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The only thing that is covered by the warranty is the CVT itself. The controlling system; i.e. TCM, is not. If you're having issues with the TCM then you need to get it replaced. They're pricy, but most of the cost of the $1k they're charging you is the TCM itself. It's rather easy to get to so your labor costs should be rather low.
See if they'll give you a break on the cost of the part. There is no way it will cost them that much for the part. Also see if there is another dealership in town. They'll compete with each other quite agressively!
Latest update...I had my local mechanic replace the VIAS solenoid this morning. When I picked it up, I drove a couple miles and everthing was fine. After that errand, I got in the MO, put it in reverse to back out of the parking space and, when I put it in drive, there was a "clunky" noise and I had the acceleration hesitation. After driving it about two blocks, I had absolutely NO response from the gas pedal. I had it on the floor...nothing. Reverse seemed to barely work so I backed to another parking space and rolled to a stop. Turned it off and back on and, while in park, the engine would rev up when I pressed the gas. However, if I put it in gear, it was back to no response. I've had it towed back to the dealer who will finish the diagnostic that I had done last Friday (free of charge!). As weird as it sounds, I'm actually hoping for a transmission issue (valve body or entire transmission) and that Nissan will cover it. Anybody else experienced these symptoms? Advice?
*I heard from the dealer just now (4/17/13) and, as he put it, "your transmission is burnt up." So I'm waiting on Custumer Relations to get back with me to see if they'll pay for it. He gave me a price of $4,024.18 "out the door" for a new transmission (I assume that is a rebuilt one, right?), radiator, plugs and something else.
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