When you go to a car dealership and begin looking at the cars and trucks, more often than not the vehicles available fall into clear categories. Choosing between a manual and automatic transmission, or diesel or gasoline engine, is a sensible, expected process and most people have a clear understanding of what they are buying in advance. Unfortunately, many Nissan owners have discovered not every automatic transmission is the same and that the CVT transmission is facing significant issues. Understanding CVT transmission failure is critical for any Nissan owner facing problems, especially when critical deadlines may be looming regarding legal rights and more.
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is a system with seamless, “stepless” gear transmission. Early on Nissan understood the merits of CVT, low-fuel consumption and seamless acceleration, developing and adopting the technology for its vehicles. See full list on nissanproblems.com.
CVT is an acronym for ‘continuously variable transmission’ and references a unique transmission that differs from the common automatic transmission’s design and system. A CVT transmission utilizes pulleys and a steel belt to adjust RPMs as you accelerate and decelerate. Where a common automatic transmission utilizes gears to achieve this driving behavior, the CVT does not have any gears and is instead supposed to seamlessly speed up and slow down without the gear-changing hesitation most people are used to.
You can see a video here that shows in more specific detail how a CVT transmission works. In theory, the science behind a CVT transmission would make for a smoother driving experience because the vehicle is not required to upshift or downshift to a different gear alignment in order to increase or decrease RPMs. The problem is that the steel belt and pulley system does not always perform as desired, leading to confusion on whether the CVT transmission is actually failing or just moving up and down as designed. Failure, though, is very much an issue for far too many Nissan owners.
Reactions about the CVT transmission as a technology, though, are mixed. The reason is that CVT transmission reliability can vary significantly. One only needs to review the Nissan section of CarComplaints.com to see that complaints about the CVT transmission are widespread. With the cost of replacing a CVT transmission somewhere between three and five thousand dollars, Nissan owners who find out their unconventional transmission is a known issue can be understandably angry and frustrated. That the CVT transmission is installed in so many different Nissan vehicles means that the issue extends beyond one certain model or year and, instead, across a significant portion of the manufacturer’s entire lineup.
After working to help thousands Ford Focus and Fiesta owners who have had their own transmission issuesPiers anthony adept series. , our firm is now representing hundreds of Nissan owners nationally, with nearly 500 cases already filed in California alone. If you are having issues with your CVT transmission, it is important you contact our firm and find out how we can try and help you move forward on this difficult issue.
— A Nissan CVT settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that alleges the continuously variable transmissions are defective in these Nissan models.
- 2013-2017 Nissan Sentra
- 2014-2017 Nissan Versa Note
- 2012-2017 Nissan Versa
The CVT class action lawsuit was consolidated from these class actions: Michelle Falk, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., Michael Knotts, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc., and Cheyne Norman, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc.
All of the lawsuits allege the CVTs shake, jerk, hesitate, lag, decelerate and finally fail, requiring expensive transmission replacements.
Nissan denies and continues to deny all of the lawsuit's claims, but says it agreed to settle to prevent the prolonged battle and expense of continued litigation.
According to the CVT settlement, Nissan will extend the new vehicle limited warranty for the transmission assembly, including the valve body and torque converter, and automatic transmission control unit by 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first. The warranty extension will be subject to the terms and conditions of the original warranty.
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Nissan has also agreed to reimburse customers for parts and labor paid for qualifying repairs involving the replacement or repair of the transmission assembly or transmission control unit if the work was done after the expiration of the powertrain coverage under the original warranty but within the limits of the warranty extension.
A customer will be reimbursed for the full amount if the repairs were performed by a Nissan dealership, and repairs made at non-dealerships will be covered up to $4,750.
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The replacement or repair must have occurred on or before the vehicle has been in service for 84 months or driven for 84,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
According to the Nissan CVT settlement, a former owner who had two or more replacements or repairs to the transmission assembly or control unit is eligible for a $1,000 voucher for either a purchase or lease of a new Nissan or Infiniti vehicle.
The voucher must be used within nine months of the effective date of the settlement. In addition, an owner cannot use both the voucher and be reimbursed for repairs.
Attorneys for vehicle owners will receive about $6.6 million in fees and expenses.
Although both parties agreed to settle the CVT class action, nothing is complete until the judge holds a final approval hearing on March 6, 2020.
The plaintiffs are represented by Whitfield Bryson & Mason, Berger & Montague, Capstone Law, Heninger Garrison Davis, Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, and Pearson, Simon & Warshaw.
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CarComplaints.com has owner-reported transmission complaints about Nissan Sentras, Nissan Versas and Nissan Versa Notes.
Learn more about the Nissan CVT settlement here.