CVT Transmission
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Frederick

Montville, NJ

#1 Sep 13, 2006
Just recently bought a 2007 Maxima-when going down a grade the transmission provides engine braking-I found it irritating and I'm sure it effects fuel economy. Does anyone have any comments? Thanks
David H Finn

AOL

#2 Aug 14, 2007
I recently rented a New Nissan Altima 2.5 Liter with a CVT and I have a very steep hill I traverse every day and I found it great. If it saves on the brakes I am all for it. Did a great job as far as i was concerned.
Steve

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 7, 2008
I have an 08 maxima I have to say I love the car but the cvt is another story even it low speeds
it hardly downshifts giving the car a choking feeling untill you pick up speed again.
anybody out there having the same problem and
what is the fix?
Dale O

Lowes, KY

#4 Jan 9, 2008
Yes i just bought an 08 maxima and have same Problem. It sounds like it is lugging the engine when you get into slower speeds(below 40 mph).I also would like to know if there is a fix,like the car but don't like the lugging engine sound.
bban

Orlando, FL

#5 Feb 8, 2008
I have a 07 Maxima with CVT. I noticed when cruising, releasing the gas pedal and then getting back on the gas (not aggresively) there is sometimes a sort of "kick" sensation. Do any of you guys ever feel that?
got12

Fort Worth, TX

#6 Apr 10, 2008
We have a 2007 and we hate the CVT. Wish we hadn't gotten it for this reason. RPM's increase upon lite acceleration when the engine should just pull the car. Gas mileage is also bad, maybe 24 max. I really hate the CVT most of all. This is our 3rd Maxima and probably our last. It's a beautiful car, but......
Marion

Wareham, MA

#7 May 10, 2008
Dale O wrote:
Yes i just bought an 08 maxima and have same Problem. It sounds like it is lugging the engine when you get into slower speeds(below 40 mph).I also would like to know if there is a fix,like the car but don't like the lugging engine sound.
We traded an 05 Maxima SE for a 2008 Maxima SE . The 2008 has the same problem as reported on this forum at 20 to 40 MPH Vibration and Moan. We opened an official complaint with Nissan Customer satisfaction. They had dealer who originally said its normal run test on the Transmission Control Module and AVS System. No problem found. Nissan Fix has no fix, We will never again buy any
Nissan with a CVT. Suggest all with this problem open an official complaint with Nissan
Marion

Wareham, MA

#8 May 10, 2008
We traded an 05 Maxima SE for a 2008 Maxima SE . The 2008 has the same problem as reported on this forum at 20 to 40 MPH Vibration and Moan. We opened an official complaint with Nissan Customer satisfaction. They had dealer who originally said its normal run test on the Transmission Control Module and AVS System. No problem found. Nissan Fix has no fix, We will never again buy any
Nissan with a CVT. Suggest all with this problem open an official complaint with Nissan

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Walt

Europe

#9 Jun 11, 2008
I drove a 2008 Maxima SE on a business trip for the better part of two weeks taking the opportunity during off time to test the car. CVT transmission is very responsive and a lot of fun to drive. I went up and down inclines, drove back roads and urban roads. Gas mileage with all my testing was 24mpg. When I hear people complain about the CVT, I just don't understand. Didn't you test drive the vehicle before you purchased it? It does NOT behave like a manual or an automatic 4,5,6 speed etc. transmission. It's a different transmission with less moving parts and thus (i'm hoping) less to break down. This engine is simply amazing. As far as power, or the lack of it, or the "vibration and moan", well, I did not hear any of that. Now granted I only drove the car several hundred miles, however I also believe that after the first day alone, I fully understood how a CVT is different and can only wonder how people can buy a car -- a car they've test driven -- and then complain about it. Keep something in mind here. Paradigm Shifts can be good things. Give the car a chance and all these different mannerisms and sounds you hear and feel may just be the reason you'll write back in a month or two saying how much you love your CVT.:) Have a nice ride!
Wayne

Peekskill, NY

#10 Aug 5, 2008
Recently purchased 2008 Maxima SL. Love the car have had two Maxima's previously. I have the same complaint about vibration and lugging of engine between 20 - 35 miles per hour. Returned to dealer twice, they tell me it normal all systems check out ok. Contacting Nissan Customer Service to see if they have any solutions for the problem.
Fred

Staten Island, NY

#11 Sep 10, 2008
From 20-45 mph there is a constant shudder felt through the gas pedal and steering wheel. ANNOYING! It's a new 2008 I just bought,(which my dealer replaced because the first one did the same thing!) now with 800 new annoying miles on it. This is my third Maxima and now, I guess, my last. I should have kept my Japan built 2002.
got12

Granbury, TX

#12 Sep 15, 2008
Well I see there are several Maxima owners like me that are a repeat purchaser but say this will be the last Nissan they will purchase.
To Walt in Europe, yes I test drove the car, it's my 3rd Maxima. I didn't notice a lot of difference in the transmission until after we got it home. It will actually roll backwards on a small incline when in drive. Also I just don't feel good now knowing a BELT is the transmission. I want a transmission refund since I didn't get one.
kris

Orlando, FL

#13 Oct 28, 2008
Dale O wrote:
Yes i just bought an 08 maxima and have same Problem. It sounds like it is lugging the engine when you get into slower speeds(below 40 mph).I also would like to know if there is a fix,like the car but don't like the lugging engine sound.
Do you ever feel the engine/trans drop into a lower gear. That is what it feels like to me.
Kris Orlando Florida

Orlando, FL

#14 Oct 28, 2008
Below speeds of 40mph I can feel the trans drop into a lower gear/rpm. This is happening at 3k miles on my 08.
Also at 40mph or more I can feel a kick once I relaese the gas and resume acceleration - and can almost predict when these occurences are going to take place.
Any others with these unusual problems?
Fred

Staten Island, NY

#15 Nov 4, 2008
Since Nissan has the CVT tranny in the '09, I wish them luck on selling it. I will spend the next $30,000 on a car elsewhere... and on a MADE IN JAPAN car. Since Maxima's are made here now, they might as well sell them as Chevrolet's or Ford's since the Nissan attitutude has also changed for the worse. You bought it, you're stuck with it. Pity. They won't admit the CVT was a huge mistake, along with problems they won't admit to or fix. And as car company's are doing poorly as of late, a loyal (6 car) customer like me apparently means nothing to them. Good luck, idiots!!
Fred

Staten Island, NY

#16 Nov 4, 2008
I do. I had a rep come from Nissan (after waiting a month) to tell me this is normal. The literature states "literally seamless shifts". HAH! A fairy tale at best. My money goes to another car company as soon as I unload my 2008.
Neal

Miami, FL

#17 Dec 30, 2008
I own a 2007 Altima 2.5SL with the CVT transmission. I have noticed on numerous occassions that after prolonged highway driving and then attempting to transition into city driving the transmission seems to stick in what would be 3rd or 4th gear when taking off from a stop light. The car can not get out of its own way. It is dangerous at times because you pull out from a light and you can't merge into traffic safely because the car feels as if its stuck in high gear. Very DANGEROUS
Chris

Panama City Beach, FL

#18 Jan 7, 2009
I own a 2008 Nissan Maxima SE. I have always been a maxima fan owning three previous (1995, 1999, 2001) I love the car, but the CVT definently takes getting used to. I can't help but feel the transmission takes away from the potential acceleration of the vehicle. During heavy acceleration it feels like the engine is bogging down. Anyone else have this problem?
Got12

Granbury, TX

#19 Feb 8, 2009
Walt wrote:
I drove a 2008 Maxima SE on a business trip for the better part of two weeks taking the opportunity during off time to test the car. CVT transmission is very responsive and a lot of fun to drive. I went up and down inclines, drove back roads and urban roads. Gas mileage with all my testing was 24mpg. When I hear people complain about the CVT, I just don't understand. Didn't you test drive the vehicle before you purchased it? It does NOT behave like a manual or an automatic 4,5,6 speed etc. transmission. It's a different transmission with less moving parts and thus (i'm hoping) less to break down. This engine is simply amazing. As far as power, or the lack of it, or the "vibration and moan", well, I did not hear any of that. Now granted I only drove the car several hundred miles, however I also believe that after the first day alone, I fully understood how a CVT is different and can only wonder how people can buy a car -- a car they've test driven -- and then complain about it. Keep something in mind here. Paradigm Shifts can be good things. Give the car a chance and all these different mannerisms and sounds you hear and feel may just be the reason you'll write back in a month or two saying how much you love your CVT.:) Have a nice ride!
Well at least you didn't buy one!!!!!!!
Got12

Granbury, TX

#20 Feb 8, 2009
I agree!!

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