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:
34,259 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 9)

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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

problem #123

Mar 112016


  • 71,000 miles
I was stopped at an intersection when the vehicle started jerking and moving forward. I thought I got rear ended by the car behind me, so I turned the ignition off. It turns out the cvt was having issues. I turned the car back on and started driving.the car would feel like it was downshifting while driving, almost causing accidents with the vehicles behind me. I brought the car to the dealer where they said the cvt needed to be replaced.

- Huntley, IL, USA

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problem #122

Mar 112016


  • 87,000 miles
Driving down road (pkw 55 miles per hr speed limit), started to loose power, RPM's dropped, slower till car would no longer go forward. Stopped in middle of rush hour traffic. Transmission had failed. Many reports of same problems with this cvt transmission on internet of transmission failing with no warning..

- Douglasville, GA, USA

problem #121

Feb 082016


  • 62,000 miles


I put my car in reverse and it would not move. It eventually started about 10 seconds later. Then when driving it began to sputter and jump in and out of acclerating. It did not accelerate correctly... I would push the gas pedal and it would not move, then it would jolt in to forward. The car barely got me to work. I took it to a Nissan dealer where they diagnosed it with a bad transmission. However, Nissan would not replace the transmission, even thought the car is only 2.5 years old... because it has 62,000 miles, which is 2,000 over the powertrain warranty. I have to pay one fourth the price of the car (which I still pay a note on) to replace the transmission.

- Bridge City, TX, USA

problem #120

Feb 152016


  • 50,000 miles
Transmission abruptly started bucking/malfunctioning while both traveling as well as at a stop sign. I took it to the dealer who could not replicate it, then it happened again, and again dealer could not replicate but put some software down. Then it happened again on the nys thruway---bucking to the point it was abruptly slowing down and I almost got hit by a semi. This time the dealer said the cvt transmission was bad. Car was purchased new 2 years ago and has 50K miles on it.

- Highland Mills, NY, USA

problem #119

Feb 292016


  • 39,898 miles
My car shuts off at traffic lights and hesitate upon take off..makes noises when I put it in park...I got this car in 2013 brand new..

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #118

Feb 292016


  • 80,000 miles
80K miles and tranny bearing gone!!

- Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #117

Feb 092016


  • miles


Car jutter & stalled when came to a stop. Took car to local Nissan dealership and they placed car on diagnostic which came back clear and could not duplicate problem for 2 days. Received car back and car did the same thing, took it to a different Nissan dealership that said they have heard of same complaints but they have had my car for 5 days and claim to not be able to duplicate the problem. Car warranty is almost up and Nissan seems to be of no help. Passenger airbag light also stays on from time to time. I have read and printed out several identical complaints and there seems to be no resolve.

- Pittsburg, CA, USA

problem #116

Sep 132015


  • miles
The vehicle would not accelerate after getting on the highway coming from the main street. Car had to be towed because the vehicle could no longer move. After review by mechanics they deemed the issue being the transmission. The car was newly purchased at 88K miles. No liability or responsibility was picked up Nissan after I was assured that the new cvt was great on the new models.

- Conley, GA, USA

problem #115

Feb 082016


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and the check engine and traction control warning lights illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was able to restart, but stalled immediately when the gear lever was shifted into drive. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.

- Travelers, SC, USA

problem #114

Feb 012016


  • 15,000 miles
Loud vibrating sound when depressing the accelerator at 40mph and 70mph. At low rpms to car also vibrates around 25mph. It also vibrates at 40mph and 70mph when pressing on the accelerator.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #113

Sep 112015


  • 98,000 miles
The cvt transmission started jerking and shuttering before warranty was expired. I took it to the dealership and they said they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Now that the warranty is expired it is getting worse. When driving down the highway it will jerk and shutter.

- Benton, AR, USA

problem #112

Jan 292016


  • 70,000 miles
While driving car shutters and stalls. Cuts off while at traffic light. Would start back up but shutts off. Got it towed to Nissan dealer but they said no codes found so nothing thyey can do. Car stalled again this weekend.while I was parked in my drive way car starts shutter and jerk forward while in park.

- Middletown, NY, USA

problem #111

Jan 142016


  • miles
My 2013 Nissan ultima driving on that highway stop and when off 20 sec later starts took it to the dealer they say I need a new transmission I only have 61,000 miles and they have a lot of complaints from different people they want me to pay almost $5000 but I did not get fixed

- Madison, TN, USA

problem #110

May 272015


  • 65,000 miles
Not 2 years yet of ownership (May 2015) and my car decides to not accelerate on me. I would have to floor it to get it to finally kick in and drive until I stopped at the next light. There were no warning lights or anything letting me know of any problems. Had 2 near collisions with my family in the car trying to get my car to the nearest dealer to have it checked out. Dealer thought it was transmission and alternator but upon warranty rep diagnosing vehicle, it was decided that it needed a new alternator. This is a huge concern for me and the safety of my family and passengers not to have a light go off to warn me of problems and just to have it happen while driving.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #109

Jan 202016


  • 54,201 miles
While in motion on a city street I pressed the brake to slow down as a approach a traffic light. My vehicle shut off. I restarted the vehicle and each time I put the car into drive it would shut off again. I was unable to move the car from the street. This took place in the downtown district during the busiest time of the date.

- Ideal, GA, USA

problem #108

Dec 222015


  • 70,068 miles
When this issue first happened I was proceeding to leave the gas station from getting gas and my car just shut off right before I was about to enter onto the highway. I took it to the dealership and they couldn't get it to shut off on them and sent me home. The next time I started to get ready for my class and went to crank my car, it crank, but once I put it into drive it shut off. I had to get it towed to Nissan if vidalia and it took them 3 days to tell me that I needed a new transmission! I have not even had this car a year yet and already needing a new transmission. I purchased my car from Nissan of South morrow and they failed to inform me about an extended warranty so now I'm stuck with a car but cannot drive it because I do not have $3,600 to have it replaced. This is ridiculous and Nissan needs to put a recall on all cvt transmissions because this is very unsafe!!! they've did nothing to help me with my situation and I will never do business with them again!!!!

- Dallas, GA, USA

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