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2011 Nissan Rogue transmission problems: transmission failure

Transmission Failure

2011 Nissan Rogue (Page 1 of 2)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Nissan dealer.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,100 miles
Total Complaints:
27 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace transmission (25 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. replaced transmission cooler (1 reports)
2011 Nissan Rogue transmission problems

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2011 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Jul 172018

Rogue SLawd

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I was tricked into thinking that a transmission flush was urgent at about 75K miles when my car went it for a checkup. I later found out it was not. Crazy thing is now, I am out almost $42k for transmission replacement and car rental!

- Melissa B., Norcross, GA, US

problem #26

Jun 012018


  • CVT transmission
  • 70,000 miles

Car bucks and shakes upon deceleration at low speeds, under 30 to 40 mph. Went to nissan, they explained that the tranny was bad... WOULD NOT COVER IT, even though other years have extended the warranty from 60k to 120k because this is a COMMON, RECURRING PROBLEM with nissan trannies. Seeking to establish a class action.... Anyone who's had the same experience, contact us!

- Robert S., Coconut Creek, US

problem #25

Apr 202018

Rogue S

  • CVT transmission
  • 96,385 miles

Thought this was a good buy, but not true as there are so many complaints. I wouldn't recommend buying one with a cvt transmission. And warranty company wants to put in a used transmission with a 12 mo. 12000 mile warranty. Then the dealer we took it to, said he wanted to put in a Nissan rebuilt and 12 mo. 12000 mile warranty. I could get a rebuilt on line with a 3 yr 36000 mile warranty for $2300.00 and about $1400 to replace and install it. Scam buy the Dealer, as he said he wanted to charge me an extra $840 fort rebuilt on top of warranty. i don't believe you can trust any of these dealers anymore, they only want you're money. And manufacture doesn't want to take care of anything.

- Michael M., Churubusco, IN, US

problem #24

Jan 262018

Rogue SL 2.5L I4

  • CVT transmission
  • 122,000 miles


I first noticed something wrong with my wife's Rogue when I went to move it in the driveway. I put the transmission in reverse and felt a hesitation or clunk when backing up. I dismissed it thinking maybe it's always done that. Two days later my wife mentioned the same issue to me. I made an appointment at Manchester City Nissan after talking to another dealer and an independent transmission shop. Driving it to the dealer 1.5 miles away was sketchy at best. The car felt like it was going to stall at traffic lights and at times when accelerating it sounded as though I was driving over highway rumble strips.

It took the dealer no time at all to diagnose the car with a bad transmission. They dropped the pan on the transmission and told me there was quite a bit of metal in the fluid. This was not surprising because 3 months earlier an acquaintance mentioned that the transmission failed on their Rogue and after googling the problem and reading this website it became clear that this was common.

The independent transmission shop confirmed that $3800 was a good price and the best they could do was get a transmission from a salvage yard and give me 6 months warranty at best. Nissan requires dealers to stock replacement transmissions so the repair was done quickly. We dropped the car off Sunday night and had the car back Tuesday evening.

After doing research on this issue and talking to Nissan Service I will never buy another Nissan with a CVT. The car has high mileage for it's age but it is in great shape. It made financial sense to repair the car because private party value was almost $8000 in great condition but with a bad transmission the dealer told me the car would be worth $1000. Hopefully we'll get a couple more years out of the car before selling it.

- Les M., Manchester, CT, US

problem #23

Nov 102017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,774 miles

Have a 2011 Nissan Rogue with transmission failure @77,000 miles not in the recall even though the 2010 trans were covered under a extended warranty. Called Nissan said they couldn't help me, save your receipts maybe there will be a recall. Second Nissan, never again.

- Greg E., Andover, US

problem #22

Oct 232017

Rogue SV 4

  • CVT transmission
  • 72,500 miles

Purchased a 2011 Nissan Rogue in 2014 with about 30,000 miles. It currently has about 72,700 miles now and is sitting in a repair shop, with the estimate for $3560 for a new transmission. I have done a lot of research on this issue and obviously, Nissan did not fix the CVT transmission issues they had from 2006-2010, as many different auto sites, showing several 2011 Rogue owners in the same position I am, without the extended warranty. How can a car with under 73,000 miles need a new transmission? It shouldn't.

- Laurie B., Buffalo, US

problem #21

May 142017


  • CVT transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Nissan Rogue began to have transmission failure while my son was driving on freeway. He would step on gas to pass vehicle and all of sudden have no extra power even pushing pedal all the way to floor. Got off freeway and after stopping at stop sign, would only go about 20 mph to get to gas station. After filling up with gas he tried driving car again and it would eventually get up to highway speed but again no power for passing. Problem was intermittent. Took to our neighborhood mechanic who was unable to reproduce. Called Nissan Consumer Affairs who admitted right away that there was a known issue and that they would work with us on it. Nissan has extended warranty on Rogue's through 2010 but not 2011 for this transmission issue. Had to take car in to Nissan for diagnosis, they offered us a rental which they said they might reimburse if they find a problem with the car.....we had to take the risk of paying for rental and hoping for eventual reimbursement. Took Rogue in on a Wed afternoon, was diagnosed with needed a new transmission Thursday. Sent to corporate for a decision, took several days for decision to be made and several more to finish repair. They offered to cover 80% of repair as a compromise since car was 15,000 miles and one year out of warranty. If we were not so desperate to get car back we would have fought for full coverage. This is a huge safety issue, as having no power on a freeway with a semi truck bearing down on you could have ended very badly. Nissan needs to step up to the plate and deal with this transmission issue proactively.

- debo13, Maple Grove, US

problem #20

Aug 272017


  • CVT transmission
  • 112,500 miles

Okay, here we are 22 months after we had the transmission replaced on our 2011 Nissan Rouge at 68,00 miles. We are having the same issues again with accelerating, humming noise and vibrations. Took it into Nissan again and they are telling me I need to replace the transmission again. I received a quote for $4,279.00 it's been about 45k miles since the last time we replaced the transmission. They said there's no more warranty for the services they did so I need to pay it to get it fixed. I'm still making payments. I called Nissan and they don't really care. I can't afford to replace the transmission again on this car I am still paying for. I'm so disappointed in Nissan.

- canna, Menifee, US

problem #19

Jul 202017

Rogue V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Disappointed that Nissan does not stand behind their products, will never buy a Nissan again! My father was going to get a Nissan truck but due to poor customer service he has now changed his mind. We also own a Nissan Pathfinder that we will be selling immediately. To add to my frustration and disappointment I now have no vehicle and start college in a couple weeks.

- Kelsey P., Sault Ste. Marie, US

problem #18

Aug 262015

Rogue S 4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 54,000 miles

My car would lose power and I was only able to drive 30 or so miles per hour. This was extremely difficult being that the problem mainly happened while I was on the freeway. My son who is a mechanic was with me when it happened and said it seemed to be that the transmission was going into a "safety" mode. He was right. When the transmission would heat up the car would go into safety mode. Fortunately the dealership did the repair to the transmission cooler which was defective and was still under warranty and at no cost to me.

- Carla M., Taos, US

problem #17

May 012017

Rogue SV

  • CVT transmission
  • 120,002 miles


I started to notice some shuddering when i would first take off in the mornings, then at other time from a stopped position, then it progressed to be more obvious, and acceleration became unpredictable. I took it in for its oil change and inspection and it passed with no check engine or transmission problems found. The very next day it just shuddered and stopped. I had it towed to the dealership (Honda) it was under extended warranty I purchased when I purchased the car and I had 225 miles left on the warranty.

Honda couldn't fix it so they took it to Nissan dealer ship. that dealership charged almost $7000 for the transmission replacement labor and materials!!! Because the price was so high the insurance folk sent a rep out to confirm. Thank goodness I bought the extended warranty, the Nissan dealership informed me of a few repairs they thought I needed in addition to the transmission when I picked up my car...none true ("like my front left axle was am I driving it then!!!).

- sluderp, Weaverville, US

problem #16

May 252017

Rogue SL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles

I have a 2011 Rogue with 17000 miles and the other day I had an issue with the car and was told that the transmission was bad and that it will cost me $4000 to replace. This is insane! Not even 20000 miles and a transmission. I have called Nissan and they stated they will send someone out to look at it. This is crazy. I am hoping they stand behind their product.

Update from Jun 7, 2017: after calling and talking to the people at nissan they decided to pay 90 percent of the repair. leaving me a small bill. they were very nice and quick to follow up

- KEVIN K., Fort Lee, NJ, US

problem #15

Feb 102017

Rogue SV 2.0L

  • CVT transmission
  • 108,000 miles

Transmission failed in a modern car after 6 years and right after 100.000 miles. Recall for the same problem until the 2010 model (one year before my model) I had to pay around5.000 $ to fix a 6 years modern car. I think this should be embarrassed for them so they don't admit their fault again. The regional specialist hanged up on me after I asked for more information about the reason why they refuse to extend the warranty for a problem well known about Nissan's car. I really really hope they are going to pay for all the people that are struggling with they budget every day and they need a car to drive 2 hours per day to work AND feed their family. Shame on Nissan

- Salvatore M., Seattle, WA, US

problem #14

Mar 072017

Rogue 2.5L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 160,000 miles

The Nissan Rogue just stopped working. Nissan dealership stated we needed a new transmission. After they put in the new transmission- which is only good for 12,0000 miles- they said the drive shaft was shot too. We contacted Consumer Affairs Nissan, but they refused to do anything. This is our 4th Nissan - and our last.

$ 3,922.81 was our bill. They extended the warranty on CVT, but we missed it by 10,000 miles. They know it is a problem. They know that this was a new technology with transmissions and it has flaws.

- Alice S., Deland, FL, US

problem #13

Feb 122017

Rogue SV

  • CVT transmission
  • 104,000 miles

Apparently only 2008-2010 models are covered on the extended CVT warranty from Nissan (Mine is a 2011). Unreal.. So mad right now. Nissan needs to do something about this. Apparently there is a MAJOR issue. This is our 3rd Nissan and there won't be another in our future if it isn't resolved.

- kc88, Crescent Springs, KY, USA

problem #12

Jan 202017

Rogue LS 2.5L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 80,107 miles

I am so mad, I can hardly see straight. I have always had great success with Nissan so I purchased my very first luxury car. It is a 2011 Rogue SL. It was almost $30,000. I love the car! Love it! Up until now it has been my favorite car hands down. I purchased the best (Platinum) extended warranty they had for another $2500. It is 75,000 miles or 84 months whichever comes first.

My car has 80,107 miles on it and I was just told that I will need a new transmission. I am not even finished paying for it.

At first, I was like okay this happens to everyone once in awhile and made peace with it. However, I just looked online and found out that the 80,000 miles is the average life for a CVT transmission for the 2011 Rogue.. Apparently the 2010 rogue had problems and they extended the warranty for the 2010 to 100K but have not for the 2011.

I called Nissan and they said my warranty has expired.

I have worked all my life and now am on social security. This presents a major hardship and while I do not like to complain, I am truly upset at Nissan. When you know your $20-$30K product has a problem, you step up! You act responsibly. That is how you keep customers.. I plan on writing this on every review board and all social media that I can.

Shame on you Nissan! Shame on you!

Update from Mar 7, 2017: Please call National Safety Hotline (have Vinh #) and they will look into it. 888-327-4236.

Also a friend who is a Nissan dealer in another state told me that if enough people complain Nissan will reimburse you. Please call Nissan North America Consumer Affairs at 800-647-7261. I just talked to someone there and they are starting a case for me to see if I qualify for reimbursement. I had a third party extended warranty which expired at 75,000 miles and they are still looking into possible reimbursement so please if you have to replace your transmission, please contact them.

- June W., San Diego, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152017

Rogue S 2.5L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Car stopped while driving and would NOT accelerate. Total power loss on a major highway. This was terrifying as it was nighttime in the middle of nowhere and with my family in the car.

We were driving on a highway and suddenly started to hear the transmission give off this whiny sound (like it was struggling), then we noticed we started losing speed so had to immediately try to make our way to the right and pull safely into the emergency lane which was nerve wracking!! Once stopped we put the car in park and tried to make sense of the situation and given our location (not safe) we said maybe lets try to get the car off the freeway at next exit. Put the car in Drive and it would NOT move!!!! RPMs would go up and down but car was at a complete stand still. Some passerby saw us, offered to run a diagnostic on the car and it came back as "Torque clutch converter" .. FAULTY TRANSMISSION

Nissan previously recalled older models (up to 2010 models) because of this DEFECTIVE CVT transmission!! Yet hast recalled this year . Looking through the internet a lot of people have been put in harms way and could've been killed for loosing power on a highway because we have experienced this issue and NISSAN does not care that they are manufacturing and selling DEATH TRAPS. Coincidentally after the 60k (between 60k-85k) is when this failure is happening on most instances. Is Nissan timing this failure to happen after their warranty is up so they wont cover the damages? Is NISSAN allowed to be this negligent and have these vehicles out on the road putting so many families in danger after this issue has been reported?? Is it going to take a tragedy, an unnecessary loss of a life for NISSAN to finally man up and fix this issue????

- gabbs_ss, Downey, CA, USA

problem #10

Aug 112016


  • CVT transmission
  • 97,500 miles

I own two Nissan Rogues, one is a 2009, and the other is a 2011. When the transmission died on the 2009 Rogue, I was grateful to find out that the CVT transmission was under recall, and grateful my daughter wasn't in an accident when it died on the road. A Nissan dealer replaced the transmission. When my 2011 Rogue's transmission died, I was told by the dealer and then by customer care that even though I had purchased TWO Rogues from TWO dealers and had both cars serviced on schedule at Nissan dealers, they would not help me with the replacement of the transmission. AT ALL. Nice way to reward customer loyalty, right? Only because a very kind service associate decided to push my case up the ladder on the service side, the transmission was replaced and I had to pay $850 out of pocket, which hurt, but was a lot better than losing a car or buying a new one.

I am very grateful to this service associate for championing my cause. However, Nissan knowingly issued these cars, stopped the recalls at a certain VIN number, kept installing faulty transmissions in their Rogues, and won't do the right thing. I won't buy another Nissan, and I told my friends about their complete lack of a corporate conscience. It is a shame, because I liked the car enough to purchase two.

- sksj, BOTHELL, WA, USA

problem #9

Jul 292016


  • CVT transmission
  • 98,335 miles

We had the transmission diagnosed by the dealer in San Luis Obispo, CA.

After finding out the transmission is shot and would need to be replaced I contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs USA and they will not agree to help in ANY WAY. I just got off the phone with them and they were the most UNHELPFUL auto manufacturer I've ever dealt with.

I've had dealings with multiple manufacturers and ALL of them have helped, Toyota has always helped and has ALWAYS paid in full. There is a problem with Nissan CVT transmissions and they need to extend the warranty as they did for 2003 to 2010, it was extended to 120,000 miles.

I was told an upgraded transmission was put in this vehicle. This vehicle cost $29,000 and to expect a repair of this magnitude at under 100,000 miles is unacceptable. I would not recommend every purchasing a Nissan and I know for sure I won't

- tonyo49er, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

problem #8

Oct 282015


  • CVT transmission
  • 87,000 miles

I bought a used 2011 Nissan Rogue from a Toyota dealer in October 2015 and was initially very pleased. But on October 28, 2016, after about 2 hours of driving down an interstate, I heard a loud noise. I turned down the radio and the noise persisted. 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, pouring over the owner's manual, trying to determine what was wrong. Finally I made it to the hotel with no further issues and called the dealer where I had purchased the car. They put a mechanic on the phone who seemed mystified, but who told me if it happened again to take it to a Nissan dealer.

I got home the following day without issue and all went well until it happened again in November on the way to visit my son two hours away. This time, the check engine light came on. I took it back to the same Toyota dealer who got the code off it and said the code indicated the car needed a whole new transmission. The warranty company appraiser came out and advised that they would not pay for a repair as they could not duplicate the problem and they were "isolated incidents". They said to keep driving it and to bring it to a dealer if it happened again.

Well, it happened again. And again. And again. The check engine light did not always come on and if it did, it turned itself off in a day or two. I commute two hours to work and back a day and with the warmer weather, the problem seemed to worsen. Once I pulled over to wait it out and was startled when the car would not reverse initially. Through internet searches, I was able to tell that the problem seems to be worse as the transmission gets hot, so I have to stop halfway to work and halfway back to let the car cool off before proceeding. This has worked pretty well so far. I have also noticed a "stuttering" though, 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 a lot when I am inching along in stop and go traffic on the interstate.

In March 2016, the light came on and stayed on so I took it back to the Toyota dealer where I bought the car. They consulted with Nissan who said the transmission was shot and needed replacement. They contacted the warranty company again with video to show duplication of the problem and eventually informed me that the warranty company would not pay them to make the repairs and that I was to take it to a Nissan dealer.

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 randomly to 5 and the loud noise while losing power down to 20 mph) and the check engine light came on so that they were able to pull codes. The codes indicated "a kiss of death for a transmission" according to the service manager. A call was made to the warranty company again who said they would send out an appraiser and that the problem would need to be duplicated in order for them to even consider covering it. The nightmare continues. I wish I would have replaced my Toyota with a Toyota and not a Nissan. Fingers crossed that the warranty company covers the cost of a new transmission. If they don't, I don't know what to do as I cannot afford the repair on my own and don't know what other recourse is available to me. I have a car loan (my first) and it includes payments to this warranty company. I need advice as to what to do if the warranty company refuses to pay for this. I never had this problem with my old Volvo which I sold at 450,000 miles or my Toyota Corolla which was at 350,000 miles and still going strong when it was totaled in a flash flood.

Update from Jun 9, 2016: SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED! My warranty company is paying to replace the transmission!

- very worried, Castleton, VA, USA

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