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

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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20 thoughts on “Nissan Rogue Transmission Problems & Overview

  1. 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…..

  2. I own a 2010 Nissan Rogue with 110k and the transmission had to be replaced in April. Since then there is a loud whining noise and I brought it to the dealership today and was told I need 4 new tires as they are choppy and have shifted belts. Really? No more Nissan’s for me!

  3. Has a class action been started?? 2012 Rogue and mine started acting up and within 6 miles or so got worse and left me stranded. Got stuck in gear then just stopped going up a hill. This is wrong!!

  4. 2014 Nissan rogue just had CV replaced <2 months. At stop light car makes loud clunk noise.trans fluid leaked from seals with burnt smell. Is this mechanic's fault?

  5. 2014 Rogue with 87,000 miles. Mostly highway miles. Started making whining / buzzing noise when trying to accelerate from low speed to higher speed such as entering a highway etc. Is this covered by the 120k mile extension on warranty and how should I proceed? Is this one of the commonly reported problems with the CVT?

  6. 2014 Nissan Rogue. 62,000 miles. Intermittent “slipping” of tranny. RPMS surge and car lurches. No code can be found at dealer, so they claim they can’t diagnose and repair. I bought the extended warranty, BUT if they have no diagnosis they refuse to cover. Two certified mechanics have told us it is the cvt. Shame on Nissan….will not purchase another.

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