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#1 Old 09-13-2007, 02:02 PM
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My Murano doesn't "coast" downhill too well.

I just got a 2004 Murano. We love it except for one thing. When I'm going downhill and I take my foot off the gas, it seems to GO SLOWER! :eek: It's like it slipped into a lower gear. Every other car I've had just coasts like it's in neutral.

I asked the local Nissan dealer about it and he said that this is a characteristic of the CVT.

Is this true?

Are you guys experiencing this behavior?

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Cash

BTW, I have an AWD version and it has 40K miles on it in case that matters.

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This is normal behavior.

The CVT has a feature called "downhill assit" or something similar. The reason it does this is that since your transmission doesn't have "gears", the CVT will keep your RPMs near idle when you're costing downhill, which means no compression braking as would happen with a traditional transmission. That means you'd just keep rolling faster and faster and you'd be burning out your brakes.

Once you get used to the sometimes "odd" behaviors of the CVT it will seem much more natural to you.
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You can cancel the "downhill" feature by slightly depressing the accelerator. This makes the car/transmission think you want to go faster on a downhill gradient and will cancel out the feature. Otherwise, as others have posted, the car will automatically keep the gear ratio lower in order to "engine brake" the vehicle going down hill.
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Don't sweat it. It's normal. That's just the CVT showing off and letting you know just how smart it is.

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Normal, the CVT acts more like a manual transmission and less like an automatic transmission (thank goodness).

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personally I think it is a great thing; a lot of places I go are heavily monitored by the cops, especially on steep downhills so they can nail the folks who don't brake. I merely top the hill at the desired speed and it stays relatively the same speed without me ever having to pay attention to the speedometer or brakes.
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Simply push that stick to the "N" position and you'll get that regular auto tranny feature...

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Simply push that stick to the "N" position and you'll get that regular auto tranny feature...

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