Nissan Versa Transmission Problems & Cost | RE4F03B | CVT

The Nissan Versa was equipped with the RE4F03B and most recently later models have the Nissan CVT transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Versa transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Nissan Versa Transmission Models

Nissan Versa: RE4F03B Transmission
Nissan Versa: CVT Transmission

Nissan Versa Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

What are the DTC codes related to Nissan Versa transmission problems?

Trouble CodeDescription
U1000Cannot Communicate with TCM / Class 2 Communications Failure
U0402Invalid Data Received From Transmission Control Module
P0703Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit
P0705Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0710Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0714Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715
P0715Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit
P0720Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0725Engine Speed Input Circuit
P0730Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0740Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0744Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'
P0746Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off
P0776Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off
P0778Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical
P0840Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A”
P0841Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “A” Circuit Range/Performance
P0845Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch “B” Circuit
P0868Transmission Fluid Pressure Low
P1705Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction

Nissan Versa Transmission Recalls

None Found

Nissan Versa Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

None Found

Common Nissan Versa Transmission Problems

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Nissan Versa can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Nissan Versa transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Nissan Versa transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Nissan Versa transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Nissan Versa transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Nissan Versa transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Nissan Versa transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Nissan Versa transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.

Recommendations for Nissan Versa transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Nissan Versa transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Nissan Versa Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Nissan Versa Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Versa Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Versa Transmission

Need a replacement transmission? Get an estimate for replacement transmissions and local installation. Look up your transmission model by vehicle make and model.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.

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4 months ago

2015 Versa SV CVT transmission:
The first transmission went out at 60k miles. The clutch broke and destroyed the inside of the transmission.
My dad found one that had about 10k miles on it so he and my brothers put that in before taking it to the shop for programing.
I started having problems with the second transmission shifting funky over 60+ mph. It felt like the transmission gears were slipping. About 6 months ago, they told me there’s an update they can send to my transmission electrical system. I asked him more questions about it and finally he told me that ~60% of the updates cause the system to just stop working. So I didn’t have them send the update. I started delivering pizza with it again recently ( have always done some kind of delivery with the car). And honestly, I’ve been really hard on it. I have noticed that occasionally there’s a kind of clunk as I put it in reverse happening now, so it’s inevitable that the car will need a new transmission at some point. This second transmission has about ~110k miles on it.
I really don’t want to spend more money on this car. It’s possible that I may have to take a $4k+ hit by putting in a new tranny over buying something else, though. Cars are outrageously expensive right now so I’m really trying to avoid that.

This thread has been very helpful in determining whether it’s worth the replacement or not! Thanks 🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by Elaina
1 year ago

2015 Versa Note won’t start after parking in reverse? Possibly stays in reverse and can’t move to park.

1 year ago

2013 nissan versa currently needing my 4th transmission as my car wont go [ast 25 mph and my car is currently disable and i still making payments on it.
transmission was replaced in 2013,2019,2020.

1 year ago

I am currently in the process of having a new transmission put into my 2013 Nissan Versa. I purchased my car in 2012 brand new and I just made it over the 100,000 miles mark as of 6/29/2021. I also got all of the services and recommendations done to my car from the same dealership from the time of purchase on time so I don’t know why this happened.

1 year ago

Rpm is speeding up and dropping. Taking it to Nissan to fix the cvt problem. How long will it take to replace and repair?

2 years ago

My 2013 Nissan Versa the transmission is slipping. What can I do to fix this problem?

2 years ago

Tried to enter the make of my car and it doesn’t include the Nissan Versa. So sad.

Alicia Cagle
2 years ago

I have a 2008 nissan versa. Is it common to shift slow unlike a 1996 honda accord? Ty

Tim comer
3 years ago

I have a 2012 Nissa versa and the CVT transmission in it I put a used motor and transmission together in it from a wrecked car for my daughter’ and I did some research and found that it had some recalls on it one for the side curtain airbags.and a transmission data update well the car was doing fine I took it in for the CV recalls because I just bought it for my daughter’ and wanted it right now they tell me that the car won’t move at all. I said that what are we going to do here to fix it they supposed to have did a data update and relearn on the computer n it won’t move I said that by a push of a button my car won’t move or go. N now they tell me that I’m pretty much screwed… There’s nothing they can do I drove it there any advice would be greatly appreciated please I’m at a standstill idk what to do.

3 years ago

My 2015 Nissan Versa SV transmission has the same problems as everybody. I will hit the gas pedal and the car will not accelerate properly. The replacement will be $3,400 min and the worst part is the mechanic says he sees this a lot with Versas and Versa Note. He actually recommended for me to get ANOTHER car! it was not worthy to invest that much money because he says most transmissions even if they come new from Nissan only run well up to 45,000k. I am very disappointed in Nissan and will be looking to purchase a different brand.

1 year ago
Reply to  Ali

Versa 2015 and same problem as everyone here…new transmission and labor cost $3500 average and mechanic told me it can fail again. Last time I buy a Nissan no matter what.

3 years ago

I have a p0965 PCM that needs to be replaced for a 2014 Nissan Versa, what is est cost for the dealer to replace and repair this

3 years ago

I am seeing this as a common issue, CVT went out on transmission. Still runs but never shifts like it should. Mechanic and His Transmission guy said they see this alot. I am going to try and call Nissan Corp. and see if i can get any assistance ~ this seems a common issue for many people at 70-100k miles with Nissan Versa :/

1 year ago
Reply to  ThePCwiz

I see this is from 2 years ago. Did you get any help from corp offices? I called on my 2014 because it doesn’t want to shift after about 30-40mph. I’m waiting to hear back. The car is in great shape other than the transmission but still Blue book says only worth $4000 to $8500. Not worth putting a $4000 transmission into.

Anthony J.Hypolite
9 months ago
Reply to  ThePCwiz

Did you get in contact with nissian motor

4 years ago

I think I got lied to. I am 67 years old and I had no problems with my CVT transmission. Just one day it had sit in the hot sun all day long and when I got in it to drive out of my apts when I got to the street I pushed the gas pedal in and it would not get any gas. I thought I was out of gas cause it was low. I got gas and my car ran fine down the street to the store. Went in to the store shopped come back out and it would hesitate and acted like it was not getting gas again. I took it to a transmission shop and they charged me almost 4000 dollars for a rebuilt one. Did I get screwed. I don’t think he changed it out can I have my cvt looked at to see if it has been changed would it have my serial number on it. I have a 2008 Nissan Versa SL hatch back.

Michele hughes
3 years ago
Reply to  judy

I am having the same problem and people keep telling me I need a new transmission but I dont think so. My Nissan I push on the gas and it wont go. Then I turn it off and back on and it runs like new. Any help is appreciated

3 years ago
Reply to  Michele hughes

I am having the same issue

Jamie robison
3 years ago
Reply to  Michele hughes

Ever find the problem?

3 years ago
Reply to  Jamie robison

the same thing is happening to me, have you found out what causes this?

3 years ago
Reply to  judy

Same thing happened to me and my new tranny cost $3400

3 years ago
Reply to  GeeMCee

Was it a new or rebuilt transmission?

3 years ago
Reply to  judy

I have a 2015 versa a and had the same issues. My check engine light came on, and I ended up taking it to the dealership. $700 later, I was told it was a wiring issue with my tail lights….which was causing the problems with the CVT. Sounded crazy, but I havent had an issue since.

3 years ago
Reply to  H

Really? A wiring issue? Did they tell you anymore details? That would be so much easier than what everyone else is saying to do.

Sheri A Robinson
2 years ago
Reply to  H

Did you have a PO705 CODE? When water gets inside rear tail light assy, the sensors for PRNDL are in there..

4 years ago

No help at all my versa has a shutter on take off

4 years ago

may i know how long can a remanufactured Nissan versa transmission last ?

4 years ago

Than you.
I found this information useful

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