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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
116,700 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. none (1 reports)
2013 Nissan Altima miscellaneous problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 012024

Altima SV V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 200,000 miles


If you value your life, avoid Nissan at all cost. I used to brag on them until today when I almost lost my life to their faulty equipment. After three mechanic stops and $1500, the car still stalls unexpectedly leaving me almost being hit while turning past incoming traffic. Totally afraid of this car now. Shouldn't be living in such fear. Nissan could care less. Buyers beware!

- Cody J., Frankston, TX, US

problem #2

Nov 012020

Altima SL 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles

This is the guy with the 2013 Altima again. I didn't mention the headlights you need hi-beams to drive at night. If you drop something at night, forget it, the cabin is way too dark (I can't believe I got the screw job), everyone do your homework please. This site is great - I wish I found it before I bought the car.

- Diane B., Guilford, US

problem #1

Dec 122014

Altima SV 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

Right now, KBB is rating my car with a trade-in value of about $13,000. And only $15,200 if selling as to a private party. If I were to want to keep my car after my lease expires in 17 months, I would have to shell another $15,000+ not to mention those 17 other payments I currently have to make. Needless to say, I will be turning my one and only ever in my life Nissan in as soon as that 36th month comes around.

Update from May 12, 2015: 30,000 miles and the car value is still at about 13,000 trade in per both Edmunds and KBB.

- warpf1, Indianapolis, IN, US

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