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#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.
#11 of 36 Maxima 2010 CVT issue
Jun 15, 2010 (10:11 am)
I am having the same problem with my 2010 Maxima SV with 4000 miles. Today was the worst, and started researching the internet. The car starts as if it is in 3rd or 4th gear, and I am affraid to pull in front of on coming traffic too. I am going to the Nissan dealer with all of your feed backs as soon as I finish this email, and I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
#13 of 36 Same transmission problem
Jun 27, 2010 (2:32 pm)
My wife and I bought a 2010 Maxima in April and have put 3000 miles on it so far. We drove it from New Jersey to Florida this weekend and were dismayed to find that about half the time we'd pull off the highway the car would have no power at all when trying to accelerate from a stop sign or red light. Glad to know we're not the only ones having this problem. I did note that in the manual under the CVT section it states that when the CVT fluid is at a high temperature the car will shift into a higher gear automatically. If that's true then I feel the line should be recalled as the behavior of the car is DANGEROUS. Before we became adjusted to the problem we tried pulling across a two lane highway and nearly caused an accident when the car wouldn't make it past 15- 20 mph! Now we wait until there's no oncomingvehicles from either direction...
I'm planning on finding a dealership tomorrow but my fear is they won't find a problem or be able to replicate the issue. Wish me luck.
#14 of 36 Re: Same transmission problem [dromgar]
Jun 28, 2010 (5:17 am)
That is exactly what happened to me. I took the car to Royal Palm Nissan in West Palm Beach. A technician drove the car and was not able to duplicate the problem. They claim that no one had reported such issue. If you are in the West Palm Beach area, you may want to take it to the same dealership(the name of the service advisor is Frank) and than we may both have an answer to this problem. I received a Customer Satisfaction survey from Nissan and I intend to mention all these instances and ask them to look into it. It is a major safety concern and something needs to be done about it.
#15 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [dragongunner]
Jun 28, 2010 (8:55 am)
Thanks for the info! I had this happen on Friday and my husband couldn't get it to duplicate all weekend and didn't know what to tell the service people so he just didn't bother taking it in. I will have to print this off and let them see it. At least it's proof that it's not me and the car has less than 4000 miles on it. I hope this fixes it!
#16 of 36 Re: 2010 CVT Issue (?) [crazyriki]
Jul 11, 2010 (2:47 pm)
Well, it's happened again while I was driving out of town on a busy road, stopped at a red light, then had to floor it to get to about 25 or 30 then it kicked back into gear.
Took it to Nissan, "Can't replicate the problem, perhaps you're just not familiar with the CVT - want to test drive another and we can show you that it's common"
Um, NO! It's not common - I test drove this one before I bought it and it didn't do it. Heck, if it had I would have had nothing to do with this. I'm seriously already at the point of thinking about selling it. I have 2 small children and I do have to go past a pretty scary intersection 4 times a day. I'm really mad about this and Nissan doesn't admit there's an issue. I showed them the printouts from this forum and they didn't seem to be bothered in the least.
#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!!!