My V is a 2008 hatch with the CVT and about 63K. Just a few days ago, it started making a high-pitched whine on cold start. The noise begins about 5-10 seconds after I start the car, starting at a low volume and getting louder. It goes away immediately if I shift out of park. If I shift right back into park, the noise returns softer and finally fades. I haven't tried just leaving it in park to see how long it takes to go away on its own. I do not hear any strange noises while driving, nor is the drivability affected in any way.
I was thinking a squeaky serpentine belt or idler pully, but the immediate cessation of the noise when shifting out of park has me worried it might be the transmission.
Last time it was in for an oil change, the dealer recommended changing the transmission fluid. I know Nissan recommends checking the fluid at 60K, but doesn't have a hard and fast rule on when it should be replaced, so I was going to get a second opinion from the other dealer in my area, but haven't done that yet.
The other gasoline smell has been around a while longer, and I don't think the issues are related. There's a very intense smell of gasoline outside the car for a minute or two after a cold start. Can't smell gas inside the cabin, outside the car when it's parked, or after it's warmed up. No problems with starting the car or wonky RPM issues. I first noticed it about a month ago, but figured I would get it fixed when I took it in for the 60K service and the next oil change (which I was planning later this month).
I'm not a mechanic, I just want some ideas on what these problems might be and what a reasonable cost is for fixing them.