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 1 of 4)

problem #74

Dec 232016


  • 60,000 miles


The 2011 Nissan Rogue has a problem that is common with all of them. When going uphill in the vehicle it looses speed and can no longer accelerate. The car will slow down to around 40 mph. It depends usually on the grade of the hill. This is a safety issue as semi trucks can go faster than what the vehicle is going while going uphill. Cars are trying to pass semi trucks and if the semi truck has to slow down going up hill then they get road raged and this is very dangerous. Nissan will not recognize this issue and demand that an investigation be launched for this type of car. I know that many complaints have been submitted on multiple car complaint websites about this specific issue with this exact year and model of car. If it is happening in many of the vehicles then it is something that is built into the car that Nissan should know about and should be help responsible to fix. Another common result in all the vehicles, this issue just happens to occur right after the warranty expires...50,000 miles.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #73

Jan 152017


  • 72,000 miles
This vehicle is a death trap!! completely lost all power when traveling in a highway. As we were heading uphill, the transmission started making a loud whistling noise and acceleration was gone. I almost got hit by an 18 wheeler as I moved to the lane to the right "slow lane " (trucks). I had to move make my way to that lane and even the slowest semi was traveling a lot faster than my vehicle was. I was in the middle of nowhere on the 15 freeway northbound heading towards las vegas and in order for me to safely exit I had no choice but to risk getting hit and killed by big rigs as I moved to the right and got out at the next exit. Upon exiting I went to park to a gas station and when I hit reverse to park properly, the car didn't move at all!! at the gas station a good samaritan ran a diagnostic and said the error "torque clutch coverter". in other words the transmission. I googled 2011 Nissan Rogue and multiple people have reported the same issue ! where they lose all power while traveling in a highway (uphill most of the time). It is unbelievable that Nissan has not yet recalled this vehicle !! with so many. War death experiences. Coincidentally most issues start at 60K miles once the mfg warranty is up. This is bogus and a total theft by a Nissan to the consumer. They should only sell cars that are safe not death traps like the Nissan Rogue. They've previously recalled vehicles for transmission issues from like 2004-2010 and claim the issue was fixed in all 2011 models but that was not the case. Too many people are in danger while driving this car and endangering the lives of others sharing the road with these faulty vehicles.

- Lynwood, CA, USA

problem #72

Sep 142016

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
While driving down the highway at highway speeds 75mph all of a sudden my vehicle would not go any faster than 40 mph, accelerator to the floor. This happened to me on a few different occasions, however no warning lights ever came on. If I pulled over and shut the car off it seemed to perform "normal" again. And this only happened to me when I was on the highway driving a long distance. Upon the return from my last "long" trip a light did come on. I tool it to my dealer immediately. The diagnosis in a valve body, which I understand is inside the transmission. The factory warranty has run out (by 6,000 miles) at this point and the dealer is saying that they wont replace the valve body without putting an "external coolant" on at the same time, because that is what Nissan is saying needs to be done to prevent this from happening again. My 3rd party warranty company will only cover the cost of the valve body replacement, because they feel it is not their responsibility to pay for something that Nissan should be going good for. Nissan wants to charge me $1000 for that external coolant!!!! after doing my research, this is an on going problem and up until model year 2010 Nissan was going good for the issue. Anything beyond 2010 they will not. After contacting Nissan to request assistance for this, they informed me that my request was denied and that this is where they stand. My bigger issue is that how can a company as reputable as Nissan not go good for a manufacturing mistake on their part!" how is it my problem that they didn't out this coolant on in the first place, and how is it not a safety recall when you are driving on the highway at 70+ mph and then suddenly cant go any faster than 40!!? is it because nobody has been killed yet!" if you do your research you will clearly see that this is an on going issue with this vehicle as well as others manufactured by Nissan.

- Holden, ME, USA

problem #71

Sep 302014

Rogue 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


When the outside temperature is above 90 the transmission fluid gets hot and the car will stop moving forward as the transmission slips. It also rolled backward down my steep driveway as I was trying to drive forward.

- Pollock Pines, CA, USA

problem #70

Sep 292016


  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2011 Nissan Rogue and within the past 2 months, I have been experiencing loss of acceleration on a minimal uphill slope. Both times, I was on the expressway driving about 70-75 and my speed immediately decreases to 60 and below. When I pressed the gas pedal to accelerate, nothing happened. My rpms were in the red zone- which has never happened before- and I almost got rear ended by a semi the 2nd time it happened. I immediately pulled off the road and took my car to the nearest mechanic. The diagnosis was a transmission code but because my car has a cvt transmission, he recommended taking it to a Nissan dealership as there has been many reported issues with cvt models, so much so that the warranty got extended. Upon further research, the extended warranty only covers 2003-2010 models. When I called Nissan, they of course told me I was outside of warranty as its only 5 years or 60K miles and outside of the extended warranty. They quoted me at $3600+ tax for a new transmission as they said it was the torque converter that is the issue. There are multiple forums online with story after story of the same issue being experienced by many Nissan drivers yet Nissan fails to take responsibility and address the fact that models after 2010 are experiencing the identical issues covered in the extended warranty. This is not an isolated incident. Nissan is knowingly placing faulty transmission in their vehicles then refusing to cover the service costs due to "expired warranties". furthermore, lets address the fact that this is a severe safety hazard for drivers. Imagine driving and all of a sudden losing acceleration- will it take multiple accidents and god forbid, deaths, for Nissan and their executives to own up to their mistake? Nissan should learn from Toyota's faulty air bag scandal and rectify the issue immediately to prevent bodily injury to unsuspecting drivers.

- Clive, IA, USA

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problem #69

Jul 082016


  • 40,000 miles
The car makes a whining noise (sounds like a wind up toy) and have experienced loss of power. I was on a road trip in July of 2016, had driven a couple of hours, driving on the highway (75 mph) and suddenly lost power/could not accelerate - dropped down to 20mph with the gas pedal pushed all the way down to the floor. Later that same trip, after pulling off to get gas, the car would not go at all while at a red stop light that had turned green-with the gas pedal pushed all the way to the floor again. Have since lost power while on the highway dropping speed from approximately 70mph to 25-30 with gas pedal pushed all the way to the floor.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #68

Sep 022013


  • 50 miles


Car will stop accelerating after driving for 45-60 minutes. Loud whining noises constantly. Nissan has replaced the alternator and the serpentine belt and it still happens. I have taken the car back more than 8 times and they will not fix it!! please help! I've almost been hit more than 5 times with my two children in the car because of these issues.

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #67

Sep 212016


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving approximately 30 mph, the transmission went into safe mode. The rpms increased and the vehicle was difficult to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 98,000.

- Covington, OH, USA

problem #66

Sep 062016


  • 60,000 miles
Transmission suddenly and without warning has close to 100% loss of power. Three times this happened when stopped and attempting a left turn with on coming traffic, narrowly avoiding a bad accident. Even with accelerator pedal to the floor car would barely move. Car is very dangerous and is at a repair facility waiting for a new transmission.

- Bloomfield, NY, USA

problem #65

Feb 062015


  • 75,000 miles
When transmission get very hot it goes into a fail safe mode in which it does not want to rev or move anymore. This happened more than once and also in the interstate also. Very dangerous.

- 90723, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 272016


  • 101,000 miles


Car has very slow to no acceleration from a start. Sometimes it stops accelerating in reverse. This does not matter if car is cold or driven for a while.

- Lakeville, IN, USA

problem #63

Aug 142016


  • miles
While driving at 65 mph on the New Jersey turnpike, the car suddenly dropped in acceleration to 40mph. Pressing on the gas caused the RPM to rev, however no change in speed occurred. Upon inquiring about this issue, I came to find out that this is a common problem with Nissan's cvt components that the company is aware of, however no recall has been issued. Extreme weather conditions, such as heat waves, using the car for a prolonged period of time, and traveling uphill have been documented to trigger the loss of acceleration. This common flaw found with Nissan cars is highly dangerous and will inevitably result in the loss of life.

- Bayonne, NJ, USA

problem #62

Jul 262016


  • 77,000 miles
While driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue back from the dealership, the engine light came on and the vehicle stopped accelerating. The accelerator was pressed to the floor and nothing happened at all. Luckily, I was alone in the vehicle and not my wife and two young kids. That could have be devastating if loss of acceleration occurred on the freeway. This vehicle is equipped with a cvt transmission which Nissan is apparently is aware of but refuses to fix even with the mass amount of complaints that currently exist.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #61

Jul 222016


  • 65,000 miles
Car won't accelerate on freeway after driving for an hour. Also doesn't accelerate after leaving freeway and at a stop light. Scary and almost got into an accident

- Scottsdse, AZ, USA

problem #60

Jul 042015


  • 62,000 miles
When we drive our Rogue for more than an hour, the transmission stops working and the vehicle loses acceleration. It will happen without warning and is dangerous, especially in heavy traffic on the interstate. If we pull over and let it sit for a minute, it goes back to normal. It is a known problem with the cvt transmissions, but repeated calls to Nissan result in being told it happened just after the warranty expired and will cost upwards of $3000 to replace. There have been recalls by Nissan for this problem on earlier models, but this seems to be a problem with the 2011 models as well.

- Springville, AL, USA

problem #59

Jun 252016


  • 67,000 miles
My car has 67,000 miles and needs a new transmission... gets hot and fails losing power and makes noises... no acceleration almost had accident. This is scary and unfair I had it looked at and the cvt transmission is failing.

- Abington, MA, USA

problem #58

Jun 232016


  • 93,000 miles
June 23, 2016 - I was driving on I-75 from atlanta, ga to orlando, fl going about 70 miles per hour. After driving about an hour, the car began to decelerate no matter how hard I stepped on the accelerator. I had experienced this problem before, but each time I had taken the car to Nissan, they told me that they were unable to detect the problem. I had even taken my car to the dealership on June 14th to get it "checked out" before my long drive. During that visit, I again complained of the problem I was having and they were unable to find anything. I was able to get to macon, ga to another Nissan dealership where they identified the problem as the transmission. They told me that the transmission needed to be replaced and a transmission coolant needed to be installed. I left my car there (June 23rd) and as of today, July 10th, they are still working on my car. First there was a delay in getting the part, although they promised the part on June 24th. Now they are having problems with the machine used to fix the transmission. Although they provided a loaner, I still want my car. As others have mentioned, these transmissions are a known issue in Nissan and in most cases, you will not have an issue until you are out of your warranty. Nissan has issued an extended warranty (110,000 miles) on all models through 2010, but nothing on the 2011 Rogue. My car was at 93,000 and > 5 years, so now I am stuck for close to $5000 to get it repaired.

- Conyers, GA, USA

problem #57

Dec 012015


  • 73,347 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Nissan Rogue. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle decelerated to 40 mph. The vehicle emitted a noise in the rear before the failure occurred. The contact was able to coast the vehicle onto the road shoulder. The engine light illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed. The transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 73,347.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #56

Jun 202016


  • 59,700 miles
June 20, 2016: Traveling at 70 mph on I-70 in Colorado, less than 50 miles West of grand junction, co, my 2011 Nissan Rogue, suddenly lost power on a gradual uphill climb. No engine light or warning light was noted on the console. On steeper inclines, the Rogue would not exceed 35 mph. Had to activate the hazard warning lights to avoid vehicles, including semi-trailers, from running into the rear of the Rogue. This was a nerve-wracking safety concern all the way to grand junction. Took the Rogue to the Nissan dealer in grand junction. The diagnostic review concluded that the Rogue requires a new transmission and cooler. $4655 total. The Rogue has 59,750 miles. Have become aware that the cvt transmission in Nissan vehicles, including the Rogue have a history of failure. After this experience, my wife informed me that she had the exact same problem on a trip from denver, co to reno, nv in March 2016.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #55

Jun 252016


  • 80,000 miles
Nissan has had and continues to have transmission problems, they did a recall for transmission failure up to year 2009. I have a 2011 Nissan Rogue with 80,000 miles and I just received a call saying that my transmission needs to be replaced. This cvt transmission has always had problems and Nissan knows this but they wont and know one in the govt will do anything to hold them accountable.

- Flowery Branch, GA, USA

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