The Nissan Rogue Transmission Lawsuit Is Bigger Than We Expected

Something has been going on with Nissan and the team responsible for designing the Rogue’s transmission. People have been complaining about the Nissan Rogue having serious transmission problems for nearly a decade. Recently, we published an article about a class-action lawsuit concerning “classic broken transmission symptoms” plaguing the Rogue. However, we had to update our readers and let you know that the lawsuit facing Nissan is a lot bigger than we first expected.

Transmission lawsuit names Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Rogue

According to a report published by Car Complaints on April 4, 2021, Nissan is now facing a class-action lawsuit due to ongoing transmission problems plaguing the Nissan Pathfinder and the Nissan Rogue.

Plaintiffs report that both vehicles “lurch, jerk, shake, and stall” because of these transmission problems. As a result, the 2015-2016 Pathfinder and 2014-2016 Rogue are prone to stalling. The report blames faulty continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) produced by Nissan subsidiary Japan Automatic Transmission Company (JATCO).

Car Complaints stated that “. . . the Rogues and Pathfinders are dangerous to drive due to severe delays when trying to accelerate.” One plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit claimed that her 2016 Nissan Rogue “. . . frequently jerks and forces her to pull to the side of the road.”

This made the plaintiff afraid for her safety and the safety of her family when driving her Rogue, the report continued. Despite the plaintiff taking her Rogue to Nissan for regular service, the problems with her transmission persisted. The plaintiff added that she would not have purchased the Rogue or at least been willing to pay less for it if she had known about the transmission problems.

Both the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder have had transmission issues for years

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One of the biggest questions that should be answered is why hasn’t Nissan done anything about this long-standing transmission issue? According to some quick research, it seems both the Nissan Rogue and Pathfinder have had transmission problems as far back as 2013.

As early as January, Edmunds accumulated seven pages of complaints about the Rogue’s transmission problems. Entitled “Fight for recall of CVT for Nissan Rogues and the like,” owners of the Rogue posted to a forum-style forum page on Edmunds‘ website.

One owner wrote: “After reading these postings it makes me wonder. I have a 2008 Rogue with [sic] almost 70,000 miles. On acceleration, I hear a noise that sounds [like] a beehive at a distance. Once I reach the speed I want it goes away. Also, my car will shudder as if it wants to turn off and I was told that is normal for a car with this type of transmission. Are they pulling my leg?”

As has been the problem with Nissan throughout history, there were many complaints about how technicians did little to fix the transmission problems. Others claimed that Nissan seemed disinterested in doing anything about it.

As for the Pathfinder, Edmunds reported in April 2014 that “Nissan North America is recalling approximately 3,065 2013 Nissan Pathfinder crossover vehicles equipped with a continuously variable transmission to fix a transmission fluid leak.”

Steve Yaeger, a Nissan North America spokesman, said that these transmission problems didn’t cause any injuries (only annoyed owners to the point of wishing they had bought a Toyota or Honda). Nearly two decades later, the Pathfinder still has transmission problems.

What you need to know about this class-action lawsuit

New Nissan Motor Co. Rogue vehicles sit on a car carrier trailer inside an automotive processing terminal operated by WWL Vehicle Services Americas Inc.
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So that you’re completely informed, this is not the first class-action lawsuit laid against Nissan concerning Rogue transmission troubles. In February 2018, a class-action lawsuit claimed that the 2013 Nissan Rogue’s transmission was defective, says TopClassActions.com. Originally filed in California state court in January, the case was transferred to federal court in February 2013.

On April 8, 2021, yet another class-action lawsuit was leveled against the Japanese auto manufacturer. According to ClassAction.org, “Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of people who own or lease certain Nissan Rogue vehicles.”

This class action “was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee: Eliason, et al., v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al,” as it says in the Car Complaints article.

If you’re an owner of a Nissan Rogue or Pathfinder with a faulty transmission, plaintiffs are represented by Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, and Keller Rohrback L.L.P.