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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Nissan Altima has multiple problem trends including the CVT transmission, and now that this model is out of warranty, it earns our "avoid like the plague" badge.

Owners complain about vibration and transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a whining noise from the power steering pump, and constant windshield problems that appear to be the result of poor design.

Be warned: the 2014 & 2015 Nissan Altima appears to share these same problems.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,601 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Oct 212016

Altima

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 70 mph, the hood latch released independently. As a result, the hood collided into the windshield. The contact sustained neck, head, shoulder, and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front bumper cover, combination lamp, hood (panel, underside, hinge assemble), right fender panel, windshield, doors, and multiple other parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V244000 (air bags), 16V2029000 (latches/locks/linkages), and 15V116000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact stated that no recall notices were received. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available and parts distribution disconnect.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 062016

Altima

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 75 mph, the hood latch activated independently. As a result, the hood opened. The contact had to fasten the hood with a twine to prevent the hood from opening independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the vehicle per NHTSA campaign number: 14V565000 (latches/locks/linkages). The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the contact was unsure about what part was replaced. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #20

Aug 292016

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the hood flew open and damaged the windshield. The hood and quarter panels were also damaged and need to be replaced. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages) after the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #19

Sep 302015

Altima

  • 46,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 50 mph, the hood detached. As a result, the contact crashed into concrete barricades. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V565000 and 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Gathersburg, MD, USA

problem #18

Nov 152015

Altima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 40 mph, the hood inadvertently opened and damaged the roof and hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/lock/linkages). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Greenville, MS, USA

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problem #17

Feb 102015

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for a manufacturer recall concerning the hood latch. The dealer stated that the vehicle was repaired for the recall. While driving 60 mph, the hood latch fractured and caused extensive damage. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who further inspected the hood latch and stated that it was not replaced. The mechanic checked with the manufacturer who stated that the hood latch had been on back order and that the dealer lubricated the latch, but did not replace the part. The independent mechanic stated that the hood latch needed to be replaced to prevent the failure. The contact was unable to determine when the manufacturer would be able to supply the hood latch part to the dealer. The vehicle was repaired by the independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 172015

Altima

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the hood of the vehicle released, cracked the windshield, and detached the finders. The contact parked the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact notified the dealer where a VIN search was performed. The dealer informed the contact of three open recalls on the vehicle; however, NHTSA campaign number: 14V565000 (latches/locks/linkages) was directly related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Litchfield, ME, USA

problem #15

Nov 252015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 10 mph, the safety latch on the hood of the vehicle fractured and caused the hood to fly up. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 46,000....updated 02/19/16 the consumer was informed the latch broke, there was some damage to the hood of the vehicle. Updated 02/24/16.

- Rome, NY, USA

problem #14

Sep 192015

Altima

  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 45 mph, the hood unlatched without warning and impacted the windshield causing damages to the roof and sun roof, and the windshield glass cracked. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the secondary hood latch failed and needed to be replaced. The contact was informed that the vehicle had previously been repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 15V116000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Centerville, VA, USA

problem #13

Nov 022015

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles
2013 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle airbag recall and primary hood latch issues. The consumer stated the air bag was not working properly. According to the owner's manual, the light was suppose to come on and then go off, to shoe that it was working properly. The consumer was informed the hood latch had been oiled.

- North Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #12

Oct 172015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 26,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 45 mph, the hood unlatched independently, struck the windshield and remained in the upright position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,000. Updated 02/05/16 the C onsumer stated the problem was corrected. Updated 04/05/16.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #11

May 262015

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,555 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving at approximately 35 mph, the hood of the vehicle unlatched. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V116000 (latches, locks, linkage). The failure mileage was approximately 74,555. Updated 8/10/15 updated 02/09/16

- Sutton, MA, USA

problem #10

May 182015

Altima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 40 mph, the hood unlatched and struck the windshield of the vehicle without warning. The contact was able to merge to the side of the road and push the hood back into place. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #9

Apr 102015

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While traveling at an unknown rate of speed, the hood latch failed and caused the hood to smash into the windshield. As a result, the front area of the vehicle was damaged. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop who repaired the body damages and the hood latch. The contact later received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 15V116000 (latches/locks/linkages). The failure was reported to the manufacturer and the contact was waiting to determine if the vehicle needed to be re-inspected and diagnosed pertaining to the recall repair. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 6/17/15

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Mar 282015

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds up an incline, the front hood unlatched independently in an open position. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 15V116000 (latches/locks/linkages). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Mckees Rock, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 182015

Altima

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, the hood unlatched and struck the windshield. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Woodbridge , VA, USA

problem #6

Mar 122014

Altima

  • 37,683 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving through an intersection at approximately 25 mph, the hood unlatched and detached from the vehicle. The hood struck the front windshield and caused body damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and repaired. No further information was available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 37,683.

- Pittsfield, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 062014

Altima

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 30 mph, the hood of the vehicle opened independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the latch needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Middleton, DE, USA

problem #4

Oct 172014

Altima

  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While traveling approximately 30 mph, the hood latch fractured and released without warning. As a result, the passenger and driver side fenders sustained damages. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 30,000.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #3

Dec 062013

Altima

  • 17,367 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the hood opened independently and damaged both front quarter panels. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign number: 14V565000 (structure); however, the VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 17,367.

- Hackettstown, NJ, USA

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