pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
125,050 miles
Total Complaints:
41 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. replace the CVT transmission (21 reports)
  2. not sure (14 reports)
  3. replace transmission (6 reports)
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problem #41

Apr 052021

Rogue S 2.5L I4

  • CVT transmission
  • 151,000 miles

Driving with a friend late at night, doing deliveries for Uber Eats. I pulled up to a red light and it kinda shuddered a bit to the stop. I didn't think much of it since it was clunky, to begin with. There was some noticeable hesitation though when pulling away from the stop. Enough so that, if there was an incline of any sort, hazard lights were required.

Drove it 20 miles home (probably not smart in hindsight, but it was late at night so I was kinda screwed either way) and it did it all reasonably well. Once you passed 20mph, the car seemed fine. I drove it home with no additional problems. I sat idling in the driveway, talking with my aforementioned friend for a bit. I then began to back out of the driveway to park it in the street when I noticed a huge trail of fluid coming from my car, leading to a puddle that had formed in the driveway. I panicked and just parked it and went to bed. Came out to find that no more leaking had occurred overnight.

I didn't drive it at all for a while. I eventually decided to move it to the back of the driveway. In doing this, another small trail of fluid followed, but no puddles.

Later I decided to take it to a mechanic, basically with the hope that he can tell me that it is for-sure f*cked before I sell it for scrap. We took it late at night with the idea of less traffic. The car made it about 2 miles until it completely stopped. It coasted but pressing the gas resulted in nothing happening. I coasted another 1/2 miles, until a hill, which the car had to be pushed over. After coasting into the mechanic's lot, we then discovered that Drive didn't work, but Low did.

The drive home was mostly uneventful. The car just topped out at 30mph and held at redline the whole way. Since then, it's been parked in the driveway and will eventually be towed away.

- Michael P., West Chester, PA, US

problem #40

Nov 062019

Rogue SL 2.5L cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 155,000 miles

It's just like the other 607 complaints with the very same problem cvt failure. We almost died because it stopped pulling going up a big ass hill and we begin rolling backwards I to a deep ditch. So yeah, Nissan for the love of a human life, please, please do something to help everyone get there Rogue fixed.

- Travis B., Jacksonville, AL, US

problem #39

Jul 182019

Rogue S 2.5L Gasoline I4

  • CVT transmission
  • 128,000 miles

My husband drove Nissan ROGUE to come back home after work. He was waiting for the traffic light and he heard huge cracks from the car. Then, he cannot move forward any way. A nice guy helped him to push the car to a small road in a high temperature of about 46 degrees. It is horrible. He griped, and ranted and so depressed . He cannot do anything except for calling a tow truck.

- Chaoling Q., Tucson, US

problem #38

Jan 042018


  • CVT transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Problems with this transmission started early on in mileage. Shuttering was awful, slow on take off, strange noises, etc. Finally while driving down the road, the vehicle just died. I realize it had 200,000 miles on it, but it is a Nissan! I wanted to drive this vehicle forever. Replaced the transmission for $4,000 and am already having the SAME issues. Shutters terrible, slow, noisey, whiney. Worried. How long will this one last? Looking for class action suit. Once I learned that Nissan was aware of this problem all along, that $4,000 really made me angry.

- Karen G., Wetumpka, AL, US

problem #37

Dec 192018

Rogue SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I'm pissed cvt failed with no warning. All Nissan did was ignore my plea for help.

- Tywann W., Newport News, VA, US

problem #36

Sep 082018

Rogue SL 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

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(CVT) transmission failure

My 2008 Rogue CVT transmission failed with no warning at 86000 miles. Thankfully warranty covered most of it but $300 of other things like drive train. I had to pay for rental car for 10 days, another $445. I already had financial issues but was climbing my way out. Now I'm back where I started, even further because now I'm stuck with a sh*t car I don't trust will last. Doesn't sound like I spent much, right, but when you don't have extra and its Nissan who set you back when you were making progress. It sucks. I hope not but I may have to do bankruptcy to get out of this stupid car. F*** you Nissan. Never ever again will I purchase a Nissan. I'm 61 years old and wanted to retire at 62 when car paid off but not now. Thanks.

- Jackie F., Wichita, KS, US

problem #35

Apr 042018

Rogue SL

  • CVT transmission
  • 138,000 miles

Purchased a 2008 Nissan Rogue SL worst purchase ever!! At 120,000 miles transmission failed could not drive vehicle. Nissan replaced the transmission at no cost to me because it apparently was a known issue (which I was not made aware of when I purchased vehicle from dealer). 12 months later and at 138,000 miles I need yet another transmission due to the same issue. A brand new transmission only lasted 12 months and 18,000 miles and who does Nissan want to pay for it? ME!! The dealer contacted Nissan North America and I contacted Nissan North America, we were told that I would be responsible for at minimum half of the repair! Why should I pay in excess of $2000 PLUS rental car expense of $45/day because they would not approve a loaner car and diagnostic fee of $135 for them to diagnose the fact that their CVT Transmission failed AGAIN!

I see class action suits have been started against Nissan, I will be following up on those. I will also be contacting every news outlet I can to assist me because I cannot and WILL NOT pay for something that is the fault of Nissan.

Toyota stands behind their customers and their products. Nissan does not. I will never buy another Nissan and if you are considering purchasing one, think twice.

- Kim P., Manchester, NJ, US

problem #34

Dec 062017

Rogue SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 125,000 miles

I am a 72 year old woman who bought a new Nissan Rogue and thought it would be the last car I ever needed . I love my Rogue and because of it my son, daughter, two granddaughters, and friends have bought Nissan vehicles .

Now I have a transmission problem and Nissan refuses to help me with it because it is out of warranty by 5,000 miles . Nissan knew from the beginning they had a faulty transmission and extended the warranty from 60,000 to 120,000 miles. This didn't solve the problem; it just made it so they didn't have to do a recall which would have been the right thing to do after thousands of complaints and repairs .

Nissan brags about how it takes care of it's customers but it certainly didn't take care of me and now I have a useless vehicle because on Social Security you just don't have $ 4000+ laying around .

- Kathy W., Cookeville, TN, US

problem #33

May 112016

Rogue SL AWD 2.5L 4-cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 139,000 miles

Numerous CVT failure in the 2008 Nissan Rogue SL AWD. The first time it occurred was May 2009 (exactly 60 days from the date of purchase) and the CVT was replaced by Nissan. The car had issues shifting (rough, grinding, halting) and experienced high RPMs that were out of line with the actual shifting of the vehicle. Nissan handled the issue stating my original factory warranty as well as my extended warranty purchased at the time of the vehicle covered the replacement part.

The CVT installed in 2009 failed in April 2014 after losing functionality while traveling at high speeds on the expressway. The vehicle suddenly experienced heightened RPMs, began decelerating and would not accelerate higher than 20mph. Nissan replaced the CVT - again - but did not mention at that time that Nissan had increased their warranty to 120,000 miles due to knowledge of the CVT issue. My car had 118,000 miles.

Two years later, and only 20,000 miles since the 2014 CVT replacement, Nissan found the noises we are experiencing during acceleration and deceleration as well as the rough shifting is due to a failing CVT (AGAIN!). Nissan has thus far refused to address this issue any further and has encouraged us to purchase a new vehicle and as a goodwill gesture they will provide an extended warranty on the new vehicle. The problem has been escalated to Nissan USA headquarters for further review as this will be our third transmission replacement and the fourth transmission in the vehicle since we purchased it.

- monightwine, Oceanside, CA, US

problem #32

Apr 012017

Rogue SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,236 miles

I'm very disappointed on Nissan and on the CVT transmission. I will never buy in my life a Nissan.

- Geone B., Stouffville, ON, Canada

problem #31

May 232017

Rogue SL

  • CVT transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I am a Junior in high school and I was driving to school one morning. The car started making really weird noises, but I didn't really think anything of it at first. So I made it to school, and went through my day as usual. I had a really important event to be at that night, and planned to drive to it straight after school was over. When I turned on the car, it made a very prominent strange noise (it was obvious something was wrong). I made it out of the parking lot (surprisingly), but soon after, the noises were becoming more frequent and my car stopped working. I couldn't accelerate the vehicle, and then it started to slow down while I was driving. The "service engine" light came on, so I pulled into a CVS (it was very surprising I even made it to the CVS, because my car was barely moving).

We called a tow truck and towed it to my auto shop. The quote was about $3,600 to get it fixed. Considering I can't pull that kind of money out of my ass, bye-bye car. In case it wasn't obvious, the transmission needed to be replaced. The funny thing is, Nissan extended their warranty to 120,000 miles after receiving multiple complaints, however the majority of said complaints happened soon after their cars reached 120,000 miles. Thank you, Nissan, for screwing over a 17 year old. I hope you know you've caused a lot of issues.

- Hayley C., Cedar Park, US

problem #30

Feb 162017


  • CVT transmission
  • 127,000 miles

To whom it might concern,

December 31, 2007 I purchased my new 2008 Nissan Rogue was really happy and excited. First couple of months I notice this vehicle was having a hard time backing up but i didn't think it was anything to worry about since my car was new, right?

I have always taken care of my car, clean, oil change every three months, mechanic check, even bought good expensive tires. My Nissan and I have been through so many good memories and adventures, This was even my car that took me to the altar when I got married this past September.

This past week out of nowhere my Nissan started to shake a lot and was having a hard time with the accelerator, i was so scared because it was raining and could of gotten into an accident. I took it to my mechanic and he said it was the transmission. But how can this be? my car is not too old to be having this kind of problem, is not like I race my car or don't take care of it. He gave me an estimate of 3,000 dollars, I was in shock. I do not have this kind of money to spend on my car. I am a 31 year old woman planning to start a family soon and this is not what I had in mind. The mechanic suggested to call Nissan and see if there was anything they can help me with, to my surprise and after doing research I found out that a lot of other owners are having the same problem with the transmission and that the warranty changed to 10 years/120 miles. So I ordered a tow truck (because my car was not running anymore at this point) and took it to my nearest Nissan dealership. I was so happy thinking it was going to get resolved and I will have my car back. NOT. Next day I get a call from the Nissan service saying that my car is not covered by the warranty and it will be $3,789.11 to repair, I asked why if my car is only 9 years old, they said because it's 120 miles and I have 127 miles. They suggested I call Nissan Headquarters to see if they can do anything for me, so I did. Customer Service was great, very professional so I can't complain about that. They opened a case for me and had someone call me back the next day ( case # 25569327). I received the called yesterday, to my surprise there was nothing they can do for me even though I am only 7000 miles over, I asked if I can get some kind of discount since this is an auto part defect and not because I neglected my car, they said no, there was nothing they can do for me. I couldn't even say bye or thank you to the person that called me, I just hung up the phone and burst into tears.

At this point I am so disappointed at Nissan, I feel betrayed and robbed. I bought a new car that only lasted me for 9 years when I was hoping for many more years. I called a dealer and they said It was time for a new car, really? Is this the way Nissan makes money? Selling defective cars that will only last 9 years so we can buy another one?

I do not have $4000 to spend to fix my car, at this moment am car-less and using Uber to go to work, I cannot go anywhere else.

I just wish Nissan would of help me knowing that this is a problem that a lot of other buyers have and that there was a recall for it.

And with this being said, am breaking up my relationship with Nissan, I will NEVER buy another Nissan or recommend it.

Thank you for your time,

Erika Ramos

- Erika R., Montebello, US

problem #29

Nov 242016

Rogue S 2.5L I4 Sfi Dohc 16v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,900 miles

Check out this site to see how Nissan is deceiving the public with their no good, CVT Transmission, installed in Altimas, Rouges, and Pathfinders.


We live in the Denver area, and my Daughter is in college in Utah. She complained for the last several months while in school that the car would sporadically just stop accelerating. She also said she had not changed the oil in a while, so I thought that's what her problem was. She changed the oil, and continued telling me that it would just stop accelerating, and she was scared to drive it, because she felt she would get into an accident. Her school is in South Central Utah, and the closest Nissan service center was 100 + miles away, so I recommended she take it to the local mechanic. They would fill it with fluid, and told her it had a leak in the transmission.

I told her to take it to the nearest Transmission shop, (Provo, 100 + miles away), and he told us about the Nissan CVT Transmission issues, and it would be $3900 to replace. The car now has 123,900 miles on it. After researching, and finding out that Nissan extended the warranty to 120,000 miles, which I knew that the car was over the warranty, but decided to have it towed to Ken Garff Nissan, nearby. The verdict, replace the CVT Transmission at my expense, for $4600.

I told the technician that what's the use of paying that much money, and then have the same problem happen again. He explained that now they also install a CVT cooling unit, which is suppose to fix the problems. I let him know that that's what Nissan should have originally done, recall the Transmission, and install the cooling unit.

I immediately called Nissan Consumer Affairs, and filed a complaint. They called the next day, (today), and said they could not do anything, and closed the case! The investigator said that this only happened in the Rouges from 2003 through 2010. I let him know that that was not true, and is happening to several other models with the CVT transmission, up to 2015! He said there was nothing they could do but to put me in a new vehicle! What a joke, why in the hell would I buy another Nissan, when I can look online and see hundreds of CVT Transmissions complaints as recently as the 2015 models!

I will never by another Nissan, and I recommend anyone who is in the market, to steer clear of any Nissan with a CVT Transmission. In my research, I discovered that Ford and Chrysler tried the CVT Transmission, and abandoned it because of the issues it caused.

- never_nissan, Littleton, CO, US

problem #28

Oct 222016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,450 miles





- emmakendrick, Auburn, KY, US

problem #27

Feb 052016

Rogue S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

won't shift

what can you do when the dealer ship says they are nothing wrong

- James S., london, KY, US

problem #26

Mar 252016

Rogue SL 2.5L I4

  • CVT transmission
  • 119,200 miles

No Nissans for me again! Rogue CVT Transmission failed at 119K, got it fixed under warranty from the dealer. The car failed in Savannah, GA, 640 Miles from my home. After 1280+ miles of driving to and from Savannah to collect the vehicle, the Nissan 1 rep kept saying that they don't have any policy to at least reimburse me for the rental car for the trip nor even gave me vouchers for future repairs in the vehicle, nor was willing to commit to increasing the warranty period on the new transmission. They stuck to their 'policy' throughout the conversation about not reimbursing anything. No goodwill towards the customer and no regard of what the customer has been through with a transmission failure in a car that I hoped will go at least to 200K miles without major issues. Everything was a 'No, not in our policy'. Nissan, you lost a customer today forever. Adios.

- Huzefa M., Germantown, TN, US

problem #25

Mar 062016

Rogue LS 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

I purchased my Nissan Rogue in Nov of 2012. I tested out a few Toyota's and Honda but have always heard great things about Nissan so I ended up at Morries Nissan of Brooklyn Park Mn (The buy Happy People)..NOT SO HAPPY WITH THEM NOW!

Anyways I work 2 plus jobs to make sure I can afford a nice car to get my kids and I around. Now I know high miles will bring unwanted issues and I have been keeping up on that without fail. I actually had it in the shop 5 days before my CVT went out and all things looked great on the scan. I went out of town for a quick 3 1/2 hr drive to get a friend and as I got off the exit I new my car felt strange. I got to the gas station and my friends met me and they knew right away it was the transmission. So here I was stranded in another state with a car not moving and it was a Sunday so no auto shops open and I had to rent a car at the airport to get home.

I got my Rogue to my car guy the next day and he confirmed it was my CVT. After doing research on the CVT I found out that they are known for their issues and the extended warranty went into place. Of course I am over by 24,000 but I saw that if you are over you should still contact Nissan. I did and started a claim got a call back from the Midwest Corporate guy who told me too bad we can not help.

So now I am making payments on a car that has a trade in value of 2,500 because Nissan doesn't know how to make their transmissions and now that is my problem!?!? How about you stop being fancy with your engineering and make some sh*t that actually WORKS NISSAN!!

I am a single mom and although I have the money to get a used CVT there are literally none for sale in the whole nation imagine that cause they are a piece of sh*t and can not be salvaged. So Now I ask what am I to do???? Because a car is a huge investment and I don't have the luxury of going out and getting a new one every time a company fails at what they are suppose to be good at.


- Brandi B., Minneapolis, MN, US

problem #24

Feb 182016

Rogue LS 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 131,000 miles

A low Purr in the engine had become a louder putting noise (like when a balloon is placed on a bicycle wheel so sounds like a motorcycle). The purr was so intermittent that I thought I was imagining it at first. I have taken my vehicle to dealers for services and not once did any "Master mechanics" mention that I should have the transmission checked OR that they would do it as courtesy. I took my vehicle for an oil change and decided to do a diagnostic (which I paid). Four hours later, I was told that the transmission was no good and that it would cost $5,100.00 to replace it along with a few other overpriced services. I was given the option to turn it in as a down payment towards another vehicles. NOT A CHANCE IN HELL!!! As a customer, I think that Nissan should pay for the New transmission and installment. It is ridiculous that I have to pay to replace a transmission that was under warranty and that problem was so rampant that the Warranty had to be doubled.

I believe that I will continue to have problems with that vehicle. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN AND WILL GET RID OF IT ASAP!!!

Update from Mar 2, 2016: I filed a complaint with Nissan consumer complaints they called me a couple of days after I filed but since I was at work I couldn't talk to them. I called back and left a couple voice mails and called at different hours and it took them two weeks to call me. I spoke to a man who stated that he was a manager of consumer complaints/affairs. He gave me a run down of his research of service on the rogue and stated that I had lapses of service. I explained that I had my private certified mechanic who did all required services (at half the cost). I told him that I believed Nissan showed a huge lack of consideration towards their consumers by not helping out with this issue that was caused by their defective parts. He stated that Nissan had extended to 120,000 as a courtesy on tranny's. I told him that my belief was that they extended only because the complaints of the transmissions ran in the hundreds. After a waste of 20mins of my life I flat out asked "What was Nissan if anything was willing to do to resolve this? to which he stated: I apologize but there's nothing that Nissan will do. I was upset but not surprised. I told him that for years I was always confident of the quality that Nissan represented but from that point on I would NEVER buy another Nissan as long as I lived. That the conversation was over and unless he had anything new to add to have a good night!

There you have it. Nissan told me to go F*** myself. Nissan can do the same. Next is a complaint to NHTSA but I don't expect anything.....

- lcastellanos99, Canoga Park, CA, US

problem #23

Sep 012011

Rogue S

  • CVT transmission
  • 41,000 miles

Purchased the car new last day of December 2008. In July of 2011 started noticing some odd noises which turned out to be the CVT transmission, this consistently has happened every 30 or 40 thousand miles, 3 transmissions into it and at 114 thousand miles,today again typical,CVT loss of power. Thank goodness it is all documented and I kept the service records

Last thing they said (Nissan) was the fix is the transmission cooler they installed , I am thinking great maybe this is the fix, so I asked if i could extend my existing extended warranty but they said "no way"

I should have taken a hint !

My dealer,has been wonderful wish I could say the same for Nissan as they blow me off with " it just must be a bad one there really is nothing wrong"

WTF Nissan I am not stupid.

I have had several calls into the factory and have had multiple requests to meet with the factory territory manager but seems Nissan is very protective of themselves.

I have had much success with Datsun Nissan and Infinity cars, last car before this POS Rogue was a 1998"Pathfinder which i gave away in fine running condition with 305 thousand miles and all I did was routine service

I never though I would be so disappointed by the manufacture, hey we all have problems, I get it

But this is costly to,all who have trusted the big "N"

I have been told lemon law does not cover this issue as it has been too long, yeah no sh*t it has been long since the 1st problem up until today , I drive the problem every single day I will try the Lemmon law again

Come on Nissan step up and do the right thing work,with us poor,folk and get us out of this inferior product

- Paul C., Sewell, NJ, US

problem #22

Jun 232015

Rogue SL 2.5l4

  • CVT transmission
  • 130,241 miles

I reported the standard CVT transmission overheating issue to I-90 Nissan in Sheffield, Ohio In May 2014 with just about 101K miles.. Once I told them about the issue and where to find the Nissan Service Bulletin, they were doing their best to get it fixed.

First they did a flush and fill on the transmission (Per the bulletin). The problem still happened and got worse., I could no longer accelerate after highway cruising. They ordered a cooler for it, and gave me a rental as my car was not safe. After 4 months of driving the rental, I still had no estimate on when they would receive the transmission cooler.

I called Nissan Consumer affairs, and after some very heated conversation, my dealership received a transmission cooler in 3 days. It was installed and returned to me. By this time, it was October! I explained that the transmission wouldn't get more than my daily commute to heat it up until summer 2015. I was informed that the dealership "would be more than happy to make notes in my service record and if anything happened, even after the warranty period, we (the dealership) would work with me due to my customer loyalty.)

Well this Father's Day I drove to Myrtle Beach, SC from Cleveland, OH. And I called them about the problem on the way down to MB and on the way back! Now they tell me I need a new transmission, but since it is after the 120k warranty period, I am responsible for all the repair costs...Come on Nissan!

I have owned 5 Nissans and have bought 7 cars from 2 dealerships! And since this is the same issue I reported 30K miles ago, IT WAS NEVER FIXED WHILE UNDER WARRANTY!! So basically, I fee that I was milked along until it was out of warranty, so they would not have to pay for yet another replacement transmission! I have found records of HUNDREDS of these warranty replacements online...So why doesn't Nissan just do the right thing and A) replace them with CVT2 Transmissions and not the faulty CVT v1.0, and B) REPLACE THEM FREE OF CHARGE!!!

Next Stop? YELP and FACEBOOK!

- Jeffrey K., Elyria, OH, US

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