pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
74,000 miles
Total Complaints:
60 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (24 reports)
  2. replace cvt transmission (23 reports)
  3. replace transmission and add external cooler (4 reports)
  4. replace r&r valve body (3 reports)
  5. cvt transmission flush (2 reports)
  6. added a transmission cooler to prevent overheat (1 reports)
2013 Nissan Rogue transmission problems

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2013 Nissan Rogue Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #60

Aug 142020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,223 miles


We purchased the car from a Nissan dealer as certified pre-owned in 2017. The car had approximately 55,000 miles at the time of purchase. We have taken the car in for all required periodic maintenance at the Nissan dealer. Our daughter was driving from the Bay Area to Seattle when the car failed to accelerate. Luckily she was not far from a Nissan dealership in Redding CA. The Service manager was nice enough to look at it the same day and we were told the transmission needed to be replaced to the tune of $4,500!

Of course the standard warranty ran out at 100K and we have 105K on the odometer. This seems outrageous as we purchased the car pre-owned and certified which should have ensured less problems with the car. Waiting to hear whether Nissan will cover the cost of the repairs :( From my search on the internet this seems like a common problem with this model of Rogue.

- Dawn T., Brisbane, CA, US

problem #59

Sep 032020

Rogue S 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,525 miles

My daughter was on her way to Connecticut driving on the NJ Turnpike, however the vehicle was sluggish. She could not accelerate and go any faster than 50 mph. It was struggling. Off of the turnpike exit, she came to a red light, but the Rogue wouldn't move when the light turned green. Engine was running, but no acceleration whatsoever. She turn on her hazard lights, turned the vehicle off, and let it sit for a few minutes. She finally started the vehicle and pulled over in a parking lot. She let the vehicle cool off for about 15 minutes and then drove off. It appears the vehicle is driving better but still not 100%. She decided to not drive it to Connecticut and went back home instead. She didn't want to take chance driving it long distance. We plan on taking the vehicle to a mechanic; hopefully it's nothing serious.

Update from Sep 19, 2020: Well the torque converter is bad on the Rogue's CVT, which means the entire transmission needs to be replaced which is $3,600 plus tax. Is Nissan serious that the 2013 Rogue with the CVT isn't part of the problems with the other CVTs? They should have extended the warranty to 10 years or 120,000 miles on the 2013 Rogues. This is ridiculous!

- Gregorio P., Florence, NJ, US

problem #58

Sep 012020

Rogue 2.5L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles

The 2013 Nissan Rogue was a brand new purchase with only 12 miles on it. The transmission started acting funny at 60k miles with the pushing down on the gas. The meter would jerk up and down and the car would shake and stall. At the time I thought it was bad gas.

Then one weekend I went to take my car out of town on the highway and the car completely started acting funny at over 65 miles per hour. The engine light went on, it wouldn’t accelerate, shaking, the meter line would go up and down like it was trying to go at full speed but wouldn’t. Took it to the Nissan dealership and of course some part of transmission is bad and now have to replace the whole transmission.

$3800 dollars and my car has no warranty! Mechanics and the auto places all tell me these cars are notorious for bad transmissions. I’ve had this car for 7 years and at the rate of 15k average per year my car should be at 105,000 miles . My car has 86 K on it now and shouldn’t be having to get a new transmission! I am a single mom and that’s a lot of money to come up with. I have kept up with all of my routine checks and oil changes. I would like to get in contact with the lawyers for the class action lawsuit against Nissan but can’t seem to find out any contact information. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated .

- Jennifer S., Enid, US

problem #57

Mar 142020


  • CVT transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I have a 2013 Nissan Rogue. I took it back into the dealership at 17,000 miles and they told me it is a “new type” of transmission, and it is just going to feel differently. Now my vehicle is over 100K and stalls when I try to take off, and RPMs will rev but car will not accelerate. It has become evident that this is now a danger to me and others on the road with me.

I recently took it to a Nissan dealership and they recommend that the CVT transmission be replaced, but stated nothing about any issues they have had with this transmission. Now I am being told it is going to cost be at least $6700 to replace the transmission

- Brandy B., Midlothian, TX, US

problem #56

Mar 302020


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

I live in Florida which is a very hot state. I have never had any acceleration issues with this vehicle until I moved here from California. What happens is when I take the vehicle on a long road trip on an Interstate. About an hour or 2 on the road, the vehicle begins to decelerate speed. With no light indicator or explanation. The gauges are status quo. No indicator light or anything turns on. I will be going at a speed of 75 or 80 due to the higher legal mile limit in the northern part of the state. Without warning, it decreases in speed. I can put the pedal to the floor and it still continues to slow down. There is no overheating fumes or smell at all. I literally have to pull over and wait until the engine cools down before returning onto the highway. I cannot go past 60 or 65 at that point as once I pull over, and wait, it won't allow me to accelerate beyond that speed any longer. This has now happened to me twice since I've lived here in Florida. I have no problem with this issue on an everyday basis. I can easily drive 40-50 miles if needed without issues at a speed of 75 or more. I have taken it to 2 mechanics who don't see any problem with the vehicle operating abnormally at all. I am afraid to take it on any road trip any longer for fear that I will have to contend with this on a regular basis. PLEASE HELP!!! I don't know where to go from here. Thank you!!!

- bradyt, West Palm Beach, US

problem #55

Oct 122019

Rogue S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

My daughter was driving her 2013 Rogue this weekend and when she tried to accelerate after stopping at a red light the car wouldn't move. Luckily she was right near a advance auto parts that coded "torque converter clutch circuit intermittent microcuts" and sent her to a transmission place that told her to come home. On the way home her check engine light came on. She stopped at another advanced auto parts who reset that light. We took it to a shop and she needs a new transmission. The car only has 82K miles on it. My daughter is in high school. I work at a church part time. Neither of us have $3742 plus tax for a new transmission. I read there are lots of other cars with this same issue. I'm hoping to find someone who will rebuild it cheaper.

Update from Oct 16, 2019: IF you have lost power please make a complaint on nhtsa.gov wesite! They can issue a recall on these unsafe cars. If enough people make claims they have to fix it or risk being sued when someone gets hurt.

Update from Oct 16, 2019: NHTSA continually and carefully monitors new and previously submitted consumer complaints, data and other resources to identify defect trends. Investigators review each complaint and, if warranted, the Office of Defects Investigation will open an inquiry to determine if a safety defect trend exists; you might be contacted by an investigator to clarify the information submitted. Please make a complaint to get a recall on these unsafe cars.

- ddugan, Aiken, US

problem #54

May 012019

Rogue 4 cyllinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles


PLEASE DON'T EVER BUY THIS CAR!!!!!! I know that if you're on this website, you already bought this car and you're now having issues. But just in case you haven't....PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!!! that's more for you than it is for me. This car will lose acceleration, without any warning sign. You'll take it to your mechanic and he'll say it's a recall on this car. Then you;ll take it to Nissan dealership and they will say, there's no recall. Meanwhile you'll continue to put your life in danger and have issues with this car after driving for over an hour. I had one mechanic tell me that I have to keep a full tank of gas, I do and I still have the problem. Another mechanic told me that it's the fuel injection, I had it replaced, still a problem. Another mechanic told me that it can't be the transmission because it's not enough miles on it. I've gotten different stories from different mechanics and nothing is working. I don't want to go into debt when I'm just trying to maintain and get to work. WHATEVER YOU DO DON'T BUY THIS CAR!!!!

- Chawanda W., Decatur, GA, US

problem #53

Aug 262016


  • CVT transmission
  • 60,506 miles

After having my vehicle for about 2 years. I was dropping my brother off at college in Franklin, Massachusetts. I got off the highway exit and stopped at the red light. I proceeded to accelerate when the light turned green and my 2013 Rogue would not move. I shut it off and turned it back on and we were able to make it to the school. Got him setup and a few hours later proceeded to head home to NJ. Got on the highway and we see a puff of smoke behind us on the highway. I pulled over and shut the vehicle off. Luckily I had family in Springfield, Massachusetts which is about an hour away. We took our time driving to Springfield. My cousin took us to her mechanic, his machine wasn't getting a read of any codes. The mechanic took my vehicle for a drive to see what I was saying regarding the vehicle driving sluggish; he agreed the vehicle drove sluggish. He advised me to park my vehicle let it completely cool down and take my time driving home to NJ. I was able to make it back home and luckily I already had an appointment setup with Nissan. I dropped off my vehicle, couple days late I was told I needed a new transmission and it would cost me about $5,000. I made a stink, we checked and saw that I had the extended warranty and that is how I was able to get a new transmission.

- Keisha B., Bloomfield, NJ, US

problem #52

Jul 252019


  • CVT transmission
  • 115,700 miles

On my way home from work and going up a hill my vehicle is doing a jerky motion like it's struggling to go up the hill. Get down the hill and about to make a turn, I get caught at the red light. Light turns green and my vehicle will not move. Engine is running, but no acceleration whatsoever. I turn on my hazard lights,.turn the vehicle off and let it sit for a few seconds, I finally got it to slowly move (stuck in the middle of the intersection and everyone honking), I finally got the vehicle to complete the left turn. I crawled a little ways down the round approaching the entrance for the Route 280 entrance. I smelled like something was burning so I pulled over and called AAA for a tow. Towed it to a local shop by my house and waited to hear from the mechanic the following day. Mechanic did checks, said he found nothing wrong. My vehicle was driving OK now, so I called Nissan and brought my vehicle there the following day. Nissan called and told me I needed a new transmission and I was furious. After communicating with Nissan Corporate and the dealership, a week later I end up paying almost $5,000 to get a new transmission. Nissan will never get me to by another vehicle from them as long as I live. When you pay over $30,000 for a vehicle, you expect to get your moneys worth. I have spent the most for maintenance and had the most problems with my 2013 Rogue than any vehicle I have ever owned. Worst experience in my life. Replacing 2 transmissions within 3 years of each other and my vehicle is parked majority of the time now that my brothers graduated from college last year.

- Keisha B., Bloomfield, NJ, US

problem #51

Aug 122019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


- nastyboo43, Bowie, US

problem #50

May 112019

Rogue 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 141,000 miles


I was on the highway going to Orlando. As I attempted to accelerate in speed Noticed the air conditioner was not cooling. As I continued to drive the vehicle would not accelerate. It smelled like something was burning and began to smoke the more I stepped on the gas. I pulled off an exit with my grandchildren in a hot overheated vehicle; 7 & 9 years old and 2 month old. The following week my vehicle was towed to Wesley Chapel Nissan.

I was told AWGS had to come and inspect the vehicle. The claim was denied on 5/20/19 due to the transmission not being found defective. The cost to repair would be $1245 to replace a transmission oil cooler. AWGS would not cover because “it is an external part”. Nissan should be responsible for this problem. It is happening too often. I will never be another Nissan. I was told by another Nissan dealer that it may not be the problem. It could be bigger or smaller.

The more I read about the same transmission issues Nissan just refuse to be accountable for screwing up. I was even told by another dealer that the transmission cooler is not sold separate. The entire transmission needs replacing.😡😡😡😡NEVER PURCHASE NISSAN

- Michelle B., Riverview, FL, US

problem #49

Mar 242019


  • CVT transmission
  • 89,000 miles

Bought 2013 Rogue 3 years ago. In March took a 4 hour trip and the transmission mission started to slip (thought it was just my wife's driving). On our way home that night started doing it again this time while doing 75 down the freeway. Took it in to the dealership where the told me the transmission over heated and that my transmission fluid was red which is not cvt fluid. Contacted Nissan where they told me my warranty was being voided. So I went to 3 different transmission specialist where the pulled little fluid and showed me it had no red color but was green. I sent that picture in to Nissan where they reinstated my warranty but I had to have the fluid tested by there lab they use to make sure fluid was the right one with out contamination. So had that done. The fluid was green when they pulled it for the test. The test came back as NS3 fluid which is blue and not NS2 fluid which is green like I have in my rogue. In the report it even stated the fluid most likely has not been changed (being new to cvt transmission did not know needed fluid changed so often). Nissan will not honor there warranty now and will not respond to my emails with proof of it being the right fluid. Nissan customer service is the worst to deal with.

- Colt W., Rainier, OR, US

problem #48

Jun 152018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

The vehicle stopped accelerating while traveling long distances on the highway. This occurred at least 15 times before I was able to afford to take back to the dealership. It left me and my small child stranded in the middle of nowhere in over 100 degree heat. No lights inside the vehicle ever came on and there was no indication that the transmission was overheating. After taking the vehicle in I was told that the warranty would cover the replacement of the transmission but the vehicle lacks a transmission fluid cooler that was not covered under warranty because it was a part added after manufacturing. They told me the part costs approximately $1,000 and that price did not include labor charges. The employee of the Nissan dealership stated he did not know how this vehicle’s transmission did not have a recall due to the number of problems and number of these transmissions they have had to replace due to this problem. I searched for this part from companies outside of Nissan and was unable to locate it. It is only available from a Nissan dealer. II became disabled shortly before this problem began and I cannot afford to repair the vehicle. I live in an area that always has temperatures over 100 degrees and am scared to drive this unreliable car due to the fear of breaking down again. I recommend no one ever purchase a Nissan and I will be selling this vehicle as soon as possible.

- Stephanie S., Bakersfield, US

problem #47

Jul 172018


  • CVT transmission
  • 91,000 miles

The second problem with this transmission....totally replaced at 60,000 miles....taking my Granddaughter to the SC beaches for her first time. After about 1 1/2 hours started losing speed up small hills going into Columbia. Stopped for fuel and lunch and things cooled off a bit and ran fine....until about 40 miles from Florence. Crawled into Nissan dealership to find that the transmission was good (only 30,000 miles old) but it was overheating. The heat causes the Valve body to fail $1,400 AND the transmission needs a cooler $750 plus labor....TOTAL COST OF REPAIR $3,170....plus cost of car rental and major inconveniences and delays. this is my second Rogue....this is my last Rogue....all total, it has cost me over $4,000 in repairs and I still don't have 100,000 miles on this vehicle. The dealership in Florence was nice and got the work done so that I could pick up the car on my way back through town...but they, like HUNTER NISSAN are NOT your advocate back to NISSAN. Plan to fight your own battles with NISSAN.

So after 4 Nissan automobiles, here is where we end up....


- Pat S., Hendersonville, NC, US

problem #46

Apr 122018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles

My daughter drives approximately 75 miles to school twice a week. Starting last week, after driving for approximately 1 hour, without warning, the car will not accelerate. She pressed pedal all the way down and still nothing. She was in the left lane traveling 65 mph. Thank GOD she was able to get over without harming herself or anyone else. We immediately took the vehicle to the dealership. They test drove and had a tech drive the vehicle home (he lived approximately 30 minutes away) - UNABLE TO DUPLICATE.

Contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs - their response, SORRY nothing we can do until a tech can identify the problem. Am I the only one - no!! Have they received multiple complaints - YES.

I will not be letting my daughter drive this vehicle on the highway. Oh, they did suggest that the next time it happens she should immediately find a Nissan dealership, perhaps the codes will come up then.


- Cheryl G., Richmond, VA, US

problem #45

Jul 202018

Rogue S V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,205 miles

Myself and my 6 year old daughter were driving from New Haven, CT to Fitchburg, MA. About 1 hour into the drive, my 2013 Nissan Rogue would not accelerate beyond 60mph!!! We were in heavy traffic on a hot July 20th, 2018 afternoon, heatwave weather! I had to get off the highway and make it to the nearest gas station.

After several frantic calls to family members trying to figure out what to do, I decided to add engine oil, anti-freeze, gas and water hoping something would help. After sitting for an hour, I drove on the local roads to try out the car again but realized I had to get back on the highway and try to accelerate above 60mph again!!!! We made it to our 3 hour trip destination.

The next day on the way back, the same problem happened and this time after stopping for a while my car still would not accelerate. We had to use all local roads to get back home and that took double the time!!!! It is too expensive to fix right now!!! I'm so disgusted with this car and cannot wait to get rid of it!!!!

- Renee C., West Haven, CT, US

problem #44

Dec 212014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I bought the 2013 Nissan Rouge brand new and around 40,000 miles the vehicle started slowing down after being driven on the highway a few hours into a trip. Within the next six months the problem got even worse, happening after only 1 1/2 hours on the highway. By the October 2015, just after 60,000 miles, it barely made it home from a 5 hour trip. I was told it would cost at least $2500 to fix, so I traded it for another vehicle, taking a significant loss towards my trade.

- mcsc, Mobile, US

problem #43

Jul 042017

Rogue Automatic 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

I will never buy another Nisan Rogue, it is a garbage car. I paid $1,500 insurance to cover the car. I went to dealer where I bought the car from. They do not care at all, I am so disappointed. I recommend that you do not purchase a Nissan Rogue.


problem #42

Jun 232018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

I purchased a new 2013 Nissan Rogue from Scott Clark Nissan in Charlotte, NC right after New Years Day in 2014 (obviously they were trying to get last year's model off the lot). I purchased a 3-year service package and have kept up with all recommended services and oil changes perfectly. I work from home so there is very little wear and tear on my car and I currently have 66,000 miles on it from weekend trips. I was driving up I-26 to Asheville, NC (in the Blue Ridge Mountains) in June when suddenly my car stopped accelerating an hour and a half into the trip. I was going about 65mph and the car slowed down to 35mph, not able to go over 3,000 rpm, on a major interstate going around a curve in the Mountains. Thank goodness there was a shoulder and I was able to pull off safely. I let the car rest for a few minutes (while panicking of course) and my boyfriend jumped out to check for any fluids leaking. We didn't notice anything except a rattling noise from the engine before I turned the car off. I let the car sit for about 20 minutes, we turned it back on and everything seemed fine. We continued our trip with no more problems but I knew something was very wrong.

I took the car to the Nissan dealership the next day and after inspection, they told me that basically the transmission fluid was getting so hot it was boiling and had damaged the valve body. There is currently a service bulletin out for the 2013 Rogues describing this exact problem: loss of acceleration after traveling at a high rmp (interstate driving), on a hot day, at increasing grade or high altitude (mountains), and a rattling can be heard/felt from the engine. I was told that I needed to replace the valve body ($903) and have an external radiator coolant valve put in ($1500), so to properly repair and prevent the problem from happening again, it would cost me roughly $2500. Of course, I only had a 5 year or 60,000 mile warranty on the transmission so I'm 6,000 miles out of luck.

The service manager I have been working with gave me the information for Nissan consumer affairs and told me to file a claim with them to see if they would cover any of the repair costs, as this is clearly an issue of a faulty transmission and not due to negligence or extensive driving on my part. They politely told me that I was 6,000 miles over warranty and there was nothing they would do. Admittedly, I don't know much about cars, but how is this not a defect of the transmission??? As there is a service bulletin out about this problem, it is obviously happening to many people. Does anyone know if this could potentially become a recall? If so, would I be reimbursed for the service charges? I have not liked this car from the beginning, it is not a smooth drive, it doesn't feel sturdy compared to other, and it is not a car I would recommend to others. I was simply lured in by the inexpensive price for a new small SUV; it is true that you definitely get what you pay for and I would gladly take my old 2005 BWM 325i back over a new Nissan any day.The trade in value for this POS is probably only around 8-9,000 so I really hate spending almost 1/3 of its value to have a problem repaired that I didn't cause.

I am very disappointed in Nissan and will look into filing a class action lawsuit against them as this seems to be a common problem with 2013 Rogues.

- Madison P., Huntersville, US

problem #41

May 282018

Rogue S

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,900 miles

I purchased my 2013 Nissan Rogue S in 2016. The car has always ran good but I noticed that when I went on long trips my car would slow down to anywhere from 50 to 60 miles and I couldn't go any faster. I would always be doing about 70 and this would happen after about an hour or two of driving on a highway, also, check engine light came on. I was concerned and took the car to a place that does only transmissions. The transmission guy called and said they had check the transmission and the torque converter, and it was running fine. I would still have a problem where the car would slow down on the highway with long drives but only to about 60.

This last trip, coming home from Memphis, TN to Atlanta, GA, my car seemed to be doing ok and no slowdown. Then my car decelerated, I was getting no speed and had to pull over. From that point, I was never able to drive that car again. Had to pay $440, which my car club paid $100 of this to tow the care back to Memphis, TN, since we were on the way back home to Atlanta, GA. The next day I paid to have the car towed to the same transmission specialist and was told that the transmission had gone out. I was also told that this car has a CVT transmission and this was common with my type of car even for people with lower mileage on their cars.

My car had just under 114,000 miles and I didn't drive the car lot because I work from home. Never had any trouble with my car slowing down when driving on the highway anywhere around town, only happened when I went out of town and this was maybe 4 or 5 times since I bought the car in May 2016 and it is now June 2018. I was told that I need to replace the transmission and still have the car sitting and paying notes on it but right now, just can't afford to get the transmission replace. I have been quoted between $3000 to $4500 to replace it.

- Janice B., Atlanta, GA, US

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