Nissan Rogue Transmission Problems & Overview

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

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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

  1. Check the OBD Codes
  2. Check the fluid level
  3. Test transmission pressure
  4. Drop the transmission pan
  5. Repair, replace or rebuild

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14 thoughts on “Nissan Rogue Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. My 2013 rogue had issues as soon as it reached 60,000 miles. Acceleration would stop on major highways with my foot to the floor on the gas pedal it would not accelerate, and actually would almost stop completely. I stalled once at a turn getting onto I-95 and went into full panic attack since I had my children in the car. I managed to get it to the side of the road and after an hour it came on and drove like nothing happened. Brought it to the garage several times explaining my problems. They replaced the o2 sensor, fuel pump, battery you name it and the problem never resolved and was extremely apparent it wasn’t fixed only when i tried to make any trip longer than 3 hours. This is a dangerous problem and if I see anyone at any store get out of a Nissan rogue I will make them aware of my problems so maybe i could save a family from dying if they choose to take this family car on any vacation. oh and come to find out it was a faulty transmission all along. I want to rid myself of this vehicle since I am scared to drive it again after all of the same posts I have seen from other families with the same exact problems of this 2013 rogue. What a nightmare. I always bought Nissan, not after this last experience and a complete waste of my money.

    • Did you ever find out what was wrong? I have the same problem with my 2008. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I went on a long road trip and it just losses speed. Going up hill made me very worried now, and it the only car I have. So I’d like to figure out what it is to see if it’s affordable to fix.

  2. I’ve had the same problem with my 2009 Nissan rogue I will never own another vehicle with a CVT transmission or a Nissan

  3. I also own a 2011 rogue, 64,000 miles on a major highway alone disabled 69 yrs old. Thank goodness I called firestone auto. they helped me find a firestone within 12 miles, and was told its the transmission. had to turn around drive back home 3hours, praying all the way my car would make it. my Memorial day weekend to Georgia RUINED and now see that NISSAN will not cover the 2011. We all need to get together and file a class action LAWSUIT, Nissan is/are AWARE of this trans. problem. And on top of it front bearing need replacement??? Never did I have this issue with my Pathfinder 1995 and sold it in 2012. if Nissan does not help., I will never purchase their product again, and will let all KNOW STAY AWAY FROM NISSAN. Lets do this people, anyone have a family/friend attorney that could HELP???

    • I have a 2012 Nissan Rogue and I have just recently rolled over to 80,000 miles…MY TRANSMISSION IS WHINNING…I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED..I would do a class action in a heart beat!!

  4. I seem to be having the same problem with my 2010 Rogue. It happens only intermittently – and of course, the shop found nothing wrong. It occurred to me that it might be the transmission when I barely made it through the intersection today. Turning from a stop – that seems to be when it happens most.

  5. linda Nissan extended the warranty up 2010, they left out the 2011 and up. which they are/were aware of this Trans. issues. SOCIAL MEDIA could be a Blessing with this????. I have never had an issue with Trans that should be good upward of 100,000 miles.

  6. I have a 2013 Nissan rogue. I have the exact (100% Similar) problem that was described by TARA. I have 80k miles on it. I will get the estimate tomorrow. Nissan Really screwed us all. In the morning, dealer was saying that Transmission problem. I am sure it is not. But we have no way to prove. Will update you all with what i find. I cant even dare to buy any Nissan as i am not sure if they used the same technology in other cars.

  7. We have a 2011 with the same exact problem. It is at Nissan now, they said it is the Valve body in the CVT, $2250 to fix. The car would not shift right or go over 70 on the highway the other day

  8. My wife and granddaughter are going to n.c. from ga. and the 2010 rogue after 4 hrs on I85 would only go 50 mph. It is Sat. so all nissan dealers are closed so she took it to auto zone and they said it was transmission valve body assembly.Will be looking for a dealership on monday.Im so pissed because i did not know these rogues had these problems.Nissan should have made us aware and she would not be driving it that far.

  9. My wife and I each drive 2012 Rogue’s. Our trusted dealer, we have bought many cars/trucks from, made us a great deal to allow us to net a car for our daughters. We are in the middle of both being fixed as they have both had the exact issues mentioned in this string. They are, after a couple of visits, adding coolers to the transmissions. One service manager was eager to get this corrected. Another let us take off for Vegas with our daughters. Extremely dangerous ride home as the transmission failed countless times, leaving us unable to do the speed limit or accelerate. I love our Nissan’s, but this has been an experience that must be made right. I am still hopeful they will as we have 4 Nissan’s in the driveway today.

  10. Wait a second doesn’t Consumer Reports overall view give the impression the 2009 Nissan Rogue is a good car to buy. 1) It stops running properly after 2 hours of driving to the point where you can only go 25 mph if your lucky. 2) It makes noises that are concerning when you have another 100 miles or whatever, to go. 3) They suggest you check the tranny fluid every month (my son can barley remember to call his Mother on her Birthday) 4) If you enjoy have the tire pressure signal tell when your tires low or all the other great perks your gonna have to check that fluid regularly because the tranny heats up and changes your plans. 5) Don’t worry about the safety of your children or your self when your Nissan shuts down in the middle of no where or on the side of a busy freeway. All you have to do is pull over, turn the engine off and then restart it. Whaaa Laaaaa it’s like magic. Remember when you tell the dealer ship your problems with the 2009 Nissan Rogue cutting out, sputtering, loss of power, grinding noises and or making you late for appointments, its hard for the Ostridge to see when his head is in the sand. Doesn’t Nissan sell the own brand of tranny fluid? Their lucky the problem hasn’t caused loss of life. Or has it? Lets not wait for that. Get proactive Nissan you’ve created a pimple.

  11. 2013 rouge at 87,500 miles stopped accelerating on the highway while driving. Dealership ran diagnostic and said it is because the transmission fluid gets too hot and frothy and is no longer in proper liquid state. Nissan has a cooler component they can add to the transmission because Nissan never put one on the transmission to begin with. Apparently there are othe rouge models that Nissan extended the warranty to cover transmission, but not the 2013’s. So I can pay about $2,700 to fix something the car manufacturer should have done to begin with, or take my chances of shutting down while driving over and over. Sucks to be me! Im in for a lawsuit if anyone wants to go in with me!

  12. Our 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum edition with 80,500 miles just experienced transmission power failure multiple times after we traveled 1050 miles on a road trip to our new duty station. Of course Nissan was closed on the weekend so I couldn’t take it right into have them check it. I took it to Firestone and they ran a diagnostic ($120) which told them is was a CVT Judder and that Nissan has a TSB on it for the code that popped up. Luckily 2013 models are covered if Nissan runs the diagnostic and sees the code. I was told Nissan extended the CVT warranty to 84K miles on this model so we were barely still within that extension. Nissan found the code and said it was the valve body so they replaced it at no cost. I’m out $120 for taking it to find out what was wrong but it’s sad that Nissan knows of this really crappy problem with their CVTs and won’t stand behind every single one of them when they fail. I’m worried ours will fail again soon, likely after the 84K extension and we will be SOL…. Heavy sigh…..

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