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 7 of 13)

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problem #132

Jun 292012

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles


While driving at a speeds of 40 or below the vehicle will begin to shake/shudder. It will continue for approximately 5-10 seconds. It also appears to loose power. The dealership has looked at it and reprogrammed it but shortly after leaving it began to do it again.

- Fort Collins , CO, USA

problem #131

Jan 012014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
A major failure condition can occur in early model 2013 Nissan Pathfinders. The coolant line to the cvt transmission can detach and drain without warning disabling movement of the vehicle if not double clamped. This happened to our vehicle while eating at a restaurant but could have happened anywhere. This should be considered a serious safety hazard particularly in areas with extreme cold conditions such as northern and central NY where we live. We were lucky but others could be stranded without warning during very dangerous weather conditions. A simple recall to double clamp the hoses could help prevent any such incidents.

- Baldwinsville, NY, USA

problem #130

Dec 012013


  • 9,500 miles
We purchased a new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder on approx 6/2013 and now have 10,000 miles on it. The last few weeks we have been noticing at slow speeds approx 25 mph we are experiencing a shudder in the transmission. It is happening fairly consistent now at 25mph and under a load like a slight incline. It requires a release of the throttle and reapply to get the shudder to stop and start pulling again. This is a potentially very dangerous situation if you are crossing oncoming traffic and have to release the throttle, not a good thing! I am now reading of many other owners who are experiencing the same type issue and there are now 4 service bulletins relating to transmission issues on this vehicle and they are not fixing the problems. I am schedule for my first appointment next week to address this issue. We have been a very faithful Nissan owner of 3 prior Nissan, but this will be my last!

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #129

Dec 282013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,085 miles


Was parked at stop light and proceeded when green and transmission failed to engage to 2nd gear. Pulled off the road and put car in park. Put back in drive and tried to proceed and transmission jerked back and forth between 1st and second gear, but did finally transition to second gear.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #128

Jun 152013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,500 miles
Transmission shudders at low speed up inclines. There needs to be a recall as this affected a broad segment of 2013 Pathfinders. This has happened multiple times. The dealer service bulletin to reprogram the computer did nothing.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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problem #127

Dec 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 7,000 miles
I purchased my Pathfinder in July 2013 and have had 2 issues. The first is a sputtering with the gas pedal which occurs quite frequently under low speeds. Took it in for evaluation and Nissan said that's how cvt transmissions work and that it was normal. Very strange. The second issue I am currently having is the most concerning. While traveling at various speeds, when I push on the gas pedal there is no power at all and no acceleration. At times the pedal can be all the way to the floor and then 2 to 3 seconds later the acceleration comes back. It has happen to me in a passing situation on the freeway and while making a turn at an intersection and almost caused an accident. The car is currently in service to be evaluated and they have said unless they can replicate the issue on their end they have no solution, I have 3 kids that ride in the vehicle on a daily basis and this is a huge safety concern from a consumer standpoint. I have documented with Nissan Consumer Affairs in case something happens as a result of this, but I must say as this car was a huge investment for my wife and our family we are extremely concerned and disappointed because we love the car so much and wouldn't expect this from a brand new vehicle. I have read a high number of common issues just like mine and I just don't get how Nissan has not done anything about this. It seems as if the 2013 model has a number of issues.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #126

Dec 192013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,100 miles


On three different occasion, while driving I get a lost of power, even though, my feet is on the accelerator..this last for about seven to eight seconds. When making turns sometimes, at slow speed, the car shudder.

- Phila, PA, USA

problem #125

Sep 022013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,000 miles
Car jutters when accelerating after a stop and when turning. The car was purchased in June, and has done it about 15 times since. The first time we took it into the dealership, they reset something in the transmission and said that should fix the problem. Well, it didn't fix the problem. We took the car back to the dealership twice, they test drove it and said they never experience the juttering. Therefore, they haven't done anything about it. Now it's December and I received a recall notice for something else regarding the antilock brake system software. I am very dissatisfied with this car and the service that Nissan has provided; they haven't helped me one bit even after filing a complaint with Nissan corporate.

- Brawley, CA, USA

problem #124

Dec 072013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,800 miles
While turning left, the transmission began to shutter and the vehicle lost power for 2-3 seconds. Passenger airbag off indicator intermittently comes on with passenger in seat.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #123

Oct 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 10,000 miles
I have a recurring issue with my 2013 Pathfinder shuddering and losing power at low speeds (20 - 30mph). This issue occurs daily and appears to be getting worse with approximately 15,000 miles on the vehicle. The shuddering and lose of power last for approximately 15 seconds and requires me to press the accelerator and power through the issue which is a safety concern. I have contacted the dealer who was aware of the issue and stated that Nissan sent each dealer a "video" to help assess the issue and that most vehicles won't qualify based on the parameters set by the manufacturer. He said the real problem is going to be "figuring out how to fix all the other vehicles that don't qualify.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #122

Sep 182013


  • 500 miles


My Pathfinder begin to shuddering from 500 mile and continue until now 3000 miles. It happen at 1000-1100 RPM, some time at 2500 RPM. I have take the vehicle to dealership but look like they do not have any solution to fix this, the technician said it will reoccur after replace transmission.

- Fountain Valley, CA, USA

problem #121

Dec 072013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Intermittent transmission shudder ranging from mild to violent with accompanying decrease of power. Shudder primarily occurs at low speed in the 20-40 mph range but has also occurred at highway speeds when transmission is not shifting. Shudder seems to be caused by a variety of variables including speed and degree of inclination of the road. Loss of power has occurred in potentially dangerous passing situations.

- Jamaica Plain, MA, USA

problem #120

Nov 012013


  • 4,000 miles
I recently bought a new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder- at first the rubber seals flew up while driving on the interstate- my right side panel sticks out by the headlight (in which they told me I must have been hit because there were a few scratches under the bumper and that's the design(what a bunch of crap) main concern is the sputtering that I encounter while driving. I paid too much for this vehicle and every dealer I take it (taking it 3 times) tell me Nissan requires the data from the computer to diagnose. You can look on the computer and see how many people have the same issue and every dealership drives my car for miles and wastes my gas - to come back and say....sorry I believe you but I need the data and at this time its not doing it(sorry call Consumer Affairs). This is my first Nissan and I am heated... how can a company do this to its consumers who spend a good amount of money on their product that has alot of defects. Nissan needs to do whats right and take care of their customers- I promise if this sputtering happens and causes me an accident with my children in the car - there is going to be heck to pay!!!! I bought this car because I wanted a safe reliable vehicle... I am so frustrated!!!!

- Powell, TN, USA

problem #119

Aug 212013


  • 18,000 miles
My transmission began slipping, that was the first time I noticed it distinctly. The other times had been going up hills or slowing down. I came within a couple of feet from rear-ending the car in front of me because my car didn't shift downward at a stop light. A minute later I had to pull over because my car wouldn't shift into 3rd gear (automatic). This same thing happened several more times, I took it in to Nissan they put a stop-gap fix, a "modulator" on it. They already had reports knowing that wasn't going to fix it, but did it anyway. Nissan didn't test drive it, just gave it back to me. I drove it less than 2 miles & turned around, they kept my vehicle for 5 weeks, put in a refurbished transmission (in my new car). The transmission is starting to slip, again. They told me I could get compensation, but lied. I'm scared to drive it, but don't know what to do! we can't afford another vehicle. This is a lemon and needs to be recalled! the value has already started to drop more than $10,000. I spent several days and lots of gas money driving up to pick up my car, that wasn't ready! the repair shop was nice, but the corporate offices lied and were disrespectful every time.

- Granbury, TX, USA

problem #118

Nov 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
1. while attempting to leave a school parking lot (going in a straight line with other parents' cars) at 10 mph the engine shuddered and the vehicle jerked back and forth as if it transmission couldn't engage power to the wheels. The shuddering stopped after a couple seconds and I was able to leave the school parking lot safely. (vehicle has shuddered while driving straight three times in the last month.) 2. pulled into a roundabout at 15 mph and the engine shuddered, jerking the Pathfinder back and forth. When exiting the roundabout at nearly 20 mph the vehicle shuddered again for a couple seconds, but this time it was not a violent -- it only vibrated the vehicle. (vehicle has shuddered while turning at least 12 times in the last month.) 3. after turning right onto a straight street and trying to accelerate, the engine felt as if half the power were taken away. The engine revved up, but the acceleration was weak. (this has happened twice in a month.)

- Draper, UT, USA

problem #117

Aug 052013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 290 miles
The incident happened while driving the vehicle home from the dealership upon purchase. The milage on the car at that time was 290 mi. The car went into a bucking/jerking/lunging when we started to accelerate from a 35 mph zone to a 55 mph. Over the next days and weeks it continued to occur while accelerating and also while maintaining consistent highway speeds. It also regularly experienced a rumble strip feel/sound when accelerating off a stop when traveling 20-40 mph. At first it happened every few days but within a month became a nearly daily experience. Nissan acknowledged that it is a problem with the transmission, but have been unable to fix our vehicle after multiple attempts. About a month after owning the veh, they performed a computer update to attempt to fix but the fix failed. A month after that they replaced the torque converter to attempt to fix. That fixed the jerking/bucking/lunging but the rumble strip shudder still persists at random times when accelerating around 20-40 mph. It happens daily for a week or so... sometimes once a day, sometimes multiple times a day... then it won't do it for a week or so... then it returns again in the same pattern. Our vehicle now has about 8200 miles and the problem continues. Nissan has failed to fix our car despite an ongoing transmission problem.

- Port Clinton, OH, USA

problem #116

Nov 112013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 9,000 miles
Purchased this vehicle in March 2013. Since purchase experienced numerous times transmission problem that manifests itself as vehicle shuddering when trying to make turn at low speed or from complete stop. This also happens when trying to accelerate to go onto highway, vehicle would shudder and can not accelerate until foot is taken from the gas pedal and gas pedal pressed again. I brought this to Nissan usa attention and spoke to the dealership several times. Vehicle was evaluated at the dealership service center and we were notified that the problem can not be duplicated. I tried to explain to the technician that in order to duplicate problem this vehicle have to be driven for several days if not weeks on daily basis since sometimes problem happens every three days, sometimes it happens three, four times a day. I have a feeling Nissan is trying to hide serious flaws in the design of their new Pathfinder and it is simply refusing to take care of problems. This is serious safety issue and I hope we will not wait until someone dies in the accident until Nissan takes necessary steps to fix their cvt transmission.

- Nutley, NJ, USA

problem #115

Jun 012013

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
I purchased a new 2013 Pathfinder for myself on 4/18/2013. I started noticing a slight shudder on take off from a stop in May. We mentioned this to the dealership in early June and the immediately acknowledge there was a problem with all the new model Pathfinders. The fix was a torque converter for the cvt but the parts were on back order with no known eta. In late September they called saying they had the part and told me to bring it in for the repair. When I came for my scheduled appointment a couple days later they turned me away stating the torque converter was found not to fix the problem and they needed to completely replace the transmission. Again, the parts were on back order and no known eta. The transmission replacement was finally done 10/24/2013 and we started feeling the shuddering right away. I thought it was the transmission breaking in. The problem is much worse now with the car losing complete power and causing potential accidents. I have a 12 month old riding in this vehicle. We are currently requesting Nissan to repurchase the vehicle because the dealership says there is nothing they can do.

- Lakeland, GA, USA

problem #114

Jun 102013


  • 3,000 miles
We purchased our new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder on 03/16/13, from tustin Nissan in tustin, California.. at approximately 3000 miles, the vehicle's transmission began to shutter and jerk the vehicle when driven at approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour. Initially, it occurred not too often and we did not think much of it. The shuttering got much stronger as time went on and became more often. During these occurrences it appeared that the vehicle lost power which caused the vehicle to slow down. This created a safety concern due to nearly being struck by vehicles a few times while pulling out of driveways and merging into highway lanes. Its a safety issue and Nissan needs to fix. Took the car to the dealer and said we can't duplicate the issue. So not sure what to do.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #113

Nov 112013


  • 6,700 miles
While making turns from side streets into main roads trying to accelerate and merge into oncoming traffic the car will briefly accelerate then power will drop out, RPM's will jump to 4000-5000 with no acceleration leaving me in the main road with no power to accelerate and stuck at between 25-35 mph. Only way to correct problem is to hit the brakes and re accelerate. This has almost caused several accidents and has happened multiple times.

- Bellmore, NY, USA

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