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Well I took the car in for a service check yesterday and the Nissan dealer ran a couple of diagnostic checks. They told me there is a service bulletin out (could not find it by Googling) about the CVT noise - not sure this is in regard to the 3rd generation CVTs like in my 2016. Anyway, since I am not getting any service codes, they told me the noise is normal.
Over the weekend, I was in a hardware store parking lot and a man was asking me how I liked the car, as he had the exact same car. He just bought his Note last month, and told me about the whining noise. He said he took it in for a service check and they told him the same thing: the noise is normal.
I sure wish Nissan would double the warrantee to 7 years and 100,000 miles like they did with the pre-2010 cars. Having to sell off the car at the present 60,000 warrantee threshold is not getting much use out of the car. I can imagine a situation past 60,000 miles when the tranny fails, and you pay $4,000 out-of-pocket to have it repaired. Depending on the year, you might only get $8k for the car selling it used, and subtract the $4K you paid to fix the tranny and you only end up with $4K.
BTW, the service rep at Nissan told me all you hear is the tranny problems with Nissans, but Hondas have the same problem (as I mentioned earlier). At least it is possible to rebuild the constant mesh trannies in the Hondas yourself if you have the tools, proclivity, and patience for rebuilding automatic transmissions. Better get a bunch of gear pullers though. The CVTs are such tiny things, I don't see why Nissan says it can't be done better by a non-pro with dream tools (like digital precision measuring instruments) and perhaps aftermarket kits by Sonnax to address design flaws. I mean on the Honda tranny I rebuilt, I installed a Sonnax valve body kit to improve durability and address shortcomings with the tranny. I also installed Alto Red clutch discs (mainly because the Raybestos ones must have been counterfeit and wouldn't give me the proper clearances). I also did some minor deburring and stress relieving on the case. Again, I have experience building and blueprinting race motors and I used to port my own cylinder heads, and my philosophy is you gotta do it yourself to do it right. With the pros, time is money and they have to crank out repairs to maximize profits, which means they don't always torque every bolt to specs, and they use cheap tranny rebuild kits.
It looks like at this point, Toyotas are your best bet for avoiding tranny problems, except the Yaris, the equivalent of the Versa Note, is such an expensive car.