As Nissan’s luxury vehicle brand, Infiniti is making its mark on consumers in a way that is equally as catastrophic as its parent brand. If you’ve heard of Nissan, you’ve probably heard of their defective continuously variable transmission.

Unfortunately for Infiniti QX50 and QX60 owners, the manufacturer doesn’t have a “luxury” transmission line, so they’re stuck with the faulty transmission that JATCO manufactures for Nissan.

While Nissan North America (NNA) hasn’t fully addressed the problem—the fact that Infiniti will no longer use a CVT transmission in the 2022 QX60 is telling enough, considering that this vehicle has used a CVT since its inception.

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    CVT Transmission Defect

    The QX60, originally called the JX35, came out in 2013 and has always included a continuously variable transmission. Known as the Pathfinder’s luxurious cousin, the Infiniti QX60 has the same transmission as its less expensive relative—which means that it also has the same defect. A class action lawsuit was settled for owners of the 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35/QX60.

    This is great for 2013-2014 owners, but those who currently own 2015-2021 model years of this vehicle have been left behind with a defective transmission that NNA still hasn’t taken accountability for.

    Unfortunately for newer QX50 owners, the manufacturer decided to switch from a 7-Speed automatic transmission to a continuously variable transmission in the 2018-2021 model years of the vehicle. Infiniti also released a 2022 crossover coupe called the QX55, which is only available with a CVT transmission.

    Nissan and Infiniti consumers alike mention that the transmission violently jerks and unexpectedly shakes. Mechanics believe that the root cause of the Nissan CVT transmission defect is the transmission cooler, which is not adequately able to cool the transmission.


    Are Infiniti QX60’s reliable?

    The short answer is no. The QX60 has low reliability ratings across the board. Besides transmission problems, the QX60 is also known for having issues with the airbags and service brakes.

    Which Infiniti QX60s have CVT Transmissions?

    Infiniti first introduced the CVT transmission in their 2013 model of the QX60. All model years after 2013 contain a continuously variable transmission, but the 2022 QX60 will contain a 9-speed automatic transmission.

    Are Infiniti QX50’s reliable?

    That depends on the year of the vehicle. The automatic transmission in 2017 model years and prior prove to be more reliable, but the fuel efficiency is well below average.

    How much is an Infiniti CVT Transmission?

    Not including the cost of labor (typically between $500 and $1,200), a replacement generally ranges anywhere between $1,800 and $3,400. Taxes and associated fees are also not included in this estimate.

    Infiniti Consumer Complaints

    Many Infiniti consumers have been in the same boat as you, and this is what they have to say.

    “My vehicle shudders, shakes, and skips while I drive—this is a nightmare! It won’t go over 20 mph without jumping. I fear for my safety. There is only a technical service bulletin and not a recall from Infiniti—this is unacceptable!” -2015 Infiniti QX60 Owner

    “I have experienced this issue about 5 times and my vehicle only has about 22,000 miles on it. The vehicle revs high when I press the gas pedal, but it does not accelerate. I have nearly had several collisions because of this.  I’ve taken the vehicle in to the dealership many times, but still face the same issue. The use, value, and safety of my vehicle is impaired. This issue could cause a serious injury or even death.” -2017 Infiniti QX60 Owner

    “At only 1,000 miles, the contact’s vehicle randomly accelerated while idling. The vehicle was taken into the dealership, but the issue was not duplicated. No diagnosis or repairs were made.”-2019 Infiniti QX60 Owner

    “My vehicle would not drive when I pressed on the gas pedal. I pulled over many times, shifted into park and tried again. Finally, the transmission responded. I returned my vehicle 2 days after purchasing it. Infiniti put it back on the lot without an inspection—this is a safety hazard!”-2019 Infiniti QX50 Owner

    Think Your Infiniti Is a Lemon?

    Have you fallen victim to a defective Infiniti Continuously Variable Transmission? Or maybe you haven’t, but you fear that you will soon? Give us a call now—our team of Lemon Law Experts has over a decade of experience in helping California consumers with their Lemon Law Claims.

    Here’s what you should do next:

    • Be attentive—there are a variety of symptoms for a defective transmission, and some are less obvious.
    • Go to the dealership for all repairs and recalls that your vehicle needs.
    • Make sure that the Infiniti dealership accurately notes all your concerns on your repair records.
    • Save all your repair records and receipts!

    You may have a lemon under California Lemon Law if you’ve taken your Infiniti to the dealership for warranty repair work related to this issue two or more times.

    You could be eligible for a refund!  If your vehicle is a lemon under the California lemon laws, you are entitled to a refund, which consists of the return of your down payment, monthly payments, taxes, and fees minus a usage deduction (the value of when you drove the vehicle trouble-free) plus the payment of your attorney’s fees and costs!

    As the prevailing party, the manufacturer is liable to pay for your attorney’s fees and costs.  This is what makes bringing a lemon law claim financially easy for you.

    Contact the Lemon Law Experts Today!

    If you’ve faced difficulties with your Infiniti transmission and think you may have a lemon, call our team of Lemon Law Experts today. There is no charge for our representation, and our evaluations are quick and free. Lemon Law is our specialty. You deserve legal representation from a team with a proven track record and great results.  Call the Lemon Law Experts today for a case evaluation.  We may be able to assist you get a refund for your lemon!