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82,714 miles
Total Complaints:
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2009 Nissan Rogue transmission problems

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2009 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments

problem #7

Feb 272015


  • CVT transmission
  • 123,000 miles


I bought a brand new 2009 Rouge. The transmission failed on the way to work and I had to have to car towed to the dealer. The dealer said it is the transmission but I was over the warranty time of 120,000 miles. Nissan had extended the warranty due to the transmission problems. They will not recall the transmission and I have to pay to have it fixed. It will cost over $4,000 to have fixed and Nissan will not do a thing.

I called the corp office and they do not want to hear a thing...This needs to be recalled.

- , North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

problem #6

Jul 232014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

While driving in the freeway, I felt vibrating/shaking, I thought it's my tires. While changing lanes, my car started to acting up, I was having a hard time controlling my steering wheel that I almost lost my life and it felt like my car is running out of gas or someone is pulling my car, it's really scary/life threatening and I don't know what to do. I was able to exit myself safely while my heart was beating extra hard.

My car was taken at the nearest Nissan dealership. But unable to give me a diagnosis after 1 week. I was late at work for a few days. Called Nissan consumer affairs, they gave me 2 days of free rental car worth $35/day without tax. After waiting in many days, Nissan dealership finally gave me the diagnosis of my car and it's " Transmission Failure". But prior to this problem, I have had told them that I've been feeling the vibration/shakiness in the freeway, they said they test drive my car and found no problem at all. Few months later my car transmission failed. My car gave up on me :( . I thank God that I'm okay. I'm not 100% sure if my SUV is safe to drive it again.

I spoke to the Nissan dealership manager where I always take my car for maintenance, I ask if they put a new transmission, he said it's normally not a brand new transmission it's kinda like a refurbished kind. Is this true or not? Advise is highly needed. Thank you!.

- , Thousand Oaks, California, USA

problem #5

Sep 302012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

This sounds like the same problem as others on this site. After driving the car for approximately an hour it decelerates from 70-75mph to 50 mph going uphills. I always know when it's going to happen because it has a whine sound before it slows down. I have to turn on the flashers and pull off the road or wait for flat ground before it will "kick back in".

I have taken it back to Carmax twice (as that is where I bought it). They said it was a 'conversion point sensor'? and replaced that. I had bought the extended warranty so it only cost me $50. On the way home it happened again ( we live about and hour and a half away.) I took the car back in 2 days later , they checked it out and said " It's fine, there are no codes coming up and to bring it back when it does it everyday" I only drive it once a week which is about 200 miles round trip. I also was charged $90.00 for them to check it again because it was a new problem.UNBELIEVABLE!

Now here it is one year later same problem different week. Driving interstate 40 with all those semi's in this vehicle is a definite safety hazard!!!! Does someone have to get killed or badly hurt for this problem to get fixed? What happened to recalls for a nasty problem like this one? AND where are all the old timer mechanics that didn't have to rely on CODES to know what the problem was?

- , Waverly, TN, USA

problem #4

Jul 052013

Rogue S

  • CVT transmission
  • 85,000 miles


This problem has happened to me on several occasions. It happens after the vehicle has been driven for over an hour or if it is being driven at a slight uphill (for no specific time).

Once I am driving at speeds over 60mph, all the sudden, the car starts decelerating. The RMP stays around 2000-2500 and it holds a speed of 40-45mph. This is NOT OKAY as highway speed limits in the greater Denver area are 65-75 mph.

When I exit the highway and come to a complete stop the car would not accelerate when I'm ready to take off. It takes about 10 seconds before the car reaches speeds of 15-20 mph. NOT COOL AT ALL!

Getting rid of the car, I do not even want to waste my time with the dealerships. Pointless.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #3

Jan 282013


  • CVT transmission
  • 110,000 miles

It took me 2 weeks before I got back this car. Then the front suspension broke because the dealer said it was probably because of the pressure when it was towed.

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 062012

Rogue S

  • CVT transmission
  • 74,000 miles

2009 Rogue S AWD-Transmission problems at 74,000. The vehicle would not accelerate on the highway with the gas pedal to the floor after breaking out of cruise mode. (Safety Issue1) Very scary on the highway!! I took the vehicle into the dealer and they said it was a break switch, replaced the part and I paid around $350.00. Fast forward about 5 days and the vehicle started having the same problems, RPMS' all over the place, sudden acceleration and sudden deceleration and an added problem of the vehicle not holding in park without emergency break on. (vehicle just rolled in park) (Safety Issue 2) Went back to the dealer, they indicated they couldn't find anything on the initial diagnosis and would need to do additional investigation which may or may not cost me a few hundred bucks depending on if it is found to be a warranty issue. I raised a stink about paying another fee for another diagnosis when the problem wasn't fixed after the first time- the director of service said " you drove it out of here and it was fine- so now you need to pay for us to look at this new issue" - I explained it wasn't a "new" issue but the same issue and the problem was not corrected the first time or I wouldn't be back with the same complaints. He said, well why did it take a week for that to happen. Unbelievable! The director of service was NOT customer friendly at all and the service guy assisting me was MUCH more customer friendly than the so called supervisor/director. In fact, I will be writing a complain to the dealership on this so called Service Director. After their diagnosis -they thought it was a circuit issue for which a bulletin was posted and they indicated it drove fine after on the first test drive following the repair. They drove it a few more times and the vehicle began having the same issues once again. End result-CVT transmission must be replaced. (thank goodness they test drove it more than once) Nissan needs to do a recall on this due to the excessive complaints on this as seen on this board. It is dangerous and apparently the dealerships are not always willing to correct this problem at the onset and it may end up costing a lot of money prior to getting an accurate diagnosis-worst case is , someone may be seriously injured due to this problem. I hope Nissan does the right thing and issues a recall.

Update from Jan 21, 2013: Ok... update 5 months later.... more transmission problems. After Nissan replaced the CVT transmission following my urging to check & re-check my engine problem complaints in August 2012- I found out it had a transmission leak today. I took it t a different (not the one that did the replacement-due to their total lack of respect for the customer) and this dealership inspected the vehicle and found that when the transmission was replaced they did not tighten the lines properly and that is what caused the leak. Lucky for me it was found and corrected before anything dangerous could happen. What the heck is going on with Nissan??A big shame on them for letting these transmission issues continue and for letting their dealerships do shoddy work.

- , Macomb, MI, USA

problem #1

Mar 282012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

On a trip from Denver to Alamosa Colorado, my car set on cruise control at 75 MPH when suddenly it dropped to 45 MPH in a matter of seconds - without warning. I pushed the gas pedal down to the floor but it didn’t do anything. There was also a whining sound like the car was working extra hard. I immediately pulled off the highway; fortunately, there were no cars behind me. I was confused and didn’t know what happened so I sat there a few minutes thinking the car overheated and I would give it a chance to cool down, I had no idea it was a transmission problem. After about 10 minutes, I put my emergency lights on and got back on the road. I kept the emergency lights on and drove slower to see if it would happen again. It seemed to be okay as long as we didn’t have to go up hill and I kept my speed down, I tested it along the way.

When I got back home, I started researching and found many complaints on 2008 and 2009 Rogue’s that had the same problems as mine. At this point I knew my car wasn’t simply overheating…but the transmission was bad.

I scheduled it for an inspection at Nissan. They acknowledged there was a problem with the transmission and said they believe it may be caused by too much transmission fluid, put in at the factory. They removed some of it and said that nothing else can be done, we just have to wait and see if the problem continues to exist.

Driving at high speeds then quickly losing speed with no indication (brake lights) to the drivers behind me is without question VERY DANGEROUS. On this trip my grandson and niece were with me, my stomach turns thinking about what could have happened.

Nissan needs to recall these vehicles and provide owners with a model that doesn't have a history of life threatening issues.

Update from Sep 6, 2012: Since my earlier posting, acceleration failed a second time. I took my Rogue back to Nissan, they confirmed my transmission was bad and it was replaced.

I am still afraid of taking my Rogue on the highway for any great distance. I have read from other Rogue owners who have had the same problems as I, that the transmission failed again after the transmission was replaced.

I have contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and requested they buy back or switch vehicles for a model that doesn’t have a history of transmission or safety problems. They refused, but offered an extended Power Train warranty. I have made it very clear to them that I don’t care about an extended warranty, just the safety of others. I have always taken my grandchildren on road trips but will not do that again in fear that my Rogue will fail and the unthinkable will happen.

I turned down the extended Power Train warranty and told them I would be contacting an attorney.

Since Nissan doesn’t see the transmission failure as being a life threatening safety issue perhaps we all need to contact an attorney.

- , Denver, CO, USA

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