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Nissan Maxima rattling under load

Asked by Peter Sharp

The CVT in my 2008 Nissan Maxima is "rattling" under load and sticking in a low gear down hills causing it to over-rev. I have discovered the CVT is a problem in Nissans here and in the USA where Nissan USA doubled their warranty to six years and 160,000 km. I am now up for $3500 for second-hand replacement. The dealer I bought it from and where I have had it serviced car is being evasive and will not discuss why a 140,000 km five- year-old car has a main drivetrain component that's practically unserviceable. Is this common with CVTs over 100,000 km?

Answered by CarsGuide

5 Jul 2013 Graham Smith

Our Nissan specialist says the CVT is quite a reliable unit, but with the proviso that the oil is changed as recommended at 100,000 km. Do that, it is claimed and the CVT will do many more than 140,000 km.

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