2017 Nissan Rogue Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Forward collision avoidance, service brakes, and transmission issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

In the past, Nissan was famous for reliability and durability. But now, it’s known for bad transmissions and many other high-dollar problems. This is especially true of one of the Japanese automaker’s worst offenders – the Rogue SUV. Although on the surface, its seven-passenger seating and affordable price tag may seem appealing, the utility vehicle is, in fact, a nightmare. According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, the main problem areas are the forward collision avoidance, service brakes, and transmission.

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Problems with Forward Collision Avoidance

Many modern vehicle feature forward collision avoidance, otherwise known as automatic emergency braking. The technology automatically applies the brakes to avoid a crash – no driver input needed. To makes this happen, sensors monitor the road ahead and feed the information back to a computer, called a control module. The module then tells the rest of the vehicle when to operate the brakes to avoid an accident.

Forward collision avoidance is a great concept. But, it can be extremely annoying – and sometimes, downright dangerous – when it doesn’t work right.

Take, for example, the Nissan Rogue and its problematic system. In some instances, the SUV applies the brakes automatically for no reason, and in other situations, fails to apply the brakes at all.

One owner, from Escondido, CA, writes into the NHTSA website, “Forward emergency braking keeps engaging with no object in front. Has happened several times. The latest time was this evening. It engaged on the interstate at a speed of 65 mph, dropped to a speed of 45 mph with a semi truck directly behind me.”

Another, report states, “The contact owns a 2017 Nissan Rogue. The contact stated that the forward emergency braking function failed to provide a warning and did not brake without the contact applying force to the brake pedal.”

So far, Nissan has not issued a recall to address the emergency braking system problems.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Collision Avoidance Problems

FORWARD EMERGENCY BRAKING KEEPS ENGAGING WITH NO OBJECT IN FRONT. HAS HAPPENED SEVERAL TIMES. THE LATEST TIME WAS THIS EVENING. IT ENGAGED ON THE INTERSTATE AT A SPEED OF 65 MPH DROPPED SPEED TO 45 WITH A SEMI TRUCK DIRECTLY BEHIND ME. OTHER TIMES IT HAS HAPPENED WHEN DRIVING UP OR DOWN HILLS, WHEN ACCELERATING ON THE ON RAMP TO THE FREEWAY.

FORWARD EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEM FAULTY. I HAVE FILED ANOTHER CLAIM BEFORE THIS BUT THERE HAS BEEN MORE DEVELOPMENT AND ANSWERS TO THE UNKNOWN AS TO WHY IT IS DOING THIS. I SPOKE TO NISSANS ARBITRATION DEPT LAST NIGHT AND THEY HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS THAT ARE CAUSING AN INTERFERENCE AND CAUSING THIS SYSTEM TO SET OFF AUDIBLE BEEPS FOLLOWED BY A RED LIGHT (ACCORDING TO USER MANUAL IT IS THE FEB EMERGENCY WARNING INDICATOR). IT WILL THEN BRAKE ON ITS OWN…SOMETIMES MORE SIGNIFICANTLY THAN OTHERS. I DO HAVE A PICTURE OF THE LIGHT GOING OFF WHICH I WILL ATTACH TO THIS COMPLAINT. I HAVE HAD THIS CAR FOR 6MOS AND IT HAS BEEN IN THE SHOP 4 TIMES. I FEEL THIS CAR IS A LEMON. I AM STILL FIGHTING WITH NISSAN BUT AS OF LAST NIGHT THEY SAID THAT NISSAN HAS NO INTEREST IN REPLACING OR LETTING ME REPURCHASE AT THIS TIME, BUT THEY WILL OFFER A CASH SETTLEMENT.

THE VEHICLE BRAKED TO A FULL STOP WHILE I WAS DRIVING STRAIGHT FORWARD OVER TRAIN TRACKS. THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS AS I COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN REAR ENDED

Problems with the brakes

Previously, Nissan recalled 134,000 Murano and Maxima vehicles due to a bad seal in the brake system that could cause an electrical fire. Should the Rogue have been recalled as well?

On the NHTSA website, a Rogue owner from Aston, PA, writes, “My home caught fire March 24, originating at the carport where the vehicle was parked. Neighbor witnessed bright white explosions taking place at the corner of the carport where vehicle was parked. My wife woke to smoke alarm and house was filled with toxic smoke. I rose and investigated, I witnessed the interior side door of the carport ablaze above the door frame. As I tried to smack the flames with a pillow, visible through the glass door to the carport, the vehicle was an inferno…”

According to the NHTSA, after investigation, it was found that brake fluid started the fire. It’s very likely this is the same concern which prompted Nissan to recall 2015 to 2017 Murano and Maxima models. The crux of the problem is a bad seal in the anti-lock brake actuator. On vehicles equipped with intelligent cruise control, this can cause brake fluid to leak onto the system’s circuit board, starting a fire.

While Nissan has issued a recall (NTB16-088b) for other models, it has not yet addressed the problem on the 2017 Rogue.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Service Brakes Issues

THE VEHICLE WAS BEING DRIVEN TOWARD A FOUR LANE INTERSECTION WITH TRAFFIC LIGHT CONTROL. AS THE VEHICLE APPROACHED THE INTERSECTION AND THE RED LIGHT, THE BRAKES WERE APPLIED AND FAILED TO ENGAGE. THE BRAKE PEDAL WENT TO THE FLOOR AND NEVER SLOWED THE VEHICLE. THERE WERE OPEN LANES TO THE RIGHT AND THE VEHICLE WAS MOVED OVER TO THIS OPEN LANE AND NEVER SLOWED. THE VEHICLE WENT INTO AND THROUGH THE INTERSECTION. NO CROSS TRAFFIC VEHICLES WERE IMPACTED AND THE DRIVER WAS ABLE TO MOVE THE VEHICLE OVER TO THE SIDE ROAD AND SLOW THE VEHICLE AS IT WENT UP AN INCLINE. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE DEALER AND IT WAS REPORTED THAT NO MECHANICAL FAILURES WERE FOUND. NO REPAIRS WERE MADE. THE VEHICLE HAS APPROXIMATELY 8000 MILES ON IT,

I HAVE A SHORT COMMUTE TO WORK DOWNTOWN WHERE I HAVE TO PARK IN A PARKING STRUCTURE. THIS FRIDAY MORNING THE CAR WAS DRIVING FINE UNTIL I PULLED INTO A PARKING SPACE. AS I TRIED TO SLOWDOWN THE VEHICLE INTO PARKING, THE CAR DID NOT STOP. I PUMPED ON THE BRAKE PEDAL TWICE BEFORE HITTING THE CONCRETE WALL ON THE 6TH FLOOR OF THE STRUCTURE. I AM CURRENTLY WAITING ON THE ESTIMATE FOR THE REPAIRS, BUT I NO LONGER FEEL SAFE DRIVING THIS VEHICLE.

Problems with the transmission

In 2002, Nissan touted its introduction of the “first continuously variable transmission (CVT) for passenger cars”.

CVTs sound great: instead of traditional planetary gears, they use a steel belt and pulleys to provide smoother operation and increased fuel economy.

The problem is, Nissan never got the concept quite right. Regardless of which model it’s in, the automaker’s CVT transmission is known to fail early on, typically in less than 80,000 miles.

One owner of a 2017 Nissan Rogue, complains on Edmunds, “At 16,000 miles I noticed my Rogue jerking a lot more when I would try to accelerate from stop and go traffic. A slight tap on the pedal would cause the RPMs to jump up to 6 then drop to 0. I took it to the dealership and was told that they couldn’t replicate the issue. So in order for me to prove that this was happening, I had to film the issue. Once I got it on film I took the car back at 16,700. (yes it took that long for the issue to happen again). The dealership kept the car for a few hours then called me to say “it’s done”. According to the Carfax report and the dealer’s paperwork they “serviced the transmission.” Well at 17,000 the car started to do the same thing and at different times. I took it back and was told the same thing “we need it on film”. The car currently has 17,800 miles on it and I drive around with a GoPro attached to the cluster gauge so I can get the issue on film AGAIN! I took the car to a trusted mechanic to get a second opinion. I was told that the transmission is slipping and probably has a year at best of life left in it. Taking this over to Nissan, they are refusing to look at the car until I can get the issue on film again. Due to it being my only car, I now have to drive around with this potentially dangerous machine until it decides to act up again and have Nissan fix it. This is my 6th Nissan and will be my last.”

There are several different technical service bulletins that address the CVT problem. Nissan even extended the warranty for the unit on some models. As of yet, however, no TSBS or recalls have been issued for the 2017 Nissan Rogue.

Here are some actual complaints logged with the NHTSA about the 2017 Nissan Rogue Transmission Problems

THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 NISSAN ROGUE. WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN PARK WITH THE ENGINE RUNNING, IT ROLLED AWAY WHILE THE CONTACT WAS EXITING. THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER THE CONTACT’S FOOT. THE CONTACT SUSTAINED A BROKEN FOOT THAT REQUIRED MEDICAL ATTENTION. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT DIAGNOSED OR REPAIRED BY A DEALER OR INDEPENDENT MECHANIC. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED, BUT OFFERED NO ASSISTANCE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS APPROXIMATELY 2,000. 

WHEN DRIVING BETWEEN 25-40 MIKE PER HOUR THE VEHICLE SOUNDS LOUD AS IF THE TRANSMISSION WAS STUCK IN THIRD GEAR. THIS IS WHEN DRIVING ON THE STREET OR HIGHWAY ONCE YOU PASS 45 MILES I CATCHES GEAR AND STOPS.

THE CONTACT OWNS A 2017 NISSAN ROGUE. WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS PARKED WITH THE ENGINE TURNED ON, THE TRANSMISSION ERRONEOUSLY SWITCHED TO REVERSE AND THE VEHICLE MOVED BACKWARDS. THE CONTACT INDICATED THAT THE FAILURE OCCURRED ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS. THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO HALL NISSAN IN CHESAPEAKE, VA, BUT THE FAILURE COULD NOT BE DUPLICATED. THE MANUFACTURER WAS NOTIFIED OF THE FAILURE. THE VIN WAS NOT AVAILABLE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 400.

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21 COMMENTS
  • Beatriz

    I have a 2017 Nissan Rogue I bought used seven months ago. The paint of the roof is starting to make small bubbles and there are signs of corrosion. The hood has hundreds of tiny white dots (stone chips), but it is obvious that the paint is of poor quality and the coating very thin. Contacted Nissan Canada (I live in Quebec) and they refused to inspect the vehicle thoroughly. I went to an independent contractor to evaluate the cost of re-painting the vehicle and will cost me +$4000 (the roof needs to be removed to check corrosion). This is the last time I ever buy Nissan, so disappointed!

  • Ray

    I have a 2017 Rogue and it seems from the comments there are all the same issues with the 2017 rogue. We have 91k on the vehicle and the transmission is stuck in gear and was told by the dealership that I need a new transmission cost about $5000. Not sure why the lawsuit that was file is not including the 2017 models as I was told just the Sentra and Altima’s are covered. Prior to this event I had taken my vehicle to the dealership for a simple oil change, the vehicle was about a year old. When the service department destroyed my roof. The car was on the lift while they decide to open the garage door. The dealership sent the car to a local body shop which one I do not know since they would not disclose where. I reached out to Corporate Nissan and they did nothing. Now my interior light is loose which I went to the dealership multiple times and got nowhere. Now I have rubber strip coming out of the bottom of my windshield. I Asked to trade the vehicle in for a new vehicles, the sales person asked if I reported this to my insurance I said yes and he said that’s to bad because it will show up on car tax. ….My experience with Nissan has been nothing but a stressful experience and suggest never purchase a vehicle from Nissan. I feel completely helpless!

  • Carol J

    I have a 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport with only 25,000 miles and there are several problems with it. When I have A/C on and my car is at red in traffic the A/C stops working and the temp gauge starts going up and and I have shut of my A/C so my car does not over heat, my gas gauge is not working correctly, when I am at going up
    A hill a trying to accelerate it feels like my car my is going to stall out, It feels like the transmission is going drop . Why has Nissan recalled these things . I fell like all this stuff is doing a lot of damage to my car.

  • Gregory S

    I have a 2017 Nissan rogue I bought used in late 2018 with 50,000 miles on it . It worked well till I got 91,000 miles and yesterday 8/10/21. The car wouldnt move after stopping at a red light, then I pumped the gas 3 or 4 times and it went. Then later it wouldnt change gears and I pulled over at a store went in and came back out it changed gears perfectly. Today it worked but I’m scared for all other days coming up. 90,000 miles is not many miles to expect a cars transmission to go. I’ve had other japanese cars that went 200 to 300,000 with little or no problem. I guess nissan named this car right by naming it the rogue ( theif) and that’s what Nissan is doing by selling this substandard SUV. They should have to compensate all of us as it’s clearly a design flaw that is showing up.I learned my lesson and wont ever buy another Nissan again. My first and last nissian!!!

  • Sun

    I have a Nissan Rogue 2017 with 64000 miles, and I noticed the CVT problem on the freeway last weekend. The check engine light is on. The car would not accelerate after the stop for red lights, sometimes. The Nissan dealer asked for $5229.99 for replacing the CVT transmission. Not sure what to do…

  • Kathryn M

    My husband is active duty military & when we came down on orders 4 years ago (2017) we made the grave mistake of buying a brand new Nissan Rogue so that we wouldn’t have any mechanical problems while overseas. (BIG FAT JOKE ON US!)
    The transmission suddenly went out, while traveling on the autobahn, with our children in the car. That fact that we were not killed or seriously injured is a miracle.
    Because we are overseas in Germany we cannot find a mechanic that is willing to work on or replace this CVT transmission, not even the Nissan dealership. We’re being told to order on our own which is going to cost us an astronomical amount of money on our military salary.
    So, thank you Nissan, we are left overseas without our vehicle and no way to even get it repaired. We will NEVER buy Nissan again and will tell everyone we encounter not to ever, ever buy Nissan! Piece of JUNK!

  • debbie

    i to was having the same issues was told it would cost over 5000 dollars to fix it but should just trade it in and buy a new one well what is to make me feel like if i put this money into it and it doesn’t work i bought the rogue in august 2017

  • Carlotta

    I brought 2017 Nissan Rogue. At 145.000 miles the transmission started going bad. The tire rod went bad first. Nissan wanted to charge $1,400 to fixed it. My brake system has had two recall. I used my first warranty on 10,000 from the wires been ate up. Now have no way of going

  • LaQuisha J

    I was almost hit on the highway by an 18 wheeler, due to my car traveling at speed of 75 and drastically dropping below 30 all of a sudden, then picking up to 40 and dropping back down with no acceleration. Car putting on emergency breaks while driving with no object in front of it. My car has like 121000 miles but has been acting up for months, but can’t seem to find the problem. Battery been replaced twice, car sometimes not recognizing key or only opening every door besides the driver door. I’m very disappointed in my 2017 Nissan Rogue. I had my Sonata for 5 years and bought it brand new as I bought my Nissan in August of 2017 and it never gave me problems. Being a nursing student, I needed a reliable car for traveling and my Nissan is letting me down and putting my life in danger.

  • Colleen M

    2017 Nissan Rogue S. I noticed a couple of times after being stopped at a red light that I would step on the gas and the car would not accelerate/move. The mechanic could not replicate the issue. Two weeks ago my check engine light came on and the diagnostic code pointed to the transmission. I took it to the dealer, as it’s still under powertrain, and I need the entire transmission replaced. The vehicle only has 34,000 miles on it, this is an absolute disgrace that a transmission fails after 34K, shame on Nissan!

  • Tim

    My 2017 nissan has 72k miles. less than the 5 year warranty but over their 60k miles. Their trans is known for issues and now mine just crapped out on the highway. was told it will not be covered by warranty. I dont know what to do.

  • Mixhelle

    All of the problems the other owners are experiencing, I have/am as well. I have a 2017 SL Rogue as well and I bought it brand new. Today they say I need a new transmission. I have been complaining about the decrease in acceleration, the false braking, etc since I was at about 30k miles and they say they don’t see anything. Now I’m at 110k and they say its the trans. Why hasn’t this vehicle been recalled. I want to sue them for this.

  • Hector

    I have a 2017 rogue with only 39k and today i turn it on from the key fob from inside of my home, and when i came out it was back down into my other vehicle causing damage to both cars, I dont know what to do, if i should contact nissan or just call my insurance company.

  • Jen v

    I have 2017 Nissan Rogue for 3 yrs now.i am very religious bringing it to d dealership maintenance.over 3 yrs, I’ve changed tires 3x which is not cheap! The car comes with tires that can run flat for about 50 miles but the. Once it gets punctured—it’s a dead meat!
    Everyone I walked out of The dealership for changed oil I always end up paying extra’s…I do all this because I fear for my car stopping in a freeway! …but yet it happened yesterday with no signs and warnings! The car was running smoothly in 5n freeway and all of a sudden it slows down and jolted when I press on the gas, at exactly 48k miles.
    Fortunately I was able to hazard and slowly freewheel on the side of the road! WTF Nissan! That was scary!!!!!!

  • Sebastian L

    I’ve had my 2017 Nissan Rogue S 2WD for two years now and I had to change the transmission oil. Literally, two weeks pass by and there’s already clink sound as I turn right, left, reverse and forward. The dealership is asking me to pay 150 for a full diagnostic, so, I’m already done with their service. Last time I buy a Nissan. Toyota or Honda hear I come.

  • Charles D

    I have a 2017 Rogue S AWD. My complaint is that I will stop at a red light and when the light turns green, I give it gas to accelerate and it doesn’t do anything. The gas pedal will go straight to the floor and the car doesn’t move. I have to depress the gas pedal three or four times. It seems to happen when the weather is hot and I have been driving a long time. I did not have this problem last summer.

  • Ashlee A

    I purchased the 2017 SL AWD Rogue Hybrid March of 2017. Against my better judgement of getting the first model out the door, I did it anyway. I had to contact the owner of the Riverside Auto Group in order to have a proper and correct contract rewritten as the salesman changed figures. October 2018, my temperature light kept coming on indicating the vehicle was overheating. Nissan had my vehicle for 2 weeks to replace a faulty sensor. 2 weeks because they had to share 1 mechanic who was certified to work on Hybrids. Then August 2019 rolls around and I have a new transmission installed. They had my Rogue for 3-4 weeks here while I didn’t complain about making a full monthly payment. Then January/February 2020 I get a notice of a recall. They had to “update/recall” the Engine Control Module. Why didn’t they do that with the new transmission? March 2020 the Rogue is losing acceleration while maintained at a steady speed, April/May 2020 jerking and delayed acceleration has begun again.

  • Vanessa H

    I am wondering if anyone is having an intermittent problem with the engine, fuel intake? My car started about a month ago doing the strangest, scariest, most dangerous thing I’ve ever seen a car do. I will stop at a red light, when the light turns green and I give it gas to accelerate oh, it doesn’t do anything. The gas pedal will go straight to the floor and the car doesn’t move. I have to depress the gas pedal three or four times while people behind me are beeping. God forbid if somebody comes up from behind me speeding and slams into me because the engine isn’t getting any gas. The funny part is, about 4 months ago, Nissan started sending me buy back letters. I haven’t brought it back yet, the financial responsibility to repair it is terrifying me. I rate this car at 1.5 because it does not get the touted gas mileage and most of my lights burnt out at the same time.

  • Robert R

    2017 Nissan Rogue SL is second one (First 2015) that has electrical problems that can’t be fixed! Making a left or right turn, the fan motor speeds up, then slows when driving straight! It burns out the fan motor, and not sure what it is doing to electronic power steering, let alone bad amperage to other features, and safety systems. Nissan repurchased the 2015, yet calling this “Normal” now on the 2017, and putting up “Lemon Law Fight”!! They have no fix, and almost 3M on the road!!

  • Phil T

    I have a main display software problem like my display software automatically turn off and on and i try to listen music and calling phone its doesnt work and my all camera doesnt show up in my display. I went my dealerships but they said they will talk to them boss and they will answer it. But my vehicle Nissan Rogue 2017 its not a physical damage its software problem. They said me Maybe i will pay all cost like 5000$ its to much money and I dont wanna play that because its a software problem. So what can i do for that

  • Deborah

    I wonder if anyone is having issues with the DYE resetting if you fill up prior to empty. It doesn’t reset

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