really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,163 miles

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2008 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Nov 182016


  • 172,000 miles


After highway driving when stopped at a traffic light vehicle has no power upon resuming driving

- Whitinsville, MA, USA

problem #35

Jun 142016


  • 115,000 miles
During prolong periods of driving (2-2.5 hours) at approximately 75 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of acceleration without warning. Rpvs will not go past 2500. Speed will drop to 45-50 mph. I've almost been rear-ended twice because of the sudden loss of power (the speed drops instantly). It's been happening constantly since June 2016. Driving short distances within the city is not a problem, but can't drive safely on 75mph highways without losing power.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #34

Aug 082016


  • 68,000 miles
While driving at varied speed the Rogue will refuse to accelerate and the rpms will rise, but the car will not go no matter how far you press the accelerator down. This has happened countless times and when I research online it seems to be a common and known issues with Rogues of this year. I have had several near collisions due to this issues.

- Antioch, TN, USA

problem #33

Mar 132016


  • 94,000 miles


My car had a lost power driving back from rocky mountain national park and I was forced to pull over and turn off my car it started up and I was able to make it back safe but I think it has something to do with the cvt. I really sucks and I don't feel safe driving my car right now.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #32

May 092013


  • 70,000 miles
After driving 2.5 - 3hrs of highway driving would not accelerate (increase in speed ). I have been in intersections and the car would not accelerate which is a very serious safety concern. I have to travel to Alabama and Florida several times each year from my home in South Carolina and this has happened when trying to pass large16 wheeler trucks or just keep up with traffic flow. To do this when traveling at speeds of 65 - 70 miles per hr. Has concerned me, it is a serious safety matter. It could easily cause a serious crash and death. On a resent trip(July /2015) to Alabama on I-65 traveling at speeds on 70+ my car started to decelerate to down it was near 50 miles per hour, I pulled off highway and turned my car off. I have checked to make sure it is not over heating, which it is not. The temp. Gauge is below the half mark and the RPM gauge will not move past 2.5. also, on this trip I noticed that any slight hill going up it would have trouble pulling and start to decelerate then once I got up this hill it would accelerate to 80+ miles per hr. I have read quite a few complaints on this site concerning the same things are happening when traveling long highway trips. This must be taken care of by Nissan before someone dies or seriously injured.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #31

Jun 192013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Rogue. During prolong periods of driving at approximately 75 mph, the vehicle experienced a loss of acceleration without warning. The failure recurred five times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. The VIN was not available.

- Champaign, IL, USA

problem #30

Jul 092015


  • 126,000 miles


I've had this issue for a couples of years now, my Rogue losses power after driving for about 30 minutes or more on the highway. I've read several complaints in this site and elsewhere of when the problem occur and how it's so hard replicate because there's no engine light. I've already replace my transmission in April 2013 and now my engine lights is on, took it to Nissan and they say it's my transmission valve body. I just hit 126,000 miles on the vehicle and of course my extended warranty expires at 120,000. Nissan needs to seriously consider a recall on this issue before someone gets hurt (if it hasn't happen already).

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #29

May 172015


  • 94,600 miles
After driving nearly 50 miles on the highway, I got off the exit and stopped at a stop sign. Once it was clear I tried to accelerate but due to some kind of power loss the vehicle would not move. The vehicle lost power and the RPM's dropped under 1000. After a few minutes the power returned to normal and I drove to my original destination. This is the third time this has personally happened to me in this vehicle and I would like to report it so it does not happen to anyone else.

- Pittston, PA, USA

problem #28

May 032015

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 171,000 miles
I was driving on I-5 from los angeles traveling about 65mph. I had been driving for about 55min when my vehicle RPM's started to increase and my mph's started to decrease. I tried to push the gas pedal down to accelerate but just the RPM's would rev up and car kept losing speed. I had to pull over various times and let the car sit while off for about 20-25 min before I could drive safely again. This only lasted for about an hour at the most before I would have the same problem again and have to pull over to let the car sit for a while. Also I checked all fluids when I pulled over and everything was at optimal level as required. The car was not over heating either.

- Newman, CA, USA

problem #27

Apr 022015

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 133,000 miles
I was driving down hunt highway going 45 miles per hour when I started to come up a hill and the car came to a near complete stop with no warning because the transmission binding up causing me to almost be rear ended and my tires to skid a little till I pushed on the brakes to try and warn people behind me and had to exit the roadway into a dirt farm field to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #26

Apr 012015


  • miles


My vehicle lost the ability to accelerate while I was driving on the highway on Wednesday. The car started to shake a bit and when the accelerator was pressed to the floor, the speed decreased to about 30mph and the engine sounded like an airplane taking off. The car eventually regained its ability to accelerate until I got off on the exit near my house and that is when the car lost acceleration again in the midst of oncoming traffic. This problem has occurred several times since I've had this car and each time I call the dealership they claim to not have heard of this ever happening. It even happened on a trip from tn to SC. This is a serious problem and is extremely dangerous when driving in heavy traffic on the interstate and congested city streets. I am nervous about taking the car on trips longer than 30-45 minutes long. There is also an issue where the TPMS light comes on and stays on for days. When I have it checked out, I'm usually told that the air pressure is good and that the light is just malfunctioning. The local Nissan dealership denies having knowledge of this issue also and they want me to pay a ton of money for them to check it out.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #25

Jan 272014


  • 75,000 miles
We were driving back home when my husband noticed that the car would not accelerate above 65 mph. This occurred about halfway home, so about 200 miles into our drive back home (of the 350 mile total). The car was not overheated, nor was it making noise. He would put his foot down all the way on the accelerator, as if he wanted to go full speed and it would not respond. There weren't any warning lights lit up on the console, and it was not overheated. We immediately called our local Honda dealer and explained the problem we were having. They said we could take the car into them, but we would have to pay $150 just for the inspection of the vehicle, and they confirmed there wasn't a recall so we would also have to foot the bill for the repairs. We stopped to eat and calm our nerves and got back on the road. When we got back in the car, the problem did not start up again until a few months later, during our next long drive away from home, and have avoided taking it on long trips since then. This was my first and last Nissan. I can't wait to get rid of the Rogue! it has proven to be busy with electrical issues.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #24

Nov 172014


  • 90,000 miles
The car will be at a complete stop and you will press on the gas pedal and it will not accelerate, you can floor the gas pedal, and it will have very little reaction. In addition, when this issue is happening all your lights stop working so the person behind you does not know you are not at a complete stop. This is not a consistent problem but you never now when it will happen - it's like the car goes into this amnesia stage.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #23

May 032014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
May 2014: On a trip to AZ, vehicle suddenly began to decelerate and could not be driven more than 3000 rpms. Suddenly and drastically slowing down without using brakes and with no brake light warning to following vehicles could have caused a serious rear-end accident. Problem occurred without warning more 20 times. Took Rogue to economy Nissan to repair problem. They replaced dip stick and drained off some transmission fluid and stated this would correct what they said was a transmission fluid overheating problem. July 2014: On another cross country trip problem re-occurred. Went to dave solon Nissan in pueblo colo. They advised not to continue driving Rogue until a transmission cooler kit was installed. This part was on perpetual back order. In reality we were informed that at that time there was no fix for this problem. Because of our schedule, we traded the Rogue in for a used Nissan pathfinder. We later found out that dave solon Nissan got tired of waiting for the part and took Rogue to a car action. It is unclear whether they informed the public of problem or just sold the vehicle with a serious safety problem that could not be corrected. To date there appears to be no fix to this problem. We believe this should be a recall issue given the high potential for serious rear-end accidents.

- Pagosa Springs, CO, USA

problem #22

Apr 292014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 98,600 miles
I first experienced a loss of power in my vehicle while stopped at a red light. When the light turned green I started to go, even with the gas pedal pushed all the way to the floor the car would barely move. The engine would rev, but the car barely had any power. I drove it straight to the dealership where I bought it (hayes Chrysler in gainesville) the stated it was they though the transmission needed to be replaced and sent it to the carriage Nissan garage. After having it there for a few days the technician said he could not duplicate the problem! I left and before I could even get 15 miles down the road I was going approximately 60mph, when all the sudden I started losing speed. Regardless of the fact that I had the gas pedal too the floor! I turned around and took it straight to Nissan, however in the last 10 minutes of my drive to the service shop the problem stopped! they kept it for another day and still could not duplicate the problem and they stated that it was most likely the ABS senor that needed to be replaced. We replaced the sensor and I thought all the problems had been solved! wrong!!!! there have been 3 instances were I have had the cruise control set while driving down the interstate, and all of the sudden I start losing speed! there have been 4 instances where I have almost been T-bones with my 2 small children in the car because the car has lost acceleration in the middle of an intersection!!! the morning I took my car to the shop this time (8-25-14) I was almost hit by a semi when my car couldn't get through the green light before it turned red. I have read hundreds of complaints, and fights for a recall on this transmission! my Nissan tech states that if there is no code thrown during the incident then they cannot replace the transmission, yet every case I've read say that no code has shown up at all! this is a danger to owners of this vehicle.

- Homer, GA, USA

problem #21

Apr 152013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
My 2008 Nissan Rogue has a tendency to lose power on the highway after being driven for over a long period of time at a constant speed, usually about 45 minutes to an hour at 75 miles an hour. The vehicle will start my making a weird whistling or whining noise then after that you cannot accelerate it'll be stuck at whatever speed your going. When I come across a bridge or a hill it'll slow down a bit then accelerate once I'm going downhill then stop at a specific mph, no matter how much I press on the gas it will not go any further. When I off the highway and come to a complete stop and try to take off again it will not respond right away then it will take off with me as I'm pressing the gas, almost resulting in me running into other vehicles several times. When I take the vehicle to Nissan it doesn't give any error codes or show that anything is wrong. Nissan cannot replicate the problem because they're not willing to pay someone to go drive the vehicle for over that long period of time. I commute to work and church on the highway five times a week and experience this just about every single day. I did however take the car to my local mechanic and he experience what the car is doing and he noticed Nissan put too much fluid in my transmission when they replaced it after it stopped on me previously on the highway, that did solve the problem for several months but now it's doing the same thing again. I called Nissan corporate they inform me there's no recall on the vehicle. I did a internet search and there are so many people with the same story and was even covered by the news station. One other thing they all have in common is that no one had that issue fix or know what is causing the problem. I recently rent a vehicle because I refuse to let my wife and one year old in the car by themselves.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #20

Jul 162014


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle's speed suddenly decreased. The contact drove onto the emergency lane, shut off and restarted the vehicle, and continued driving; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000...updated 09-09-14

- Baytown , TX, USA

problem #19

Jun 182014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Traveling long distance on the highway. Engine would not respond to the accelerator in a normal manner accompanied by whiny noises. Pressed accelerator to the floor and rpms would increase extremely slowly and not above 3000 rpms. Continued for the remaining 2.5 hours of our trip. This happened again on our way home multiple times. Had extreme difficulty after exiting the highway and having to stop. Vehicle barely moved forward.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #18

Nov 202008


  • 10,000 miles
I started to notice the problem when trying to pull out on to a busy road that was on a slight hill. For some reason the car would not go when you hit the gas. After a while of doing this a light came on and I took it to have it looked at. Whatever they did seem to have fixed the problem of the car not accelerating when on a hill. But the problem still remained that if you drove for so long (5-10 min) on the interstate 65+ mph then came to a complete stop the car again would not accelerate for a few minutes (I sat through a stop light and a half trying to get the car going). I think this is related to the funny sound the car makes when stepping on the gas. Any ways I took the car in to see what was wrong as this could cause a problem if it allows you to roll halfway into an intersection but then will not accelerate. The Nissan dealership said it sounds like the transmission cooler assembly needs to be replaced. They said this would be covered under the 120,000 mile extended warranty Nissan placed on 2008-2010 Rogues. It seems like Nissan is aware of the problem since they have extended the warranty but they have not recalled the parts for some reason. My mom has a 2010 Rogue with the same exact problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #17

Apr 232014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
After driving for about 45 minutes on the highway, the vehicle lost power and began decelerating rapidly. After pushing the gas multiple times, the vehicle remained unresponsive and would not accelerate. The vehicle decelerated to 20mph which was very dangerous in an 80 mph speed zone on a state highway. I pulled over and turned off the vehicle for 30 minutes. Upon starting it up again and continuing on my trip, the vehicle repeated the problem within another hour of driving. When this occurs now, vehicle will not accelerate from a full stop. This is extremely hazardous in toll booths or red lights, as other cars take the Liberty of driving by as I am pumping the gas. Randomly the car will kick back into gear and jut out into traffic, which has almost caused two different accidents.

- South Weymouth , MA, USA

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