Xtronic CVT gear box: distinctive features & technical characteristics

Xtronic CVT gear box: distinctive features & technical characteristics

Xtronic CVT is an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission installed on many Nissans and some Renault and Infiniti models. It has been produced since the mid-2000s. Modern models feature a manual shifting mode with 6 virtual gears. All Xtronic CVTs are manufactured by the Japanese company Jatco, a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Operating principle of Xtronic CVT 

In most cases, Xtronic CVT gearbox is a continuously variable transmission driven by a V-belt, electronically controlled and with a hydraulic torque converter. The belt was replaced with a chain for more powerful engines. The versions for hybrid vehicles use a dry clutch instead of the torque converter.

The manual mode uses an electronic control unit with special software. To activate it, the driver should put the gear selector in the “D” position and then nudge it to the left to lock the engaged gear. To shift up or down, the driver has to move the selector left or right – towards “+” or “-–” sign.

Popular Xtronic CVT

Transmission index Max engine capacity, l Max engine torque, N·m Drive type Production start Model applications
JF009E (RE0F08A, RE0F08B) 1.8 175 FWD 2002 Nissan Cube Z11; Nissan Tiida C11; Nissan Note E11; Nissan Wingroad Y12
JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B) 3.5 350 FWD, AWD 2002 Nissan Murano Z50; Nissan Presage U31; Nissan Altima L32; Nissan Teana J31; Nissan Quest RE52; Nissan Teana J32; Nissan Elgrand E52; Nissan Murano Z51; Renault Megane III; Renault Scenic 3
JF011E (RE0F10A) 2.5 250 FWD, AWD 2005 Nissan Altima L32; Renault Fluence 1; Nissan Murano Z51; Nissan Qashqai J10, J11; Renault Koleos 1; Nissan Sentra B16, B17; Nissan Teana J32; Renault Scenic 3; Nissan X-Trail T31, T32; Nissan Juke F15; Renault Latitude 1; Renault Megane 3; Nissan Tiida C11
JF016E (RE0F10D, RE0F10F) 2.5 250 FWD, AWD 2012 Nissan Elgrand E52; Nissan Murano Z51; Nissan Altima L33,  L34; Renault Arkana 1; Nissan Qashqai J11; Renault Megane 3; Nissan Serena C26, C27; Nissan Juke F15; Renault Koleos 2; Nissan NV200 M20; Nissan Sentra B17; Renault Clio 4; Renault Fluence 1; Renault Scenic 3; Nissan Rogue T32; Nissan Teana L33, L34; Nissan X-Trail T32
JF017E (RE0F10G, RE0F10E) 3.5 380 FWD, AWD 2012 Nissan Altima L33, L34; Nissan Maxima A36; Nissan Qashqai J11; Nissan Pathfinder R52; Renault Latitude 1; Nissan Elgrand E52; Infiniti JX35 L50; Nissan Murano Z52; Infiniti QX60; Renault Koleos 2; Nissan Teana L33, L34; Nissan X-Trail T32
JF018E (RE0F10F, RE0F03H, RE0F02H) 2.5 350 FWD, AWD 2012 Infiniti QX60; Nissan Pathfinder R52; Nissan Rogue T32; Nissan Serena C27; Nissan X-Trail T32
JF019E (RE0F10H, RE0F10J) 3.5 450 FWD, AWD 2014 Nissan Murano Hybrid Z52; Nissan Altima Hybrid L33

Common malfunctions of Xtronic CVT gearboxes

Malfunctions Transmissions
The stepper motor often breaks down. JF009E (RE0F08A, RE0F08B); JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B); JF011E (RE0F10A)
Aggressive driving behaviour with sharp braking causes the CVT belt to stretch. JF009E (RE0F08A, RE0F08B); JF011E (RE0F10A); JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B)
Solenoids get clogged and the transmission starts slipping. JF009E (RE0F08A, RE0F08B); JF016E (RE0F10D, RE0F10F); JF017E (RE0F10G, RE0F10E); JF018E (RE0F10F, RE0F03H,  RE0F02H); JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B)
The pressure regulating valve of the oil pump has a short lifespan, it is sensitive to soiling and gets jammed. JF009E (RE0F08A, RE0F08B); JF011E (RE0F10A); JF017E (RE0F10G, RE0F10E); JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B); JF019E (RE0F10H, RE0F10J); JF016E (RE0F10F, RE0F10D)
The transmission control module breaks down prematurely. JF010E (RE0F09A, RE0F09B)
Overheating may cause the CVT’s input and output speed sensors and relief valve to fail. JF011E (RE0F10A)
Bearings of the input and output shafts sometimes wear out even at low mileage. In this case, they produce a specific humming noise. JF011E (RE0F10A)
The CVT pulley bearing often breakes down. JF016E (RE0F10D, RE0F10F)
The hydraulic torque converter may break down prematurely. JF016E (RE0F10D, RE0F10F)
Due to its location, the transmission oil cooler gets soiled rather quickly, causing the gearbox to overheat. JF017E (RE0F10G, RE0F10E); JF018E (RE0F10F, RE0F03H, RE0F02H)
Spline joints wear out fast due to high torque caused by aggressive driving. JF017E (RE0F10G, RE0F10E)
Valves of the electromagnetic clutch burn out. JF018E (RE0F10F, RE0F03H, RE0F02H)