Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
75 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new wiring harness (2 reports)
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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 082012

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 50 miles


Bought the car in Dec 2012, I noticed right off the bat something was wrong with the seats. I had previously owned a 2011 Altima with heated seats. Took the car to the dealership twice and complained, they told me working within normal specifications. I finally got the car fixed after Nissan put out a recall on the seats and they were fixed in May 2013.

- , Middleboro, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 282013

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 100 miles

Well after purchasing my new altima I noticed that when i put the heated seats on high that only the bottom of the seat would be heated, and when switched to low then only the back of the seat is heated. I took it in and was told nothing was wrong with it the first time, and the second after calling nissan and creating a case they put in a new wiring harness per a recall/bulletin. All of the dealerships are told to tell the customers there is nothing wrong on everything, this is very upsetting knowing i have many other problems wrong. this is very poor customer service from nissan.

- , Reston, VA, USA

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