Nissan CVT Transmission Problems (2023)

Does your Nissan skid, shake, shake or stall?
It could be your CVT transmission. Learn how to defend your lemon law rights.

Nissan, the first automaker to popularize the continuously variable transmission (CVT), promised that CVT-equipped vehicles would have better fuel economy, easier handling on grades, and a smoother driving experience. As early as 2009, Nissans with CVT transmissions were plagued with problems like slipping, jolting, wobbling, and stalling.

Class action lawsuits filed against Nissan claimed that there was a big difference between how these Nissan transmissions supposedly worked and how they actually worked. Actual performance (sliding, bumping, and stalling) increases the risk of accidents and injuries for drivers. These lawsuits allege that Nissan refused to admit that the CVT transmission was defective and attempted to hide the CVT's defects with sloppy repairs. Certain lawsuits have since been settled, but Nissan continues to put these faulty CVTs on newer models.

If your Nissan slips, jerks, stalls, or overheats, the problem may be with your CVT transmission. If Nissan or its dealers can't seem to fix the problems with your vehicle, you may be entitled to cash compensation, a vehicle replacement, or a full refund under the California Lemon Law. Please complete our inquiry form to learn more about your rights.


1. How do I know if my Nissan CVT gearbox is faulty?

Your Nissan vehicle may be a lemon if Nissan or its dealers were unable to repair the defective parts within a "reasonable" number of attempts. Common Nissan CVT transmission problems include:

  • retarded acceleration
  • closes and shakes
  • slipper transmission
  • shaking and shaking
  • The vehicle hesitates or stalls
  • burning smells
  • Coolant/liquid leak
  • Transmission Overheating
  • Engine RPM
  • strange changing sounds
  • premature transmission failure

When power or acceleration problems occur at places like stops, freeway ramps, intersections, and expressways, drivers face a greater risk of rear-ending or causing a crash.

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2. Which Nissan vehicles still have CVT transmission problems?

Despite settling several class action lawsuits, Nissan still equips these vehicles with CVT transmissions:

  • 2018-2022 Nissan Sentra
  • 2017-2022 Nissan Altima
  • 2016-2022 Nissan Maxima
  • 2015-2022 Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder 2019-2021
  • 2015-2017 Nissan Quest
  • 2019-2022 Nissan Rogue
  • 2018-2012 Nissan Versa

If you have one of the Nissan vehicles listed above and are experiencing transmission problems that cannot seem to be fixed, your vehicle may be considered defective. call us at877-222-2222for a free consultation today.

3. How has Nissan responded to these CVT issues?

Nissan has resolved several Nissan CVT transmission cases. The following vehicles are included in the now-resolved Nissan CVT class action lawsuit:

  • 2014–2018 Nissan Rogue
  • Nissan Pathfinder 2015–2018
  • 2015-2018 Infiniti QX60
  • 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra
  • 2014-2017 Nissan Versa
  • 2013-2016 Nissan Altima
  • 2013-2017 Nissan Juke

*Knight Law Group cannot accept CVT transmission lemon cases for the vehicles listed above UNLESS you have opted out prior to the exclusion period. However, if you have one of the above vehicles and are experiencing issues with another vehicle component (ie engine, electrical system, and more), please contact us for a free consultation at 877-222-2222.

If you have a 2017 or newer Nissan Altima, a 2018 or newer Nissan Sentra or Versa, or a 2019 or newer Nissan Rogue or Pathfinder, we can still grab a CVT transmission lemon box.

Many consumers in these settlements received warranty extensions and reimbursement payments for out-of-pocket repairs. Despite these settlements and payments, Nissan continued to equip newer vehicles with these faulty CVT transmissions.

If you did not opt ​​out of these lawsuits before the opt-out period, you will automatically continue to be included. However, this does not mean that you automatically qualify for clearance rewards. Settlements often place limits on who qualifies for payments or repair offers.That's why opting out of class action lawsuits is key to preserving your Lemon Law rights.

4. How does the Nissan CVT transmission work?

Nissan's CVT transmission uses a belt and pulley system. This belt is made of metal links and connects a pair of adjustable pulleys. This system adjusts the gear ratio of the transmission. In theory, CVT transmissions have an "infinite" number of gears. That way, a driver doesn't have to shift or "shift" gear while accelerating, decelerating, or coping with changes in the driving environment.

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5. Who makes this Nissan transmission?

JATCO Ltd. (Japan Automatic Transmission Company) manufactures Nissan's continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). The company manufactures automatic transmissions for automobiles. Since 2015, Nissan has a75% interest in JATCO, who has also delivered hisCVT transmissionspara Chrysler, General Motors, Mitsubishi y Suzuki.

6. Has Nissan found a solution for the CVT transmission?

No. Nissan has reportedly known about CVT transmission problems since 2009. These problems include being prone to overheating, having a shorter lifespan than conventional transmissions, and being much more difficult to repair.

Nissan tried to resolve or hide the persistent CVT transmission issue by:

  • Reprogramming of the transmission control unit to prevent the CVT belt from slipping
  • Replacing the sets for the continuously variable transmission
  • Transmission Valve Body Replacement

According to these lawsuits, none of these solutions worked. Nissan vehicles with CVT transmissions still experience shuddering, overheating, and acceleration issues.

Since then, Nissan has offered extended warranties on many of these vehicles, but has allegedly not cleared up the vehicle's defects. Also, Nissan allegedly denies the existence of CVT problems until warranties expire. Many affected active Nissan warranties on their Nissan vehicles, but still had to pay for Nissan transmission repairs out of pocket.


Consumers in your situation have written complaints about these Nissan CVT transmissions to federal regulators. We went through the database provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and compiled some of these complaints (edited for grammar and clarity).

2015 Nissan Murano

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More transmission problems. Stuttering and jerking at low speed, especially on a slight incline. One stop power loss. It slides when you get into gear and you shake. The change points seem to be irregular. It probably came on slowly, but it only got to a dangerous or troublesome point near the end of the warranty period. I felt bad when I tried to get into traffic and almost got thrown off the side.

2017 Nissan Altima

The CVT transmission jerks, stalls, shudders and hesitates while driving. The car has only driven 65,000 km. This issue has been randomly occurring for about a week now. I no longer feel safe driving the car because I feel that this failure could eventually cause an accident.

Nissan Sentra 2019

Nissan has put 7 gearboxes in my car and they are all the same. I never took his replacement car because when I drove two others of the same model of my car they did the same thing! Nissan must be held accountable and find a way to fix the transmission so that it no longer suffers from this horror. I have seen many consumer reviews indicating the same problem. I feel like this is widespread enough and a big enough security flaw that Nissan needs to fix before it kills someone because they can get out of the way over time.

2020 Nissan Versa

[The vehicle] already has transmission problems. The car jerks and slows me down, and the steering has become almost unmanageable in less than 120 miles. The wheels already need alignment and I haven't hit any curbs. This car is another Nissan disaster. The CVT was a terrible thing to pass into vehicles.


7. How do I know if my Nissan transmission is CVT?

You can find your Nissan transmission type in your owner's manual. If you have lost your owner's manual, you can find your transmission type on the sticker on the inside driver's side door jamb. You can also call your local dealer and provide your VIN, after which the dealer will find your transmission type for you.

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8. I think my Nissan gearbox is faulty. What I can do?

If you suspect that your Nissan CVT transmission is faulty, be sure to follow these steps:

  • Take your car to the dealer for repair. Report your concerns to the technician.
  • Make sure the concerns you reported (no matter how small) are written on the repair order.
  • Keep copies of your repair orders. If you have lost them, contact your dealer for copies of repair orders and receipts.
  • Gather other documents, such as vehicle warranty information.
  • Contact a lemon attorney for a free consultation.

Even if your Nissan doesn't have a CVT or you're having issues that aren't related to your transmission, you should follow these steps. If you suspect that your vehicle is defective, you will want to establish a paper record for your Lemon Law claim.

Sometimes new class action lawsuits will include your vehicle and its defects. Be sure to exclude yourself from these lawsuits before the exclusion deadline dates. If you are not sure if it is included, you can contact a lemon law firm to inquire about the details. Once you have opted out, you can proceed with a lemon law claim.

Not everyone with a defective vehicle is covered by a class action lawsuit. If you are not part of a class action lawsuit, you can go directly to the lemon law process.

9. How Can a California Lemon Law Lawyer Help Me?

A California lemon law lawyer can help new or used vehicle owners sue the car manufacturer and get the following rewards: cash compensation, a replacement vehicle, or a lemon law buyback. The lemon attorneys at Knight Law Group can help lemon owners obtain a full refund for the original purchase price of their vehicle, and then some.

The process begins with an initial consultation. During the initial interview, you will be asked about your type of vehicle, any problems you have had, and any repairs that have been made. It's time to ask any questions you may have about the California Lemon Law.

If you are the subject of a class action lawsuit, we can help you opt out and preserve your individual right to sue.

If your Nissan transmission problems can't seem to be resolved, please fill out the form below or call us at877-222-2222for a free consultation.

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Knight Law Group is a lemon law firm practicing exclusively in California. If you are a California resident who purchased or leased a defective vehicle from an authorized California dealer, we may be able to help you get rid of your potential lemon and receive substantial cash compensation.

However, we are unable to assist those who live outside of California or purchased their vehicle outside of California.unless they are active duty members of the Armed Forces, nor will we be able to refer you to a lemon law firm in your states.To learn more about the California Lemon Law and your legal rights, visit ourCalifornia Lemon Law Guidefor mere information.


Nissan CVT Transmission Problems? ›

2022-2023 Nissan CVT Class Action Settlement

Nissan agreed to pay over $277 million as part of the settlement to resolve certain defective transmissions claims. The following Nissan models are included in the 2022 Nissan CVT settlement: 2014 – 2018 Nissan Rogue.

Did Nissan fix their CVT issues? ›

2022-2023 Nissan CVT Class Action Settlement

Nissan agreed to pay over $277 million as part of the settlement to resolve certain defective transmissions claims. The following Nissan models are included in the 2022 Nissan CVT settlement: 2014 – 2018 Nissan Rogue.

What year Nissan CVT transmissions are bad? ›

Generally, the issues have been reported between 2012/2013 and 2018. There were some problems in 2003 when Nissan first began using this transmission and in the 2007-2012 CVT generation. Specific models include the Murano, Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Versa, and Versa Note.

How many miles does a CVT transmission last in a Nissan? ›

If you are still under the Manufacturer's Powertrain Warranty (5 years, 60,000 miles) or an Extended CVT Warranty from the Manufacturer (10 years, 120,000 miles), Nissan should replace or repair your transmission free of charge.

Will Nissan replace my CVT transmission? ›

The Nissan CVT transmission warranty is a warranty extension that applies to certain Nissan models that have known CVT problems. This warranty extension protects drivers by helping them cover the cost of replacing or repairing the CVT of their Nissan if it's affected by a factory defect.

Did Nissan extended the warranty on CVT transmission? ›

The extension applied to all Nissan vehicles manufactured between 2003 and 2010 equipped with a continuously variable transmission. This extension doubled the original powertrain warranty from five years or 60,000 miles up to 10 years or 120,000 miles.

Are Nissan CVTs getting better? ›

We improved the electronic control system and the hydraulic system components under its control. In addition, adoption of a high-performance ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) enhances response and stability. As a result, the CVT shifts ratios about 30% faster than the previous version.

How do I know if my Nissan CVT is bad? ›

1. How do I know if my Nissan CVT transmission is defective?
  1. Delayed Acceleration.
  2. Lurching and Jerking.
  3. Transmission Slipping.
  4. Shaking and Shuddering.
  5. Vehicle Hesitation or Stalling.
  6. Burning Smells.
  7. Coolant/Fluid Leaks.
  8. Transmission Overheating.

How do you know if your CVT is failing? ›

Some common problems to look out for with your CVT include:
  1. Transmission 'jerking', slipping, grinding or jumping during acceleration when the car is shifting gears.
  2. Noisy while driving – some customers have issues with a 'whining', 'clanging' or 'rattling' sound while driving especially with Nissan CVT's.

How do I know if my Nissan has a CVT transmission? ›

Some other things to look out for are that some cars have CVT written on the transmission dipstick. Others even have a CVT badge on the car. Often, there will be no 3,2,1 on the gearshift gate, with only P, N and D. If buying from a dealer, ask the question and they are obliged to tell you.

How to make a Nissan CVT last? ›

Adopt good driving habits: When driving on a hill, avoid using the throttle to hold yourself, instead, hit the brakes to resist backward motion, and once you have released it, hit the throttle again. Also, just like any other automatic transmission vehicle, do not neutral stop your vehicle, it could damage your CVT.

What is the biggest problem with CVT transmission? ›

Some of the common problems that owners run into include overheating, slipping, and sudden loss of acceleration. Shuddering is also a common problem. Since CVTs depend on the belts to operate, if these suffer from excessive stretching or too much wear, the transmission can completely fail.


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