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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,020 miles

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2008 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems

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2008 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #87

Jun 052016


  • 120,000 miles


It's been going on for a year now. The dealership I bought the car from couldn't figure out the problem. The car revs up with no applied acceleration. It will slow down to 45 mph and I'll have to pull off the road cut it off and restart the car and it'll straighten out for another 30-45 miles and repeat. It's pretty dangerous bc the first time it happened I was on the interstate. I've read a lot of forums and it seems to be an ongoing problem in most Nissan. Not just the Rogue. I feel as if this problem should be on immediate recall.

- Alma, GA, USA

problem #86

Apr 072016


  • 129,000 miles
I was driving in highway conditions (55mph in 55mph zone) when the car suddenly decelerated and would not get above 30mph. Cars behind me had to swerve around me in order to get around me with the sudden deceleration. I was able to make it off the highway & onto local roads. Every time I had to accelerate after a stop light or stop sign, the car would not initially accelerate despite me pushing full down on the accelerator. This repeatedly almost resulted in my being hit by cars behind me. I was able to slowly make it home. I took the car to the dealer I bought it from, and was told that the cvt transmission had failed. I was also told that I am beyond the warranty extension (about 9,000 miles past the 120,000 extension), so I will be responsible for the cost of replacing the transmission. I don't understand why this has not been a recall with the # of complaints all about the same issue. Also, if the manufacturer has extended the warranty, doesn't that mean they must be aware that it is a widespread problem?! it is so dangerous to be driving at 55 and suddenly without warning decelerate significantly. It is a wonder that no one has been hurt (& unfortunately probably only a matter of time before someone is). This appears to be widespread issue with this year & model of Rogue.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #85

May 112016


  • 118,593 miles
The 2008 Nissan Rogue we purchased in March 2009 has experienced continual cvt transmission failures. The first failure was May 2009 and the cvt was replaced. The part was found to be malfunctioning after determining the vehicle was not shifting properly and was experiencing high rpms while driving. The cvt was replaced again in April 2014 after losing functionality in a potentially dangerous situation. The failure of the transmission occurred while traveling at high speeds on the expressway at which point the vehicle suddenly experienced heightened rpms, began decelerating and would not accelerate greater than 20mph. We safely exited the expressway at an approaching exit and coasted to a Nissan dealership less than three blocks from the expressway exit. Nissan recently alerted us that the current cvt transmission in our vehicle will need to be replaced again despite having only 20,000 miles since the replacement in 2014. Nissan has declined to cover this faulty part in the vehicle and has offered instead to provide a longer warranty if we purchase a brand new vehicle instead. If the cvt fails in this vehicle, it will have been the third transmission during our ownership of the vehicle, requiring a fourth to be installed.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #84

Mar 282016


  • 116,000 miles


I was hearing & feeling a noise when accelerating and decelerating so I took my car in to the Nissan dealers service center to see what was going on. They stated that my transmission and transfer case needed to be replaced. Nissan has extended the transmission warranty to 120K miles but doesn't back the transfer case or anything else that relates to this know issue. They should be held liable for all issues concerning this matter.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #83

Mar 142016


  • 170,000 miles
Vehicle started with a whining noise which eventually was followed by loss of speed/power. Acceleration after stopping was reduced to a crawl, also grinding noises and shaking and vehicle wanting to stall. I am now unable to drive as I am fearful of devastating consequences. This car was bought new and still owe $6500, and a new transmission running approx $3000 the expense does not make sense. Nissan knowingly sold vehicles to consumers to fill they're pockets putting all at risk and fail to support the defective product!

- Hudson, NH, USA

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problem #82

Mar 132016


  • 94,000 miles
My car had a lost power driving back from rocky mountain national park and I was forced to pull over and turn off my car it started up and I was able to make it back safe but I think it has something to do with the cvt. I really sucks and I don't feel safe driving my car right now.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #81

Feb 182016


  • 125,000 miles


"defective cvt transmissions" I took my vehicle to dealer for an oil change and to have a light knocking coming from somewhere in engine checked. I paid for a diagnostic. I was told that the transmission was bad that I fell under the recall but not with current mileage 131,099. I was told I had to pay to replace cvt transmission. I hear the noise only when the vehicle is in motion not when it's stationary.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #80

Jan 022016


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2008 Nissan rouge I also have problems with tans going up hill its like it quits pulling and now the check engine lit is on and it want change like it should took it the dealer had it in the shop before twice and they said it fixed it was leaking fluid from the trans. And now this happens guest some one have to get heart or killed before some one makes Nissan fixes the problems with the vehicles when they stop working they our a problem with it I see all of the complaints and still no one has done anything why.

- London, KY, USA

problem #79

Dec 142015


  • 116,000 miles
I had a Nissan Rogue cvt transmission issue last year. Our car had multiple acceleration issues that we got lucky we didn't have any accidents. One of many issue was on labor day weekend we decided to go on a vacation to relax after days and weeks of hard work at the office. Again our vacation was cut short. It took us 6 hours to drive a 2.5 hour drive. I had to stop, let the transmission cool down and drive again with a speed of less than 50mph sometimes taking the streets to keep the speed down. I took the car to the dealer, under warranty, they wanted to do a few minor services. They told me that they had fixed the problem and that there wouldn't be any more issues. It happened again and again. Finally, I opened a case through Nissan and got my car a new transmission. The transmission has starting problems again and I am really tired of this. I got a call from my wife this morning that she was in the middle of the intersection waiting to make a left turn. She had loss of acceleration right in the middle of the intersection as the light turned red and and cars from the other side started to go straight to her honking their horn. She said that the car would not move and finally started to move very slowly. She was terrified and crying. I am really tired of this and really its unacceptable. Our rouge is our only car and my wife drives it to and from work and it is at this point that I can not accept this issue anymore, it is a danger to my family. I have had it with this car.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #78

Aug 262015


  • miles
This is my second transmission the first one warrantee cover it but now I have no warrantee and the cost is about $4,000 this is not what I expected from a good company name. The vehichle was stationart when it happen it did not have power to move.

- Toa Baja, PR, USA

problem #77

Oct 022015


  • 75,000 miles


On an out of town trip to hereford Texas from ft. Worth tx., vehicle would not go above 60 mph halfway to my destination. After several trips to the dealership, the transmission was replaced. Transmissions is acting up again after 40K miles and cant be trusted to be on the road as the you can step on the gas all the way and speed will not exceed 60 mph. It seems to mess up when on longer drives of over 30 minutes when the transmission gets hot.

- Watauga, TX, USA

problem #76

Oct 312015


  • 128,000 miles
Transmission safety issue - while driving on the highway my vehicle completely stopped pulling. We were in heavy traffic and my daughter was a passenger in the back seat. There was no warning before this happened, no warning lights at all! my daughter and I could have easily been seriously injured or killed.

- Trussville, AL, USA

problem #75

Mar 162015


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Rogue. While driving at approximately 25, the accelerator pedal was depressed and the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. After the vehicle was repaired, it was discovered that there was a transmission leak. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 114,000....updated 02/19/16

- Belflower, CA, USA

problem #74

Jan 012014


  • 55,000 miles
While driving 2008 Nissan Rogue on highway 70 in New Mexico at posted speed limit of 75 mph, the vehicle experienced rapid loss of speed and power in which pressing down on accelerator had no effect on vehicle. Pulled over to the side of the road and shut vehicle off. Inspected vehicle for any obvious signs of source of malfunction. Restarted vehicle after 20 minutes and resumed travel with no additional problems on this trip. This malfunction has repeated on several occasions since, with more regularity to date. Seems to occur most often when driving to a higher elevation after an hour or more of continuous operation. When malfunction occurs, engine will not exceed 2500-3000 rpms even with gas pedal fully depressed. This happened first in January 2014 and I took it to Nissan dealer in albuquerque who said nothing was wrong with transmission. Vehicle worked fine for over a year and two months ago again started with this problem. Malfunction is intermittent, but recently more frequent. I brought it to a Nissan dealer in las cruces nm but they didnt have a transmission tech in that day. I was charged a $120 diagnostic fee and told they could find nothing wrong but to bring it back on a day when transmission tech will be in. Its an hour and half drive for me each way. Have since read many similar complaints on the internet from other owners of same year, make and model vehicle. I feel there should be a recall on this vehicle for this problem.

- Alamogordo, NM, USA

problem #73

Jul 292015


  • 93,000 miles
The cvt (continuously variable transmission on my car exploded when the seals failed (a defect common to these cars) going about 60 mph on the way through Kansas to Colorado. It almost caused an accident as it led to the car smoking and an extreme loss of speed while in traffic. Nissan knows there are defects with this transmission and yet continue to put them in the Nissan Rogues.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #72

Jul 092015


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle started to lose acceleration power and the check engine warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission valve body needed replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000. The VIN was not available.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #71

Jul 032015


  • 66,300 miles
On a road trip from los angeles to las vegas, encountering normally hot temperatures, and after several hours of driving, the car lost power could only attain speeds of 50 mph or less up hills. This is a clear and present danger to the occupants when other cars are easily going 70 - 75 mph. If you pull off the road, the cars have a tendency to lurch forward and with dangerously poor acceleration. From reading the car forums, this is a known problem with this particular model, where the cvt transmission apparently over-heats and puts the car into "limp" mode. The fix has been to replace the transmissions and install an additional transmission cooler, however many dealers try to charge the customer for the cooler, and the Nissan factory is now hesitant to replace the transmissions even though their longevity and reliability has undoubtedly been compromised if the over-heating problem was experienced. There should be a mandatory recall demanded by the ntsb before someone is killed or injured due to this lack of acceleration. The problem is difficult to reproduce at the dealer because it involves a multi-hour road trip and hills. This is a safety issue that needs to be addressed, please.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #70

Jun 062015


  • 88,000 miles
After 5 hours of operation, while climing upgrade near charlotte nc, vehicle slipped out of gear and lost power. This repeated over a series of inclines for the next 50 miles and nearly resulted in several rear end accidents. During these incidents, the vehicle both lost power and the cruise control unexpectedly shut off. Local Nissan dealer confirmed it was due to a known heat issue with cvt transmissions, and an advisory was out to inspect and advise when reported. Nissan instructed an additional cooling appliance be added to keep the fluid cool so operation was normal. Issue is this should be a recall based on assumption that any vehicle will drive at highway speeds for several hours and eventually have to encounter relativly easy upgrades on our highways. Transmission failure under these circumstances is inevitable, and so will be potentially fatal or at least injury inducing incidents.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #69

Aug 202012


  • 75,421 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle decelerated and stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,421.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #68

May 172015


  • 94,600 miles
After driving nearly 50 miles on the highway, I got off the exit and stopped at a stop sign. Once it was clear I tried to accelerate but due to some kind of power loss the vehicle would not move. The vehicle lost power and the RPM's dropped under 1000. After a few minutes the power returned to normal and I drove to my original destination. This is the third time this has personally happened to me in this vehicle and I would like to report it so it does not happen to anyone else.

- Pittston, PA, USA

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