Real CVT lifespan

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AltimaJA10
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Real CVT lifespan

Postby AltimaJA10 » Mon Aug 01, 2016 6:17 pm

Clearly lots of early death issues reported for these CVT's (2.5L especially), and Nissan extended the warranty (at least for 2010's like mine). But I've been wondering the opposite question- How many here have their original 4th gen CVT's still running well after 100k miles or more? What's the longevity record here for their original CVT?


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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby MalcolmY » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:09 am

I drove mine for about 215k km / 134k miles, maybe a little more with no issues. My problem (see previous posts) is still present at 228k km / 142k miles.

barnaclebob
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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby barnaclebob » Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:26 pm

Only at 73k on a '11 SR here with no issues.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby mrandersonz » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:19 pm

:naughty: At 103,000 Miles on the ODO and not one issue yet.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Robs 08 Altima » Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:02 pm

I am at 117k miles right now. Had to have the CVT in my 08 2.5S Sedan replaced around 100k. They said it had "burned itself up".

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby seldomseen » Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:03 pm

A multitude of factors will affect the lifespan of the 4th gen CVT (maintenance, driving style, climate, driving conditions, etc). If you can get 100k without any issues, on 2.5 that's pretty good -- as disgusting as this may sound.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby cvttransout » Sun Oct 09, 2016 7:53 pm

just signed up and posted.......but have an 07 2.5s non hybrid with 125k just bought used....dont know history but betting no change of fluid....CVT finally died and car does not move anymore....not covered warranty ....and looking used...

AltimaJA10
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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby AltimaJA10 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:29 pm

Pardon for bumping an old thread, but FWIW- I was recently told by independent mechanic that this generation's Altima tranny's are very reliable??!!?. Did not believe it, but looked up in Consumer Reports 2017 "Detailed Used Car Reliability" article and its survey data supported my mechanic. They gave Altima 2010-2012 their best reliability scores (indicating under 1% rate) for both major and minor transmission problems. FWIW- 2013-14 model years tranny's were not rated so highly, but 15's were back to top rating.
OTOH- JD Power website only rates the 2010 Altima's powertrain dependability (at 3 yrs ownership) as average, but they don't rate tranny separately. Not as positive as CR, but not real bad either.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Paulsey » Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:52 pm

:confused: Hi
Took my 2007 3.5SE in as the transmission for the most part seemed OK
On one occasion it seemed to slip as there was a delay between when I was completely stopped to applying the gas (delay going into gear).
Also I do a lot of stop and go driving and for a couple of years seemed "rough" in stop and go traffic (applying gas) and shuddered quite a bit.
Took it in recently and was told it needs to be replaced.
I bought it in June 2007 and only 70,000 miles on it
Got it back and definite improvement
Got another 1 year/12,000 warranty on the replacement but hope it's OK beyond that
:confused:

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby cfauvel » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:42 pm

hmmm over 200k miles on ours and it seems fine to me. (2007 S with leather)

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Robs 08 Altima » Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:55 pm

Had to have the tranny on my 08 2.5S sedan replaced around 110,000. I had bought the car used and it started squeeling when driven in sport mode. Went to the dealer and they gave me the "it burned itself up" answer. Thank god for the extended warranty to 120,000.

I have put about 20,000 on the new "rebuilt" tranny so far and no issues.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby samesse » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:12 pm

Mine made it to 121k before the step motor went out requiring it to be replaced.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby 2008Sentra » Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:29 pm

I have an 08 Sentra with 143K miles, owned since new. Just found out the CVT needed rebuild at a cost of $4.2K! Car up until now was perfect! KBB places retain value at $3.9K. Still decided whether to fix or sell to junk yard for $500.

AltimaJA10
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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby AltimaJA10 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:35 pm

2008Sentra-
That stinks. Cost is high because they don't "rebuild" CVT's- they just replace 'em. Have you considered having another shop put in a low mileage used unit? A bit of a crap shoot, but another option if the rest of the car is still in good shape.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Rouge5 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:38 am

I bought my altima coupe 2008 on may/2016 with 112k miles, now it have 125k miles and it's running very well

But in the last 2 weeks I noted a strange sound when I take a highway at 50 mph or more, is like a buzz (like wheeeeee) I'm not sure if the sound come from the transmission or what

So how is the issue that affect the CVTs in warranty? Just to be aware

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby chris311 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:57 pm

140,000 here on a 2008 2.5 S. No problems.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby areoblackdog » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:41 pm

Thailand 2012 Teana J32, 2.5v6, cvt jf011e... bought the car second hand with 130k km, only after few days I realized the trans was whining and occasionally slipping. Honestly, when I purchase the vehicle I don't even know what kind of transmission comes with... big headache right the way!! Almost impossible to get knowledgeable mechanics around here, and not even at the dealership they dare put their hand on it, most they accept to do is a fluid service drain and refill...anything else they go for gearbox replacement at the cost of ~$4,000.
Thanks to the forums, youtube clips and web infos i slowly build up some knowledge enough to DIY first mistakes and wrong choices... wasted some cash from wrong coolers, bad instalations, different kind of expensive fluids for nothing...until finally I got a proper 25 raws cooler, installed right at the front on the radiator and good fluid lines! Since that I schedule a drain & refill (NS2) every 10k km and every 20k I drop the pan cleaning all over + new filter and flush new fluid in.
Since I do this the trans back to normal and still running great today with 265k km on it (165k miles).
I drive an avarage of 60/70.000 km a year mostly hiway with heavy foot. Hit the road on daytime here means easily 35/37C'...and we call it avarage, even that hot and hard driving the fluid temp in the cvt rarely rise above 80C, thats the key for long life tranny!
Good luck...
Alex

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby amc49 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:51 pm

2.5v6????

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby areoblackdog » Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:54 am

Yes... Nissan for the Thai market they didn't call it Maxima but Teana. Altima doesn't exist here! Teana first appear on 2003 to 2008 specified as J31 (1st generation), then 2009 the new version J32 till 2013. J32 offered different trims and 2 motor choices...2lt. gasoline 4cyl (QR20DE) and 2.5lt. gasoline 6cyl V (VQ25DE) as top of the line. Can spot very few 3.5lt. sometimes but those are imported from abroad!
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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby 00pathyse » Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:06 pm

About 60k miles on my 07 3.5SE. No issues. Drain and filled cvt fluid at about 50k miles.

Let's hear from some high milers. I know you're out there!!

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby northstar ninja » Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:22 pm

I have about 70k on my 2012 SR. No issues, I would think the v6 cvt is different than the 4 cyl- can anyone confirm this?

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby momoisme818 » Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:31 pm

Im second owner, Just got the car 2012 with 68900 miles on it and the car is smooth and strong, I love it. I treat my automatics with extra caution, No flooring at high speed or to down shift where i push the pedal all the way down to the floor in which some car manufacturers call that Kickdown. so i dinbt do kick downs and avoid the +/- driving mode at all times. that way i keep my CVT healthy and when its time to sell it, the next owner would be thankful just like how i am to who ever owned my car before me. I also had an 06 Infiniti M35 V6 and the CVT was a beast in that one , i had it until 132k miles when I had an accident and it got totaled.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Enso88 » Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:39 pm

I have an 2008 2.5 S that I got in 2014 with 150k. Now has 220k. I did have whining/overheating issues at around 190k, but did a drain/refill and haven't really had any issues since.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby tony4us10 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:35 pm

08 SE 3.5 111k Original CVT has a little "slack" on accel and wants to actually downshift. NP other than that. Had the recommended fluid chg at 60k. Would recommend that to everyone. I just knew it would go poof after the 100k extended warranty.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby muscleOHV » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:40 am

I think nothing should be worried about

Mine lasted 188,000 miles until I crashed it. CVT fluid change every 30,000 miles at my local A+ transmissions cost me $200 every time.

It was still running fine, with original sparkplugs.

I started driving mine at 120,000 miles when I first bought it when gasoline was $4/gal and used small/medium cars were expensive.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby bobweaver » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:35 am

145K so far on my original CVT in my 2011 2.5 Altima. Fluid replaced by dealerships at 80K and 135K.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby Smokaholik » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:17 pm

Bought my altima from my father at 150K miles, never driven hard and mostly highway miles. I just replaced my cvt at 185K miles, it cost 3,600 from the dealer. Car basically quit pulling itself and would over rev when throttled hard, dealer said the belt wore out and I believe them bc that makes sense from the symptoms. Not a single problem with it until then, now drives new. Car is a 4cyl 2.5sl I think, its fully loaded.

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby MikeRL411 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:04 am

Nissan has fielded a new CVT in Japan. Hopefully this will migrate to foreign export vehicles and mitigate if not solve ongoing CVT woes. SOURCE? NHK news,

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby sp0rka » Thu May 14, 2020 3:48 am

Currently on 142k miles and it still seems to have no issues (knock on wood)

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Re: Real CVT lifespan

Postby muscleOHV » Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:35 am

sp0rka wrote:
Thu May 14, 2020 3:48 am
Currently on 142k miles and it still seems to have no issues (knock on wood)
so much for mods and torque of your Altima ....
it still hold up now?


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