hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,698 miles

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2009 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems

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2009 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #22

Aug 302013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles


When trying to accelerate the car stalls, after a brief period (30 sec.) of vibrating the car jerks forward. The transmission is faulty and violently shakes after driving for more than 3 miles. We are in constant fear that the car is going to die when idling and have taken it to several Nissan service centers and have been told the cvt in this model and year are all like this. It is not safe for a car to drive like this.

- Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

problem #21

Dec 242013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 120,400 miles
While exiting the interstate the car jarred to a stop. When we tried to accelerate at the green light the engine revved but would not move. When we pressed the accelerator all the way the transmission caught and the car struggled to go 5 miles an hour- jarring all the way. We barely made it to a parking lot before it died completely.

- Yulee, FL, USA

problem #20

Dec 152013


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan rouge. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #19

May 152013


  • 120,000 miles


The cvt was replace at 95000 miles due to total failure. At 12000 miles while driving on a road with lots of hills the car lost power and suddenly slowed down to 30 mph. It seemed to reset after shutting down and letting the car rest for several minutes. I talked to my mechanic and they suggested cleaning the fuel injectors and a new air filter. I did that and it still happened. I brought it to Nissan, they checked it for 3 days and found nothing. They said to wait for a code to come up and they could get to the bottom of it. At 140,000 miles the code came up as an intermittent torque converter circuit problem. Nissan then said that they couldn't recreate the code so the didn't know what to fix. After reading several posts about the same problem and the same reaction from Nissan, I think that a class action lawsuit is in order. I don't think that someone needs to die due to Nissan faulty vehicles, for action to be taken.

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jul 212013


  • miles
Cpsc:I1390199A. 2009 Nissan rouge. Consumer stated she is having transmission problems. The consumer stated the transmission would disengage on uphill slopes causing the vehicle to lose speed as it did not accelerate. On a terrain level, the vehicle would barely maintain speed, to which it slowed down. The dealer was unable to replicate the problem.

- Mcallen, TX, USA

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problem #17

Jul 092013


  • 75,000 miles
I had driven my 2009 Nissan Rogue from New Jersey to boston, fairly heavy traffic. As I neared my destination, I stopped at a red light. As I pulled away to take a left turn, the car would not accelerate and limped across route 1, forcing heavy, high speed, oncoming traffic to stop. I spoke with the local dealer and they acknowledged that it is a problem and that Nissan is not offering a solution. When I took the car to the NJ dealer to leave it for a couple days for them to trouble shoot they were not able to replicate the issue. And had me pay to change the fluid. The problem has gotten worse and the dealer refuses to do anything about it. The car is not predictable and safe to drive with my 2 young daughters. Fwiw, the dealer that I bought the car from replaced the transmission a few years ago under warranty for this exact problem. Any local dealer denies this issue exists despite the tremendous amount of evidence to the contrary on the internet. townhall-talk.edmunds.com/direct/view/.F213D8F.

- Lawrenceville, NJ, USA

problem #16

Jun 072012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving uphill at approximately 70 mph, the transmission failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where no trouble codes were detected. The transmission fluid was replaced but the failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for a second opinion, who was also unable to locate a problem. The contact stated that the failure occurred when driving in warm weather for two hours or more. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #15

Aug 132012

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
When going over 60 miles an hour, usually about an hour into a long drive, the Nissan Rogue will not accelerate. The RPM indicator goes haywire and my foot is completely down on the pedal but there is no acceleration. This first happened in August 2012 when I was driving over a mountain to get to the desert so I thought the car was overheating. Since then this has been happening consistently whenever I drive for over an hour (which I often do for work). At times, the car will not move forward if it is at a stoplight even when my foot is completely on the floor. Then it revs up after a minute but not before everyone else starts honking. This is extremely dangerous when you are on the freeway and suddenly your car stops accelerating. All the cars behind you start passing you but it will only take one car not paying attention to cause a huge accident, injury or death and then Nissan will be in real trouble. I have found hundreds of incidences and complaints from other Nissan Rogue drivers over the past couple years with the exact same problem.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #14

Mar 282012


  • 55,000 miles
I was driving on I-25, my car set on cruise control at 75 mph when suddenly the speed dropped to 45 mph in a matter of seconds - without warning. I pushed the gas pedal down to the floor but it didn't do anything. There was also a whining sound like the car was working extra hard. I immediately pulled off the highway; fortunately, there were no cars behind me. I was confused and didn't know what happened so I sat there a few minutes thinking the car overheated. I thought I would give it a chance to cool down. After about 10 minutes, I put my emergency lights on and got back on the road. I kept the emergency lights on and drove slower to see if it would happen again. It seemed to be okay as long as we didn't have to go up hill and I kept my speed down, I tested it along the way. Upon taking it in to Nissan for inspection, they thought the problem was due to too much transmission fluid, put in at the factory, so they removed some. After a couple months I got back on the highway and it happened again. This time Nissan replaced the transmission. I don't feel safer, as I understand this cvt problem occurs in mountainous areas, such as colo. I have also read blogs from people with 08 & 09 Rogues that had the transmission replaced and it went out again, not always right away. Driving at high speeds then quickly losing speed with no indication (brake lights) to the drivers behind is without question a potentially deadly situation. I still fear it will happen again. I won't drive my Rogue in mountainous areas and stay away from highways as much as possible. I purchased this Rogue with the expectations it would take me where I need to go safely. I have asked Nissan to switch vehicles with me - asking for a model that doesn't have safety issues. They refused.

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #13

Dec 212012


  • 88,000 miles
I bought this car from a Toyota dealership and a used car with 82K miles on it. Around christmas I was on my way from modesto, ca on the I-80 back to reno, nv. I had the cruise control set to 70 and while going uphill the cruise control shut off and I began loosing speed really fast. I put my foot on the accelerator but there was nothing. I had the pedal floored and yet I kept loosing speed. At first it happened only on hills, now it's happening on flat land. I've also noticed that going from a stop to go point my car almost stalls as if it were a manual, it's automatic. I've almost gotten into an accident a few times because of this issue. The Toyota dealership I bought it from says they, "can't replicate the problem, " so I'm driving around this car hoping for the best until it gets worse and actually causes and accident or until the check engine light comes on. I did research and the symptoms from other rouge owners similar to my symptoms, all ended up in new transmissions...

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #12

Mar 282013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 74,300 miles


A high-pitched whirring sound manifested itself while driving on the highway, followed by a grinding sound, all coming from under the vehicle towards the rear end. The next day I took it to a local mechanic, who took it on a test drive. He also had another mechanic do the same. Both diagnosed it as a transfer case failure. I then took it to my local Nissan dealer. After the tech drove it and inspected the rear end, it was diagnosed as a rear differential that had failed. The car only has 74,300 miles on it and is not used for towing or any other similarly-demanding activities. At the 50,000 mile mark there was a transmission leak that another Nissan dealer had to fix under warranty, but only after I contacted Nissan usa Consumer Affairs. There seems to be no end to the issues with this make and model concerning the cvt transmission and related power-train components. It is past time for the government to look into the high rate of failures with these models. There is obviously a reason Nissan had to make a special extension on the power train, doubling the length and mileage limit. Unfortunately, the dealership tells me that the rear differential is not part of the power train and I must pay $2, 121 out of pocket for the necessary repairs.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #11

Sep 302012


  • 117,000 miles
A few months prior to my transmission fully breaking down, I was experiencing episodes where my Rogue would lose acceleration even as the accelerator pedal was pressed as far down as it could. Mainly these episodes would occur after stopping at a stop sign or traffic light. I would begin to press the accelerator; however, the vehicle would not accelerator nor would the RPM's increase. Suddenly, the "engine" would kick in and I was quickly and forcefully propelled forward. There were a few episodes that occurred while driving on the interstate and these episodes were more frightening and they placed me in a very unsafe situation of being rear-ended at high speeds. Then on September 30, 2012, my family was leaving a vacation trip and heading home on our 3+ hour drive. Not 2 minutes on the road did we experience very loud grinding, clunking and odd behavior from our vehicle as it attempted to shift gears. This noise/feeling seemed to minimize as we drove over 40 mph until it suddenly lost all power. We had to attempt to pull over to the side of the road with our hazards on, and thank goodness no one was driving behind us or I am afraid we would have been in a serious accident on a northern Wisconsin highway. Since this occurred on a Sunday at 7:00 am, we did not have any possibility to take it to a Nissan dealer or to rent a vehicle to get home. We were forced to contact a family member who graciously had a trailer and drove the 3+ hours to get us and then turn around and tow us the 3+ hours home. After inspection on the vehicle at the local Nissan dealership, we were informed of the issues and extended warranty with the cvt transmission. I am still fearful of what could have happened to my family. It appears that many people experiencing this issue have had their transmission replaced 2-3 times. I fully support a cvt recall!!!!

- Baraboo, WI, USA

problem #10

Jun 012012


  • 85,000 miles
I was driving from baltimore to philadelphia in June of this year. After about 1 hour of highway driving my 2009 Nissan Rogue started to stall as I reduced speed to get on the ramp of another highway. I wanted to pick up speed in order to merge onto the next highway, but my car would not respond. I had pushed the accelerating pedal to the metal and it still was not responding or rather going at 40mph. I exited the highway and stopped the engine, to give it a rest, but as I proceeded the car still stalled. I ended up having it towed from my hotel to Nissan dealership located 6723 essington avenue philadelphia, pa 19153. I was told the transmission fluid was topped off but they did not see a leak. I drove the car back to baltimore the next day, but the problem has been recurring. I have had many near misses) is Nissan waiting to have fatalities in order to react? I do not wish to be a statistic.

- Baltimote, MD, USA

problem #9

Sep 112012


  • 6,600 miles
Driving down the highway, my 2009 Nissan Rogue began overheating. Had the vehicle towed to my mechanic where he found coolant in the spark plugs so replaced all plugs and checked the radiator. When I went to pick up the vehicle, it wouldn't start. He checked it over again and said that it had a blown head gasket. Unfortunately, the power train warranty was only good for 5 yrs/60,000 miles. I was 6,000 miles over the limit. When Nissan was contacted to see if there was a recall for this problem, I was told there was no recall for the power train. When I asked them if they had noticed a high incidence of power train problems being reported, I was told "well, yes and no." Huh?

- Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

problem #8

Aug 202012


  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle would start and I was able to change gears but these will not activate. Even when accelerating the vehicle it will not move. Vehicle had to be towed. This is the second incidence; the first time we experience this situation was at the time we took the vehicle out of the dealer. After stopping for gas and starting the vehicle again it only moved for about 5 mins, then stopped completely. Vehicle was returned to the dealer and a different vehicle provided (same make and model); now three years after the first incident we have the same situation (same situation, two different vehicles, three years timeframe). We have been told that correcting the situation will cost between $2500-3000.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #7

Jul 192012

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 69,200 miles
I was driving down the highway at 65-70 mph. Came to a slight long incline on the highway. It slowed to 60 miles per hour with the accelerator all the way pushed down. When I came to a rest stop and took off again-the acceleration was slow to pick up speed. This is not the first time this has happened. I was coming back from seattle to spokane, wa going up the mountain pass. I could not go over 30 miles per hour with the accelerator pushed all the way down. It happened on another hill further down the road. Again when I stopped-their was a delay in acceleration. Since this a company car and have the option to purchase it at 80,000 miles- I will not. Because I was going to buy it and give it to my daughter since she will be taking driver's education this year. I feel that this car is a safety hazard especially for a new driver. I will not be buying a Nissan in the future for my daughter. Or any other Nissan. I will also let our fleets department know about this problem.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #6

Jul 092012


  • 82,527 miles
At several times in the past coming from out of a stop, the vehicle would not accelerate. The first time it happened I was able to push the pedal hard to get acceleration and managed to regain acceleration. On 7/9/12, while driving on the freeway at steady speeds, I began to slow down to slowing traffic, when traffic picked up I was not able to get acceleration out of the vehicle. I punched the pedal to the floorboard and got no acceleration whatsoever. The rpms would not increase the overdrive would not respond and was just coasting at 40 mph. This was such a risk as I had fast coming traffic and had to pull to the slow lane to not be a hazard in the middle of the freeway. The vehicle never regained acceleration and had to keep pedal pushed to continue moving. I proceeded to take the vehicle to the dealer, but the insisted that since they received no computer error codes or could not duplicate the problem, they could not do anything for me. I searched online and noticed it has been happening to lots of people and could be several possible issues. It seems most of the causes are a result of long distance driving which I do 4 times a week and somehow resets upon turning off and turning back on vehicle or vehicle cooling down. The dealer "could not" spare the time for someone to drive it for that long so they left it at that.. I feel this is a big safety hazard and hope that this issue can be dealt with the manufacturer as a recall.

- Bloomington, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 032012

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
Heard knocking during acceleration gas pedal around 20-40 miles/hour. Possible cvt transmission.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 172010

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 12,500 miles
3rd failure - same problem with 2009 Nissan Rogue 4cyl w/cvt. Car loses power - when stepping on gas, car only creeps forward, accelerating very slowly as if it's not getting gas or as if you are starting off in a high gear. Attempts to manually downshift have no effect; shifting into neutral allows engine to rev freely. Last two incidents occurred with wife and 2 young children in car on busy road - very high safety risk as the problem occurred without warning, leaving the vehicle suddenly nearly powerless in traffic. First trip to dealer (problem was less severe/frequent first time) prompted service department to "fix" under an open transmission-related service campaign, the description of which did not fit the problem, but the car worked properly upon receipt. Problem returned a month later with greater severity - car had to be towed to dealership. Car was in shop for a week as necessary part was on backorder - "this is a problem we've been seeing lately, " we were told. Upon return car never felt fully like it did when new - would often hesitate slightly when going up a grade before pickup returned. Dealer "unable to reproduce" this very frequent problem when brought in for review, so we just lived with it. Third incident occurred last week with high severity, again, putting wife/children at risk immediately after pulling onto a busy main road. Check engine light came on in conjunction with the incident. Car is now at dealer for further evaluation. Car is on lease; requests thus far to be released from remainder of term based on recurring safety concerns have been denied. Car has 12K miles on it at 2 years in our possession, has been fully maintained according to owner's manual and is in excellent overall shape. I am uncomfortable putting my family in this vehicle again given the recurring failure and type of failure. townhall-talk.edmunds.com/webx/.F1697de?displayrecent for reports of similar problems and poor resolution from mfr.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #3

Aug 152009

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 1,910 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Nissan Rogue. While driving under 40 mph, there were unusual rumbling and vibrating sounds coming from the engine area. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times. The failure persisted and the vehicle was traded in. The failure mileage was 1,910. Updated 8/24/10 Nissan advised there were no problems with the vehicle from August 2009 to November 2009. Then in December 2009 a recall notice from Nissan was issued for the very same problem she was complaining about. The consumer had already traded the vehicle. Updated 08/26/10 the consumer stated she received a second recall notice that stated Nissan was conducting a voluntary service campaign on certain Rogue vehicles to reduce a rattling noise that may be coming from the transmission at low speeds. Updated evoq 10/22/10

- Baldwin, NY, USA

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