Car of the Month - Nissan Sentra CVT Transmission Failures Continue

Are you the owner of a Nissan Sentra between the model years 2013-2017? If you’ve noticed shaking, jerking and have constant issues with the CVT transmission, you should be aware of the Nissan Sentra CVT class-action lawsuit. As reported by, the class-action lawsuit alleges that 2013-2017 Nissan Sentras have continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) that are “defective in design, materials and/or workmanship. Here’s what you need to know:

Most Common CVT Complaints

While the CVT feature was intended to enhance the vehicle's performance by creating a smoother gear shift, owners have complained of the following problems:

  • Slow acceleration
  • Overheating
  • Slow response time
  • Loud whining noise
  • Clanging and rattling noise
  • Short life span
  • Coolant hose leaks/failures

The CVT Warranty

Nissan extended the CVT warranty for certain vehicles, including the Nissan Sentra. The powertrain warranty went from 5 years/60,000 miles to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, the extended warranty only covers 2007 - 2010 Nissan Sentras leaving those who purchased later models in a lurch. Read on to find out what you should do.

The Nissan CVT Class-Action Lawsuit

Engines that stall without warning, overheat, experience slow response time, as well as the other CVT issues, can pose a serious risk to driver and passenger safety, but Nissan has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. has reported the following:

“Nissan filed a motion to dismiss the entire lawsuit by alleging the allegations of transmission problems don't hold up according to the law. While the plaintiffs claim the CVTs are covered by the express warranty, Nissan says the plaintiffs don't name a specific transmission defect. The automaker also argues if any defect is identified, it's a design defect that isn't covered by the warranty. But the judge ruled the lawsuit says the CVTs “are defective in design, materials, and/or workmanship.”

You May Have a Great Case and Bypass the Class Action

Class Actions are renowned for garnering millions in attorney’s fees, but very little for the individuals of the group they represent. An individual may have a very strong individual Lemon Law case as it concerns their Nissan with the CVT transmission. If you have any of the problems described above, and have returned it to a Nissan dealership for repairs 2, 3, 4 or more times with these complaints you very may well be entitled to ALL your money back under California’s Lemon Law. Your attorney’s fees would also be paid.

To find out if you qualify for a buyback or significant cash on your defective Nissan, contact Norman Taylor & Associates at 888-449-7639. We can help you. Mr. Taylor wrote the book on Lemon Law.