really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,407 miles

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2012 Nissan Juke engine problems

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2012 Nissan Juke Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 092016


  • 82,500 miles


Cvt - rapid loss of power (85 to 50 almost immediately) while on the freeway. Almost rear ended due to continued loss of speed while trying to get off the freeway to the side of the road. Had to sit on the side of the road for more than 30 minutes for the vehicle to cool down before I could resume my trip. Service engine soon light also came on.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #5

Nov 022015


  • miles
2012 Nissan Juke. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle failure to start problems. The consumer stated the failure happened occasionally. The alternator and battery were deemed to be good. When the vehicle failed to start, it initially made an electronic clicking noises; not starter motor clicking noise. The engine did not turn at all and after a couple of times the vehicle would go totally dead. Upon being jump started, the battery and electronics were perfectly fine.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jan 272015

Juke 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Juke. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The contact was unsure about the part that needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred on numerous occasions. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 5,000. Updated 6/4/15 the consumer experienced the failure five times. Updated 06/11/15

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Oct 152012


  • 540 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Juke. The contact stated while driving 20 mph the vehicle stalled and the gears malfunctioned. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle remained off for five minutes before it would restart. The contact purchased the vehicle a week ago. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 540.

- Springboro, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 272012


  • 1,000 miles
When traveling in the Juke especially with the window down a bit there is a constant wave of heat coming up from the floor area behind the center console. The heat is enough to make your legs sweat. Upon finding the source I burnt my finger on a pipe that is behind the console with now insulation or wrapping. It makes the Juke very uncomfortable to drive as it's always hot. I also feel there should not be exposed parts that can burn. Dealer said they contacted Nissan but it has been 3 weeks and no response from dealer or Nissan.

- Spring, TX, USA

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