CVT Transmission
Miss Cali

Lebanon, GA

#41 Aug 11, 2010
I own a '09 Nissan Maxima with a CVT transmission and I have no problems with it. I have also driven cars with regular manual transmissions in the past and although the CVT does seem different than a standard manual transmission I have not had any problems with shuddering, sticking, or any strange noises. It shifts very smoothly and works great. It is fun to drive.
liner

Bronx, NY

#42 Aug 12, 2010
Miss Cali wrote:
I own a '09 Nissan Maxima with a CVT transmission and I have no problems with it. I have also driven cars with regular manual transmissions in the past and although the CVT does seem different than a standard manual transmission I have not had any problems with shuddering, sticking, or any strange noises. It shifts very smoothly and works great. It is fun to drive.
That's good. Keep in mind that Nissan has extended the warranty on their CVT transmissions.
GVC

Pittsburgh, PA

#43 Aug 12, 2010
John wrote:
I own a 3-month old '10 Altima 2.5 SL and just returned from a long road trip (2770 mi. over 8 days) and had exactly the same experience as described by Neal. After prolonged highway driving while transitioning to city driving, the transmission doesn't adjust to the slower speed. When commencing with stop-and-go driving the car doesn't want to GO. It barely moves and you can find yourself in the middle of an intersection with cars bearing down on you and the Altima is barely inching along while you are flooring the excellerator. This is frightening and very dangerous. Then, usually after a few minutes of this nonsense, the CVT suddenly begins to act normally until the next recurrence of the same circumstances.
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This sounds like the same respons I had with my vehicle 2007 Maxima. The problem was teh ABS sensors in teh rear wheels. Thye were changed and problem has been fine for 1 year. Yours should be under warranty mine was not andn cost 1000 dollars fro 2 hours of work.
msroatan06

Metairie, LA

#44 Aug 12, 2010
i have a 2001 nissan maxima. my car sometimes would not change out of first gear only going 20 miles per hour and the rpm is dangerously high. it sounds like the engine is traveling at a high speed but the car won't move out of 1st gear. i bought it to four mechanics including nissan and they all say NOTHING IS WRONG WITH THE CAR! please help me!!! Has anyone else have this problem? any solutions?
Rocky

Freeport, FL

#45 Sep 4, 2010
Hey Nick. I am not willing to drive around town in Manual Mode in order to increase the RPM and avoid the vibration. I am pursuing the Florida Lemon Law to force Nissan to buy the car back. First however you have to file for arbitration with the BBB (Better Business Bureau) to see if the problem can be resolved. I filed my papers and awaiting for an answer. If the BBB sides with Nissan then I will file papers with the Florida Attorney General under the Lemon Law. I will take this as far as possible. I think the CVT is a major design flaw. When I took the car to the Nissan dealer the service order says the car was designed to vibrate and make noise. Who in the heck will design a $40.000 car to vibrate and make noise. They put counter weights on the exhaust pipe to counter the vibration but it did not help. They send an engineer from Atlanta to do this. They know they have a big problem and are trying to pacify everyboby by extending the warrantee on CVT to 10 years and l20 miles. Much cheaper than having to recall all cars with CVTs. More later.
Jason

Dayton, OH

#47 Oct 29, 2010
My wife and I bought a 2010 Nissan Maxima SV in May '10, after her Honda Accord was totaled (a lady ran a red light).

We test drove the car three different times on different routes with varying speeds, hills, stop lights, etc. I used to work in the auto industry, so I know the best ways to test-drive cars in multiple scenarios. No problems! We loved it... especially the insane acceleration! The CVT was awesome, too. Since then we've put almost 10,000 miles on the car, mostly from 1k-2k mile trips.

The issue: It's quite scary. As others have posted, after acceleration or highway speeds - to a slow down (nearly stop or complete stop) and then quick acceleration to get into traffic... NOTHING! The engine revs and we don't move. OMG! Seriously? The CVT doesn't spool down to a "low" setting when you slow down?? We're afraid we're going to get into an accident.-- Had we known the car would do this, we probably wouldn't have bought it. For a $35k car... unreal!

We've also noticed when we back out of the driveway, stop, and put it in Drive... it sits. Where's the acceleration??? It's like there's not even a "1st gear". And then when I tried backing it into the garage, the car got "stuck" on the 1-inch concrete lip, until I "gunned" the engine. God only knows how it's going to react when it starts snowing this winter...

GVC (above) said it's the rear ABS sensors... which I don't see how that can be correlated with the transmission. I suppose its worth a shot if Nissan will replace those while its still under warranty.

(GVC - You should consider Subaru, too! I love'm...)
Jason

Dayton, OH

#48 Nov 2, 2010
Dealership says to drive it in "Sport Mode", which hangs onto the RPM's longer. This is good for those merging or quick-stop & go situations.

Also said the newer cars with their computers are "learning" how you drive. So, if you're a conservative driver the majority of the time, then the computers are going to run the car conservatively. Then if you want to drive aggressively, it takes longer to respond. So, they adjust to your driving style.

We're going to try the Sport mode or sudo-manual (it's never manual unless you have a real clutch!) and see how it responds.
Jason

Dayton, OH

#49 Nov 5, 2010
As it turns out, the transmission's computer needed to be rebooted. What, is this Windows? Odd...

So, as my wife says, "It's as though the 290 horses woke up!" We're going to have to re-learn how the car drives... as it is totally different now.

It was great that the technicians experienced the same issues we had with it.

So folks... if you're having issues, have them see if the computer needs to be rebooted.
Marco

Corinth, MS

#50 Nov 9, 2010
Neal wrote:
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
I rent a 2010 Altima and drive it from Wisconsin to Tennessee. Same problem: After coming off the highway I stopped at a four way stop sign--when it was my turn to take off the car would barely move. It was like taking off from a dead stop in 5th gear. I had a guy honking at me and there was nothing I could do. Very Dangerous!!!!!!!!
Marcos

Corinth, MS

#51 Nov 9, 2010
2010 Altima CVT stalls at a stop sign after coming off the highway.It was like taking off from a dead stop in 5th gear Only happens after prolonged highway driving. Glad it's a rental car. Very dangerous problem!!!
Rocky

Crestview, FL

#52 Nov 17, 2010
Hello Nissan afficionados. I said earlier that I was pursuing the Florida Lemon Law because I thought the CVT on my 2010 Nissan Maxima was causing a vibration and noise that was unaccepable to me. The BBB arbitrator send an axpert to test drive the car and he concluded that indeed the vibration was caused by the CVT going into lockup. Nissan has no fix for this problem so they has to buy the car back. I now drive a 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited. Great smooth ride and the 6 speed transmission shifts like silk. It is not a sport sedan by any means but with 265 ponies it performs very well. I have only 303 miles on it. I filled the tank up with 11.2 gallons of regular gas. You do the math. Maybe in the future Nissan will get smart and put a 6 speed on the Maxima.
Jason

Dayton, OH

#53 Nov 23, 2010
You can take my last posts as a grain of salt or consider it trial and error... 2010 Nissan Maxima.

One thing I can say, is I'm thankful the dealership is experiencing the same issues we have been having with the car. They have been working with us and taking care of providing us rental cars.

Our last major problem was coming off the highway after 400 miles; needed to take off into traffic at a stop sign; heard the engine revving and no power to move forward! It smelled like a burnt clutch. SCARY!!

So, the last update from Nissan said the transmission when shipped from the factory had too much fluid (a thimble amount) and thus, the transmission's computer was trying to compensate the variables. They removed the fluid to the right levels, reset the computer for the 2nd time and didn't have any issues after testing it for 80 miles. They said the transmission was going into a fail-safe mode to protect itself - thus no power. So now, problem fixed!

1 week later... yep, it's happening again!!! Frigg'n Hell?!$35,000 car having these issues?? It now has a little over 11k miles.

Maybe it's a bad computer problem??? Maybe this, maybe that... not good! What's next?

I'm looking into the Lemon law now. I'm either thinking a new transmission, new computer, or a different car.

This is pure BS. The car is fun as hell to drive when it works, but scary as hell always knowing it may not have the power when you need it the most!

Being the Maxima is my wife's car... I'm going to stick with my 5-speed manual Subaru. At least I know it's going to work when I need it.
liner

Bronx, NY

#54 Nov 24, 2010
Rocky wrote:
Hello Nissan afficionados. I said earlier that I was pursuing the Florida Lemon Law because I thought the CVT on my 2010 Nissan Maxima was causing a vibration and noise that was unaccepable to me. The BBB arbitrator send an axpert to test drive the car and he concluded that indeed the vibration was caused by the CVT going into lockup. Nissan has no fix for this problem so they has to buy the car back. I now drive a 2011 Toyota Avalon Limited. Great smooth ride and the 6 speed transmission shifts like silk. It is not a sport sedan by any means but with 265 ponies it performs very well. I have only 303 miles on it. I filled the tank up with 11.2 gallons of regular gas. You do the math. Maybe in the future Nissan will get smart and put a 6 speed on the Maxima.
I don't doubt that Nissan could be having issues with their transmissions. What I do doubt is the Better Business Bureau sending an "expert" to test drive your car and diagnosing the exact problem. Then you dance into a big sales spiel about a Toyota. Sorry, don't buy it.
Reza

Oklahoma City, OK

#55 Nov 24, 2010
Nick wrote:
I have a 2010 Maxima SV, purchased in June '10. I can also confirm that when driving in the city between 30-40 mpch, around 1300 rpm, you get a vibration that almost feels like the road is slightly bumpy. In fact, that's what I thought it was for a while. Once you get over 40 it goes away. I've read in other blogs what was said here -- that it's apparently "normal," however unfortunate. It seems to be a by-product of the computer pushing the rpm as low as possible to increase the mileage. A shame they didn't give you a switch to flip to up the RPM. One thing I've been trying is using Ds mode in the city, which usually gives you higher RPM (as well as "shift points" feeling). You just move the shift lever to the LEFT and leave it there (do not manually shift up or down, or you leave the Ds mode). Somebody asked "didn't you test drive the car?" Fair question -- but I've always tended to "max out" a car on test drives -- going 30 mph for a long stretch is the last think I'm likely to do test driving! At higher speeds, these cars are wicked. I just drove two hours home this morning -- had a chance to pass on two lane roads a few times -- going from 55 to 85 in what seemed like a blink of an eye (even compared to my 2003 Infiniti G35, which also has the Nissan 3.5). So I'm just deciding to "get used" to the small negatives about the CVT. A more nagging problem for me at the moment is that my car is pulling to the right slightly requiring freqent little tugs to the left to go straight on the highway. That's the mission for this week...
Has anyone found a fix for this vibration between 20-40 mph? Is there a TSB from nissan that has addressed this for 2007 maxima. I heard for 2009 maxima there is TSB out which addresses this issue, results in higher rpms and some mild fuel economy loss but no vibrations. Does anyone know if they have a similar TSB fix (re flashing of ECU by dealer) for the 2007 maxima?
Nick

Gainesville, FL

#56 Nov 24, 2010
Reza wrote:
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I heard for 2009 maxima there is TSB out which addresses this issue, results in higher rpms and some mild fuel economy loss but no vibrations. Does anyone know if they have a similar TSB fix (re flashing of ECU by dealer) for the 2007 maxima?
I have not heard of a TSB for 2009 Maxima, but if there was, I'd sure like to know about it. I would be OK wth higher RPM and loss of fuel economy. Anybody?
Rocky

Crestview, FL

#57 Nov 26, 2010
Hi Liner. Click on Florida Lemon Law and you will see that the BBB handles the arbitration including the assignment of certified tech to check on the reported problem. Their decision is final and binding to the car company. I have been driving Nissans for over 30 years but the CVT turned me away and the Avalon was my second choice.As I said earlier it is not the animal as the 2010 Maxima but a fine ride for sure.
Nick

Gainesville, FL

#58 Nov 26, 2010
Nick wrote:
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I have not heard of a TSB for 2009 Maxima, but if there was, I'd sure like to know about it. I would be OK wth higher RPM and loss of fuel economy. Anybody?
I found the TSB, and with a printout in hand went to the dealership this morning. It only applies to certain part numbers (not by VIN) and no way to check yourself. They were happy to do this reprogramming for me at no charge. But after the computer checked my part number, it was the later part and not reprogrammable. They said it would simply reject the programming. I have no reason to think they were trying to avoid doing the work, which would have taken an hour or more to do (to upload the program, etc.)
On Maxima.org there is a thread on this subject, and those who could get this done and did have it done are reporting a great improvement in the low speed vibration and acceleration characteristics, so I was disappointed to say the least. I hope Nissan eventually devises an upgrade for the later chips.
liner

Boonton, NJ

#59 Nov 27, 2010
Rocky wrote:
Hi Liner. Click on Florida Lemon Law and you will see that the BBB handles the arbitration including the assignment of certified tech to check on the reported problem. Their decision is final and binding to the car company. I have been driving Nissans for over 30 years but the CVT turned me away and the Avalon was my second choice.As I said earlier it is not the animal as the 2010 Maxima but a fine ride for sure.
OK, I'll take your word for it.
Reza

Oklahoma City, OK

#60 Nov 30, 2010
I have engine vibration between 20-40 MPH which goes away when speed rises above 40 mph. It seems that the car tries to maintain RPM of 1200-1500 at 20-40 MPH and is running at a higher gear ratio than it should be. The sound is similar to engine vibration/lugging which you would experience when driving a manual car in high gear but at low speed.

I have 2007 maxima. took it to dealer who said this is normal with CVT transmission. I find it hard to believe. Anyone with a solution?
MW97Max07

Pleasanton, CA

#61 Dec 1, 2010
I've had 4 other nissans with no problems,88 sentra, 86 200SX, 87 300ZX 97 Maxima,
I currently have a 07 Maxima SE with CVT and I just started experiencing a problem with acceleration at highway speed. I tried to accelerate and the engine rpm went up to 3500-4000rpm but the vehicle did not speed up as if it was stuck in 2nd or 3rd gear. I had to back off the accelerator and try again before the car would pick up any speed. It did after holding the accelerator for a while I could feel it pick up. It took too long for it to pick up and that is not a good thing when trying to pick up speed to change lanes or merge on a highway.

I also experience something similar to Neal's problem after driving on highway and transitioning to city driving. The trans seems like it is stuck in low gear and is sluggish to pull off from a light.

I am also a bit surprised to see so many others are having the issue with the engine lugging and vibration noise when you get into slower speeds(below 40 mph). From what I have been seeing they say that is normal but I don't buy that.

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