The Official CVT vs Manual Transmission Thread - Page 30 - Maxima Forums

Go Back  Maxima Forums > Maxima Discussions > 7th Generation Maxima (2009-2015)
Reload this Page >

The Official CVT vs Manual Transmission Thread

7th Generation Maxima (2009-2015) Come in and talk about the 7th generation Maxima

The Official CVT vs Manual Transmission Thread

Old 06-12-2018, 06:20 AM
  #1161  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,591
Originally Posted by 2011_maxima View Post
well... I am a little nervious as well I have a 2011 SV with 83k & am the second owner. I have not had any issues with it at all. the car "shifts" fine & still feels like it has plenty of power. The dealership rep said that it is "due" for the transmission service. I have asked about it & he said they do the fluid change & it is a new system where they "pressure flush"? the trans. I wonder if I should do it or just keep with my luck & not "mess anything up" related to the transmission??

thoughts or suggestions??

thanks!!
Always ignore dealers when they come to their recommended services that they make a killing on.

If your service manual that came with the car says to flush, flush. If not, don't. Dealers prey on FUD and overcharge for stuff people do not need. The manual is the one and only word on what maintenance any vehicle needs.
SkoorbMax is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 07:46 AM
  #1162  
Newbie - Just Registered
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 6
My advice

i would have done CVT service every 30,000 miles. These transmissions are temperamental and I would listen to him at Nissan and do entire flush. This would remove all old fluid and replace with new. Iím going to have mine changed every 20,000 miles. Also, only have a Nissan Dealer service the CVT. Do not take it anywhere else.
stepjl is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 08:21 AM
  #1163  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 1,591
Originally Posted by stepjl View Post
i would have done CVT service every 30,000 miles. These transmissions are temperamental and I would listen to him at Nissan and do entire flush. This would remove all old fluid and replace with new. Iím going to have mine changed every 20,000 miles. Also, only have a Nissan Dealer service the CVT. Do not take it anywhere else.
You can do it every 1000 if you makes you feel better, but the manual certainly doesn't say to do it. Nissan's engineers are consulted in creation of the service schedule. A dealership's motivation is to charge for as many maintenance items as possible, regardless of merit. This is also why people change oil on 10k intervals these days instead of the 5k interval that oil change shops still push for. Whether the CVT is inherently fragile or not, changing beyond the service schedule is most likely to result in nothing but a lighter wallet.
SkoorbMax is offline  
Old 06-12-2018, 09:21 AM
  #1164  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: state of confusion
Posts: 1,334
Originally Posted by 2014 maxima service and maintenance guide
for these vehicles with a cvt transmission, cube, murano, altima, altima coupe, maxima, rogue, v200, sentra, pathfinder (except hev), quest and versa, replace the cvt fluid every 60,000 miles or request the dealer to inspect the fluid deterioration data using a consult. If the deterioration data is more than 210000, replace the cvt fluid.
There's also mention of "Premium Maintenance" and "severe operating conditions" that at least suggests shorter intervals or in this case that possibly a lower deterioration data level might be reasonable for some drivers/driving conditions.


Norm



Last edited by Norm Peterson; 06-12-2018 at 09:25 AM.
Norm Peterson is offline  
Old 07-23-2018, 08:35 PM
  #1165  
Newbie - Just Registered
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 6
I have an 08 3.5 Altima 6sp sedan, and Ive driven my sister's 17 Maxima. I will have to say my Altima feels faster. Not by much, but it is, and its far more fun to drive. I also have a top speed of 145 vs her 135 so there is also that.

On a side note, I find it pretty comical when someone uses the words shift and CVT in the same sentence. I dont even know why Nissan has a manual mode or flappy paddles as an option. If you ask me, they should just include a **** to dial your engine:CVT ratio up or down or an RPM **** to constantly keep the engine at x RPM.
Flybye is offline  
Old 07-24-2018, 04:28 AM
  #1166  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: state of confusion
Posts: 1,334
Originally Posted by Flybye View Post
On a side note, I find it pretty comical when someone uses the words shift and CVT in the same sentence. I dont even know why Nissan has a manual mode or flappy paddles as an option. If you ask me, they should just include a **** to dial your engine:CVT ratio up or down or an RPM **** to constantly keep the engine at x RPM.
Isn't that what the CVT does when you leave ratio changing to its programming? Never mind that a human driver isn't going to be any better at choosing from an infinitely variable transmission ratio than he is at picking from half a dozen or so specific steps. Probably not even as good. I can't imagine constantly fiddling with something like a rheostat for transmission control - separate from the engine's throttle - ever catching on.

That said, nobody has to use manual mode if they don't want to. It's only there for those who would.

Those more or less discrete "gearing" steps are not being provided for technical or operational reasons - it's for reasons involving subjective perceptions by customers/owners. Not everybody appreciates engine sounds and rpms that get way out of step with the actual road speed. For some, previous similar-feeling experience in other cars has meant that the clutch (MT) or a clutch or a band (AT) is slipping or it's an AT that's low on fluid. Which means a trip to the shop and potentially a big repair bill. For others, the so-called "motorboating" on initial acceleration is not the least bit satisfying . . . a roaring engine with only mild acceleration happening at maybe 5 mph?


Norm

Last edited by Norm Peterson; 07-24-2018 at 04:36 AM.
Norm Peterson is offline  
Old 09-25-2018, 08:21 AM
  #1167  
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 73
Originally Posted by BillH View Post
Sorry to resurrect an older thread, but I've got a 2010 leather-loaded Maxima with 148K on the odometer. I know that's correct because it had 3.1 miles on it when I bought it.

Probably 60/40 highway/city with absolutely no problems at all. I did a flush/refill at about 60K miles, but nothing since then. I'm not Ricky Racer, but neither do I baby it. The silly thing likes to go and so do I. It is indeed a fun car to drive.

Although I like not having a car payment, I'm getting a bit nervous. My question is: Do I risk keeping it for another year or two (30-40K)? Or am I pushing my luck with that? Or, OMG! should I trade it in tomorrow while it still runs and has value?

I'd appreciate any advice from the wiser folks on the board.

Thanks very much...

Bill
It's been a few months from this post but can I ask what you decided to do? I, too, have a 2010 Maxima and am at 143k (70 highway/30 city usage). Like you, I paid it off last year and am enjoying no car payments...but the thought of having the CVT randomly die is quite daunting especially on a highway.
Comp625 is offline  
Old 01-05-2019, 09:15 PM
  #1168  
Newbie - Just Registered
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 5
Originally Posted by whit View Post
curious to everyone thoughts on the cvt tranny i know there are many skeptics out there that say its the worst tranny built and they only last about 60k . My friend who has been a transmission mechanic for 20 yrs had a seminar and was told that the cvt tranny was being discontinued due to issues . ive heard alot of good things about this new redesign tho..

So how many miles do you guys have on your Maxima's ?? and transmission issues ??


thanks
I have 80,000 on a 2010 SV. I haven't had any problems. Changed the trans fluid at 70,000.
John Christopher is offline  
Old 01-23-2019, 10:09 AM
  #1169  
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 16
well... I decided to get the fluid changed afterall (dealer gave a big discount because of my hesitation). it all went well & now i have put approx. 1500mi since change & have not noticed any difference in "performance". i DID notice a burning smell for a few weeks though, i was a little nervious & then it slowly went away - I attributed it to "spilleage" on components & it was burning off. so far so good. "fingers crossed" lol!!
2011_maxima is offline  
Old 02-20-2019, 09:17 PM
  #1170  
Newbie - Just Registered
 
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 6
Hey Guys,

i love shifting gears,been doing it well since 96,, i have a great respect for the Nissan maxima CVT its the closest an automatic transmission will ever get to a electric motor
Dude's Max is offline  
Old 03-10-2019, 09:16 PM
  #1171  
Newbie - Just Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Akron OH
Posts: 1
Exclamation Major Transmission issue. Car not moving.

Driving on the highway in heavy rain, I noticed vibration whenever I'd press the gas pedal. Was going 50 mph when all of a sudden my car would no longer accelerate. I pulled over to the shoulder and tried shifting into R, N, D, and even the electronic manual mode. Car would only Rev as if it were in neutral. Got it towed to my house and am trying to figure out where to start. Any ideas on what this issue could be?
Tyler Lanteigne is offline  
Old 03-11-2019, 12:01 PM
  #1172  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,011
I assume no Check Engine Light? Could be anything electric (you did say HEAVY rain?) to a hot transmission (although I am still leaning electric like the alternator or a bad connection/ground) I had somewhat of the same problem with my alternator failing and then again when one of my coil packs went south (felt jerky and really had to press on the accelerator to move) It may not be the CVT.
LtLeary is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
sctludwig
3rd Generation Maxima (1989-1994)
5
10-26-2018 05:42 PM
hez8813
5th Generation Maxima (2000-2003)
10
02-06-2017 05:33 PM
I<3 A32's
All Motor
1
09-10-2015 11:07 AM
pjgreek
4th Generation Maxima (1995-1999)
12
09-09-2015 09:30 PM
jfl330
7th Generation Maxima (2009-2015)
4
09-04-2015 01:44 PM


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: The Official CVT vs Manual Transmission Thread


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.