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 4 of 4)

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problem #14

Apr 192014


  • 4,106 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that while driving approximately 20 mph, an abnormal noise was heard from outside of the vehicle as the transmission failed to operate. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer, who stated that the transmission would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of problem. The approximate failure mileage was 4,106. Updated 6/10/14

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #13

Mar 312014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
The transmission started clicking mid-March 2014. I took it into the dealer and was told the transmission needed replacement. The vehicle is a 2011 with 85,000 miles - it should not need a new transmission and is currently out of warranty. The cost of replacement is $3,000. The previous model years 2003-2010 warranty's were increased to 10 years 120,000 miles due to issues with the transmission. It appears to me that the issue was not fixed and warranty's again should be extended for owners of model year 2011 and beyond. Nissan should stand by their vehicles and repair and replace when issues arise.

- Bayport, MN, USA

problem #12

Mar 252014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Had been driving on the interstate for 35 minutes. Exited the off ramp at a red light so the vehicle was at a complete stop. When the light changed the Rogue would not go. I had to shut the vehicle off and start it back up. It seemed to reset itself. Had a similar incident in the summer of 2013 when it was 90 degrees drove for 90 miles tried to pass someone on the interstate and could not get it to go over 50 mph when the speed limit is 70. Had to pull off and restart the vehicle. Very dangerous.

- Dickson, TN, USA

problem #11

Sep 012012


  • 55,000 miles


The transmission disengaged and the car did not accelerate. This happens frequently and began occurring approximately 18 months ago. It happened almost daily during warmer weather.

- Pinson, AL, USA

problem #10

Jan 202014

Rogue 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
We were driving the vehicle on interstate highway at 70 mph. Car began bucking, had a high pitched whining and lost all power in acceleration, transmission went out. We immediately dropped to 20 mph. We were almost rear-ended in traffic. Had to move to shoulder and have car towed. Dealership gave us 800 number to call Nissan since the 2008-2010 models have had the same transmission problems. Nissan extended warranty on those but refused to extend warranty on 2011 which has the same transmission. The car gave no warning at all. This problem could have caused a serious accident. Nissan needs to correct the problem. Just read on edmunds.com forum that many Nissan Rogue owners are having problems with transmission while driving without any warning.

- Morton, MS, USA

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problem #9

Nov 012013

Rogue 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
While going between 75-80 mph for between 100-125 miles, the car would not hardly go, had to slow down and get off the interstate, cut the car off for a few minutes, and then it seemed okay, this is the third time this has happened while traveling for extended periods of time on the interstate at higher speeds, something really needs to be done about this, it started at 30000 miles, very dangerous!

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #8

May 172013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles


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. Https://www.google.com/search"Q=Rogue+transmission+loses+power+long+trips&oq=Rogue+transmission+loses+power+long+trips www.youtube.com/watch?V=jl3jgbtuis8 townhall-talk.edmunds.com/webx"14@@.F213D8F/0 forums.nicoclub.com/loss-of-power-going-uphill-cvt-T578775.html.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 272013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
On numerous occasions when trying to accelerate the car will lose power to the point it almost fills as if it will shut off. Usually happens when starting off on a grade or slowing for a turn then pushing the gas pedal. The car also shudders and feels like it chugging or wobbling along, as if the road it lumpy. I have seen numerous complaints on the issue, but no recall or service bulletins have been issued. When it almost completely loses power its very scary, as it has happened while trying to merge onto the interstate. I have a young child and it has put us both in danger more than once since buying the car used in July 2013.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #6

Mar 112013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles
When driving the car suddenly loses power, and does not accelerate. If I am going up a hill or hump, the car will stall. At times, have to find an alternate route when driving because the car will fail to accelerate. I am afraid to travel on major highways where there are hill or elevated areas because the vehicle will suddenly not accelerate. I must drive sometimes with my hazard lights because the brake lights often fail to come on.

- Lafayette, LA, USA

problem #5

May 032013


  • 115,000 miles
For a few days I had noticed a shutter in my car as it accelerated. Really since I had bought the car it had vibration problems. I was driving about 65 mph on the freeway and got on a ramp to merge onto another freeway. When I slowed to merge into traffic, I could not accelerate when pressing the gas pedal all the way to the floor. The RPM gauge went up to around 4,000 but the speed of the vehicle would not go above 15 - 20 mph. Because of this, I almost got hit by a truck that was in the distance of the stright lane that I merged into. I pulled in front of him but could not go anywhere and he was forced to make a quick swerve into another lane to avoid me. The internet is full of videos and complaints from other Nissan Rogue owners that are havin the exact same problems. My car does have a lot of mileage as I travel about 1,200 miles per week for my job as a territory manager. However, that only means that all this mileage is highway miles and has not put much pressure on the transmission. The other owners are experiencing the same issue at anywhere from 6,000 to 60,000 miles. Nissan has doubled their warranties on the cvt transmissions because of the problems that they have experienced. However, by the time I got mine to the dealership the warranty had expired. I was never notified that the warranty on the transmission had been extended by Nissan or I would have noticed that I had a problem. Now they have changed parts in the new transmissions but will not admit to their problems in the old ones or do anything to help out owners who are experiencing these problems. Somebody will be seriously injured or killed in an accident if this issue is not resolved by Nissan. How can you put this transmission in cars knowing about the problem and not issue a recall? they are a serious threat to other vehicles. Please issue a recall for 2008-2011 models. Thanks.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 272013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 40,756 miles


2011 Rogue, 40,000 miles 2 days ago, problems started with acceleration. Specifically from a stopped position. And when on a hill, or at a freeway ramp it won't accelerate at all, even when pushing driving pedal all the way down to the floor.( RPM does not go up) if I able passing the 15 miles speed everything is release and the car drive normal. I leave in an uphill and I had to plan my way to the dealership on sat, after visiting the dealer, everything was temporarily fix, a day after here we go again. I'm planning to call the dealer now.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 252013

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
While traveling on a toll road, speed limit 80, my car lost power after traveling about 45 minutes. Pressing on the accelerator resulted in the car still loosing power. It did not matter how much you pressed the accelerator, the car still slowed down. It happened again on July 17, 2013. Traveling the same road. In addition, when I got off the highway and came to a stop at a stop sign, I pressed the accelerator and the car did not go at first. Then the car slowly moved forward. I have googled this problem and have found many who have experienced the same thing. I also spoke with an employee at an oil changing business who said he had a customer last week with the same problem with her Nissan. It was reported that Nissan told her the sensor was doing its job and she would have to pull over after driving for an hour, shut off her car, wait 10 minutes, then proceed. That would clear the sensor and the car would drive normal again. Really!

- Belton, TX, USA

problem #2

Jul 052012

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 26,700 miles
On July 5th 2012 our recently purchased (from carmax) Nissan Rogue sv AWD was taken in to carmax (where car was purchased) in raleigh nc for unidentifiable noise where we were told the transmission seals were leaking. The transmission seals were replaced by the Nissan dealership in raleigh nc. July 27th, 2012 we noticed an odd whining/grinding when driving at low speeds and then when the accelerator was depressed. The whining/grinding became worse over the next week. On August 6th 2012 the vehicle was taken to the Nissan dealership and we were told the transmission seals were bad again and that the cvt transmission needed to be replaced. The transmission was ordered on the 6th of August and on the 13th of August we were notified by the dealership that the Nissan cvt transmissions are on back order and the back order is not scheduled to release until the 17th of August.

- Carrboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Dec 012010


  • 1,000 miles
I have a 2011 Nissan Rogue that had 1000mi. On it & I was pulling out of a parking lot, I got into the middle of the lane but the Rogue would not accelerate & a vehicle was on my bumper before I knew it! it did get up to 3,000rpm's, no loud noise. It was quite scary. About a wk. Later it did a similar thing but less noticeable & I took it to the dealership & the svc. Person did a diagnostic on it & it showed nothing, so he told me that the next time it did it to drive it to a dealership but if I felt unsafe to call them & they would pick me up. I have not driven it for a long distance & I am afraid to do so. The fear is that I am afraid that someone will have to die before they do something about this scary situation.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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