hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,383 miles

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2011 Nissan Rogue drivetrain problems

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2011 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #54

Jun 122016


  • 67,000 miles


At 67,000 both cv boots are blown, had to replace, now the cvt issue with the transmission, no acceleration, transmission gears reverse and drive, I want a refund. I purchased this used car 1 year and 3 months ago. Unsafe I have my children in the car. Vehicle can be at 60 mph, and then drop to nothing with no warning. I want a full refund of the purchase price I paid for it I am terrified to keep driving

- Seward, NE, USA

problem #53

Jun 092016

Rogue 4-cyl

  • miles
Please remove my previous complaint for VIN # [xxx] the problem has been solved and the warranty company is replacing the transmission. Just found out the good news today. Thank you! information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Castleton, VA, USA

problem #52

Oct 282015


  • 87,000 miles
I bought a used 2011 Nissan Rogue in October 2015. On October 28, 2015, after about 2 hours of driving down an interstate, I heard a loud noise. I looked down and saw my tachometer was revved up in the red zone (6) and the car was making a loud, frightening noise as though the engine was about to blow up. I let off the gas and the tachometer stayed at 6. frightened, I pulled over several lanes of traffic and off the road. I turned off the engine and sat there shaking. After about 15 minutes, I turned the car back on and the noise was gone. I pulled back out onto the interstate and the car would not accelerate, which was exceedingly dangerous as there were oncoming semi's approaching at 70+ miles per hour. It slowly picked up speed and I drove 40 mph because if I went faster than that, the tachometer would jump back up into the red zone. I made it to a rest stop where I sat for a half hour with the car off. It happened again in November 2015 on the way to visit my son two hours away. This time, the check engine light came on. The code indicated the car needed a new transmission. It is still happening. The check engine light does not always come on and if it does, it turns itself off in a day or two. I commute two hours to work and back a day and with the warmer (70 plus) weather, the problem has worsened. I have to stop halfway to work and halfway back to let the car cool off. I've also noticed a "stuttering", in which the indicator on the tachometer moves rapidly back and forth around the one and a half mark and the car shakes. This goes away at higher speeds but occurs when I am inching along in stop and go traffic. I took it to a Nissan dealer yesterday (6.8.16). We were finally able to duplicate the problem (and got video of the transmission revving up and staying at 5 and the loud noise while losing power down to 20 mph). Warranty company refusing to pay so far.

- Castleton, VA, USA

problem #51

Jan 102016


  • 81,000 miles


My 2011 Nissan rouge started decelerating about 6 months ago when I had approx. 81,000 miles. I was driving on interstate 95 doing 70 mph when the power suddenly decreased and the car began to shake and making banging noise. Fortunately I was near a shoulder and could pull over. As days went on this occurred more and more frequently until it happened each time I attempted to drive over 40. I am now forced to take back roads wherever I go so I don't risk causing/being in an accident. The car is unsafe and I'm on borrowed time before the transmission goes completely. I can't afford to replace the transmission right now and I need to get to work. I started researching the problem and come to find that this is a known, dangerous defect by Nissan. I'm upset and extremely disappointed that the car maker hasn't recalled the affected cars and fixed them. It's only a matter of time before someone is killed.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #50

Apr 212016


  • 98,000 miles
After driving the car for a couple of hours continuously, especially on the highway, the transmission bogs down and the car will barely go. Nissan has a tsb out on this issue for several of their models that have the cvt transmission. My Rogue has 120,000 miles on it and I'm on my third transmission due to this problem.

- Rowlett, TX, USA

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problem #49

Apr 122016


  • miles
I am beyond upset and down right frustrated with Nissan. Both of the Nissan I have owned have had the transmissions go out in them. One at 120,000 miles and the other at under 85,000. This is a safety hazard and could potentially kill someone! I just had a used transmission with 22,000 put in and the same damn issue is happening. I owe over 10K on my vehicle and am going to have the hardest time selling this. Frankly, I feel guilty selling this to anyone. I have been jipped along with countless others from what I have read online. The car will not accelerate in reverse and in drive when the pedal is pressed all the way to the floor. The slip light will come on and make an awful whining/grinding sound. This car needs to be recalled and off all roads before it injures or kills more people!

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #48

Mar 012016


  • miles


Brought car to mechanic because car was making grinding noise. After checking, mechanic found cvt transmission failing. Car is only at 35000 miles. Not cover by warranty because I had the car pass 60 months. Apparently this is a issue with cvt transmission with previous Rogue. Warranty was extended for models up to 2010. Not 2011 model, even though is the same exact car.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #47

Jan 292016


  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan rouge. While driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle jerked and completely lost power in the middle of the road. There was no warning indicator. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed and recommended a new transmission. The contact decided to tow the vehicle to a local dealer who diagnosed and replaced the transmission. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that the vehicle was not included in a recall and was out of warranty. The transmission was replaced. The contact stated that the failure recurred two days later and the vehicle was towed back to the local dealer; however, the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 62,000.

- North Salem, NY, USA

problem #46

Feb 012016


  • 46,550 miles
Car will not accelerate, the rpms race but the car will not accelerate properly. It is very dangerous when driving in traffic.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #45

Dec 312015


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While reversing at a low speed, the vehicle jerked and hesitated before moving backwards. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the continuously variable transmission (cvt) was damaged and diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 72,000.

- Chalfont, PA, USA

problem #44

Jan 012016


  • 78,000 miles


I was on the highway and my vehicle would not accelerate. Had it towed to Nissan said it was the transmission

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 222015


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving at approximately 75 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled. After twenty minutes, the vehicle was restarted and operated as normal but the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who diagnosed that failure was caused by the transmission fluid over heating and a second cvt cooler kit would need to be installed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #42

Apr 032013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving at 70 mph, the vehicle lost power and failed to accelerate. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Apple Vale, CA, USA

problem #41

Oct 072015


  • 100,000 miles
The car suddenly began to shudder when trying to accelerate after a stop in a parking lot. This came out of nowhere. Within eight hours the problem became so pronounced that the car had a very difficult time getting into gear and moving forward after coming to a stop. The car shuddered violently trying to get up to highway speed. By the time I got it to the dealer I was informed that the transmission "was shot"

- Goshen, NY, USA

problem #40

Jun 302014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle stalled. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. However, the contact was unsure about what needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Babylon , NY, USA

problem #39

Aug 232014


  • 46,151 miles
On July 23, 2015, I was driving home at 35 miles per hour and suddenly my vehicle stalled lights flashed on dash board. I turned everything off and attempted to restart it and only heard a trembling noise and clicking of the dashboard. In 1 hour I was able to start the car after getting it jumped. Battery was tested by dealer on July 22,2015 right before I purchased my Rogue 2011( used). Second incident happened in parking lot of a store where I parked to shop on July 31st,2015. I was unable to restart my vehicle until it got jumped again. This vehicle passed all inspections at the dealer and should have no problems with battery, however it is appearing that ipdm is faulty and could cause a crash and even death of my family anytime this happens again while I'm driving this vehicle. Please start recall so no one dies due to this problem!

- Bellevue, WA, USA

problem #38

Dec 232013


  • 30,000 miles
I purchased my 2011 Nissan Rogue in 2011 brand new. In Dec 2013, as I would drive to/from work I felt the car was trying to lower its speed while I kept my foot on the gas pedal. It caused me to slow up traffic. Then the car would not let me go higher than 20 mph. I did not know what to of this and took it to a mechanic, they advised me it was the transmission that I would need a new one. So I contact my Nissan deal and they fixed it. Now July 2015, less than 2 years later with a new transmission at 60,000 miles the power train got worse. As I was driving up a hill there was a red traffic light so I stopped my vehicle. Once the light turned green I let go of the gas pedal and pressed on the gas pedal and it did not move. There were a lot of cars behind me and luckily my car did not start to backwards. But I was extremely nervous and felt this defect will be the cause of my first accident. This is extremely dangerous and it should be recalled. When I had my Honda it never did this to me and I put on it 100,000 miles. Please help!!!

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #37

Jul 042015


  • 72,000 miles
Was driving at high speed on the interstate with cruise engaged. Cruise would abruptly disengage causing the speed to fall rapidly, and accelerator would cease to work with gas pedal pushed to the floor. Would also decrease speed when climbing hills. Near collision took place and this is my family car in which I always have two young children with me. This happened on more then one occasion and would result in my having to pull off to the side of the road to turn the car off and reset the vehicle. This problem is going to get someone hurt or killed. Problem persisted and left me stranded in an intersection as well. Dealer says it's the trans cooler failing to keep the transmission from overheating and needs to be replaced. Repair will cost between $1100 and $1300. Called Consumer Affairs at Nissan and they have decided it's normal wear and tear on the vehicle that has caused this. This vehicle was purchased brand new four years ago and only has 72,000 miles. That response is unacceptable. Had I know the tranny would fail within that time I never would have purchased this vehicle. My recommendation, do not buy a Nissan. They do not stand behind their product. All models of Rogue before this had their cvt warranties doubled to 120,000 miles because of this problem so why not the 2011? it's the same exact problem! extremely unhappy and will be fighting this. I will be contacting the BBB and my lawyer. If you're having this problem then file a complaint. These vehicles should be recalled. I will never buy another Nissan again, and will boycott them till the end of time. Poor vehicle, poor service, poor response to consumer's. steer clear if you're smart!

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #36

Jun 152015


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving at speeds over 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly jerked before decelerating to approximately 40 mph. When the failure occurred, the speed would not exceed 40 mph. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Valdosta, GA, USA

problem #35

Apr 292015


  • 76,000 miles
I was driving at about 80 mph on a toll road and the car lost power to about 50-60 mph and the motor was like in limp mode for about 25 miles. I stopped for about 10 minutes and when I started driving again it was fine. Since then this happens about every couple weeks. Dealer says I need a transmission cooler which cost almost $1100. This car has less than 80,000 miles I don't understand why it would need a cooler unless it is defective.

- Bryan, TX, USA

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