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Ok, I hope this list doesnt' become a long list, but just trying to get an idea of how many people with 5th gens have already had to have their CVTs replaced.

If you have issues, Also I want you to contact Nissan Consumer Affairs if the dealer refuses to put you into a car for the time being and also tell them what dealer you are involved with and what issue you are having with your 2013 Altima.


Please list when you purchased the car, apprx milage when trans stopped working, the year of production, motor size, and any other details you may think is important.

I'll keep the list updated as people post.

http://vimeo.com/48221055 <-----Video
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1: back2back...............................2013..2.5SL.....................10,000miles
2: ItsMrMark ...............................2013 2.5S........................*****miles
3: ItsMrMark................................2013 2.5SV......................*****miles
4: poor.......................................2013 2.5SV......................7,700 miles
5: whozplaying.............................2013 2.5SL.....................12,000 Miles
6: JMAN35...................................2013 3.5S.......................*****miles
7: chrisinky .................................2013 2.5SV.................6K, started, died at 24K miles
8: 2013SV...................................2013 3.5SV....................6,600 currently having problems as of 10/21/13
9: RAH........................................2013 3.5SL......................600 miles (not a typo)
10: theinternot.............................2013 ...........................3700 miles
11: Charger57..............................2013 2.5SV...................<1000 miles
12: Nu-Vapor................................2013..............................****miles
13: Nu-Vapor Wif'es car..................2013..............................****miles
14:Jokerguy.................................2013 2.5SV......................*****miles
15: Tynh.....................................2013................................*****miles
16:BigHardSun..............................2013 2.5SL........................****miles
17: cdavidc1949...........................2013 2.5SL........................900 miles
18: MJ5 .....................................2013 2.5SL .........................*****miles
19: 132.5SVinOhio........................2013 2.5SV ....(BD 5/2013).....................4400 miles
20: rocky road............................2013 2.5SV ...........................................368 miles
21: Duct tape.............................2013 3.5S.............rebuilted at 4K.......replaced at 9000 miles
22: sceaux.................................2013 2.5SL...............................32,000 miles
23: AltimaMRI...........................2013 3.5SL TQ Converter..................4376 miles
24: techguy888..........................2013 3.5SV...................................17,000 miles
25: peyton20081985....................2013 2.5SV...................................24,000 miles
26: Kahn_viatorz.........................2013 3.5SV....................................10,000 miles
27: grein002...............................2013 3.5SL....................................?
28: javajoe.................................2013 3.5SV...................................2000 miles buy back
28: javajoe.................................2013 3.5SV...................................2000 miles buy back
29: Jambry3…………………………………….2013 2.5SV…………………………………4,000 miles replaced
30: tedrive………………………………………..2013…………………………………………6,500 replaced
31: 132.5SVinOH……………………………….2013 2.5SV……………………………
32: er_stl…………………………………………..2013 3.5SL……………………………….1,500 miles replaced
33: techguy888……………………………...2013 3.5SV……………………replaced a 2nd time, traded on WRX
34: grein002…………………………………….2013 3.5SL…………………..replaced after 1 year (no mileage given)
35: poor……………………………………………..2013……………………………..7,700 miles replaced
36: sceaux…………………………………………2013 2.5SL………………………32,000 miles replaced
37: B Crags..................................2014 3.5SL.....................600 Miles
38: rbhood.................................2013 Altima 2.5 SV........... 30,100 miles
39: Ritchie Luna.......................2014 3.5SL...........................12,800 miles
40: trak000.................................2013 3.5SL ......................32,000 miles
41: BC........................................2014 3.5SL.......................2500 mile, started happening again at 10K
42: ALtima2015............................2013 SV & 2014 3.5SL...........*******
43: superbad..............................2014 3.5SL....................20,000 miles
44: flaod......................................2013 2.5SV ...........................50,000 miles
45: Lazybird01 ............................2014 3.5SL..............................10 miles....(not a typo)
46: Done Deal DR..........................2014 3.5SL..............................22k miles
47: Ryan Sands...........................2014 3.5SL...............................29K Miles
48: xxPanterrrxx ......................2013 3.5SL .................................33k miles
49: dj-altima13........................2013 SV......................................42K miles
50: PaulJ...................................2014 ........................................????
51: Waynehead05.......................2013 2.5S............................ 112K miles
52: proededgebiker...................???????................................21K miles and 23.5K miles
53: Jimbrocc............................2014 3.5........................9K miles
54: WMark.........................2014 3.5SL..................................45K
55: Jbj.................................2014 3.5SL ...........................26K miles
56: scamper ........................???????/................................58K miles
57: fedcopk9...........................2013. 2.5SL ........................37K miles
58: rreyesaf82..........................2014 2.5S ...........................51K miles
 

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I would like to see the year as well to help determine if the 2014s still have the issue.
 

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Lemon law buy back at 10,000. Complained about violent shudder at 2,200. Belt tensioner and pulley replaced on 2 separate visits. Never resolved, was locking up and staling the car at the time of repurchase.
 

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Estimates of driving style (% of hwy or city) should also be included to see if there is a trend based on driving style.

Noises, actions, warning lights, smoke, etc that you noticed when or right before the failure occurred. (i.e. shuddering)
 

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BTW, I babied my car, NEVER going WOT in the first 3K miles...

As for the list, the following fellow members either had their CVT replaced, lemon law due to CVT or traded out of the car before the CVT was replaced:

Chrisinky
Barry5K
Dweezil
RAH
Alt1000
Marine54
Trindawg40
Charger57

I'm sure this is a very incomplete list. For all those "every car has problems" people, to have this many on one forum is NUTS. I didn't join this forum to find fellow owners with problems, I joined it because I was proud of my car. Now I'm ashamed I ever bought a Nissan to begin with. They're hanging you out to dry.
 

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I'll shoot all them a PM later to get details on their replacements. That list is WAY too big for a car that has only been out for a year.
 

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More info on mine - started with shuddering, then sounded like a belt freezing up. Before final destruction, it was bucking when accelerating...
Sounds/Video on Youtube search 2013 cvt problem. I had a few videos. It was happening 25+ times daily but dealer "couldn't replicate".... Until it 100% went out.

Also - last service, 3 days before CVT died. Tech stated: fluid color and smell ok, fluid level ok, CVT shows no signs of problems.

And finally - car was resold, never noted as a lemon, on a nissan lot. Buyers of low mileage 2013's beware!
 

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Oh - and someone call the service managers at the rental car places. Throughout my buyback (dealer was tight lipped until I said lemon law) they had several from one of the rental places there for new CVTs while I was there each time...
 

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In my case there was absolutely no shudder, hesitation or noise whatsoever. I was literally stopped when the transmission decided to go down. I was at the left turn lane waiting for the oncoming traffic and up as soon as I stepped on the accelerator a loud boom and the transmission is gone. The funny thing is that the guy at the service did not seem really surprised by that transmission being dead at 7700 miles. He was kind of like "oh boy here is another one" mood.
 

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Wonder if the new owner found any of the Nissan "Voluntary Repurchase Under Lemon Law" letters w/the VIN # right on it I stashed all over the car yet!:nono: Put one in both back seat pockets, in each of the books in the manual folder thingy, under the trunk carpet, on top of the spare, stuffed down in the seat backs/bases. I think they have an out as you threaten them with lemon law and they settle. Offering a "voluntary repurchase under lemon law" may not exactly mean the car was legally declared a lemon. One more reason I'll never buy a used car!

Edit: Checked carfax free lemon check today...no record of manufacturer buyback. I sent them a copy of the letter, but some poor soul is already in the car :(
 

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I sent letters of my repurchase paperwork to carfax and autocheck heh.... they both placed notes, be it small, on the carfax and provided me a free link to check it out for 15 days.

It appears that the dealer fixed it, drove it 1k miles I'm assuming to test it, then transferred it to another dealer where it was sold...

Kicker was, even after the CVT replacement she was buckin' like a mule the few miles I drove it (long story but from the body shop back to the dealer for the lemon pick up - they had damaged it multiple times trying to fix it, so after replacing the CVT it went to the paint booth lol).
 

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This is quite concerning... My first Nissan after hearing amazing things about them :/ I already had it in the shop once for the stutter roughly a month ago and I wanna say they replaced the pulley and tensioner. Seemed to have fixed it but I think I'm feeling something funny with the CVT the past couple weeks...

Not to mention my remote start picks what days it wants to work lol. My AC display will randomly go blank, radio will completely freeze and go to the grayish background until I restart the car. Also my miles to empty count doesn't reset under 50 Miles to E unless I fill it up.....

2013 2.5
9000 Miles

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I knew the 5th gens were gonna be plagued by the CVT garbage even though quite a few others on here in the past really believed that Nissan and Jatco's new version was going to be great, but I'm not liking what I'm finding out as I get responses from people. I'm gonna see if my friend who is a shop manager at a local dealership to give me some insight as well.
 

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I have a 2013 3.5 shudder started at 1000 or so iirc, and put in for service at 2000 miles along with airbag light (this popped up at 300 miles and first attempted repair at 1000 miles). Was gonna take it in this week for this and a bunch of other $#!t going on with this lemon but contacted lemon lawyer fir the airbag issue as that may qualify as a safety issue requiring only 2 repair attempts. Waiting to see what my atty can do.

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I'm actually going through a ton of old threads from last year collecting more data. The list is getting longer
 
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