2021 Nissan Rogue Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Engine, Fuel System, Powertrain and other issues among the top complaints reporting by vehicle owners


2021 Nissan Rogue

The 2021 Nissan Rogue is sure to turn heads with its unique style. The automaker wants customers to know that “you deserve exceptional,” but it doesn’t feel like the automaker has gone above and beyond with this design. After dealing with the defective engine, glitchy electrical system, malfunctioning fuel system, failing powertrain and poorly-built structure, consumers have had enough.

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Problems with the Engine

The engine is arguably the most important component of any vehicle, but the Rogue suffers to provide a reliable motor.

One Edmunds review states, “Do not buy. 2021 Nissan Rogue 23 hours old and 170.0 miles suffered catastrophic engine failure. Worst part is that Nissan left my parents who are in their 80’s on the side of the freeway in the middle of nowhere and car can’t charge phone and it’s cold and raining with semi-trucks passing them and hazard lights will not work. Nissan says we are sending a truck but we are going to leave you on the side of the road and you need to call Uber or negotiate with the tow company. Nissan’s response put their lives in danger for over 4 hours. My mom and dad are terrified of this car and Nissan’s response.”

At this point, Nissan has failed to release any meaningful communication regarding engine problems. It’s as if there’s nothing to look at…never mind the numerous complaints of customers being stranded on the side of the road. One look at the number of Rogues sitting in the junkyard is proof enough.

Problems with the Electrical System

In the modern vehicle, the electrical system can make or break the entire ride. Sadly, the Rogue has proven itself to be a glitchy mess.

Another Edmunds review says, “My daughter bought this 2021 Nissan Rogue, piece of junk. It has 1900 miles on it and it is in the shop for the second time, should of been 3rd.  Imagine driving down the interstate, engine failure coming across the dash, the car pulling itself over to the side of the road and putting itself in park, scary huh. And Nissan’s solution, don’t replace the car, oh no, it needs a module that they have no idea when it will be available and whether it will even fix the problem.  I drive a Toyota and would never even consider a Nissan, especially after this.”

There’s one particular electrical malfunction that goes hand in hand with the engine. Service Bulletin #NTB21-041A states that the Engine Oil Service Due light comes on when it shouldn’t. Of course, the Nissan customers have gotten so used to having engine issues, they probably assume it is true, even if the oil was just changed. Maybe oil changes every few miles will keep the motor running.

Problems with the Fuel System

The fuel system shows just as many problems, which makes sense considering how terrible the engine turned out to be.

This Edmunds user states, “Upgraded a 2018 Nissan Rogue to this 2021 Rogue; I’ve owned this vehicle for almost 3 months now and as of now I’ve sat in the waiting room for three and a half hours due to recalls and my engine light being on this fast week only foe it to be 3 days later and my engine light is on once again. Stopped at O’Reillys on the way home and was told after plugging it up that it is in fact on again due to the fuel rail. I’ve never had this many issues, this vehicles came with lots of flaws.”

In this case, there is a fuel system recall. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V068000 reveals the trouble. The fuel hose might not have been secured correctly, with a lock ring that isn’t seated on the fuel tank. If the hose becomes disconnected, it can lead to a stalled engine and car fire. Of course, “exceptional” does seem like a fitting term at this point – an “exceptional” failure.

Problems with the Powertrain

The powertrain has been a sore point for Nissan in recent years, and it doesn’t appear that the 2021 models got it right.

Here’s yet another Edmunds complaint. “I just purchased a brand new rogue 7 days ago and yesterday I took it to the freeway to test the Propilot and after 5 minutes the warning light was on and said CVT malfunction Service not available. I pulled off to a stop turned off the engine and restart again. The warning light was gone. I got back to the freeway again and turned the autopilot again and about 3 minutes warning light on again. I can’t turned it off so had pulled over and stopped the engine and restart again this time the CVT malfunction light was gone but engine check light was on and can’t turned it off. I called the dealer and dropped the car off for them to fix it. It was frustrated when you spent over $32k for a brand new car and only last for 120 miles and had to go to the shop. Never experienced anything like this before on a new car. Very disappointed, should have gone for a different brand.”

Nissan has undergone class action lawsuits in the past because of the defective transmission. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago that 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue models were found to be worthy of lawsuits. Those transmissions suffered from shuddering and clunking during acceleration. The way things are going, this “exceptional” model might be following in its predecessor’s footsteps.

Problems with the Structure

It wouldn’t be fair to claim that the new Rogue is falling apart at the seams, but it is wise to look at what some of the customers are stating.

One final Edmunds review reveals some interesting facts. “We discovered that when you drive the vehicle over 45 mph, or a road with expansion joints the Sideview mirror on the driver’s side vibrates so much you can’t distinguish objects coming up behind and beside you. When we returned home I took the vehicle back to the selling dealer. The mechanic that serviced the Rogue reported that he ‘even drove a Rogue out of the dealer’s inventory and it had the same situation so there is nothing wrong with it.'”

There are also several recalls that illustrate the level of care the manufacturer put into making this SUV. NHTSA Campaign Number 21V474000 shows that more than 47,000 vehicles might have been built with improperly welded tether wires to the second-row seatback frame, keeping child seats from being anchored securely. Additionally, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V286000 shows that affected models were also built with a missing bushing in the brake caliper assembly. If the O-ring seal is allowed to move, brake fluid can leak, which would result in reduced braking performance. Finally, NHTSA Campaign Number 21V186000 states that there were also some Rogues built with the wrong wheel nuts, leading to the wheel assembly separating from the vehicle. Is there any part of this Nissan SUV that was built correctly? The verdict is still out.

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Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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