I have a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. This was the first year Nissan released that model and it does have the fancy CVT for its transmission.
I have heard all the horror stories of people that have had issues with their CVTs, but I have not had any with my since I bought the car brand new. I have driven it since it had seven miles on it...
My plan has always been to drive the car until it breaks or the costs to repair get too high and I am worried I might be at that point now.
I spoke to my local Midas last week about my cigarette plug no longer working and they gave me a laundry list of stuff that comes to about $2k to fix, including a transmission leak that alone accounts for over half that total. A couple things I have ignored like the A/C fan not working, but this needs attention one way or another.
I also spoke to a co-worker today who mentioned that they will have to take the transmission apart in this repair (which might make it not work as well when they put it back together) and it is possible to just caulk the seal that is leaking instead of fixing it directly.
Not only would that be significantly cheaper, but I am deathly afraid of them putting it back together and then starting to have issues like everyone else has been.
Is it better to just seal the leak with a bandaid and see what happens or should I bite the bullet and have it all repaired as I originally intended?
Since my car is over 240k miles have I started to reach the end of life for my vehicle and I should start looking into replacing it?
I love my car, but I am trying to be objective and smart with what the future might hold... Thanks for any advice.