Yes, I did find out some information....
First off, the Altima Hybrid uses the eCVT transmission (note E), the standard non-hybrid Altima uses a CVT transmission. The eCVT has much less moving parts and no belt or torque converter. The eCVT trans service is a simple fill and drain of 5 qts. There is no dipstick on the eCVT, you drain it from bottom plug and fill from the side of the transmission until fluid begins to come out (similar to how you would do a manual transmission). The eCVT transmission only has about 15 moving parts, its a pretty bullet proof design. The CVT transmission has a belt, torque converter, etc and many more moving parts. The eCVT transmission also helps reduce brake pad wear, and can also generate electricity for the Hybrid system. We have 100k miles on our Hybrid Altima and the brakes are still at 60% remaining.
The eCVT also uses a different fluid than the standard CVT, the eCVT uses a Matic K fluid and the CVT uses a NS-2 fluid. They are different, so make sure and get the correct formula for your transmission type.
I took my vehicle to the dealer and had them perform the service for $140. It was going to cost me about $90 to do it myself, so I figured for warranty reasons I would have them perform the service. The transmission is covered for 120k miles or 10 years, Nissan extended the warranty from 60k to 120k/10yrs. My dealer also showed me the old fluid compared to the new on a sample tray and there was a significant difference in color between the two after 100k miles.
Hope this helps you out.
Last edited by Fman; Nov 24th, 2013 at 05:16 PM.