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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:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,598 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 302013

Altima

  • 3,000 miles

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

I have a bad rattle coming from the right side of my car along with a whine noise coming from the same area. Also have a very bad vibration/rattle in the car that seems to be from the transmission at acceleration from a start and acceleration while switching lanes on a city street. You can coast and press the gas again and then the whole car rattles. It has been in to a Nissan dealership and they said they can feel it but don't know where or what is causing it. Also headlights give very very poor visibility when driving at night and when raining at night.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #13

Jun 012015

Altima

  • 80,000 miles
1) the low beam headlights are entirely inadequate to provide sufficient lighting intensity and distance. The lights barely illuminate about 2 car lengths ahead, which is too short a distance at speeds above 25-30mph, making highway travel at night very dangerous. Objects in the path of travel and on the side of the road are not visible in time to safely respond. Street signs and turns are nearly impossible to identify. Nissan dealer says my projector lens have on them which cannot be cleaned. Quoted $1000 to replace both headlights. I do not agree, units are sealed from factory.

- Longwood, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 312014

Altima

  • miles
The low beam headlights are entirely inadequate to provide sufficient lighting intensity and failed to safely illuminate the street ahead of you. This creates a very dangerous situation when driving at night, while raining, or under any low visibility conditions since you are not able to see objects, even worst, pedestrians in the path of travel. This issue has been present since I bought the car (brand new), but became a real serious and safety hazard between 15K-20K miles. Unfortunately, I have to constantly drive with the high beams at night leaving other drivers with a partial blindness; which I consider it unfair and unsafe, too. Sometimes, when I switch to low for an oncoming vehicle, I suddenly find myself driving completely without sufficient light. My eyes become partially blind due to the change in light intensity. As a safety professional in the aviation industry, I hope that Nissan and NHTSA do something sooner, because tomorrow might be too late.

- Toa Alta, PR, USA

problem #11

Mar 022015

Altima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,500 miles

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

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 30 mph, the headlights began to flash on and off intermittently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 64,500.....updated 12/30/15

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #10

Sep 012012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 500 miles
1) the low beam headlights are entirely inadequate to provide sufficient lighting intensity and distance. The lights barely illuminate about 2 car lengths ahead, which is too short a distance at speeds above 25-30mph, making highway travel at night very dangerous. Objects in the path of travel and on the side of the road are not visible in time to safely respond. Street signs and turns are nearly impossible to identify if they are not near street lights. This issue has been present since buying the car, which has been to the dealer multiple times for adjustment, but they insist that the lights are set within specs. The high beams provide excellent lighting, but when switched to low for an oncoming vehicle, I am suddenly driving without sufficient light. This is such a frightening problem that I prefer not to drive this car at night. I can't believe that these lights meet safety standards. 2) the passenger side air bag light often indicates that the bag is not activated even when there is an adult sitting in the seat. This was supposedly repaired in a recall 5/2014, but continues to happen. The dealer says "don't worry about it, " that the bag will deploy if needed. I have no way of knowing if that is the case and I believe this is a safety concern.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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problem #9

Aug 222014

Altima

  • 15,000 miles
Air bar passenger light that air bag is off goes on when passenger 110 pound adult sits in passenger side. Brought car in to dealer October 28th 2014 for software update, as of October 30th 2014 problem still exists dealer said it is passenger's biometrics that is the problem not the car, solution is unacceptable, have no confidence. Dealer is Chevy chase Nissan, bethesda md adviser [xxx] turner 240 395 4069, 240 395 4048. Read this problem occurs in other vehicles but is not identified for my VIN number. Lighting is checked off because warning light goes off. I have pictures taken yesterday of warning light going off while adult passenger is sitting in passenger sear. Please note that problem existed since August and was not picked up until I read the NHTSA website this week. This a constant recurring problem that exists every day. Problem must be addressed to prevent fatality in the event of an accident with no air bag being deployed for passenger.

- North Behesda , MD, USA

problem #8

May 082014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles

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

Fog light shattered on passenger side. I confirmed it was not impact related and returned the car to the dealership. They would not look at the problem unless I paid for the part first. I replaced the part myself and found that the light unit had: 1. not been tightened down and 2. and incredibly, had been assembled by someone who used a cigarette butt as a washer under one of the two bolts that hold the light unit in place.

- Fair Oaks, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 062013

Altima 6-cyl

  • miles
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Altima and within 1 week the brake light came on and would not go off during the same time period the phone would ring in the car and would not stop ringing until the car was completely shut off. The car has been into the dealership over 5 times for the same 2 issues and the problem still has not been corrected, as recent as yesterday May 31, 2014 the car continues to have the same problem.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #6

Dec 292012

Altima 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
The low-beam headlights on my 2013 Altima sv with 2.5 engine, do not throw light down the road far enough. I now refuse to drive the car at interstate speeds at night...or when there is fog or heavy rain. I tested my observation by parking my 2006 Toyota Camry beside the Nissan Altima and turning both lights on low beam. The Altima's throw is dramatically less than the Altima's. I feel quite safe driving the Camry at night at interstate speeds. My service writer and service manager and original sales person have repeatedly already explained that there is no problem with the headlights and there is nothing that can be done. I reject the statements of all who represent Nissan.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #5

Jun 122013

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that he started the vehicle and the passenger side air bag illuminated. The contact also stated that the headlights were very low, he was unable to see the road at night and had to activate the high beam headlights. The brake warning light illuminated on the instrument panel while driving 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 5,000.updated 05/28/14 MA the consumer stated the brake warning light illuminated at 45mph and then again at 30mph. The passenger air bag light illuminated on two separate occasions prior to a passenger sitting in the seat. The headlights improved since replacing the bulbs with 110 w, aftermarket bulbs. The seat belt light illuminated on 3 separate occasions. The vehicle had to be restarted. Updated 05/30/2014

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 272013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 275 miles

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

There is a loud whining noise under the hood, directly behind the passenger side headlight. The noise became louder when the steering wheel was turned slightly in either direction. The noise came into the passenger compartment. Dealership said they were able to fix the whining noise coming into the passenger compartment. However; all 2013 Altima make this noise under the hood. The source can easily be identified by popping the hood and looking behind a small piece of sound absorbing material (which obviously doesn't work). Have been told this is a "characteristic" of the new electric steering and all Altima make this annoying sound.

- West Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #3

Mar 172013

Altima

  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the driver and passenger side front headlights became abnormally dim. The failure affected the contact's visibility of the roadway when driving at night. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the failure was caused by a manufacturing defect and all of the 2013 Altima models had the same issue. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 10.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 182013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
I spoke to 5 town Nissan who did a so called thorough check on my car stated that everything was perfect but the brake light went on. How can everything be perfect with the brake light going on. All I see is that these dealers say its good and cars are in perfect working condition when they are not.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Feb 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,484 miles
Brake light went on right after taking it out of the service center of Nissan dealer brake pedal dropped to floor.

- Kiamesha Lake, NY, USA

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