According to the letter from Nissan North America’s CSP, “a small percentage of owners of early models equipped with CVTs have expressed concerns about the cost of repair of their transmissions after the warranty expires.” Now, the CVTs in Nissan vehicles have been a pretty good success and even I have raved about the CVT in the new 2009 Nissan Maxima—there aren’t many cars that can go over a mountain pass without giving there passengers a downshift kick, but the Nissan Maxima can. It may also surprise you to know that the CVT technology is available in the Versa, Cube, Sentra, Altima and as mentioned above the Maxima. So this concern from “a small percentage of owners” could actually be foreshadowing of a larger customer satisfaction issue for Nissan.
Angular Front Exterior View - 2009 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon CVT S
Bottom line—this is the reason why other journalists I know say that Nissan is the only one that “gets” the CVT technology. Nissan not only gets it, they are willing to stand behind it without any excuses. Makes me wonder: With that kind of customer support would you rather buy a Chevrolet Volt or a Nissan Leaf for your first electrified vehicle?