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#1 Old 04-27-2010, 05:23 PM
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CVT Transmission Reliability

Re: Model Year 2010 ( for all Nissan models not just the Altima )

Can somebody please put the CVT tranny problems in perspective ? Just how prevalent is it ? Is the particular vehicle model and / or engine size a factor ? The extended warranty eases my mind alot but I'd still like to know just how likely it is for this to become a problem.

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over the course of last two years i've seen probably a dozen cvt failures reported on these boards. majority were 2.5 engine cars.

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A dozen out of all the CVT owners doesn't sound too bad.


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The CVT's reliability has been discussed in numerous threads. The V6 engine is paired with a different CVT than the 4 cylinder. I haven't heard of any V6 owner (Altima or Murano) with a CVT problem. Of the few 4 cyl. failures, they seem to be related to the bearings most of the time. Nissan increased the warranty to 120k miles to ease your worries and help you forget about the extremely low percentage of CVT problems. That's one of the longest warranties on the market, so buy with confidence.
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there has been a v6 version tranny replaced recently.

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^^^ Was that the one for the "shift delay"?
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could have been, i don't remember exactly.

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The CVT's reliability has been discussed in numerous threads. The V6 engine is paired with a different CVT than the 4 cylinder. I haven't heard of any V6 owner (Altima or Murano) with a CVT problem. Of the few 4 cyl. failures, they seem to be related to the bearings most of the time. Nissan increased the warranty to 120k miles to ease your worries and help you forget about the extremely low percentage of CVT problems. That's one of the longest warranties on the market, so buy with confidence.
New to the CVT and new to this forum so I'm glad it's being covered one more time!

Also happy to hear that it doesn't apply to the 3.5.

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well i just bought a 3.5 and love the cvt except for one thing it jolts a Little when i try to accelerate right after switching from park to drive. its like if you accelerate quickly over rocks and it slip a little. don't know if that's worth going to the dealer and i think they charge money to diagnose anything.
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quick question. will the ppl at nissan give u the "voided warranty" excuse if u go to the dealership with an intake on your car?

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quick question. will the ppl at nissan give u the "voided warranty" excuse if u go to the dealership with an intake on your car?
Each dealership's attitude is a bit different. I've dealt with this issue when it comes to Harleys and recently won a lemon law case against BMW. I can tell you that the Magnussen Moss Warranty Act states that the modification has to be "directly related" to the failure in order for them to void the warranty.

An intake should have very little to do with the transmission. A dealership could deny the warranty claim but I think you'd win if you found an attorney that specializes in vehicle warranty issues.

By the way.....a lemon law is much easier to win (just takes a few months of leaving the car parked) than I'd have ever thought. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that we got an attorney that specializes in vehicle lemon law in Cali. To this day, we've never met any of the attorneys from their office......all handled via email and fax. Not only did they pay the car loan off within 24 hrs. they also returned all the payments. A very nice down for this new Altima! Just thought I'd pass that along for you guys just in case you ever get in a situation or know somebody that does.

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What firm did you use??
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Since the V6 CVT is obviously more dependable then the one used on the 2.5 why doesn't Nissan just use the V6 version on all Altimas. I know it's probably a little more expensive but it would go a long way toward restoring customer confidence in the CVT. Extended warranties are fine but why not just avoid the problem in the first place.
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A 2010 should have the newer version (black fluid pan without a drain bolt). So far these have been very reliable.
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The CVT's reliability has been discussed in numerous threads. The V6 engine is paired with a different CVT than the 4 cylinder. I haven't heard of any V6 owner (Altima or Murano) with a CVT problem. Of the few 4 cyl. failures, they seem to be related to the bearings most of the time. Nissan increased the warranty to 120k miles to ease your worries and help you forget about the extremely low percentage of CVT problems. That's one of the longest warranties on the market, so buy with confidence.

are you sure they extended the 2010's too? wasn't it just the first 2 or three years that got extended?

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