hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,075 miles

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2010 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems

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2010 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #38

Sep 122014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 124,000 miles


Driving at interstate highway speeds, the vehicle would immediately loose power. Speed would drop from 70 mph to 45-50 mph very quickly. It seemed like within 100-200 yards. This occurred on flat ground after driving several hours or sooner when going through hilly terrain, such as the appalachian mountains. Once the event occurred, it would reoccur. For example it would slow quickly going up a hill, then going down the hill you could get back up to speed. Once you started up the next hill, you would loose speed very quickly again. On flat ground after the first occurrence, anytime you accelerated - such as during passing, it would loose speed. To temporarily "reset" the car, we would stop for 10-15 min. This would allow the car to be driven for about 1 hour before it would reoccur. Two things happen as a result of this, one when we were passing a truck who was slowed by a hill, we partially got around the truck, then immediately lost speed. Cars following us would really need to be paying attention. On flat ground you would just loose speed immediately and cars would quickly catch up. Second, stopping frequently causes trips to take a lot more time. Checking the internet resulted in Nissan's knowledge of this problem which caused them to increase the warranty. They need to fix it.

- Greenwood, AR, USA

problem #37

Jul 092013


  • 55,000 miles
The first incident happened last summer. While going up a hill at 75mph (speed limit in that state), the cruise control cut off, and vehicle lost power, and RPM's would not exceed 2500 RPM and would not go over 60mph, which every time I hit a hill, would decrease to 40mph. This happened 3 times in the next two hours, where RPM's would not exceed 2500 RPM, which is very dangerous when semi-trucks are behind you. A search online stated this was the transmission going into fail-safe mode, although the dealership stated no, because a code would come back. For almost a year, I would not take my car out of town for work, for fear this would happen again. Decided to take it on a long road trip this August, and again, the same incident occurred. This time, the only way to get RPM's and mph's back, was to pull over and let the car sit for 20 minutes or so. It would then drive normal for anywhere from 30 min-1 hour, before loosing power again. Took it into dealership upon arriving home, and this time, there is a bulletin for the transmission fluid overheating, and it needs a cooler, to the tune of $1,400 and is 2 months backordered. I was told this problem would only occur on long road trips, and I would be fine taking it on a 5 hr trip that weekend. Come 3 days later, 45 minutes into the trip, the cruise control cut off, began blinking, check engine light came on, and RPM's decreased to btwn 2000-2500. Pulled over to let it cool, and then it would not accelerate over 40mph on the highway. Decided to turn back around, and 3 times on the way home (appx. Every 15 minutes), I lost all power. The car was still running, but the RPM's would not go over 0, and the car would not move. Had to let it sit for 15-20 minutes each time, and then was able to drive 15 min, before loosing all power again. Took it into auto shop, and code reads, "P1778", which is "step-motor malfunction".

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #36

Jul 292014


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle failed to accelerate without warning. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #35

Aug 012014


  • 53,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 20 mph, the slip and vehicle dynamic control off warning indicators illuminated. When the contact depressed the accelerator pedal, the RPM increased but the vehicle failed to accelerate over 20 mph. The failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the brakes operated as normal and suggested using a fuel injector or cleaner to resolve the failure. A fuel injector was used, but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 53,000.

- Westampton, NJ, USA

problem #34

Jul 162014


  • 72,000 miles
The details of this complaint are filed under NHTSA complaint #10614462. On 7/16/2014 the ujoint on my 2010 Nissan Rogue sheared off the driveshaft dropping the driveshaft and pulling out the shifter cable. Repairs were $1400. After several attempts to contact Nissan I was told that since I did not service my vehicle at a Nissan dealership they would not offer any good will assistance. They stated that all recommended service would have had to have been performed at the dealership in order for any out of warranty assistance.

- Smithfield, RI, USA

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problem #33

Aug 272013


  • 40,000 miles
While driving our Nissan Rogue on the highway the vehicle begins to decelerate even with the accelerator fully engaged. Our vehicle has gone from 70mph to 10mph on the highway several times. There is clearly a problem with the transmission. The Nissan dealership keeps telling us we need to do a full transmission fluid flush on the vehicle every year. We paid to have this done in August of 2013 when it first started happening and it still continues to happen. We are scared to drive the vehicle as it seems very dangerous to go from highway speeds to barely being able to roll into a parking long within a matter of minutes.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #32

Jul 132014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


I was at the speed of 65 mph and when climbing hill the speed drops down to 40 mph.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #31

Jul 012014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
First off, there was not an accident...but there surely would be if this car were to be driven in its present state. Essentially, catastrophic failure of the cvt (transmission), so that, when sitting at a stop light, stepping on the accelerator would result in increase in RPM but no forward motion at first. It might eventually engage, but operation is totally unpredictable. Even though this is a well known issue and Nissan did double the warranty they failed to notify owners claiming that because it wasn't a recall, it was not required. Vehicle is currently 10,000 miles outside the* warranty mileage limit, but had owner been notified about this impending failure, repairs could have been effected inside the warranty period. Nissan has declined to offer any assistance whatsoever, but does hope that we have "a nice day". will it take loss of life or limb for Nissan to "do the right thing"?

- Cambridge, MA, USA

problem #30

Jul 192014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
After driving for several hours at highway speed the car loses power going up slight hills. The speed drops from 70 mph to 40 mph with the gas pedal fully depressed. When I exited the highway to pay the toll the car wouldn't accelerate after going through the toll both. After a few seconds the car lurched forward and started to get up to speed. At the next hill it lost power again going up the hill. This car is being driven in Connecticut so it's not being driven over mountainous terrain.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #29

Jul 052014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 64,970 miles
I stopped the vehicle with the shift lever in drive. When I tried to shift into reverse to back up I could get no farther than neutral. The release button on the shift lever would not move. I could not get into reverse or park. I managed to get the cover on the right side of the shift lever off and a broken piece of gray plastic fell out. The shift lever release button then worked and I was able to shift into reverse and into park. I have driven the vehicle several times with no more problems. Not being able to get into reverse in a timely manner could cause a serious situation to develop. I saved the broken piece of plastic that jammed the release lever.

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #28

Nov 272013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


While driving at highway speeds the vehicle suddenly lost power. The first 4-5 times this happened the power loss was from 75 to 55-60 or so mph and if the vehicle was shut off and restarted it reset. The last time it would go around 70 downhill but only 20-30 uphill and it would not reset upon restart. After about 30 minutes it finally reset.

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #27

Jun 302014


  • 107,000 miles
I was driving on the highway when the vehicle started slowing down. When I pushed down on the gas pedal, the RPM's revved into the red and the vehicle made a loud whining sound and continued to slow down. I pulled over and turned the car off and back on. Tried to accelerate by pressing the gas pedal to the floor and the vehicle barely coasted. Stopped and turned vehicle off. After about 30 minutes, I turned the car back on and it ran fine. This is the first time this has happened while moving. In the past 6 months there have been at least 8 instances where while I was stopped at a stop light or waiting to turn left, I would push down on the accelerator to go and the car would barely start to coast with the pedal to the floor. Then after a few seconds, the vehicle would suddenly accelerate. I'm afraid that I'm going to be T-boned while turning because I don't know if when I press down on the gas pedal if I'll go or coast into oncoming traffic.

- Chillicothe, OH, USA

problem #26

Jun 152014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
My daughter and I were returning home driving on interstate hwy when car suddenly and unexpectedly loss acceleration in heavy traffic on interstate, going from 75-80 mph to 50-60 mph within a minute causing braking and swerving of cars behind us because we were in left lane and could not get over. Seemed to occur on upward incline of road. Took car to Nissan dealership because warranty is still in effect, and was told that their diagnoses showed no problem with the transmission. Service manager told me he knew of some problems with transmissions, but could not make repairs unless corporate Nissan reimbursed them. I was basically told to drive the car until it "broke' and then they could fix it. I am afraid to drive car on interstate now- fear deadly crash.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #25

Jun 222014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Is Nissan the next Toyota?? we were pulling out of a shopping center and the vehicle failed to properly accelerate. The gas pedal was pushed to the floor, acceleration was at minimum and the rpms revved up extremely high. Thank goodness no one hit us. Finally, the gear caught and all was well. It seemed like the transmission may have slipped. Then we got to my parents' home and parked. Then we went to move out of park and the gears wouldn't change (automatic cvt transmission). We had the vehicle towed to the nearest certified Nissan repair facility. In the meanwhile, I located information on Nissan's website regarding the warranty on the transmission and found that Nissan extended the warranty from 5 years/60,000 miles to 10 years/120,000 miles for 'customer satisfaction' purposes and here is the information about that www.nissanassist.com/web/cvt/programdetails.php"menu=9 and the vehicles that are included in the issue are located here www.nissanassist.com/web/cvt/vehicles.php?menu=11 so the dealership calls us on June 23 to advise they could not replicate the issue with the transmission and the problem with getting the vehicle out of park was an electronic issue. I am not a mechanic but it does seem strange that we would have experienced the first issue, then the vehicle wouldn't come out of park" I spoke with regional specialists at Nissan North America and was told that if the mechanics cannot replicate, then no repair will be authorized under the warranty and that the likely cause of my issue was dirty transmission fluid. I feel this is a huge safety issue because if you pull out into traffic, expecting your vehicle to go and it doesn't, someone is eventually going to get seriously injured!

- Stafford, VA, USA

problem #24

Apr 112011

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
When driving this car long distances on the interstate when you come to a stop the car will not move for a while then it takes off. My daughter and I both have a Rogue. Hers is a 2008 and mine is a 2010 they both do the same thing. Hers is worse then mine. She had to sit through a entire green light and half of another one before the car decided to move. You never know when its going to take off and could take off in front of on coming traffic. I have read statements of other owners of Rogues that are having the same problems. This car needs to be recalled. The dealership says it can't fix the problem because they can't duplicate it. Unless they take the car on a long trip down the interstate they won't be able to duplicate it. Please do something about this car before someone gets killed.

- Burlington, NC, USA

problem #23

Jun 132014


  • 76,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2010 Nissan rouge. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would decelerate sporadically and without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the continuous variable transmission (cvt) had overheated causing the transmission to burn up. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Charleston, SC, USA

problem #22

Apr 142014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 45,800 miles
While driving my 2010 Nissan Rogue S trying to enter a main highway, the car suddenly lost all power and no matter how much gas was given the car would not accelerate. After safely making it off the highway at the next exit and pulling over, the car would still not go over 5 mph and had no reverse. This is a major issue that could have caused a major accident which could of injured or killed both my passengers and I and any other motorist approaching me at highway speeds as I was attempting to enter the roadway.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 202014


  • 83,650 miles
I was with my 2 small kids at a drive through. I stepped on the gas with the pedal all the way down to the floor and the car would not go/ move until after about 3secs. This was so scary it could have caused someone to hit the back of my car. After the three secs the car gets going fast then maintains normal speed. I drove it again today thinking it could be the gas I had put it so I ran the gas out to almost empty and put in new gas. Again the same problem. Will take it to the shop if not resolved a class action suit will be the next step. My kids life and mine are at stake her.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #20

Jan 212014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to shift from park to any other gear. The failure was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileage was approximately 62,000. Updated 3/14/14

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #19

Jul 032013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 48,800 miles
The first incident took place on 06/03/13, the second incident on 08/24/13 and the third incident on 12/22/13. All 3 incidents were road trips where the problem appeared on the interstate after having been driving for about an hour and a half or so. The problem was that when at highway speeds of ~70-80 mph, the vehicle would no longer accelerate even when the gas pedal was pressed to the floor. The first incident happened while the cruise control was engaged but the 2nd and 3rd incidents occurred with and without cruise control engaged. On the 2nd and 3rd incidents, when we exited the highway and came to a traffic light we also experienced an acceleration issue when starting from a stopped position. In these instances, I pushed the gas pedal but the car did not move forward, for a couple of seconds, and then sputtered before finally accelerating normally. After the second incident I researched the problem, online, and saw numerous posts with other Rogue owners having similar if not identical problems. I planned to take it to the dealership but, since the problem never occurred on local/in-town driving, I procrastinated. After this latest incident I took the vehicle to our dealer - autonation Nissan pembroke pines - on 12/24/2013. I reported the problem to jay, our service advisor, who had a technician check out the car. He said a transmission code, , came up in the diagnostic and they recommended replacement of the transmission. However, Nissan instituted a new policy on that date which required the dealership replicate the problem before Nissan would authorize the replacement. The dealer could not replicate the problem with local driving and would not allow a tech to take it on a long trip. I called Nissan Consumer Affairs but they were no help. The end result is that I have a car that has not been repaired & that I can't drive on long trips.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

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