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 1 of 4)

problem #62

Dec 202016


  • 120,500 miles


The Nissan Rogue had a cvt transmission replaced by the dealer after it stopped running on the highway in 2013 with only 70,000 miles on the vehicle. The transmission failed again, 2 years later, while driving on the highway again. Nissan failed to do anything to assist me the second time with this vehicle. The vehicle was in motion on the freeway both times. There have been many issues with the cvt transmission.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #61

Nov 012016


  • 165,000 miles
My Nissan Rogue will periodically stop acceleration while I am driving on the highway. I have the pedal pushed all the way down and the car will not accelerate. I will be going the posted speed and for no apparent reason, my car will start to de-accelerating on its own. After reading several complaints I am finding out that this is due to the cvt transmission in this particular model. This is a safety hazard to anyone who is driving this car. Also, I have noticed a loud noise when I put the car in gear, which I am reading is a sign that the transmission is going out. I purchased an extended warranty on this vehicle but none of the repairs that I have listed are covered. This car is a piece of junk and I will not get anything for it upon trade-in. I am stuck with this car, and have put over $3,000 in this car already over the last 6 months.

- Forney, TX, USA

problem #60

Oct 212016


  • 71,999 miles
When driving the car would start shaking and making funny noises in the back. The car eventually would not accelerate and started smoking. Took it the dealer was informed it had a broken axle and also has coupler issue. I had the axle replaced. But it still shakes and makes noises when turns are made. I was informed by a Nissan mechanic this is a common problem in the Rogue.

- Massapequa Park, NY, USA

problem #59

Jan 012012


  • miles


Looses power and slows in freeway traffic. If I had known I could send my complaint to you, I would have done so a couple of years ago when I reported the problem to Nissan usa. What a joke this auto is! and what a joke Nissan is!

- Palm Desert, CA, USA

problem #58

Aug 152016


  • miles
I bought the car used, to get to work and the many doctor's appointment that I currently have (I am breast cancer survivor with a lot of side effects). When it first happened I was driving locally when I pushed on the gas pedal and the car didn't accelerate. It happened just for a moment and the car drove fine the rest of the way home so I hoped it was one time thing. A day or two later it happened again, telling me that the first occurrence wasn't random. That's when I researched the symptoms and saw I wasn't alone. That's when I also learned that Nissan extended the warranty. I found out I was over the mileage, I would have to pay I balked because I knew of the many people that have/had this problem and I don't feel I should be responsible for a mechanically defective transmission. In the meantime I'm gently driving the vehicle: Short trips, no highways and 40 mph or less. If what I read is true and the loss of acceleration (which happened a third time within July) is the car going into safe mode then I'll do what I can to avoid aggravating the vehicle until I take it in for the new tranny cooler. I really hope this resolves my problem. After doing research on the cvt I found out that they are known for their issues and the extended warranty went into place. Of course I am over by 30,000 but I saw that if you are over you should still contact Nissan. I did and started a claim got a call back from the midwest corporate gay who told me too bad we can not help. I need help

- Raytown, MO, USA

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problem #57

Apr 012016


  • 149,000 miles
Cvt continues to fail. It was replaced at 73K miles after failing; it now is going into fail safe mode due to overheating issues. This seems to be very common Rogue problem. I was told that the 100K warranty would be for the replacement cvt but am now being told by dealer that repairs were 12K or 12 months. Cvt is showing signs of poor shifting and power loss on hills. Frequently won't start moving for few seconds at traffic light. Please help with resolving the problem with all of us Rogue customers/owners. This has been happening now for months and I am worried for my families safety. Thanks

- Topeka, KS, USA

problem #56

Jun 182016


  • 122,000 miles


The cvt transmission failed in June 2016 with 122K miles, just 7 years old. I was on the highway with 4 others in the SUV when the vehicle jerked made a howling noise and failed to accelerate. Lucky I was able to coast onto the shoulder without getting into an accident. I went to the dealer for a diagnostic check and they informed me that the transmission needs to be replaced and the cost will be $3600. I have reached out to my local dealership, Nissan North american, and BBB because they know that the cvt transmissions are faulty and may not break until the vehicle is out of the warranty period. Nissan does not want to cover the cost nor acknowledge that there is a problem with their cvt transmissions. There are many customers on various websites reporting transmission failures and all complaints are similar- failed transmissions and Nissan refusing to fix the problem without being paid $3000+. it's shocking that a recall hasn't been done for these transmissions. I've already read dozens of horror stories online over this. I'm shocked that there hasn't been a fatality. It's just a matter of time before all these customers get together and file a class-action lawsuit against Nissan.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #55

Jun 252016


  • 114,000 miles
The cvt transmission oil overheats at long driving periods and the transmission / car goes into limp mode and the speed drops immediately and significantly and will not be driveable until the oil cools down. Very dangerous because this only happens on the highways at high speeds. Also, after the vehicle enters this "limp mode", if you exit the highway and stop at a traffic light or stop sign, the vehicle will then not accelerate past 5 mph for a period of 30-45 seconds. Nissan knows that this happens and extended the warranty on the transmission. But they will do no work on the warranty because the issue cannot be duplicated by the dealer when the car is brought in, which will always be the case because the issue happens on the highway after being driven for a while. This sudden deceleration almost got me killed by a semi that was behind me when my car went into this limp mode without warning.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

problem #54

Jul 202010


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 60 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 30 mph without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the transmission was replaced on three separate occasions. In 2015, the vehicle was taken to a different dealer where it was diagnosed that a transmission oil cooler needed to be installed. The failure only occurred in warm weather. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 15,000.

- Truckee, CA, USA

problem #53

May 242016


  • 165,000 miles
Transmission failed in August 2013 with 86K and was repaired by Nissan dealership. This problem existed on 2 occasions with me and I was almost struck by another vehicle since it failed as I was driving on highway. The vehicle jerked made a howling noise and failed to accelerate. I was able to coast onto the shoulder. Dealership informed me that originals parts were installed in vehicle. Now transmission failure is occurring once again and quite recently after getting off the highway the car failed to accelerate after stopping for a light. This has occurred many times within the month of may and as a long distance driver to and from work everyday, I am petrified of what can happen if it stop suddenly. I went to the dealer for a diagnostic check and once again they informed me that the transmission needs to be replaced and the cost will be $4100. Nissan does not want to bear some of the cost nor acknowledge that there is a problem with their cars/rollovers that has the cvt (continuous variable transmissions) many customers on various websites are reporting transmission failures in Nissan as well as on the BBB site.. all complaints reported from customers are similar- failed transmissions. The problem is that the transmission belt breaks with caused a sudden stop. I have reached out to Nissan North american, BBB, and the district attorney office in my state because Nissan knows that the cvt at times may not break until the vehicle is out of the warranty period. Although, they has been no recalls the evidence to date suggests that cvt transmission has become a nightmare for me as well as for other car owners. Since my transmission failed in 2013, it is my belief that the whole transmission didn't not come out but was overhauled due to the cost of replacement. I can't afford to replace the transmission at the moment and I am afraid of my safety.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #52

Dec 152015


  • miles


The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Rogue. While driving at any speed, there was a strong vibration. The independent mechanic was notified, but could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer had a service campaign, but the contact was not notified. The contact was informed that the statute had expired due to the mileage on the vehicle. The manufacturer provided no repair solution other than stating to take the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The dealer diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was not available.

- Pilot Grove, MO, USA

problem #51

Dec 012009


  • miles
This is a safety issue! - over the past few years, I filed a complaint to the NHTSA and made numerous complaints to the dealer service center about this ongoing problem with the cvt. I commute everyday on the NJ turnpike. I have to make stops 'to let the engine/cvt cool off' both going and coming home from work because the car will not accelerate. I barely get over to the shoulder in high speed traffic. Sometimes if there isn't an immediate shoulder, I have to go at a speed of 5-10 mph in high speed turnpike traffic of 60-80 mph to finally get to a shoulder. I already replaced one cvt in this car. This problem has been going on since 2009 when I purchased this car. Now I see in 2014 Nissan came up with a 'fix' to replace/install a cooler kit and a trans oil cooler. The two kits cost about $860 without installation. Why is this cost passed on to us the consumers" this is a problem with the Nissan cvt design. Nissan should make good on their promise to the customer and recall the vehicles with this cvt issue to replace/install the needed parts without making us pay for their defective vehicle design. Oh and I I said earlier, I have been complaining to the dealer service center for years including 2014 and none of the service techs ever mentioned the cooler kit fixes to me. Their response was that they could not duplicate the problem I was having with the car. I will never buy another Nissan and I tell everyone I know about these cvt issues. There are at least 100+ complaints on this site about the cvt. What will it take to get a recall? why do the consumers have to pay for Nissan's faulty cvt design"

- Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #50

Apr 202016


  • 91,000 miles
The cvt transmission in the Rogue is known for failing. When the fluid temperature gets too hot the vehicle will go into a limp mode limiting all power. My Rogue has had 4 transmissions in 85K miles. I have had my replacement transmission for two weeks and it is already having signs of failing. I have nearly been in multiple major wrecks because the transmission will cut out when trying to enter a highway or pull out across traffic. There are multiple reports of accidents from this issue but Nissan has not said a word. It has the exact type of failure the Nissan pathfinder had, which just had a class action passed against it.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #49

Apr 152016


  • 115,000 miles
Driving car to work on a busy road, when it revved and then lost power. Was able to drift to the shoulder.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #48

Feb 242016


  • 76,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Nissan Rogue. The contact performed regular maintenance on the vehicle and noticed that the front drive side axle leaked grease and the cb boot was cracked on both sides. In addition, the inner ball joint had premature wear and the transmission operated in high gear when driving. The wheels were difficult to turn as well. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the front driver side axle was replaced. The manufactuer was notified of the issue. The approximate failure mileage was 76,200.

- Elk Groove Village, IL, USA

problem #47

Feb 132016


  • 145,000 miles
Passenger air bag sensor has failed. Air bag light blinks. Sensor is in seat. Cvt transmissions fail without warning. Research indicates this occurs at highway speeds and causes a hazard in traveled lanes.

- Clarendon Springs, VT, USA

problem #46

Sep 012015


  • 115,000 miles
My car would not accelerate after driving on the highway (75 mph) for more than 2 hours no matter how hard I stepped on the gas. It only happened when driving after 2 hours on the highway and did not have an issue again since I usually do not take long trips. This happened twice for my road trip to and from houston and dallas. A few months later, the car jerks when coming to a stop and accelerating from a stop. This was on regular roads about 40 mph. Noticed many complaints online with the same issue and was told it's due to the transmission. I believe that this should be investigated as it is a safety hazard and unfair for car owners to pay for repair since many 2008 & 2009 Rogue owners reported the same issue.

- Bacliff, TX, USA

problem #45

Oct 242015


  • 139,432 miles
Vehicle loses power while driving at highway speeds.very dangerous situation causing vehicles to swerve around us, and nearly causing a collision.

- Decatur, IN, USA

problem #44

May 172014


  • 113,500 miles
Driving on the highway my transmission seems to have trouble shifting gears when traveling over 50 mph, I was driving and had my gas pedal to the floor and my car seemed to have no power. I exited the highway for safety purposes and once I came to a stop off the interstate I tried to make a left turn towards a gas station and my car stalled in the middle of the road. I let off the gas and tried to accelerate, finally successful after a few tries. This has happened several times and while I have had children in the car making it very unsafe. I have been doing research and found that there are problems with the cvt transmission. The warranty was extended to 120K miles by Nissan and since I never received a letter informing me of this I just recently passed 120K miles. In the beginning of this problem everyone diagnosed it as fuel pump/injection issues and now it's too late to have it fixed. This needs to be recalled immediately with as many people like myself having this same issue. Since may of 2014 I have had numerous problems and now that I have gotten the proper diagnosis I feel like Nissan is putting people like myself and others that were not properly notified in time of this extended warranty on serious danger. I have been lucky that no one has hit me when I take off from a stop sign and my transmission won't shift into gear leaving me stalled. This is not ok and they shouldn't be able to get away with putting a limit on when to fix or replace damaged parts!

- Mustang , OK, USA

problem #43

Jun 192015


  • 115,000 miles
In June of this year my family and I was on our way to myrtle beach for a family vacation in my 2009 Nissan rouge. While on the highway my car started making a loud whinny noise and then completely lost power. With the gas peddle to the floor it would only go 40mph. We pulled over and it would not go at all. It was like it was stuck in neutral. We sat for a while and it drove like nothing was wrong. We decided not to take it on vacation but leave it to have someone look at it. They found nothing wrong. It has happend on two more separate occasions now both times on the highway after driving for about 45mins. I made appointment and sent it to a certified Nissan dealership to be looked at. They are unable to help because they could not duplicate the problem. Although I was told by them that they have see it many times before and what is happening is the transmission is getting hot the fluid is bubbling and sending signals to the vehicle to shut down.nissian will not authorize the dealership to be able to fix the problem without being able to duplicate. The problem is they can not duplicate the problem because it takes a while of driving for it to occur. I called consumer afairs and they un willing help stating the same thing the dealership told me.

- Franklin, OH, USA

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