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:
3 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,513 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.

2013 Nissan Altima miscellaneous problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #10

Apr 042014


  • miles


Sunroof rattling since 2013.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #9

Feb 052015


  • 42,000 miles
Cluster failed and some lights on dashboard are not visible. This is known issue see ntb14-049 and should warrant a recall because you can't see anything on dashboard. Cost is 1000. Contacted Nissan Consumer Affairs and was told they won't recall or cover repair unless your office requires recall.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #8

Mar 302015


  • miles
60033 miles, needed new cvt transmission. 33 miles over warranty!!!!!

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

Nov 202014


  • 37,000 miles


The glow in the dark emergency trunk release handle pulled off. Either the angle at which it was positioned or the materials made it so flimsy that it pulled off within the trunk. I thought there was a recall on this but I can't see on.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #6

Mar 022013


  • miles
The passenger air bag light comes on indicating that the air bag is off even when there is a person in the passenger seat. I brought this to the attention of the dealer first on May 28, 2013 and was told the computer was reset and if I continued to have a problem they would install a new sensor. When I returned with a problem I was told that I would need to contact Nissan customer affairs. I attempted to contact them by phone and then sent a letter to Nissan customer affairs on August 30, 2013. An attempt to correct the problem was made by the dealer on septemer 12, 2013 but I am still having problems with the issue. I was told that even though the light indicates that the air bag is off it would deploy if there was an accident. I am not convinced. I have not received a recall on this problem but as early as yesterday August 28, 2014 the light was on for almost 50 miles indicating that the air bag was off while my wife was sitting on the passenger seat.

- Clermont, FL, USA

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problem #5

Dec 092013


  • 17,000 miles
Car shakes at 1900 RPM (everytime you pass by 1900rpm) and when stopped at light (when you have brakes applied). This vibration can be feeled by driver & passenger and whole car shakes. I had it pointed out during the servicing/oil changes to Nissan technician and all I got is "it is normal for cvt so car will vibrate". this vibration is a safety issue as on an avg I driver the car for an hour a day. And if I stop at lights for 10 minutes on an avg, then I am exposing my self to this vibration for that much time a day which is bad. Its specially bad for my legs. Nissan does not have a fix at the moment for this issue but I epxect a brand new car not to vibrate as horrible as this. My 10 year old car was much smoother then this. The overall experiance is horrible and will advise all to stay away from Nissan because they are not admitting the problem and they dont have the solution for such a problem. This is a safety issue when you consider the effects on long term exposure and I feel goverment should do something about it.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 282012


  • 5,578 miles


Vehicle jerks at stops and takes off, rpms climbed on their own, vehicle won't start and was towed in, vehicle stall in moving traffic on a major interstate, and fan blower.

- Dundee, MS, USA

problem #3

Mar 192013


  • miles
I purchased a Nissan Altima 2013 in August 2012 and I have heard that Nissan has made safety improvements to the most recent cars being produced to increase the overall safety. Are these changes going to be made to the cars made that do not have the improvement.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 132013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,484 miles
Malfunction again BSW/ ldw and slipp indicator.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Nov 172012


  • 1,500 miles
I was driving on I-5 heading North from oceanside, ca when the moon roof spontaneously exploded. There was no contact with any object whatsoever. There was first a loud bang, like the sound of a gun being fired at close range and then the glass of the moon roof fell on me and into the auotmobile cabin..

- Fallbrook , CA, USA

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