This article was written by Brian Jones, ASE Certified Master Tech and Lemberg Law Automotive Contributor
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Problems with the Transmission
When looking at a powertrain, the transmission becomes the most valuable aspect of the system. When the transmission in a vehicle is unreliable, it causes many problems that cannot be resolved. That’s what is seen with the 2019 Nissan Kicks.
Here is one Edmunds review talking about the trouble. “Unfortunately, the car has virtually no power. Do not attempt to pull out in front of anyone. The body is tin metal cheap with the gas cap cover showing signs of stress wear within the year – ridiculous. The CVT transmission will drive you nuts with hard shifts and frequent sticking in a particular gear – took it back and was told this is normal? Nissan may make a few good cars, but this is not one of them.”
It shouldn’t be surprising that the automaker is aware of issues. Service Bulletin #NTB19-040c describes engine hesitation and reduced power, which might also cause the Check Engine Light to come on. These issues shouldn’t occur with a new vehicle as the powertrain should be built to handle everyday driving. Yet, there is no indication that the company is looking to do anything to change the situation. Sadly, customers can’t “get their kicks” in the Kicks.
Problems with the Electrical System
Moving onto the electrical system, there are just as many complaints, if not more.
Here is one that was filed with the NHTSA. “The contact owns a 2019 Nissan Kicks. The contact stated that on several occasions the automatic electronic brakes failed to operate as intended. The contact was concerned that the software was ineffective to have the vehicle operate as intended. The vehicle was taken to [dealer] to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the vehicle operated as intended and that all the sensors and software were calibrated as intended. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and informed of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 3,700.”
It appears that the company continues to tell customers that the vehicle is “running as intended,” yet customers are continuing to experience malfunctions. What is seen with this vehicle is a massive electronic system failure with the back-up camera, as illustrated by NHTSA Campaign Number 19V65400. It appears that the back-up image is not being shown correctly on over more than one million vehicles. Is that also what was intended? The automaker would like owners to believe that.
Problems with the Engine
The engine in any vehicle needs to be not only powerful, but it also must be reliable. Yet, the Kicks isn’t impressing drivers at all.
Here is what another NHTSA complaint says. “Car stalls when pulling into city traffic from an intersection. Appears as if engine won’t take fuel when I have accelerator depressed. Happened several times and dealers says nothing shows up on cars computer as a problem.”
Aside from the fuel not reaching the engine in a timely fashion, another issue is illustrated in Service Bulletin #NTB17-082b. It states that there could be a leak at the vent control valve O-ring, which leads to further complaints. Again, these can’t be classified as “normal operation,” no matter what Nissan claims. It’s not normal for vehicles to hesitate when pulling out, lose electrical connection to vital systems and have a leak. It seems the automaker is nothing better than a Hot Wheels manufacturer since they don’t know the first thing about putting together a working vehicle.
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