2008 Nissan Altima Consumer Review: Altima CVT Transmission Proble

2008 Nissan Altima - Consumer Review

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2.5 S Sedan (2.5L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)

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Altima CVT Transmission Problems
By Oblique on


2008 Nissan Altima 2.5 S 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl CVT)


Ironically what attracted me to the Altima besides its styling was the CVT (Continuously Varible Transmission) which is a new style automatic with a belt inside instead of gears. It is smooth but not reliable or durable. After just 55,000 miles the transmission began to act up on warmer days especially in stop and go traffic. The dealer just said, "oh that can't happen. They reset the check engine light and charged me to replace the fluid (60K service) and the very next week it got worse, check engine light on all the time. They spent 5 hours telling me a new transmission would be covered under the extended warranty. I am trading this troubled CVT Altima in on a HONDA Accord! CYA, CVT!

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Styling was my favorite thing.

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Nissan should ditch the CVT and install a tried and true 4 or 5 speed auto-transmission to improve reliability. Too many CVTs have had problems requiring an extension of the transmission warranty.
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