CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2013 Nissan Altima has multiple problem trends including the CVT transmission, and now that this model is out of warranty, it earns our "Avoid Like The Plague" badge.

Owners complain about vibration and transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), a whining noise from the power steering pump, and constant windshield problems that appear to be the result of poor design.

Be warned: the 2014 & 2015 Nissan Altima appears to share these same problems.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,610 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #34

Feb 082021

Altima

  • 121,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at an undisclosed speed, the hood spontaneously opened without warning. The contact called woodfield Nissan (700 w higgins rd, hoffman estates, il 60169, (847)310-1900) however, the vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The contact stated failure was similar NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages). The failure mileage was 121,000. The VIN was not available.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #33

Oct 012019

Altima

  • 0 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated while approaching her parked vehicle, she noticed that the hood was slightly opened. The contact stated she was unable to close the hood manually and had to call her brother to close the hood for her. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 20V315000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact called barberino Nissan (505 N colony rd, wallingford, ct 06492; (203) 265-1611) where it was confirmed that parts were not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. VIN tool confirms parts not available. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Meriden, CT, USA

problem #32

Jul 012020

Altima

  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 20V315000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the part to do the recall repair was not yet available. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were made aware of the issue. The contact had not experienced a failure. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #31

Jul 312019

Altima

  • 0 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the hood latch failed to function as designed. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign number: 20V315000 (latches/locks/linkages) however, the part to do the recall repair was unavailable. The contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue and confirmed that parts were not yet available for the recall repair. VIN tool confirms parts not available.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #30

Apr 232020

Altima

  • 190,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph on a windy day, the hood erroneously opened crashing into the front windshield and severely damaging the hood and the roof of the vehicle. During the incident, the driver sustained a bruised right leg and contact from glass pieces. The vehicle was driven to the contact's residence and later towed to the local dealer collins Nissan (4142 bardstown rd, louisville, ky) where the cause of the failure was not determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN search indicated that the vehicle was included NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (structure). The contact stated that the vehicle had experienced the same failure listed in the recall. The manufacturer was contacted and a case was opened. The failure mileage was 190,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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problem #29

Sep 202019

Altima

  • 57,293 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 65 mph, the hood flew open without warning and cracked the windshield. The vehicle was pulled over and towed to an independent body shop. The vehicle was deemed destroyed. The contact sustained minor injuries, which did not require medical attention. The contact associated the failure with NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer and dealer were not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The failure mileage was approximately 57,000.

- Hillsborough, NC, USA

problem #28

Jun 152019

Altima

  • 129,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving at an unknown speed, the hood opened. The contact managed to pull the vehicle over to the side of the road safely, secure the hood, and continue driving to his destination. The manufacturer stated that the vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer stated that the contact could take the vehicle to any Nissan dealer to be repaired. The dealer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 129,000.

- Sun Rise, FL, USA

problem #27

May 212016

Altima

  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the hood latch warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was serviced per NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages) by rosen Nissan of madison (2510 w beltline hwy, madison, wi 53713, (608) 276-0335); however, the remedy failed to repair the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the hood latch warning indicator was still illuminated after the recall repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Oregon, WI, USA

problem #26

May 292018

Altima

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving approximately 75 mph on the highway when the hood flew open. I was able to safely pull over and close the hood. Upon inspection I sawthe roof, fenders and hood were damaged as a result. I was not able to close the hood all the way so I used a cable to tie down the hood while I drove it to the dealership.

- Walden, NY, USA

problem #25

Apr 202018

Altima

  • 90,000 miles
Driving at 40 mph and hood flew open and crashed into windshield - bent both panels on either side on car and of course cracked the windshield

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #24

Nov 242017

Altima 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 75 mph, the hood independently opened and damaged the windshield and roof. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was not filed. There were no injuries sustained. The vehicle was driven away by the contact. A local dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and advised the contact that she had to pay for the repairs and request reimbursement. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000(latches/locks/linkages). The failure mileage was unknown.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #23

Nov 152017

Altima

  • 90,220 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle's hood popped open and struck the windshield. The contact was able to steer the vehicle to the emergency lane. The contact stated that the incident previously occurred on another occasion. A dealer and manufacturer were not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was approximately 90,220.

- East Orange, NJ, USA

problem #22

Oct 212016

Altima

  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 70 mph, the hood latch released independently. As a result, the hood collided into the windshield. The contact sustained neck, head, shoulder, and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the front bumper cover, combination lamp, hood (panel, underside, hinge assemble), right fender panel, windshield, doors, and multiple other parts needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign numbers: 16V244000 (air bags), 16V2029000 (latches/locks/linkages), and 15V116000 (latches/locks/linkages). The contact stated that no recall notices were received. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000. VIN tool confirms parts not available and parts distribution disconnect.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #21

Jan 062016

Altima

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 75 mph, the hood latch activated independently. As a result, the hood opened. The contact had to fasten the hood with a twine to prevent the hood from opening independently. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who repaired the vehicle per NHTSA campaign number: 14V565000 (latches/locks/linkages). The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, but the contact was unsure about what part was replaced. The failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000.

- Silver City, NM, USA

problem #20

Aug 292016

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving various speeds, the hood flew open and damaged the windshield. The hood and quarter panels were also damaged and need to be replaced. The contact was informed of NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages) after the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #19

Sep 302015

Altima

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 50 mph, the hood detached. As a result, the contact crashed into concrete barricades. The contact was not injured and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign numbers: 14V565000 and 16V029000 (latches/locks/linkages). The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 46,000.

- Gathersburg, MD, USA

problem #18

Nov 152015

Altima

  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 40 mph, the hood inadvertently opened and damaged the roof and hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/lock/linkages). The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #17

Feb 102015

Altima

  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a dealer for a manufacturer recall concerning the hood latch. The dealer stated that the vehicle was repaired for the recall. While driving 60 mph, the hood latch fractured and caused extensive damage. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who further inspected the hood latch and stated that it was not replaced. The mechanic checked with the manufacturer who stated that the hood latch had been on back order and that the dealer lubricated the latch, but did not replace the part. The independent mechanic stated that the hood latch needed to be replaced to prevent the failure. The contact was unable to determine when the manufacturer would be able to supply the hood latch part to the dealer. The vehicle was repaired by the independent mechanic. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000.

- Central Islip, NY, USA

problem #16

Dec 172015

Altima

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving approximately 45 mph, the hood of the vehicle released, cracked the windshield, and detached the finders. The contact parked the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact notified the dealer where a VIN search was performed. The dealer informed the contact of three open recalls on the vehicle; however, NHTSA campaign number: 14V565000 (latches/locks/linkages) was directly related to the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Litchfield, ME, USA

problem #15

Nov 252015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. While driving 10 mph, the safety latch on the hood of the vehicle fractured and caused the hood to fly up. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 46,000....updated 02/19/16 the consumer was informed the latch broke, there was some damage to the hood of the vehicle. Updated 02/24/16.

- Rome, NY, USA

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