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 has a growing number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the transmissions shake violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,355 miles

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 10 of 13)

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problem #72

May 102013


  • 200 miles


Experiencing shuddering upon slow accelerations. Feels like driving over rumble strips. Brought to dealer who was unable to replicate the problem, thus no action was taken by dealer.

- Weston, CT, USA

problem #71

Jun 152013


  • 2,200 miles
On June 15, 2013 my vehicle began shaking while I was driving it. I took in into the dealership that day. They said there was a recall on the torque converter so they replaced it. They called me 2 weeks later to come get my vehicle. Within the first day having it back it was shacking even worse like it was going to cut off. It scared me. I called dealership again they came and picked up the vehicle. After the dealership had my vehicle for several weeks they told me they had to replace the transmission. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder's were reporting issues with them and I was told I wasn't the only owner going through this problem. I should call the corporate Nissan office and start a claim. I did so that day. I got a call saying my car was ready and they would drop it off to me. After two days of having my vehicle I had problem's once again. I was driving up onto my driveway and there was a incline. My engine made the noise like it was rearing up I tried it 3 times pushing down on the gas pedal and still nothing. So, I put it in park and called the dealership the next business day, they test drove it and found no problem's with it. Meanwhile I had a open case with Nissan to try and buy back my vehicle because I didn't feel safe in it with my 3 children. I heard back a couple days ago that my request had been denied. They have offered me 2 more years extension on my transmission warranty. I am extremely dissatisfied. This will be my 3rd Nissan owning and this is the first problem I have ever had. I am worried about this matter. I spend a lot of money for a vehicle and I expect to not get a lemon. I have been out of my vehicle since June 15 pretty much. I don't want to get stranded on the side of the road because my brand new vehicle is not reliable.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #70

Jul 092013


  • 100 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 12 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle became hesitant while attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #69

Jul 312013


  • 600 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while accelerating, the vehicle vibrated and shook. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, who advised that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer denied any assistance with the repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 1,000. The VIN was not available.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #68

Aug 232013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • 700 miles
The car started to vibrate and surge and loud bang noises at the front the car it feels like its loosing power and its hard to pick up, has done this while approaching a red light or slowing down.

- Newark , DE, USA

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problem #67

Jan 142013


  • 300 miles
I was at a stop leaving an apartment complex. I entered a busy road and when I pressed the accelerator, the RPM's rose but the vehicle would not accelerate. I had to take my foot off the gas and then hit the gas again before it started to pick-up speed. This has happened on multiple occasions.

- Sterling Heights , MI, USA

problem #66

Jun 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


Vehicle shaking/shuddering while driving. Seemed like the vehicle is loosing power and not responding to controls. Tachometer and speedometer gauge also shake/jitter.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #65

Jun 142013


  • 600 miles
1. front end shutters due to cvt transmission problem, Nissan meta replaced transmission torque convertor but that did not fixed problem. 2. both rear tail gate decals were put on at a slight angle. Meta Nissan replaced them both, the Nissan decal and the Pathfinder wording. 3. then top roof plastic molding rubber grommet came loose. The Nissan dealer ordered parts, but since they were on shortage they have not come in yet. 4. mpg and mph display is off. From my point of view it looks like a software issue with program. Mph should change dynamically as speed of vehicle change. That is not the case on this car. 5. front doors are incredibly heavy, why? when the doors are half the way open they immediately shut and cannot stay open. Often the doors shut while we are trying to get in the vehicle. 6. passenger seat air bag sensor stays one when someone in seat. 7. front brake noise.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #64

Aug 022013


  • 3,534 miles
The car stared to shutter like driving over rumble strips, and lost of power. I have taken it to the dealer twice and you know what they said can't reproduce it. I hate taken car back to the dealer they never fix anything. Please help!!!!!

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #63

Jul 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 825 miles
Driving from cocoa, Florida to virgina, the car kept jerking. It felt like when the engine got hot it was jerking more and worse. By the time we reached the South of the border (North Carolina and South Carolina) the transmission shut down and the car couldn't move (in the middle on I-95). We were lucky there were no cars behind us otherwise there would be a pile of car behind us.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #62

Apr 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


Vehicle shudders (as if driving over a rumble strip) at various speeds, but most notably when slowly accelerating through approximately 40mph.

- Stevensville, MD, USA

problem #61

May 312013

Pathfinder 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that the passenger's side air bag would not activate when the front passenger's seat was occupied. When a 100 pound person occupied the seat, the air bag would not recognize the weight however, the air bag would recognize the weight of a 140 pound person. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for service under NHTSA campaign id number:13V069000(air bags), but the repair did not correct the problem. The contact scheduled an appointment for further inspection. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 4,866. Update 4/7/14 va the consumer believes this vehicle is a lemon in accordance to the Massachusetts consumer protection act (Massachusetts general laws; C.90 sec. 7N1/2). Since the purchase of the vehicle, it has been taken to the dealership for failure a total of 7 times. The vehicle has been out of service for repairs for a total of 45 business days. Failures also include rear hatch scraped against the body and spoiler contacts the roof when opening/closing, vehicle shuddered around 16 miles per hour, loss of air from the left front tire, driver's window would not close, vehicle shuddered between 12 and 20 mph, and the climate control on driver's side not working properly. Updated 04/9/2014

- Hingham, MA, USA

problem #60

Jul 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
Intermittent shudders as if I was driving on a rumble strip and loss of power after an hour of drive.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #59

Jun 192013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
The transmission seems to slip or stutter or shake at low speeds. We notice it when making turns into parking lots or starting off at intersections or entering or exiting cloverleaf loop ramps at intersections. It is an intermittent problem. Sometimes it stutters and shakes harder than at other times. We first noticed it only a couple of weeks after we bought it.

- Berry, AL, USA

problem #58

Jul 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
Vehicle is rumbling or shaking at slow speed. It had happened a few times before but seems to get worse recently and was very noticeable when I was driving up/down at the airport parking garage and having to maintain slow speed. It also happened from time to time while on slow speed but happened most of the time while making turns. It last a few seconds and during that time it was as if the car was riding on very rough continuous surface (like driving on the warning strip to slow speed at the toll booths). I just took the vehicle to the dealer which the description on the invoice said "confirm vehicle surge at 30/33 mph PC1970 0.6 perform tcm reprogram and vehicle road test problem steel there. Reschedule; need to call tech line". the service adviser at the dealer asked me to keep driving if the problem is still there and it is. Less than a mile out of the dealer, while making turn at the traffic light, the noticeable rumbling happened again. I am rescheduling this for service. I hope it is fixed before our road trip.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #57

Jun 062013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,000 miles
I have become aware of two different issues with my 2013 Pathfinder. First, and most important, is an issue with the passenger airbag. The light that illuminates to inform you if the passenger airbag is on or off will come on or off intermittently with the same person/object in the passenger seat. This has occurred on 4 separate occasions. It happened twice with myself riding in the passenger seat, once with my son, and once with a backpack. The passenger airbag light would be off, indicating the airbag was on, and then after several miles the light would come on. Or the light would be on and after several miles it would go off. This is a safety issue and could cause death if in an accident! I took the vehicle to my local dealership where it was put on the computer, which showed everything was fine. They also drove the vehicle 20 miles to see if they could get it to happen and it did not. Mine was not one of the models on the recall list for this very same issue. They told me to bring it back if it happens again, but I am afraid to drive it. We are a family of seven, so someone has to sit in the passenger seat. The second issue is a shuddering that occurs when decelerating or accelerating at lower speeds. It has happened several times causing me to take my eyes off the road and look at the instrument panel to see if something is wrong. The vehicle is sluggish when this happens. I am worried that it will happen turning into traffic and cause an accident.

- Lagrange, GA, USA

problem #56

Jul 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
As you decelerate from 50 -55 mph and slow down to 40 mph, the vehicle begins to "shudder", similar to driving over rumble strips that are typically found along highways that alert drivers that they are moving onto the shoulder. After 4-5 seconds, the shudder stops and the vehicle drives normally. Reading on the internet, this appears to be occurring with a number of vehicles and may result in transmission failure over time.

- Branchburg, NJ, USA

problem #55

Apr 102013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 700 miles
Transmission shudder and loosing power for a brief moment on accelerating around 20-30 mph. It feels as if driving on rough surface. It is progressively getting worse.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #54

Jun 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 900 miles
We purchased vehicle with 9 miles on odometer. After driving from billings mt to riverton wy, approximately 4 hours, we noticed what we thought was a slight shutter, vehicle failed to accelerate. Now, when the vehicle reached approximately 800 miles, it now has 1100 miles, the vehicle has done this approximately 20 times. The problem is progressively getting worse and more frequent, and having two kids, a 8 year old and 6 month old, we are kinda scared to drive the vehicle. The computer screen also shown 3 times, has said, key failed to sync.

- Riverton, WY, USA

problem #53

May 132013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,545 miles
Transmission shudder on accelerating 18 to 20 mph.

- Moneta, VA, USA

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