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 3 of 4)

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problem #34

Jun 052015

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 64,500 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph and up a steep hill, the vehicle's speed began to decrease and there was a burning odor without warning. The failure recurred each time the vehicle was driven up a steep hill. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and was diagnosed that the transmission had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 64,500. Updated 09/18/15 the consumer stated the manufacturer provided a $500 credit toward the vehicle being repaired. Updated 3/23/2016

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #33

Aug 292014


  • 58,606 miles
Twice now, last August 2014 and June 2015, traveling on highway with cruise control on around 70 mph, vehicle decelerates on its own. Gas pedal to the floor, but still losing speed. Had to get to next exit and turn vehicle off for few minutes before proceeding. Second time it happened, took to Nissan dealer. Could not replicate problem but recommended a transmission cooling unit be installed at cost of about $1300, with no guarantee this will fix problem. Mileage first time it happened was 58,600. Second time around 74,000 miles. Nissan cvt warranty extension does not include 2011 models. Ends with 2010 vehicles, although this vehicle is experiencing same problem as previous years models.

- Bristow, VA, USA

problem #32

May 292015


  • 98,800 miles
Car did not respond to gas pedal, was on I90 trying to go 60mph with the gas pedal floored and the car was going 20mph. I pulled of the road the engine light went on, when I brought it in it said" torque converter clutch circut intermittent. Apparently so many cars have this problem that the part is on "parts restriction" from Nissan because the shops can't keep them in stock because so many cars need this part replaced.

- Chicopee, MA, USA

problem #31

May 052014


  • 44,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle failed to shift up. Although the accelerator pedal was depressed, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms, but the vehicle did not accelerate without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 44,000.

- Geneseo, NY, USA

problem #30

Jul 052014


  • 70,000 miles
Going down the interstate at cruising speed with speed control set I noticed that the when climbing a hill we were losing excessive speed and the engine speed would not increase. I disengaged the speed control and manually tried to accelerate and the engine would not increase over 2500 rpms. I immediately tried to exit up an off ramp and could not climb the ramp faster than 10mph. We allowed the Rogue to sit for 10 min.'s thinking that is was overheating. When we resumed the trip the Rogue was acting normal again. Until the return trip when the same thing happened. Since then it has happened several times. I took it back to the dealership where they told me that there was a service bulletin concerning this issue, but the 2011 model was not covered. In my opinion any system that disengages the acceleration system while traveling the interstate is a major safety concern. Having driven and worked on cars all my life, I have never had one that scared me like this. It is not a comfortable feeling looking in the mirror to see a semi gaining on you and there is basically nothing you can do to get out of the way.

- Easley, SC, USA

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problem #29

May 302014


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle decelerated after the RPM gauge fluctuated. In addition, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #28

Jul 112014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles


While relocating from md to tn (approx. 11 hours) in July, traveling the interstate vehicle began losing acceleration after about 2 hours of driving. Vehicle never stopped not overheated. After brief resting periods (15 mins or more), vehicle's performance improved but never returned to normal. Upon arrival to tn, vehicle was checked for clogged fuel injectors and oil/battery levels and functions. All were fine. Changed gas from regular to premium to minimize/correct possible problems. A few weeks later, a 3 hour trip was taken and the issue recurred. Took the car to carmax where it was purchased and they tried to recreate the issue and had the vehicle all day without duplication. In August, relocated from tn to ga, approximately a 3 hour trip, and the same problem occurred again. Took the car to the Nissan dealership for evaluation, car was there for almost a month as the root cause was a faulty transmission setting that prevent the vehicle from accelerating if the transmission got too hot. Turns out the setting was so low that the above-mentioned problems occurred. I ended up having to have a transmission replaced in a relatively new car (3 yrs old).

- Crofton, MD, USA

problem #27

Dec 182013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Traveling on interstate from columbia, SC to clinton, SC 2011 Nissan Rogue began loosing power and would not maintain highway speed when climbing hills. With accelerator pushed to floor vehicle speed dropped from 70 down to 50-55 on inclines. Deceleration continued as long as vehicle was on incline. Speed increased when vehicle crested hill. Pulled over, checked transmission fluid and allowed vehicle to cool. Once vehicle cooled problem corrected and we were able to return to columbia. Took vehicle to dick smith Nissan in lexington SC for repair. Dealer was unable to recreate problem and indicated no codes indicated. Problem recurred in May 2014 when returning to lexington, SC from charleston. After approximately 45 minutes at highway speed (70-75 mph) problem re-occurred. Same symptoms - loss of acceleration on inclines - caused vehicle to drop from traffic and unable to maintain safe speed. Pulled over at rest area - checked vehicle. Again reported problem to dealer but unable to recreate problem. October 2014 - problem recurred traveling from lexington to atlanta. Same symptoms loss of power and speed on uphill grade - unable to maintain highway speed. Exited highway at augusta after 1 hour on interstate. When tried to turn left from stop off of exit ramp -pushed accelerator - vehicle started forward and then lost power in intersection blocking two lanes of cross traffic. Vehicle crept through intersection very lucky we were not struck by cross traffic. Plan to return vehicle to dealer again.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #26

Jan 252014


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated numerous times and the failsafe mode light illuminated. Also, the transmission overheated once causing the transmission fluid to leak. The dealer test drove the vehicle but was unable to duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 61,000.

- New Freedom , PA, USA

problem #25

Aug 162014


  • 56,000 miles
While stopped at an intersection the car would barley move with the pedal to the floor, I had my 4 year old child with me and traffic had to slow down to let me on the road, this is the 4th time this has happened and the car only has 56,000 miles on it. This has happened on the interstate and speed has decreased with the pedal pushed to the floor and vehicles had to swerve to get around me.

- Cumberland Gap, TN, USA

problem #24

Aug 232014


  • 43,800 miles


I was on a trip to san diego (via the 5 fwy) on Saturday and when I am about 1 1/2 hour into my trip and started to go up an incline the car refused to accelerate (the pedal was all the way to the floor. This was quite scary since there were numerous cars and trucks behind me. I slowly made my way over to the shoulder in order to turn the car off and restart. When I restarted the car I was only able to accelerate to 20 mph to get off the freeway. I even tried putting the car into low gear and turning od on and off but the car did not respond at all. I then puller over for about 1/2 hour then restarted the car. Now it was responding to acceleration but the response wad intermittently. The car wasn't driving normal at all. Then I finally made it to my destination where the car then set for several hours. When I left to return home the car returned to its normal behavior response.

- Compton , CA, USA

problem #23

Jun 182014


  • 68,000 miles
I bought this car in 2013 used with 38000 miles after about 60000 miles I noticed that at a stop light it would not go when I accelerated and after a few seconds it would go, this happened a couple of times. There was no warranty on the vehicle so I purchased a extended warranty. The next incident was when I was driving all of a sudden the RPM's started going real high and then the car slowly lost powe, R at this time I had about 2000 miles left on my warranty took it into the shop where they could not find anything wrong. I continued to drive the vehicle which by now the warranty has expired. The car was getting to the point that when it happened I would have to pull over to the side of the road to wait and after a few minutes it would gain power again, I then took it to Nissan where the told me it was my transmission, I took it for a second opinion where they confirmed it was the transmission which they say is crazing for as little miles and being a some what new car. It cost me $2600 compared to Nissan which wanted $3800. The problem I had was that I drive about 84 miles from home to work and it stared to get where I couldn't trust that car. From what I read and was told from Nissan is that the altama has very similar problems to where the see a car a day with transmission problems which is not right, why should we consumers get stuck with costly repairs on a fairly new vehicle. My car never had a engine light that came on they only way I knew something was wrong is when the RPM's went real high.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #22

Aug 032014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
Vehicle was on the interstate( going home after family vacation) going 70 mph when without warning the car would not accelerate, in fact the car dropped down speed rapidly. Again without warning we were in the middle of fast moving traffic and could not gain speed. Eventually pulling over, letting the transmission cool off. This is a problem with the cars cvt transmission and once it overheats it puts itself into " limp mode" so it doesn't kill itself?this is a huge safety concern and Nissan needs to recall this part. I spoke tot he service technician and he says that I need to bring it in to diagnose it even though he is about 99% sure that this is the problem and that Nissan will pay to fix it ( I think by putting in a cooler or replacing the trans) but that there are 15 vehicles ahead of me at the current moment and the parts are backordered at least for 3 weeks. Nissan further goes to say that a rental car is not an option"how is this a consumers fault? how can Nissan get away with this? I live in the mountains and I cannot drive this car and because Nissan is backed up on making parts to make their cars work, that becomes my problem" I have asked for a regional specialist and have been assigned a case number but have yet to talk to anyone and this is now going on four days. Meanwhile I have an unsafe car that I cannot drive and pay money for every month. This part needs to be recalled so others are informed and no one is caught off guard when your car suddenly doesn't go.

- Silverthorne, CO, USA

problem #21

Apr 202014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Was driving my 2011 rouge home on a 120 mile trip on the interstate and after about and hour of driving the call suddenly refused to accelerate past 3000 RPM. There was about 20 miles between exists and this became a safety concern while trying to climb an incline; the car decelerated from 70 mph to 45 mph and I could not do enough to get out of the way of other traffic. After 15 miles or so of driving, it returned to normal. It has since occurred 3 more times while driving on the interstate for trips over an hour. I took it to a Nissan dealership on 4/21/14 and was told they couldn't do anything because no codes were produced.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #20

Jul 102014


  • 127,000 miles
Two months prior to burn out, vehicle was taken to local Nissan dealership for cvt fluid flush. Was not aware of recall until after incident occurred, after contacting nna. Also was experiencing loss of power when driving up hills or speeds above 70 mph. I mentioned to dealership, they advised to get cvt tranny fluid flushed and refilled. Recall was never addressed to me at previous Nissan service visits. Nna has denied "product liability." My sister and I were fortunate to make it out of a flaming, rolling fireball. Firefighters pinpointed explosion and fire to power steering electric control. Vehicle is a total loss and incident is yet to be investigated, insurance currently in beginning phases. Be careful in the Rogues people!!

- Tohatchi , NM, USA

problem #19

Jul 022014


  • 80,300 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan rouge. The contact stated that after engaging the accelerator pedal, the vehicle failed to move. There were no warning lights that illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road, where the contact attempted to engage the accelerator pedal again and the vehicle resumed to its normal operations. The failure occurred on seven different times. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,300 and the current mileage was 80,400.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jun 242014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
I had been driving approximately an hour in 90 degree weather on the interstate going 65 mph when my Nissan Rogue lost the ability to accelerate. With the acceleration pedal fully depressed, the car would not accelerate and eventually stopped altogether, causing me to attempt maneuvering around cars going over 70 mph to get to the side of the road. I was almost struck twice. After 20 minutes I was able to start the car again and drive at 40mph to the dealership. I was told today it was an issue with the automatic transmission control module and it would need to be replaced costing me $1000. Previous models of the Rogue through 2010 had an extended warranty offered for this issue through 120,000 but mine is a 2011 and I was told I have to pay for it myself. I have contacted 1-800-nissan1 and filed a complaint. This is incredibly frustrating and dangerous.

- Fallston, MD, USA

problem #17

May 222014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
From stop to trying to cross a intersection vehicle stopped accelerating. If another car was coming a loss of acceleration can cause a serious accident. I have seen several complaint for the same issue posted all over the internet. From 2008 to 2013 models. It seems to be a known issue and no recall yet. I hope they do not wait until a death occurs.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #16

May 232012


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated while the vehicle independently decelerated. The vehicle also failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a dealership for diagnostic testing. The dealer stated the engine was consuming an excessive amount of transmission fluid causing the vehicle to shift into fail safe mode. The dealer replaced the transmission dip stick meter and reduced the transmission level. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. The current mileage was 72,000.

- Boulder , CO, USA

problem #15

May 052014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
This is the situation that happened with my vehical too, the below statement is another persons complaint as well as mine. I have a 2011 Nissan Rogue but my transmission was installed in Oct 2010, I am having the same issues that are happening with the 2010 recall. They are getting the extended warranty and I feel that the 2011 should get the same extended warranty summary: The 2011 Rogue is the car we use for longer trips when we're not flying. About two hours into a long interstate trip in May 2013 we started to hear a high pitched whine from the transmission whenever we would accelerate to go uphill or pass another vehicle. Shortly after we started hearing that noise the transmission was unable to "downshift" (technically cvts don't downshift) and we lost power. We could still maintain a reasonable speed on level terrain, but we were barely able to maintain speed going over small hills. We would have our foot planted on the accelerator but nothing would happen, acceleration wise. Once we'd stop, turn the car off, wait a few minutes, then start the car and get back to driving, everything would be fine. But after a while of extended driving the problem would return. This issue has shown up a few time since then but always during extended driving sessions and never on the day-to-day short commutes, which has made it frustrating to track. In doing a simple google search we found many other Rogue owners describing our exact same symptoms, and even someone that posted a youtube video during their problem.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

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