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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,178 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2013 Nissan Altima windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 132014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 13,000 miles


I was removing my sunshield from the windshield which was in between my rearview mirror and windshield. When I removed the sunshield, the windshield literally crumbled where the review mirror was attached and the rearview mirror fell off of the windshield leaving a hole the approximate size of a.50 piece. The repair service that I used stated that there have many many, many issues with the Nissan windshields and there is no way that what I experienced should have caused this to happen.

- Abbeville, LA, USA

problem #4

May 182014

Altima 6-cyl

  • 10,800 miles
Car was parked in driveway and next day noticed an exterior crack on my windshield from middle of the driver's side to the center without any evidence of impact from a foreign object. Size of crack is about 12"-17".

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 132014

Altima 4-cyl

  • 8,200 miles
I purchased my car from davis-moore in wichita, Kansas on June 27, 2014. I then had to have the windshield replaced in January because of a "stress fracture crack." That windshield cracked in early April (at least eighteen inches) but dealer says it is from a rock chip, so they won't replace. The rock chip they claim caused the crack is barely detectable. I parked my vehicle in the garage in the evening, it turned cold overnight, and the next morning the crack was there.

- El Dorado, KS, USA

problem #2

Sep 192013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 1,390 miles
Nissan seriously needs to issue a recall! I have a brand new 2013 Nissan Altima (less than 2 months old) and I was at a drive thru waiting for my food when all of a sudden, my windshield cracked. The crack is very large and it's on the bottom right hand side of the windshield by the passenger seat. Nothing even hit the windshield to cause it to crack and I had a passenger in the car at the time this occurred to confirm that. I cannot believe I have to replace a windshield of a car I just bought less than 2 months ago. I'm actually scared to replace it because I don't want the same thing to happen again. If you google "Altima windshield cracked for no reason" you will see that there has been numerous complaints from Altima owners about this issue for the last couple of year. However, nothing has been done to resolve it. Please investigate to see if there is a design flaw that is causing extra stress on the window. I've never had to replace a windshield or have seen one crack right in front of me without anything striking it. Updated 10/22/13 updated 10/29/13

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 172013

Altima 4-cyl

  • 2,500 miles
Dear NHTSA, please investigate if the windshields on 2013 Nissan Altima's are defective in nature. That is, do these windshields have a propensity to easily crack possibly due to weakness or defective manufacturing? our brand new Altima which has less than 3000 miles suffered a crack windshield passenger side. Other drivers have also reported similar incidences, see: this does not appear to be an isolated incident and could be a result of a weak windshield, please investigate.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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