The funny thing is..... I just checked my tranny fluid just 30 minutes ago...with a paper restaurant napkin no less.
And it actually looks like the way Kerrton describes his, but mine obviously is 6 years later.
BTW I have a 2009 AWD.
I guess I am one of the lucky ones who never had a transmission problem. My Rogue has a little under 75,000 miles and consider myself light on the gas peddle.
So because of the history of Nissan's CVT's, I have been a little paranoid even though I have the extended warranty.
A few visits ago at my dealership, they wanted to flush my CVT but I have not decided back then since I am having no problems.
Anyways, I have been preparing the past couples of weeks reading about the CVT draining, flushing, here and on YouTube.
Bought some CVT fluid from eBay and everything.
But now after inspecting my fluid, with it being so clear and clean and noticing that the level was in the perfect location on the crosshatch of the stick, I'm thinking why mess with perfection.
Well I might go another 10,000-20,000 miles.
Now all I am stressing is on the napkin particles that have infiltrated the cvt universe. LOL!
First, they say in the beginning it's a lifetime fluid not to messed with.
Then it seems CVT's were failing left and right which seemed the norm.
Then not to touch the CVT during warranty period or perhaps get blamed for goofing something up.
Then it is recommended to do a flush.
....But NOT at the dealership because their machines would supposedly mix old transmission debris from other cars with yours.
Now it's ok to do a drain & fill since a flush is optional. But done a few times to get most of the debris out.
Damn YouTube, life was better when I just check my tires.
Now I am able to change oil, well of course that, but now I can change my engine and cabin air filter, clean an O2 sensor, change differential & transfer fluids, hardwire a dashcam, and a few days ago changed my spark plugs! And seriously, I thought spark plug changing was some secret society knowledge stuff! ......And get this, my spark plugs looked to be in very good condition! argghh!
Now I might be planning to change my rear shocks.
Trust me I am far from a mechanic, just learned online.
So decisions, decisions.