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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,262 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 252015


  • 140,490 miles


I had a blowout and this was the closest tire shop to me at the time. I asked and was told that their used tires are $30. Okay, that's fine. That's the standard rate for used tires. The first tire they tried to sell me had two nails in it. The guy showed me the tire but didn't show me the whole tire until I asked to see it myself. I pointed out the two nails that were obvious and he acted as if he didn't know they were already there. The second tire had little to no meat on it. I refused that tire and they tried to offer the tire for $28 instead of $30. No sale. I was then told that they didn't have anymore tires my size. Miraculously, the owner/manager found another tire with sufficient tread and no holes. However, the owner/manager said that this tire would cost $35 instead of $30 because "it's a good tire." I told them that it was neither safe or right to try to charge me $30 for two bad tires and $35 for a good tire. I shouldn't have bought the $35 tire, but I didn't have time to go elsewhere.

- Desoto, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 222015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 12,034 miles
I almost had a horrible accident on 1-22-15. I was going about 50 mph when the rear passenger tire completely disengaged from the tire rim. All that was left on the rim was a two inch remnant of the tire. I will E-mail you a picture of the tire and I assure you that you never saw anything like this. The tire only had 12034 miles on it. The tire was a Michelin energy green X. tire size P215/55R17 which was made in Canada. Dot B33F00rx0813. It is a miracle I did not get into a serious accident. I was so unnerved I went to the nearest tire shop and purchased four new Goodyear tires that cost me $642. I called Michelin's customer service dept. And they said sorry but they will not give me a dime-as expected. Check out a site Consumer Affairs that has no fewer that 257 complaints about Michelin tires.

- North Port, FL, USA

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