hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
78,793 miles

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2009 Nissan Cube drivetrain problems

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2009 Nissan Cube Owner Comments

problem #13

Dec 032016


  • 121,000 miles


Was driving home with my husband from the grocery store. Pulled onto highway and car stopped accelerating. Pulled over and car would rev up but not go in drive or reverse. Car was towed back home and being traded in. It's 1,000 miles over the extended warranty. They should recall these knowing the cvt is bad.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #12

Jul 032016


  • 121,000 miles
I am the 2nd owner of this car. I purchased this vehicle April of 2016. The only light that has been on has been the tpm light. On July 3rd,2016, I was driving on the highway with my children when the car suddenly stalled. It completely stopped driving no matter how hard I would push on the gas. When I had to vehicle inspected, it was the transmission that had failed. According to the dealership, there was an extended warrenty on this cvt transmission because of problems it was having. There was no light on or anything to show that there had been an issue with this transmission, it just suddenly stopped working as I was driving. I contacted Nissan directly and they told me there was nothing they can do because it was out of warranty. I feel this is unsafe because people do drive with their children in the vehicle. This could have caused a bad collision on the highway when it suddenly just stopped. In the same incident, the back door suddenly will not open.

- Brownwood, TX, USA

problem #11

Mar 162016


  • 153,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph car looses power under acceleratin and then stalls when you get below 10 mph will start back up after sitting for about 5 minutes the car is a 6 speed manuel. No lights came on in the dash this has happened 3 times now

- Winder, GA, USA

problem #10

Jul 012011


  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Cube. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle would no longer accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission was faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 26,000. Updated 04/07/16

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #9

Jan 062016


  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Cube. While driving 3 mph, the transmission failed. The vehicle started out fine and then felt as if it were placed in the neutral gear. The contact was depressing the accelerator pedal with no response. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The manufacturer had not been notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 79,000.

- Marlow, OK, USA

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problem #8

Oct 122015


  • 70,000 miles
This car since purchase has had the transmission replaced four times. When the transmission fails the car coasts to a stop which on the highway is a danger as the car is susceptible to be hit by other cars. In addition when the transmission fails the engine stops and the braking system is rendered inoperable the only way to stop the car is via the emergency break. The transmission failure in these cars is a known problem as nisan has extended the warranty T ten years. When the transmission failed on my son he was on the highway and barely made it to the breakdown lane without getting hit. This is a serious safety issue due to the fact if the disabled car is hit it could cause fatalities due to the failure of the systems.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #7

Jan 282012


  • 91,000 miles


The transmission range switch (commonly referred to as a neutral safety switch) will sometimes fail to make proper electrical contact. This condition results in two of three conditions. One condition is a failure of the prndl indicator on the dashboard (as opposed to the prndl indicator at the shifter control) to illuminate. The next two conditions are much less benign; they can be much more frustrating or dangerous. The very frustrating condition is: Because the switch fails to indicate the shifter is in park or neutral, the engine cannot be started. The very dangerous condition is: If before the switch fails to maintain proper contact the engine has already been started, then the idling engine (as usual) is sufficient to get the vehicle into an intersection; however, the engine will delay acceleration by quite a few seconds, regardless of the accelerator's position, as the driver attempts to get through the intersection. My recommendation for an efficient recall is to recommend Nissan develop redundancy into this switch. Nissan could easily redesign this switch to double (or even triple) then switch's sliding contacts. Doing so would allow the multiple, identical "poles" and "throws" to be connected parallel to each other before they are electrically routed toward the eight-pin connector. This redundancy would easily, quickly, efficiently, and certainly reduce this infrequent but very problematic condition to an issue which ought (statistically) become so infrequent it's no longer a concern. The transmission range switch is Nissan part number: Switch assy 20150227 31918-1xcod and is very likely used on more vehicles than just the Cube models.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 012014

Cube 4-cyl

  • 48,362 miles
I bought a 2009 Nissan Cube brand new in June 2010 that has been nothing but problems. To date the vehicle has had the following problems: 1. steering lock mechanism has failed twice 2. rotors had to be resurfaced 3 months after purchase 3. throttle chamber failed and had to be replaced 4. fan doesn't work during winter months rendering the heater useless 5. fuel filler tube replaced (recall) 6. the exhaust has rotted and the result is it separating/breaking off from the muffler. Hummel Nissan in des moines wants $460 to repair the problem with the muffler. Tom at the dealer said he"S seen this problem with almost every vehicle minus the frontier. He said the way the exhaust is designed causes moisture to build up and rot the system out, and that I need to drive it more. I told him I don"T believe a vehicle with less than 50,000 miles should have to have the exhaust replaced, especially after having vehicles with 180,000 miles on them with no such trouble (not Nissan). He then told me to take it to a local shop because it would be cheaper to fix. Nissan customer care on facebook asked for my VIN number so they "could look into the issue, " and then replied back saying to work with the local dealer (hummel Nissan). All in all they've been completely useless and unhelpful. Hummel Nissan and Nissan could care less about making sure their customers are happy/safe and continue to buy their vehicles.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #5

Feb 212014

Cube 4-cyl

  • 73,500 miles
When on the interstate after about two hours my vehicle will not accelerate. When I press the gas the RPM's go up but the vehicle does nothing. If I pull off the road for a few minutes it is fine for a little longer but will reoccurs in frequency depending on the temperature outside. My vehicle has a cvt transmission which has been replaced once in July/August of 2013. The new transmission has the same issue and I have taken it into the shop twice now is not fixed.

- Fayetteville, AR, USA

problem #4

Mar 132012

Cube 4-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
Came to a very sudden stop to avoid a collision. Vehicle would not accelerate after this. Episode lasted about 20 seconds and then functioned properly. Has happened at least 6 more times since first incident. Always seems to happen when exiting off interstate and coming to a stop. Vehicle starts into intersection and then accelerator seems unresponsive. When this is happening the car does not rev even though accelerator is pushed to the floor repeatedly. Episode will last approx. 15-30 seconds and then seems to return to normal. Very unnerving when facing oncoming traffic. The transmission has already been replaced one time at about 75K. Never performed this way until after dealership replaced the transmission.

- Dunn, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 072012

Cube 4-cyl

  • 61,540 miles


We left sears and proceeded to pull out of parking spot. Stepped on gas pedal and RPM went to over 5 grand. Vehicle moved by drifting. After rpms dropped vehicle started to move but not very well. Vehicle showed signs of transmission not engaging. The transmission is a cvt type automatic. After several attempts decided to shut car off and re-start. Hoping this method would allow for ECM to re-boot. No such luck. Car carried on for several miles.dangerous part of journey was at red lights and intersection. Was hoping that we would not be rear-ended by someone in hurry. Called Nissan dealer, other one than dealer I originally bought the car from, to see if I could get car in to shop. Described incident and this dealer gave us a slot for 9:00am next day. Dealer checked car. Could not duplicate problem but checked car's computer. 3 codes were stored indicating transmission part failure. Dealer ordered transmission and had it delivered in 2 days. Dealer currently has car in shop and was getting started removing trans. Will have car back, hopefully the following day. Please be advised that the dealer performing service is another Nissan dealer and not the one I bought car from.this is also the 3rd dealer I have used for other problems.this dealer is very respectful of it's customer and bends over backwards to help. I have had problems with fuel gauge not showing full tank when filled. This happened around 12K miles. I tried a dealer closer to us. He took the car in to check it out, even though he did not have the part in stock to repair vehicle. Took 3 weeks to get car in and another 3 weeks to get it back in for the repair. After taking it in for the repair they did not have us on the schedule and had lost the part. After calling Nissan of America this "bad"dealer repaired the car. This dealer was worse than 1st dealer.

- Star Junction, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012


  • 91,000 miles
I was trying to back out of my driveway and the car just stalled when I depressed the gas pedal. The vehicle hesitated and then suddenly accelerated. This condition was repeated several time while just driving around town in normal traffic. It is a safety hazard. If I were in the middle of an intersection and had to accelerate to avoid a crash, this type of issue could lead to disaster. This seems to be a problem that has been widely reported on the internet without any concern by Nissan.

- Cookeville, TN, USA

problem #1

Nov 152009


  • 5,907 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Cube. The contact was traveling 5 mph when the vehicle failed to accelerate properly and the then abnormally accelerated after the pedal was not being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer three times and serviced for unintended acceleration issues by replacing the transmission. The contact had not driven the vehicle since the time of repairs and was unaware if the failure had been remedied.the manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 5,907 and the current mileage was 31,890.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

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