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I've just purchased a 2016 Versa SV and then found out about the CVT issue.

I bought it about a month ago. The car currently has 42k miles with no problems so far but from what I've read regarding the CVT, it's probably going to die after about 67k miles (after the 60,000 mile powertrain warranty expires). My question is can I still go back to the dealership and explain to them about the CVT and return the car? Can I still get my money back or trade for one with automatic transmission? I use my car for work so I really need a reliable car. Please help. Thanks in advance.

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I bought it about a month ago. The car currently has 42k miles with no problems so far but from what I've read regarding the CVT, it's probably going to die after about 67k miles (after the 60,000 mile powertrain warranty expires). My question is can I still go back to the dealership and explain to them about the CVT and return the car? Can I still get my money back or trade for one with automatic transmission? I use my car for work so I really need a reliable car. Please help. Thanks in advance.
As far as the CVT transmission goes, there is no telling when or if it will require replacement. If I am not mistaken, all of the newer Nissan automatic models have the CVT transmission with no option to have a "regular" automatic installed. As far as what the dealership is willing to do regarding a refund or exchange, that is up to them, but I would not be too optimistic about them taking the car back. There is no telling when a breakdown will occur no matter what kind of transmission you have, and if I were you, if you are that concerned, you can look into purchasing an extended power train warranty from Nissan or a third party. I am sure the cost would be less than if you tried to trade your present vehicle in for another model. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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As far as the CVT transmission goes, there is no telling when or if it will require replacement. If I am not mistaken, all of the newer Nissan automatic models have the CVT transmission with no option to have a "regular" automatic installed. As far as what the dealership is willing to do regarding a refund or exchange, that is up to them, but I would not be too optimistic about them taking the car back. There is no telling when a breakdown will occur no matter what kind of transmission you have, and if I were you, if you are that concerned, you can look into purchasing an extended power train warranty from Nissan or a third party. I am sure the cost would be less than if you tried to trade your present vehicle in for another model. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Extended warranty is only 2 year/24k miles for $2k. 24k mile is nothing when I'm putting 1k mile on my car every week. I need the car to be like a taxi prius that drives into the 200k and 300k mileage.

I checked on carcomplaints and have found that there's no complaints about CVT for 2016 Versa so far but that's maybe because not a lot of people have reached 60k mileage yet. Did Nissan do something to improve the CVT or is it the exact same transmission from the earlier models? If it's the exact same transmission, then I have to find a way to maybe change it for an automatic version at the dealership.

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As said, there is likely no more normal type automatic trans available to purchase now, Nissan finally committed fully to CVT, it simply makes the transmissions super cheap and much easier to build as compared to older normal ones. They save my guess maybe $200-$300 with each assembly and the CEO wants his bonus for that. That WAS Carlos Ghosn and CVT is just the type of thing that appealed to him..........high tech that only lasts a limited time to make car owners cycle through more cars overall, hopefully all Nissan. Why he is considered the car maker of the worlds' poor masses........CVT of course is what financed all of his luxurious homes all over the world.
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hopefully all Nissan.
yeah, if my tranny fails after 60.000 miles I guess I'm going somewhere else...
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It's the only real way to get back at manufacturers who put out half baked engineering like on some of the cars today. Take the Ford DCT trans debacle, it has cost Ford hundreds of thousands of customers thinking the same way. That and other things are why after 40 years of Ford I just went to another marque, it appears I won't be here long either.
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It's the only real way to get back at manufacturers who put out half baked engineering like on some of the cars today. Take the Ford DCT trans debacle, it has cost Ford hundreds of thousands of customers thinking the same way. That and other things are why after 40 years of Ford I just went to another marque, it appears I won't be here long either.
Me neither - I am lucky in that my 2016 Note (just saw a thread where Nissan is maybe stopping production on them) has a 5 speed standard. Nissan only offers a standard transmission on the base 2019 Versa and the base 2019 Sentra now, unless you consider their trucks or the 370Z. Since I'm wanting a more comfortable car than a base Sentra or Versa next time, so I will be looking elsewhere in 2022, probably Toyota for their Corolla or Camry. Toyota's CVTs don't suck like Nissan's according to a few sources.

Maybe Ghozn's exit will improve things at Nissan for the better.

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Me neither - I am lucky in that my 2016 Note (just saw a thread where Nissan is maybe stopping production on them) has a 5 speed standard. Nissan only offers a standard transmission on the base 2019 Versa and the base 2019 Sentra now, unless you consider their trucks or the 370Z. Since I'm wanting a more comfortable car than a base Sentra or Versa next time, so I will be looking elsewhere in 2022, probably Toyota for their Corolla or Camry. Toyota's CVTs don't suck like Nissan's according to a few sources.

Maybe Ghozn's exit will improve things at Nissan for the better.
and actually now I think I'm lucky to have an A/T in m 2012 Versa (then who knows what might happen)...I remember I saw another Versa with CVT a month after buying mine....I didn't know about the issues back then!
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