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 1 of 9)

problem #163

Nov 202016


  • 79,000 miles


I just exited highway 580 turning left on highway 84 stoplight when my car died/shutdown while trying to accelerate. I had no clue what happened at my car. I was in full stop at the moment and was trying to make a left turn. There was no warning and I just had a cold car all of a sudden. I could not move my car, the car shuts all electrical power. I tried to restart my car, and it did, but when put it in drive and tried to accelerate the car would power down again. This happened for at least four times. I turned my hazard lights on fearing that the cars exiting the freeway would hit me considering we had the green. I did not want to get out of my car because I was in the middle lane and feared that the on coming drivers will not see me. This happened around 5:10pm and we have a light shower. I finally got my car to move when I restarted my car and put the gear on sports mode or D2 instead of drive. The car moved without hesitation and while I was hoping to see any issue or warning on the dashboard I found nothing. As if there no issue and could not replicate the issue. I contacted Nissan dealer to make and appointment, and got me a slotted the next day. The final diagnosis is that my car needs a new transmission. Unfortunately my car has 79K miles while its only 4yrs old. They told me that my car is deemed unsafe to drive and that the whole ordeal will cost me $3500. My warranty expired after driving my car for more than 60K. The main issue I suppose the main issue is that, there is no warning or tell tell sign. This could have happened and put me in danger and other drivers around me. I lost total control of my car because the electrical system powered off.

- Mountain House, CA, USA

problem #162

Nov 082016


  • 54,000 miles
Stopped on the driveway waiting for the garage door to open and the car died. The car starts and idles, but it dies when putting in gear. Gas is 3/4 full, all lights work and are not dim.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #161

Nov 072016


  • 39,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 65 mph, the vehicle began to stall. The dealer diagnosed that the continuous variable automatic transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 39,000.

- Manahawkin, NJ, USA

problem #160

Nov 062016


  • miles


My car has 46000 miles in it. Several times now while I am driving mostly when slowing down or starting again after being stopped the car shakes really bad and then dies. It is while driving. This is very dangerous and if it occurs while on the highway could be disasterous. There are many complaints about this. See the link here to other owners hacing the same problem.

- Cicero, NY, USA

problem #159

Oct 132016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. When approaching a stop or when shifting gears into drive, the vehicle had a strong hesitation and stalled several times without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated that the transmission failed and needed to be diagnosed by a transmission specialist. The dealer reprogrammed the transmission, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was not available.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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problem #158

Mar 252015


  • 80,000 miles
I finance a 2013 Nissan Altima S, I noticed that my engine light, air bag light, brake light and tire pressure light kept coming on all at once, and would stay on for a day or two and then would go away on it's own yet the car never gave any physical signs that a problem was going on. So I assumed that maybe there was a sensor problem. I was leaving from work when I approached a stop sign and came to a stop. As I proceed to step on the gas to go is when I noticed that the car had shut off on me yet the radio and lights were still working. I tried to start the car up when the warning symbol came on stating that my key pad was invalid.that continued until the tow truck driver arrived resulting in him towing the car away to cherry hill Nissan. It was there that I was told that at 80,000 miles my transmission had went yet no one could give me an explanation as to why or what caused the problem. Now as of 10/22/2016 I am having the same signs and symptoms that were going on before my transmission went the first time with all the warning symbols coming on for a few days then going back off all on their own. 10/26/2016 my car cut off on me as I was in route. After getting it to start back up I immediately stopped at auto zone where they hooked my car up to their diagnostic machine and reported to me that my computer brain was malfunctioning.I won't know for certain what is actually going with my car until Monday 10/31/2016 when I take it into Nissan of turnersville so they can run test. In which I was informed over the phone that beings though the warning symbols come on and off on their own they may not be able to diagnosis what the actual problem is. How do I handle this matter if they can't figure out what causing the problem? I've already contacted corporate Nissan and they couldn't even tell me if the recalls that occurred prior to me getting the car were ever address

- Lawnside, NJ, USA

problem #157

Oct 282016


  • miles


Cvt transmission failure at 76,000 miles. Within in 2 days the car went from a slight shudder to complete failure. According to my research and viewin thousands of other complaints, 2013 Nissan Altima should have a transmission recall. Had it failed on the freeway with my children in the car, I would be filing a lawsuit. Car is currently at a dealership and will remain there until I can afford $3500-$4000 for repairs. I have filed a complaint with Nissan Consumer Affairs.

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #156

Aug 062016


  • 75,000 miles
I have a 2013 Nissan Altima that I purchased one year ago. When I purchased the vehicle it only had 25,000 miles on it and was still under warranty. About one month ago my car just died in the middle of the highway while I was driving it and I had to merge off of the highway before I was hit by other vehicles. The car would start right up after I turned it off, but not matter how hard I pressed on the gas peddle it would just sit there. I had the car towed to the local Nissan dealership and I was told that my cvt transmission had failed. I only have 75,000 miles on the car, but of course, the warranty was up at 60,000 miles. The service center at Nissan suggested that I call corporate Nissan and see if there was anything that they can do to help. I called Nissan and after weeks of playing phone tag with the representative handling my case, I was told that there wasn't anything that they would do to help me. I proceeded to ask her if she was aware that there is a class action law suit again Nissan regarding their faulty cvt transmissions and she said "yes" and that they would rather me sue them than just replace their faulty transmission. Needless to say, I am extremely disappointed with Nissan and will never buy another one of their vehicles again. The total cost to replace my transmission was $5,000, plus a month and a half of rental car charges.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #155

Oct 052016


  • miles
Shift assembly - transmission: My car is a 2013 Nissan Altima and it will not go out of park at times there is a default with the shift gear assembly that need to be recalled or investigated. I have had this car for only a year. I have also hear rumors about these type of cars having transmission issues. The cost for the repairs to fix this car is $600 and this should be on the manufacture end and not the consumer. I actually believed Nissan and honest company when it came to vehicle safety but the tech advised me that if it is not under recall then there is nothing that they can do. So ok that means unless someone is not injured or killed this is your problem even though we know these cars have this problem. I would like for anyone who is having these issues to please report it because I am trading this piece of junk in as soon as possible.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #154

Sep 262016


  • 90,000 miles
My car was going about 75mph then it started stalling and losing speed. When I stopped and parked I put the car back in drive and the car wouldn't move. I had to push the gas pedal all the way to the floor. Then the car jumped into gear. But it stalls. They said it's a failed transmission.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #153

Aug 152016


  • 60,000 miles


I have a 2013 Nissan, Altima with 60,000 miles and my transmission has gone out. I had a 2010 Altima and the transmission went out on I it as well. I purchased both vehicles from nalley Nissan. When I purchased the 2013 Altima the salesman told us that they have made some improvements to the transmission, but that is a lie. I

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #152

Sep 162016


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle stalled. In addition, the vehicle failed to shift out of the drive gear. The contact, who had an infant present, had to engage the emergency hazard lights and received help pushing the vehicle to the side of the road. The contact placed a screwdriver in the gear shifter to help change gears, and was able to restart the vehicle on the third attempt. The vehicle was diagnosed by an independent mechanic who determined that the shifter cylinder was fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not under warranty. The failure mileage was approximately 65,000.

- Jackson, MS, USA

problem #151

Aug 012016


  • 77,000 miles
Torque converter shot, needs transmission replaced

- Perrysville, OH, USA

problem #150

Sep 012016


  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2013 Nissan Altima which I purchased new. The car has approximately 90K miles on it now. About 5 months ago the car beginning dying when putting it in gear and/or stopping while driving. The occurrence of the problem gradually increased until we were forced to take it to a Nissan dealer. The dealer diagnosed the car as needing a transmission reprogram. I paid the dealer to perform the work. Two weeks later when putting the car into drive or reverse the car would not move. We had the car towed to the dealer, whom took over a week to diagnose informing us it needed a new cvt. The dealer informed me that the new cvt had been upgraded with heavier duty parts including a heavier transmission cooler as these units were prone to overheating, which indicates (in my opinion) a design flaw. The dealer now wants $3.7K to replace the cvt with a new unit that only has a 1 year or 12K warranty.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #149

Sep 082016


  • 76,000 miles
2013 Nissan Altima 2.5L sv 76,000 miles cvt failure my vehicle has experienced cvt failure with only 76K miles.. 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. I was able to have Nissan tech confirm 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.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #148

Jul 232016


  • miles
En noviembre del 2014 compre un Nissan Altima 2013 con apenas 31000 millas, a las 54000 millas tuve que cambiar el alternador, Y ahora siento que tengo problemas con la transmision, ES un carro relativamente nuevo, no deberia dar tantos problemas, espero me ayuden a resolver el problema!! gracias!!

- Terrytown, LA, USA

problem #147

Sep 042016


  • 70,000 miles
One of the main problems is failure to start or stop. The other is the noisy transmission. Not a very dependable car. Now I heard a recall because of hood latches. As for engine problem could be very dangerous if you were on an interstate and the engine suddenly dies. Transmission very noisy all the time.

- Gaffney, SC, USA

problem #146

Aug 182016


  • 66,000 miles
When I get into drive my car it starts but it will not come out of park. I have to turn my car off turn it back on three or four times and sometimes it still won't work on able to use my vehicle. And when I am able to use it sometimes I get stranded at the store because it won't come out of park.

- Colton, CA, USA

problem #145

Aug 212016


  • 90,234 miles
I recently purchased a Nissan Altima S from clay cooley March 2015 so I only had the car a year and some months and now the transmission is gone out I get my car serviced as I should and now this and no one wants to help clay cooley day I'm out of warranty due to miles over 24000 on the car and I'm stuck out to still fork out a 518 car payment it's not right I need help. I was leaving work my my car started vibration and started to decelerate and jerking like it was about to go dead I thought I had got some bad gas so I pulled over my car started jerking harder and cut off so I turned it back on and I shift it in reverse and it went dead so I cut it back on again and shift it in drive it cut off so I dit there for over an hour then I star it again and shifted it in drive and it didn't go dead I was able to drive home so the next day I went out to see if it would do it again and it didn't while driving my rpms went up high and my car made whining noise and started vibrations again and this time my check engine light came on so I was coming up to a light so I stopped but when I tried to drive it wouldn't move so I put the blinkers on and some guy came behind and pushed me over to the side and I say there for about hour and I started up and it moved so I went straight home and called around and explained what had happened so the man from amco told me to come down so I called for a tow and got towed there and he tested it and said that my transmission is bad and it's a cvt transmission do it cant be rebuilt it has to be replaced for as much as 4000 dollars

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #144

Nov 012013


  • 26,000 miles
I purchased my 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 sl with about 18,000 miles in may of 2013. The car performed well in the beginning. At about 28773 miles the car began to shutter hesitate and not shift properly. Upon inclines hills low speeds, low RPM's it was especially noticable. I brought my Nissan to a local dealership and they reprogrammed the automatic transmission control module. The car performed normally but then intermittently the same problem the shutter, lack of shifting properly the hestation, jerky strong vibrations, jumping of RPM's. I brought it back to the local Nissan dealership and they again reprogrammed the transmission control module. It was road tested and they reccommended the transaxle be replaced for repair. This was at 55002 miles. I was informed that the new transmission warranty would be 10 years and 120,000 miles. My concern is the safety for consumers. The car doesn't perform properly with the existing cvt transmission the belt slips and the car does not shift or is stuck in excelaration. It is an ongoing problem. The transaxle was replaced however I wasn't informed the existing problem was fixed correctly with the new transmission. I was informed about a warranty. I am concerned I wil encounter the same unsafe condition! the car was repaired as of 08/22/2015

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

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