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The Nissan lineup has always been a mixed bag. The automaker does offer some nice redesigned SUVS and sportier models, plus a very reliable entry in the truck segment. However, even its most popular models always seem overshadowed by their rivals. 

Disappointing powertrains and interiors aside, some Nissan cars are also prone to serious repair issues. If you own any of these vehicles, one automotive influencer warns you might run into transmission problems.

Beware of transmission issues on these 8 Nissan vehicles

CarDealershipGuy is an anonymous automotive expert and salesman with a loyal following on social media. He has also been featured in several respected publications, so users are inclined to trust his opinions and information. In a recent tweet, he warned drivers that many Nissan cars (both old and new models) are prone to faulty transmissions. 

According to him, you should think twice before purchasing a Nissan Murano produced during the 2015-2021 model years. The Nissan Murano has a history of transmission problems tracing back to at least the 2003 model year, so we’re not surprised. Owners reported paying as much as $5,000 for a complete transmission replacement.

The aforementioned tweet also says to steer clear of Nissan Rogue SUVs and Quest minivans from the 2015-2017 model years. SUV shoppers might also want to avoid buying a 2018-2021 Nissan Pathfinder model.

Many of Nissan’s sedans garner frequent transmission complaints, including Maximas manufactured between 2016-2021. The 2016 Nissan Maxima is known for a slew of other problems, including loose brake mounts and airbag failures. Owners have also made numerous complaints about fuel and brake fluid leaks.

A 2020 Nissan Sentra compact sedan transmission
A 2020 Nissan Sentra transmission | Nissan Motor Corporation

If possible, find another used car besides the 2018 or 2019 Nissan Sentra. Like the Nissan Murano, the Sentra’s CVT has a long history of performance issues. Potential repair problems aside, the 2018 Sentra has a subpar interior and a weak engine. 

You may also want to pass on the Nissan Versa Note from the 2018 or 2019 model year. According to Car and Driver, the CVT is too loud, and the car’s handling is lifeless overall. It slightly redeems itself in terms of cargo space and its variety of standard features.

CarDealershipGuy clarifies that not all Nissans are bad, even praising the latest Nissan Altima models. However, he says to only buy a Nissan Altima from the 2017-2021 model years if it’s low on miles. 

How soon do transmission problems occur?

In a follow-up tweet, CarDealershipGuy states that most Nissan transmission problems occur after you’ve got 40,000 miles on the odometer. According to Cash Cars Buyer, a CVT should last at least 100,000 miles (if not longer). Rough shifting and delayed reactions from the gearbox are both good indicators that your car’s transmission is going bad. 

You’ll probably also hear some clunking noises, and the transmission’s fluid might start leaking or producing a strange smell. If you don’t want to get rid of your Nissan, CarDealershipGuy recommends buying a remanufactured transmission. He says that this will cost between $3,000-$5,000.

Why you should take transmission problems seriously

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Even if your engine is in good shape, it can’t get adequate power without a functioning transmission. When the transmission goes out entirely, your car won’t be able to move at all. Additionally, having to operate at higher RPMs due to uneven power delivery can put unnecessary strain on your engine.

Some transmission problems can be fixed for relatively low prices before you’re forced to replace the entire unit. However, it’s a red flag if your car keeps developing transmission problems despite frequent repairs. If any of the Nissans we mentioned give you a headache, you may be better off trading it in for something else.