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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 1
Average Mileage:
33,204 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #32

Mar 072016


  • 115,784 miles


For unknown reasons, the brakes stay on causing the car to either not move, or to go into limp mode. When this happens, the gear shifter can be moved out of park without depressing the brake. Also, the car can be started without having to depress the brake pedal. Sometimes, the outside brake lights stay on, sometimes they don't. I replaced the brake light switch and manually operating the switch would not make lights go off. Sometimes when driving, the brake system will release and vehicle accelerates rapidly, to the point of losing control. Sometimes, a quick pump of the brake pedal will release whatever is going on-sometimes nothing will cause it to go back to normal. Removing the negative battery cable will turn off the lights, but will not reset the problem. Dealer has no suggestions to remedy the problem, except to let them keep the car and to start replacing parts until they make the problem go away. Nissan America says Nissan has already spent too much money trying to resolve previous issues on this car and would not spend another penny!!! private mechanic that is trying to troubleshoot problem is having no luck determining the cause. There are Nissan tsb's about shorted wiring, but only Nissan techs can acces those. Car has been in shop 44 times for 62 days for various major problems that Nissan can't or won't fix completely. Nissan refuses to try to make the situation right, even though they admit the down time is exorbitant and not in lines with their company satisfaction guarantee.

- Westfield, MA, USA

problem #31

Feb 202016


  • 39,000 miles
While driving on route 128 North the engine hood flew open and smashed winsheild, top roof, bent both fenders, and engine hood. Car went to auto shop for repairs. This was due to secondary hood latch failure.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #30

Feb 182016


  • miles
I simply turned on my car when the RPM and speed gauge went out of control from 0 to max in stationary mode, the car was parked in my garage spot. This process occurred several times in a row, along with this the car engine was extremely loud making roaring noises and shuddering and vibratign. When I put my foot on the brake pedal nothing happened the car continued with the RPM and speed gauge cycling from 0 to max, I did not feel safe to attempt to drive the car. Last month I had to have the car service because it would not accelerate while I was on the freeway the max speed on the car was 30 miles per hour. I got off the highway immediately and the car turned off when I parked it on the street. It took 3 attempts to finally turn on. The car did this again on a second occurrence before I could get it to the dealer, I was driving on the street and again the same issue occurred. The car stalls, jerks, vibrates on its own at random times. Each time I have had my preventive services done at the dealer the car is in near perfect condition and nothing can be diagnosed, then the car has these incidents occur with no warning.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #29

Feb 052016


  • 19,209 miles


For 3 years we have been dealing with this particular issue, with no resolution. The dashboard light signaling that the passenger air bag is properly activated for an adult occupant comes on or does not come on when it is supposed to. This occurs whether the car is stationary or on the move. The dealer has told us not to put anything on the passenger seat = ridiculous. The dealer then said that it "reprogrammed the system". then the dealer told us that they needed to replace the sensor. I believe this has been done 2 X. we last had this attended to Sept 15, 2015 but the "so-called repair" did not work again. This air bag issue is serious, and we feel unsafe in this car, therefore we have driven less than 2000 miles in 5 months - the car sits in the garage. The problem is intermittant = we don't know when the air bag system is functioning correctly - we must assume it is malfunctioning!

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #28

Feb 052016


  • 80,000 miles
When driving on the highway my vehicle turned off. Turned the car back on just fine. When I put it back into drive it turned off again. Called 911 who transferred me to dps which had to shut all 5 lanes of traffic to push me off to the side. Towed car to dealership which wrongfully diagnosed with a low battery key fob. Same night after picking up my car it turned off in the middle of an intersection at night. Luckily this time it stayed on after putting it in drive. My car is still undiagnosed at the dealership almost a full week later.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

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problem #27

Feb 012016


  • 15,000 miles
Loud vibrating sound when depressing the accelerator at 40mph and 70mph. At low rpms to car also vibrates around 25mph. It also vibrates at 40mph and 70mph when pressing on the accelerator.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #26

Sep 012015


  • 30,000 miles


The check engine light has been on since September 2015. I have visited the dealer three times (until end-Jan 2015) and there is no resolution. I have a metro mile tag that transmits me error codes and as per that the problem is P0037 - ho2S heater control circuit low bank 1 sensor 2 the dealer has not been able to resolve it and it is a absolute waste of time getting the vehicle to the dealer so many times.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #25

Jan 152016


  • 60,640 miles
60,064 miles my transmission went. The car is only 3 years old and should not be having these problems. I have looked up reviews on this car and seen this is a commen problem for this car. So why hasn't there been a recall on it? my car died in the middle of a highway and I could have been killed! I had to have it towed from the scene.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #24

Dec 172015


  • 75,000 miles
While driving the vehicle on 12/17/15 on an on ramp to a highway, the secondary latch (recall previously at dealership to be repaired 7/2015) failed causing the hood to fly up. Filed complaint with Nissan who told us to take it to a dealership. We took it to a dealership in which they verified the secondary latch was not working and gave us an estimate of $3,200 in damages. We are still waiting for Nissan to approve the repair of the latch and damages. They now are telling us that they have to send an adjuster to look at the car and that could take weeks. In the mean time, we are driving an unsafe vehichle with children.

- Gibsonia, PA, USA

problem #23

Jan 152016


  • 86,627 miles
My transmission went out on a three year old car as I was driving on a highway. I attempted to push down on the gas pedal on the highway and the car would not accelerate. After I D able to pull over and attempted to drive pushing down on the gas the car began to roll backwards. When I switch to different gears the car rolled backwards. I had to be towed O the nearest dealership.

- Red Bank, NJ, USA

problem #22

Dec 162015


  • 45,628 miles


Right front inside door handle inoperable. Replaced inside door handle assembly (part number 80670-3ta0D)

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #21

Dec 252015


  • 47,000 miles
On 12/25/15 after leaving gas station, hood of car came open and crashed into windshield. I immediately pulled over and thankfully their were no cars in front of me nor the rear of me. It did not crack the windshield, but damage has be done to hinge and some body damage when the hood flew open.

- Harlem, GA, USA

problem #20

Nov 282014


  • miles
Vehicle struck tree, engulfed in flames. Driver, sole occupant, also engulfed in flames inside car. Vehicle was on city street, no other vehicles involved in crash.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #19

May 202015


  • 25,000 miles
I have a 2013 Altima that shudders/hesitate/vibrates intermittently upon acceleration. I have taken it to the dealership twice. Upon picking up my car, I have been told that the issue could not be duplicated. The problem started at approximately 25,000 miles. I am know at 54,000 miles and fear that the warranty will be up before a solution is found. The shuddering/vibration/hesitancy can happen anywhere. I have researched the issue online and found numerous complaints, however, no recalls.. I am sure Nissan knew of the defect prior to releasing the vehicles and something needs to be dont to correct this issue.

- Elgin, SC, USA

problem #18

Sep 182015


  • 35,193 miles
Backup camera signal to screen fails and loses picture when backing up. Static appears on screen. Occurs with random reverse movement. Usually from parking lot or stall, indoor or outdoor, even own private dwelling garage. Attempted remedy by Nissan service was to replace audio component but still recurs. Has happened about 8 times so far.

- Moraga, CA, USA

problem #17

Oct 172015


  • 45,000 miles
While driving on the highway, the hood of the car came flying up and completely covered the windshield. The force was so great that it damaged the roof lining inside the car as well as knocked the sunglasses holder out of place (hanging by a wire),

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #16

Oct 122015


  • 23,700 miles
While driving approximately 60-65mph, my sunroof glass exploded showing me with broken glass. No impact was made to the sunroof. I was driving on level ground, not under any overpasses, or by anywhere where something could have been thrown.

- Greenacres, WA, USA

problem #15

Sep 162015


  • 28,455 miles
Parked vehicle and could not get out, the driver side door handle would not work, had to crawl over console to get out on passenger side. Drove to my Nissan dealer to get it checked and they couldn't do anything that day so an appointment was set up for next day Sept. 17th, 2015. Which I think should have been at least looked at because if my vehicle would have caught on fire or if I was involved in an accident I couldn't have got out of the car fast. I was also charged for this repair which now I am fighting with Nissan because I am still under bumper to bumper warranty. Which have only owned the car for 2 years and it doesn't have 36,000 miles on it. They are telling me I have to pay because of wear and tear. Also the dealer told that I am the only person with this model and year that has had this problem. I have researched that in the models 2003-2008 had the same problem. I am fighting because they have charged me $114.98 to fix the cable because no parts are on my receipt and my console was lose and they also charged me $45 to tighten screws. The dealer also blamed this on me when my car has be in their shop for passenger side air bag staying on many times, when they did this repair my passenger side seat was always moved and used what is to say they weren't putting their weight on my console. I have owned many new vehicles and never had this happen. This is my third Nissan and my second one bought from this dealership. I was wondering if anyone else has had the same problem and if there is something that you can do to help me.

- Perryopolis, PA, USA

problem #14

Aug 052015


  • 45,000 miles
When crossing an intersection my car stopped and would not go for a few seconds. I was just fortunate there were no cars coming. It's has stopped like this many times I just haven't been in the middle of an intersection. My pregnant daughter was very upset when it happened to her on an occasion she was driving it. I'm also extremely unhappy about the rust in my wheels. I can't believe that a 2013 car has this happening. I had a 2007 montaro that had less rust around its tires before I traded it for this car. I'm extremely disappointed.

- Oswego, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 092015


  • 24,000 miles
2013 Nissan Altima recall notice malfunction hood release which could cause a collision. Well happened to my daughter on August 9th, who had my permission to drive my car she by the way is 28. I was never notified of this recall, however my friend that leased the same vehicle two months prior at the same dealership, was notified. My daughter was just getting onto the expressway doing approx. 20 mph if that when the hood of my vehicle "released" and blew up against the windshield to where she could not see at all. Luckily god was with her and she was able to pull over safely. My vehicle is still at a Nissan dealership as of today, August 26th, collision shop still sitting in the same spot that it was towed to. Over $6,000 in damages for a recall that I should have been notified and Nissan should be praying and feeling blessed that this horrific accident and believe me it was horrifying to see that people were not killed, shame on Nissan corporation for me not receiving the recall notice, shame on Nissan for not figuring out when my car was in for service that my VIN number showed nothing or it was ignored, recall notices are connected automatically to any numbers whether car, appliance, car seats, etc., come on we are living in 2015. Shame on Nissan that this is not important to them to help me. I have dates and records of communication and am trying to reach out and try to make this public however I am at a stand still and need advice and help, thank you!

- Prattsburgh, NY, USA

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