2015 Sentra CVT shifting issue...

Asked by Feb 11, 2017 at 02:42 PM about the 2015 Nissan Sentra S

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My Sentra at around 80mph (usually up hill) starts shifting back and forth
abnormally between gears. The only thing that releases it is letting go of gas,
forcing to drop speed, which also forces a shift to higher gear. You don't feel a
jerk when it's jumping gears, but the RPM arrow jerks between.
25k miles. Low tranny fluid?? Any one else ever hear of this?

8 Answers


CVT transmissions are continuously variable and really don't shift gears. I would get it to a Nissan dealership and get it evaluated. It should still be under the power train warranty.

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I have a similar problem with my 2002 Mazda. Although not at high speed. When starting out from a stop and then around 25 mph. I get a jerking forward motion, if I let off the gas it will drop down and level out. Did you find out what your problem was with the your car jerking? I am curious what is going on with my car. Thanks in advance. Kim


My 2015 Sentra SV started having this same problem 4-5 days ago. I carried it into the dealership - still under warranty (57,467 miles). They are trying to get to take a look at it today. Always happens starting between 75 - 80 MPH. I noticed it first when I had cruise control set to 78 MPH going up a small hill. It accelerated great up the hill to keep my speed, but once it started leveling out at the top of this hill, it started surging. Now it has gotten worse. I had it floored today and it would never go faster than 83 MPH - constant surging. I'll let you know what I find out ASAP.

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CVT's are a huge problem yet car manufacturers continue to assault their customers with these POS. I suggest you get an extended warranty and sell the car before the warranty runs out.

KV4YI.. Any word on what it was?


I been telling people they need to addd a extended transmission cooler

So I have a Sentra 2015. @ 58,000 they had to do their computer upgrade (so they told me) 20,000 miles later it’s doing the same thing!!! Now it’s been sitting in the dealer for 5days & they are arguing w/the extended Warrenty guy & Nissan them selfs! Thee mechanic deemed it UNSAFE TO DRIVE!!!! So now what??? It’s a lease that’s up in September.. I was also told by diff mechanics the trans has to b scaned at every 20,000miles which they don’t tell u & that’s exactly where it is now & messing up again!!! Any suggestions?? Not to mention it’s my only car! & they have yet to give me a loner!!!!

Oh and my mileage is all freeway! & same thing at 80mpr it started to slip gears rpms would go up to 5 then down to 2 & wouldn’t let me accelerate! I get a smell b4 this happens does it on cruse control & even at low speeds now! But car has to b warmed up.. I got a new car to not have problems & that’s all I have! This came from the Nissan dealer also!

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