Nissan Pathfinder Xtronic CVT

Nissan has boasted about their smooth Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with D-Step Logic Control for quite some time now. Their newest version premiered in the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and was said to have received positive commentary in the world of automotive media. So why have they stopped the Xtronic CVT innovation and implemented a 9-Speed Automatic Transmissions in 2022 Pathfinders? Well, because the Xtronic CVT is defective—a fact that the manufacturer has chosen to ignore for years.

What is an Xtronic CVT Transmission?

There are only a few differences between a conventional Continuously Variable Transmission and Nissan’s Xtronic CVT, and the main difference is the increased space between the transmission oil and pulley in the machine. This change is said to reduce the friction caused by the parts unintentionally colliding with each other by about 40%. The other advantages of the Xtronic CVT are its alleged increased fuel economy and ratio coverage. These new features highlight the incredibly advanced technology that Nissan has brought to the market—but they don’t conceal the original defect that the manufacturer has tried so hard to sweep under the carpet. 


Who makes Nissan’s Xtronic Transmission?

While many of Nissan’s transmissions have been manufactured by JATCO, Nissan’s website implies that they created the Xtronic Transmission themselves. 

Is the Xtronic CVT reliable?

No. The new technology is innovative, but Nissan’s Xtronic CVT has known defects that the manufacturer refuses to acknowledge. 

Xtronic CVT Defect

Hundreds of Nissan consumers have complained to the NHTSA about their defective transmissions. While Nissan has worked tirelessly to enhance fuel efficiency, friction control, and ratio coverage regarding the gears—it seems like the manufacturer still has not addressed the fact that the machine does not have an adequate cooling system and is prone to overheating. A class action lawsuit on behalf of 2013-2014 Nissan owners was settled for the defective CVT transmissions, but Nissan still has not fixed the problem in their newer models. 

Nissan Pathfinder Consumer Complaints

Tons of Nissan Pathfinder owners continue to have issues with their Xtronic Transmissions—here are a few of the symptoms consumers experienced with their faulty CVTs:

“When pressing on the gas, my whole vehicle shakes and does not want to speed up. This began at 30,000 and Nissan still holds that there is no issue. This is a safety hazard!” – 2015 Pathfinder Owner

“There is no acceleration when I am driving up a hill and the vehicle hesitates which is concerning when I am merging into traffic. I have been dealing with this issue since I purchased the vehicle.” -2017 Pathfinder Owner

“Vehicle hesitates when backing up, turning, and when in regular motion on the street. It’s currently in the shop with transmission issues.” -2019 Pathfinder Owner

Is My Nissan Pathfinder a Lemon? 

Have you faced issues with a defective Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission? Or maybe you haven’t, but you’re scared that you may soon? Don’t hesitate to give us a call—The Lemon Law Experts have over a decade of experience in helping consumers with their lemon law claims. 

Here’s what you should do next:

  • Stay aware- there are many different symptoms for a defective transmission.
  • Take your vehicle to the dealership for any necessary recalls and repairs.
  • Be sure that the Nissan dealership accurately notes your complaints!
  • Keep copies of all vehicle repair records that you are given after picking your vehicle up.

Under California Lemon Law if you’ve taken your Nissan to the dealership for warranty repair work related to this issue two or more times, your vehicle could be a lemon and you may be entitled to a refund!

Call the Lemon Law Experts Now!

If you have dealt with any issues regarding your Nissan transmission, contact our team of Lemon Law Experts now. You deserve the best legal representation available—and our team has a verified track record with incredible results. There is no cost for our representation, and our evaluations are always easy and free. What are you waiting for?