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Old 02-22-2011, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I read the 7th gen Maxima forums daily and maybe seen 2 or 3 people with CVT problems. Obviously the car is still fairly new, but out of all the forums I read, the current Nissan CVT has no more problems than traditional transmissions in other cars.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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If you like being driven mad every time you stab the gas pedal, the CVT will work just fine for you. Those that like a more refined ride, and instant response to a specified gear when pulling out in traffic and/or passing, then stay far away from the dreaded Nissan CVT. I had a Sentra loaner from Enterprise, with a CVT, and it was hands-down the worst car Ive driven since the Ford Festiva. No joke. Shoddy build quality, awful plastics, puky mustard-orange gauges, hard seats, ugly overall looks, awful CVT, sharp edges. Id rather ride a bicycle to work. Do yourself a favor and cross-shop vehicles in its price range/class.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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If you like being driven mad every time you stab the gas pedal, the CVT will work just fine for you. Those that like a more refined ride, and instant response to a specified gear when pulling out in traffic and/or passing, then stay far away from the dreaded Nissan CVT. I had a Sentra loaner from Enterprise, with a CVT, and it was hands-down the worst car Ive driven since the Ford Festiva. No joke. Shoddy build quality, awful plastics, puky mustard-orange gauges, hard seats, ugly overall looks, awful CVT, sharp edges. Id rather ride a bicycle to work. Do yourself a favor and cross-shop vehicles in its price range/class.
LOL Why don't you tell us how you really feel?

As far as instant response to a specified gear, that's where the CVT shines. It's always in the correct gear ratio for the rpm and load.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:29 AM
 
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I drive an '05 Sentra, which is getting repaired for a blown headgasket (another rant in itself!)

They gave me a '10 Altima for my rental. This is my first time experience with CVT transmissions, and so far I am not impressed. First there is no "coasting" with this car. When I let up off the gas to coast to a stop sign or slow down to make a turn, the engine feels like it's going to power off.

Or when talking off from a stop light. Usually when I let up of the gas (in the sentra), the car rolls forward. Not with the Altima, it just sits there until I hit the gas.

None of these is a bad thing (especially the latter issue) just something that would take time to get use too.
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Old 05-28-2011, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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the CVT isnt really anything that u have to get use to. one thing i do notice is the engine doesnt have to work too hard at all. however, if you floor it, the RPM will got to 6000rpm and stay there until u take your foot off the gas. But spirited driving doesnt really make the engine work hard....im saying this as a month long 3.5 Altima coupe owner.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:03 PM
 
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I have 2007 Versa SL Hatchback with CVT with 164,000 miles. The CVT Transmission has been replaced ate 63,000 miles, 109,000 miles and now needs to be replace for a third time. Sorry I am not a fan of the CVT Transmission. First 2 covered under warranty, but not the third. $3,400 to replace new and $2,400 to replace used.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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13 altima CVT issues(please read) - Nissan Forums : Nissan Forum
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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Nissan had MASSIVE issues with the CVT's when they were first introduced across all platforms. To their credit, they did step up and extend the warranty on them. However, the warranty carries an asterisk that only the recommended Nissan brand CVT fluid be used in the car or the warranty is voided. Not saying you couldn't fight that in court, but that would be a heck of a hassle.

The cost tends to run between $200-$300 for the fluid change. However, Nissan does not recommend changing the fluid at any particular interval outside of their Premium Maintenance schedule. Basically, they offer three scheduled maintenance options. Options 1 and 2 are the "normal" and "severe" duty schedules, while option 3 is the premium. Most peope will fall under the "severe". You do NOT need to use the premium schedule to maintain the warranty. However, the other schedules will call for testing the fluid at intervals that can only be done at the dealer. IMO, this is a way they are slaving people to their dealer service bays. At given intervals they will inspect the fluid and either state that it's fine, or that it needs changing. Of course, they charge for this diagnostic. Also, if the diagnostics are not done (or the fluid is not changed per the premium schedule), or if you change the fluid with something that is not the Nissan fluid, they can void the warranty.

If it were me and I chose to buy a CVT Nissan and keep it for a long time, I would most likely default to dealer maintenance to insure the integrity of that CVT warranty. It's not so much a question of if, but when it will fail. I would also never plan to keep one past the CVT warranty period unless I had the funds available to spend on a replacement.

To me; Nissan + CVT = Throwaway car. If you're someone who likes to hold onto their cars as long as possible, I would look elsewhere.
U say that its not an issue of if but when it will fail. Can't the same be said for a conventional geared transmission as well? There is no such thing as an infinite lasting transmission.
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:54 PM
 
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2012 Nissan versa 123,000 miles 3 years CVT went out cost me $3,600 to replace. I didn't know the transmissions were so sensitive wish I had researched before I bought the car. I had purchased for the gas savings but now factor in the maintenance and replacement cost their goes the savings... Should have just bought a car with power.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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2012 Nissan versa 123,000 miles 3 years CVT went out cost me $3,600 to replace. I didn't know the transmissions were so sensitive wish I had researched before I bought the car. I had purchased for the gas savings but now factor in the maintenance and replacement cost their goes the savings... Should have just bought a car with power.
That's pretty high mileage though, not to say that it should have failed. How did you drive it? Fast/slow acceleration?
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