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cody1awesome

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Car repair caveats?
« on: April 26, 2016, 01:49:50 PM »
I have a predicament that is directly related to my pre-MMM education.  I bought a used truck a few years ago, mostly because I always wanted one. It was my daily driver until I found out my wife was pregnant. In an attempt to save money overall, through saving gas and having a more reliable, family friendly vehicle, I traded it in for a 2009 Nissan Cube. I "traded" it before it was paid off, so they paid my truck loan and added it to the final price of the car. Currently I am all in at 10 grand on my car. 

Today I took it in for service because I've been having some very slow acceleration. Turns out I need transmission repair because the CVT has a step motor that needs replaced. The cost of repair is $3200. 

Nissan extended the CVT warranty to 120,000 miles. Of course, my car is at 127,358.  The value of the car currently sits at about 6 grand.  So I'm already underwater on the car.

My question is, is my only option to bite the bullet and get the repairs done?  I've considered all options so far. If I turned the car in I would probably still owe money. If I just keep making the payments and not get it repaired, it would be worthless to me. If I sold it and paid down the loan, I would still owe and still need a car. If I "traded" again I could have a working car with a warranty, but it would just add a ton to my debt. $3200 seems to  be my cheapest option, but is there any way out of the mess that my younger, dumber self got me into?

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Re: Car repair caveats?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2016, 01:57:19 PM »
try to find a junk yard trans for it and a reputable shop to install it.   $3200 is a bit steep in my opinion.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2016, 01:58:08 PM »
Did you talk to Nissan USA yet?

Further, in the unlikely event that your vehicle's transmission should need repair beyond the extended warranty period we are working to decrease the cost of repair and have already reduced the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of a replacement CVT. In addition, we continuously strive to enhance our products, and have made ongoing improvements to our CVTs over the years.

You may not have any luck (link), but it's worth a shot.

With a transmission that has chronic problems, I would not recommend a used junkyard pull unless you plan on dumping the car ASAP.

cody1awesome

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Re: Car repair caveats?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2016, 02:07:37 PM »
I literally just had it diagnosed today. It went in last week but they couldn't find a problem. I did contact Nissan USA through email, but I will call them as well.

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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2016, 03:03:51 PM »
You are in the school of hard knocks right now! I guess if I was in your shoes, I would repair the car and hope that it lasts long enough without another major repair so I could pay off the loan and save up for something else. That being said, I would definitely try to find a used motor from a junkyard or through repair shop sources and also get other quotes to try and reduce the sticker price a bit.

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2016, 06:21:28 PM »
  Take it to a different dealer, with it being a known issue and it being 7K miles over the warranty I can't imagine thme not working out some sort of deal. If they don't pay for the whole thing maybe you can bargain with corporate or the dealer and get a portion of it paid?

cody1awesome

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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2016, 08:26:02 PM »
I talked to someone at Nissan USA and they're supposed to get back with me tomorrow. I'm pretty sure the reason they doubled the warranty from 5 years/60K miles to 10 years/120K  miles is because people were having a lot of transmission trouble early on. That's my main reason for being iffy in the junkyard option. However, I feel like being barely over an extended warranty that was made just for this type of problem might give me some sort of leverage. They did say they would get in touch with my dealership and try to work out a solution.

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Re: Car repair caveats?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2016, 08:44:08 AM »
I just checked eBay and there's a Nissan step motor for $120. Heck, a complete (used) transmission runs less than $1000. $3200 seems wildly excessive.

You might want to look into doing this repair yourself.

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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2016, 09:53:10 AM »
I just checked eBay and there's a Nissan step motor for $120. Heck, a complete (used) transmission runs less than $1000. $3200 seems wildly excessive.

You might want to look into doing this repair yourself.

A transmission replacement may be easier than the stepper motor replacement -- I'm mechanically competent but would be hesitant to tear into a transmission unless I could afford a lot of downtime and potential replacement if I broke it, lol.
http://forums.nicoclub.com/cvt-issues-t582203.html#p6536609

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2016, 11:54:08 AM »
I just checked eBay and there's a Nissan step motor for $120. Heck, a complete (used) transmission runs less than $1000. $3200 seems wildly excessive.

You might want to look into doing this repair yourself.

A transmission replacement may be easier than the stepper motor replacement -- I'm mechanically competent but would be hesitant to tear into a transmission unless I could afford a lot of downtime and potential replacement if I broke it, lol.
http://forums.nicoclub.com/cvt-issues-t582203.html#p6536609

Ah, yeah, that's probably a bit too delicate to mess with. I would at least get some price quotes at non-dealer shops.