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#1 of 36 2010 CVT Issue (?)
May 06, 2010 (6:21 am)
Hi all. This is my first post and I hope that I am doing it correctly. I just wanted to share with you my experience that I am now going through. 1 month ago I bought a 2010 Nissan Maxima SV. A few days ago (mileage approximately 950 miles, thats right less than 1k) at a toll plaza I noticed that my maxima was lagging. Sort of like when you put a manual transmission into 4th gear and try to drive from a stand still. Shortly later the service engine soon light came on.
The following day I took it to Courtesy Nissan (Tampa, Fl) and told them of the problem. After several hours they said that diagnostics did not find any problem, but when the tech took the vehicle for a test drive the vehicle was in fact lagging as I had reported. The tech contacted Nissan engineering because they had not heard of this problem(s) on a 2010 model. Nissan advised that there was something wrong in the transmission (I assume the CVT, but am unsure at this time) that made the vehicle it think that when starting from a stand still that it was in 3rd or 4th gear. Nissan is now sending some new part for the transmission. Now I am just waiting for Courtesy Nissan Tampa to call me that my maxima has been fixed.
I will keep you all posted as to the outcome and will use more technical terms as soon as I get the final report.
I am a first time Maxima owner and bought the Maxima because I have always heard that they are great vehicles and retain resale value more so than many other vehicles. I sure hope that this does not completely ruin my Maxima experience. Apart from this problem I have been absolutely loving the Maxima.
#2 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
May 06, 2010 (10:58 am)
I have a 2010 SV as well, but with about 7500 miles on it right now and have heard or felt none of this! Might be something specifically wrong with your vehicles. Please keep us aprise of what Nissan says and does. At the very least, let us know what they find so that any of us other 2010 owners who might experience something similar now or down the road will have your post to possibly fall back on!!
Best of Luck getting your problem resolved!!
#3 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [smarty666]
Jun 03, 2010 (7:36 pm)
I also have a 2010 SV and have experienced the same lag, first noticed at about 1200 miles. It now has 8500 miles and has been in the shop for several days. Same story to start with that they had no codes and possibly I was just not used to the CVT. I finally got the tech to ride with me and would not except that this was normal. They called Nissan and after a couple days of testing/monitoring they have ordered some valve body for it a week or so ago. The only issue is starting out from a stop about 50% of the time. It seems to be in about a 4th range, and can't get out of its own way, I have leaned not to pull out in front of on coming traffic as that is when it seems to want to do it. I also absolutely love the vehicle and performance except for this one issue. Hopefully they will get it resolved soon.
#4 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [boatn]
Jun 04, 2010 (6:19 am)
I'm glad you made enough stink that you got a tech to go out and drive with you. I've run into similar trouble with two separate Nissan dealership where all they want to freakin do is hook the thing up to the computer and if no codes come up, then they come back and shrug their shoulders and say they can't find anything wrong. You basically have to beg and demand for them to go out with a tech or force them to bring the car in, put it up on a lift, and demand they physically inspect the area your having trouble with!
#6 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
Jun 04, 2010 (6:36 am)
Hi. I waited to re-post because I wanted to see if the problem was fixed. The dealership had my vehicle for about 5 days when they called me and said that the problem had been fixed. Apparently there was some malfunctioning valve in the transmission.
What ever the problem was it is now fixed. I have put about 600 miles on the vehicle since and have had no re-occurring problems (crosses fingers).
I dont have the dealership work order and parts paperwork on me at the moment when I get it I will try to look up the issue and post exactly what part was malfunctioning.
My experience with the dealership was actually very good. I am quite surprised as I have had awful experiences with new vehicles in the past. Good luck to you all and I will get that info out to you soon.
#7 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
Jun 04, 2010 (7:45 am)
Same here, first post. I have a 2010 Maxima Premium Package. At around 7000 miles I started noticing the same with with the engine, it was lagging when I took my foot off the gas. Noticed it the most when I was coming off a freeway exit. Also noticing a lot of knocking coming from the engine. I took it to the dealership last Saturday and they said it was probably a wheel bearing that needs to be replaced. I'm taking it to the dealership today after work to drop it off. I have had a lot of issues with this car ever since I leased it back in December. Also have had a lot of issues with the service dept. at the dealership I bought it at. I'm probably going to write a letter to Nissan explaining my dissatisfaction in both the car and dealership. I leased an FX35 in the past and loved it. Not so sure about my Nissan.
#8 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [hondafan12]
Jun 04, 2010 (12:13 pm)
Know exactly what your talking about. Had a FX35 before this Maxima which had practically the same identical VQ engine with just a different displacement, etc. I had absolutely no knocking/pinging/clinging from the heat shield/exhaust system yet my 2010 Maxima is down right terrible/intense with knocking/pinging/clinging when the engine is both on/idling/running and when cooling off in the garage or driveway. I never have had a car make these noises, yet everyone tells me they are normal but I think its all a bunch of BS. I've heard a couple of other cars when I've been out make some of these noises but nothing to the extent this Maxima makes and it gets loud/constant enough I've been embarassed and had people comment if something was wrong with the car!
I use top tier Shell Premium gas and have had the noises with both the Nissan Dino Oil the first 7500 miles and now a full synthetic since and the noise just don't seem to get better.
How embarrassing for a 38k dollar automobile to be making these kinds of unrefined noises! I definitely think its heat shield related since its metallic sounding in nature.
#9 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
Jun 04, 2010 (1:06 pm)
Hi again and sorry for the delay. I am going to basically give you all that was reported and work performed according to Nissan.
Reported: Says engine light was on over the weekend. Acceleration from a stop was very poor until 45 mph then it seems ok (engine light code P1778 stored).
-installed: valve assy
-installed: seal-O ring
-installed transmission fluid
installed: washer thrust
-performed diagnosis for code P1778 and replaced Valve Body assy per hotline.
Like my previous post this seems to have corrected the issue and after 600 miles put on the vehicle I have not noticed any further problems.
I hope this may help anyone else out there who has experienced or is experiencing the same problem.
#10 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
Jun 04, 2010 (1:07 pm)
Yes, I had a very similar problem with my 2010 Maxima, but it had 980 miles on it. At one point the transmission didn't even work. My dealer had to get a part from Nissan and it was a major computer part. It works wonderfully now. This is my third Maxima, but I must admit this one had a lot of small cosmetics wrong with it. I do love it. You can e mail me directly at golfing523aol.com to discuss further.