I have a 2002 Nissan Maxima, automatic transmission, with 185,000 miles on it. Its been in the family for about 10 years. Recently its been shifting really hard from first to second. But from second onward it shifts perfectly. Transmission is going out, is it worth it to replace it? This has been the only major issue we've had with the car since purchasing it in 09.
trannys gong out, dont buy it
Check the fluid level and inspect the fluid for wear. Black or brown usually indicates the transition is going out
No. You're not alone w/ your problems w/ post-2000 Renault-Nissan partnership transmissions. During his 09JAN2019 broadcast, Scotty stated, "But Nissan has nothing but PROBLEMS with transmissions to begin with and their CVT is WORSE than their regular transmission. Nissan partially owns JATCO, they're the WORST in the world. Even the VW is better. You're buying a less bad apple instead of a bad apple." For SK to advise buying a Volkswagen over a Nissan-- well-- that's lower than the lowest. Get blue-book valuation on your car. Then get quotes for installing a factory-reman transmission-- roughly what? $2,500-$4,000. Rough valuation on your car is $150 --> $725 --> $1,200 --> $2,700. I believe that your used-car value vs. that one repair is going to be a wash. Scotty's famous line comes to mind: "Drive it until the wheels fall off, then get rid of it."