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Have you had to replace the CVT in your car?

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2013 Altima SL 2.5. Probably have about 70000 miles on it -- I've never had a single problem with the transmission.
Don't take a chance on not performing a drain/fill; replacement CVTs are very, very expensive. To enhance longevity, the CVT fluid should always be replaced every 30,000 mi. When the fluid stays in too long, the chemical properties of the fluid get compromised and it can no longer provide that cushion that's so needed between the steel belt and the cones. The fluid has two great enemies, and temperature is only one of them. The other is shearing force generated by normal operation of the belt, which increases on hills or with a load. This gradually breaks down and shortens the long-chain molecules that cushion the belt. You can generally deduce that by looking at the fluid; if it's very dark brown and has a burnt odor, it's shot! I've seen them go a long way with religious fluid changes, but anybody who believes the advertising about "lifetime fluid" is doomed to a dead tranny around 100K, maybe less.
 

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130.000 the cvt would not go over 40 mph
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It's common knowledge that the continuously variable transmission is Nissan's Achilles' heel. The CVTs tend to suffer from a variety of problems, ranging from overheating to juddering.

Have you had to replace the CVT in your car?
My grandson's 2010 Altima 175,000 CVT is shot. Got a stepper motor code when it started to act like you were trying to drive with square wheels. I replaced the stepper motor, it didn't help, in fact got worse. Not enough to get up our steep driveway. Way to expensive to replace or fix. Engine runs great, car is in good condition, but now not worth much more than scrap. If I knew then, what I know now about the Nissan CVT, 7 years ago, I would of made it a point, that he should not buy it. He got it from a Nissan dealer.
 

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My grandson's 2010 Altima 175,000 CVT is shot. Got a stepper motor code when it started to act like you were trying to drive with square wheels. I replaced the stepper motor, it didn't help, in fact got worse. Not enough to get up our steep driveway. Way to expensive to replace or fix. Engine runs great, car is in good condition, but now not worth much more than scrap. If I knew then, what I know now about the Nissan CVT, 7 years ago, I would of made it a point, that he should not buy it. He got it from a Nissan dealer.
Well your grandson probably never did a drain/fill of the CVT fluid. The majority of the posts here on the forum about failed CVTs is the notion that anybody who believes the advertising about "lifetime fluid" is doomed to a dead tranny around 100K, maybe less. The Nissan stealerships generally don't talk much about CVT drain/fills.
 

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Don't take a chance on not performing a drain/fill; replacement CVTs are very, very expensive. To enhance longevity, the CVT fluid should always be replaced every 30,000 mi. When the fluid stays in too long, the chemical properties of the fluid get compromised and it can no longer provide that cushion that's so needed between the steel belt and the cones. The fluid has two great enemies, and temperature is only one of them. The other is shearing force generated by normal operation of the belt, which increases on hills or with a load. This gradually breaks down and shortens the long-chain molecules that cushion the belt. You can generally deduce that by looking at the fluid; if it's very dark brown and has a burnt odor, it's shot! I've seen them go a long way with religious fluid changes, but anybody who believes the advertising about "lifetime fluid" is doomed to a dead tranny around 100K, maybe less.
 

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My grandson's 2010 Altima 175,000 CVT is shot. Got a stepper motor code when it started to act like you were trying to drive with square wheels. I replaced the stepper motor, it didn't help, in fact got worse. Not enough to get up our steep driveway. Way to expensive to replace or fix. Engine runs great, car is in good condition, but now not worth much more than scrap. If I knew then, what I know now about the Nissan CVT, 7 years ago, I would of made it a point, that he should not buy it. He got it from a Nissan dealer.
It's a bummer because Nissan's products are pretty decent overall. Often the engine and everything else is still good, as it was in the case of your grandson's car, but the CVT is toast.
 

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Don't take a chance on not performing a drain/fill; replacement CVTs are very, very expensive. To enhance longevity, the CVT fluid should always be replaced every 30,000 mi. When the fluid stays in too long, the chemical properties of the fluid get compromised and it can no longer provide that cushion that's so needed between the steel belt and the cones. The fluid has two great enemies, and temperature is only one of them. The other is shearing force generated by normal operation of the belt, which increases on hills or with a load. This gradually breaks down and shortens the long-chain molecules that cushion the belt. You can generally deduce that by looking at the fluid; if it's very dark brown and has a burnt odor, it's shot! I've seen them go a long way with religious fluid changes, but anybody who believes the advertising about "lifetime fluid" is doomed to a dead tranny around 100K, maybe less.
I know it's had at least one drain/fill at this point. I'm not currently driving it -- I lent it to a friend. I'll make it a point to tell him to look into doing another at the next servicing.
 

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Drain and fill is the key to extending the life of the transmission
I know it's had at least one drain/fill at this point. I'm not currently driving it -- I lent it to a friend. I'll make it a point to tell him to look into doing another at the next servicing.
Drain and fill is something that is not that hard to do.
 

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I have a 2016 Platinum. Picked it up with 27k miles in 2019. I did have transmission flushed at 50,000 and change my own oki and rotate tires every 5k miles. I have not had any mechanical issues other than a bad alternator 3 months ago 60,000 miles. The repairs were covered by my extended warranty.
 

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I had an 2009 Nissan Altima SL -180.000 miles i was rear ended by a Semi on highway and was totaled in 2018(i will never forget)
Never had issues with engine or tranny
That car is rhe reason i drive a 2022 Nissan today
 
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