2014 Nissan Versa transmission problems: transmission failure

Transmission Failure

2014 Nissan Versa (Page 1 of 2)

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

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2012-2017 Nissan Versa has an expensive CVT transmission failure defect that shows up plainly in our complaint data.

In late 2019, the CVT defect was subject to a class action settlement. However the settlement only covers transmission repairs up to 7 years after purchase or 84,000 miles (whichever occurs first).

Because many owners commonly drive 20,000 miles/year or more, Versa owners experiencing CVT transmission problems may find they are not covered by this settlement due to the mileage limitation.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,650 miles
Total Complaints:
36 complaints

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2014 Nissan Versa Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Mar 112019


  • CVT transmission
  • 58,000 miles


CVT Transmission would not shift properly, RPM stuck at 4000-4500 at about 35-40 mph. Took the car to the dealer, was told that they can fix the transmission but I would have to pay. Mileage was around 58K but car was few months over 5 year..., so no Warranty. We had no choice, agreed to have it fixed at the cost of $1237, but opened claim with Nissan USA.

Picked up the car 1-2 days later, but found that the issue was NOT fixed. We took the car back, dealer WOULD not give us refund. Dealer then told us that the transmission needed to be replaced, cost around $3300-$3500.

Spent over 1 week for Nissan USA to respond and agree to cover transmission replacement cost. They've responded and offered to cover 90% of the CVT replacement (but no refund for the initial fix that didn't fix anything).

Our total cost was around $1600, and received used rebuilt CVT with 12 months warranty.

- pacja, Barrington, IL, United States

problem #35

Apr 112019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

Purchased used Nissan Versa note from Carmax with 40,000 miles, and purchased a 75,000 mile Warranty. Drove vehicle fro 39,000 miles and the transmission failed. After investigating Nissan Versa reputation, there are thousands of customers who have purchased this vehicle with the same problem of the transmission failing between 70 and 80 thousand miles on new vehicle. This is a new vehicle with low miles, there should be 0 reasons why this transmission shouldn't last longer. But the problem is the manufacturer, its has defects and was designed this way. There should be a recall on this product. I spoke with Carmax and explained that I purchased a 75,000 mile warranty. I only used 34,000 of the warranty, but they refused because it's the total mileage including the 40,000 miles it originally had on it. According to them it was over 4,000 on the warranty. To anyone reading this... DO NOT BUY NISSAN PRODUCTS!!!!

- Freddie M., Santa Paula, US

problem #34

Dec 272018


  • Manual transmission
  • 88,200 miles

The transmission just completely went out while driving. Only had a little over 88000 miles on it. Definitely put a damper on the holidays and a bigger hole in my pocket. I bought it new off the lot and haven't even paid it off yet. This car was definitely a very bad choice.

- Mallorie L., Conyers, US

problem #33

Dec 192018


  • Manual transmission
  • 79,568 miles


Original owner of this vehicle and it was well maintained and never abused. Heard a "thunk" while driving and transmission started making a loud noise. Took it to shop and advised transmission had failed and needed replacing. Of course, powertrain warranty is expired. There is no justification for a part failing at this low mileage and age of vehicle. Will never buy a Nissan again.

- JC D., San Antonio, TX, US

problem #32

Oct 172018

Versa LX

  • CVT transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Just at 76,000 miles tis transmission should've never gone out. A clear problem that should've been resolved by Nissan. What a rip off!

- Darcelle M., Huntington Beach, US

problem #31

Sep 012018

Versa SV

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,200 miles

I bought my brand new 2014 Nissan Versa in 2013. I chose the Versa because it was affordable and because Nissan had a reputation of building long lasting vehicles. I now hear from friends that Nissan's reputation comes from the 70's and 80's and is no longer true. My car was just five years old and needed a new transmission at 72,200 miles. Not covered by warranty (because corporate Nissan does not back up their cars) it would have cost me $3,880.00 to replace. Not bad as that is the cost of transmissions today, but this car was only 5 years old. I expected it to last another five years so I was totally caught off guard. I traded the car in rather than put the $3,880.00 into it and I now have a new Hyundai with a 100,000 mile warranty, and also an unexpected payment.

PS. I will not ever buy or recommend Nissan. I feel they screwed me.

- Michael L., Syracuse, US

problem #30

Apr 022018


  • CVT transmission
  • 82,000 miles


I have a 2014 Nissan Versa. In April of 2018 I took my car, that was still under warranty at this time, into a Nissan dealership. I told them that my car was jerking and having trouble switching gears. They told me that they couldn't duplicate the problem and that there was no code, so there wasn't anything they could do.

I took it to another Nissan dealership a week later and got the same answer. Some months later I knew that something wasn't right so I took it to a local mechanic and he revealed right away that my transmission was slipping. I then took it back to the same Nissan dealership (at this point I am now outside of my warranty coverage). When I took it back they magically found the problem and had all the codes in the world to diagnose my car. They told me that it would cost $3,000 and that it wouldn't be covered.

After fighting for weeks with Nissan, they told me that would cover some of the cost but not all! Then on top of that they told me that while my car was getting fixed I would have to pay 35 dollars a day for a loaner car! Everyone I dealt with at Nissan was rude besides one agent named David!

I will NEVER buy another Nissan!

- Jasmin C., Wilmington, DE, US

problem #29

Aug 022018


  • CVT transmission
  • 60,066 miles

I have had the car for only a year I do not think the car transmission should be having any problems. I do have an extended warranty, however the diagnosis price is ridiculous alone, plus I have a deductible. Which may be pricey along with a other bills including a car note. If Nissan knew about this issue they should have priced it for a lesser price, and told the truth about the vehicle! No one is going to try, and continue to pay for a car that is known to have transmission problems that doesn't make sense! . In other words people like myself are being shafted by dealers, that's like being sold a dream.

- Stephanie C., Chicago, IL, US

problem #28

Jul 162017

Versa 1.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 94,000 miles

I purchased a 2014 Nissan Versa with 94,000 mi. from a private owner a little over a year ago. I drove it for 3 weeks. I did put almost 700 mi. on the car in that 3 weeks and noticed no problems. A friend of mine and I even took a 150 ml. road trip during that period. He drove and felt the car performed fine as well.

Then on a Sunday morning, I noticed what seemed like power loss. The car would not move more than a few mph. I did manage to get creep the car to a Monroe Muffler. Thanking god someplace was open on a Sunday. The mechanic hooked it up to the diagnostic machine. He told me the codes read it was the CVT and my cars Transmission needed to be replaced. I had no Money left for such a repair as I just put all my savings into that car 3 weeks earlier. So I had the car towed home.

I was able to buy a 2007 Hyundai Accent with 205000 mi. on it for $600. I've been driving that ever since. It now has 226,000 mi on it,

A year later there the 2014 Nissan still sits. I still have not repaired it because I can't afford it. I wish I had put all of my money into a newer Hyundai from the start. If I had, I probably would not have an expensive dead horse sitting in my driveway as a daily reminder. UGH!

- Judie F., Livonia, NY, US

problem #27

Jul 162018

Versa SL 1.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 122,500 miles

I own a 2014 Nissan Versa with 122,500 miles. At 52,000, the CVT transmission failed and was replaced under warranty with a re-manufactured CVT transmission. Now, at 122,500 miles, the CVT transmission has failed again (20 mos and 56,000 miles later). My local Nissan Dealership (AutoFair Nissan Stratham NH) won't give me the time of day. They charged me $125 to tell me that the CVT failed again. So, I contacted Nissan North America and spoke to Markita Scott, Nissan Arbitration specialist. All see could say is that my car was out of warranty and they would do nothing. I mentioned to Markita that my car was stalling at intersections, posing a risk to my and other drivers safety. Her reply was that my car was out of warranty and they would do nothing. She keep repeating that as her mantra. It became apparent to me that she didn't really care.

So, I have filed a lawsuit against Nissan North America, filed a complaint with the NH Attorney General, NTSB, and USDOT. THIS CAR IS UNSAFE TO DRIVE AT ANY SPEED. It poses a risk to driver, passengers and other drivers as IT STALLS AT TIMES WHEN ACCELERATING, thus posing a hazard, especially when entering a traffic stream, or intersection.

I urge all reading this to take action. There is a pending Versa class action suit against Nissan. I urge all to go online, file a NTSB, USDOT, and a complaint with your states attorney general. You can do all of this online and it takes only 5-10 minutes to file a complaint online.

I also urge you to take Nissan to court. Check with your local small claims court and file a claim. You can usually so this with paying a $50-100 fee.

Lastly, we need to all stand up and take action. Please feel free to email me at: johnrand1115@gmail.com

I'd be happy to give you any assistance I can. I'm just really pissed off at Nissan because my experience/research shows that their CVT transmissions are of poor design, unsafe, prone to premature failure, and very costly to replace. Nissan really screwed up with this CVT and they know it. Now, they need to pay for their mistake. Thank you.

- John R., Greenland, NH, US

problem #26

Dec 012017

Versa SV 1.6L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 98,000 miles


Horrible vehicle transmission. The car first started to not want to come down the rpm range but I thought nothing of it. Then the problem progressed to the point where after stopping completely, I would have to slightly accelerate then release the accelerator so that the rpms would drop then reapply the accelerator. Then the car eventually got to the point where the rpms got stuck in the high range and the entire car would shake. I would have to either pull over or put it in neutral, turn the vehicle off, turn it back on and put it in drive then continue. Then it started to get even more horrible and gave a noise upon accelerating as though I had a supercharger in a 2014 Nissan Versa SV. The car would take a few seconds to shift to reverse and would roll forward before doing so. Now the car does not go past 2.5 rpm and the car remains at 18 mph. Taking it back to Carmax tomorrow for repairs. I will update.

- DaMarius T., Jackson, US

problem #25

Apr 272018

Versa SD

  • CVT transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I'm blown away that this is a known issue with Nissan, come to find out, with their CVT transmissions. This car is a 2014 with just 90K miles on it and I'm having to replace the transmission. I have owned Toyota's and Honda's and never run into a transmission issue this early. My son's 2008 Camry has 190K and the transmission is still going strong as well as the engine.

- Joe L., Piedmont, US

problem #24

Dec 152017


  • CVT transmission
  • 99,000 miles

I can't drive this car but I am still paying a car note. I am driving a rental car. This is a hardship on me as a single mother paying for childcare. I struggle every month to pay bills because I am paying for rental cars and car note at the same time.

- Tequila J., Oakland, CA, US

problem #23

Apr 012018

Versa SV 1.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN AGAIN. These cars are straight GARBAGE. I have had so many cars in my day and NEVER have I needed a replacement transmission within two years of purchase. Nissan is wrong for this and there should be something we can do. These transmissions are not making it past 100,000 miles on ANY car. Nissan owners: UNITE!!!

- Mieka H., Washington, DC, US

problem #22

Mar 232018

Versa 1,6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,333 miles

2014 Nissan Versa transmission is gone. When I press on gas it doesn't go. Sometimes stops in the middle of street. I have to turn it off and turn it on again. Took it to the dealer and they said that it will cost me over $4500 to fix the transmission. Ny transmission was gone with only 92300 miles on it.

- Yacine B., San Francisco, CA, US

problem #21

Sep 052017

Versa SV

  • CVT transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My car just does not want to go. I step on the gas and it does not want to go. It is really sluggish to the point of not being able to drive it point blank. I still owe 11,562 on this car and cannot afford 4,500 for a new transmission.

- Robin W., Twin Peaks, CA, US

problem #20

Feb 012018


  • CVT transmission
  • 101,000 miles

Fix the CVT transmission or stop selling cars!!!!!

- Michel M., Kansas City, US

problem #19

Jun 062016

Versa SV 1.6L

  • CVT transmission
  • 74,000 miles

Bought a 2014 Nissan Versa it only had 3 miles on it when we bought it. The transmission went out in it after 2yrs, It only had 74,000 mile. 2 months later 4000 miles, that transmission went out. Now here it is 2 years later, 40,000 miles later. A third transmission is having to be put in. Nissan is only willing to pay 50%. This is ridiculous. All the fluid changes and maintenance was done by the Nissan dealership. Please stay away from Nissan Versa. The transmissions are no good.

- Nate D., Covington, US

problem #18

Feb 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

Another 2014 Nissan Versa that needs a new transmission. Had every oil change and maintenance completed at dealership. Babied this car. Unbelievable. Nissan knows of the problems with 2014 Versa transmissions and still has done nothing. So disappointed.

- Michelle M., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #17

Mar 092017

Versa SV 1.6L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 77,999 miles

I bought this car almost 2 years ago fully confident that a 2 years old car (with 48,500 miles) wouldn't have any issues. My budget is being so limited after that and when a year later at a mileage between 77,777 and 80,000 the transmission started acting up after momentary stops or when accelerating after slowing down I felt very disappointed, but at that moment I thought that the transmission was requiring a flush, so after some research I found that I was facing a common problem for this kind of transmission in this particular car model, since I don't have the money to buy a new transmission I had to accept living with this problem hopping that Nissan accepts their responsibility and set a recall regarding this problem where they fully cover the costs for their failure consequences. Today my car is at 91,222 miles and luckily the problem hasn't gotten worse, but still there.

- vluis, Baldwin Park, US

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