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 12 of 13)

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problem #32

Apr 062013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles


Shortly after buying our Pathfinder we drove up to a nearby observatory. The road is narrow, steep and has many tight turns. The speed limit on this road is 15mph, but has many sections where even this speed is too fast. When we started our decent we shifted into low to allow the engine to take some of the load. However the transmission did not downshift, it was in the equivalent of 3rd gear based off of the tachometer and we had to rely solely on the brakes to maintain speed. We were able to compensate by pulling off and stopping regularly to allow the brakes to cool. We later experimented and found that at lower speeds <35mph it will not downshift much if any when put into low, unless you press on the gas pedal. We took it to two different Nissan dealerships and were able to duplicate the problem at the second one. Since then the Nissan customer satisfaction department told us that since the mechanics reported that it "operates as designed" that there was no problem to be fixed.

- Socorro , NM, USA

problem #31

Apr 292013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,800 miles
While climbing an incline in a parking garage, turning to go up the ramp from the right hand curve, the truck lost power as I gave the accelerator more pressure. It took 2-3 seconds of acceleration before it would move. 4 days later, while turning right from a stop and putting pressure on the accelerator in order to flow into 50mph traffic, the truck lost power. It took 3-4 seconds of acceleration before it would move. I was also in a loaner 2013 Pathfinder sv, the same trim as mine, after we took mine in to service this power loss issue and it also lost power after turning right from a stop and attempting to accelerate into traffic.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #30

Apr 172013


  • 1,100 miles
Starting around 1100 miles, our car shudders and shakes as if it is going to stall when being driven around 20 mph. It has happened between 15 and 20 times now over the course of 10 days. We purchased it April 11, it first happened April 17, and was in the shop from 4/22 until 5/10. We had it out of the Nissan service shop for less than 24 hours when it started happening again. Wow. Just thought I would add myself to the below list of similar scenarios. I hope Nissan figures out what is going on and takes good care of/compensates their paying customers.

- Park City, UT, USA

problem #29

Apr 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles


I started driving up a small hill from a complete stop. It sounded like the car started shuddering, as if I was driving over a rumble strip. This happened on a number of occasions in different places but they were always around highways so I never paid attention. This time there was no highway, it was just a local street and there definitely were no rumble strips. Will have to take this to the dealer. Not expecting much as I see a lot of people are having the same problem. There must be a recall for this...

- Scarsdale, NY, USA

problem #28

Apr 032013


  • 300 miles
Vehicle first shuttered or vibrated during deceleration coming to stop. Vehicle shifts rough at low speeds and low rpms. The vehicle has 1800 miles on it now, and has now done this at least twenty times. I absolutely love everything about this vehicle, except this shifting problem. I am most concerned about it getting worse and developing into something far worse. I plan on taking it to the dealer next week. I already had to take it back the day after I bought it for a faulty windshield wiper fluid sensor.

- Carthage, NC, USA

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problem #27

Apr 272013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,500 miles
Vehicle shudders as if driving over rumble bars for approximately 5 seconds when accelerating slowly -- usually around 40 mph.

- Downs, IL, USA

problem #26

Jan 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission began shuttering. Additionally, the failure occurred while the contact was attempting to accelerate. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3,000.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #25

Apr 132013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 3,400 miles
Sudden lost of power to vehicle where vehicle will not accelerate while engine RPM will spike. Later found out that a clip for the transmission cooler house had failed which allowed all transmission fluid to spill out. Was lucky that I was on a rural road when this happened and not entering into highway traffic or else accident would surely happen. Found out from dealer that there was a bulletin to replace the clips as they were not up to spec to handle the pressure. I was never notified by Nissan on this defect and it occurred before I even had my first service. Now I'm left with to me a compromised transmission which Nissan refuse to replace. They only refill the fluid and said it was ok. This is my family vehicle which I use to Transport my 4yr and 1yr old.

- Union Beach, NJ, USA

problem #24

Feb 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Vehicle shudders as if driving over rumble bars for approximately 5 seconds when accelerating slowly -- usually around 40 mph. Dealer duplicates but has no fix. Dealer indicates Nissan aware of issue -- believes to be in programming for the cvt -- but does not have a fix at this time.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #23

Mar 202013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 200 miles
Transmission (cvt) on slow acceleration will shutter/shake between 20-25 mph. Also, will repeat at approx 40 mph. On 4-17-13, was told by Nissan dealer that Nissan was aware of problem but did not have a fix at this time. Problem is worse with hot engine/transmission. I worry transmission will fail while traveling as this is our vacation vehicle. Certainly a major problem as a transmission would be safety related. How long for Nissan to "find" a fix"??? one or two weeks or a year or more"

- China Grove, NC, USA

problem #22

Apr 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 880 miles


Vehicle stutters between 15 and 25 miles per hour as if there is a vibration. This affects the entire vehicle. Nissan diagnosed the transmission and found nothing out of the ordinary. Basically said to wait until it breaks. Today the problem occurred twice in one day, however the second time it sounded as if something was slipping, like a zipper, then recovered. There is a flaw here that needs addressing and I am going to contact Nissan again.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #21

Apr 082013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 8,684 miles
1. when the vehicle is started putting it to reverse wont engage the transmission, need to go back to park and back to engage the drive of reverse transmission 2. during driving at 0-40 mph the transmission slips, the shifting is erratic, sometimes shifting can vibrate as if the whole vehicle was vibrating, the RPM also fluctuate during this time. 3. there was no problem until April 8th 2013, I had taken this on snow, all sorts of terrain, bought the vehicle from columbia, mo from the dealership was performing excellent prior to this. 4. only thing I did was leave the SUV parked for a while (1 week) before this started in early April. 2013.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #20

Apr 092013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,055 miles
During light to moderate acceleration, there is a shudder in the transmission. It feels as though the transmission is slipping. This has happened multiple times in the last few days.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #19

Mar 312013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,900 miles
We to have the Nissan blues. We have had our Nissan for a month and the transmission is jerking in it. Took it to the dealership twice and they told us that it is between us and Nissan. They also said that there was nothing they could do. Now we are making payments on a vehicle that we are not comfortable about driving. Afraid that it will stall in an intersection and someone will get hurt or killed.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #18

Mar 222013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
It happened 3 times already, car started shaking and it stop all of a sudden, all transmission fluid and coolant drained out. Luckily we did'N get hit from the back because the first time was when we stop on a red light and it didn't move at all we tow it to the nearest Nissan dealer and they said that it was a factory defect but that was fixed. I had a bad feeling and took it to puente hills Nissan where we bought the car. But they told to comeback next day so on my way home on the freeway it started again we just had seconds to pull aside from the road and the car didn't moved at all, fluids drained out again and this time the smoke was even worst I had a panic attack because I thought it was going to catch on fire so I've jumped out of the car "on the freeway" without thinking that I could get killed. The car got towed to puente hills Nissan and "they fixed it". when they were testing it it happened again!! they towed the car back and now after a week they said that they already fixed the problem that it was the radiator that had too much pressure so was heating up and shooting the hoses off so they now replaced the radiator and told me to go and pick up the car. I don't feel safe driving around with my family this situation can cause an accident. Nissan dealer won't replace the car even though there is the lemon law that states that after 3 repairs from the same issue the car has to be replaced and even more because it was a brand new car and we only had it for 6 weeks. And there was also 2 recalls on this particular vehicle one on the electric system and other one on the air bags so now I don't know what else is going to happen with this vehicle.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #17

Dec 252012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,600 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 15 mph, the transmission began shifting hard. When driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle would vibrate excessively. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis however, the technician was unable to diagnose the failure and advised the contact that the failure was not safety related. The technician reset the transmissions computer but the failure continued. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 1,600.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #16

Feb 262013


  • 136 miles
When starting from being stopped and also when going slow from first to second gear, transmission shudders and jerks like it is stuck and can't get into the next gear. Took back to dealership and they confirmed there is a problem and that Nissan is investigating but doesn't have a fix yet but hopes to by April 2013. Most expensive car we ever bought and we have only had it a month and it is doing it more and more frequently. If Nissan knew there was a problem they should have stopped selling the cars or at least notify the potential buyer of the problem. We also have the passenger airbag problem too.

- Spring Hill, TN, USA

problem #15

Mar 162013


  • 3,500 miles
Bought a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder in November. 3 months later and 2 hours away from home we started feeling a "jutter" and could no longer accelerate. Leaving myself (32 weeks pregnant), my 2 year old, and 5 year old stranded on the side of the northway in 20* weather. There was smoke billowing out from under the hood. The transmission blew, a new transmission has been ordered but, it is unknown how long it will take to fix. Nissan nor my local dealer are doing anything rectify the problem apparently, I should take an $8,000 loss because I don't feel safe putting my family in their faulty product that can't get us from point a to point B.

- Saranac Lake, NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 252013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 150 miles
During slow acceleration from full stop, the vehicle would vibrate/shudder for a couple or seconds somewhere between 15-25 mph. It feels like the transmission would slip and catch and slip and catch. This happens 3-5 times a day. I drive mostly city driving so its mostly stop and go driving from one light to the next. There has been a recall to reprogram the transmission computer but my vehicle is not part of that recall and exhibits the same issues. Even after the reprogram, other owners I've talked to still experience the same issue.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 022011

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 300 miles
Most of the time that I am accelerating between 20 - 25 mph, the vehicle is shaking. The amount of shake or "shudder"varies from slightly noticeable to very noticeable. The concern here is the reliability of the transmission (cvt) which seems to be slipping. I believe this should be investigated to prevent failure of the transmission while driving in freeways thus preventing a possibility of a crash.

- Hayward, CA, USA

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