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gumbeaux
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Tell me about CVT transmissions
Thinking about buying a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder which has a CVT transmission

Does that type of transmission have a good performance with a reliable history?

Thanks in advance.


Vood
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
I have a Maxima and the CVT is fine. You don't even know its not a real geared transmission. I do hate the Maxima but it's not because its a CVT, but because it's a car.

I think the one in your Pathfinder is the same as mine and its a good one. Like you, I was hesitant about it but its a non issue. 5 years ago they were terrible, but they are much better now.


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DownSouthDave
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
I've driven a lot of midsized suv/crossovers for work. The only one I have been comfortable in was the Pathfinder. Surprisingly nice ride and the transmission is super smooth. I probably have a couple thousand miles in one, but they were all new vehicles. I don't know about longevity, but they have been using them in Nissan for a long time.


tiger rag 93
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Drive a Subaru Forester with a CVT. Have put about 36,000 miles on it with no problems so far.


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756
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Well they use cvt tyranny in tanks fwiw


LSUPhreaK
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Have one in the wife's 2014 Pathfinder (29k miles) Smooth as butter. Also have one in my ATV. No problems with either.


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highcotton2
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
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Thinking about buying a 2017 Nissan Path


Don't know if they have fixed the problem but Nissan has had several lawsuits involving the Pathfinder with CVT.
Should be able to google pathfinder cvt problems and get a lot of material.
This could have been fixed by now but I am not really sure.


El Segundo Guy
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
In the Japanese Type 10. M1s use Allison built transmissions.


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Clames
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
I wouldn't trust one in anything heavier than a very compact car. They'll get better in time but not yet.


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3deadtrolls
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
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Don't know if they have fixed the problem but Nissan has had several lawsuits involving the Pathfinder with CVT.
Should be able to google pathfinder cvt problems and get a lot of material.


This. We looked at them and that scared me away.


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Sparetime
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Nissan CVT are getting better. Just buy the extended warranty. 99% of repair shops do not know how to repair them properly. They are like a computer floating in fluid, most repairs are electrical and/or to do with programming updates.


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RebelAggieDad
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Check consumer reports. They are not the final word, but good information to help in decision making.


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KG6
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Wife drives a qx60 which is the Infiniti version of the pathfinder. There were problems with vibration at certain RPMs or something to that affect in previous years (~2014ish I believe). Think it's been worked out. Ours is a 2017 and with 12k miles, no issues. Never tow or anything with it. But for standard driving it has no problems so far.


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Geauxtiga
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Nissan has extended the warranty of the transmission to 10 years/120,000 miles.


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SportTiger1
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Stonewall, LA
Member since Feb 2007
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
Wife's CRV has a cvt and I kinda like it. First time you drive it is quite strange waiting for shift...but You get used to it.

I don't think There are any huge issues with them.


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CHEDBALLZ
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Member since Dec 2009
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
I know 2 people with Altimas, both of the transmission had to be rebuilt/replaced with under 50,000 miles. Don't know if they were CVT or not.


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CootKilla
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
My wife has a 2013 Pathfinder with 50k miles. We haven't had any problems at all with it besides a few recalls on minor stupid shite. We are about to put it for sale though, since she hasn't been able to drive in 4 months and won't be able to in the foreseeable future.


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Jester
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
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transmission is super smooth


That's one of the biggest selling points of CVT.


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DHS1997
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re: Tell me about CVT transmissions
My wife has a platinum 2013 pathfinder. About 45k miles the trans went out. We have an extended warranty. Only cost my deductible. Probably more of the exception than the rule FWIW


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