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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2013 Nissan Altima windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2013 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152014


  • 18,000 miles


Our car has dark interior with a black dashboard. On high temperature days, the surface of the dashboard becomes tacky and very shiny. When it is in this condition, it affects my visibility. Under certain conditions of the position of the sun, the sunlight reflects off the surface of the dashboard and into my eyes. At times, the sunlight reflects off the surface of the dashboard and onto the inside of the windshield and results in a bright reflection of the dashboard which greatly reduces visibility. From searches on internet, I have seen that this is a common problem with this make, model and year. It appears that there was a defective formulation of plastic used for dashboards on some cars produced which is causing an exudation of chemicals in high temperatures. Nissan needs to find a solution to this problem. If this defect has not already contributed to an accident, it is only a matter of time before it does.

- Grandview, WA, USA

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