How has Nissan addressed their CVT reliability issues?

Asked by GuruRJZ9V Feb 18, 2020 at 11:38 AM about the 2020 Nissan Sentra

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just wondering if Nissan has shared any information about improvements to
their CVT reliability issues. This is a really nice to car but I am hesitant to move
forward without details regarding how the longevity of the transmission has
been addressed.

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Other than replacing some transmissions under warranty it does not appear they have done anything. Only a fool would buy a Nissan with a CVT.

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Avoid it. In the Sentra class any car is better even those with CVTs. Civic is a better car even with its CVT. Mazda is the best overall choice as at the 23k price point that you would spend on a SV Sentra the Mazda 3 offers more and has a standard AT and manual trans options.

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Here’s what I was told by a Nissan mechanic, when my warrentee replaced my 2013 Sentras CVT transmisson. He said Nissan mechanics have raised h^}*~€+{~ over these transmissions failing, and to have the CVT transmissions modified with a chain vs. a belt. Plus, these transmissions run hot, as they aren’t properly cooled. Nissan hasn’t done anything for the heat issue, but he suggests changing the fluid every 30,000 miles, to help. As for the belt vs chain, about 2 years ago, all rebuilt CVT transmissions that use a belt, now have a WIDER belt, to both limit the possibility of slipping and the belt breaking. There will be no chain modification. But because it’s a belt, it expands and contracts, like a rubber band. And, just like a rubber band, it’s elasticity slowly starts to go, making the belt stretch out, over time, to be larger than it’s original size. So, while the rebuilds are “better,” nothing is addressed for the heat issue, and, eventually, the transmission will still start to slip, and eventually go, it’ll just take longer. So if you are lucky to get, or have gotten a replacement transmission over the past 2 years, give or take, you have a modified rebuild.

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I’ve no idea what you’re talking about. I have had a 2009 Sentra SR for the last ten years with over 170,000 miles and have never had a transmission problem. I had the fluid changed at 120,000 miles, per the recommended service interval in the owner’s manual.

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https://m.carcomplaints.com/Nissan/Al tima/2009/ https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit- settlements/consumer-products/auto- news/901515-nissan-altima- transmission-defect-class-action- settlement-reached/

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I see, apollo1980. It looks like I picked a good year to buy. I read up on the “new” reprogrammed CVT y they brought out in 2013. Apparently, they tried to program it to run like a regular old fashioned transmissions with artificial “shift points. They obviously “jumped the shark” on that, but apparently fixed it in another reprogramming in 2016.

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