hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,271 miles

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2012 Nissan Juke drivetrain problems

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2012 Nissan Juke Owner Comments

problem #7

Jun 012016


  • 97,000 miles


I had my Nissan Juke at the dealer at 80,000 miles telling them that the RPM's were going up to about 5000 before the car could shift from 1st to 2nd and the car would randomly bog and hesitate. Did this weather going up hill or flat driving after the car had been driving for about 4 hrs. I drive for a living and drive about 5 hrs a day. The dealer took it in and had it over 3 wks after determinig that is was a transmission defect. They ordered one and the one that came in after being installed wouldn't allow the car to go over 40mph. Again defective transmission #2 and it hasn't left dealer. Finally get another a month and a half after bring it in and tell me that only warrentee left would be the remainder of my 100,000. (which gave me about 20,000 miles to hope didn't happen again) and at 97,000 just 17,000 miles on the 3rd transmission installed is it happening again. My local Nissan dealership has had it this time for a month already finally determining it's defect in transmission yet again so now we wait for the ok from Nissan to replace it, which I was told they were giving them a hard time because it was technically the 4th cvt automatic transmission installed on my Juke in less then a year. This is crazy thank goodness my local Nissan dealer is nice and I get a rental but still making payments yet again on a vehicle I don't have due to manufacture defect. I own 7 Nissan's and this is the last one that I will own with the cvt transmission. I have no other problems with any of my other Nissan's

- East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #6

Aug 292014


  • 80,500 miles
Purchased the 2012 Nissan Juke new. At 80,000+/- while driving the car suddenly started loosing power. The RPM gauge was sending the RPM's over 8 each time the accelerator was pressed. Check engine light came on. Car was taken to closest mechanic due to the issue when plugged into the machine to detect the issue it read a code indicating it was a sensor in the transmission. Took auto to Nissan dealer next day (over 50 miles from house) for service with the issue. Dealer indicated that they could not obtain that code and the transmission fluid was over filled. Car continues to do this on a weekly sometimes daily basis of loosing power and when accelerating not allowing the car to go faster and causing the RPM's go up an past 8. several visits to the dealership all the while the dealership was indicating the transmission fluid was too full or too low and not the sensor in the transmission. In 2014 vehicle was back and dealership for same issue and was told to find what was wrong since I had been given only answers of low or high transmission fluid. Dealership called and indicated that I needed a new transmission at now 128,000 +/- miles (all highway due to distance to work). I had stated that I brought it in while the drive train was still covered and now that I am past those miles I need a transmission. Dealer stated for me to drive the car it was not dangerous and to come in when it was doing it so they could pull a live code and then send the transmission back to the manufacturer for them to replace that is was a manufacturer defect. Car continues to loose power (when going up hill or driving against a 10 mile an hour wind) placing any passengers in danger since this will occur driving 70 miles an hour or slower at any time. Nissan is aware of the cvt issue and need to repair the issue for safety and not repairing at 80,000 miles.

- Bertram, TX, USA

problem #5

Jan 012014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Juke. While driving at 70 mph and attempting to depress the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to accelerate as the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was taken to a dealer multiple times. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who diagnosed that the continuously variable transmission (cvt) needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Front Royal, VA, USA

problem #4

Jun 192015


  • 64,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Juke. While attempting to accelerate from a complete stop, there was hesitation and the transmission became inoperable. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission fluid needed to be changed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 172015


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Juke. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician stated that the vehicle was operating as designed. The battery was replaced; however, the failure recurred five times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Oil City, PA, USA

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problem #2

Feb 252015

Juke 4-cyl

  • 51,400 miles
My 2012 Nissan Juke all began on Wednesday February 25, 2015 when I was beginning my morning. I went out to start my car, the same way I always do before I leave for work in the mornings. Ten minutes later when I walked outside my car was not running. I called a local mechanic who does house calls and asked if he could come over. He knew almost immediately that the timing chain had broken. He continued to run some tests and diagnostics and stated that there was no compression in the valves. I jumped right online only to find out to my horror that Nissan had issued a service campaign 6+ months earlier and I was never notified. I still was not concerned. I called the Nissan 800 number right away and the lady that worked with me was extremely helpful. She then put me in contact with kocourek Nissan. When I was connected, I explained what was going to the service center. The first thing [xxx] informed me of was that if there was sludge in my oil, it would void my warranty. This made me extremely nervous. Once my vehicle was towed to kocourek Nissan, he called me again stating that he had not even had a chance to look at it yet, but needed to charge me $200 to get it on the path to diagnostics. Again [xxx] was insistent on letting me know if there was sludge in the oil/oil pan it would most likely void my warranty. Again, a feeling of panic hits as I can already see where this going. When [xxx] calls me back that evening he states that surprise, there is sludge in the oil/oil pan. But he was going to get everything over to Nissan and "fight for me". on Thursday February 26, 2015 [xxx] calls me again and states that there is too much sludge, your warranty is void, and a new engine is about $5000. There is a timing chain that broke while engine was running. That would have junked that engine. I have the oil changed regularly. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rhinelander, WI, USA

problem #1

Feb 182014

Juke 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The timing chain has gone bad and I have noticed the same problem with other Jukes. I would like to know if there has been a recall yet?

- Viburnum, MO, USA

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