Compact crossovers suddenly became popular as the recession took hold in 2008. The 5-seat, 4-cyl Nissan Rogue debuted in late 2007, just in time to give cash-strapped buyers an alternative to their 12 mpg SUVs. Sporty handling and lots of features made Rogue an immediate hit, and it continued to be produced (called Rogue Select) for 2 years after the second generation Rogue went on sale for 2014.
The new baby CUV was considerably larger than before, and it could even be optioned with a 3rd row seat for 7 passenger/emergency kiddie seating. The Rogue was the first compact CUV to be fitted with a CVT transmission, so it’s no surprise that 2nd gen models got a revised ‘Xtronic’ CVT with a dedicated Sport Mode.
Does something seem wrong with your Rogue? Let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Rogue transmission problems, and see what you can do to get your car back on the road.
Nissan Rogue CVT Warranty Extension
To provide its customers with additional assurance regarding their overall cost of ownership, Nissan doubled the warranty period for the CVT transmission in the 2008-2010 Nissan Rogue. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles was extended at no cost, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, up to 10 years/120,000 miles (whichever comes first).
This extension required no action on the customer’s part. The remainder of the powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and the basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. For more information, contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261
Nissan Rogue Recalls
No transmission-related recalls.
Nissan Rogue Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
2015 Rogue – TSB PC346
Nissan is voluntarily replacing torque converters in certain 2015 Rogue’s.
For more information, contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Refer to campaign id; PC346
2010 Rogue – TSB NTB10-150a
The 2010 Rogue is known to exhibit slower than normal acceleration from a stop, particularly after its driven for extended periods at highway speeds. and/or the MIL is ON with DTC P1778 (STEP MOTOR) stored in Engine and/or Transmission.
Replace the transmission control valve assembly (valve body) and reprogram the TCM.
2008-2011 Rogue – TSB NTB12-057
A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is designed to go into fluid temperature protection logic mode (“fail-safe mode”) if the CVT fluid temperature rises above a certain threshold. When the CVT goes into fail-safe mode, engine performance is significantly reduced.
While the CVT is designed to go into fail safe mode if the fluid temperature rises above the threshold, the following conditions may cause the CVT to go into fail-safe mode prematurely during normal vehicle operation: 1. Overfilled CVT fluid level. 2. Incorrect type of transmission fluid – Use Genuine Nissan NS-2 CVT fluid. 3. Incorrect coolant/water mix.
2014-2016 Rogue – TSB NTB15-110a
The key cannot be removed from the ignition and/or the shifter will not move out of park.
It’s possible that the shift selector knob may not be installed correctly, so it will have to be removed so you can adjust the key interlock cable and the stop lamp switch.
How to Diagnose & Fix
- Check the OBD Codes
- Check the fluid level
- Test transmission pressure
- Drop the transmission pan
- Repair, replace or rebuild
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