2013 Nissan Altima transmission problems: CVT shuttering, vibration, hesitation, running roughly

CVT Shuttering, Vibration, Hesitation, Running Roughly

2013 Nissan Altima (Page 1 of 9)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Nissan dealer.

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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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
53,750 miles
Total Complaints:
167 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new transmission (57 reports)
  2. not sure (49 reports)
  3. nothing fixed (20 reports)
  4. replace transmission (19 reports)
  5. cvt transmission failed; need replacement (9 reports)
  6. complete cvt replacement (7 reports)
2013 Nissan Altima transmission problems

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 1 of 9)

problem #167

Apr 032021

Altima 2.5 SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Car was adult driven and maintained regularly at Nissan dealership. Transmission was serviced at 67k by Nissan. Without warning, the transmission started to slip, and code P17F0 was found stored in the computer. The TSB related to CVT issues has a ridiculous flowchart that only flows from finding this code straight to "replace CVT"!

I'm very disappointed in Nissan, and after owning three of them, this will be my last. I plan to go with another company with better reliability and a desire to stand behind their product.

- Paul L., Belchertown, US

problem #166

Jan 012019

Altima S

  • CVT transmission
  • 65,000 miles

Car stalls when pulling out in traffic. Never know when it is going to happen. Transmission gets stuck in 1st gear and have to pull over and restart car. Very dangerous if there is no where to pull over. Won’t drive my car with kids in it because it is not safe.

- Melanie D., Bullhead City, AZ, US

problem #165

Jul 262018

Altima S 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 90,831 miles

I had been in several incidents of getting caught in traffic in a intersection, due the CVT stalling out and not shifting properly, being parked and then also just shifting into drive to take off and could not go! I took it to a local Nissan dealer shift and had to get my car repair, but I must say that I did get well welcome experience, for my service on my car, with also a rental.

- Miguelblack79 7., Racine, WI, US

problem #164

Apr 112018

Altima SL 2.5L V4

  • CVT transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Transmission shudders between 1000 and 2000 rpm. Most frequently at 1500rpm. The shudder can get excessive, particularly in warm weather, to the point that it feels like the car is going to fall apart. I have to accelerate quickly to avoid or escape from the shudder or completely let off the gas.

Update from Mar 9, 2020: At 147000 miles, my complaint is not like others. My transmission is still working even if it shudders in warm weather. The shuddering is limited and can be avoided by accelerating or letting off the gas.

- chlarge0612, Arnaudville, US

problem #163

Feb 062020

Altima S

  • CVT transmission
  • 33,000 miles

Our Nissan started running rough and between 1500-2000 rpm the car will vibrate, and run rough, my car only has 32,997 miles on it, truly sad that Nissan wont back their workmanship and their cars. I own 2 nissian cars the other is a 2015, was going to my our daughter one but since nissan will not back their cars we will buy from some other company,

- ghssmithbs, Harrisburg, US

problem #162

Sep 132018

Altima SL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

My 2013 Altima rides like a dream over 40 mph! Don't drive local , as coming up on 40mph the car shakes and shutters. Esp if turning! Passengers have asked me WTF is wrong with my car! It have a CVT, and I understand there are a lot of complaints about this issue. Should I take it to Nissan and have them see if it is the CVT issue??? I received a card with info about Nissan extending the warranty to people with this issue because of a class action lawsuit. Not sure how or what to do, I cannot afford a new trans or even fixing a problem like this!!!

- Lenore V., Cherry Hill, NJ, US

problem #161

Sep 152016

Altima S 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


My first advice is simple.

Don't buy Nissan Altima. They will tell you that they have fixed the problem with the transmission after 2016. That is a pure lie. It will be a nightmare to a single person or family both financially and timewise. I owned 2 Nissan Altimas, one 2006 and 2013. Both failed their transmission before reaching 100,000. I donated one to Cars4kids and the 2013, I changed the transmission at 140,000 mi. for $3,000 out of my pocket and the symptoms appeared again after 30,000 miles. The worst car ever made as I have driven and owned different cars in the past 40 years.


- Tesfai A., Oakland, CA, US

problem #160

Mar 252019

Altima SL 3.5L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I have a 2013 Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 with a CVT transmission. I have taken it to the dealership several times for the shuttering at low speeds (usually right around 20mph). Last year, I opened a case with Nissan to be told that there are no recalls other than reprogramming a module for my transmission and my passenger airbag intermittently not activating (which they did and didn't help either issue). Earlier this year, (March 2019) took to the dealership with the same transmission problem. They did a transmission flush and told me my problem should be better the more that I drive the car.

Today, (10/16/19) 20mph through a school zone and my car started jerking hard! I thought my car was going to stop in the middle of the road. I have an appointment with Nissan again tomorrow morning to have them look at my transmission. I am now at 119k miles since they seem to be buying time until my transmission is out completely.

If they don't make it right this time, I will never buy another Nissan again and will warn everyone I know about their CVT transmissions.

- Julie P., West Chester, US

problem #159

Aug 012019


  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,001 miles

Ever since we purchased this car it had given us problems, first it started with jerking whenever there's is slow traffic, the problem was not consistent at first but with time it became more of a problem to now recently it slows down in traffic and no matter how much you press the gas pedal it refuses to get any speed. The latest incident was when I was driving in a very busy street the car began to make a loud noise and slowed down, I immediately put on my hazard lights and pulled over to the side. I sat there for like 10 minutes in the middle of traffic in rush hour, I turned on the car and drove it for an additional mile thankfully I was close to my destination but had to leave the car parked in my friend's house for a few days. I want Nissan to do a full recall of there failed CVT transmission.

- Millie D., Queens Village, NY, US

problem #158

Jun 042018

Altima 3.5SL 3.5L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 68,459 miles

I have been going back and forth with the local Nissan Dealership and directly with Nissan about the defective junk Jatco CVT. It Hesitates, Surges, Shakes, Shudders and makes some weird noises sometimes. When accelerating in the vehicle it feels like a manual transmission being driven by someone with really bad Tourettes Syndrome in the leg that is on the clutch. I made a fatal mistake of assuming Nissan had resolved this in 2012 when in reality it sounds like it wasn't fixed until 2015 sometime. If you are going to buy a used Altima make sure the CVT has been replaced in it sometime after 2015 or stay away unless you want to drop 3-4K in repairs.

- Ryan S., Grove City, OH, US

problem #157

May 312019

Altima S 4 Cyclinder

  • CVT transmission
  • 128,000 miles


this vehicle inconvenienced me going to work. i had to miss days of work due to this car and its damn cvt issues. if nissan knew that this car had issues with the cvt on this car why keep selling them? not only that when nissan knows the transmission in the 2013 altima goes why give customers issues of them fixing it. no they want you to spend almost 5,000 for it. this is the price they told me to fix my transmission. so now i still can't drive my car cause i can't afford it. also they have the 100,000 miles warranty and that's stupid as well because they don't inform you that it means for the car if it reaches over 100,000 miles and not what you put on it. now i bought my car with 30,000 miles on it and it was only 95 or 98,000 miles put on it by me so i never put 100,000 miles on my car so they should be able to fix it. and i also have an extended warranty that im paying on and can't use that either. so what the hell am i paying for it for...then i read nissan had another lawsuit where they said they extended it 130,000 miles. i only have 128,000 miles. nissan is a rip off and they need to be stopped. i filed a complaint with nissan to see what they can do and all i was told is they would send the complaint up to their regional office and someone would contact me today. i have a feeling they aren't going to do sh*t and i will have to get a lawyer involved..

- Amirh P., Bridgeport, US

problem #156

May 312019

Altima LS 3.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 97,000 miles

As a disclaimer, I have not had this problem fixed yet but I was truly given an outrageous quote to replace my failed transmission. Today I paid the local Nissan dealer $154 to diagnosis my transmission as "completely shot" and needing "total replacement" (what the tech told me, verbatim), which I already knew based on the symptoms. The quote they provided me with was $5,600 which is exorbitantly high and a disgusting scam against loyal customers.

I had the car towed (to prevent even more damage) to another shop which will rebuild the transmission for less than the $5,600 quote from Nissan. The problem started a few months ago with an occasional shuddering of the car and surging of RPMs. This typically happened when I accelerated over 60 mph, but also happened seemingly randomly when maintaining speed. Over the last 3 weeks since my $500+ control arm replacement, the shuddering became more violent, more frequent, and less related to accelerating, just happening generally when driving 45+ mph.

One week ago, I was driving home from a work trip and the check engine light came on, the car became extremely loud when driving, and I was having trouble accelerating. The code was P0841, transmission fluid pressure sensor/switch. After reading about the code online, I was hopeful that the repair would be minimal, maybe just draining and refilling tranny fluid or replacing the sensor/switch on the transmission. However, within 2 days I realized the car was undrivable and immediately took it to the transmission shop. The owner looked up Altima recalls and lawsuits, thought my car was covered by the extended warranty (unfortunately, my newer 2013 model was not), and did not touch it.

On my drive to the Nissan dealer, I could barely accelerate, could not keep speed, the entire car was shaking violently, and the noise was extremely loud. I brought it to the dealer for an official diagnosis, in order to have it in Nissan's system as backup for a formal complaint/class action lawsuit. The car is 6 years old, had a single previous owner, has lived in a garage, and has been well maintained. The fact that the transmission needs to be completely replaced is utter GARBAGE.

The quote provided to me by Nissan is more than half the value of the car. And I am, according to Nissan, supposed to pay $5,600 to replace it with another GARBAGE CVT TRANSMISSION that is sure to be destroyed in another 6 years. Nissan is unethical and dishonest. Due to a class action lawsuit, they had to extend the powertrain warranty in 2010. THEY CONTINUE TO KNOWINGLY MANUFACTURE CARS WITH THE SAME FAULTY TRANSMISSION and claim it is great.

They have dismissed claims against them for newer models not covered by the lawsuit as "unmerited" and baseless - thankfully, the courts aren't as stupid as Nissan would hope and have allowed the class action suit to continue. I can only pray that this suit results in another extended warranty, this time one that covers my year and model. I will never EVER trust Nissan or the CVT transmission.

- Elizabeth D., Cleveland, OH, US

problem #155

Mar 212019

Altima SL 2.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 44,890 miles

Bought my 2013 Altima this past December and had 41k miles. Three months and 4000 miles later it started stalling and hesitating. Stopped at an auto parts store thinking maybe it was a fuel issue, however the guy working there who also owns an Altima said it seemed like a transmission problem which Nissan Altimas are known to have an issue with.

Took it to the dealership where I had bought it from. First they said when plugged into the computer the battery was too low to run diagnostics I needed to be replaced. It was determined to be the transmission. The dealer did get Nissan to cover 80% of repair so it cost me $665 which I wasn’t thrilled with but seems a whole lot better than most peoples experience as written about here. The dealership is performance Nissan in Butler New Jersey. They also agreed to do free oil changes for the life of the vehicle.

- Marc F., Bloomingdale, US

problem #154

Mar 152019

Altima LS 2.5L 4 cyl

  • CVT transmission
  • 84,020 miles

Nissan knows there is a big problem with the CVT transmissions. They under lawsuits as we speak. All they need to do is fix our cars so we can GET TO WORK! They extended the warranties of earlier models but they refuse to on the newer models. I think the problem is much bigger than is being reported. I'm trying to work with my dealer on a solution. But I am prepared to walk in front of the dealership with a protest sign if there is not a fair outcome. I filed complaint with the NHTSA as the transmission failing while in heavy traffic is a big safety issue.

- Robert W., Hattiesburg, US

problem #153

May 072018

Altima LS 3.2L V6

  • CVT transmission
  • 72,300 miles

I have had this CVT stutter since 2018. It is progressively getting worse. I took it to the Dealer twice. Both times a diagnostic was run and nothing found. Dealer even said they drove and nothing was noticed. I sure did on the way home from the dealer. On the second diagnostic, the dealer said I needed a software update. Nothing changed. I called the dealership back and was told the the computer had to adapt to my driving. BULL SH#T! Do I have to wait until I have an accident and total the car. I think my next car will be a Chevy.

- Jesse M., San Antonio, TX, US

problem #152

Feb 142019

Altima 2.5s

  • CVT transmission
  • 96,040 miles

Not happy with a one owner on my 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5s. 96,040 miles. Still paying it and cvy transmission needs to be replaced. What is wrong with Nissan? A lot of recalls. Their cars don't last. Something has to be done, there a problem with this company.

- Elizabeth O., Somerspoint, US

problem #151

Oct 242018

Altima S 4

  • CVT transmission
  • 119,102 miles

CVT fails on these models and is not repairable. Rumor has it if you change some of the transmission fluid every 30k miles with $200 Nissan fluid using a special heated pump only dealers have you can make it last a little longer.

Nissan only warranties the new cvts for 12k miles.

If you notice a stutter sell it immediately. My car stalled multiple times while driving, I spent the next 50 miles taking it to multiple mechanics to figure out what was wrong and they said it was perfect and had nothing wrong. I drove to work one day, turned it off and that was the last time it drove 0-10mph without stalling the engine. We had to push start it to 10mph, drop it into drive and run every red light home.

- Mike K., Omaha, US

problem #150

May 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

Had a new transmission installed that I paid for out of my pocket, after being told that Nissan was not able to pay for this vehicle, even though I was told that I had extended warranty and seems to have the same beginning symptoms of failure as the original one. Just waiting for it to fail as well. The gear shift would constantly get stuck in park also. I was also stranded at a gas station because my car would not start.... while being pregnant. The car is a major hazard. I wouldn't recommend this car to my worst enemy.

- Sabrina A., Lewisville, US

problem #149

Oct 212017

Altima SL 3.5L

  • CVT transmission
  • 80,000 miles

My car stalls a lot and sputters. It's very embarrassing. It makes no sense that 3 months after purchasing this car the transmission starts going bad. It only had 80,000 miles. Nissan is known for making great vehicles that are still running great with high miles. The last Nissan my husband had was totaled with over 200,000 miles and was still running fine. Nissan should fix this problem that so many vehicles are affected by.

- Tameka W., Willacoochee, GA, US

problem #148

Dec 202016

Altima SV

  • Manual transmission
  • 81,000 miles

When I purchased my 2013 Nissan Altima, I was pregnant needing a new car for the new baby. In a 3wks time, I started having problems with my car. It started off by my slip light coming on and while I was driving in traffic my car slowed down. I could floor the gas pedal and I would not go anywhere. Mind you I was pregnant, so had to get my car back to the shop where they said they check everything and it was fixed. Well it happen again a couple days after they told me there was a recall on the transmission, so I sent it in to be fix.

To make a long story short, after warranty was up I still continued to have problems. I had to start paying out of pocket for fixing done to my car related to transmission, but it had only gotten worse to where the car started jerking, and wanting to go. Just a big headache, something really need to be done about this. Being a single mom, this is not fair. I only had my car for 3 years and as we speak now my car is at a shop sitting because I need a new transmission that I can not afford.

This company should be ashamed to put customer through this. I will never and either of my family will buy a Nissan vehicle. At this point I don't know what to do, I am still making car notes to a car that I can not even drive and I can not afford a transmission for $3800

- OLIVIA J., Hattiesburg, US

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