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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,724 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 252016


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the interior plastic door handle fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the handle was not replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000.

- Elk Grove Village, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012016


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the interior passenger side door handle detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The vehicle was included in NHTSA campaign number: 16V029000 (latches/locks/ linkages). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #2

Oct 052015


  • 31,898 miles
The contact owned a 2013 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to respond when the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact also stated that the air conditioning unit failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The contact was informed that the transmission and air conditioning unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. While driving and pulling into a parking space, there was an abnormal electrical odor coming through the air condition vents. The vehicle caught fire. While trying to exit the vehicle, the door handle failed to work. The contact was able to exit the vehicle through the driver side window. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 31,898....updated 01/07/16

- Valley Village, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 192014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
The interior, driver's side door release mechanism failed leaving it impossible to exit the vehicle without lowering the driver's side window or climbing over the center console. Though this vehicle is out of warranty with regard to mileage, one would think a high use mechanism that becomes a safety issue upon failure would last for more than two years.

- Wyandotte, MI, USA

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