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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,008 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #143

Aug 062016


  • 72,000 miles


2013 Nissan Altima 2.5L sv 72,000 miles cvt failure my vehicle has experienced cvt failure with only 72K miles. This is the second time this issue has occurred, with the first instance happening a little over one year ago. Unfortunately for the initial occurrence, I misdiagnosed the problem as bad gas. The vehicle shutters, bucks and stalls when decelerating or accelerating at traffic lights, stop signs or in highway traffic. Additional stalls occur when placing the vehicle into gear (drive or reserve) which may cause vehicle stranded in the middle of parking lots and roadway. The problem seemed to go into remission for the past year, even though looking back I can see some slight signs of bucking when coming to a stop, rough idles, louder whining at higher speeds, ect. This second occurrence I was able to have the issue diagnosed by Nissan technicians at causeway Nissan in manahawkin, NJ and they have confirmed that this is indeed a cvt failure and that it is not a rare issue. A quick google search verifies that many others have experienced the same issues with the cvts and Nissan had provided a recall and extended warranty on all their cvt's manufactured before 2011. This issue does not seem to have been resolved on newer models and is a road hazard especially in intersections of major roadways and in heavy traffic on major highways. Please advise.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #142

Aug 022016


  • 77,000 miles
"takata recall" I went to put car in reverse and car just shut off. Started right back up but shut off again when put into drive. Eventually I got car to go without shutting off but felt car jerking on and off and almost shutting off when I came to complete stop. Would have to quickly push on gas to keep car from turning off. Continues to jerk while driving but not continuously.

- Hephzibah, GA, USA

problem #141

Jul 302016


  • 44,552 miles
The car has 44,500 miles and was growling, shuttering and vibrating when driving. Especially at acceleration and stopping. Finally I was stopped at a red light when the car jerked harshly and shut off. It would start right back up, but then die when put into (D) drive. The road was a very dangerous highway and I was alone so could not push car to the side. Finally after about 20 start and 15 minutes, I managed to engage into drive. I drove it to the Nissan dealer directly while it was bucking, jerking and would not accelerate. I blew threw 2 red lights because it would not downshift to stop. The dealer had the car approximately 6.5 hours when they called to tell me that no lights were on and they could not find a problem. If I wanted to pay $120 diagnostic fee, they could go ahead with some work. I asked to speak to manager, however had left for the day. About 20 minutes later, they called again stating that he spoke to the manager and it is most likely an ABS system problem, but I would still have to pay the $120 diagnosic fee.

- Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #140

Jun 232016


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 60 mph on the highway, the speedometer dropped to 25 mph without warning. The contact was able to pull over safely, activate the hazard lights, and exit the highway. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 71,000.

- Ft Worth, TX, USA

problem #139

Jul 112016


  • 77,780 miles
I drive a 2013 Nissan Altima and I am outside of my power train warranty 77, car stopped on my way to work and I had to restart it several times, a diagnostic test was performed and was told it is my cvt torque converter (transmission).was bad, the auto shop printed a recall that was done for Nissan customer, contacted the service department no knowledge of the recall, they stated not under warranty. Contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs had a case review done and received a call back, I explained to them I researched information, there are so many cvt transmission issues with their cars, rep stated there was nothing they could help me with. Contact legal advice and was given this website and other information there is an ongoing investigation concerning this issue.something has to be done a.S.a.P. with this faulty transmission, I am very disappointed to know this has been an issue for a while recalls were done from 2003-2010 and the problem was fixed.please make a decision soon to fix this issue, it is a hazard, car starting and stopping at red lights, etc. Thank you

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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problem #138

May 302016


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 80 mph, the power independently reduced to 40 mph without warning. The vehicle was restarted and shifted into the drive position. When the accelerator pedal was depressed, the vehicle hesitated to respond. The contact stated that the failure also occurred when the vehicle was shifted into the reverse position. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000. Updated 09/08/16

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #137

Jul 092016


  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. After starting the vehicle, the gear lever was shifted into the drive position and the engine unexpectedly became inoperable. The vehicle failed to restart and was towed to the contact's residence. An independent mechanic diagnosed the vehicle, but there were no trouble codes detected. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #136

Feb 122015


  • 68,000 miles
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Altima in September of 2015 with less than 43,000 miles. The car was really good gas and I was really happy with the purchase. In February of 2016 while me and my husband was driving in traffic we came to a stop and the car shut off. We started the car up fine but as soon as we placed the car in drive it shut off again. We repeated these steps over and over again until he was able to keep the car running while in drive so we could pull on the side of the road. We were very close to the warranty expiring so we took the car to antioch, ca Nissan dealership. They said that they would have to "duplicate" the problem before moving forward. They kept our car for 3 days to no avail. They said that they could not "duplicate" the problem and to come pick up the car. 2 days later we started experiencing the same problem. We decided to take the car to a different Nissan dealership in concord, ca hoping that we would get a different outcome. Needless to say they couldn't "duplicate" the problem for 2 weeks!! the guy in services admitted that they have many cars coming in with the same exact problem and he knew how to get the car to act up so that they could move forward. How crazy is that"?" he called me 2 weeks later and told me that they had to "reset" the transmission system. He also told me that even though I was very close to my warranty expiring that if the problem occurs again that they would still honor the warranty because the problem pre-existed. Not even a whole 2 months passed when my husband and I were moving from California to Texas did my car started having the exact same problems it had before but this time I noticed that the transmission was slipping. I was going 80 miles per hour on the freeway when my car slowed all the way down to 40 miles per hour while driving in front and on the side of a big rig!!!!

- Lewsiville, TX, USA

problem #135

Jul 012016


  • 62,000 miles
On 7/1/16, while at a stop sign, my car shut off. I was able to restart the car, without hesitation. I drove 2 miles & the car started jerking. Once I let off the gas, while still driving down the road, my vehicle shut off again. I pulled over (luckily), restarted the car, once put into gear, it started jerking & shut off. My car is now at the dealer & I've been advised that I need a transmission. Now, back to the very beginning....12/30/2013, I was searching for a car, as I had totaled my ever-so-faithful Toyota Camry. I went to Nissan to look at a used Altima. I got better financing on a brand new model, for which I'm writing this complaint about. I negotiated, come to a deal, and that was that. I did not purchase an extended warranty because I was buying a Nissan, a brand new Nissan. Anyway, very soon after, I noticed a vibration while my car was in idle, and more so while accelerating. I mentioned my concern numerous times to the service dept at Nissan, was told everything was normal. Eventually I got another opinion from another Nissan dealer, they shimmed my exhaust & replaced my alternator bracket, without resolving my problem. I was advised by their service manager that on 11/29/2013, my vehicles cvt transmission was replaced. One month before I purchased my brand new vehicle. I was never informed of this at the time of purchase, or I would've passed on this car. Now, at 62K miles, 2K miles over warranty, my transmission needs to be replaced. I find it strange that a 2 1/2 year old car is needing a 3rd transmission. My car has only been serviced at the dealer, I've complained of vibration at every service from day 1, now I'm expected to pay $4000 for an obviously defective cvt, which will only be a band-aide. This could result in an extremely unsafe situation & I just pray that Nissan does the right thing & corrects this issue, before it's too late.

- Tennessee Ridge, TN, USA

problem #134

Jan 062015


  • 27,000 miles
While I was driving it just stop and forcing to start when have it check they say said its gas pump with other several problem, I recently bought the car not even after three months it start gave those problem, now it have been sitting for almost a year now without driving, I still makes my payment every month, I can't have you guys a exact date when it really happened but I really need a investigation for the car as soon as possible my cell number [xxx]. thank you information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #133

Jun 012016


  • 81,000 miles


While stopped at a traffic light the car cut off ! I restarted and put it in gear and the car cut off again. The car would idle fine in park and neutral but cut off whenever I put it in gear. After pushing the car to a lot and leaving it for 12 hours the car started to work normally. However the next day the same exact thing happened ! after researching the issue I found that this transmission has major issues and Nissan isn't addressing it. I opened a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs case number 22626692 and was told me that there is nothing they can do because my car has 81K miles. Making it 20K miles over the manufacture warranty. There is no way that a well maintained cars transmission should fail at 80K miles. Nissan knows this yet they are failing to help consumers with this problem ! the cvt tansmission can cause someone to lose their life..

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #132

May 252016


  • 86,062 miles
Transmission stopped working while I was driving on Wednesday May 25th 2016. While I was driving the car cutoff twice, after the car restarted and I placed it in drive it would not drive.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #131

May 252016


  • miles
Car stopped responding to pressure on the gas pedal - took its time getting in gear, both from a cold start, and after stopping at an intersection. Even after the car was moving, car was slow to respond to gas pedal. Repair shop diagnosed it as a cvt failure; we've had to replace the transmission on a 3 year old vehicle at 74,000 miles.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #130

May 212016


  • 56,000 miles
I purchased my 2013 Nissan Altima (44K miles) in May 2015. I had no issues with this vehicle until I reached the 50K mile mark in January 2016. The first issue started when the vehicle would push really hard driving up a hill. The next issue happened on 5/2/16 when I placed the vehicle in żdriveż and it went forward for a few seconds and it completely shut off. To be clear, it was not the battery. Everything worked in the car except its ability to actually drive. I took it to the Nissan dealership and they kept the vehicle for about 2 days for inspection. I was told that they couldn't find a thing wrong with the vehicle; no error codes or driving issues while the vehicle was with them. I had no choice but to take back my vehicle and hope for the best. However, on May 21, 2016, the vehicle shut off again. I was almost rear-ended because it shut off while the vehicle was in motion. I sat in the middle of a busy street for 20 mins before the vehicle decided to drive again. I'm almost sure that it is the cvt transmission. I have researched this problem and it seems as if I'm not the only Nissan owner with this problem. The cvt transmission seems to "go out" at the 50K mile mark. I find it hard to believe that this vehicle can shut off while in use and there is no code or trail as to why. The most dangerous part of this experience is that the car shuts off while it is being actively driven. I use the freeway twice a week and there would life-threatening effects if the vehicle shut off in that type of traffic (65-75 mph). I have never had a vehicle that completely shut off and a certified mechanic could not tell you why. As I previously mentioned, I'm sure it has something to do with the transmission because the vehicle's driving capabilities are affected. There's no telling what other parts are being affected by this issue.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #129

Apr 042016


  • miles
My gear shift is stuck. Each time I want to drive, I have to use my key to push in the manual override for the gear shift. Not safe.

- Goodyear, AZ, USA

problem #128

May 062015


  • 148,013 miles
Shacking and unable to control and no one till this day"?? why ? I'm sorry but Dodge Chrysler nor any dealer ship has my air bag and 98% of parts in stock... so now what??" I spent a lot of much $$$$...

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #127

Mar 172016


  • 74,000 miles
Cvt transmission recall. At 74000 miles, the transmission unexpectedly went out. Called Nissan dealership and a mechanic was able to identify issue. He stated that it is unfortunately very common. Car judders while in drive. Initially started whole driving on the highway.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #126

Jan 142016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While parked, the vehicle rolled backwards and crashed into another vehicle. A police report was not filed. The passenger sustained a head injury that required medical attention. On several occasions, the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The contact was informed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.....updated 06/15/16

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #125

Mar 082016


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle slowed independently to 45 mph. The vehicle then independently accelerated to 65 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The vehicle went into safe mode. The contact was also informed that the cvt transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Jonesboro, AR, USA

problem #124

Mar 012015


  • miles
Transmission lags severely around 2,000 RPM. Family member bought the 2015 Altima and the cvt transmission, seems fine / steady. Mine however needs additional gas applied just to avoid the car slowing significantly. Have read many reviews about the 2013 faulty transmission, and the fact that Nissan refused to recall. Will not be considering another Nissan if this clear issue isn't recalled.

- Don't Like Junk Mail, NJ, USA

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