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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 2014 has a small, but significant number of transmission complaints at low mileage. The issue is part of a class-action lawsuit that says the Pathfinder's transmission shakes violently during acceleration between 15mph and 30mph.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,580 miles

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder drivetrain problems

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #41

Feb 112015


  • 3,000 miles


Multiple times when making a right or left turn in AWD when moderate to forceful acceleration is required to make the turn or be hit by oncoming vehicles. From a dead stop, a turn is executed and the accelerator is depressed between half-throttle and full-throttle. The vehicle responds normally at first but about 1-2 seconds into the turn the powertrain cuts out and will not accelerate to more than a crawl. This can last up to 6 seconds and puts the vehicle in jeopardy. I have experienced this on multiple occasions and have narrowly escaped collisions several times. When this happens, I have tried different things in order to get the car to respond. None of the following has worked: Releasing the accelerator and reapplying (pumping). Giving and holding full throttle. My uneducated opinion is that this is a software glitch for the cvt. I think that the transmission assumes that there is wheel spin upon acceleration (although there is none) and the anti-skid software reduces engine power to prevent wheel spin. This has put me in life threatening situations. I reported it to Nissan at the first complimentary oil change and was told that it was nothing to worry about. When I pull out in front of a speeding 18-wheeler, I worry. I feel that I cannot depend on reliable acceleration in normal traffic conditions. The condition is difficult to repeat on-command.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #40

Apr 302015


  • 3,600 miles
I have experienced a shuddering on a brand new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, which started with less than 100 miles on it. At 3200 miles it happened 5 or 6 times. Today I learned it needs a new transmission, but when I ask if the new transmission has been upgraded or if they have found a fix I am told "it is a new transmission coming from Nissan" "we are not told of the upgrades, they just send us the new transmission". as far as I can tell, there has not been a resolution to the well known problem with Nissan cvt transmission. I am concerned I am getting a new transmission with an old problem and no one can/will tell me otherwise. Is my car going to be safe" where can I find out if this new transmission does not have the same problem my 2014 transmission had"

- Hood River, OR, USA

problem #39

Apr 272015


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving at low speeds, the vehicle vibrated and hesitated when attempting to accelerate from a stop position. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 25,000.

- Melbourne , KY, USA

problem #38

Jul 142014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 6,030 miles


Bought 2014 Pathfinder in 12/2013. Noticed transmission vibration and shudder during long trip and upon return complained to dealer. I had not heard of this problem in other Nissan vehicles so was unaware. Took vehicle to dealer who did test drive, but said could not duplicate, but said problem was with continuously variable transmission (cvt) torque converter. Offered no remedy. I do not feel secure in traffic as do not know if transmission is damaged by shuddering. Nissan did a cvt reprogram to improve transmission diagnostic and service, but I do not know what this does to improve performance of transmission. Nissan will tell me nothing. I am requesting a cvt recall by NHTSA to facilitate necessary repairs as it I regard the unit a safety hazard.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #37

Apr 042015


  • 3,356 miles
We are grandparents to 16 grandchildren. We bought our 2014 Pathfinder February 21, 2015 so we would be able to take some of grandchildren on trips with us. On April 4th, 2015 while driving on the freeway with 5 of our grandchildren the engine stopped with no warning. We almost got hit 6 different times while trying to figure out what happened and what to do. The fear that we felt for the safety of our grandchildren is describable. Something no one should have to experience especially driving a brand new vehicle. The engine ended up shutting off 2 more times that same day. We took the Pathfinder into the dealership only to be told that they did not find anything wrong.... April 11th, 2015 while driving our grandchildren out of town to a baseball game the engine shut off this point we do not feel safe driving this vehicle, which is sad because it is brand new and we paid good money for it. It is back in the shop as of today, April 16th, with no answers.

- Hanford, CA, USA

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problem #36

Jul 012014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • miles
Transmission intermittently shudders at 10-20 mph causing poor drivability and potential loss of control. Transmission has been reprogrammed several times and replaced with a rebuilt transmission at 19,413 miles. Shuddering has started again, the dealer applied the latest recall (PC357) but no real change in operation. I started a case with Nissan Consumer Affairs (18336725) but the contact has been extremely difficult to actually talk with. Nissan left one voice mail while I have left 6 voice mails over 2 days with no call backs.

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

problem #35

Jul 172014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 3,000 miles


I have had the car back to the dealer on 4 different times, they claim to have fixed the airbag, but after the fix my light continues to be on intermittently even when an adult is in the passenger seat. I was told by the dealership that Nissan said the airbag would deploy even though the light wasn't working. I feel that Nissan is not honoring their warranty, I bought a new car and the light isn't working and I can't be sure the airbag is working either. I have also had problems with the electronic key, I was given a new battery in my fob but I still continue to get a no key detected at different times even when the car was running the dash will all of a sudden say no key detected. My last problem is with the car rolling back on a hill, I purchased an automatic, when stopped on a hill I have to gun the accelerator to stop the car from rolling back on the car behind me. The dealership informed me to treat the car like a manual and put my foot on the brake and the accelerator. The dealership told me there is nothing they can do that Nissan will not repair anymore transmissions. This is totally unacceptable for a new car, if there is a problem with the transmission they should fix it. Again I have had my SUV into the dealership multiple times for this problem.

- Damascus, MD, USA

problem #34

Nov 032014


  • 3,000 miles
This has happened several times since I bought my brand new 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. It will shudder and you lose control of the vehicle. To begin with it started at low speeds but now it doesn't matter how fast nor how slow you are going and it has almost got me in wrecks several times in the past month.

- Newville, AL, USA

problem #33

Jan 302015


  • 22,000 miles
The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving approximately 70 mph, the vehicle began violently jerking and shaking without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, where it was diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 22,000.

- Forest, MS, USA

problem #32

Mar 192014


  • 855 miles
Vehicle began to shudder and nearly stall at low speeds. Vehicle would lose all power, and then suddenly surge. Vehicle returned to abeloff Nissan (broadheadsville, pa), and the mechanic was able to verify the issue. Nissan identified the issue as the cvt transmission and replaced the transmission. On 02/05/2015 this same loss of power was experienced while driving at low speed. My wife was entering roadway and vehicle lost power, nearly causing an accident. The vehicle was taken to the ken pollock Nissan dealership in wilkes- barre, pa, and they were eventually able to duplicate the loss of power. Nissan-usa advised the dealership to replace a brake light switch as the brake lights would not go off when parked. I picked up the vehicle from the dealership on 02/16/2015, and the next day the same loss of power occurred three times on a five mile trip. Nissan -usa was contacted and a complaint filed. Nissan has not been able to correct the problem, and have refused to buy back the vehicle. Nissan continues to sell this model year, and I believe this is a major safety issue, and needs to be addressed.

- Plains, PA, USA

problem #31

Mar 062015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 17,700 miles


After 2 days of purchasing this vehicle I traveled out of state and the car started jerking after making a stop and resuming speed. I had to drop off at a nearby dealer and had to rent a vehicle to get back home. They have not fixed the problem yet but I think it will end up being transmission failure. I am very disappointed with Nissan. It is the second car that we get and have the same problem.

- Lanham, MD, USA

problem #30

Jan 182014


  • 12,035 miles
Car jerks and struggles to increase speeds during this time. When in traffic traveling at a reduced speed car will jerk like the transmission is slipping and fail to increase speed.

- Crestview, FL, USA

problem #29

Jan 072015


  • 8,120 miles
Hesitation and stalling has happened several times. On one occasion I had 4 co-workers in the car at the time (they are all witnesses) and I pulled out to make a left hand turn in front of on coming cars and the car hesitated causing an almost catastrophic event. The dealer says that they can not just replace the transmission until it has been documented happening several times and even then they will not guarantee that it will fix the problem. I asked if they would trade out my car with the 2015 model because as stated by them the 2015 model does not have these issues and they said they would however, my payments would go up to an amount that I can not afford to make. They were unwilling to make my payments the same as they are now. The head of the customer service department actually stated that no matter what they do it will not fix the problem because it is the way the vehicle was manufactured by Nissan. To date there is no actual "recall" on this problem.

- Monroe, GA, USA

problem #28

Dec 222014


  • 3,111 miles
Acceleration / transmission problems with 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. Issues began at 3100 miles. No acceleration from stop, or very minimal. Felt as if the transmission was "slipping" and would not engage, or similar to drive a manual transmission at mph in 4th gear. Issue recurred several times on my commute home. Was stranded on the side of the road and required towing because I could not make the vehicle move forward at all. Abnormal burning smell coming from front of car was observed. I was stranded in winter with a 3 month old in the car. At one point I was basically stuck in the middle of an intersection due to the lack of acceleration. I was nearly rear-ended in one case and was in serious danger of being sideswiped by oncoming traffic. Depending on the situation, this issue could present a major safety hazard (and did for me). For the first time in my life, I was worried for my personal safety while driving a car. Also observed erratic engine RPM's at idle (from 1000 to 1500) and while coasting. RPM would jump up and down with constant (or no) throttle applied. Dealer has had the car for over 3 weeks at this point. Initially they were not able to replicate the issue, and no error codes were shown on the computer. Eventually they did replicate the issue and are now replacing the transmission control module after consulting with Nissan. I have the impression that neither Nissan or the dealer has any clue how to fix the issue. They are just trying different things to see what makes it work again. Based on the lengthy list of similar complaints, Nissan is apparently not too concerned...

- Brookfield, WI, USA

problem #27

Jan 042015

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 11,000 miles
I was involved in a roll over accident and neither the driver or passenger airbags deployed. The side airbags did. The vehicle went head first into the ditch and then flipped over. The vehicle was recalled for the passenger airbag after I first bought it and supposedly "fixed." Obviously not. The driver side airbag did not deploy either. My Pathfinder is a total loss. This is definitely an issue. This vehicle has also had multiple other issues including the engine coils, transmission computer and finally the whole transmission has been replaced. Terrible in the snow and vibrates like crazy! this vehicle is obviously unsafe and garbage!

- Rotterdam Junction, NY, USA

problem #26

Dec 032013


  • 200 miles
When I attempted to pull out in traffic from a stop, the vehicle started to move, then shuddered and stopped in front of oncoming traffic. It has done this a few times since then, the most recent was just over a week ago. After taking it to the dealers service dept., I was told it did the same thing with them driving it. I was told they have some kind of bulletin from the factory regarding this issue and it clearly states they have to replace the transmission. They provided another vehicle for me to drive and told me it will take 2 weeks for them to get another transmission and another 2-3 days to install it. Two days after leaving it with them, I received a message stating my Pathfinder was ready to be picked up. The message stated they had reprogrammed the transmission. I have tried calling several times to question this change of plans, but haven't been able to reach anyone who can explain.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #25

Oct 192014

Pathfinder 6-cyl

  • 13,100 miles
While driving 70mph on the interstate, car started surging just before the cvt transmission totally failed, redlining the engine. Transmission had been shuddering and surging prior to the failure. Nissan knows this is a problem with their cvt units, it's all over the internet. Car was towed and cvt replaced. Now 2000 miles later it's starting again.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #24

Sep 122014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 9,120 miles
The vehicle makes a high pitch noise when driving at low speed or in park. This noise was not present when test driving the car and apparently only begins to manifest itself after having been driven a few weeks or months. Nissan knows about the issue as it is also a problem with the 2013 Altima which also uses the new electronic power steering unit. Nissan offers no real solution at the moment and deems the noise to be "acceptable" by no ones definition but their own. Nissan's solution thus far is to wrap the tubes in tape to dampen the noise. Thank you

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #23

Sep 122014


  • 5,700 miles
In stop and go freeway traffic when dropping under 20mph and reaccelerating transmission starts jerking at around 20 mph and occasionally does the same around 45mph. Has also occurred going around corners at around 20mph. Seems to occur when picking back up on throttle. When its starts jerking there is a loss of power until jerking stops. Very unsafe when this happens. Was told by service writer at metro Nissan that there was not a fix for this problem yet. Took to riverside Nissan and transmission computer was reprogrammed on 9/27/14. Service manager there said it fixes around 50 percent of the time.hoping I'm in that 50%.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #22

Jan 012014

Pathfinder 4WD

  • 50 miles
The whole dashboard shaking when you try to apply gas and it usually happen between the speed of 0-20mph only. I have an apt with the dealer on Oct 7th to update the software what I am seeing on the website this is a known problem. Paid $44K for this car and now I have to try and see if it fixes it. The dealer told me if the software update doesn't work then they will ask Nissan usa Corp to see to replace the transmission. I think people should stay away from cvt transmission from Nissan as this could lead to a crash. Good thing it only happens in low speed acceleration but if it happens in a high speed this will be a big issue.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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