 2013 as I bought it rebuilt salvaged so I pay for every thing that goes wrong and this is my issue as well as many others, I am not willing to pay for them to experiment on my cost. Nissan needs to have a recall on this as it will cost them a whole lot more with lost lives!

    @jc2010 said:
    I am reading that many consumers are having issues with brand new nissans and their CVT's...inlcuding mine. Just bought a new rogue in April. Drove it from NY to Maine with 1700 miles on it and trouble began. The service engine light came on and we had trouble accelerating...both in drive and in reverse. I believe this is a safety issue and should be brought to a higher level. I heard from multiple dealers that they are starting to see this issue as well, but Nissan doesn't seem to know how to correct it. I am giving them time to correct the issue with my rogue, but if they do not correct it and do not reimburse me for an extra night of accommodations due to us getting stuck in MA on the way home and a rent a car which I am avoiding for right now due to cost, I will be writing to my congressman and to the senate to make them aware of the safety issue this is causing all of us. We lost acceleration power while coming out of a toll on Rt. 95 and when trying to get back onto the highway after filling the rogue with gas, the acceleration was so horrible that I didn't chance getting onto that highway with oncoming traffic...I believe on Rt. 1 in MA. If I was an inexperienced driver or just thought that the rogue would've made it onto that highway, there would've been a major accident causing bodily injury or death to myself and my husband and to all others involved. This is a huge safety concern and I feel we need to ban together to get this taken care of quickly!!! The CVT's, I was told from one of the dealers are on International back order...that in itself tells us something and also, the fact that the warranty for the CVT has been extended from 5 years/60K miles to 10 years/120K miles....that says something else. This is a huge issue causing many of us an inconvenience but also putting us in danger. I've already contacted Nissan NA and Nissan consumer affairs. If I don't hear anything from them soon or if I don't like what I am hearing, I will be escalating it from here. Consumers...let's stick together!!!!

  • 22552255 Posts: 2

    I also have a 2013 Rogue and I have had many issues and close calls with loss of acceleration!
    I am soooo furious!! I am letting my family members know and most have been in the vehicle when this happened that if I die in a wreck because of loss of power, to go after Nissan with all they got!!! Myself and other people in my Rogue almost got in a accident many times and scared us half to death!!!!! This is definitely a CVT transmission problem! I was driving up a hill in a busy part of town when I lost power and I had the gas petal floored and I was going 2 miles an hr. I could not back up in traffic. People were honking there horns and yelling at me and one guy got road range and came to my window with a baseball bat...thank god I had pepper spray being a retired officer! This is definitely a safety hazard!!! Many other times I was in traffic and lost power trying to get off or on a exit or on a highway and the power went to almost nothing, I would pull over and move and play with the gears and keep trying to get the vehicle to go and then all of a sudden it would kick in. It was not warm out when this happened so it had nothing to do with the weather as some dealerships try to say caused this over heating of the CVT, My Rouge has been totally cold sitting over night and it would do it right as I put it in reverse or drive...theirs no heating up of anything there!!! That's a Transmission CVT problem!!! My vehicle has barely 12,000 miles on it! The Nissan dealership said there is nothing wrong with it...ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!!
    I just wonder how many wrecks and fatalities this has caused. It appears it does not matter on the year of the Rogue you have. I am not like most I do not have a warranty on my 2013 as I bought it rebuilt so I pay for every thing that goes wrong and this is my issue as well as many others, I am not willing to pay for them to experiment on my cost. Nissan needs to have a recall on this as it will cost them a whole lot more with lost lives! This is the ONLY issue I have with my Rouge! This definitely and I mean definitely is a safety issue and I wonder how many fatalities this has caused already! Nissan is playing with FIRE HERE!!!

  • jamidonjamidon Posts: 1

    2009 Rouge's transmission just shuts off on the interstate. Very dangerous! Brought it in to be fixed for the second time. They are not willing to replace transmission under the extended warranty. This most recent "band-aid" will take 4-6 weeks to arrive and they are refusing to pay for my rental while my car is awaiting repair. I will not drive it as it is way too dangerous. I am a very unhappy customer to say the least! I will NEVER buy another Nissan!

  • zoolhousezoolhouse Posts: 2

    Everyone, it seems that the issue with the CVT for Nissan rogue and other cars with similar trans is simply the temperature of the oil. This created a fail safe mode which removed all power from the car hence creating the issues stated below. Also, I received a report from them, that did state if you are running up hill for more than 6 miles the CVT transmission will go into a safe mode.

    Nissan is taking ownership of the issue as they are adding a CVT cooling kit free of charge in order to keep the temperature level.

    I live in LA and we hardly have the need to go up hill for more than 6 miles, so it took a while for me to figure it out.

    hope this helps

    @jc2010 said:
    I understand your uneasiness!! I will have the same uneasiness after this replacement. I just don't believe this will do it given all of the other problems I have read about so similar to ours. I have filed a complaint with the National Highway Safety...whatever the name is. They called me yesterday to take the complaint. I also filed a complaint with the better biz burea. They called me today. I have to call them back tomorrow. I missed their call. I too have called Nissan corporate. They called me as well. I also have to call them tomorrow. I'm really going to let them know how I feel about this, esp the safety of it. the inconvenience and the buying for a new car is bad enough, but the safety of it is more important. My daily commute is no longer than an hour each way as well, so I never experience it. But, I plan on taking the Rogue for a few longer rides once the valve is replaced, maybe give it a month to settle in...and then try it out. We shall see. I didn't buy a used car for the sake of saving a headache...you don't know who owned it before you and you really don't know the history of the car and why it is being sold. On the other hand, I could've much better afforded a used car. Now, I'm spending out the [non-permissible content removed] for a headache anyway. I told the dealer that today. I said, I'm not paying for what I thought I bought. I wonder if I call up where I have the loan and tell them the situation. they probably won't care just as long as they get their money. I may try it. There has to be something we can do. This is totally unfair and unsafe for all involved...us and the other drivers on the road. You can't drink and drive, but you can drive around in a vehicle that is more than likely going to lose all acceleration on the highway....yeah...that's safe. We're like sitting ducks. I too do a lot of commuting over the GWB and the tunnels. Imagine getting stuck there. No shoulder...now what?? And if I have a kid in the car with me...even worse. I don't even want to think about it. Keep me posted on your long trip at the end of August. I'll be curious to know but hope they did right by you!! Good luck!

  • @zoolhouse‌ it's interesting that you commented that Nissan was installing the cooling kit FREE! My daughter has a 2009 Nissan Rogue that is doing exactly EVERYTHING that is mentioned in this entire forum yet our Nissan dealership wants $1600.00 to install this cooling system on hers!! I hate this vehicle! Nissan has really dropped the ball on this one. I hope nobody gets killed in one of these vehicles with these obvious problems before they deal with the problem. I've bought my last Nissan!!

  • ddalleyddalley Posts: 1

    I have the same problem right now with the cvt transmission. My car is now in its fourth week at the dealer . They have been telling me that Nissan Canada have not experienced this problem with acceleration before. Obviously, a lie. They have replaced two wiring harnesses as well as the transmission valve body and still have not fixed the problem. It failed the same as one of your other commenters in the middle of an intersection. I,m getting very very frustrated with the level of service from Nissan.

  • david353david353 Posts: 1

    We bought a 2014 Rouge in December and have have a 2010 Altima we have not had any transmission issues -- yet. Both have very low miles and are running great. I will keep watching for alerts and or problems.

  • I have a 2014 Nissan Rogue, it will be a year old on Sept 27th and I am just starting to have issues with the CVT. After being in stop and go traffic when I finally can fully accelerate, it bucks at about 40mph, this has happened twice to me in the last two days and prior to this happening I have had this happen a bit from time to time. However not as drastic. I have them looking at it on Tuesday. Anyone know what the result will be? Is there something they can do for this? Should not be doing this at only a year old.
  • Where is the information re: extending CVT warranty to 10 years/120,000 miles? Does it apply to 2014 models? What about information on the oil cooler for CVT's? Is there a TSB on this?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,080

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  • Thanks, but appears this only applied to models through 2010? All vehicles after that are back to "normal."
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,080
    Yeah, that's it. 2003 to 2010 only, as far as I can see from the NissanAssist.com current website.

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  • My Rogue transmission failed with 133,608 miles on it on 10/20/14. My car had the software patch on 11/30/09. I believe two things: 1. These transmissions are inherently flawed. 2. Nissan's delay in releasing the software patch to eliminate the grinding noise in the transmission further shortened the life of the transmission. I bought my car in March of 08. When I took the car in for the grinding noise it took several visits before they would admit there was a problem. Then it took forever for Nissan to release a "fix".

    I will NEVER own a Nissan product again and I will never trust a CVT to be reliable.

    My transmission failed in 4 lanes of Eastbound traffic on I-40 in central NC. We were lucky not to be killed when we suddenly lost momentum in the middle of heavy traffic moving at almost 70mph.

    I also believe it is not if these transmissions will fail, but when. Mine failed 13K miles outside the extended warranty Nissan offered after the initial grinding noise problem. Coincidence???
  • drkirby said:

    My Rogue transmission failed with 133,608 miles on it on 10/20/14.

    That pretty much says it all: 133,608 miles. While many transmissions do last well over that, not sure you can blame this on a CVT or even Nissan's CVT.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,080
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  • I have a 2012 Nissan Rogue...CVT is horrible. Over the summer I started having issues of the car not accelerating but the RPMs would go really high. It took me a whole MONTH of going to the local Nissan dealership until they finally "replace" the transmission. But low and behold 6,000 miles later after the warrant is expired I am having the same problems again. SO back to the dealership I will go until this gets fixed...hopefully on their dime. Something needs to be done about this! I have had too many close calls with getting rear ended on a the highway and driving around town. I will never get another Nissan again!!!
  • Have a 2014 Rogue, which will, without notice, hesitate and loose all acceleration when pulling into traffic . At times when this happens, when the car does accelerate, it will take the engine rpms to the extreme limits and not drop the rpms to the normal. When it does this, if I shift into neutral and let the engine rpms drop to an idle, put it back into gear, it works OK . Have had near rear end collisions pulling into traffic several times, as it may last a split few seconds or several seconds, then it goes. This problem which dealer cannot find I believe makes this car unsafe to be on the highway. Dealer says no codes, cannot replicate, no problem. Next was told must be putting my foot on the brake when pulling out and that will cause the vehicle not to accelerate. I have done that on purpose to see what effect it has, and it is not close to what this vehicle does. I am not faulting my dealer, as we have purchased several vehicles from the many dealerships they have and have always been treated fairly. They have no answers, and are in the middle.
  • Same issues as all of u, 2011 rogue. 34000 miles
  • My next car will NOT be a NISSAN! Experiencing the same problem as noted above with my 2011 Rogue. Nissan service advisors will tell you to get an oil cooler to remedy this. I opened a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs but they refuse to get involved unless the problem can be diagnosed and reproduced. Good luck with that. The next time it happens you may be in a head on collision trying to pass someone when your CVT cuts out, or possibly t-boned in an intersection trying to make a left turn with an unresponsive CVT.

    Nissan dealerships are quick to increase revenues by pushing oil kits, but corporate is simply not taking responsibility for this known defect. This should be a recall.

    If you do a lot of long distance driving then this vehicle is HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.
  • I purchased a Rogue 2013 modle in Calgary this January,I only know my car with CVT after i finishing the purchasing,so i search the web and found many complain about the CVT,now i am very nervouse because this car is my first brand new car in my life and i with my wife saved to buy this car for many years,i planed to use this car at least 10 years or more.
    I do think Nissan will lost their reputation in the future if the CVT have huge problems,they put huge money on the advertisement,but why they not put the money to improve the transmission?
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    05Mar15
    My NEW Rogue is only 11000KM, found oil leak form CVT.The dealer verified leak from L/H transmission output seal. I wonder,do i need to get a new CVT seal every year?
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 576
    Have a friend with a five year old Murano. Driven hard for lots and lots of miles witout any problems. Have had no problems with my 2014 Rogue, but less than 10,000 miles.
    We sometimes forget, but hasn't been that long ago that transmissions of all types needed major overhaul or replacement at less than 100,000 miles. Many at much less than that and this was with annual maintenance.
  • i bought a 2011 Nissan Sentra brand new one owner just the other day I was driving. As I got of the highway I stopped at a light and onse it turned green tried to gas it but it dosent move. I tried to put it in L nothing, reverse nothing car revs but dosent accelerate. Took it to a mechanic they said transmission is gone . Really disappointed 4 years and cars transmission went. Would not recommend to anyone 8th nissan in the family and I'm woried now because they are all cvt. after this never buying another nissan they knew about the problem. Extended the warrenty on the 2007-2010 models but no recall. 2011 Nissan Sentra highway drivin daily and nissan don't want to fix it. I financed the car for 5 years still owe $5000 and they want $5500 for new transmission. Very disappinted with the quality I got for 24000 car special edition sr model defiantly wouldn't recommend to anybody. Beware very common problem with this vehicle don't buy cvt transmission.
  • August 16, 2015. While driving on the Illinois tollway at a steady speed, the RPM's on our 2010 Rogue (84k miles) inexplicably jump way over the 4,000 mark. I let up on the gas and when I press down again I get no acceleration. I eventually have the pedal to the floor and still no acceleration. I was luckily able to maintain my speed and get to the right where I exited the tollway. 
    Upon parking, I detect a burning smell. When I try to drive, if I press too hard in the gas pedal, it revs high but goes nowhere. I have to press gently and slowly build my speed. 
    I make it to the closest transmission repair shop but it's Sunday and everything is closed. The next day they check it and tell me $5,000 repair/replacement is needed, that fluid is burnt. I researched and found that Nissan extended the warranty so I take it to the closest dealer. A day later they tell me the fluid level was too high. The trans had been flushed in January and we drove from Chicago to Florida and back with no problem. Now, 8 months later it's suddenly an issue.  
    I contacted Nissan customer service prior to visiting the dealer and the car was eligible for the extended warranty as it was within the time/mileage constraints. However, at the dealer I'm told that the fluid problem is not covered as part of the warranty. 
    After paying $450 to get the fluid corrected, we are afraid to drive the vehicle  after reading some
    of the stories here. The service manager said they could put a cooler on the trans, which he said Nissan recommends, at a cost of $1200. They even put it on my invoice that a trans cooler was needed if a lot of highway or hilly, high temperature driving was done. 
    Obviously Nissan knows there is a problem with the trans since they extended the warranty AND say that a cooler is needed for the above described conditions. 
    We are going to look at other vehicles and get rid of the Rogue because we are not willing to gamble with our lives or the life of our 3 year old son. I wonder if there have been any fatal crashes as a result of this problem that have gone undiscovered because the driver that experienced the CVT fail didn't live to tell what went wrong prior to the crash. 


  • Whoever has not had issues,  either you don't drive your rogue enough or its a ticking time bomb. I have the 2009 with 63,000 miles. Just got back from service station and sure enough need to replace cvt transmission.  These cars definitely not Rogue. I would say for past 5 years nothing but issues.  Who ever heard of engine  leaking  oil from top valve?  Had that done 3 years ago.  Axle  right after warranty expired. Agree though,  cvt definitely  safety issue. Try accelerating  onto a highway going 2 mph with no power. I belive these cars were built to be 3 yr cars. Not very well built.  I have escalated  to nissan  as well. I am all under cvt warranty.  Hopefully I get another 60 k out of this car.  Doubt  it! Never again with a nissan. Hope newer models better built.
  • I'm so glad I found this forum. I purchased a 2009 Nissan Rogue in 2012. Drove it without incident other than an annoying rattle in the frame, and then in February of 2014, the transmission went out. It drove like a dream until 5 months later when I began to have the same acceleration problems mentioned here. My son drove it and came back saying that the transmission was failing again. When I drove it again, it would barely take off, rpms revving. I took it back to the dealership and was told that the son was unfamiliar with the vehicle and that "I" was driving with my foot on the brake and confusing the vehicle. Which I do not do. Also, the VDC feature now spontaneously activates. He had no answer for that one. Kept the Rogue and said he put it through diagnostics and found nothing wrong. Now, a year later, it's gotten to the point that I never know if I'm going to have the power to pass a vehicle, pull into traffic, or if it's going to shoot forward or drive normally. The owner of the dealership has invited me to bring it back in, although she hasn't heard of this happening before. I feel unsafe driving it now. These problems didn't begin until after having the new transmission installed. I'm hoping they'll replace it with a different type of tranny, because I really hate the thought of trading it off--and while I love the car, it won't be a Nissan--and some unsuspecting driver has an accident that could be fatal.
  • My husband just called me 10 minutes ago from about 50 miles away and said he just had to be towed off the freeway due to this issue...it started running again and he's on his way home but this is terrible! I'm glad I found this forum to know that his Rogue isn't the only one. Sounds like Nissan has known about this for quite a few years now...what is wrong with car companies these days?? Volkswagen and their fiasco...Nissan with a known issue that isn't being addressed. What else is out there I wonder??
    Scary.
  • carboy21carboy21 Posts: 760
    Class action lawsuit against Nissan is unavoidable. Losing power on the interstate will kill someone just as sure as Toyota's unintended acceleration.
  • LEAVE A COMPLAINT!!! https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/ The only way this will be recalled is if enough people file a complaint. Luckily my charge isn't as much as many of yours, but I do need a transmission flush and shouldn't at the mileage I'm at. PLEASE GO TO https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/ and file a complaint!!
  • My daughter's second car which she is working very hard for and paying for herself,unfortunately is a 2009 Nissan Rogue!! She purchased it a year ago in July, we test drove it and she loved it. Not 1 noise,jerk, or anything. A few days later, there is an awful noise when you made a sharp turn. So we took it back to where she bought it which is actually a Chevy dealership and they said it made that noise because it's an awd. Weird! Then 4 to 5 months later it's  November, December and cold,the car doesn't start. At first it was a day,then it started,and then it quit and it was weeks before it started and it quit again. We noticed that when the weather was warm the car would start, but as soon as it would get cold again the car didn't start. Anyone else have these problems?  Also her car does the whining noise,and recently we took a small trip, about 100 Miles from home, we were stopped at a light and when she tried to accelerate, the car wouldn't move and she held the gas pedal almost to the floor and finally we started moving but very slow!!!! 
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