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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 11 of 13)

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problem #52

May 012013


  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle vibrated jerked and lost acceleration. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed; which located the failure at the transmission. The contact did not know the name of part that needed to be replaced within the transmission. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileage was 1,000.

- Novato , CA, USA

problem #51

May 312013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 700 miles
When I had my new car for only two weeks, while driving on side streets, I started to hear rumbling like I was going over rough road or a warning strip at random times when I accelerated. Then it also happened when I tried to accelerate on the parkway. When I called the dealership, they stated that they had no idea what I was talking about. Told me to bring the car in a week later when they had a loaner car available. I took it on june12th, and they still stated they did not know what the problem was. I started to research and found out that this is a common transmission problem in the 2013 Pathfinders.when I told them I knew this was a common transmission problem, the dealer is still stating they know nothing about it, but now want to replace my torque converter when they get the part that is currently not available. I called Nissan and have asked for a refund of my money. I do not want a brand new car with transmission problems! I can't use it to tow my boat and am afraid to go any long distances. They still have not called me back. How can they continue to sell this car when there are nationwide problems with this transmission?

- Oyster Bay, NY, USA

problem #50

Jan 152013


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle shook while shifting gears on several separate occasions. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- New Athens, IL, USA

problem #49

Mar 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • miles


June 23, 2013 - I purchased my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder in March. It has had the following problem since I got it. When accelerating from stopping, or when increasing speed when turning, the vehicle sputters. It sometimes vibrates and also feels like I'm going over something rough. It feels like the vehicle is going to shut completely off when it does this. This problem has been going on now for 3 1/2 months.. I have contacted Consumer Affairs but as of today, nothing has been done to correct the problem. The problem is consistent every time I drive it and is getting worse.

- Ambrose, GA, USA

problem #48

Apr 302013


  • 3,400 miles
On my new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder sl 4X4 I am having the following problem. When accelerating from a stop, or increasing speed from a turn, the car sputters, power fluctuates, and sometimes it vibrates and feels like I am driving over a grid. Shifting is rough while driving, and the car sometimes feels like it's going to stall, or like I'm driving a standard transmission and I've let off the clutch too soon. The problem has been ongoing and started inconsistently where I thought maybe it was road conditions and not the car, but the problem now occurs every time I drive the car, it's getting worse, and I'm expecting any day for it to break down on me. I purchased the car new on 2/26/13, so I've had it just over 3 months.

- Whitestown, IN, USA

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problem #47

May 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 4,500 miles
When my vehicle is not experiencing shuddering at either 10-20 mph or 40 mph, it will exhibit a new condition at those speeds. Currently I am seeing the engine rev up 300-500 rpms prior to the torque converter locking up and a loss of acceleration (feels hesitant) until the engine rpms return to the lower level they were at prior to the rev up. My service rep said he did not reprogram the transmission controller so this may be a "learned condition" to offset the shuddering I had been and still do experience.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #46

May 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 900 miles


On several occasions that day I experience the transmission shuddering while accelerating lightly between 10-20 mph feeling as though I was going over a warning strip. It would occur during turns and when I slowed nearly to a stop for a stoplight and cars ahead of me and then accelerate through that 10-20 mph.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #45

Jun 042013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,650 miles
While driving the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder the vehicle will shudder during acceleration for unknown reasons. It is intermittent and makes a driver think they have gone off the road and you are riding on a rumble strip when you are not on a rumble strip. The event is very unpredictable. It frightens the driver when it occurs and is very distracting while operating a motor vehicle.

- Lake Saint Louis , MO, USA

problem #44

Mar 072013


  • 3,000 miles
Purchased this crossover on 12/14/2012. Loss of power has occurred twice while accelerating from between 15-30mph while accelerator was depressed. When I tried to floor the accelerator, the RPM's increased but the cvt did not engage. Had to remove foot from accelerator then reapply for the cvt to re-engage. Called Nissan Consumer Affairs on 5-31-13 who said my VIN is not part of any updates/recalls for this issue. Said to take the car to the dealership for evaluation. Additionally, I have experienced the 'judder/shutter' about 3-4 times as we'll at highway speeds and in the city. I have read on some discussion boards that a 'fix/part' is in the works for late June.

- Manhattan Beach, CA, USA

problem #43

Dec 172012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
While driving the vehicle when the car goes to shift gears it start S shuttering like you are rolling over rumble strips. I tried to climb a small hill by my office and the car could not get up the hill. I let off the gas and then pressed the gas again and it finally made it. Sometimes while trying to merge into traffic the car loses power to excel. Also bought this car to specifically tow a trailer/boat and have been advised that I should not tow with it.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #42

Apr 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 21 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but they were unable to duplicate the problem. The vehicle was not repaired and the problem persisted. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 21.

- El Peso, TX, USA

problem #41

Jan 252013


  • 100 miles
During slow acceleration from a full stop, the vehicle will vibrate/shudder as if driving over rumble strip for a second or two usually somewhere between 15-25 mph. The vehicle stops accelerating during this shutter. This happens 3-5 times a day. It has also occurred around 40 mph, but much less frequently. I took it to the dealer who deemed the shuttering characteristic for the cvt design. The dealer also indicated that Nissan has not issued any service bulletins addressing known concerns for either the transmission or engine in the 2013 model year Pathfinder. I have not been able to consistently reproduce the problem. If this shuttering were to occur as I pulled into traffic, I fear this may lead to an accident.

- Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #40

May 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 320 miles
In stop and go traffic from the doubletree hotel at I-85 to emory hospital at about 20 mph when accelerating from a stop the transmission would shutter and vibrate as it moved into the next gear ratio it happened three times that day and on two other occasions back home with 6 to 7 hundred miles on the car. This car has the cvtransmission. No problems at any other speed.

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #39

Apr 272013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 100 miles
I purchased a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder sl. The vehicle shudders and vibrates excessively from 20 to 30 mph and at low RPM's(1000 to 1,500 RPM's). Also, the vehicle has begun to shudder like this at speeds up to 50 mph. I tried switching to 2wd and to full time 4WD mode but without luck. I also tried to switch off the overdrive also without luck. The service advisor at the dealer told me that this is happening with all of the Pathfinders and that these new cvt transmissions operate this way. I asked to speak to the service manager, who repeated everything the original advisor stated, but stopped short of saying it is 'normal' for the vehicle to perform in this fashion. He also told me he is driving the same model as me and that he has gotten used to the vibrations. I hope Nissan comes up with a simple fix for this problem, until then I am unpleasantly surprised.

- Washington Crossing, PA, USA

problem #38

Mar 282013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
Transmission shudders when accelerating from a low speed of approx 25-30 mph. Entire vehicle shakes like you are driving over speed bumps. Occurs everyday.

- Hanahan, SC, USA

problem #37

May 152013


  • 1,800 miles
The car shudders, periodically as you are accelerating anywhere from speeds of 20mph to 40 mph. It doesn't do this all the time, but when it starts to shudder is very nerve wracking. Concerned transmission is being damaged/or defective. Nissan doesn't seem to have a fix for this. I am told it is a problem with Pathfinders produced before Jan 13.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #36

May 172013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 5,120 miles
We have experienced intermittent problems with the vehicle shaking or vibrating while accelerating or decelerating, with temporary loss of power at low speed 10-20 mph. This has occurred several times, even after the recall reprogram was done. The most recent occurrence happened twice May 17, 2013, ten days after picking it up from the dealership after they drove it for 300 miles and did not duplicate the issue. We were told that the recall was to address the shaking issues with the vehicle and would be corrected by reprogramming the computer (which was supposed to have already been done) and it did not resolve the problem. Some Nissan employees say there is no issues known with the Pathfinder and some will admit it there is, but say engineering is working on a fix for it, but claim it is not a safety concern. My wife almost ended up in a ditch on one occasion and then missed rear ending a vehicle while the vehicle was shaking and she was slowing down on another occasion. The problem is not easily duplicated, so it tough to show it happening, but does someone actually have to get hurt before it becomes a safety issue and is really looked into?

- Rockmart, GA, USA

problem #35

Apr 262013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
The vehicle shudders, as if going over a highway rumble strip, for approximately 2 to 3 seconds when accelerating from a slow roll. During this shuddering period the car loses all power and fails to respond.

- Marlboro, NJ, USA

problem #34

May 012013


  • 400 miles
I bought a new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder about 2 months ago with only 900 miles on it and the transmission started to have problem. After about 300 miles on the SUV I started to feel the shudder/jerking when I accelerate slowly from 0 to about 20 mph. On 2 occasions when I slowed down to make a turn the transmission jerk so hard that the whole car was shaking. I did not feel this jerkiness when I test drove the 2013 at the dealer or the 1st couple hundred miles on my SUV. It becomes very annoying for daily driving. I took to Nissan dealer couples time and Nissan dealer said that it's normal for a cvt transmission to act that way and Nissan does not have a software update to fix it yet. I do not think it is normal for a brand new car to act that way.

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #33

May 172013


  • 2,100 miles
Transmission seems to cut out suddenly. Has happened 15-20 times in 4 months of ownership. Have not taken to dealership yet. Doesn't seem to be a pattern other than happens when accelerating from a stop or from low speed. Love the car...hope they can solve what appears to be a common problem.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

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