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#17 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [crazyriki]
Jul 12, 2010 (8:31 am)
At this point, its a major safety issue and something is definitely wrong. It time to get Nissan Consumer Affairs involved and report the issue to them and how serious it is. See what Nissan says to you and tell them what your crappy local Nissan stealership said to you. Make sure you report the name of the stealership, location, and service people who treated you crappy so its on record. They'll probably tell you to take it to another Nissan stealership. I would do that but if possible, try to take it to one that has the national Nissan sales and service award. Your chances are better of getting good customer service from a stealership with that award and help! You can find out if any of your local stealers have it by going to the nissanusa website and putting in your zipcode in the stealer search and when the listings come up for the stealers, ones with the award will have a little logo next to their name on the right hand side.
If Nissan Consumer Affairs dismisses your problems, I've found in the past that threatening legal action sometimes gets them to take you more seriously.
Definitely should not be happening and I've had a 2010 Max for just about a year now and its never done anything like what your describing so its definitely not normal!
Best of Luck to You!!!
#18 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [crazyriki]
Jul 31, 2010 (3:17 am)
It sounds like you are having the same problems with your 2010 year Nissan
Max as 1000's of other Max owners are having with their 2004-2007
models. I have a 2005 Nissan Max and have been researching online for about a month now and think that a moderately price fix has been found. Try checking out these two website on transmission issue and not only will you see tons of postings regarding the same complaints, but you may find some valuable information as well.
I hope everything works out for you.
#19 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [smarty666]
Aug 18, 2010 (2:35 pm)
Thanks for the reply, I didn't think to come back until now.
After the last time I posted we wrote to the customer service folks and have a lady who is working with us now. We left it at the dealership for a few days and they reprogrammed something and said that they've had others report similar issues lately and this seems to fix it. They also were going to fix a squeaky steering wheel. They told us to pick it up and the day my husband picked it up I got a call saying the part was in?? What? I am pretty sure that we're picking it up today. Come to find out that they never fixed the steering wheel, they just ordered the part. If I hadn't have told the hubby about the weird call he wouldn't have known that it wasn't fixed. So he's been driving it for 2 days and said he would take it by there to get the steering wheel part fixed.
I'm very lucky that he's been driving it because today HE got to experience the stalling thing. He was telling me of the RPMs and what else was happening, but I'm glad that he can explain it now. I'm mad that a brand new car is having these issues. I'm fed up. Carmax will give us $27K for it. I'm not sure how much longer I want it to just be sitting in the shop. What is the lemon law?
Oh I'm so mad! If this is happening to others, please let me know!
I will look at those sites the last person sent. I will pass that on I mean, I'm sure I am not able to fix it, it's still under warrenty. Will keep you updated!
#20 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [crazyriki]
Aug 18, 2010 (4:13 pm)
I'm surprised you've never heard of lemon law. Each state has their own lemon law, but they typically differ in policies, requirements, etc from state to state.
Here in NJ where I live, if you have a car that is either under 2 yrs old or 18k miles, and have had a problem with your new car that has been fixed on 3 separate occasions, WITHOUT a fix from your stealership, you can file for a lemon law claim on your new car. Typically, when you inform your state and automaker your filing you have to have detailed paperwork, 3 separate (failed) repair attempts by your stealer.
It doesn't sound like you've had 3 separate failed repair attempts yet so I don't think you would qualify for lemon law at this point. To be honest, a squeaky steering wheel is not that big a deal and typically can be fixed easily. I've had a few technical issues like that fixed on my Max already but many cars have TSBs and repairs like that, not just Nissan.
Now the transmission problem is more unacceptable in my opinion. Hopefully that fix will solve your issues and that would be considered repair attempt number 1 for that issue.
#21 of 36 Re: Maxima 2010 CVT issue [buddybow]
Aug 19, 2010 (4:31 pm)
I just bought a new 2010 Maxima. It's only got about 1,000 miles on it and occasionaly I experience the same problem. Did you ever get a fix?
#22 of 36 2009-2010 Maxima CVT Software Upgrade
Sep 27, 2010 (6:39 pm)
There is a TSB available that addresses the low-speed vibrations but it also tremendously improves the response of the transmission at all engine speeds. The difference is so huge that it feels like a completely different powertrain.
The revised CVT programming manages the powertrain so much better, the whole car feels a lot more powerful and connected. In fact, it no longer feels like a CVT but a very well behaved and very responsive automatic.
I had the TSB applied about a month ago and am obviously extremely pleased with the result. This is how the CVT should have been programmed from the factory.
I finally feels 290hp, and there has been no change in fuel consumption.
AT09-014 NTB09-138 December 18, 2009
2009 2010 MAXIMA; BOOMING NOISE OR VIBRATION
APPLIED VEHICLE:2009 - 2010 Maxima (A35)
IF YOU CONFIRM:
There is a booming noise and/or vibration when all of the following conditions are present:
Speed between 20 and 45 mph
Transmission is in lock-up
Engine RPM between 1200 and 1500
1. Slight noise and/or vibration under the conditions described above are a normal operating characteristic of this vehicle and are within design specifications for the vehicle.
2. For those customers who are particularly sensitive to this characteristic of their vehicles, the transmission control module reprogramming procedure described in this bulletin may be performed. However, the customer should be advised that this is a specification change and differs from the original specification that exists on their vehicle.
3. If a customer voluntarily chooses to have this specification change made to their vehicle, they should be advised that their actual MPG may (or may not) slightly decrease (up to 1 mpg) as a result, depending on their driving habits and other conditions.
#23 of 36 Re: Maxima 2010 CVT issue [gjg1234]
Oct 06, 2010 (3:49 pm)
The issue has been fixed. After involving NissanUSA customer service and several trips to the dealership, the Nissan Engineers in Tenessee recommended a valve assembly replacement. It took about a week to get the parts and few hours to replace. I have driven the car for about 2000 miles since, and it is a complete different acceleration and performance. Now I can consistently feel the 290 horse power engine.
#24 of 36 Re: Maxima 2010 CVT issue [buddybow]
Oct 10, 2010 (6:25 am)
Thanks for your response. I also had the CVT valve body assembly replaced and everything seems OK now. When I initially took the car in I printed your response and it seemed to move things along better. The dealership claimed they haven't heard of this before.
#25 of 36 Re: 2009-2010 Maxima CVT Software Upgrade [alan_s]
Oct 21, 2010 (8:16 pm)
I second everything you have said. Mine was done this week and was the FIRST one done by a pretty high volume dealer. Yes, everyone who can get it done should do it.
Responsiveness is now better than good and a car that was a lot of fun to drive is now so good it is hard to not make excuses to get in it and go. The car always had an animal inside but the gate had to be unlocked and the door opened..now there is no gate, no door, it just goes. Down shifting is smooth and very quick..no hesitation. I would not trade this CVT for any 6-7 speed automatic. With the TSB flashed, it is superior to any I have driven.
#26 of 36 It's all better, they finally fixed it!
Nov 06, 2010 (8:28 am)
Well, after months of anger and it being in the shop - they took this thread that I had printed and applied the first fix recommended...I can't believe it took them so long as I took this in the first time I complained and I know they replaced all kinds of stuff before deciding to do what was mentioned.
Sorry it took so long to come back on here, but glad the ordeal is done!