Nissan Rogue Problems

Nissan Rogue Problems – Things You Should Know About Before Buying

If you were thinking of replacing your current car with a Nissan Rogue and wondering what you should look out for in the Nissan, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be discussing common Nissan Rogue problems, specs, general repair costs, and more. It’s always a good idea to research a car before you buy one!

Nissan Rogue Overview

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The Nissan Rogue is Nissan’s crossover SUV which made its debut in 2007. Since then, there have been three generations of the Nissan Rogue: the second generation was introduced in 2013, and the third was launched last year in 2020. The Nissan Rogue mostly came with a 2.5L four-cylinder gasoline engine. The second-generation was the only one to have a 2.0L hybrid version available. Whether it has a 2.5L engine or a hybrid, they’re all connected to a CVT transmission.

The Nissan Rogue churns out 170 horsepower for the 2.5L version, and 141 horsepower for the hybrid. They were usually sold with three different trims, with varying degrees of equipment fitted as standard. On top of that, the Nissan Rogue can come with either front or all-wheel drive, depending on the customer’s choice. The Nissan Rogue was also offered with a “Family Package” as an optional extra, which would add third-row seating if fitted.

So far, so good, the Nissan Rogue seems like a perfectly respectable compact SUV that you can drive daily. However, the Nissan Rogue has had some issues over the years, which we will discuss further.

If you are interested in a review of the Nissan Rogue take a look here.

Common Nissan Rogue Problems

Nissan Rogue’s problems are not unproven, there have been numerous customer complaints about the car through the years. We’ll be discussing more on which model year is safe to buy later on, but first, here are some common problems with the Nissan Rogue:

Nissan Rogue Transmission Issues

The Nissan Rogue’s CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is one of the most common complaints from customers. A CVT transmission usually does not contain gears and uses pulleys and a belt instead to operate. This makes the car smoother to operate because gear changes are virtually non-existent. However, they tend to operate at higher RPMs for the engine to deliver its power, making it feel unnatural to operate if you’re not used to it. You can watch the video below to learn more about CVT transmissions:

A CVT transmission can be quite nice to have as they are very smooth. That being said, there have been numerous instances where the Nissan Rogue’s transmission does not work as intended. For example, one customer complained that his Nissan Rogue had trouble climbing a hill. He described that the RPM came down even though the accelerator pedal was in the same position. Afterward, there was a violent jolt as he tries to climb and the check engine light came on. After taking the car to a Nissan dealership, it was diagnosed that the car had a transmission failure and needed a rebuild.

Nissan discovered that there was a design flaw with the transmission. They then extended their transmission warranty from 60,000 miles to 120,000 miles because of numerous complaints. In which case, you won’t have to pay for the full repair price. However, if the warranty runs out you’d have to pay for the transmission rebuild yourself, the cost can be upwards of $4,500. 

Nissan Rogue Suspension Problems

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The suspension is also a common complaint of the Nissan Rogue, specifically in the later models. The problem normally stems from the Rogue’s suspension’s strut bearing assembly which caused what customers describe as a “popping” noise when making sharp turns. This usually happens when they’re getting into or pulling out of a parking space, even in low mileage Rogues.

The repair cost for a strut bearing is anywhere between $520 to $1200. This cost would depend on the severity of the issue.  There are DIY fixes that can save you a fortune, while suspension fixes are not one of them, you can learn more about how to replace your Nissan Rogue’s shock and struts in the video below:

Other Problems in the Nissan Rogue

The aforementioned issues are the big ones you should look out for since they are the most common. However, there are smaller common issues with the car as well, which are:

Noisy Engine Start Nissan Rogue

There have been complaints about the Nissan Rogue’s noisy engine start, which mostly occurs in colder climates. There could be two reasons behind this issue, the first being the timing chain working improperly. A timing chain needs to have tension to function properly, if the chain is not installed properly and loose then it will make noises as the engine starts.

The next reason is simply because of the Nissan Rogue’s engine design, where the cylinders contracts when the weather is cold. As a result, this causes a clicking noise in the engine as it first starts. Then, as the engine is turned on and warms up, the piston expands causing a tighter seal within the cylinders and stops the clicking noise.

Incorrect Fuel Gauge on Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue sometimes has issues displaying the correct amount of fuel. While it might not be a significant issue by itself that ruins the driving experience, it does mean that the fuel gauge may be indicating that it still has fuel in its tank even if it’s running out. This could lead you to run out of fuel at inconvenient times.

It would be a massive inconvenience if your car is displaying you still have enough fuel to make the journey, but in reality, it’s close to being empty and you’re nowhere near a gas station. A faulty sensor or sometimes called the sender unit is usually the cause of the problem. If this is the case, then a replacement part will set you back around $130, not including labor cost.

Canister Purge Valve on Nissan Rogue

The canister purge valve is part of the emissions system where it traps fuel vapors that occur in the fuel tank. The system then releases the vapors into the engine, burning them like fuel. The problem normally stems from a broken wire in the canister purge volume control, causing the check engine light to come on. It can also affect the Nissan Rogue’s gas mileage if the problem occurs.

This problem normally occurs in older versions of the Nissan Rogue. If this happens, the replacement cost varies between $150 to $200, depending on the severity of the issue and not including labor cost.

Sunroof Not Closing on Nissan Rogue

This problem usually occurs in the first-generation Rogue, manufactured between 2008-2013. It’s usually caused by a wind deflector located on the front of the sunroof that won’t go down, making the sunroof unable to close fully. The repair cost would vary depending on the problem. If the deflector needed to be replaced, then the cost of the part is usually around $150.

Nissan Rogue Problems Throughout the Years

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Now that you know the common problems of the Nissan Rogue, which model year should you buy? Here’s an overview of the Nissan Rogue’s problems over the years to help you decide:

2007-2008 Nissan Rogue Problems

Transmission issues already plagued the first generation of the Nissan Rogue in 2007. Common problems include failing to accelerate from stand-still, and whining and grinding noise while accelerating. The transmission usually experiences complete failure at around the 120,000-mile mark.

If it does fail, you can expect to pay upwards of $4,000 to completely rebuild the transmission. It’s recommended that you fix it immediately as driving with a broken transmission can cause the car to break down at any time. Needless to say, it will put you in significant danger if left unfixed.

2009 Nissan Rogue Problems

The 2009 model of the Nissan Rogue still faced similar issues with the transmission. There also have been complaints about the transmission oil overheating, causing the transmission to slip and vibrate as you drive along. Overheating transmission oil can be caused by several reasons, sometimes it’s simply because of low or bad fluid inside the transmission. In which case, you will probably only need to flush and top up the oil. Which will set you back around $120 according to some users.

However, if the problem persists then you may need to install an external transmission oil cooler to solve the problem. The total cost to install this unit can be upwards of $1200 including the labor cost. Keep in mind that the unit is usually aftermarket and not an OEM part, as Nissan is seemingly unwilling to address the issue.

While transmission failure is still an issue with the 2009 Rogue, Nissan did a recall on the vehicle. So, if the previous owner took the car to Nissan during the recall to fix the issue, it should reduce the probability of the transmission failing. They also gave owners an extended warranty for the transmission.

2010 Nissan Rogue Problems

Nissan is seemingly unable to resolve the Rogue’s transmission problem even three years into the Rogue’s lifespan. The 2010 Nissan Rogue still had transmission issues similar to previous years. The problems are still similar: acceleration issues, weird vibrations and noises while driving, and complete failure.

Most users describe the acceleration issue as the car refusing to accelerate when driving even with increased throttle input. This often happens after an extended period of driving. On average, the problem occurs at around 90,000 miles and is usually caused by transmission oil issues. Users report that it usually costs around $720 to repair.

The transmission failure is also still a common occurrence with this model year. Similar to previous models, the 2010 Nissan Rogue’s transmission can experience complete failure at 130,000 miles and a replacement or rebuild can cost around $4,500. There have also been reports of the car’s transmission failing prematurely before 100,000 miles.

To make it worse, engine problems also affected the 2010 Nissan Rogue. Some common ones include acceleration problems such as stuttering or even complete loss of power.

2011 Nissan Rogue Problems

Transmission issues persisted in the 2011 Nissan Rogue, with similar causes as before. Either the transmission fails or there are overheating issues, and repairs vary between $1000 to $4000 depending on the severity of the issue.

Also, this model year received numerous complaints of A/C and heater problems caused by a faulty A/C compressor. If this happens, the compressor will need to be replaced. The cost of the compressor clutch itself is around $679, and the average total cost to replace would be around $1000 including the labor cost.

2012 Nissan Rogue Problems

The 2012 Nissan Rogue is reported to still have issues with its transmission and engines. The problems are largely similar, with acceleration problems being the most common. The problems can occur as early as 60,000 miles, and sometimes the vehicle will stall while driving. Users report that the only solution will be to replace the transmission unit, which can be costly without the warranty in place.

2013 Nissan Rogue Problems (First Generation Model)

Transmission issues are still the theme with the 2013 Nissan Rogue. The problems are also similar to previous years, with acceleration problems being the most common. Several models were recalled by Nissan, but users still report large amounts of problems. Depending on the cause of the problem, you may either need to replace the transmission or install an external cooling unit.

2013-2014 Nissan Rogue (Second Generation Model)

The 2013-2014 model of the Nissan Rogue’s second generation has seemingly resolved its transmission issue. Not as many users complaint about the transmission. However, there are other issues such as with the A/C and body paint issues. Users described that the A/C sometimes wouldn’t work properly due to A/C compressor issues, much like the 2011 model. In which case, repairs will set you back around $880 for the part itself, not including labor.

The transmission issues still existed as well, where the transmission can fail prematurely at around 80,000 miles. In which case, repairs can cost upwards of $4000 without the warranty.

2015 Nissan Rogue Problems

The 2015 Nissan Rogue still had numerous complaints with the A/C, seatbelts, and transmission. Users report faulty seatbelts after use, and similar transmission problems as previous years although not quite as widespread.

2016 Nissan Rogue Problems

Nissan finally fixed the A/C and seatbelts problems with the Rogue’s 2016 model. However, this was the year that the car developed issues with its suspension. Users report that the front-end of the car makes a popping noise as they make sharp turns with the car. The problem is attributed to the strut bearings on the front suspension assembly, which needed to be replaced.

2017 Nissan Rogue Problems

2017 was the first year where the Nissan Rogue made a significant improvement in reliability. The 2017 Nissan Rogue didn’t receive as many complaints as before, but there were emergency braking issues. The Nissan Rogue came with a collision-avoidance system, where the car can apply the brakes on its own should it thinks that you’re getting too close to an object upfront. This is a safety feature, which could help you avoid accidents on those lengthy and tiresome journeys that take a toll on your concentration.

However, users report that the brakes would apply on their own without any reason. Thankfully, Nissan did a recall for the cars that were affected by this issue and it should have been resolved.

2018-2019 Nissan Rogue Problems

Brake problems still plagued the 2018 and 2019 Nissan Rogue. While it did cause quite a high number of incidents, the 2018 and 2019 model was included in the previously-mentioned recall. It should have resolved the issue if the car was taken in for the recall.

Questions & Answers about the Nissan Rogue

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How long do Nissan Rogues last?

Just like most modern cars, the Nissan Rogue can last upwards of 200,000 miles when maintained properly. Afterward, most cars will require more attention and repairs to run properly, including the Rogue.

Is the Nissan Rogue a good car?

It can be. Yes, there are issues with the car as mentioned above. However, if you – and the previous owner – maintained it properly, then the Nissan Rogue will be a good car to drive daily. Both the 2.5L and 2.0L hybrid versions have respectable power from the engine. On top of that, a CVT transmission is usually very smooth and nice to drive especially on the highway. It’s a matter of maintaining the car properly.

Is it worth it to buy the Nissan Rogue?

This is a tricky one to answer. On one hand, yes, the Nissan Rogue has a lot of design flaws and issues which can lead to a lot of repairs. But on the other hand, the car should be just as reliable as its competitors if maintained properly.

On top of that, the average annual repair cost for the Nissan Rogue is $467, which is significantly lower than the compact SUV average of $521 and $652 for all vehicle models according to RepairPal. The repair cost of the Nissan Rogue on average should not be too high, even if it’s troubling you with repairs.

If you’re still unsure, you can request a mechanic of your choice to inspect the Nissan Rogue unit you’re about to purchase. This will normally cost around $150 – $200, depending on how extensive the inspection is. This way, you can identify if there are any problems with the unit you’re about to purchase. From there on you can make a more informed decision before purchasing one.

If the car is seemingly trouble-free, then by all means you should buy the car. However, if there are noticeable problems with the car, then you may want to make calculations first on whether the asking price is worth it or not. Also, you should determine how much you may need to spend on repairs.


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Which Nissan Rogue Model Year Should You Buy?

While not always true, it’s often best to avoid the first model year of a new vehicle. As there might still be faults that the manufacturer didn’t notice during development. In which case, they’re going to have to work it out during the car’s lifespan. Leaving you with repairs to fix the car’s flaws, or having to experience a recall, if you’re lucky.

The Nissan Rogue is a prime example of this: the first model year had major issues with the transmission, and it was only in 2015 (the third model year of the second generation) where Nissan has finally started to get its act together. The first few years of the Nissan Rogue’s existence was an absolute hot mess.

However, as we’ve said the Nissan Rogue is a perfectly respectable SUV and is quite a good car. If you’re still interested in buying a Nissan Rogue, then we would suggest the 2016 model and onwards. The reason is that since 2016 the Rogue has received fewer complaints about its transmission, which is a major issue and can be very costly to fix. Other problems exist, but it shouldn’t be as much trouble as the transmission issues.

The 2017 to 2019 model might be your safest option, as the Rogue’s complaints were mainly about its emergency braking system. Which has been resolved through Nissan’s recall of the vehicle, and should not be a problem anymore.

Before You Buy

Whether you’re planning to buy a 2008 or 2018 model of the Nissan Rogue, you should do a thorough vehicle inspection. This advice goes out to any secondhand car buyer, as doing an inspection will help you avoid unexpected repair costs. By doing an inspection, you can check whether the car is in top condition or requires repairs. If it does need repairs, you can estimate the repair cost and negotiate for a lower price.

The seller should have no problem with you requesting an inspection if they have nothing to hide. If they do object to an inspection, then it might be best to walk away as they might be hiding something wrong with the vehicle. You can either ask your trusted mechanic or use services such as LemonSquad to arrange the inspection. It should cost you no more than $200 to inspect most vehicles, including the Nissan Rogue. However, note that exotic or classic cars might cost more.

Also, since you now know the common Nissan Rogue problems, you can ask your mechanic or the service provider to inspect specific aspects of the car. Such as its suspension struts, the transmission, and the A/C compressor. This way, you can ensure that these common problems won’t occur anytime soon after you purchase the vehicle.

Buying a secondhand car can be a long process. Not only do you need to find the right car at the right price, but you also need to ensure that the car has been maintained properly so it doesn’t give you sudden surprises after you purchase it. Always remember to do a thorough vehicle inspection before you purchase a car and good luck.

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  • Alice Carroll Says

    It’s interesting to know that transmission problems can be quite common in certain Nissan models. I’m interested in buying a Nissan from a used car dealership in my local area. Perhaps finding a place where I can easily get Nissan repair services will be a good precautionary measure.

  • Cheri Carlotta Says

    On June 6th I put based a 2008 Nissan rogue from a reliable dealership in Cincinnati, Ohio it only had 6800 + miles I knew several people who owned Nissans and hadn’t had problems with them .So not knowing about cars I felt safe buying one .I’m a senior adult and my Toyota RAV4 had almost 250000 miles and started having break problems so I felt that it was time to get a newer vehicle instead of putting money into a car that old .2001 needlessto say I went into debt for the newer Rogue with low miles and it hasn’t been 30 days and the transmission went out as I was driving driving home from driving my granddaughter to work . I had been offered a chance to purchase a warranty by the dealership and couldn’t afford it living on a fixed income when I called them to let them know what had happened they informed my son that I had refused to purchese the warranty from them and if the car had split on two I owned both haves .So now I will have to pay up to $4000.00 on top of the $8000.00 financed or it makes a nice yard ornament till it’s paid for in five years .I just want people to know please,do your homework before you purchase a used vehicle or even a new one don’t just go by the name or company logo . I’ve never even made my first parent yet and will be paying it for the rest of my life (I’m 70) for it to sit in the yard . Just thankful that it wasn’t in an accident or on the expressway when it stopped working So please buyer beware !

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