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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
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Average Mileage:
53,483 miles

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2013 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Jun 052016


  • 65,000 miles


Stopped at a stoplight and try to accelerate but nothing happens, cannot get above 3000 rpms. After about 20 seconds, the car begins to accelerate. This has happened twice so far and I'm seeing many complaints about this on various years of Nissan Rogues. This is obviously an issue and needs to be addressed by Nissan.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #21

May 212016


  • 74,000 miles
While driving on the interstate in a mountainous area, out of nowhere my car would no longer accelerate. I had to pull off of the road and restart the car to resolve the issue. Now this is happening on a regular basis if I drive my car for longer than an hour at 60+ mph, it will suddenly stop accelerating. In addition, in the last few days, after coming to a complete stop on the interstate off ramp, I tried to accelerate from a complete stop and the car just barely moved, enough for me to have pulled into oncoming traffic, but not enough to keep going to get myself out of the way. I had to quickly reverse to move my car from the middle of the road. If there had been a car behind me and I was unable to reverse I would have been hit. This problem has been reported over and over again as an issue with the cvt. My car is only a 2013 and just barely over the (crappy) powertrain warranty that Nissan offers on this car.

- Fairfax, VT, USA

problem #20

May 192016


  • 50,000 miles
After driving for long periods of time, the car will suddently and continually fail to accelerate over a certain speed even with the fuel pedal pressed to the floor. I believe the car goes into a fail safe mode due to an issue with the transmission. This happened on the interstate and I could not longer even get up to the speed limit

- Santa Maria, CA, USA

problem #19

May 142016


  • 70,000 miles


When driving on hwy for more than 30 minutes and you reach an incline car looses all acceleration and slows down to 40 mph no matter what you do it won't go I nearly got hit by 18 wheeler twice it is very dangerous Nissan dealer said that they have never heard about this problem but I have seen numerous complaints on line about this same problem people are going to get killed

- Canyon Lake, TX, USA

problem #18

Jun 222015


  • 66,000 miles
During our family vacation in 2015, we were driving thru Georgia and the car was set on cruise control. We were in some heavy traffic, and all of a sudden, the cruise kicked off, the car began a rapid deceleration, the RPM's went to about 5,000 and we ended up causing a traffic snarl in 5 lanes of traffic until we could coast this vehicle off the highway. Luckily for us, we were able to do so without injury to our vehicle or us personally. It became a clearly dangerous situation in a big hurry! we called a Nissan dealership close by (found on the internet) and spoke to a service manager. They were about to close down for the day, he was kind enough to give us his personal cell number and told us to let the vehicle ┐rest┐ for about 30 minutes and then it should be fine to drive again. He explained that it was the transmission 'safety mechanism┐ that had kicked in and it's built to slow the system down to cool.we discovered many websites dedicated to problems with the 2013 Nissan Rogue cvt. Failure, after failure were noted, and Nissan will not take responsibility for repair or replacement costs. As the 3 year 36,000 mile warranty had expired the customer is forced to cover the cost of repair or replacement. The average cost being $4,200 for labor and parts. Quite significant for any working family. I am asking for guidance in this issue, and any information would be appreciated where I should turn for assistance in resolving. As I stated above, I cannot afford to pay for this repair/replacement. If the transmission goes out, I will have a $22,000 piece of useless metal in my driveway. My family safety is a huge concern, and driving this vehicle in it's current state makes me fearful for our family's security and safety while driving.

- Zanesfield, OH, USA

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problem #17

Mar 092016


  • 70,000 miles
I drive about 75 miles to and from work. During the summer, when I use my air conditioning in the afternoon drive home as I exit and come to a stop at the first stop sign I get no accelaration after the stop. This becomes a very dangerous situation when pulling out in front of cars already traveling in the lane I'm pulling into. The rest of the ride home at future stops it continues to happen. I now have to wait for a large gap in traffic to pull out causing traffic to back up behind me. This appears to be a common problem for anyone driving the Rogue with the ac on for long distances. The transmissions isn't slipping, it simply has no power after the stops. It happens all the time on hot days in the summer when the ac is used for the ride home.

- Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #16

Feb 102016


  • 63,000 miles


I have been having issues with my 2013 rouge. When the car warms up it starts making a humming sound. The RPM go up quickly and experience loss of power. It feels like the transmission is slipping. I brought it to the dealer and they confirm the noise and everything else I described. They told me that the transmission was burnt. They asked me to contact Nissan for assistance since I had 64,000 miles on my vehicle and the warranty expired at 60,000 miles. After talking to the Nissan representative he informed me that they couldn't assist me because the warranty had expired. My previous car was a 2008 Rogue. I experience the same issue at 90,000 miles. Back in 2010, Nissan extended the warranty's for the 2008-2010 Rogues. They said "Nissan is taking these actions to demonstrate our confidence in the cvt technology and to show our commitment to stand behind our products." After my phone call Nissan demonstrated that they are not confident in the cvt technology and that they do not stand behind their product. I brought the car to provide an safe traveling vehicles for my kids to be in. Now, it has slowly become dangerous vehicle with this issue not knowing when the transmission is going to fail and leave us stranded.

- North Salem, NY, USA

problem #15

Jan 082016


  • 17,125 miles
My wife was driving the vehicle off the freeway onto an exit ramp when the vehicle started to shut down and come to a complete stop on its own. The transmission was acting like it was ''slipping.'' she put it in park and restarted the vehicle and drove it two blocks to our home. The cvt transmission was replaced by our dealer.

- Reidsville, NC, USA

problem #14

Jan 012016


  • miles
I have a little over 75,000 and I am being told I need a new transmission. I am the only owner bought brand new never been ragged out have taken care of the maintenance on SUV. The vehicle start ed having problem shifting it would rev up to about 4,000 rpms then shift and then it just stopped shifting all together.

- Tickfaw, LA, USA

problem #13

Feb 012014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan rouge. While driving long distances over 60 mph, the vehicle would fail to shift, independently lost power, and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was restarted after the engine temperature cooled. The vehicle was taken to both an independent mechanic and a dealer. Both stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Cumberland, VA, USA

problem #12

Aug 282015


  • 72,534 miles


On Friday August 28, 2015 while driving on interstate 93 in nh near mile marker 48 the vehicle while traveling at 75 mph loss all speed while the engine was at 5500 rmp. I pulled over from the passing lane into the breakdown lane while other vehicles where dodging me. I call aa for a tow and after about a 15 minute wait I restarted the car and everything was working. I called and cancelled aaa and proceed another 60 mile to North conway, nh without any problems. I've driven the car all week to work for about 120 mile per day with out any problems. A similar problem happen about a year ago while drive on interstate 89 in Vermont. The car spreed went from 70 to 20 mph while the engine was reving at about 5000rpms. After about a mile the speed was recovered. I've informed the dealership salem Nissan and was told there is no problem. This issue presents a problem with safety as the vehicle loses speed while traveling at high speeds.

- Windham, NH, USA

problem #11

Jul 012015


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 75 mph, the power train decelerated to 55 mph intermittently without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the continuous variable transmission was reading a complete failure and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,000.

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #10

Aug 212015


  • 57,000 miles
My car has a cvt transmission that is very sensitive to heat. When it gets hot (which can occur when driving long distances, up hill or in hot weather) the car goes into safe mode that reduces the speed of the car dramatically and you have no acceleration power. I was traveling for about an hour and half at a constant speed of 75-80 on a flat to rolling freeway in the summer (temperate average here about 100*). all of a sudden I have no acceleration power. I start dropping speed on a two lane freeway with no shoulder and construction walls on either side when people are coming up on me at 90 mph. By the time I make it to the next exit, which is uphill, I am only driving 40 mph even though I have it floored. When I exit, stop at the (2 way) stop sign to pull into the rest stop a cross the road, I have to slam my foot to the floor to get my car to inch across the intersection. The whole time I hoped no other cars would come flying down the road that did not have a stop sign. Once I get to the rest stop and turned my car off, it ran fine for the next hour and so and it happened again. Scared me half to death. When I took it to the Nissan dealership, they told me that Nissan is aware of the issue (which many people have complained about) but unless they can duplicate the problem, they cannot fix it. So they drove my car for at 20 minute test run, then to lunch, then home at night (when it is not as hot) and cannot duplicate the problem. They are going to give my car back to me. I travel for work and often have to drive long distances, at freeway speeds in hot weather. I feel that this is a safety hazard if all a sudden I lose all power to my car on a freeway. I also feel that Nissan should not require this problem to be duplicated when it is such a random scenario that causes it and the dealerships are not willing to test that type the scenario accurately

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #9

Aug 052015


  • 44,600 miles
The transmission consistently overheats (service dept told me this is what the issue is) and caused the car to go into "fail safe" mode which means you have no power. I was travelling in an 75 mph zone and the fastest I could get to was 60. Tractor trailers were having to slam on their breaks. I put my flashers on to make it safer. This has happened on 6 different trips. Per the svc dept this is a known issue with the Nissan Rogue and the fluid gets too hot. This is a very dangerous issue because you do not know it is in fail safe until you attempt to give the car more power like to pass or something. Very very dangerous. I have video of the incedent if needed.

- Abilene, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 082015


  • 48,000 miles
Traveling out of town on highway. Speed of 75mph. About an hour into travel, power started to decrease, pressing the gas pedal had no effect. Losing power had to pull off to side. Almost had an accident, trying to avid being hit by ohter autos on highway. When I tried to pull back on road, there was no power a snail crawl, then in seconds it charged in to gear. Heard a high pitch whinning noise. Shortly after. It occurred again with in 24 hours, I called the dealership I bought my car from. Then started my own investigation, and found this site. I am in shock how many others are having this same issue. Nissan really put out a poor product, and they better correct. Also when car was purchase with 250 miles est. Gas per gallon ws suppose to be 28 higway- 22 in town.. I have never been able to get more then 20 mpg out of my auto. I have also seen a lot of complaints about this.

- Yates City, IL, USA

problem #7

May 022015

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 46,154 miles
While waiting to here back from "Nissan Consumer Affairs" about the transmission over heating and going into fail safe mode" after picking it up from the dealer on May 1, 2015, I am not going to sit back and not drive my vehicle until I am told so and if an accident occurs well so be that's why we have insurance just hopefully no one gets killed, so on sat May 2, 2015 I decided to head to philly 2hrs 20min trip 139miles I95 South just before entering philly I decided to pull off the hwy because I felt the car losing power as I exited the hwy I saw a mcdonald's and just made it into the parking lot once I stopped I tried all gears peddle to the floor it moved like a turtle in all gears, went to get a bit to eat let it sit started the car it was like the problem never existed at that moment I called "Nissan Consumer Affairs" and left message as to what happened at that moment and then headed to my destination on the way back home not a problem, on Monday May 4, 2015 still waiting to here back from "Nissan Consumer Affairs" I decided to call the service manager at the last Nissan dealer and explain the situation and he told me that there is a service bulletin tsb # ntb12-057 if the cvt transmission fluid temp. Rises above a certain threshold the cvt goes into "fail safe mode" causing engine performance to be reduced "very nice" now here's the fun part it only applies from 2008-2011 Rogues so if this the problem they need to extend it to further years and maybe that why none of the technician considered that tsb so I had to here it from the service manager, so I will be applying that service bulletin tsb # ntb12-057 at my friends shop on tues May 5, 2015 to see if this should solve the over heating problem and I also hope from all of the over heating it hasn't damaged the cvt transmission internally this is part 3 of 3...

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #6

Apr 122015

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 44,956 miles
7 month's later again traveling from NY to pa 2 hr trip 112miles 287S to I78W all highway speed limit 65mph travel 70mph toward the end of the trip lost all power pedal to floor transmission whining this time I pulled over from the right lane to the shoulder went to check the transmission fluid and noticed white smoke again coming form the dip stick fluid seem to be ok, let it cool down for about 15min or so started the vehicle and it ran like nothing happened got to my destination again coming home had no problem, I am unable to trust this vehicle on long trips, so I took it to the dealer again on April. 21, 2015 and they could not duplicate the problem, they told me that the transmission is over heating at some point and going into what they call 'fail safe mode" very dangerous if you are driving at high speeds, but could not help me unless there was a code in the system or they could duplicate the problem, I told them I will be calling "Nissan Consumer Affairs" ref # 18608068 about the transmission cooling problem, received a call from Nissan on Monday April 27, 2015 told her my problem and she suggested I bring it to a different dealer for a second opinion for which I have done on April 30, 2015 mlg at 45,963 and they could not duplicate the problem as well so I am back to square one and I am waiting to here back from "Nissan Consumer Affairs" this is part 2 of 3...

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 312014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 34,154 miles
Traveling from NY to pa 2 hr trip 112miles 287S to I78W all highway speed limit 65mph travel 70mph toward the end of the trip lost all power pedal to floor transmission whining had to pull over from the left lane over to the right lane shoulder with out having an accident, went to check the transmission fluid and noticed white smoke coming form the dip stick fluid seem to be ok, let it cool down for about 15min started the vehicle and it ran like nothing happened got to my destination weird coming had no problem, so I took it to the dealer on Sept. 6, 2014 and they found the noise coming from the transmission as well as an ABS code in the system C1106 cleared the code road tested the vehicle said vehicle was normal, other problems found were mid exhaust cat replaced and rear differential coupler replaced, this is part 1 of 3.

- Monroe, NY, USA

problem #4

Aug 282014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 19,256 miles
I pulled out onto route 125 in plaistow, nh at a set of traffic lights and there were cars coming up quick behind me when all of a sudden I went over the drainage in the road I lost all power and started slowing down I had no control of my gas pedal, my car wouldn't go it was just slowing down fast. It was scary I almost got rear ended. When this happened I noticed my traction control light lit up blinking. I have read many horror stories about similar situations and notified the dealership and they cant replicate it so wont do anything about it. I could have been hit hard bc I was just going along when all of a sudden my car pretty much almost stopped in the middle of the road, no brakes, nothing. The dealer has offered to take my car for a period of time to drive and give me one in the meantime to try and see if they can make it happen again. This is something that is serious, especially when in fast moving traffic and this was to happen to me or anyone with this car again.

- Newton, NH, USA

problem #3

Nov 012013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 4,300 miles
A day before the incident, the malfunction light came on in my car on the dashboard. The next day, about one mile from home, I stopped on a hill at a traffic light with several cars ahead of me. When the light turned green, I moved my foot from the brake pedal to the accelerator and the car started rolling backward. It would not go into drive even though the gear was in drive. After trying once more unsuccessfully to get the car to move forward, I put the car in park, put on my flashers and turned the engine off. I restarted the car, and put the gear in drive and it went forward but somewhat haltingly. I slowly proceeded to the Nissan dealer about 2 miles away. Each time I stopped at a traffic light, the engine sounded funny. Today, the Nissan dealer informed me that there is an electrical problem in the transmission that they can't repair. Nissan usa is replacing the transmission under warranty. I find this outrageous that a newly purchased car of 5 months with less than 5, 000 miles has a defective transmission.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

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