Nissan Altima New Transmission Failure

Issue Status: Discussion

I bought a brand new 2013 Nissan Altima in April 2014 and in January 2015 and less than 35,000 miles, the car suddenly stopped moving while I was driving it in the city. It has been at a Nissan dealership for weeks. On week 4, they called and told me they have to replace the whole transmission, but without a new warranty on the part. I am absolutely terrified to drive my car. I have been reading dozens of horror stories on Consumer Affairs about the same make/model having the same issue. Even worse, the issues are happening again after the remanufactured transmission is installed. I owe $20,000 on my car and will take a serious financial hit if I try to sell or trade it in, but am seriously concerned about my safety. Other drivers have reported the transmission failing while driving up a mountain or in the middle of the highway while driving 55+ mph. I have read about class actions for other Nissan models due to the CVT transmission, but nothing has started for the issues with the Altimas. People's lives are at risk and no one is doing anything about it. From what I've read online, there is also good indication that Nissan knew about the issue, but rushed production of the design intentionally.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Rosemary K. said
405 days ago
I have been told by two dealerships that the big timing belt is showing wear This is a 2009 nissan altima with not even 45,000 miles on it. I am told there is a defect n timing belt and I want this taken care of and paid for by nissan.


Ron S. said
397 days ago
I have a 2009 Altima with CVT. Failure occurred in Feb. 2016 after 138,000 miles. Nissan published a TSB to dealers about overheating of the transmission when driving highway speeds of 65 MPH for periods of more than one hour. Sure sounds like a defective design to me. That makes my 2009 Certified Nissan Altima a certified paperweight. It's either the design or the overpriced fluid required to maintain warranty every 30K miles. Complaint, surly you jest. Nissan knew then and they know now. I can only hope that as a less than honest and reputable company that Nissan pays through the nose for deceptive sales practices and claims about these defective cars. I love the car, but hate the trouble the car has. I expected many more pleasurable driving miles. I did not expect unreliability at the price I paid. I would join a class action in a heartbeat.


Janelle A. said
389 days ago
I have a 2013 Altima with just over 51k miles on it. I purchased it after purchasing a brand new 2014 Accord off the truck that ended up in the shop every week. Needless to say, I ended up purchasing this car because if the incredible reliability all my previous Nissan vehicles have had. .all 13 of them. Well, much to my dismay, in the first month, this car had to have the alternator replaced because the lights kept dimming, and I could feel surging. Now, my car sometimes acts like its gonna die, then sometimes it doesn't seem to want to grab the right gear when taking off. I also know its running hot because these short trips in town I take shouldn't have the car making the noise under the hood like it does. The belts are also squealing right now. I'm pretty irritated at the two crappy vehicles I managed to purchase, when I traded in my paid off and beautiful BMW xi. Not a good deal for me at all. I regret thus decision, and it now has me looking into a different brand as a result of Nissan's inability to take the blame and just do a recall to fix the problem. Much easier to fix this issue and keep a customer for life, than to create customers linking these usually incredible cars/trucks to unreliability.


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319 days ago


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Shawna B. said
288 days ago
I have a 2006 Nissan Exterra. I have had to replace my transmission; my timing chain and all of the tensioners; my water pump (it is attached to to timing chain cover and part of the pulluy system) ; and now I'm in the process of replacing the rear timing chain cover and gaskets. This car has cost me more than I can say. I know Nissan knew about all of these issues and someone needs to start a class action against the company for the greed over human lives attitude this company is portraying. 😬


Aimee D. said
280 days ago
I have a Nissan Altima 3.5 SE V6 the transmission is blown and previously my sister had bought a 2005 Nissan Altima in both of these vehicles the transmission went out just finished putting a lot of money into my Nissan Altima for it to be bad like this is awful I still have my original 1990 Honda a little bit over a hundred thousand miles on it and it's still going good it's 25 years old so for me to have a newer car and it should go out it's ridiculous


Skylar B. said
210 days ago
I have a 2008 Nissan Altima that's having the exact same issue. The original transmission didn't die until about 155,000 miles, but I just spent over $3000 on a remanufactured transmission and it's now sputtering every time I accelerate to the point where I'm afraid it's going to stall in the middle of traffic. This happened after driving for less than 1000 miles with the new transmission. In addition, the service representative at Nissan lied to me about the cause of the original transmission failure. I got a second opinion, and the mechanic told me that the radiator was cracked and leaking fluid into the transmission, leading to transmission failure. When I asked the service department at Nissan, the representative lied to me and told me that the radiator needed to be replaced but did not cause the transmission failure. Some Nissan models have already been recalled because of this radiator issue, and I believe that he purposely misled me because Nissan wants to avoid another recall.


Glenelle T. said
156 days ago
I have a 2013 Nissan Altima SL with 62,000 mikles on it. And It broke down today. At first I was unable to move the shift stick with out having to stick something down the shift lock to move the shift stick. Then the car just died every time I am at a red light. Unable to reverse or put in drive without it jerking. Warrenty expired at 60,000. Without a car now! Scared to drive car because, it cuts off randomly and very dangerous


Miguel . said
149 days ago
I have a 2013 Nissan Altima with 62,000 miles on it. And It broke down today. At first I was unable to move the shift stick with out having to stick something down the shift lock to move the shift stick. Then the car just died every time I am at a red light. Unable to reverse or put in drive without it jerking. Warrenty expired at 60,000. Dealer cannot duplicate problem request a video.

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